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3232 California Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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(714) 424-7940
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October 21, 2014
California Elementary has been wonderful! The staff and principal are the best. I love that they run a very organized program. Mr. B is well respected by the children. He is firm and fun! Parental involvement is also very present in this school. I'm very pleased! Go cougars!!!

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October 23, 2013
My son recently started Kindergarten here & he loves his new teacher & school. The teachers, staff & principle are genuinely caring & sincere. My son was transfer from a PI school & had a horrible experience. Since starting kindergarten here, he's been learning so much & having a wonderful time at school. He loves doing his homework & always look forward to share his "letter item" at the end of each week. His Kindergarten teacher is very dedicated. She goes above & beyond to ensure that every child is learning & having a great time at school. The teachers & staff take every precaution to keep students safe during & after school. This is an outstanding school!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
This school is great. They do a wonderful job of trying to help kids stuggling in areas. The teachers donate time to help these kids. This school doesnt not just push a kid through and make them someone else's problem.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2012
My siblings go to this school and seem to love it, and I did too when I was there. The teachers and great, and so is the majority of the others who work/volunteer there. The only complaint I hear quite frequently is about the office staff. The woman in the front office never smiles, and is rather rude to parents and children, including myself. It's like the grinch reincarnated into a woman! Also, the janitor always seemed to be lazy, if I remember correctly. Other than these two, the school is fantastic, learning is exciting, and opportunity is endless.

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no rating June 03, 2008
parents, teacher, and staff are wonderful

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June 03, 2008
Teachers are great!!!!!!1

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June 11, 2007
Both of my daughters attend this school and we have had a great experience. Most of the teachers tend to be patient and wonderful with the children. The PTA goes above and beyond my expectations. And the Principle, Kellie Smith is very sincere and kind. I only wish the Middle School, Tewinkle, had as great reviews!

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no rating May 31, 2007
California is a phenominal school. Teachers who care, a principal who really is your pal, parents who want nothing more than an outstanding community, and students who are eager and excited for school! The desire of our parents, teachers, and staff to provide a well rounded education from technology to fine arts, from physical education to moral and character development, and least we forget the fundamentals - make for a stellar school and school experience. We certainly are one phenominal Distinguished School!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
California has been a great experience for my daughter and myself. It is very small and intimate with a wonderful staff and a wide variety of extra programs. The PTA goes above and beyond their call to provide an even better experience for all.

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May 28, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
February 06, 2005
Programs are wonderful. Safe environment. Parents are involved in their kids education.

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February 03, 2005
I believe with direction 'No Child left behind' our teacher are missing the bigger picture. It is more important to the teachers that our children get 100% they will cut there work load in half. For example: I want my child to study 20 spelling words and maybe miss 3. (17 correct). Our teacher would prefer our children study only 10 words so they will get 100%. Someone please tell me, how this is best for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2004
I am not sure what I think about California Elementry yet. I have not had very good luck with the teachers yet. It seems they make judgements that don't fit my kids. I am trying to work within the system so we will see how it works. The other parents are great and very active.

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California Elementary School
3232 California Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA  92626
(714) 424-7940
Last modified California Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
California Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top