Used to love Cole, not anymore. It currently has very weak admin who allow staff to run school. Almost all the teachers at the upper-grade level have lost compassion for teaching. Standards have dropped & principal is too 'PC' & too weak of a leader to stand up for our kids. He continues to send the msg to parents that it will not do any good to voice concerns because he will not hold teachers accountable. Parents have given up. MANY have asked to volunteer & NEVER been called. There is no longer a PTC. The principal dissolved it. He now runs a 'Foundation' where he decides how $ is spent. He decides who volunteers (his favs). He makes all the decisions. He also monitors comments by parents on FB about Cole & shares it w/his staff. And, W/O parent's knowledge, he will act on the parent's FB comments. Cole has a diverse culture which they wholeheartedly support. Most of the sports are severely lacking in coaching ability but no one cares. Football coach does a great job. Favoritism is practiced blatantly, especially if you're FB friends w/the teachers or friends w/the principal's wife. Confidentiality is a concern at Cole as the teachers are very friendly with parents.
I use to speak highly of Cole Eementary until this school year. My child' has asked my the teacher is always gone. Come to find out, the teacher is gone thee days out of the week almost every week since school began. How is a child going to learn and retain his or her material with an inconsistent teacher? Definitely one of the faults at Cole. People speak highly of Cole and that they don't allow parents to choose their child's teachers but it's not the case in addition to the inconstancy I of some teachers. A parent volunteer that is invovled with volenteering a lot was given an opportunity to request her top two teachers for her child in Aug. 2015.. The same for the other staff members. That alone displays Cole's ability to falsify information but publish otherwise in their paw prints. You make your own conclusion about Cole but I just want to share my personally experience for the parents that are looking for a honest and dedicated staff.
This is a great school with a very stable teaching staff who put children first. Although the principal and learning director have changed frequently over the years, the teachers and administrative staff have been mostly the same for the last decade. Very stable school with lots of extracurricular activities.
I have to say we're pretty pleased here. As with all Clovis schools, the curriculum is intense and they don't screw around. Having said that, Cole offers some cultural diversity you won't see at some other campuses. Parents aren't 'overly' involved here like we saw at another elementary location up the road. While participation is necessary for success anywhere, no school needs a non-working parent constantly disrupting the teaching process. I want administrators and teachers running my school, not Suzy Homemaker. No offense, ladies, but let's be honest... it happens. One parent review here griped about no assistance... and that parent needs to look into the SST (student study program). Clovis schools live for tax dollars so your kids' performance (e.g. test scores) is first priority. Well, that and sports. ;-)
Overall this school is great, and it works out better when parents are involved and know whats going on. Don't be afraid to question everything. And remember as with any school not all teachers are awesome and helpful. Since this school does not allow you to pick your child's teacher, just hope you have luck on your side. Now, if you have lots of extra time to dedicate to your child's success then any teacher will do.
After experiencing other school districts (Tulare and Visalia) I couldn't be happier. I have a 1st grader and a 4th grade student. Both have excellent teachers who have given them a lot of extra attention if needed. I tend to disagree with the previous review. My 4th grader has an awesome teacher who is great with communicating with me. Either through e-mail or phone call. His class size is 29 students and all of them seem to get enough attention. My 1st grader has struggled, and thankfully his struggles have not been ignored like they were in Visalia. He has received a lot of one on one time, and I have been in constant contact with his teacher. The curriculum is tough, but the students are encouraged to work hard and have fun. This is an awesome school and I honestly don't want to move because I love it so much.
I think this school is an average public school in California. It's not great and it's not bad. Just like a lot of public schools in California, up to 3rd grade the school is great. Then once 4th grade rolls around it's not so great. The classes sizes are above 40 in most cases and the teachers CAN'T give 40 kids the attention they need. They don't offer ANY pull-out programs for children who fall behind in the class. Unless your child qualifies for a 'special ed' type program you are on your own to help your child. No title or chapter programs are offered or funded during the school day. The teachers are rushing to get all the items covered in the year and it doesn't matter if half the class hasn't mastered the skills. They will just keep taking the same test until they get the required grade.
My husband and I have thought about moving but because of the outstanding teachers and advanced cirriculum - movie night - involvement from the whole Cole community. We will continue to stay we were are - Cole is a school that really cares about the students' education.
My son is doing extremely well compared to other schools he's been in. The teachers here know how to handle energetic kids for sure.
There is no limit to what your child can achieve at Cole. The curriculum advances with them no matter what stage they are. 150 words isn't enough room to praise this school enough! It is a well kept secret. The teachers are phenomenal. Education and academics don't get any better anywhere. This is a whole community getting involved with teachers and students and the difference that makes is evident. They mean it when they say no child gets left behind!
This school is wonderful. They really care about the students. They have movie night once a month, they have school sports and the teachers and the principal are very involved in the school. I remember never seeing the principal in school unless I was in trouble. This principal is always around at movie nights and is there during the day and does a wonderful time trying to remember each and every 600+ students. Love this school. They take education to a new level!
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Cole Elementary School on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Cole Elementary School, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.