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School leader Dr. Amy Nagy

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1060 Paularino Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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3 stars
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October 07, 2014
I was told that my child's kinder teacher doesn't assign homework because she believes that the older siblings at home will do the homework for them. My child is an only child so how can this or any teacher make an assumption like this? Regarding the May 22 2014 review, how can parents check homework when there are no homework! Parents & Teachers need to be a team but unfortunately this "so call" parent is pointing fingers to parents when there is in fact a lack of teaching at this school. This "so call" parent is referring to the 1 star reviews that these parents have kids that are either over reactive or on the Autistic Spectrum. Why is this "so call" parent so concern with every parents reviews and also having such knowledge about Autistic children educational structure. This parent didn't let us know why he/she rated the school based on their child's experience but rather on a bias effort to give the school a 5 star rating for the principle & attacking all the parents that left justifiable & truthful reviews about the school. I agree with all the parents that left the informative comments. I will request a transfer for my child to a better school w/ honest teachers & staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
LOVE!!! The new principal Dr. Nagy. Paualrino ES is moving up and out of being a PI school. Leadership is the final puzzle piece for maximum achievement. The One Star reviews are people who expect teachers to their job as a parent. Check Homework, parents job! Reading at Home, parents job! Pick-up child from school, parents job! Over active child, parents job! As for students on the Autistic Spectrum, Paularino is the perfect school for a mainstreamed child who still needs a little support. The whole school is aware, empathetic and supportive of students and families with children who live with ASD.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2014
Paularino School is Costa Mesa's best kept secret, a jewel of a school. With focus on character and community, students education has a foundation of respect for everything. The teachers, their support staff, and parents collaborate beautifully and are driven to see Paularino succeed. In addition, the new principal encourages all panthers enthusiasm, drive and focus. Paularino School is FANTASTIC!!! Mission Statement "Every child, every day; learning and growing in every way!" School Cheer "Good Better Best; Never Let It Rest, Until Our Good Is Better And Our Better Is Best!"

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2014
My family has found Paularino Elementary to be a wonderful school offering a great learning environment with highly qualified and dedicated teachers, a fantastic new principal and very involved staff. Our children are excelling academically and are enjoying many of the amazing additional programs our school offers including music, art, PE and a beautiful learning garden. The after-school programs (some free or very low cost) offer sports, homework help, chess club, nature club, ranch program, etc. all in a very supportive and positive environment. We also love that the school is a Class Act school (Pacific Symphony's flagship youth education program). I would highly recommend Paularino Elementary school to any family with children in preschool - 6th grade. Some programs/awards our school has to also take in consideration: Arts Advantage School, Class Act School, Mentoring USA Partnership, After School Clubs- School Band, Ranch, Nutrition Club, Student Council, Beautiful School Garden Strong Family Involvement, On Site Preschool, Nature Club, Green Wednesday- recycle, reuse and more!, PTA- Family Nights, Project Success, Costa Mesa City ROCKS program

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2014
Paularino is a Need Improvement school for many reasons. My child's 1st report card-child is below grade level. 2nd report-child is far below grade level. The principal wrote meeting reading goals is Expected, without improvement child will be held back. My child did worst? After 1st report we were concerned & placed our child in Project Success. I was told they will help with homework & improve on reading. My child comes home with incomplete work & some are wrong. My child says there is no reading involved & when I pick up my child, it's like a sloppy day care. I help my child correct the errors & finish the incomplete work. We read 30 min, 5-6 days a week & I'm not a teacher & that doesn't leave us with much family time. My child tells me school is boring & the teachers are not nice. They should ask themselves, Why are the students failing? What are we (the teachers) doing? What can we do to improve? How can we help these kids? You cannot just Expect a child to just do better. You are the educator. These children are in your hands to learn when they are at school. Stop blaming the kids when your school Needs to Improve on the way they educate these kids in the 21st century.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2013
My son is in Kindergarten & not to happy. Academically, my son brings home classwork that are halfway done & mainly with colored pictures of every classmates every week, very strange. As far as the review regarding the pick-up. I must agree that it is very unorganized. Parents including strangers stand all around the lawn while teachers are in the driveway. The teacher would walk the children to the lawn & head off to the driveway. The children stand or sit at the lawn with no adult supervision. So I always show up extra early but it does scare me that there are lots of strangers standing around the lawn. we will be moving next year so I will transferring my son out of here.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
My daughter currently attends Kindergarten here and I could not be more pleased. Contrary to the other reviews they do not ever leave the kids unattended and none of them are allowed to walk home. When the kids are let out of school they all go to the lawn they are not allowed to leave until they are either escorted to the car, or the parent is at the lawn and they have said goodbye to thier teacher. The new principal is doing an excellent job at turning around the school and getting it out of PI status. To all the negative parents on here just remeber that a teacher can only take a child so far it is up to the parent to take thier child the extra mile. My child is excelling beyond my wildest dreams thanks to everyones involment with her from the teacher to the principal, staff and most importantly her family.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
I had to transfer my son immediately out of this Program Improvement School. My son started kindergarten this year & wasn't learning anything from the school. His classwork was never check & was sent home mostly incomplete or blank. There are no homework assignments & books either. The communication level between parents & teacher is not open & straight forward. My son was constantly injured at school, on a weekly basis, either hit in the head or bruised and severely injured. When I pick him up after school, he was always left unattended by his teacher and/or staff. There are no safety precautions here as the kindergarten children are always left unattended on the school front lawn & just about anyone can pick-up the children. My son's experience at this school was horrific. Since transferring him to a non PI school, he's doing great & loves his new teacher & school.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2013
My son has not learned much at Paularino that I have to spend extra time teaching him so he feels he is average to kids his age that don't go to Paularino. One of his teachers even suggested that my son needs a psychiatrist because he is too active. He is not too active, he's just an average kid. They even allowed him to walk home alone when he is not allowed too, he was only 6 years old at the time. My nephew had to transfer to a new school because his teacher was very mean and had no patience for him. He is mildly autistic. I don't recommend Paularino. I want to transfer my son to a new school but he doesn't want to lose his friends so I am still working on that.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
Great learning environment! I've always been impressed by what I've heard about the teachers and the kids educational experience.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 12, 2010
great innovation, spirit and array of creative learning programs

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2010
Paularino Elementary has offered such an amazing first year in school for our Kindergartner. We love the school, its wonderful teachers and staff and all the dedicated volunteers and parents. Not only is it a distinguished school, there are so many creative programs, reading and math programs, a wonderful learning garden, and so much more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Paularino is great because of the personable staff & everyone's involvement in making it a great place to be for the kids & parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 11, 2010
Not only does Paularino have a caring, nurturing, supportive staff and environment but the school has so many GREAT programs and activities that get children excited about learning and encourages them to be proud of their achievements...for example-Accelerated Reader, Art Masters, and Panther/Eminent Author of the Month awards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
I feel Paularino is a great school because of the staff who do their best in the classroom and for the parents who care and get involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
I love Paularino because the staff and parents work great together! Our kids benefit from a rich cultural diversity and the families are always welcome at school. Also, Paularino is a California Distinguished school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
Great neighborhood school. Parents really care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
Paularino has been a great school to teach at. The students are awesome, the parents are the coolest, and the staff is fantastic to work with.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 02, 2010
The Paularino School Community is like a family, very close-knit. We have an amazing staff, incredible PTA, marvelous students and their families -- it is a pleasure to be at Paularino.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
Paularino is a growing school it is now K-6th and everyone is growing with our school. You might two teachers dressed up in 3ft wig on twin day, or our students & parents dancing in the morning to the macarina, and you'll always find a helping hand at Paularino just received the Ca. Disquished School award! Thanks to All, Principal, Teachers, Staff, Parent and our awesome students!!!!!

- submitted by a community member
February 05, 2009
My daughter miranda went to school there for 3 years she said that that i the best school she has ever gone.She would have want to stay there until 6 grade, but unfortunatly she had to leave that school

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2005
Paularino is an outstanding school and I would recommend it to any K-3rd grade student. The Principal is 3 years new and has created an atmosphere for students, parents and staff that is warm and makes you feel very welcome and part of a great community.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2005
I was very happy with my son's kindergarten experience at Paularino. It's a relatively small school that goes from K-3 and I felt that the school staff was very accessible and aware of each student. His teachers (he had two: they shared a contract) were marvelous. They gave me periodic informal feedback about his progress and made suggestions as to how I could help him improve in areas that were a challenge to him. The classroom environment they creted was warm and inviting and accepting. The students were treated fairly and behavioral expectations were reasonable and consistent. Overall, the school community at Paularino was friendly. I got to know just about everyone from the principal to the janitor and felt that the school was run competently and with genuine concern for the needs of all students. Music, computers, library, all good.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2004
I think I am truly blessed that my little girl ended up in such great school. All the Staff and the Principal truly care for the students Academic achievements. They have programs to motivate and inspire their students to achieve their individual goals.

- submitted by a parent
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Paularino Elementary School
1060 Paularino Avenue, Costa Mesa, CA  92626
(714) 424-7950
Last modified Paularino Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Paularino Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top