Harvard Elementary

Free School Meals

Harvard is participating in Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) Providing meals (breakfast and lunch) at no charge to ALL students from March 2016 through the 2018-2019 school year.  You are not required to enroll, complete and application, or take any action to participate.  Please encourage your student to participate in the meal program every day and drink milk, instead of sugary fruit flavored drinks.

In Memoriam

Mrs. Estrada was Principal at Harvard Elementary for six years, from it's opening in 2005 until the 2010-2011 school year.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the loss of Marilyn H. Estrada on April 23, 2016.  She inspired many of us to strive and led Harvard to earn a California Distinguished School Award in 2010. Mrs. Estrada will forever live in our hearts.


Harvard T-shirt

Thank you for showing your school spirit.

Wear your Harvard t-shirts and hoodies every week.


Box Tops for Education

Cut, clip, collect, and donate your Box Tops Coupons to Harvard.

What's Happening at Harvard?

Welcome to Harvard!

2017 - 2018 Upcoming events

Happy 2018!

*Dibels Reading Fluency Testing - January - Read every night!

*Jan. 12 - Friday - Parent Workshop: Graduation Requirements "Journey Threading" - 8:15 am, Room 3

*Jan. 15 - Monday - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School

*Jan. 18 - Thursday - ELAC Meeting - 8:15 am Room 36

*Every Friday is College Friday and an awards assembly takes place on the playground in the morning.


College Fridays

Josie Bruin

Every Friday is College Friday.  We encourage students to graduate from college. Staff and students may wear t-shirts or sweatshirts from their favorite colleges.  


Josie Bruin made a special visit to Harvard Elementary on Friday, December 15, 2017.


New Staff 2017-2018

We have some great additions to the staff:


Ms. A. Shapiro -TK/K-1 Mild to Moderate

Ms. C. Farber - 4-5 Mild to Moderate

Mr. J. Tran - 4th Grade

Ms. J. Sakai - Intervention Teacher


Carol Coleman - Plant Manager

Maricela Vasquez - Buildings & Grounds Worker

CORE Districts School Report

The School Quality Improvement Report Card ranks Harvard Elementary an Index Score of 9 out of 10 for Academic Performance in Math and 8 out of 10 for Academic Performance in English Language Arts.  


Click the link to find the full report...


Harvard is a "Pocket of Excellence"

Harvard Elementary is one of sixteen traditional (non-charter) schools in LAUSD that scored above the district average in both math and English language arts on the Smarter Balanced tests (CAASPP) for the 2014-2015 school year. Superintendent Ramon Cortines named these schools "pockets of excellence".  We would like to thank the parents and families that help support our teachers and students. We couldn't do it without your involvement.  

See article http://laschoolreport.com/18-lausd-at-least-schools-beating-odds-of-poverty-language-barriers/

Click here to see Harvard's scores on the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress)


Scroll down this page to see our School-Parent Compact for Achievement and Parent Involvement Policy.

School Report Card

The School Report Card (SRC) summarizes data about a school for a particular academic year.

Find our School Report Card at http://getreportcard.lausd.net/reportcards/reports.jsp

Parent Involvement Policy

Política de Participación de los Padres (Español)


Parent Involvement Policy                 

Parents at Harvard Elementary are considered to be vital learning partners in the educational and governance process. Together as partners, teachers, staff and parents learn about practices and strategies that promote literacy, math and science. Parents are informed of student achievement and standards mastery by:

  • Parents conferences held twice a year at reporting periods and as needed by teacher or parent.
  • End of the year report card.
  • Teacher will routinely communicate the progress of students who are functioning below grade level through notes home, phone calls or conferences.
  • Teacher assistants can provide assistance in parental involvement by providing interpretation to parents that are not fluent English speakers during parent conferences.
  • All parents are informed of monthly parent committee meetings with appropriate translation.
  • Communication with parents include monthly newsletters, bulletins sent home with students, personal phone calls, poster publicizing meetings, and letters sent from the teacher.
  • The monthly newsletter and flyers communicate pertinent information and upcoming events to parents.
  • Parents are encouraged to participate in the collection of data through participation in the English Learner Advisory Committee along with School Site Council.
  • Parents are notified and invited to special ceremonies that honor student academic achievement, citizenship, or attendance.
  • We have a School Community Liaison to help facilitate communication between parents, community and staff.
  • Parent workshops will be held to ensure that all parents are informed of the available school and district programs, as well as to provide support for parent to assist their children with schoolwork at home.
  • Parent volunteers are an essential part of the proper functioning of our schools because we are such a small school and any and all volunteers are needed and valued.
  • Parent volunteers are utilized for a number of responsibilities, including valet parking, helping teacher and students as library assistants, and in some cases as guest readers for a class.

ELAC & SSC Minutes

See the Locker below to download notes from the meetings and the School-Parent Compact for Learning.

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Smarter Balanced Test

Students in Grades 3 - 5 will take the Smarter Balanced Test in the computer lab in the Spring.


Please try to have your child in school every day of testing (don't schedule appointments for these dates).

Students who get a good night's sleep (10-12 hours) and a healthy breakfast tend to do better on tests.


Go to: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/

to take the practice test for the Smarter Balanced Test.  

Go to the bottom of the page and click on the green box titled "Student Interface Practice and Training Test".

Just click "sign in".

Select a grade level and click "yes".

Choose Math Practice Task, Math Performance Task, ELA (English Language Arts) Practice Test, or ELA Performance Task.


Click below for more SBAC Practice Tests


Check your mail

Three letters will be sent home to parents on the week of November 28, 2016:

  • District Title 1 Policy
  • Parent Involvement Policy
  • School Parent Compact

Go to the Parents - ELAC / SSC page to download these policies.

Harvard in the News

Harvard Elementary was mentioned in the "Neighborhood Spotlight: East Hollywood" article in the Los Angeles Times on Sept. 2, 2016.  Click here to read it.

L.A.'s Best Program

The L.A.'s Best Program (after school), had many accomplishments this school year.

They placed first in the district wide science fair competition.

They placed first in the district wide dance competition.

LACC Tutoring Class

Spring tutoring classes for 4th and 5th grade will be available on campus on Wednesdays and Friday in Math and English through L.A. City College.  See the parent center or the office.  

Mural Photos by Samy's Camera Students

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