Submitted by Elysian Heights Elementary
Grade Levels: K-6
Elysian Heights Elementary School (EHES) is celebrating 100 years of service in the Elysian Heights Valley. As we celebrate the past, we have squarely set our sights on transforming our foundation to ensure we are preparing students to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The changes can be seen in a revitalized arts program, the shift in instructional practices employed by the teachers, the continued refinement of social expectations, and the physical changes seen around the campus. These initiatives are the pillars on which EHES will provide students with a meaningful and dynamic educational experience.
Echo Park has a rich and thriving arts community, and the school believes strongly in providing students a rich arts program. At the center of our arts program is Ms. Hernandez who is leading the way as she teaches art to transitional kindergarten through sixth grade students. Students are learning elements of art and the design process that enable them to utilize different mediums as they persevere in the composition of unique pieces of art. EHES is offering third through sixth grade students an instruments course and vocals in the fall semester and dance in the spring semester for all students. Additionally, EHES offers Ballet, Running, Radical Dance, and Garden Club after school.
The California Content Standards have caused a shift in what, how, and why students are learning in the classroom. At EHES, we are leveraging these shifts and taking students on a journey, where they study Math, English, Science, and History/Social Science in a conceptual manner so they can go beyond the facts and apply what they have learned to topics, including our school focus on physical and emotional wellness. Increasing critical thinking also means teachers have embraced a more constructivist/inquiry approach to learning that flips the classroom from a teacher centered to a student centered classroom. Our emphasis on real world application and the students role in utilizing their natural ability to analyze provides students with the understanding that the knowledge gained in the classroom will foster their personal evolution as intelligent/conscientious members of a community.
The work in the classroom to develop positive community members is further supported with with the implementation of “Team Building Mondays,” weekly teacher and student reflections, and classroom presentations where the “Elysian Heights Learner/Social Characteristics” are leveraged to resolve conflicts. These initiatives are a proactive method to support positive interactions between our students and in interactions with adults. During “Team Building Mondays” students play games during recess that require leadership, communication, and collaboration skills for success. These skill building sessions are not only fun, they are combined with classroom reflections to become a purposeful tool that overtly and strategically improve student relationships.
As we promote these positive social skills, we understand that the school venue equally speaks to our children about how much we value them. In the last year, EHES has revitalized the community garden, constructed a new play structure for kindergarten students, upgraded the wireless network, purchased 35 new Chromebooks for the renovated computer lab, purchased new play equipment for all students (soccer goals, tennis nets, volleyball courts, team building equipment, and new athletic equipment), and repainted the main entrance to the school. These are just a few of the physical upgrades that are enhancing the student experience on the EHES campus.
The Elysian Heights family is excited about celebrating 100 years of service to the community, but we are even more excited about how the school is continuing to build on the past to ensure that our children are provided with a dynamic learning experience that embodies the spirit of the unique community in which our school resides. Please visit us online at https://elysian-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/ or contact us at (323) 665-6315 to schedule a tour of our school to continue learning about Elysian Heights Elementary School.
Elysian Heights Elementary
- (323) 665-6315
- School Principal: Emilio Garza
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