Nixon Academy is a great school! I have found the teachers to be very supportive and encouraging towards both of my children at EVERY grade level. They use a tiered learning system for reading and math which enables them to provide more assistance to those who need it and yet allow accelerated learners to work at a more challenging pace. Ms. Ortiz is a wonderful principal! I'm sure she'd like to spend less time directing traffic, but since many parents refuse to obey the frequently repeated safety/traffic guidelines...WELL, she's does what it takes to keep our kids safe! Nixon has provided my children with creative learning opportunities, recognition for pro-social behavior, friends of various cultural backgrounds and kind and caring teachers who effectively manage their growing classrooms. What more can a parent ask for?
Wow, I cannot believe these reviews. My child struggles and he has gotten the best help ever from all of the teachers. In fact, we left Cerritos Elementary to go to Pat Nixon because of the lack of assistance there. Ms. Casey especially was fabulous. She, along with the other teachers in every class, has helped my child. The reading teacher has also paid close attention to my child's learning. They all returned emails, conferenced with me outside of conference days, and met with me any time I needed to do so. My child has self-confidence and feels good about going to this school every morning. When he left Cerritos he lacked self-confidence, started having stomach aches, and did not like school. From Parent who is a professor
This school is ok. When you raise your hand with one other student too, she looks at you for like 20 seconds and then calls on the other kid. Seriously? and sometimes, the teacher calls on the same student over and over. There are like 40 kids in a class and one teacher! How are students supposed to learn?!
My son has learning issues ADHD also. He is in kindergarten and is at the low point. I have watched his teacher in class and noticed that she does not include him with class participation at all. He struggles with reading and there is no extra help for that only for kids who are well at reading. I thought that with his struggles that he would get the help he needs but that hasn't happened. I was told they don't offer extra help for kids with reading issues. I have been disappointed with the school and his tear her all around. There is no extra help for the kids with these issue at all.
hello hello, parents, do not blame your school and teachers. spend more time with your kids :) love and genuine education starts at home. if this two important things are practiced and applied,you are not gonna scapegoat your school and teachers, i love you :) Mrs.Ortiz is the BEST PRINCIPLE!
My daughter is in K and im so disappointed in this school. I had heard so many good things and found out like wise. I was told that if your child is struggle they don't offer to help with them to pick up there speed. I was told they only help those who are at speed of reading and the lower students don't receive that help. There are 28 to 30 students to 1 teacher. I have volunteered and seen first hand how it is to much for one person to handle. The play ground is worse because it's one teacher for 120 students watching over the kids and it gets very wild on the play ground things go on that the one teacher can't see. And as the other post said Mrs. Ortiz is not the best principal. I would not recommend this school to anyone
My other review was taken down. I guess it spoke the truth too much. However I had three children pass through this school so I dealt with this school for a total of 12 years. I totally agree with the other reviews that there is nothing the school will do to help struggling students. NOTHING. The worst part is that teachers use parent helpers who end up actually teaching small groups of students. Thus, the students do not receive the education that they deserve and are entitled to with parents teaching. If you are a parent, take your child out of Nixon and go somewhere else. Cerritos Elementary is an option. Not Leal. That school is overrated as well.
This is our first year at Nixon so I'm not too familiar with everything but thus far I have no complaints. Well maybe just a few...as much hype as the school gets I expected more organized classroom and cleaner. Outside faucets (more than one) for the kids to wash their hands after play would be nice. And 28 kids per teacher seems like a lot for one person to handle....but with this economy I'm guessing its like this everywhere.
I am a parent my child went to Nixon for one year I don't recommend this school. I agree with all the comments about the principal she is a horrible leader. Mrs ortiz needs to focus on the children's education not yelling at parents! And directing traffic However most of the parents are really nice and so are their children.
This has been my son's school for one year. I agree with the other reviews about the school washing their hands of responsibility for children who are not performing at grade level. Not only that, but they do not offer enrichment learning for the younger graders who are accelerated learners. It's been a sad year of my son not having learned much because the school did not meet him at his level, whether behind in a core subject or accelerated in another core subject. I would not recommend this school.
I am not pleased with the education my children are receiving at Nixon. Nixon does little to help children who are falling below grade level. They seem to wash their hands of these children and focus their attention on children who perform above grade level. I asked my daughters teacher if the school could provide my daughter with any additional help with her reading. I was told no! The teacher said that Nixon does not offer any type of intervention for children who are struggling. I know that the teachers are trying their best but I feel that the real problem facing this school is the principal. I believe she is more concerned about test scores than helping children who are struggling.
Wow...why is it just assumed that a parent must have not had contact with the teacher or Principal. Also to suggest that a parent can not object to something and should not participate is missing the point. Some parents of Nixon students are TEACHERS themselves and even administrators and want the best for their child not just a label to make a school look good. Don't get mad if someone makes a comment that you don't like when clearly there are problems with Nixon and ABCUSD. You should care about all students not just your own. One day you might have an issue with a teacher or administrator.
My children attended Nixon from the first year it was open through their matriculation. My granddaughter is currently attending Nixon. I could not ask for a better learning environment. The principal is dedicated and attends almost every school event. I find the teachers to be well qualified and attentive. Problems are dealt with in an appropriate and timely manner. As in every school there have been teachers we liked better than others, but by far we have been pleased with the mix and talent here at Nixon. Now that they have been granted academy status their performing arts and music activities really shine. Yes, there are numerous fundraisers. That is a result of budget setbacks in education statewide. For those who object - don't participate; nobody forces you. Feel free to sit back and let others sponsor your children. Regarding the kids moving from rom to room; the variety provided by moving to another room provides exposure to more stimuli and develops maturity and responsibility. I'm sure some of the criticisms by other reviewers have resulted from singular unresolved problems that could (should) have been resolved by parent contact with the teacher or principal.
Pat Nixon used to be a good school when the previous principal was there. Teachers really cared about the students no matter where you came from, what your background was, and what other issue you may have. Now since they are a magnet multi media arts school, everyone has this false idea that the school is magnificent. Really talk to people who have children that have gone through this school. Talk to people that know about what a quality education really is. It is not doing the same performances year after year. It is not employing teachers who have no experience in a particular grade level and making the kids suffer. It is not about making thousands of dollars in fundraisers. Think about the KIDS. Put them first.
Pat Nixon is, in my opinion, one of the best educational institutions of its kind. My daughter is very happy there and I'm even happier. The teachers in this school are great, they each offer a unique, yet personal approach to my child's education. They take time to make sure that I understand where she stands academically and where she could be. The school has a new principal (in her second year) that impressed me as person that really demonstrates strong leadership qualities. I like the fact that she can articulate her vision for this great school. One of the things I like most about this school is its curriculum and diverse programs. They do more than just cram a bunch of 'State Standards' into my kid- they are also very serious about enriching her experience with wonderful and innovative approaches to math, reading, social studies, and science.
Pat Nixon has been my son's school for the past 2 years. He started in first grade and now will be entering 3rd grade. I found first grade teachers to be extremely organized and work in bringing the students a full experinece of all areas of curriculum and teaching styles by rotating themselves depending on subject taught. In second grade we found the education my son experienced a tough one. P. Nixon makes the students move from room to room for every subject of the curriculum. Teachers don't move from their rooms but they make all 6 year olds move! We found this 'high school' mentality some what challenging for many students. We also thought that the instructional minutes that takes students to move from room to room every hour diminished their instructional time. We will continue to work with teahers and the new principal to make sure our son receives
This is great school. My son attended this school and his academic and behavior improved a lot. Teachers are nice and friendly. They use creative incentive programs to motivate kids to read more books .....etc. My son love to go to shcool. Thank you for giving him a happy learning experience.
My daughter attended Pat Nixon from Kindergarten to the end of first grade and although this school sets expectations high, not all students are a good 'fit' for that particular setting. For their reading instruction, Nixon has incorporated 'levled' reading groups meaning that if your child doesn't read a certain number of words per minute or doesn't test in the higher category they are grouped with lower students for reading instruction leaving little time to interact with peers who read at a higher level. My daughter was sent to another teacher for reading instruction every day and was in a classroom with ten other students, even though her reading improved throughout the year. Nixon offers a variety of shows/songs for parents to watch but a lot of classroom instruction time is spent rehearsing these shows not leaving a lot of time for state standards.
All three of my children have attended Nixon elementary school and each have shown a greater level of wanting to learn. I give this thanks to the teachers, principal and staff. They were always encouraging their students and challenging them to reach high. They were also willing to give of their time to help these students grow. The school itself offered classes in Music, Arts sports, dance and a variety of after school programs either to enhance your academics or just to have fun and socialize. My third grader was shown how the stock market works by hands on activities. They watched the newspaper daily and checked 'their' stocks to see if they were growing or falling. They also built models of cities and voted on a mayor. They were shop owners of students. I wish other schools would learn what my children have learned from nixon.
I am so proud to call Pat Nixon my childrens elementary. They have awsome extra curricular activity such as Band (which students can join as early as 4th grade), dance, our famouse chorus (they get to sing at many fun places), track, chess club, student councile (what a great experience for the students)and so many more.
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