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K-5
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Carlsbad, CA
Students enrolled: 981

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2875 Poinsettia Lane
Carlsbad, CA 92009

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(760) 290-2900
(760) 736-2203
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October 06, 2014
We moved form a different state. I was excited for my child to go to Carrillo because I heard a lot of great things about it. I was very disappointed with the front desk staff. They are so rude, never smile, they do no make you feel welcome at all! I was even more disappointed with my child's kindergarten teacher after she told me there will not be a kindergarten graduation, but when I was picking my daughter up from her last day of school, she was crying because other parents came to their children's kindergarten graduation and I did not! This was not ok with me and when I confronted the teacher, she told me she did not know that they will be holding a kindergarten graduation. Really??? Overall I think the only reason this school is rated so high is because of the rich families that attend Carrillo.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2014
They say you can't make requests for teachers but they allow PTO parents to do so. If they're going to they might as well say it, maybe more parents would join the PTO. It's so obvious who the favored teachers are, just look to see which teachers the kids of PTO parents and other teachers get. Sherwood followed by Whelan & Danielson in 1st, Yates followed by Rhodes in 2nd (Saulino if you have a son), Cummings followed by Martin than Shultz in 3rd, Duke followed by Mariano in 4th (Cochran may become a favorite), Woods followed by Lancon in 5th and Folk seems to be a new favorite too in 5th. Suppose some have to get the less favored teachers but hate watching all the PTO kids get one of the top favorites ALL the time. >:( And if parent requests were known and those teachers knew they weren't popular, maybe they'd try to improve their act.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2014
IT IS VERY UNFORTUNATE, BUT THE REASON THE SCHOOL IS RATED SO HIGH IS ONLY DUE TO PARENT INVOLVEMENT. THERE ARE VERY, VERY FEW TEACHERS WHO REALLY CARE OR LOVE WHAT THEY ARE DOING. IT IS THE PARENT VOLUNTEERS WHO ARE CARRYING OUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION. BOTH WITH THEIR VOLUNTEERED TIME AND FINANCIAL DONATIONS. THE CHILDREN ARE PUT LAST SINCE THE STAFF WILL COVER FOR EACH OTHER AND SWEEP PROBLEMS UNDER THE RUG IN ORDER TO PROTECT ONE ANOTHER. VERY SAD FOR OUR CHILDREN.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Carrillo Elementary School is the best public school there is! I have been there 8 years now with 3 kids going there and have only had amazing teachers and staff for my children. There is a lot of parent involvement also. My children feel safe there and have made great progress in their academics. Carrillo will prepare you for middle school for sure!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
Carrillo Elementary has wonderful parents that are willing to volunteer tremendous time and energy. The PTO generates substantial financial resources for the school. However, the teachers do not take advantage of the resources available to help students progress. The school might be ranked as a 10 by the state (#378 in the state) but this is because of the heavy parent involvement. The school number ranking should be hire, but many of the teacher s take this as an opportunity to do less. The school is second to last in ranking for the City of Carlsbad. The rankings for the City of Carlsbad are (#57, #192, #195, #347, #378, # 391).

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2012
Despite the potential to be a great school this school is just mediocre. The pieces required to be great are there: good facilities, good students, families who value education and have adequate financial resources. Unfortunately they just can't seem to put it all together. The previous principal was fantastic. The current principal has allowed the school to slide into mediocrity. The teachers range from amazing, to pleasant, to lazy, to down right mean...many seem like they are just going through the motions. Each year the school year begins with enthusiasm, by mid-year the students are ridiculously behind schedule and then there is a mad rush to catch up in the spring before STAR testing begins. There are many parents who are willing to give their time selflessly to help in the classroom. The PTO is another story. They seems to do a good job raising money each year and there are undoubtedly many hard working, well-meaning parents involved with this goal. However, many of the PTO leaders seem to use their positions as a means to get what they want for their own kids (class placement, etc). It's disappointing to see the unrealized potential of this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
Carrillo has changed so incredibly much over the past few years and I m sad to say not for the better! The amount of money and fundraising they constantly badger us for is outrageous. Carrillo also wastes so much learning time on flag salutes with awards related to running and behavior. But, the kids who do get Triple E s and Honor Roll get shunned and receive their awards in their classrooms to not upset or discourage those students who aren t making the grades. What happened to rewarding and promoting academics? By showing ALL kids academic awards and not just cheesy running and behavior awards helps instill and prepare our kids for the real world!

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2012
Carrillo is a great school...perfect? Of course not. Just like any school it has its issues but all in all it is a really good school and my kids are getting a great education. I would suggest to parents to get more involved. The pressure to donate is only there because the state is taking away more and more. I would suggest to some of the reviewers to join the grant committee or help in raising funds for the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2012
Pros: Staff super friendly and seem very competent, great social atmosphere for kids, teachers doing a great job with many students and limited resources Cons: The funding crunch has caused the school to do questionable things to students while chasing money. If a child misses 5 days in a year, they are barred from a trip to a pool/water park. We cut trips to visit family (including elderly residents she may not have much time with) short to meet this, but when I chaperoned the party (on May 29), I saw at least 5 kids in just my kids class get to watch the classmates leave for the party while they were effectively publicly shunned for something they (as first granders) have no control over. Kids are also made to attend repeated hyped-up fundraising assemblies, a few of which would be fine with me, but the pressure on kids (and their families) is constant, and as with the pool party, the kids are made to watch as other kids get prizes etc for getting more money. Be prepared to spend a considerable amount not to have the staff make your children feel like they have failed and let down their school.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2012
This school is doing wonders for my child socially. We move a lot and I usually had issues with my daughter's happiness and lack of friends. Not here. The teachers and kids seem to be loving and accepting. It must be that there is little drama coming from upper class homes. Whatever it is, it makes a happy student. She is involved in the activities. There are many to choose from. Improvements to be made include the lack of parking. Maybe they should make a parking structure for the regulars. Also, children who excel at academics need to be recognized and encouraged more. Do they have a GATEs program? Many of the children there are from successful brainiacs, despite how good the school is, this is a great influence on the high test scores. So do we have to move back to the ghetto to get some recognition? I hope they do something. Put it in gear, please.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2012
Let's do a comparison. First, let me say that community is a school starts with the principal, then trickles down. If the principal is not at the TOP of her game, then the system fails. At Carrillo, the principal does the minimum possible because this is a job, not a career for her. She collects her paycheck as does the least that she can. This trickles down to the front office. Please do not something like smile, it may hurt and you don't get paid to smile. Why is this important? Is a school of 900+ students if the first thing you see is a grumpy face how do you feel all day? At Alvin Dunn Elementary, the principal knows her students, smiles, her job is her career, her happy nature affects everyone around her. The front office staff goes above and beyond to assist, and make you feel welcome that you are at their school. Such an awesome difference. We have attended Twin Oaks Elementary, San Marcos Elementary, Alvin Dunn Elementary, and Carrillo Elementary. If you based choosing a school on principals, we would never return to Carrillo. She should retire.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2011
Carrillo is a great place for kids to go to school! There are fabulous teachers and tons of parent help! The campus is always clean and there are tons of afterschool programs to join ! With Education being a sore subject in CA--- you would never know it at Carrillo! They truly love the kids and that is what matters most! A great community an a fabulous place for your child to go to school! My son loves to go to school everyday and can't get there early enough! That says alot about a school!

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2011
A lot of the reviews are correct, this is a good school but with a lot of faults. The teachers are in general very good and some are excellent, but I agree that any sort of complaint contrary to how the school is run falls on deaf ears with those in charge. They do push the children, but some are progressed when they should obviously be held back. They lack severally in science and arts, they claim to be focused on math and English but spend a ridiculous amount of time at flag salutes rewarding those who run, surely this is extra curricular and academics should come first, which it does not. They rely heavily on parent funding and participation which does provide many programs but gives those 'clicky' parents too much power in the school and certain staff pander to those 'in the click'. Class sizes are too big and students get lost if they don't cause problems, there is no provision for those who are not struggling to excel, just meet the requirements. The parking lot is not designed for the parents of 900 kids with no school bus it can take 40 minutes just to get to you child for pick up. My children are happy and learning and this year have amazing teachers to thank.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2011
We just moved to this community and I was very excited about the school. I was surprised at the high level of reverse discrimination. We are fair skinned but from another country with another language spoken at home other than english. I was shocked to see a Chinese program only offered to a selective group of youngsters bc a fund came from a private Chinese money. I see other AMericans of White color (many from all different nationalities mixed) but no particular class offered for them. Instead there money goes to the entire school program to facilitate all other children. IF the money collected came from the nationalities of other origins such as German, IRish, Denmark, Australian etc.... then only those children should be allowed to participate! The school does not even have a art or science room and parents teach art. The school is over crowded and they provide a room for a Chinese class to take place. Then looking at the registration form, why should it matter your race? THey have every nationality of Asian listed (about 20), and Hispanic, And I am other white. I am from a foreign country and we do not speak english but my children are learning and have no choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2011
This school has highly challenging academic programs and some of the best test scores in the district. Most children, including mine, perform above grade level. Unfortunately, any concerns I have brought to the staff have been met with defensiveness and denial. Other parents have shared the same experiences. The rule here is "don't rock the boat."

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2011
This school is a great school for children they keep them all motivated and the parent volunteer is great.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
Carrillo is a great school that continues to provide my children a well-rounded education. I have one in 5th and another in 1st. Thanks to wonderful parent support we have been able to hold onto a music program, computer lab, reading program, and art. Many other schools in our area don't have these programs anymore. The running club has made physical activity fun for the kids. The teachers and staff are dedicated to do what is best for the kids. Parent involvement is high and encouraged at this school. I am thankful for the past six years I have had here.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
This school has suffered a big loss. With the previous principal gone the school/staff is just not the same. The overall tone and atmosphere has changed. We love our teachers my daughter is in first and has 2 fantastic teachers (team teaching is a wonderful chance for my child to learn/be taught/guided/and have her needs met by two qualified people; an extra set of eyes to make sure she is getting exactly what she needs) My other daughter is in 4th and loves her teacher as well. Hopefully the district can get it together and help what was a connected happy school get back on track. There could be more emphasis on academics and less on running.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
Great teachers, great staff from the principle down.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2010
My daughter went here for a short time this year, unfortunately we had to move and she couldn't stay at this school. I already miss this place and the teacher she had for third grade. My daughter who suffers from ADHD and usually hates school, for the first time really started enjoying it and was excited to go every day, her teacher was so patient with her and not once did this school try to talk me into putting my daughter in special education classes due to her ADHD like her previous school. The only complaint I have is the drop off/pick up process. This really does need some work, but other than that the school and teachers are fantastic. After all what other school has two peacocks roaming the campus freely. They are adorable and even play with the children. As for the principle, I met her a couple of times briefly yet she remembered my name and my daughter s and was always anxious to address any questions we had. .

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2010
We moved from a small town, smaller school. This is our first year here, and the school does offer a lot of incentives for running and reading, but not much for Math or Science. They have a wonderful list of afterschool activities and a reading computer lab program. What happend to Art? Parent volunteers teaching it???? This school seems to pull in a lot of money go get a good art teacher, rotate the classes through it and have the parents volunteer there. It is a 900+ student school with a lot of parent involvement but lacking a real personal connection/feel to the parents or students. Not really a fan of team teaching particularly in the younger grade levels. Younger ones need stability and a consistent role model. However the teachers are fantastic. And the traffic for pick up/ drop off needs to be improved. Still feeling out new principal.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
Great Staff, awesome PTO, always trying to be the best and give the best to our children, we love it.

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August 14, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2009
I'm a parent and overall its a good school (in this area). They have many awards (be on time, tough worker, be responsible) and a lot of reading/running awards which is great. However, they seem to not encourage science/math because most of the awards are for reading/running (they give math awards in higher grade levels). As it is, most kids are lacking in math/science skills and if there is no incentive at an early age, they may have difficulties in middle school. A new principal is coming in next year (Mr. Wise is retiring) so hopefully this will not be overlooked. I don't think it would hurt to make the kids think that math/science is cool.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2009
Excellent school. We absolutely love it.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2009
I have to agree with the majority of the reviews. I think this school is the best. The principal, Fred Wise, seems to know just about every student by name. Yah there may be 31 kids in the kindergarden class but the also have 2 teachers plus an aide. Can't forget about all the parent volunteers , at least 5 per day. So I think the kindergardeners have it the best. My chid was actually suposed to go to SEH Elementary. Our neighborhood was 'redistricted/rezones' so now we go to Carrillo. I think that Carrillo is such a better school. It shows in all that the teachers and PTO do.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2009
Principal Fred Wise is an engaged and talented administrator who has gathered a talented stable of teachers. An active PTO helps to soften a contant barrage of budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 01, 2008
Wonderful school, thanks to one of the best educators Ive ever met: Principal Fred Wise. He is amazing--knows all the kids and their parents and motivates the teachers to do their best. Most teachers are great as well. Class sizes after 2nd grade are too big, but this is typical for San Marcos district. Lots of emphasis on taking personal responsibity. Kids have tremendous self-esteem, thanks to lots of award programs, where everyone has the chance to shine.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
The principal is awesome and he is everywhere, teachers are very well prepared and most importantly they are happy teachers, you can tell they love the environment because they put all their effort on teaching the best that they can all the children equally, my kids really love going everyday to this wonderful school and they are learning more than they would in most other schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
This school is dedicated to the success of students and is very child-centered in its approach to education. Kids feel great about learning in this environment and reciprocate the love and respect bestowed upon them by the teachers. The test scores show that these methods are paying off--not just in incredible API scores, but in happy and well rounded children that are the faces behind them. It is an honor to have my children attend Carrillo Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2008
The school is great! My child loves it at this school. The teachers are great. Although, when it comes to the children, and what is in their best interest. The school does a poor job. The politics really show at this school, and I do not agree with that at all. ALl children are not treated equally. The parents who do not work and are at everything, their children get the best. Other children get pushed aside! So with that said I am going to have to rate the school porly. Children should come first in all situations!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2008
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January 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
Wow what a school. High parent involvement. The teachers are incredible. They care beyond what normal teachers due. They put in so much time and effort. The PTO brings in more funds to make the school such a success. The Principal Fred Wise goes above and beyond. He actually gets to know all 800 kids there and he never would ask someone to do a job that he would not do himself. See him directing traffic, opening the gate or washing dishes. You can not say enough good things about this school. Yes it is in the SMUSD but with the new CSUSM program everybody will want to attend.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2007
The security at this school is very poor. They are more interested in flag salutes (to recognize athletics) than they were on acedemics. 1st graders didnt even have the right resources to learn.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
It's a good school for 1st and 2nd grade. Kindergarten [has] 32 kids per class and only half day. On minimum days, afternoon kindergarten is combined with the day kindergarten classes. Reduced class size only applies to 1st and 2nd grade, unlike most other San Diego school districts where the ratio is 20:1 for grades K-3.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2007
First grade team is amazing! My child loves his teachers and all the other first grade teachers as well. We love the school. It has such a positive feel and friendly staff. Mrs. Alt and Mrs. Gidner make a great team. Carrillo is a wonderful place for children to grow, learn, and create fantastic memories.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
Our 2 daughters just finished their first year at Carrillo. The teachers are excellent. Principal Mr. Wise is hands-on and effective. First grade teacher and VP Mrs. Pistone is absolutely wonderful...would love to have her again!

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2006
Carrillo has a good drama program led by Mrs. Fisher who puts in lots of extra time and effort to put on a super musical every year. Her dedication is very appreciated by the school and the drama participants.

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May 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
Full range of academic programs, big emphasis on achievement and accountability, student recognition...dedicated teachers and principal...a lot of opportunities for parent involvement. Mr. Saulino (2nd grade teacher)is the absolute best! Both of my children were in his class and you couldn't find a more dedicated, caring, creative, motivated teacher anywhere. Extracurricular and charity activities for students to be involved in. Excellent school psychologist and student study team for kids 'at risk' or struggling academically and/or socially. Experience with learning disabilities, ADHD, special needs tutoring and other assistance.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2006
This school is clean, fairly new, and well staffed

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April 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
This school has wonderful parent involvement, great academics and a cheerful environment, Not thrilled with some staff but overall a good school

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2006
My daughter is finishing her 6th and final year at Carrillo. Principal Fred Wise is a hands on, positive role model for students, teachers and parents. Most of the teachers were excellent. Yes, Carrillo is in the San Marcos school district, but test scores are well above many in SD, including Poway!

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July 28, 2005
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July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2005
Simply a great experience for the kids...and parents too! Teachers and staff are really cool. They keep parents well informed and involved in the learning process.

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May 26, 2005
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December 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2004
Very sound school, with a very progressive principal . Fred Wise is such a motivator for both the students and the parents. What is key, though, is his ability to recruit and retain a top-notch teaching staff. We've had a great experience at Carrillo.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2004
Excellent atmosphere with emphasis on learing in a positive setting.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2004
Good school but there are a lot of politics and gossip that detour what is really important. Money seems to buy your way in with the PTO and some of the lower grade teachers.

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January 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2003
I have two children attending this school, one in Kindergarden and one in 2nd Grade. There are excellent teachers and the parent involvement is high. My children are both doing great at this school. The foundation that starts in their Kindergarden program is excellent. My 2nd grader is well above his grade level in most subjects.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2003
My son has attended your school since kindergarten. The positive and caring attitude among the students, teachers, staff is overwhelming. The school has been improving despite the vast number of enrollments over the last couple of years. The teachers and staff should be commended for their dedication and commitment for such high standards.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2003
Our principal, Fred Wise, is a hands-on, positive-approach kind of guy. He truly has the interest of the children in mind, and is an outstanding role model to our kids and parents alike.

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Carrillo Elementary School
2875 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad, CA  92009
(760) 290-2900
Last modified Carrillo 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.
Carrillo Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top