Roscomare Elementary has a strong sense of community and caring Teachers
The curriculum at Roscomare is set to meet the California Common Core standards, however the method of instruction is a little more progressive- the principal gives teachers a lot of latitude for choosing the style of instruction in their classroom. The school teaches the standards, but also something more than just academics- self confidence, critical thinking, and mutual respect. In addition to regular academics, an active Parent Organization raises funding for enrichment programs like art, music, computer lab, and PE Classes.
The Campus is located in Upper Bel Air and has a small intimate environment. Many parents say that it is very warm and that there is a great sense of community. There is a huge asphault playground with playground equipment at the rear of the school that is nestled within Roscomare Canyon. There is plenty of room for outdoor activities, my only complaint would be that there is no grass.
Students at Roscomare score extraordinarily well on statewide testing. This is a great learning environment and a top Los Angeles Public school.
Roscomare’s attendance boundaries spill over Mulholland in two places (B and D on the map). Students living in Area 1 on the map may choose between attending Roscomare Elementary and Warner Elementary. There are 4 kindergarten classes at Roscomare with about 90 students. On a typical year, school wide there may only be 8 or 10 spots open for lottery for students who live outside the attendance boundaries. Students who live within the attendance boundaries are given preference first.
Roscomare Elementary matriculates to Emerson Middle School. Many parents choose when children graduate Roscomare at that time to make the move to private schools like Mirman, Berkeley Hall, Buckley etc, or try to get admission into Paul Revere Middle School across the 405 in Brentwood which is considered a better middle school than Emerson.
John Thomas Dye is not just Elementary school – it’s a Second Home!
John Thomas Dye school is affectionately called JTD by its students, parents, and teachers. It holds one of the top spots on the short lists for best Elementary schools in the whole city. It is a Co-Ed Traditional Private School which means rigorous academics- lots of homework, parent teacher conferences twice a year and quarterly narrative report cards.
John Thomas Dye is tucked away in an idyllic and rustic tree covered 5-acre canyon in Bel Air. With the pristine beauty of the surroundings, John Thomas Dye feels more like a summer camp than an elementary school – maybe that is the reason students love going there so much. In one graduation letter a JTD student writes “sometimes I even sit at home alone and wish that I could be at JTD”. I think that is pretty amazing! Many students echo the sentiment that JTD feels like home.
The school was founded in 1929 by husband and wife Cathryn Robberts Dye and John Thomas Dye II. They taught the first classes in the living room of their home. The first permanent facility was built in 1949 in the schools current location. Originally the school was named Brentwood Town and Country School, however the name was changed in 1959 to John Thomas Dye school in honor of the founders son John Thomas Dye III who was a fighter pilot in WWII and was killed by the enemy in action.
I think the original values of the founders are still very much alive in the traditions and culture of John Thomas Dye today. There is an Honor Code that is taught to students that the administration takes very seriously.
They are focused on traditional family values, which might be a turn off for more modern families. Each morning students recite a school poem and the pledge of allegiance to the flag before beginning the day.
Over the years many improvements have been made to the school facilities. Today the school has every amenities available to students that one could want.
There are two campuses. The Kindergarten is located across the street from the main campus. There are three Kindergarten classrooms and one science lab used for K-3 science program and a small out door amphitheater.
The Main Campus has the computer lab, concert hall, 10 classrooms, gym, library, art rooms, playing field, and the brand new Michaud Academic Center.
Children in grades K-3 are grouped into three classes of 14 and are instructed by two teachers in each class room, one lead instructor and an associate- this means class have a very low 7 to 1 student to teacher ratio! Children stay together in self-contained classrooms.
When students reach 4th grade, they start rotating classrooms for different subjects like they will in middle school or highschool. The school does this to get students ready to graduate. Students are also permitted to play sports, write for the school paper, and participate in student government.
In addition to all these academics and programs, there are a bunch of annual events- like back to school picnic, Halloween, Spring Fair, the Candle Lighting Ceremony.
Parents who send their children to John Thomas Dye are very high networth. There is a natural connection between families that attend JTD and the local country clubs like Brentwood, Bel Air, and The Jonathan Club. They take exotic vacations to places in Europe and Martha’s Vineyard because they have more money than they know what to do with.
It is extremely difficult to get in. There are only 36 Kindergarten spots. The school adds some seats up to a class size of 40-48 in 1st grade so that is the second good entry point. Siblings of present students and children of legacy families who have maintained a good relationship with the school receive preference in admissions. This follows the schools family values- they do not like to split up families if it can be helped. Unfortunately this policy makes it even harder for new parents to get in. You definitely want to apply to multiple schools because it’s harder to get into JTD than Harvard!
Standard Private school tuition of approximately $30,000 a year when you factor in giving and other costs.
John Thomas Dye is a “feeder” school for Harvard-Westlake. John Thomas Dye also send a large number of students to Brentwood School. Almost all students Matriculate to another private school.
Bel Air was founded in 1923 by Alphonzo E. Bell, Sr, just west of the borders of Beverly hills and rest in the foothills of the Santa Monica Mountains. Bel Air’s border on the south by UCLA along Sunset Boulevard. At the heart of the community sits the exclusive Bel Air Country Club and world famous Hotel Bel-Air.
Residences in Bel Air are gated and private. Well hidden from public view located down dense vegetation and winding roads. Most homes facades are not visible from the street, hidden behind hedge walls and wrought iron gates. Residences range from 3,000 sqft ranch style houses in upper Bel Air on roscomare road and Bel Air with a Brentwood Zip, to multi-story new construction homes and to grand mansions that eclipse the imagination of home. Bel Air has spectacular lots. Residences along roads such as Stradella Road have magnificent views of the Los Angeles basin and Catalina Island. The most desirable area of Bel Air is prime lower Bel Air located ight off the main entrances of East Gate and West Gate nearby the Bel Air country club. Homes in Lower Bel Air can sell for over $50 million.
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