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Welcome From the Prinicpal


 

Welcome to Kentwood Elementary School; a true neighborhood school in the heart of Westchester. Kentwood is a model school within the Los Angeles Unified School District.  We have been recognized as a California Distinguished School twice since 2010 and honored as having a highly rated arts program in 2016 based on LAUSD’s Arts Equity Index data.

 

A key factor to Kentwood’s success lies in our adoption of various innovative programs and having the best teachers and staff on our campus.  All of our teachers are fully credentialed and their valued experience and proven teaching methods have earned them numerous awards.  Some of our special programs include: dance, theater, vocal music, yoga, and psychomotor. We embrace education technology and have iPads in every K-5 classroom.  Additionally, we have an after-school robotics program for our GATE students and a new 3D design course in our computer lab.

 

Some of the special facilities at Kentwood include our Computer Lab, Science Lab, Wonder of Reading Library, and our state of the art Live Positively Fitness Center that was awarded through the Governor’s Challenge on Physical Fitness.  Students in grades 4 & 5 use the center as a part of their Physical Education requirement.

 

The teachers, staff, Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) and other parent volunteers have worked hard to ensure the continuity of our special programs and various fundraisers e.g. Dinner Socials, Retro Prom, Turkey Trot & Bunny Hop, and our colorful yearbook.  Ongoing and traditional activities include: Back to School Picnic, Citizen of the Month, GATE Program, Family Fun Day, Koala Tours, and the 5th grade Catalina Science Camp.  There are many volunteering opportunities available for parents.

 

After-school programs are available such as Youth Services, College Bound for Kids, STAR, Chess Tutors, Mad Science, and Volleyball Coaching.  

 

Kentwood has a rich history of collaboration with higher learning institutions such as our partnerships with Loyola Marymount University, Antioch University, and OTIS College.  Additionally, we are actively involved in partnerships with the YMCA, the Playa Vista Education Trust, and the LAX Chamber of Commerce.

 

As you can tell, I am very proud of Kentwood and absolutely love being here. I am committed to providing the best academic and social environment for all of our students.

 

I invite you to be a part of the dynamic Kentwood family and experience our outstanding school for yourself.  Please stop by for one of our tours to learn more about our fantastic school and to see the wonderful things that we are doing and have accomplished.

 

I look forward to seeing you soon!

 

Sincerely,

Rasheed Khan

Principal