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Carlsbad, CA

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3010 Tamarack Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008

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(760) 331-5900
(760) 729-4758
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December 03, 2014
We were new to Hope last year, moving back to Carlsbad from Seattle after an eight-year absence. Our son is in 5th grade this year so sadly this is our last. Mr. Tubbs, the principle is a great guy; funny, loves the children and goes out of his way to interact with them, takes time to get to know them, makes sure they are happy and even takes a personal interest above and beyond. Mr. Tubbs stays late to decorate the school for events; he dresses up for holidays, and has a great drive for raising funds to make sure the school has the resources it needs. The teachers are wonderful, this year we feel very lucky to have Mrs. Lawrence, who is the best teacher we have ever had. The parents are friendly and helpful and very welcoming, we have a great time when we volunteer for school events. Hope is a wonderful school and we would recommend it to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2014
I was just reading all the post about Hope Elementary, most were good but some said the class sizes are to big..Hey look around! The state of California has big class sizes.. I my self feel blessed that my kids are fortunate enough to attend Hope. I have two 8 year old in 3rd grade and they are doing excellent. They have been at Hope since Kindergarten.. They love Hope. The principle Mr. Tubbs is not somber or unfriendly, he does communicate well with parents and he does take issues seriously. I don't know why a parent posted that. He is very good with all kids and does not let any child get away with things that are not right. The teacher are EXCELLENT.. The school is EXCELLENT. Like I said I am blessed to be able to have my kids and foster kids attend Hope, very Awesome school.

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2014
We have an excellent teacher and for that we are grateful, the front office staff is very nice as well, unfortunately the principle is more concerned with his image then attending to the concerns parents have. If you bring an issue to his attention he discounts it as mentioned below by others, dismisses you or never replies. He recently won an award but I cannot imagine why. In addition the PTA is VERY cliquey and they love to gossip, it is the "adult" version of High School Mean Girls and they are supposed to be grown ups, and if you are not accepted by them or don't fit their criteria then be prepared to be pushed out and in turn have your child excluded. If one of them does not like you, the rest will follow, they will not take the time to get to know you, they will listen to the gossip and shut you out. Hoping to transfer to a different elementary school for next year. How anyone makes it through this school for the entire five year duration is astonishing. How they won a distinguished school award is even more amazing.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2014
Hope has great potential but is limited by decisions made at the district level. Did you know that CUSD filed a waiver with the State Board of Education to allow class sizes that EXCEED the legal limits? What a dissapointment that this would even be an option! My child has 38 in her class and as the other review mentioned, severly imbalanced gender mix. The teachers and principal are doing the best that they can with what they have been given, but this decision is not in their hands. Sadly, the children are impacted the most - there is simply not enough time for the teachers to help the kids that need more support to succeed. CUSD has let down our children and is driving parents to pull out their kids and take them to Charter and Private schools.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
Hope Elementary has positive qualities but my main issue is the class size. My daughter's class has 38 kids. In addition the female to male ratio is lopsided with a significantly larger group of boys than girls. I complained to the Principal and he dismissed my concerns.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2014
Hope has wonderful teachers, however the class sizes are much too large making it difficult for the teachers to spend time with students that need additional help. They rush through the curriculum to meet the district standards as opposed to making sure the children fully understand and remember the subject matter which isn t fair to the teachers or the children. Great parent involvement. On the downside, there is extensive bullying without consequence and this occurs on a daily basis. There is not enough supervision during recess and lunch. The principle is somber and unfriendly and does not communicate well with parents nor does he take issues seriously. The lunch monitors are loud and rude and yell at the children saying things like "hey you better pick up that trash", setting a horrible example, my daughter hates eating lunch here. The special ed monitors do not seem experienced and they do not engage the special ed students in activities often forcing them to sit out as opposed to keeping them active or teaching them a skill and this is difficult to watch as these children need special care, love and patience. We have attended Hope for three years, this being our final year.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
This school is absolutely terrible, and it's not even the teachers fault. It's the superintendent's. A terrible person leading a school with so much potential, things were much better before she came along.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
I am writing because I take issue with what the person below wrote. I very much doubt that Hope school "went to the state" to request a waiver to ask for large class sizes!! The *district* would do that, NOT the school. And yes it is ridiculous that class sizes are huge, but that's on the CUSD and the state, NOT the school. My daughter went to Hope for 6 years and graduated in 2012. This is an excellent school and the staff and principal were great. I wish class sizes were smaller but that is not on this individual school, it's on the district. This school also has amazing parent involvement and some great programs. It felt like a family. We miss Hope!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
We just found out that there will be close to 40 kids in most classes at Hope Elementary this year. This school went to the state to get a waiver on the California state cap! Who could rate this school at a 9? This is a disgrace.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
Ms Connelly, our 2nd grade teacher has made me change the way I felt about Hope Elementary per our experience in 1st grade. She does a great job with the children, keeps the parents involved and informed through emails. She has great energy and is very knowledgeable about teaching methods and tips on how to work with kids. She uses lots of positive reinforcement and my kids love her. Overall, I gave Hope a 4 star because not all teachers are like Ms Connelly and because of the big ratio of kids/teacher and no classroom aids. I have met several parent volunteers but many of them feel like it is a chore and don't have the best attitude (Then why do they volunteer? I just don't understand them)The PTA is also not as well organized as our former school. To the PTA I would say that their events would turn out much better if they gave more advance notice (1-2 weeks ahead and then reminders) by email, so people could plan ahead to attend restaurant fund raising events or spring festivals (The same day or 1-2 days before is not enough notice) The ladies at the front desk should try to be nicer/more helpful to the parents. A smile can go a long way on how people interact with them.

- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2012
The parents are very involved and the teachers are engaged, friendly and available for parents and students. The office staff could use a little humor and social skills. The principal is witty and easy to talk to to. This is our first year here and hope it continues. All of the reviews about bullying do worry me and I hope the school gets it under control.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2011
I've had two children attend Hope before we moved from the district last year and felt that overall it's a good school. Parents are really involved and it has a great community feel to it. Good academics. The Principal seems somewhat harsh when it comes to disciplining the kids. I mean really...kids will be kids and I noticed that the same children were always getting picked on by him. Seems fishy to me. My previous post was deleted so let's hope my honest opinion gets posted!

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2011
This is our fourth year here at Hope and I still have mixed feelings about this school. Compared to other schools academically, Hope gets an A! They challenge the kids a lot and they get plenty of homework every day believe me! They also have music, computer lab and P.E. which is great. Some teachers are excellent but there are some that just don't enjoy teaching. They seem negative, too strict and as if they have to be here instead of wanting to be here. The office staff is all over the place. You get a million different answers for the same question. Not very helpful or friendly at all. There is also no "rule" on how to come in or out of the school. Anyone can walk in at any time which concerns me. More adult supervision during free time also needs improvement. The safety of my kids is my main concern.

- submitted by a parent
November 11, 2010
All the Teachers here at Hope are great! My Daughters teacher has been there for a very long time and is FAR from being "Burned Out"(as someone else described) He keeps the class organized, busy, very interested in learning and at the same time teaches them a lot of discipline and keeps the class fun. I love it when my daughter comes home everyday and talks about how much fun learning is at Hope . The Principal here is also very loved by all the kids and works hard to make great things happen for all the kids at Hope..I have never heard of a Principal that puts so much of His time and effort to make this such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
My child's first year at Hope was a GREAT experience. Mrs. Bussey is a WONDERFUL teacher. She loves what she does. Very caring and fun teacher. I would also recommend Mr. Koopsen's tutoring if your child needs extra help. He's an amazing tutor! The parents at this school for the most part are very involved. Classroom and school activities as well. Very community oriented school. There's always guards helping to cross the street before and after school. Keeps our children safe. The principal SEEMS to enjoy what he does, but he is good at keeping school fun for the kids. They have dance, music, PE & more extra fun stuff for kids to enjoy. They also have A LOT of fundraisers every year. Curriculum is very advanced. Lots of homework. Be prepared. So far Hope has been good to our family. I'll let you know about next year.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
Hope teachers are very supportive of students. As a parent I have always found my child's teachers here to be enthusiastic and right on target in helping my child. I love that no one is treated as a discipline problem. Walk on campus yourself and you will see the difference.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
There's a lot to like about Hope school. We agree with many of these reviews which specifically mention the extent of parent involvement and how wonderful the Kindergarten teachers are. But other teachers at Hope have been there too long and are burned out. We share the opinion with several families there, as well as other families that have chosen to transfer to other schools, that academic difficulties are treated as disciplinary problems at Hope. A child who may need extra help and encouragement with academic work is instead sent to the principal's office or sent home with a disciplinary note or both, which hardly constitutes a helpful solution for the child.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
My kids love this school. Teachers are top notch and care about the kids alot. This is also one of the most technologically advanced schools I have ever seen. Principal Tubbs is excellent and actually heavily involved with the kids unlike most administrators. Two minor gripes are wishing for a full-day Kindergarten and the office staff is helpful, but only when prodded.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2009
We love Hope Elementary! Mr. Rai in 4th grade is a creative, passionate & highly motivated teacher. He makes learning exciting! Ms. Presley in 2nd grade is an outstanding teacher. Her class is amazing; all the kids are so well behaved! My daughter benefits so much from her motivated & creative teaching skills. Our kids LOVE the Hope TV which Mr. Tubbs take time each week to make it an exciting show for Hope kids! We couldn't be happier!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 08, 2008
Amazing school...hands-on principal...I love the Hope Elementary experience!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 02, 2008
Hope School is truly a community of teachers, parents and administration dedicated to educating the whole child. Here, the academics, the arts and community service are highlighted. My daughter is currently in Mr. Koopsen's Kindergarten class. She is reading, writing creative stories and loves going to school. Mr. K is a gem and really cares about the student.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
My home was originally zoned for Kelly elementary but I have been very happy at Hope! My daughter is in Mrs. Bussey's K class and she is fantastic. My little girl is reading everything under the sun and I have been impressed by the quality of the classroom curriculum. I have volunteered several times and always felt very welcome. All of the parents are so involved, I know the school is going in the right direction. The new principal Mr. Tubbs is so very friendly and knowledgeable I know we are in good hands. Keep up the excellent work!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2006
Our neighborhood was originally zoned for Calavera Hills. My son went the first 2 years there then was transferred to Hope. He didn't want to leave his friends, but had a positive attitude. He was amazed at the difference and so was I. It took both of us 1 day to realize that it was the best move we ever made. My daughter was in Kindergarten and Mr. Koopsen hands down deserved his 'Teachers are Heroes' award! Mrs. Connelly is an angel on earth. She is the most creative, considerate and loving teacher I have ever come across and my son adored her. I have been more than pleasantly surprised!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
Mr. Koopsen is a fantastic Kindergarten teacher. My son had him last year and I couldn't rave more about him. This school prides itself on academia. This school works hard for great music, art, and computer classes. There are many parents involved at Hope.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
Hope offers a well rounded curriculum including a focus on reading and math as well as science, art, and music. Parent support has provided ongoing fine arts program for students in grades K - 5.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
Great school that puts children first. Teachers are very qualified and the atmosphere on campus is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
My son loves this school! He has attended Kindergarten (half-days)and 1st grade (full days) at Hope. I'm only sorry we have to move (we are military) that he can't continue there and that my daughters won't have the chance to go there. The teachers are very involved and suprisingly the principal is too. Drawback: Not a lot of information is given to Kindergarten parents prior to start of school (i.e. supplies or schedule) or transition to 1st grade (i.e. set up lunch account).

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
Although academically this school shines, the Principal makes it all a very harrowing experience. Not recommended.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
April 29, 2005
Hope provides a solid educational environment and a safe and supportive place for a child's first educational experience. The fact that so many of the students go on to perform well later shows they are prepared for the challenges ahead.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
I have been very impressed with the reading program at Hope. The PTA is very suuportive and have provided the students with dance, music and art classes. There are two new computer labs that are top notch. The parent involvement seems strong. The principle keeps the parents very informed of the school and district issues.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2004
We had several children attend Hope Elementary, and all had positive experiences. The teachers they had were experienced in teaching gifted children and provided enrichment materials which helped keep their interest and added to their existing pool of knowledge. Teachers also seemed experienced in helping remedial children catch up on basic skills. The school provides after school extracurricular activities such as chess, science, photography, sports and jazzercise. Discipline is maintained and children are safe. Parents are also encouraged to volunteer and welcome on campus.

- submitted by a parent

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Hope Elementary School
3010 Tamarack Avenue, Carlsbad, CA  92008
(760) 331-5900
Last modified Hope Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hope Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 33 reviews. Top