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LAEF Kudos

“LAEF is doing great things!  In the past few years our three children have participated in various offerings from LAEF, like the Summer Enrichment courses, the After-School Art classes and even the Young Americans weekend program.  WOW….we are so lucky to have so many options that provide our children great learning opportunities, filled with fun and education.  We can’t say enough about how fantastic the Young Americans weekend was for our fifth grader!  She loved the singing and dancing and experiencing art and music in a totally new and exciting way.  Our youngest enjoys attending art class after school.  She is learning to apply her imagination and creativity through painting and drawing.  And lastly, Summer Enrichment really motivated all three to expand their knowledge of various academic subjects…preparing them for the new school year while engaging them in new concepts and exciting activities.  Thank you LAEF, we are so grateful to you all for putting together these amazing programs.  Keep up the great work!!” –Eric and Kristi Kirkendall


It was a privilege to join SEI as an educator this last summer because it was a chance to teach subjects I love and are close to my heart: “Jump Start First Grade” and “Poetry.” The jump start program is well named…we jumped into the beginning of the first grade year!  Students were introduced to mathwall, writer’s workshop, reader’s workshop and CGI at a first grade level. The smaller class sizes and highly engaged students allowed for a quick jump into material. As a teacher and mother of a 1st grader, I loved the fact that children were going to start off their year hearing familiar academic language and participating in similar routines that they’d already been introduced to in the SEI program. Many students took a 2nd class in the afternoon and enjoyed art, poetry, singing, dancing and more. The SEI program is a valued part of the Los Alamitos School District with its commitment to excellence and continued growth in adapting the National Core Standards in a fun and concise program. I would definitely recommend signing your child up to experience the SEI program next summer! –April Schmietenknop , First Grade Teacher, Lee Elementary