Principal’s Message

Welcome to Kentwood Elementary School; a true community school in the heart of Westchester. While Kentwood is a small community school, we are a model school within LAUSD. We have been recognized as a California Distinguished School twice since 2010 and also 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 adaptation of different innovative programs and having the best teachers and staff on our campus. All of our teachers are fully credentialed and No Child Left Behind (NCLB) highly qualified. Their valued experience and proven teaching methods have earned numerous awards. Some of our special programs and services include: Dance, Theater, Computer Lab, Science Lab, Yoga, and Wonder of Reading Library. We are on the cutting edge of education technology and have iPads in every classroom K-5. Plus, we just started a new after-school robotics program for our GATE students.

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, Field Trips, Family Fun Day, and Koala Tours. After-school programs are available such as College Bound for Kids, STAR, Broadway Gymnastics, Chess Tutors, Mad Science, Volleyball Coaching, and Instrumental Music lessons (3rd – 5th grades). There are many volunteering opportunities available for parents.

We have a 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.

Kentwood has a rich history of collaboration with higher learning institutions such as our partnerships with Loyola Marymount University, Antioch University, and OTIS College. We continue our active community involvement 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