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Carlsbad, CA
Students enrolled: 598

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3330 Calle Barcelona
Carlsbad, CA 92009

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(760) 943-2004
(760) 943-2008
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March 16, 2015
We were new to Mission Estancia last year and have had a wonderful experience. My son's 2nd grade and 3rd grade teachers were engaged, thoughtful and kind with their students. I also have a kindergartener who absolutely loves going to school. The community and parents are welcoming and active. We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2014
I have one child who attended Mission Estancia from K-6. The experience differed as the changes in principals took place. The first principal was kid based, whereas the second was not. It became more of a business as it was number driven. Elementary school is supposed to teach children about the love of learning. I have not seen that in the past 3 years. We now have a new principal. The community needs to come together and the school needs to support that. My second child is there now. I hope this principal will lead the school down a kid based path and the community will support the teachers. The teachers are as good as the principal and the curriculum allows them to be. I see very dedicated teachers. Your child will do well as you support the teachers and focus on the development of your child. Parent involvement for the benefit of all the children needs to be in the forefront. Mission Estancia has a good reputation and needs to continue to concentrate on our children's education for the future.

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2014
I have two daughters who started at M.E., and I can honestly say that everything about the school is wonderful. It is unfortunate that some people choose to badmouth the school simply because they disagree with certain programs (yoga). Get over it. I moved back to Encinitas so that my kids could go to the wonderful schools like I did when I was a kid, and I'm very pleased with the curriculum, the faculty, the support staff, and the administration.

- submitted by a parent

April 30, 2014
We moved here because of the reviews of this school. We were extremely disappointed and stressed with our child much of the year. Some teachers and all support staff we have encountered have been sub par. Our child was not a classroom conducive to learning and when we tried to switch multiple times, the school was so full they couldn't. So not to waste any more time, we moved to a nearby school and have great success. Our child has gone from an unfocussed student with "special needs" to the top of the class and far exceeding the grade level in less than a week. Poor classroom management and lack of administration overlooking the tenured teachers.

- submitted by a parent

April 12, 2014
Mission Estancia is an amazing school with dedicated staff, and an innovative principal who is embracing technology, the common core and the remarkable community. A school is only as good as the community that supports it! Those disgruntled individuals who complain below should spend less time complaining and more time supporting. The teachers keep the students engaged with hands on learning, phenomenal project-based learning, and one on one technology. This is a school that will rally for those in need and will create a foundation of learning that extends beyond the classroom. Mission Estancia has an undeniable, positive reputation for preparing its students for the San Dieguito district. Students leave Mission Estancia highly successful and they return year after year to volunteer and to visit the phenomenal teachers!

- submitted by a parent

March 25, 2014
This school is horribly mismanaged. The principal expels first graders for rough play on the playground. She has to resort to such measures because the kids are left unsupervised often. This use to be a good school prior to the current principal.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2014
This school has rapidly declined over the past three years. The incredible teachers my older student had have all recently retired. The few amazing teachers left, that had years of experience to establish programs that excited students to learn, have been moved to teach drastically different grade levels. My student is bored daily. Their class silent reads sometimes as a class for 2 hours in a school day. During the two week school wide study of the oceans, math was not taught. I can't figure this out. The consultants that all of the school fundraising goes to now are terrible. The new yoga program is never interrupted and takes time away from basic subjects and is infused with quotes promoting social collectivism.

- submitted by a parent

June 16, 2013
Mission Estancia is an amazing school with immense parent involvement. We've only the best experience at the school, having attended 2 out-of-state school previously.

- submitted by a parent

April 26, 2011
Teachers are average. Not enough communication with parents regarding kids. Discipline is innapropriate and negative for the younger kids. Too much like military and not nurturing. Children aren't able to express themselves properly and are frustrated. Will not return next year

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 28, 2010
My 3 children each got high quality individual attention during their time at Mission Estancia. Teachers and administrators there really care.

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2009
This school is fantastic. If you are new here you will love it! The teachers are the best out of all the teachers from different schools. YOU WILL LOVE IT!

- submitted by a student
no rating
June 18, 2009
I kids love it at ME and the teachers, staff, PTA, and other parents have been nothing but great.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2009
I agree with the last writer, it all comes down to getting the right teacher for me, and the parental involvement is amazing both in the classroom and out. Every year I have been at ME there are parents in the classroom every day of the week for about two hours or more. The teacher can work in small groups because of the active parent participation. The parents also work hard to raise lots of money that gives this school a well rounded education for it's students. The size is also great as it is small enough to get to really know everyone, but big enough so that you do have a choice of teachers.

- submitted by a parent

May 22, 2009
Like any school, your child's experience will depend on the teacher. It is a public school so you get all types of kids and teachers. We transferred from an expensive, private school in the area in second grade. We have not been disappointed. ME offers good academics, good programs, great extracurricular courses, and an afterschool care program (precious for working parents!). Of course, parents have to be involved to ensure a child gets the good teachers, and is tracking academically. I don't understand some of the other reviewers who cite lack of parent involvement and school communication. The PTA is so active, and school letters so frequent that I can't even keep up. Overall, I have been pleasantly surprised by this public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 11, 2009
I also moved to this school for the blue ribbon rating. I have been less than impressed. Teacher and administration communication is poor. There are only a handful of dedicated staff. I will not be keeping my child in this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 10, 2009
Mission Estancia is a wonderful school with well qualified, motivated teachers and a supportive and active administration. The P.T.A. is highly involved and this enables the students to have many extras that other schools may not have.

- submitted by a parent

January 24, 2009
ME is a major disappointment! Moved to the area for it's Blue Ribbon. It's academic standards are horrible and the parent involvement is very poor. If your moving to this school district, stay clear. Several teacher and staff need to find new career's. We moved from another blue ribbon school, who higher standards, huge parent involvement and the administration cared about education. ME gets an F.

- submitted by a parent

May 23, 2008
This school does now have a tech lab, thanks to the PTA. Get used to a lot of fundraisers, but ME has the best programs in the district. Academics are great and parent involvement is very high.

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2006
The school has a great Art Attack program as well as music and dance. My child really likes his teacher and class. The school environment is very warm and parents are involved. The only negative, is that there is no computer lab and limited computers in lower grades.

- submitted by a parent

June 12, 2005
great academic based school, experienced teachers, comparable to OPE or El Camino Creek but smaller and more personal :)

- submitted by a parent

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Mission Estancia Elementary School
3330 Calle Barcelona, Carlsbad, CA  92009
(760) 943-2004
Last modified Mission Estancia Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mission Estancia Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top