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6889 El Fuerte Street
Carlsbad, CA 92009

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(760) 290-2121
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December 15, 2014
La Costa Meadows is excellent 10/10. We are very happy with the teachers, curriculum, administrators, and KOC. We heard LCM is being rebuilt soon with funds from the recent voter approved bond - 2 story very nice. The extracurricular activities are great as well. Hopefully there will be more labs (science, AR,..), equipment and security. One thing that amazes is that some parents will not make a $250 wave fund contribution for their children which funds the extras that students need. LCM is great, our kids are happy and doing very well.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2014
I love LCM! My three kids have had great teachers. I love Mrs. Krupsaw and Mrs. revell. They are firm but loving. My kids all learned to read and their writing was amazing. Mrs. Embree, ms. Mine and Armstrong rock. There jobs are tough with the hard critics out there. Try teaching so many kids to be kind... Some parents aren't ...

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
La Costa Meadows is an fantastic elementary school led by a dedicated team of administrators, teachers, and staff. There is a commitment to the academic success of all students within a positive environment. The school emphasis academics, character, and the importance of college. Parents are extremely involved with one of the strongest PTA's I've ever seen. During the downturn, the PTA raised resources to fund the music teacher, after school programming, and so much more. We loved our time at LCM.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
LCM is a fantastic school with a well rounded education for my kids. My boys are getting a great education, enriched with Music, Art and Science and have the opportunity to try out many new activities through the after school programs (LPP). I love the administration, they are positive and are doing their best to make LCM a great place to learn. I feel bad for the people below with negative experiences because we have had a great Elementary experience at La Costa Meadows. I am very impressed with the amount of parent involvement and the sense of community at this school. My boys love it and are so glad we moved over by LCM.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2013
I really wanted to like this school. My kindergardener sat with a raised hand to be excused to use the restroom - well, teacher never saw him and he had an accident. Even worse she sent him on to KOC where he had to sit separated from the other kids for almost 2 hours before I could get there. And worse yet, she won't respond to my emails asking for an understanding of the situation and what the class policy is because my child hasn't gone in his pants since he was 3, and he is a true rule follower, so this is not acceptable. I just asked my kids today if they would be sad to leave LCM and they both, literally, screamed "NO." Sorry, but the teachers are so disconnected, principal is MIA, and the parent helpers spend their "helping" time gossiping with the other helpers, so the kids are left to fend for themselves. Half the food in my kids' lunches come home because they need help opening something and theres no one to be found. I helped in the 2nd grade (along with ~5other parent) and was 1 of maybe 3 that were actually helping. The otheres were there for appearances. It really saddens me because there is great potential. And KOC...don't get me started....

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
I appreciated LCM while my boys attended the school. Now that they are in a different school and district, I appreciate LCM even more. For our family, it started with Mrs.Carter, the principal at the time. She did an amazing job. We were fortunate enough to have had some of the best teachers as well. Mrs.Murphy, Mrs.Costa, Ms. Hoisington, Mrs.Cherveny, Mrs.Tague, and some others that have left the school. I loved that the supervisors knew the names of so many of the students. And the amazing PTO. What a wonderful group of parents that work so tirelessly to supplement and enrich the students with music, science garden, and computer lab. I am very sad for my boys that they had to leave LCM, but so happy to know that their friends that attend LCM have an amazing school to learn and grow in.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
Teachers & office staff I interacted with seem nice & well organized, school has decent API score,others nearby with higher. Class of 33 kids & 2 teachers. My child is very disappointed that she doesn't really get to play on the playground. Don't do like I did- Before school starts drive past the school to point out the playground , you will set your child up for huge disappointment like I did. *not enough characters allowed to explain* Like other government run schools they need more money .It doesn't bother me, however to some they may seem a little pushy about donations They will also be doing a huge Halloween fundraiser carnival event. At orientation we were presented with information about the school implementing a new government/Obama :-( core curriculum. Honestly I am uneasy about my kid being some of the first while they work out the kinks. The person directing traffic today behaved terribly. I understand she may be a volunteer however The woman was still waving me forward as a kid ran in front of my car,Then yelled at me to drive faster and at children like a prison warden to go through the gate. Keeping traffic moving rather than children seemed to be priority.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
I LOVE this school. It has a great sense of community and excellent teachers. My son has Mrs. Sandoval for first grade this year and he has done nothing but flourish in her class and in LCM's supportive learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2013
Our first and hopefully last year at this school. On this date: April 27, 2013, the school has 950 students - a figure quoted from the office staff. Notice the header on the top of this page says 798 students. We too have experience several security and safety issues. The kids are 6, 8 and 9. Dismissal is a free for all - kids usually unsupervised, running around just feet from the massive line of cars picking up. The 6 year old was repeatedly sent home, without permission, with other children. 5th graders help direct the traffic in the parking lot pick up zone!! The policy of having visitors sign in and wear a sticker has improved....but still often see non-staff wondering around....walking right through the office without being stopped and questioned! School had a lock down because a student went missing, but we were not informed. At a Flag day salute for Kindergarteners, the students were led by older students in an anti- drug pledge! Not age appropriate! School communication involves phone calls, paper letters, emails, e-blasts.....and we still are left in the dark on many things. The school is overwhelmed; safety and security policies are not followed.

- submitted by a community member
January 31, 2013
I am very disappointed! Not only has my 5 year old been allowed to leave with an unapproved adult, my requests for control measures at release especially with the large amounts of subs in the class have not been addressed. The focus is on doing worksheet after worksheet. It is even used as their 'creative play'! My child went from liking to color to scribbling like a 2-year old again. As for academics like reading, make sure you teach them. We're looking for something else next year!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2012
Never imagined I could love a school so much! There is such a sense of community and the teachers are wonderful. They are creative and inspiring. My daughter has made incredible leaps the past two years thanks to Mrs. Wells, Mrs. Murphy and now Ms. Zelasko (an AMAZING 1st grade teacher!!)

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2011
KIDS ON CAMPUS question. Does anyone have experience with the Kids on Capus for La Costa Meadows Elementary? Good? Bad? Are there any alternatives for afterschool care? Perhaps something in the community? Any thoughts will help. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2011
The teachers are outstanding! I don't think as highly of the administration, but that may just be due to a personality clash. I do think that they ask a lot monetarily wise (large donations of classroom supplies and money for the PTO wave fund are expected).

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2011
The principal is not horrible!!! She does not push kids through. If a parent feels it is necessary to hold their child back, ultimately it is always the parents choice. I have always found Mrs. Carter approachable, fair and reasonable. The reason I do not give the school 5 stars is because the class sizes are way too large. We have been so happy at La Costa Meadows.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2011
The principal is horrible... she cares more about pushing kids through and school policy than the individual needs of each child! The Kindergarten Teacher has been awseome this year!

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May 11, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 01, 2010
An amazing school with creatice and inspiring teachers. Both of my sons have received a wonderful education during the four years we have been here. I could not have asked for more. It is a wonderful community asset.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 11, 2009
This is our first year at this school. The principal is very responsive, the school is above average. My son is certainly not challenged though he is learning. Arts and science lacking. I am finding that the school itself, maybe due to location is lacking that community ambiance. I am used to letting my kids play at the playground after school and more people walking or biking to & from school. At the end of the day everyone leaves the campus so quickly. The line of cars to pick up kids is pretty ridiculous and I don't know why parents cannot just park and walk over to pick up their kids rather than idle and pollute for a good 15 minutes to get to the pick up zone. The strong Middle & High Schools keep us in the district. Maybe we will have a better experience next year given budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2009
You try to teach that many children and get results. I bet your teacher did a great job keeping everyone on track and your child learned a lot. A parent's job is to review skills too. Check where your kid came into school and when they left.

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February 20, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
My daughter is in Ms Shuda's K class. Her reading and writing skills have increased by leaps and bounds. They do lots of practice and they have good homework for more practice. To read and write a language its simply about practice. Fortunately, Ms Shuda has lots of creative ways to keep the children engaged.

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August 07, 2008
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June 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 22, 2008
My son's kindergarten class was lacking in creativity. They are given mostly worksheet after worksheet. It seemed like busy work to fill time. With such large kindergarten classes (32 students) the teacher always appeared rushed and distracted. Expect to spend your evenings teaching them the basics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 24, 2008
This school is definiely lacking in the quality of how to teach children. Many teachers are pencil-paper pushers. They lack creativity. The new principal seems like she will bring more in quality teachers nd work to make the school better.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2007
The principal's leadership was definitely lacking, but a different principal is on board now, and I believe a change WILL indeed happen. For the outgoing principal's reputation, I will say that while he seemed 'nice,' the female parental involvement probably presented an impenetrable wall of Type-A personalities that he was simply not equipped to deal with. As for the crossing guard: she's wonderful. She is involved, and invested, in the safety of the general environment, as such is her concern and reason-for-being. All she asks is that parents actually SLOW DOWN, and not allow children to disembark and/or cross in the middle of the street. As to parent rudeness: Yes, this can be true, and I think part of what I, too, have encountered and bristled at, is the nouveau-riche atmosphere of the burgeoning community. There is an air of haughtiness about many...it can feel cold.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
I have two children that attend LCM and I have to say I was not impressed with the principal at all. The office staff and most of the teachers are nice and good at what they do. However I feel that the school definitely lacked in the discipline area. Parents are very involved but there are a lot of parents who are very rude and hostile. The crossing guard especially. I am not impressed with this school at all.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
Excellent district. Great school. Wonderful teachers.

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March 26, 2006
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January 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2005
There is a very high parent involvement at LCM. The test scores are also high. My sons have had difficulty because the class sizes are so large that they don't get the attention they need. If a student is not average or above average they will struggle endlessly.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2005
My daughter attended la costa meadows from kindergarten through 5th grade. She and I both loved this school! Great teachers, small classes, lots of parent involvement. It was like a neighborhood school back in the old days. Very together. And offered a pe teacher that was incredible. Mr. Lewis really got the kids involed in running and playing during recess, not gossipping or sitting around. Great all around environment for kids!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
My son went to La Costa Meadows K-2 and loved it. Great Staff and such support from the community.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2005
Excellent school with a lot of community involvement and great programs for kids. There is a real care for students. Flag salute on Friday mornings brings the whole school together, celebrates accomplishments and sets goals.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2005
This school is a wonderful school. The teachers, staff, and administration are committed to giving each child a positive academic experience. The parent involvement is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2004
I have not been part of the La Costa Meadows family for that long, but I have been very impressed with the staff and the school. It is a winning combination!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2004
I am very pleased with the school because the teachers are excellent in motivating kids to learn and excel. The parents' involvements are the best. A lot of parents know kids by name.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
La Costa Meadows has proven year after year to be an excellent school. The teachers continually strive to provide their students with the best education possible. I am extrememly impressed with La Costa Meadows high standards that help their students create a solid foundation for their future educational ventures.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2003
We moved to Carlsbad for the excellent school district. To our surprise La Costa was in the San Marcos School District, however La Costa Meadows did not fail our expectations. My son went from being held back to 95 scores in Math and Reading on STAR tests. Family friendly school. Excellent teachers! Love Mr. Harrison 2nd grade. Friday achievement assemblies on the blacktop overlooking the ocean what an inspiration. Supporting achievement what a concept. All schools should be this good.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2003
Excellent academic achievement is a constant at La Costa Meadows, I've had two go through, and are in high school now. A third child just started 1st grade. The teachers, staff and parent envolvement is as it was 12 years ago -outstanding. I was out of the appropriate district when my youngest approached kindergarten, I made darn sure we relocated back into the district just so he could attend, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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La Costa Meadows Elementary School
6889 El Fuerte Street, Carlsbad, CA  92009
(760) 290-2121
Last modified La Costa Meadows 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.
La Costa Meadows Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top