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K-5
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Carlsbad, CA
Students enrolled: 849
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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1100 Camino De Las Ondas
Carlsbad, CA 92009

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(760) 331-6200
(760) 929-1778
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April 02, 2014
My experience at this school has been quite different from many of the other parents that have posted here. I am not the least bit impressed by this school or its principal. In several years and across different grade levels my child has been exclusively taught by worksheets. There is very little room for creativity. Boys commonly struggle in environments like this. It is the prototypical 'teach to the test' school. Taking away recess and even PE (California schools have been sued over this) from kids that fail to finish their worksheets seems common practice. One would think that it does not take a genius to understand that a child who has a hard time focusing on mundane worksheets in class needs more and not less time to let off steam and run around during recess and lunch. I don't feel they care about the individual student's success and well-being as long as their overall test scores stay up. Since the same type of teaching occurs across different grade levels, I can only conclude that it is the principal's mantra to teach this way. The new common core standards might be an eye opening experience here, at least I hope so. Something has to change.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2014
The school is supported by a great principal, dedicated teachers and active parent involvement in a beautiful location.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2013
Had to reply to the parent complaining about special needs kids. Our experience was EXACTLY the opposite. The school went out of the way to help my daughter and was always open to discussion when needed. Pac Rim has some issues when it comes to class size and funding, but that's not the school's fault. If you're in North County SD, Pac Rim can't be beat.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2013
Moved from NY and chose to buy a home based on the schools available. Our concern a was substandard education. CA schools do not rank well. After research we found the best elementary school available and home values in our range. My child thrived at Pac Rim. The principal Rob't Devich is in a class by himself. Not only did my daughter receive an exemplary education but she is a person that treats others well, understands the value of "giving back", and emerged with a confidence in herself that will enable her to achieve her dreams. While not take away our contribution as parents so much of this is due to the "heart" of the school. Non academic achievement is recognized on an ongoing basis at Pac Rim. Mr. Devich consistently delivers "good character messages"...Making good decisions today? Treating your neighbor as well as you would like to be treated (Golden Rule) Taking care of your responsibilities? The messages that the our children need to hear to become productive members of society, good citizens and great parents. Pac Rim ranks in the top 10% in CA. My daughter will be able to pick and choose any college/career she wishes due in large part to Mr. Devich and staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
While the test scores are fantastic at the school it is way too crowded. The average class size is 33 and the school is impacted with classrooms that need to be redone. Moved my child from this school. Just too many kids!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2012
I have had two kids in Pac Rim and I absolutely love this school. Mr Devich runs a tight ship and it works. When we first enrolled here I received a call from him after the first week, explaining that my son was not meeting the standard and spelled out to me exactly what the problems and issues were. I was so impressed and relieved to finally be in a school were the kids were so cared for. I have so appreciated our time here and am so grateful for amazing teachers and volunteers. I wish we had Mr. Devich all the way through 12th!

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2012
It was a very hard decision to pull our child from Pac Rim this year. Mr. Devich is a godsend to this school and our family has been most appreciative to him over the years. The teachers for the most part are very good, especially Miss Glassey and Miss. Blakely. However, there were some issues at the school that we were not satisfied with. The computer, science and music programs at Pac Rim are lacking compared to the private schools in the area. The GATE program is not very good either. I know it is due to a lack of funding, but I just feel that the education is too focused on the star testing here. Bullying seems to be a creeping issue here as well. Mr. Devich does a good job of keeping it under control, but he can only do so much, it says a lot about the type of parents of these kids that attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2011
My child is a special needs student and the staff at Pac Rim has done an amazing job with him. He has come up 2 grade levels in one year. The teachers, principal and Special Ed staff all work together to support him. Excellent teachers! Amazing principal knows every student and parent and provides strong leadership. They are teaching my child skills he will use for the rest of his life.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
Teachers and the principal do not work well with special needs kids. They only blame the parent and do little or nothing to help. You will need a lawyer if want services required under law.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
Pacific Rim is hands down the best school in San Diego County. I personally have taught at many schools throughout the county as a temp and I have never been so intrigued by a school, staff and definitely principal. The involvement and sense of community is beyond any I have seen. I felt like I should write a review because I read all of these and there were a few that really pinpointed kindergarten and looked down upon the class size and ratios. As a current kindergarten teacher (not at Pac Rim, unfortunately) I don't think parents understand that schools do not make these placements. It is directly correlated to the district and the state, depending on the budget level. We all know there are not funds to provide a decent amount of teachers to our schools. Pacific Rim is the best place for children and it's too bad they can't double the size so more students can attend. They do focus on test scores, but not solely. Their primary focus is the growth and wellbeing of the children... It's a plus that they can work so diligently that their test scores are on top. If you live in this community and are lucky enough to have your students attend, take the opportunity. It's amazing.

- submitted by a teacher
April 09, 2011
This school is just wonderful! I have one daughter who goes to this school and I enrolled my other one (older) in a private Catholic school. While I am satisfied with the social environment of both schools, I see that the education in Pac Rim is superior than that of my other daughter's private school. I love the teachers here and the principal is very outgoing and friendly. Their homework policy is very strict. My daughter got detention when she didn't turn in her homework on time! they encourage parents to participate in school activities and I feel of all the public schools my daughter has been in, this is one school that does not constantly ask and pressure you for donations. Overall, I am happy with Pacific Rim!

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2011
This is our first year at Pac Rim and we could not be more pleased. The first t thing we noticed about the school was how happy the teachers were. It did not take long to see why...the principal is amazing...he is an incredible lleader, mentor and gives incredible support to his staff! Our kids were bored at their last school...at Pac Rim their teachers challenge them at all times. The academics are top notch but so are the life lessons taught...The Golden Rule is also part of their education.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2011
We could not be more satisfied with a school, then we are with Pacific Rim Elementary. Best elementary school in the state of California! Hands down.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2010
I struggle to rent a house just so my son can stay in this elementary school zone. He is about to enter 3rd grade, but has been since K. Mr. Devich is a involved, realistic and enthusiastic principal. I have never heard a poor work spoken of him. I also utilize the Kids Care (Before and After School on-site care program) services and am so thankful. As a single mom working in Orange County, I really rely on them and it is good knowing your child is on campus all day, and not having to be bussed to an outside facility. I have also had the honor of utilizing the Districts IEP program for speech therapy and it was a smooth, educating process. I hope to keep him in this school district for as long as I can.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2010
We have very happy with our experience with Pac Rim. Our daughter just finished kindergarten this year, and although she's smart, she's very "high energy" and we were concerned about how that might play out in the classroom. Every time I volunteered I would open the door to a room of kids sitting quietly (including my own!) and listening intently. The children were encouraged to participate in class discussions, and the teacher always made sure to include and engage those who were on the shy side. Once they had completed their daily worksheets, children had at least four activity choices from art to reading and writing on their own. The teacher was firm, but warm and the children really responded to her. We feel lucky to have found such a great public school for our children!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
With all the glowing reviews, I just wanted to share our experience - not as positive - even though we are positive-minded people! We just finished our first year at Pac Rim, Kindergarten - 31 kids with one FT teacher, one PT teacher, sometimes an aide, sometimes a parent volunteer. I think the teachers could be great, given a different situation. But working with that many 5 year-olds, they seem stuck doing a very monotonous and boring routine, just in order to keep the chaos to a minimum. Our child had minimal opportunity for self-expression, creativity, hands-on learning, friendship building, and many other skills that should have more focus than a repetitive worksheet and hand-puppet craft every week. It seemed it was all the teachers could do to help the students meet the minimum standards, I had hoped Kinder would set the stage for a love of learning to be instilled...NOT!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
Pac Rim is #1! It couldn't be better even at a private school! the best teachers, staff and principle! Special Education services beyond expectations. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
High level of academics, the teachers, nice campus, principal, EVERYTHING!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
Pacific Rim is somehow able to hire instructors and train teachers to extend the learning process to students. With fundraisers and creativity alone, children have access to music, art and physical education. They learn about the outside world through parent chaperoned field trips and classroom projects. This is in spite of all the monetary cuts that have been made in California schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 11, 2010
From the outside looking in, Pacific Rim Elementary is a great school. Once on the inside, however, it is realized that the Principal's understanding, open-minded public persona gives way to little more than lip service and the desire to keep test scores high (at any cost) --- as if knowing when to answer 'None of the Above' to a grammar question will make or break true education, self-worth, caring, and contributions to our world at large! There are also a few other school/district adults poking around to watch out for as well; too wrapped up in their own sense of importance and superiority to give much of an honest fig about the individual needs and talents of a child and family.

- submitted by a community member
no rating February 22, 2010
Pacific Rim Elementary is an excellent school with a wonderful and dedicated Principal who knows his students and his parents. He is very diligent about teaching right from wrong, having kids follow the Golden Rule! We have been very happy with this school as well as the success of our two kids who attend here. The teachers are also amazing!

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2009
Great School.... Very involved teachers, staff and parents

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 21, 2009
The response before this one is very sad. This school makes every effort to give the students a great experience and education and does very well on testing and getting kids excited about learning. This school is on the right track with great teachers and a principal with a lot of character.

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2009
There are 31, 5 year olds in Kindergarten with only one Ft teacher. It is very overwhelming for the kids. Parent volunteers are not trained teachers and are really hit and miss. Pick up is chaos with everyone pushing to get their kids. Do not send your child here if they have any learning disabilities, staff and principal are not trained or understanding.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My Daughter has been attending Pacific Rim for the last three years. I am extremely pleased with the school programs, raising the academic standards for each student, teaching the 'Golden Rule' and keeping with motivated through a fun enviroment. The Principal Mr. Devich is wonderful very caring about his students, and the teachers are the best.

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September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 15, 2009
Mr. Devich is an amazing pricipal, raising the academic standards while maintaining a fun and motivated environment

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2009
I am very impressed with Pacific Rim. From the pricipal to the teachers, they are warm, friendly and seem to demand respect. My daughter is in Kindergarten and I just can not say enough about her teacher, Mrs. Stayton and all the other teachers in her class. I am so encouraged by the parent volunteers, of which I am one, to see how involved parents are in their children's education. Coming from a private school I was extremely skeptical, but I am now a believer that the public school system is worth it.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
very high standards, nice families which really make it a very pleasant place. My two children there are often challenged and are excelling.

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March 10, 2008
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March 08, 2008
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December 20, 2007
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November 25, 2007
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October 24, 2007
This is our first year at Pacific Rim. I have one son in kindergarten and one in third grade. I am completely impressed with the quality, energy and dedication of the teachers. The new principal is excellent as well and a terrific leader. The level of parent involvement is incredible. The only area lacking is a formal PE and music program. The teachers do a great job of making time for PE, drama and art. I very highly recommend this school!

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May 16, 2007
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- submitted by a student
January 11, 2007
We are very happy to have our son in this school. Our son is in 3rd grade and is in the L.I.K.E program and it has been wonderful for him and other parents say the same. The teachers are very encouraging and Inspirational, they work with them on their strengths and weaknesses as an individual with various learning levels and styles, they help in setting goals and develop plans for their success, which has help our son in and out of the class room.- I hope to see a lot more of this Program though out the schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
Good school overall; my son has made good progress

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May 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
Pacific Rim is excellent school which offers the GATE programm as well as a lot of after school programms. The teachers are very good and the schoolgrounds are beautiful designed.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2006
My child has been attending Pacific Rim for five years. The school has high parent involvement, great teachers, clean campus, and is overall a good school.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
Pacific Rim is a fantastic place for kids, parents, and teachers. Everyone is very friendly and helpful. The students are taught by skillful teachers who differentiate their instruction masterfully. The students are challenged academically and enjoy working together in the classroom and on the playground. The school has an amazing Waverider News program where students report weekly on the happenings of the school. Parent volunteers are plentiful which allows the teachers and students to do activities and projects above and beyond what most schools are able to do. I highly recommend Pacific Rim!

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January 12, 2006
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September 14, 2005
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August 18, 2005
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July 13, 2005
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June 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2005
Teachers, Principal and staff great. My kids have attended since the opening of the school. Not enough extracurricular programs offered for free. Mostly outside after school programs which come to the school which is very nice but are way to expensive! I have noticed in the last 2 years the school has really nickled and dimed the parents with alot of soliciting which really bugs alot of parents. My biggest gripe is the parking and dropping off and picking up our kids! The parents have gotten ruder and ruder! I witness a foul language match at least 3 times a week and parents are always blocking and leaving there cars. If you dont get to the school at least 35 minutes before its out you will not get your kids for another 20 minutes and most likely you will have someone run you down or yell at you. Ride a bike or walk.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2005
Pacific Rim is a nice school with a tremendous amount of parental involvement (to a fault actually). Parents really run this school and the administration bends to their every whim. The staff is fine for the most part. Carlsbad schools increased the class sizes in the kindergarten rooms to over 30 per class. Also, the kindergarten is only half day. Many are taking their children to private schools for at least the first year and quite a few aren't coming back for the following years. The 1st - 3rd grade rooms still have low class sizes. None of the grades have a real music, art or PE program.

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February 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Pacific Rim is the most amazing school I have ever been involved with. I volunteer one day a week in Ms. Lupica's class and I think she should write a book on her powerful, fun-loving skills at teaching. She makes the most difficult subjects fun and exciting. I have learned so much from just being in this class. We researched Private schools and none of them could compare. Ms. Lupica has a system, with the help of many parents, in which the children can learn in small groups with attention to their personal needs. Every child feels so important. They get special attention and they learn. Everyone gets to be a VIP. I feel like we have a wonderful family of caregivers at Pacific Rim. I feel closer to the community and really blessed to be able to send my child to such an excellent School. Thank-you.

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September 25, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Over I'm happy with the school and it's teaching staff.However,the Admin.staff,needs lots of work.They never seem to have an answer to our questions.Sometimes even rude,when you need help.

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Pacific Rim Elementary School
1100 Camino De Las Ondas, Carlsbad, CA  92009
(760) 331-6200
Last modified Pacific Rim Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pacific Rim Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top