I was a GATE student at this school and unfortunately their idea of meeting the needs of more advanced students is to have them build things with toothpicks and do meaningless worksheets when they're done with their work. In third grade my teacher would give us gummy bears to give her massages. Totally inappropriate! I wish I had had the courage then to say something about it. Unfortunately this school teaches you to shut up and do what they say.
My son has been here for 2 years. In 3rd grade he had lost his love and passion for school based on a bad teacher experience. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the school, principle, secretary and staff. It's such a warm and loving school, wonderful teachers with great learning activities, field trips, test scores, etc. Awesome parent involvement.
i went to this school i say all parents should try to get there kid in this school. well disipline great teachers wonderful history!!!!!!
I love Sunnyside Elementary School because during the course of my education there, I was always treated with the utmost respect and I was always rewarded for my creativity. The administrators and staff at Sunnyside were kind and giving 100% of the time. I went to a few different elementary schools; 1 in Washington and one In Hawaii, and I must say they didn't compare to my experiences at Sunnyside. I am a Senior at Bonita Vista High School now and I still have many close fiends that have stayed with me since my days at Sunnyside and whenever we pass each other in the halls, we almost always want to sing 'The Sunnyside Song' . The memories I made at Sunnside will stay with me forever and I think this school should get all the support it deserves simply for the fact that I, along with dozens of other students, created a family there that will last us a lifetime.
Sunnyside is a great school!!, my kids are very happy, the kids are tought to respect others and the principal is always right there in every aspect of the school from academics to each student well being, he's a caring principal. Transferd my kids from an nearby elementary school, that is the best decision I had ever made!!
The school now has DASH. They also have a football team that was poorly ran. Same kids played over and over again, while others sat on the sidelines. If you are unable to volunteer, it reflects on your child. This is a great school if your child is an A student and a stay home parent. Because of the community it is in, no additional resources are offered for the struggling student. The principal is great. Always available. The clerical staff is also very helpful and friendly.
Awesome school! great environment! great principal and staff! if you are looking for a school that you won't regret enrolling your child in.....Then this is it!
We moved to the area a couple of years ago and we love the school the principal is a great person taking care of every detail in school and knowing each and evey kid in the school
No DASH; No preschool; No Mad Science; No Spanish Immersion; Only a poorly run $450/yr Spanish class. The PTA club offers scant opportunity during meetings for parents to voice their opinions. For some reason there is no funding for any programs though DASH; Mad Science; Soccer teams and other after school programs are offered abundantly at lots and lots of other Chula Vista elementary schools. (There are some ESL and counseling session offered through grants but those grants are typical at most schools now.) Slipped to #6 in API scores. It's a testament to the parents and teachers that the kids have done so well with so little district support.
Very strong teachers from first to fourth grades. Wonderful principal and staff.
Great school. I have two daughters attending Sunnyside Elementary and couldn't be happier. Teachers, support personnel are excellent. An parent involvement is very high and has benefits the whole school. Very high academics but hardly any extracurricular activities so you need to complement this area with after school classes.
It is a small but very friendly school. Classroom are in good size and academic programs are done correctly. There are plenty of extacurricular activities put on by the school.
Sunnyside is always in the top 2-3 schools in the district according to State Standardized Tests (STAR.) Teachers and parents volunteer long hours to maintain academic standards and traditions. Everyone a Reader is provided by both teachers and adult volunteers to boost reading in grade 3. Accelerated Reader is a successful school-wide reading program for grades 3-6. Parent and principal provide leadership in the choice of GATE program: For the past 2 years it has been Science/tech, and my daughter loved it. All grades contribute to the Halloween Carnival/Silent Auction, Craft Faire, and Field Day. Running Club is a popular parent-teacher created school-wide program which both of my kids have participated in. Our school fundraising efforts produced a new track this year. Bonita is a caring tight-knit community in which to raise kids.
Very good teachers in K-3, acceptable in 4, and marginal in 5-6. Skimpy in the extracurriculars. However, there is a high level of parent involvement. Generally teachers and administrators have formed a good teaching team.
Sunnyside is weak in its writing instruction. Little writing is assigned by the regular classroom teacher, though I saw super resources the Literacy Resource person developed for the staff. (I am an English teacher at a middle school.) Unfortunately she is now retired due to budget cuts. There are dedicated teachers onsite who put in many hours, but they are not using state standards as the foundation for their lessons. My son's teacher said his 10 year-old lessons were sufficient and he saw little reason to do things differently. Similar comments were echoed by teachers serving on the school site council of which I am also a member. When asked about workshops the staff might benefit from their response was, 'They are a waste of time.' As an educator, I have attended many workshops learning how to create standards-based lessons according to the state's new standards. Sunnyside teachers are using traditional lesson plans, then matching standards to a lesson, if they match at all. (Most of my son's assignments were not related to anything in the 5th grade standards.) Unfortunately this means specific skills addressed in a standard, which get more complicated with each grade level, are not addressed. These weaknesses are evident in the school's latest test scores.
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