I agree about the nepotism. There are some great teachers, some are fair and then there are the others you don't want. It's pretty much like any other school in this district, except that this school seems to lack genuine integrity in the leadership. Integrity means actions follow words. I'd like to see more of that from this administration. Also, the bullying is still pretty bad on the playground. There are a lot of kids and not enough supervisors. Otherwise, test scores are consistently good. I agree with the other comments that the other schools in the district provide good alternatives to this one.
El Camino Creek has been an excellent school for our kids. Principal and parents are very involved. If I must say something that bothers me is that certain parents (those that are in the loop or former Vice Principals with kids attending the school) ALWAYS get the best teachers. This really is not fair. It is so obvious. Otherwise, very happy with the school.
Having moved here from another state with private education, we were wary about public education in california. This school is wonderful and has reached our high expectations. There is a lot of parent involvement, that keeps programs, like art, music and multiple disciplines of science. The teachers are dedicated, supportive, and caring. They challenge the students who need it, while providing extra help others. The class sizes are some of the smallest in the area. My sons are enthusiastic about learning and take pride in going to ECC.
I volunteer during lunch recess and witnessed packs of bully groups roaming the large black top areas. It's always the same children picking on others who are alone or in small groups. The bullying ranges from name calling, or exclusionary behavior to shoving and pushing. Because it's so rampant, it's becoming an acceptable form of interaction with kids who don't normally bully others. I"m not sure why this awful conduct is tolerated on the playgrounds year after year. It doesn't take much more than a simple redirection or time-out to teach the children bully behavior is wrong and won't be tolerated. It would be great if the school leadership were more interested in addressing the problem. For our family, strong academics or high test scores are good, but it's hard for them to focus on their substantive course work when they are fearful each day at school. I choose to stay on the playground to protect my children, but I shouldn't have to do that to keep them safe at school. . I am genuinely disappointed in the leadership's apathy toward the bullying problem at this school.
The Principle was a huge disappointment and allows behavior at that school without recourse. She talks about kids respecting each other but we witnessed bullying without recourse. For those that write there is no bullying doesn't know the reality at this school. We were very disappointed in how they handled matter for our child. HUGE disappointment to have such a weak leader that does not practice what she preaches.
I have had my children at other schools and found the bullying problem worse at other schools, El camino creek is great. I work playground partners at el camino creek and there are definately passionate disagreements between students that waste game time, but playground partners and the lunch duty and teachers all do a great job in making sure play time goes smoothly, Compared to other schools El Camino Creek has no bullying
All the Encinitas Schools have excellent technology, teachers and programs. The bullying of students on the playground and in the classroom is the reason we made the decision to leave this school. The teachers are not given enough knowledge, as to how to watch for such instances or how to cope with a bullying child in the classroom. The playground monitors do little to solve complaints, the playground has to many kids for the monitors to watch. Wtih other great school in the area we felt it was best to move to a smaller more manageable campus.
My son and daughter attend El Camino Creek and absolutely love their school! The teachers are using the very best teaching tools available, including accelerated programs and tracks with for computer, reading, art and even gardening. And for those working parents, the on-site after care program is amazing. We are so glad to attend this school. The parent involvement is intense, sometimes overwhelming, but we would rather see maximum involvement than deal with the opposite.
Our son is just finishing kindergarten at El Camino Creek. Prior to moving to the neighborhood, we extensively researched schools. ECC was at the top of our list, and we were not disappointed. The kids who were in my child's class were all very respectful, bright, curious children. I volunteered on a weekly basis, and got to know the students and teacher well. The growth of the kids from the beginning of the school year until now is absolutely amazing! My son has made some best friends, and I have also built relationships with other parents in the class. The parental involvement at the school is truly fantastic. The parents all participate to create a sense of community and raise funds for programs that benefit the kids. The teachers and administration sincerely care about each child's well being, and strive to ensure that the students will have an enriching academic and social experience.
Our 4 children have attended this school. After a change in administration a few years back, there has been an increase in problems like bullying, and lack of proper supervision of the children on the playground. New kindergarten classes have a supervision ratio of something like 15 or 20 to 1. Things are worse on the larger playgrounds, and so the bullies rule the playgrounds in large groups. I am sadly disappointed in the lack of caring and leadership that permits this circumstance to continue for years. I'd like to see better leadership in dealing with the bullying. I'd also like to see better programs in support of gifted children. This school's test scores are good each year, but there aren't programs for the genuinely gifted children. Our experience has been that the teachers aren't equipped to teach to the upper fringes, and so their response to a child who is gifted is to give her more homework or offer to push her up a grade. I'd like to see the school cut administrative expenses and increase it's per capita spending on each student, so that it matches other area schools and then apply that surplus to bolstering programs for the gifted students.
Our son started kindergarten here this year and so far he loves it more than he even loved his Montessori Preschool. He is challenged appropriately by the daily lessons, has a great time on the playground and loves the after school program. The teachers are excellent in terms of communicating with parents and managing the children in class. There is enough structure so that everybody learns, but not so much that the children can't explore and learn independently. The parents and PTA groups are also extremely active and help keep critical programs in place through fundraisers and volunteer work. Our son is a smart kid and my wife and I did a lot of research before settling on this elementary school. So far, we feel as though we've definitely made the right decision.
Overall, this very large school (~900 students) has many fine qualities: a caring and responsive principal, devoted teachers, an automated principal messaging system to home phones, extremely high parent involvement, well maintained facilities, an active foundation and fundraising mechanism, recent technology improvements, very high API scores and many extra-curricular activities and programs to choose from. Many teachers implement tiered skill-level groups for varying capacities in certain subjects. Most teachers show a genuine enthusiasm for teaching and child development. Areas for improvement include a safer pickup/drop-off area, a more transparent grading policy at the higher grades, and more lunchtime playground supervision as some bullies rule without consequences. We moved into the area for this school and have not regretted it. It does appear that the active PTA or Fundraiser parents often seem to get the teachers they want for their children. While not perfect, ECC offers what I think is important in a public elementary school and would recommend it without reservation. With that said, I also think nearby OPE and Mission Estancia are equally well run.
I have had 3 children attend this school for the last 5 years. Yes, it is a large elementary school but there are amazing teachers who are very dedicated to the students. My children have been well-prepared for their schooling beyond elementary school and are fully capable of taking honors and AP classes with the education they received at ECC. There is a lot of parental involvement which helps the kids thrive. In response to the person who stated too much was spent on the "magic show"--actually it is a talent show which is very low budget and very little is spent on the show. It is a wonderful way for the kids to express themselves!! So happy to have been a part of the ECC community!
I really like this school. I move my daughter from Vista. Was a very great change, but the result is just perfect! I love the school, good teachers, a lot of programs and great academics.
This school is more about fluff and parties than the basics.The PTA just had a huge magic show,thought it was America's Got Talent! How about spending money on the basics and giving more to teachers for classroom use. Agree about the bullies at recess.
Bullies rule the playgrounds. There are 30 or more kindergarteners for each adult on the playground. There is less supervision of the older chidren which leads to bullying. I believe children deserve more supervision during recess breaks so they may play without being bullied.
We are new kindergarten parents. We were hesitant to go public mostly due to fear of the unknown. However, our experiences in this school are altering our thinking. The parents are generally warm, engaged, and mentally present. The teacher is organized, controlled, and kind. The administration seems organized, attentive to pertinent detail, and enjoyable. There will be bumps in the road but ECC is providing an environment that will allow our kids to navigate the bumps and grow from the experience. Great job ECC! Thank you for your hard work.
Kindergarten for my child far exceeded my expectations. My daughter is looking forward to 1st grade.
The parents make this school. The administration needs to show more concern for the students needs. Per student funding is well below the State average, I'd like to see more money go into education and supervision of the students.
Principle and staff are amazing! The school is always making efforts to raise money for more opportunities for the kids!!
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