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Carmichael, CA
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2925 Mission Avenue
Carmichael, CA 95608

(916) 575-2362
(916) 575-2413
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June 23, 2014
As a former student, I can't help but be just a little bit biased to my own experiences. Mission was the best possible place for me to attend. I would not be the person I am today if I had gone to any other school. In my seven years there, I had an amazing time. I'm still friends with some of the people I was friends with there when I was five. I haven't attended Mission for a while now, but I still come to visit and I'm always welcomed. I still feel nostalgic for the many amazing field trips I went on every year, and hum the songs I learned in my one year of choir. This is all my own personal experience of course. Everyone is different, but Mission is about taking what makes you different and using it to make you the best you ca be. Besides, who really wants to go to Merimont?

- submitted by a community member
August 01, 2013
As a grand parent I have been on several of my granddaughters field trips. The most impressive one was an overnight in the Sacramento Zoo. The zoo staff was very complimentary of the Mission Avenue staff and even waived some of their restrictions on overnights because of Mission Avenues outstanding programs

- submitted by a community member
May 04, 2012
Sometimes I can't believe that most people (many are) aren't knocking the doors down to get their child into this school. While there are many great schools within the San Juan Unified School District and the surrounding area, this school stands out for for reasons including academics. The learning at this school is enhanced by the projects, field trips and the parent involvement that each student experiences. This school is a community and a great example in today's world. To put it simply, a school official emphasized that this school offers a private school education but is a public school in the San Juan Unified School District. http://www.sanjuan.edu/MissionAvenueOpen.cfm?subpage=157900

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
I've been a parent at Mission for many years now and Mission used to be a really great school. Administration changes have taken the "open" out of it and for me, the cliques of parents and the total inequities that take place on a daily basis ("rules" or not), got very old to me and my family. The elementary grades are wonderful, starting with Kindergarten. Many students leave after fifth grade, rather than staying for sixth grade for many reasons. This is a school where one of the parents should not work so they can be in the loop of favorites with teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2011
The teachers at this school are great. The only problem that stood out for my child and I was the fact that sometimes there was a lot of clicks and some minor bullying. There was also a little too much parent participation to the point of gossip and clickiness among the parents as well. Overall my daughter's experience academically was excellent but socially she was lacking. She loves the new school she is attending socially and academically.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
I attended Mission many years ago and now my oldest son is lucky enough to attend, everything is as great as I remember. The teachers, principal, assignments, parental involvement and field trips are fantastic! My son is at the end of his first grade year and we were lucky enough to have Miss Rausch as his teacher. We look forward to what second grade brings our way. We are truely blessed to have or son attend this school and our youngest in a couple years!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 09, 2010
I loved Mission when my daughter first started there. It is a very good regular school. Changes in the past 4 years have really removed a lot of what was special in the 'old days' when it WAS a special school. For kids who are self directed, this is a great school. Lots of field trips. Good for high acheiving kids too. But if your child needs any services or help, you had better be ready to fight for it. And smart kids need services too sometimes, speech for example. Many parents leave Mission instead of fighting for help.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
November 25, 2009
Mission Ave is an amazing elementary school, and I could not have had a better experience. The teachers and programs are excellent, and Mission produces truly unique kids. I could not advise a better school to send your child to.

- submitted by a community member
November 03, 2009
A totally wonderful school - the Best!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 04, 2009
Mission Avenue Open Elementary is an awesome school. It follows the Open Philosophy which believes children learn best with hand-on and real world learning. They take incredible field trips, some multi-night. They emphasize public speaking and presentations. I have heard high school teachers comment that kids from Mission Avenue have a lot of confidence and are easily able to talk to and relate to adults. Kids love attending Mission Avenue. This is not an ordinary, run-of-the-mil,l reading, writing, math, no fun school. There are too many special events to list here, but suffice it to say each day is a new, fun adventure.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2009
I have two boys at this school one in KG and one in 2nd Grade. Teachers and Principal support the open philosophy with tons of extra curricula enrichment options and really get parents involved. Children are challenged to move forward in their learning no matter where they start. The teachers empower the students to have a presence and a voice. How can kids loose if they are both smart and confident. The expectation is that your child will do great things! Graduates show that is true.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2009
After several years at Mission, we are having a very hard time deciding if we want to keep our children here. It is a very average school, and we didn't sign up for average. What was failed to be stated at our initial review is that Mission functions best for families with a stay-at-home parent. The loose, fun classroom structure works better when a parent is present. As I've seen in the last two years, with more parents having to return to work, the class environment is suffering a lot. And sad to say, the test scores support what I'm saying.

- submitted by a parent
December 15, 2008
After seeing reviews criticizing Mission's lack of 'challenge for highly gifted students', I feel I must say something. My child could have gone to a Rapid Learner school but chose Mission instead and we both loved it. She did not miss out on any kind of 'additional learning' RL claimed to provide. She got into the IB program with ease, and is still handling that program very well. Just because Mission doesn't have an official 'high achiever' program doesn't mean it doesn't have programs or ways to challenge kids and make them better people.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
We are a former military family and have moved all over this state and gone to schools in many different areas and I have to say that Mission Avenue is one of the best schools I have seen by far. My son is challenged on a daily basis. Curriculum is hands on, which is how my child learns best. Having parent involvement and participation in the classroom means that my child can learn at his pace and not be forced to fit some learning curve based on all students in the class. It is a wonderful experience to know the faces and families of my children's school mates and to have him grow from Kinder to 6th grade with the same group of kids. Drawbacks? Parents are committed but cliques are definitely present. A lot of work outside of classroom for kids and parents.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
I have 3 kids at this school. All children in the US should have the opportunity to attend a school such as Mission. Hillary was right, 'It does take a village.' There's a job for everyone, working parent or not. I believe some of the recent poor reviews come from parents with disruptive children. I volunteer in 3 classrooms each week and I feel I 'see' the workings of the education my children receive. Children are challenged and the kids that need extra help get it. Yes, it can be like high school for some of the parents but the majority of adults are there for the kids. You want your child to fondly remember their elementary school years, send them to Mission. BTW, the principal is the best one we've had in the 6 years I've been there. She responds to my issues; obviously, she must follow district policy.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
Mission Avenue is a great school. I have been very pleased with it. My son, who is GATE-identified, is challenged and loves school. He learns through a variety of methods, and there is always something new and interesting going on. His teachers have been great, and there are always many parents helping out.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2008
Mission is a disappointment, the upper grades 5th and 6th have weak teachers and little to offer children during such a important growing period. I was disappointed that the teachers didn't act as good role models and you could tell they didn't get along that good. This effects our childrens learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2008
Mission has been such a disappointment. The administration is ineffective when dealing with hard issues such as 'problem children and teachers'. Kindergarten and third grade have been great experiences but all the other grades have provided terrible experiences. I truly wish I would have chosen Mariemont, Cowan, Del Dayo or even Del Paso Manor. I've been told by many friends that the Principal's at those schools will at least put their foot down when something happens that is unacceptable. Mission isn't what it used to be.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2008
i had an amazing experience at this school.

- submitted by a student
September 18, 2007
This school is only designed for the child who could pretty much teach them selves. Not enough emphasis is focused on the foundation of learning. It's all about the experience ( field trips). The parent volunteering is out of control. If I could do it over again, I would put my child in a fundamental school and leave the field trips for family time. Then they would have an education, and we would have family memories.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2007
My two children have attended Mission Avenue. This is a fablous village of teachers, staff, parents and children. It is not a school for all families. Parent participation is highly encouraged. If you cannot put in significant time with your child and their classmates, this school is not for you. If you are a parent of a 'highly gifted' child, there are no special programs or distinctions for these children. Every student is dealt with as a child gifted with their own talents. Field trips are integral in all grades with extended overnight field trips starting in 1st grade. Trips include Yosemite, Point Reyes, Sea Camp in San Diego, Mount Lasen, Marin Headlands and many more. Every child is included in school-wide musical productions. Each of my children have greatly benefited from attending this outstanding and unique school.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2007
A few years ago I would have said Mission was an excellent school, however a high staff turnover rate has resulted in a change in philosophy and a school not much different than many others. The high level of parent involvement and required annual financial contributions continue to give Mission an advantage over many local neighborhood schools who do not have these resources. Some examples: classroom supplies, a school-wide musical staged every other year, and frequent field trips. However, parent relationships at the school frequently remind me of high school and detract from experiences that should be about and for our children. Also, if you are a working parent, be prepared to either take lots of time off of work for performances, multi-day year-end field trips, and other school events that happen during school hours or to have your child be one of the very few without a parent present.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
Highly gifted and energy children not a match for this school and staff. Staff okay but high turn over in seven years with teachers and principals due to retirement. A few good seasoned and passionate teachers left. Field trips exceptional. School could use consistent discipline procedures in place and equally distributed. All great children and great families makes it hard to leave the school from the social aspects. Academically okay but I couldn't say superior.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2007
What we experienced at Mission with our children has not been positive academically in about half of the grades in the seven years attending Mission. The claim that Mission does differentiate is not accurate, having had both a gifted and a resource child attending this school! Field experiences, band, choir, plus after school activities are why people place children at this school. If you are a political parent, this school is for you. There are no set discipline procedures at this school from the administration. Children do not come first, it s more about the social parent/teacher relationships. It although is a community of great families once you are in the school and the friends your kids make socially makes it hard to pull them.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2006
Mission Ave. Open School has been a blessing for our family. I have seen my child excel beyond our belief. Parent participation is an important factor behind this. Office staff have been very supportive and friendly. Both ladies in the office always go that extra mile and with a smile which is very uncommon for a public school. When looking for a school one needs to not only check the teaching philosophy but also the sign of a truly great school is the office, custodial and cafeteria staff. It is truly every staff person at this school that makes it a truly wonderful place to be!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2006
Mission has had a large turn over of teachers in the seven years my children have been at the school. Many teachers have retired or been moved to different grades within the school. The results are that most of the children have had a new teacher or a teacher new to that grade level for almost every year during our seven years at Mission. Despite this there are many excellant teachers at Mission and the parent involvement is phenomenal. I would not recommend Mission to parents whose children don't stay on task or are not self motivated. I have found the Open Style, looser structure, did not help them to develop these skill.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
Mission overall is a pretty good school. It is misleading though that the philosophy is the reason parents pick this school. Most parents pick this school because it is close to their home and their neighborhood school is very poor or they fear their child could not adapt to a regular school. This school was originally designed as a unique philosophy to learning, but now really influenced by heavy participation by parents who do not really care about that philosophy. The extensive overnight field trips are a great concept, but again it is time spent with parents and children who do not really adopt the concept of the 'open' philosophy. This school was really at it's strongest when parents had to apply and interview to be accepted into the school. The district has changed that approach as 'discriminating,' now the open lottery allows anyone in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2006
I have enjoyed this school and it was a wonderful opperturnity for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2006
Too rushed. Not coordinated

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
This school is truly a village, where parents and teachers work together to help the children achieve their personal bests.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 09, 2006
I have only heard good things.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2005
This is a great school. I think budget cuts have hurt some programs, but parent involvement helps modify that!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2005
Mission Avenue Open is a great school to teach at. Parents and teachers are united with students in the learning process that continues well after students move on.

- submitted by a teacher
August 06, 2005
Mission is a school with dedicated, caring teachers and active parents. There is a lot of incredible hands on learning that students learn from and carry on through life.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2005
This is a great school. There is tons of parent involvement, and lots of other extras. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2004
Wonderful community of involved parents and caring teachers. Lots of flexibility and enriching field trips. Enriching educational environment that is wonderful for children of all abilities.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2004
The school is really great in their field trips they have for the classes. The parent involvment is really encouraged not only on the field trips but also in the class room.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2004
My son has been in this school since 3rd grade and the experiences that he has had have been wonderful. The teachers at the school represent the best that there are in the SJUSD. They not only think about reading, writing and arithmetic they focus on the kids ability to learn from experiences. Point Reyes, Yosemite, Marin Headlands, Sea Camp in San Diego, Musicals that the kids perform in, opening units that the entire school focuses on. I definitely regard this school as top notch! My son has received an all around education. What a wonderful experience for any child. If you should think about moving to an area in the SJUSD I would highly recommend Mission Avenue. The school is more like a family than just a place to send your kids during the day! You know your children are happy to be there!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2004
We've been here with 2 kids and our younger one is graduating in spring 2004. What a wonderful environment, loving, nurturing and fun. Awesome fieldtrips every year: Point Reyes, Yosemite, Marine Headlands, Maulokoff Diggins, Seacamp San Diego etc. The best public elementary school in the San Juan School District!

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
My children love going to school every day. I love that my children get 'hands on' learning. The high parent participation is a plus for everyone. I have had a child at Mission for the last 7 years and wouldn't think of going anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
The best ever. We, parents and teachers, re all here because we want to be. My child knows every parent in his class and every parent knows my child. What a great learning community we have developed here.

- submitted by a parent
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Mission Avenue Open Elementary School
2925 Mission Avenue, Carmichael, CA  95608
(916) 575-2362
Last modified Mission Avenue Open Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mission Avenue Open Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top