Excellent school! The teachers care, and our kids have learned a lot. My ONLY problem is that there is too much homework. My older child often doesn't have time for anything else after school. I still gave 5 stars because I think all California schools might be like this (my nephews have same issue in LA). Otherwise great school. Organized, nice facilities, and fantastic programs.
We love OPE. Our daughter is happy and learning a lot. The teachers have been wonderful and the principal is focused on many important issues that affect our children and schools. We moved to Encinitas for the schools and we have been more than pleased.
Excellent school overall- except for the new principal. A lot of homework, we do not have time to get it all done and go to outside sports. My kids are up until late at night finishing work after sports. Good teachers for the most part, however, we are NOT impressed with the new principal, she is very political and caters only to certain parents. Classes are not mixed in a balanced way- we see this year after year there. They would do so much better drawing names out of a hat than the unfair way they place students currently.
Our kids have recently started their second year at O.P.E. and we are very happy to be at this school. The faculty collaborates with parents to try to resolve your special requests or concerns. The teachers we have had are all above par, and love teaching. It shows in the dedication to their students and their relationships with the children. The Principal is new, and she has proved herself over the past year. Olivenhain Pioneer enjoys very strong community support and a high degree of parent involvement, which creates a strong sense of community for our children. All the families we have met are open and welcoming.
This school has many positive aspects however much has been overrated. The test scores have much to do with the parent support children get at home both directly from the parent and often through tutors that they hire. The homework load is beyond what is necessary leaving little time for recreational activities. OPE had a great principal over the last few years unfortunately left over the summer. While there are some good teachers many make the absolute minimum effort. A strong emphasis on kids being organized seems to take precedence over reasoning and knowledge. The school as a whole enjoys strong parental support and parents. Parents are asked to contribute far more money than other Encinitas schools. It is a shame that given that there is little evidence to suggest that the content and methodologies employed within the classroom in anyway match up to this.
Reading reviews online can be somewhat misleading due to the individual motivations and circumstances of each parent writing a review. I have had children at OPE for years and have found teachers and administrators to be very responsive to any concerns or questions my children or I have had. Bullying is taken very seriously at OPE and there has been a great deal of communication and education with the children and staff about its harmful effects. I would highly recommend calling the school office and scheduling time to meet the principal and tour the school before making a decision based on one person's experience.
Not a day goes by that I don't thank God that my kids are out of this school. I am grateful to the kid who beat up my kid who beat up my kid right in front of the principal while she stood next to me and laughed insisting they were playing. My son was clear that they were not. I pulled all 3 of my kids out of the school because of the constant bullying and disrespectful attitudes of the students and parents. I declined buying a beautiful house in the area because I didn't want my kids to be anywhere near the kids who beat them up. It's a big impersonal school where the teachers don't seemed too concerned about the individual student. If they don't do their homework or tuen it in, the teachers don't let yhe parents know.Too big for it's britches. Mediocre but likes to blow it's own horn. My kids are in better schools now, so I am grateful to the kids who beat them up or I never would have known how many better schools there are.
My niece and nephew attend this school and I am highly impressed with the quality education they receive at this school. It's a right balance of education mixed with strong family participation and fun. My niece and nephew are constantly showing me their homework and artwork they do during the shool year, and their recent 'Grandparents Day' was a hit both for the kids and the Grandparents. Reminds me of the Elementary School my brother and I attended back in Maryland. The kids will never forget their Elementary school experience.
OPE puts the students first. The community and staff consistently show their support by participating in the children's future.
5 Stars doesn't mean this school is perfect, but it is a very good place for kids to be. Especially under the new principal, teachers are being re-invigorated and students are the beneficiaries. O.P.E. has tons of optional programs that enrich the kids, and is working to provide kids with challenge up to their individual levels. Most of the reviews below are from previous years, and I feel that the school has made great strides in the past 2 years! Here's to continued improvement!
The good news is that the school has new leadership as of mid-year after floundering under an interim [ weak] placeholder of an administrator. She appears very receptive and sharp. The challenge is in the intermediate level where they have not come to a common agreement as to what a student should know and be able to do exiting each level. A couple of real gems but many veteran educators worked so hard with so little support for so many years that they are just hanging on until retirement. They are the first to rebuff true teaming - preferring to 'work harder, but not smarter' and they opt out of any true professional development. They give lip service and then close their doors and continue to do the same thing over and over. Demanding parents with advocates drag on resources. Privileged kids do ok in spite - or get tutors
If you want to hire a tutor then this is a school for you! The teachers have a lot of fun with your child but the education they give your child is minimal. I have had 5 kids attend there and the upper grades are poor! It's unfortunate that the Digueno Middle School and LCCHS are better than the elementary school but in this case I can testify to it. I have had children graduate from all of these schools. OPE has gone down hill the last several years unfortunately. The only thing that keeps it alive is the parent volunteers! The parents are super involved here as they have to be!
A very mixed experience--depending on your child and the particular teacher. Some great educators and some that may not be a good match. Tons of homework and very short days. Principal is not effective with discipline.
The academic standards and parent involvement at OPE are excellent. The office staff is warm and caring. Most teachers have all the parent volunteers they need. The PTA is highly involved and because the economic level of many of the families is high, the school benefits from a lot of fundraising. I would also say that the teachers are generally excellent, although we had a bad experience. Although there is access to many after school activities, I would like to see OPE embrace interaction with the other schools in those activities, such as Artistry in Music, which received very little encouragement. We moved to this area specifically for the schools and we don't regret it. There is very little diversity at OPE, but I just want my kids to get a good education, which they weren't getting in Vista.
A Great school for grades K-3. Great PTA. A great safe enviroment for your child.
Very high level of parent involvement. Very strong focus on academics. If your child can't keep up or requires more assistance, extra tutoring is pretty much required. Lots of extra-curricular activities offered after school which are well-liked by students.
I have been very impressed with the K-2 teachers at OPE. Very loving and nurturing, yet also structured enough to provide a solid academic curriculum. The principal is very responsive and hands-on, very accessible. The music program has been outstanding and hopefully will continue with the new music teacher hired this year.
No school can be all things to all students, but OPE teachers, staff, and parents combine to do an excellent job at trying, and usually succeeding, as much as possible. Lower grade teaching is particularly good. Upper grades have a harder time in trying to fit a very full curriculum in a school year that seems too short. 5th grade math seems to be a problem area. All in all, the children at OPE get what amounts to a private school education at a public school.
Our parents are very involved in the school and expect a lot from both teachers and staff. Every grade fully prepares students for the following year. 6th grade students are more than ready to enter junior high. Our teachers genuinely like being with our children and it shows in their caring attitude, their willingness to go the extra mile to help a child. I know parents who have removed children from private schools to attend OPE and have found the education comparable.
The teachers in the lower grades (K-3) are excellent. Unfortunately, the upper grades lack strong teachers and don't prepare the kids for middle school. The extracurricular activities are nonexistent or inconvenient (i.e. Spanish is offered during lunch and the after school program, offered by the YMCA, is just babysitting.)
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