The number one rule of real estate is location, location, location. As a real estate professional, I can confidently tell you that school districts have a big impact when it comes to the desirability of a neighborhood.
Santa Monica, the city I live in, is part of an award winning school district including a wonderful charter school: Canyon Charter. “The Canyon” is a hidden gem bordered by Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica, and the Pacific Ocean. It is a quaint community that strives to keep its original charm and low-key environment. Canyon Charter Elementary is known throughout Los Angeles as being one of the best public schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), and more specifically the Palisades Charter Schools.
Charter schools are unique public schools that are allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable for advancing student achievement. Because they are public schools, they are open to all children and don’t charge tuition or have any special entrance requirements.
Although our boys no longer attend Canyon Charter (our twins moved on to middle school last year), I still have a special place in my heart for this school and continue to support their events. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this photo I posted after the twins’ graduation last year.
One of our favorites each year was Canyon Charter’s Olympics Day. I was happy to help sponsor their event again this year.
Although it was a little different without having my little athletes there, it was wonderful to help support the amazing Canyon staff.
Canyon Charter has many events that help infuse fun and enthusiasm into the learning experience. There are a few other things that make this school unique. For example, the original schoolhouse, is the oldest school building still in use in Los Angeles. It provides a living monument that allows the students to embrace tradition and history.
There is a comprehensive Arts program, including music education provided by the Santa Monica Academy of Music and dance and theatre workshops, and there is a very active parent participation through the Canyon Booster Club, Governing Board, volunteering in the classroom, and by organizing school-wide events. (As I mentioned, there are even some parents who continue to participate, even when their children have graduated an moved on!)
Canyon Charter is also very proud of their Council Program, which involves the practice of speaking and listening from the heart. Students are taught the “four intentions” of Council:
- Speak from the heart without judging oneself
- Listen from the heart without judging others
- Speak spontaneously without planning
- Keep it lean so all have time to share
Another unique aspect of the school is its location in the Santa Monica Canyon. Situated between Entrada Drive and Channel Road, the location of Canyon Elementary offers parents the ability to walk their children to school. It’s a wonderful thing to keep a “small town” neighborhood feel within a city as large as Los Angeles.
Canyon Charter School, as a neighborhood school, gives first priority in admission to students who live in its attendance area but also provides for the education of non-neighborhood students who wish to attend based on the District’s Desegregation or Integration policy. Any additional spaces are made available via a public random drawing conducted in the spring for the following school year. To enroll, families must provide verification of date of birth, residence and immunizations.
If you’d like more information about the Santa Monica Canyon area or are interested in homes near Canyon Charter, please contact me.