We are seriously considering leaving this school. The principal is clearly under qualified for this position. She talks a great game but does not know what to do when it's time to deliver. Pretends she cares about the students when all she really cares about is her own personal agenda. Sadly, it is the staff and families who suffer the repercussions. There is little supervision on the play areas which have led to numerous acts of bullying....something the principal continues to overlook. The teachers so far have been great but the school is only as strong as its weakest link. Maybe once the principal moves on, ECC will be the great school it once was.
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