Coeur d’Alene Avenue School is a pre-K through grade 5 school in Venice, California. It is part of the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). Winner of LAEP’s Excellence Award in 2000 and 2001, the Music Center’s Bravo Award in 2007, and the distinction of California Distinguished School by the State of California’s Department of Education in 2008 and 2012, Coeur d’Alene Avenue School prides itself on meeting the needs of all students, who come from a wide range of backgrounds and life experiences. Approximately 50% of our students are European American, 20% are Latin American, 15% are African American, and 15% are of other ethnic backgrounds. Over ten languages are represented in our English learner population. Meeting the needs of such a diverse student body is a challenge we embrace.
Our vision is to prepare successful, compassionate, critical thinkers who are productive members of society. We believe in fostering a cooperative learning environment in which the school, family, and business communities work together. We are committed to working together in collaborative teams; initiating individual programs and strategies to provide learning time for students; monitoring each student’s progress; and providing parents with resources, strategies, and information to help children succeed academically.
As a School for Advanced Studies, we challenge all children at their current learning level so that they master grade level standards and beyond and become lifelong learners. Students receive instruction in the core subjects of English language arts, mathematics, science, and history as well as instruction in health, character education, physical education, garden science, and the arts. Through the collaboration of P.S. ARTS and LAUSD’s Arts Education Branch, all children receive weekly instruction in visual arts and music and 10 weeks of instruction in dance or theater. In addition to the District’s adopted instructional materials for English language arts (Treasures), mathematics (enVisionMATH), science (FOSS), history (Pearson Scott Foresman California History-Social Science), and character education (Second Step), teachers use Accelerated Reader for reading comprehension and fluency; Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI), Marcy Cook Tiling Tasks, Math Solutions, and the District’s concept lessons for mathematics. Our approach to the teaching of reading and writi