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).
How can you not love a school overlooking the Pacific Ocean? It is a great environment for learning, offers a great after school progran in the YMCA, and the faculty are committed to children (even in the midst of all kinds of budget cuts).
Despite the challenges of diminished budgets, our school, students, teachers, staff and parents included, contiune to step up and work together to overcome and help our school flourish. We are a community and together we make a difference.