Our 2 kids recently joined Poinsettia. They were at a private school before, and so we were a little hesitant as to what we would get at poinsettia both in terms of academic as well as social environment. So far, we have been very impressed and happy with our decision. The teachers are great, the principal is responsive and engaged, and the PTA is very active, with lots of parents volunteering and fundraising. Our kids have met and made friends with several kids from the neighborhood, which helps to build a sense of community. A couple of areas where public schools in general don't compare well with private schools is in class sizes and differentiated learning. The class size has not been an issue as the teachers and volunteer parents do a great job of managing the classroom, plus with the reduced class sizes, our kids have 24-25 kids in their classes. The differentiated learning is a challenge, but the teacher has been very receptive to working with parents with advanced kids so that they are not bored in class. We are glad that we tried our neighborhood school before deciding against it, as the pros have definitely outweighed the cons thus far!
My child no longer attends Poinsettia Elementary - he's moved on to middle school. That said, I am giving a review as a parent who has experienced both the old and new principals. Things in the last two years have gotten MUCH better at Poinsettia since the new principal took over. From day one we had serious issues at Poinsettia Elementary (staff was unbelievably rude to parents, the teachers (not all) were very mean and/or sarcastic, and the principal was horrible with a capital 'H'. A very bad energy all around. The bullying at this school was a huge issue involving kids, some teachers, and believe it or not, some parents, as well. Not good. Enter the new principal. She is very dedicated to the children first and foremost - and in my opinion has changed the school for the better - even the teachers/staff members are a little kinder to the students/parents under her supervision, and while she has a ways to go (cleaning up a messy school can be hard work and take time), I've no doubt she will do just that. Parents remember to support your kids and your principal by teaching your children to be respectful of others and follow the rules. This is what makes a good, strong school.
Great school!!! PTA is making great strides adding Music, Art, PE AND Science. I have two kids in this school and could not be happier. And now that we have smaller class sizes....it's only going to get better. Small community feel. Great kids, parents and teachers!!
I transferred out of this district to a school with smaller class sizes right before they lowered the class sizes. Friends that stayed say it is still crowded PTA is screechy with a "we wish we were still in a sorority" vibe..teachers always complaining about class sizes -rightfully so
Poinsettia is making great strides! Art, Science, Music, reduced class sizes and more. It's amazing what a community can do when it bands together to work on a common goal ~ giving our students the best education possible.
Thrilled with the newly reduced class size (25:1 in my son's class). We are extremely happy with his teacher and my son loves his school. I've enjoyed getting involved too. We are lucky to be at a newer campus (6-7 years old?) with a smaller student body than surrounding public schools, which gives more of a community feel:)
I recently visited my grandson and his family in Carlsbad and accompanied himto the Poinsettia Elementary School one morning, where he is a first-grader. When we arrived that beautiful morning, my grandson joined his classmates for fun and games before the school day began. The joyful chatter from the playground was contagious! When the morning program started, all the kids lined up with their classes to listen to a positive message from the principal and to stand at attention, hands over hearts, facing our flag as they said our Pledge of Allegiance. The teachers were by all indications totally dedicated to the wellbeing of the kids. It was truly a heartening experience for me, and based on my observation and other information my grandson's parents have shared with me, I believe Poinsettia Elementary is a truly exceptional school. I am especially happy to see the kids are learning the meaning of our pledge to our flag and nation. I'm proud that my grandson is able to attend this fine school. Nick Ganaway
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.
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.
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