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In Memoriam

Mr. Val Volo, Kindergarten teacher, passed away on, January 14, 2019, following a medical emergency. Mr. Volo will always be remembered as a kind and caring teacher. His students left his kindergarten classes with an artistic talent and appreciation that would carry them through the years. He will be dearly missed.

PASSport Account

Parent Access Support System Portal (PASSport) 


Please register for an LAUSD PASSport Account.

Click here for more info.

You will need an email account before creating a PASSport account.

Register for a free GMail (Google email account) here.

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.

L.A.'s Best Program

The L.A.'s Best Program (after school), had many accomplishments for 2017-2018.

They placed first in the district wide science fair competition.

They placed first in the district wide dance competition.

College Fridays

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


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

Every Kid in a Park

Fourth Graders get a free National Parks pass for a year.  Click on the following link to find out more

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.

Inauguration of Community School Park at Harvard - 4/21/18

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.

Box Tops for Education

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

What's Happening at Harvard?

Welcome to Harvard!

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year!

Upcoming events

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Mr. Howells, our orchestra teacher, gave an assembly for students in grades 3 through 5.  He introduced the violin, flute, clarinet, trumpet, and trombone.  Applications for orchestra are due the week of August 27, 2018.   Students will be be responsible for bringing their instrument to orchestra on Fridays, are required to practice 20 minutes a night at home, and will perform in concert in December and May.

Mr. Howells playing violin

School Dress Code

Uniforms are suggested, but not mandatory for students. Students in uniform feel better about themselves and take their work more seriously because there is a sense of unity.  Uniforms eliminate the competition of designer labels and the latest fashion trends. 

Summer is the best time to find uniforms on sale at stores such as The Children's Place, Costco, Target, and Old Navy. 

Click here to see Harvard's Dress Code.


Harvard T-Shirts

Harvard T-ShirtWe encourage students to show their school spirit by wearing their Harvard t-shirts and hoodies every week.

T-shirts are usually sold once a year. Kindergarten students who learn their first set of sight words and third graders who learn their multiplication facts receive a free t-shirt.


Harvard Elementary's school color is crimson, like Harvard University. Crimson is a dark, brownish red also called maroon or burgundy.

The Harvard Playground is a Community School Park

Mayor Garcetti with Drill Team

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, Mayor Eric Garcetti along with the Department of Recreation and Parks (RAP), and Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) inaugurated Community School Parks on the Harvard Elementary School playground. 

Community School Parks are designated areas on a school campus available for public use on the weekends at no cost to the public.  The public will have access to playgrounds and equipment provided by the Department of Recreation and Parks, who will also be providing staff to monitor the site activities. The schools are open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 P.M. on Saturdays and Sundays for children to have a safe place to play.

LACC College for Kids

Los Angeles City College offers classes for kids for a small fee.  See their website.

LA City College

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.

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 LA School Report

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 School Report Cards


  • Students dropped off by car should be driven to the Kingsley gate going south from Oakwood, between 7:30 am - 8:00 am.  Please respect our neighbors and staff entering the parking garage by not blocking driveways and double parking by the Harvard Blvd. entrance.
  • Please be at school on time.  Instruction starts at 8:00 am, but students may be picked up by teachers at 7:55 am to allow time to get into the classroom. Teachers will be taking attendance and giving instructions during "breakfast in the classroom".  Late students will need to get a tardy slip from the office.
  • Please make sure that you have an updated LAUSD Passport account. You will need an email account to sign up.

  • At the beginning of each year, your child will be receiving packets with forms and permission slips that require parent/guardian signatures. Please turn in all completed and signed forms as soon as possible.  Your child will not be allowed to borrow library books or use computers without these forms.

Phys ed

Net Generation: The Future of Tennis Starts Here

Tennis is coming soon to PE.  Ms. Peters, Ms. Velez, Ms. Montes, Ms. Salazar, and Mr. Forero received training from the USTA (United States Tennis Association) last October.  In return, USTA has provided a set of tennis equipment for Tennis Tuesdays!

ELAC & SSC Minutes

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

Parents Locker
1/9/17 3:17 PM
9/21/17 8:21 AM
3/1/19 3:52 PM
5/31/17 1:04 PM

Camp Clear Creek Trip May 2018


Smarter Balanced Test

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

Throughout the year, students take practice tests on the computer called IAB's.

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:

Caaspp 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

Lumos Learning SBAC Practice

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.

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