Capistrano Unified School District/Palisades teachers have opportunities throughout the school year and summer for professional development to help improve student learning. A variety of topics and subjects are covered, from academic achievement to student behavior.
Palisades’ Homework Plan is in accordance with CUSD Board Policy 6154, which reads, “Properly designed homework significantly strengthens student learning and achievement.” A general rule of thumb for time committed to homework is to multiply the student’s grade level by ten and add ten (e.g., a 3rd grader would have an average of 40 (3 x 10 + 10) minutes of homework per day. Consideration is given to differing student learning and ability levels in assigning homework. Common purposes for homework are Practice (doing homework based on a skill taught in class), Preparation (students may be asked to think about an idea for homework prior to systematically studying about it in class or to collect information for something they will study in class), Elaboration/Extension (students may be asked to elaborate on what they have learned or make connections with their other knowledge), and Make Up (completing work at home to make up for absences).
The teachers and staff members at Palisades Elementary School have high expectations for all students, both academically and behaviorally. Students at Palisades School are expected to contribute to a safe, orderly and productive learning environment.
While at school, students are reminded to ask themselves: Is it safe? Is it the right thing to do?
All Palisades students can be A+ Wave scholars during the school year! What makes an A+ student? Attitude, Attendance, and Achievement!
Students can receive a variety of rewards from their teachers and the administration for appropriate behavior and academic achievement throughout the school year.
We moved to Capo Beach in the summer of 2015 and were hesitant about the school at first because of the 7 out of 10 rating from Great Schools. Since then, the rating has increased to 8. The Principal, Mr. Visca, is absolutely wonderful. We have children in 2 different grade levels and their teacher are fantastic. Palisades has a very active PTA with year round functions. But most important to me, is the strong sense of community and family that has been fostered by the entire staff and families that make up Palisades Elementary. This school is truly a great environment to raise your children in.
This school has a new principal, which has totally changed the atmosphere on campus for the better! He is open to new ideas and is very enthusiastic. The situation is a complete 180 since the last review was posted in 2010. The office staff are most kind and helpful, a very active PTA and OUTSTANDING teachers!
We have been here two years so far and notice there is a bigger emphasis on rewards for raising money than anything. No community projects, no special ed inclusion, no genuine interactions between principal and parents. Very cold. Closed. Our children are here because this is 'our' school (though it doesn't seem that way).