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K-6
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Chula Vista, CA
Students enrolled: 456

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475 East J Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910

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(619) 421-0771
(619) 421-8746
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July 10, 2014
Halecrest is AMAZING and we have an AWESOME principal. All of my children attend Halecrest. The teachers and principal ensure that the students are taught the standards in addition to providing great extensions to the curriculum - science and music rotations, school plays, variety show, multi-cultural fair. It is a privilege to be at Halecrest and we should be so lucky to have such a caring principal and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2014
My child has been at Halecrest Elementary from K-2nd grade. In that time my child went from loving school to absolutely hating it. My child begs me not to go to school every day. The principal seems more interested in test scores than the children. My child is well above grade level but is not challenged. The PTA is amazing and parent involvement is good. The teachers are pushed to produce high test scores and are so stressed they forget they are dealing with children. I am looking for another school, most likely a charter school where passing tests are not all our children are taught.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2014
Es una escuela incre ble. Me encanta la organizaci n que hay. Existe mucha cooperaci n entre los padres y maestros. Realizan muchas actividades los ni os y sobre todo tiene un muy buen nivel acad mico. Me siento muy orgullosa y feliz que mi hija asista a Halecrest.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
My nephew has been attending this school since 2nd grade. My family and I have seen an amazing difference in his english vocabulary, math, reading, and social studies. He is now in 6th grade, having 7th grade a.r level. He previously attended Feaster Edison from kindergarten until 2nd grade he only new spanish and very little english. Within 1 month he learned the pledge of allegiance in english @ Halecrest. His confidence has gone up, his excitement for school, and now he's saving up for 6th grade camp. His past teachers have been very good teachers. The principal I haven't heard that much about but staff and teachers are great.

- submitted by a community member
July 12, 2013
I was disappointed with this school. I had the opportunity to have my son go here, after myself and my two older siblings went here when were were in grade school. 2nds grade was pretty good but 3rd grade made him not enjoy school, way too big on test scores, and I don't feel the principle was interested in the children, but again just the test scores. I don't feel like this school has the same love and warmth it used to but the PTA was wonderful, and again 2nd grade was pretty good. 3rd not so much. I'm sadly happy that we had to switch my son to his now home school.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2013
I actually went to this school 30 aught years ago. It was, and sounds like a great school.

- submitted by a community member
November 27, 2012
most teachers are greatly involved in teaching the children well as well as raising them to be well rounded children, I had the honor of having 2 of my children been thought by great teachers. The principal needs to work on really listening to Parents, PTA and Teachers, it seem s like she does but at the end of the day she makes her own personal decision based on the best needs for her and the district. I feel like the principal pressures to bring scores up and that is her main concern. that's why I gave her an average score. The parent involvement is really good and since it is a small school most of them know each other, but since the school is made up of mostly transfer students there's also allot of parents that are unable to be involved.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
My two grandchildren had the opportunity to attend Halecrest 2011-12. Ive always heard positive things about this school! My grandchilren love this school very much! English is our primary language and Not in so many schools ! They came from Las Palmas-National City , you never hear any English spoken there! What a different environment, all positive!!!!!! Keep up the Good work!!!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
November 07, 2011
Yes, for sure the reputation of Halecrest is well known in the Chula Vista district. Supervision however has become a challenge as many parents have mentioned that their children haven't been supervised BEFORE & AFTER school - the dash program run @ Halecrest is by far mediocre with little to no supervision & children running around the school at free will. its almost as if the governing body at the school has forgotten that it takes a village to "raise" our precious children to become upstanding citizens & to cultivate leadership, this is apparently a missing ingredient at Halecrest.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
This year has been a year filled with many great achievements at Halecrest. There is no better school in Chula Vista than Halecrest and I love it. The principle is great and if everyone who puts negative comments about her would only open there eyes and see all the improvements in the school and her involvement you would sing a different tune. Due to budget cuts many programs had to be cut but because of the principle many programs have continued because she has run them in her own time, the teachers are amazing and the PTA is great, many people that I have spoken too would love to have there kids attend Halecrest but the school is full. For all you people who think the school has gone backwards then why have you not transfered you kids to a different school. Our test scores say it all. Halecrest is the best school in Chula Vista

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2010
This is a great school! I should know, I've been coming here for 6 years as a student.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2010
We moved to Chula Vista last year and I enrrolled my kid in 1st grade at Halecrest Elelentary, aside from going throught the challenges of getting the kid enrrolled all my other experiences have been positive. the Principal is very inbolved in the school she is out every morning greeting students and opening car doors so the kids can get out, based on my personal experince I do believe that the principal has all the leadership skills neede to lead the school succssesfully. All the Teachers we have interacted with have been wonderfull to us, my kid is doing great reads well and is getting mat down. I am proud of Helecrest Elemenay we will continue attending this School and when my other little one is old enugh he will go to Halecrest Elementary as well. Go Halecrest Keep up the good. work

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2010
I have two kids that attend Halecrest. I used to love the school when the old principal was in charge; he was/is the best principal I have encountered so far. It is still a good school but mostly because of the great teachers, strong PTA presence and overall scores. The new principal I could do without. She is just an average mediocre principal.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2010
Love the teachers and staff but truly miss previous principal. Like past comments, I agree the mood has changed and although I still feel Halecrest is a FANTASTIC school, it has lost the sparkle I felt daily when my oldest started kinder.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Other changes that have occurred are the fact that discipline issues are not addressed immediately and the Principal is never available. The large exciting recognition assemblies with the power point presentation are a thing of the past. The atmosphere has truly changed to the bad.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 12, 2010
You'll notice there haven't been any reviews since the last school year and that's because there was a change in principals and things have changed rather dramatically since then. the fun yet achievement-oriented atmosphere that used to be present under the previous principal's leadership no longer does. the school website rarely gets updated these days and whatever little posting is on there is no longer that informative nor that interesting to read. the new principal instead is bent on micromanaging recess time to make sure the students are not having are fun, relaxing time while on recess. it's sad.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 02, 2009
I have 2 daughters that attended Halecrest for the past 2 years, we are a military family, and sadly had to move. The PTA is very active, the teachers welcome parent participation in the classrooms, and keep you in the loop instead of just at conference time. This school has many different programs available, girl scouts, GATE programs, art, music, and p.e. as well. The principal is very available, friendly with all the kids and parents, and knows everyone by their first name. Overall if you live in Chula Vista it's worth transferring to, if this school is not your neighborhood school, it's the best in the district!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating July 14, 2008
Great school, staff, and principal. I drive from the westside of Chula Vista so my son can attend this fantastic school.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2008
As the Principal of Halecrest Elementary, I confidently give this school the highest possible rating. Halecrest is a great place to learn, and not just because of the solid test scores. Teachers and staff are dedicated professionals who design instruction and activities to bring out the best in children in a challenging and supportive environment. Besides our high academic expectations our students enjoy rich learning experiences including our Arts, Drama/Music, and PE programs, memorable PTA activities, and partnerships with Sea World and the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center to enhance our science curriculum to name just a few. Do I really believe what I think about this school? Well, I'm transferring over my son to Halecrest this fall to join my daughter who attended there last year. Check out our website as I'll be posting the top 10 reasons to put your child at Halecrest and I welcome all inquiries.

- submitted by a community member
June 17, 2008
My child was a transfer from another school... at first I was hesitant placing her in a school I didn't know much about... fortunately for us that was the best thing that could have happened. It is now three years later and we couldn't be any more happy with this school. The principal far exceeds any expectiations and knows that communication is important. The PTA is one of best I've ever seen, they care about the children. You are bound to see a board memeber volunteering on campus almost everyday of the school year. The teachers work together in a way that makes the children learn and be happy. The support staff is great and the programs are just as wonderful. This school provides a great education and is a school very much worth bragging about. Any issue I've had has been resolved and we are lucky to have this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2007
This is one of the best schools you will find in Chula Vista. Great principal, super teachers and a strong PTA that has a-lot of activities for the students during school year.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
Halecrest Elementary is the best thing that could happen to my daughter. We came last year from Arizona and my daughter was a little behind on reading. She started reading on a one-on-one basis and she caught up with the rest of the class. They also had a reading challenge and she was very motivated to continue reading after school, and on weekends which helped her succeed.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2007
Great school. Everyone is really friendly and the psychologist really went out of his way to help my son when he started having some social problems.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
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August 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
When we were looking for a house I was more worried about live in a good school area and I think I found it. It's been a bless to have my kids at Halecrest Teachers are great! Principal is wonderful he is in the field most of the times you can talk to him anytime he is always available! I love the parent involvement and it's appreciate by the teachers and principal my kids are happy at school, and that is very important to me. I will like to see more of art, music and sports, maybe will be good to have other options besides Mad Science which is great also. Thanks to all the school community (teachers, principal, staff and parents )for this great school!!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
We are very thankful to be able to have our children attend Halecrest. This our third year there i have a entering 6th grader and a 2nd grader . We moved to the area 2 years ago and love our area. My children had a rough 1st year because they were transfers . But oh my goodness I have never seen them so excited to start a new school year .The teachers have made a great immpression on my two children they can't wait t6o meet their teachers. The Principal is an awsome man and is all about the children and thats what I love about this school also. Do you know I think he knows every childs name at the school that to me is incredible.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2007
We're grateful to be at Halecrest! Above all, Halecrest provides an environment of opportunity. Halecrest values an education that provides a strong foundation for learning by emphasizing reading and writing skills through: reading challenges, EAR, AR program, battle of the books,& by participating in writing and speech competitions. Test scores reflect continued success. Students are exposed to art, science, and physical education classes every week. Parent involvement, volunteer hours, and support of extracurricular activities are valued at Halecrest by our Principal. Teachers welcome parents to be involved. Our family loves to participate in the festivals, book fairs, movie nights, dance, and monthly programs and events put on at the school. My 2 children have excelled in their studies at Halecrest. My child made a huge academic leap while enrolled in the new and successful all-day Kindergarten program this year. Success is regularly celebrated through student recognition. We're thankful to attend Halecrest!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
I have two kids attending Halexrest since kindergarden. One is now in 5th grade and the other in 4th. I absolutely love this school. The fact that they divide the classes into groups according to their academic level is great. The kids that need the help get individual attention, while the ones that are advanced are always challenged. The only thing I think needs improvement is the protocol used when a parent complaints about a teacher, I don't think it's taken too seriously. I know theirs overbearing parents, but when it's something that affects a student, a more serious approach is needed.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2006
My son is currently enrolled in 5th grade at Halecrest and has been in attendance there, since the third grade. I think he has been able to excel academically, by the fact that they divided students into groups at different learning levels. The level of parental involvement at Halecrest is very good, with many parents attending special programs and assemblies for school awards. My only regrets are that they do not have more funding for their dance/music programs. I was very disappointed to hear they have implemented an all day kindergarten, which is good for adults involved, but not the children. Sadly, I will request an inter-district transfer for my youngest son to attend kindergarten elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2006
I do have to say that as I have two children that have attended Halecrest, one still does, and I have noticed that the monthly student schievement awards have been discontinued, which isn't a good thing, as well as myself and other parents witnessed a teacher berating a student to tears because he went down the stairs two minutes early. One parent has also complained about teachers attitudes while speaking with them on the phone, then refusing to accept their accountability for the situation. I also want to add that I will not send my child there next year, as I am sure there are other parents have voiced their concerns. This used to be a wonderful school, but as of late, I don't know.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
When your child has some behavior problems or special needs their personal staff as the psychologist and special needs teacher, are excellent helping you to obtain the best of your child. There are excellent in this field!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2004
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June 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2004
Halecrest has left a lasting impression on me. From the campus, to the teachers to the academics, and the techniques used to teach kids. I went there from K-6th grade and defanatly will be sending my kids there once they are old enough. One of the best schools in the Chula Vista School District. Wonderful always. Thanks.

- submitted by a former student
March 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2003
The atmosphere at Halecrest is magical. Everyone is so cheery and helpful, especially the staff. As a 7th grader, I attended 4th thru 6th at Halecrest. The teachers let you learn so much, and the library is classic. I loved it here with the garden, the student council, and just the whole entire school! If I was able to go here again, I would...trust me.

- submitted by a community member
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Halecrest Elementary School
475 East J Street, Chula Vista, CA  91910
(619) 421-0771
Last modified Halecrest Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Halecrest Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top