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3232 California Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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(714) 424-7940
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November 18, 2015
Mr. B is our principal and he is wonderful! Our school suffered a set back on the second day of school, as we were flooded. Teachers, students, and staff were displaced for weeks. It was challenging and stressful but Mr. B was 100% involved and managed the chaos. His leadership was solid. California Elementary has great teachers and staff. We have a strong sense of community and parental involvement. Very happy and love our school!

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August 06, 2015
California Elementary is amazing and is one of the best schools in the Newport Mesa school district. It's like a nicely hidden little secret. The amazing leadership, faculty and staff along with great parent support and involvement make all the difference. The school's strong Non-Profit Foundation and PTA also help create an amazing learning atmosphere and help provide additional educational experiences and opportunities that are not available to many other schools. Regarding Scores - You can not honestly compare any school by overall or general scores alone. The school zone that California Elementary is in has many great programs for students that are in need or have challenges. The scoring for these students are bundled into the overall score so it does not truly reflect a test comparison of like students. If you compare like students, this zone scores as well if not better than any other zone. Most importantly, no excelling student is hindered in any way by these programs and any students in need of help in certain areas at any level gets the support they need. It is exciting to see such an amazing school getting better and better every year.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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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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.

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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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no rating
June 19, 2003
My family recently moved here from out of state. We couldnt be happier with the education our children received and the spectacular attention they were given by the teachers and staff. Coming from a state with a reputation for great schools, we were apprehensive about where and how our kids would fit in. The education levels were on par but I found this school to be much more organized and parent friendly.

- submitted by a community member
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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 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
California Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top