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About Overland Elementary School

Overland Elementary School is a California Distinguished School in the Los Angeles Unified School District serving grades TK-5. Our campus is located in West Los Angeles within the Cheviot Hills neighborhood. In 2021, the U.S. News & World Report ranked Overland the #6 elementary school out of 436 elementary schools in LAUSD.

Mission

Overland Elementary School first opened its doors in 1931 with a mission to provide a high-level academic program that serves the educational needs of all types of learners. A distinguished program is offered through the integration of technology, enrichments, differentiation, and teaching approaches that develop a whole child. Our children access opportunities for greater academic excellence and cultural diversity without losing the personal caring, nurturing, safety, and intimacy of a neighborhood school.

Campus

There are 21 classrooms and several enrichment spaces. We have a Wonder of Reading Library, art studio, science lab, Life Sciences Discovery Garden, auditorium, cafeteria and a beautiful green courtyard. 

Teachers & Staff

Overland's teachers are highly qualified life long learners.  We have a National Board Certified Teacher at every grade level.  Teachers collaborate as grade level teams to plan the instructional program, and all teachers regularly participate in professional development as well as additional professional development hours for GATE specific training. Every teacher has their own unique talents and teaching style.

Our support staff includes: Office Administrators, Cafeteria and Custodial Staff, Teacher’s Aides in every classroom, Instructional Coordinator, Resource Specialist, School Psychologist, Speech and Language Therapist, Adapted PE Teacher, Art and Yoga Teachers from Barnsdall Art, Full-time Science Coordinator, Technology Teacher, Music Teacher, School Sports PE Coaches, and a full time Librarian.

Parents, Friends, and Family

Parent involvement is essential at Overland.  We have an active PTA and fundraising organization through FOO (Friends of Overland). We have over 150 official parent and community volunteers support our campus throughout the year.

Students & Enrollment

Overland Elementary School currently has an enrollment of about 425 children. As a neighborhood community school, many of our students reside in the surrounding neighborhood of Cheviot Hills. We also welcome students from across the district through the SAS (School for Advanced Studies) Permit.

Classroom Composition & Placement

All of our teachers are unique and loved by the students and community. At the end of each year the teachers at each grade level meet to create balanced classes for the following year. Factors considered in class placement include balance of gender, ethnicity, language ability, academic ability, gifted/talented identification, behavior and social interactions. 

The principal selects which teacher is assigned to each class. Parents will be notified online via the Parent Portal of their child’s class placement. We do not accept parent requests for teachers. We do not accept parent requests for classroom placement.

Brittany N. Jones, Principal

Brittany Jones became the principal of Overland Elementary School in the Spring of 2022. She has devoted the last 10 years of her education and career to Los Angeles students in public schools. Ms. Jones has taught students in grades 2nd-5th across several elementary schools in LAUSD, and has held a multitude of coordinator and leadership roles at the school site level. Prior to her role as principal of Overland, she served as Overland's Instructional Coordinator supporting teachers, students, and families with instructional resources and solutions. Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from The University of California Berkeley, a Master's Degree in Education from Pepperdine University, and an Administrative Credential from the University of Southern California.