We came to Poinsettia Elementary from another country and it has been a fantastic experience so far. All the teachers and staff are helpful and have been really helping our grade 5 student adapt and fit in really quickly. The community / families of Poinsettia are wonderful and have made us really feel included. We are so happy to be at Poinsettia. It is great to find everything in one school great teachers, welcoming families, great kids........
We switched over from a charter school. Really scared because of some bad gossip in the community but have found out it is only a few people talking bad. Since switching, my kids have never been happier at a school. We have been impressed with the teachers, families, everything. Yes, has bigger class sizes but most public schools in Carlsbad do. For the person below that says to do private, please note that everyone is not financially secure as you must be. Private schools are very expensive & you live in a little bubble which is not real life.
I was apprehensive about switching from a small private school, but have instead found that I'm impressed! My son's enthusiastic teacher has mastered the skill of teaching with a large class size. (Large class size is at all Carlsbad Unified School District schools, not just at Poinsettia.) She utilizes parent volunteers each day and a student teacher part of the time, which makes me more comfortable with class size. State and federal funding no longer includes many of the things that I feel are important to our children -- but thankfully the awesome PTA, Carlsbad Educational Foundation, parent and community donations, money raised through fundraisers, and parents volunteering their time make all of these things still possible for our children! I have found that the principal and PTA are open to new ideas which makes getting involved in my son's elementary school experience both rewarding and fun.
This school is poised to do great things! Passionate parent involvement, rising test scores, talented teachers, and a dedicated principal.
Poinsettia Elementary has been amazing for my kids! The teachers are very challenging and we are loving all the family involvement in school events. The class sizes have not been an issue and we love how small, in population the campus is compared to other Carlsbad schools! We are so happy that we get to go to this great school.....Go Panthers!
Poinsettia is an elementary that has on going problems with large class size, low teacher student ratio, a portion of the school population that are "entitled" - and deplorably low test scores. Just look up how they rate compared to other elementary schools in Carlsbad. Then make a note to yourself that, in general California schools suck across the board. If you can beg,borrow or steal the money to put your child in a good private school - DO IT!
Leadership asked/told pta parents to write positive reviews on this site. This turned me off. The school is crowded. The teachers try their best, but, both kids and teachers are suffering with 35 kids per class. if you can afford private GO....
Great school! The overall parental involvement is very impressive. There are so many fun activities throughout the year to help support the school and to keep both the parents and students involved. It's great to see how supportive the staff is too. I really like the new principal.
Poinsettia Elementary has a great community feel. The principal and staff have succeeded in making my son feel comfortable at the school. My son is excited to have access to computers and enjoys the music program. Our 1st grade experience so far has been great- with an awesome 1st grade teacher!!
Great neighborhood school with involved parents and an active PTA. My son started here as a kindergartener last year and had a wonderful experience. I cannot speak highly enough of his teacher, Ms. Gilbert.
My children are not challenged. They are learning, ok, sure, but are they motivated? Nope. This school is just average. Nothing to write home about. Star testing scores are low compared to other Carlsbad schools. Sure we went up by 12 points, but we are still trailing others by a huge percentage points. Also, I am not crazy about the PTA and the administrative people. Front desk, please, you have one job! Greet the visitors with a happy face! The new principal is great, though. I can see that she is trying to improve the schools. I do feel for the teachers. Some of the teachers here are excellent, others, not so much. Maybe it's the same everywhere....
Poinsettia is a great school. The parent involvement and PTA are wonderful in providing funds and fun. I'm so happy my child has been at this school for 5 years. I admit that the first couple years were rocky due to the principal and since it is a newer school it took a while to get into the swing of things. But Poinsettia has blossomed into a great place to send your children. The surrounding neighborhoods are winners too!
Great community school. Disregard any reviews that were made before 2012. This school has gotten so much better with the new principle. She is great. All of my kids are excited to go to school everyday/happy when they come home and learning. Parent involvement at the school has also gotten a lot better.
We transferred to Poinsettia after an atrocious experience at a different highly regarded school in the district. We have no regrets. My daughter's Kindergarten teacher has been CUSD Teacher of the Year and was absolutely outstanding. Enrollment at the school is only about 500, compared to nearly 800 and 900 at nearby schools. The campus is new and beautiful. The PTA is working hard to bring additional funding to the school and keep valuable programs for our students.
The kind of neighborhood school every child deserves--has a tremendous community of committed parents working alongside great teachers and administrators. Love Poinsettia and feel so lucky to go here! Lots of thought has been put into the extracurriculars--this is a very well rounded environment in academics, athletics and the arts.
There are excellent teachers and some not so great ones. Principal could be more of a leader and not just an observer.
Our oldest started her 3rd year this year (K-2) and our youngest started Kindergarten. We have been very happy with the teachers and education so far at POI. The new Principal is a big improvement from the last and there is an obvious morale change as well as drastically increased test scores since she took over. I have witnessed her leadership in PTA meetings and like the changes I see. I'm happy to have my kids here and am excited about the positive direction the school is headed. They have the lowest enrollment in the district and as many have mentioned, a very diverse population. I agree with the observations about a correllation between these numbers and our scores. When factoring those students in, our numbers are quite good and best of all, they're improving. I like that my children attend a diverse school. Parent involvement is high, PTA helps a ton, and communication is very open and thorough.
We have been at Poinsettia for 4 years. Honestly, a few years ago, I would never give the school 5 stars. Mainly based on how horrible the principle at the time was. Last year, the school got a new principle. The changes and overall moral have changed for the better. This is definitely a school to watch and I see it only getting better!
As an educated parent, I spent time researching the local Carlsbad schools before moving into the neighborhood near Poinsettia. At first glance, the scores seem lower than other nearby schools and some of the reviews are atrocious. However, the school is the newest and there is more diversity which accounts for some scores. Many of the older reviews also reflect the negativity from the previous principal. I believe exposure to diversity is beneficial to our children and know there is more to a school than scores on standardized tests. My daughter completed Kindergarten last year and I have nothing but rave reviews about the school. Her teacher, Mrs. Loftis (and the other three K teachers) were wonderful. So far, in first grade this year, she loves going to school. There is a lot of PTA and parent involvement. For example, the school was having funding issues for the art program. Parents raised $7,800 over the summer to fund the program for our kids. The new principal, Ms. Giordani, has done an impeccable job. The school API scores have reflected significant improvement too. Another positive attribute of this school is a smaller student population and class size.
Two of my children attended Poinsettia for a couple of years. While one of them was lucky enough to have had 2 great teachers for his last 2 years, my younger son was less fortunate. His 1st grade year was a nightmare with a teacher, who had been moved down from a "higher" grade level. The principal at the time was horrible!! Arrogant, incompetent and painful to watch and listen during school assemblies, to say the least. The school is in the bottom ranking in terms of scores, and that is not because of the many wonderful, involved parents that live in the area. There is a gap in terms of socio-economic backgrounds with a good percentage of the school population, including many English learners, which unfortunately, has negatively affected the overall scores year after year. Needless to say, I moved my children to a higher ranking school within the district and am so happy I did. No regrets at all.
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