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.
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!!!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.