Students enrolled 500
Hours 7:50 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.
School leader Margaret GrosJean
Transportation options None
District Charter Oak Unified
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1000 North Sunflower Ave
Covina, CA 91724

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(626) 331-5341
(626) 331-5312
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3 stars
Based on 40 ratings

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September 12, 2014
Worst school ever!!! It would be a mistake to put your child in this school. The staff is horrible. The front office receptionist at this school acts like she hates her job, shes not polite and always answers with an attitude, she hates to be asked questions. I felt like not wanting to call the school at times or even visiting the office because i didnt felt welcomed as parent. I would imagine how the kids felt. This school needs some serious help and to train their staff (teachers including). This school doesnt have incentive programs like a before or after school homework club, etc to improve the students educational needs. I felt like this school only care about attendance that each child showed up to school $$$ and not if he/she was learning... also i had some experience with kids being allowed to bully at this school and staff didnt handle the situation the correct way, which they ignored. I have talk to some of the other kids and their not so enthusiastic about coming to Glen Oak. I feel like their not happy or feel uncomfortable with this school. Ive heard from other parents that it use to be better before but its been like this for quite some time (years) now! Disappointing

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
This school is fantastic. My child is in the special education program and he has improved with his learning skills more then I ever anticipated.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
What happened here?? I attended this school and so did my brother and back then, it as AMAZING. The school was great, the teachers were great, the students and parents were great. Now that my own child attends here, I am absolutely horrified. We are wrapping up this school year and will NOT be returning next year. The office staff, as many others have noted, is AWFUL. The overall vibe of the school has really gone downhill and Covina as a city is not what it used to be. Very trashy and dirty. Thus, the environment here is not what you'd expect to find in a Covina/San Dimas area school. Very disappointed. Relocation is on the list this summer, for both school and home.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
My boys started at Glen Oak in the fall of 2012 when we moved to Covina from Rosemead. They have absolutely thrived in this school. Their teachers have been amazing. The school engages the parents and my boys even joined after school clubs that they were never interested in before (such as the Chess Club). We are so happy with Glen Oak.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2013
The teachers are the best thing about this school. We have been here two years with two children and haven't gotten a bad teacher yet. There are many other things we would like to see changed but generally, we are pleased with this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2013
I am so sad with how bad my child was treated due to his social economic class, by his 5th grade teach and the office staff. It was absolutly heartbreaking. Now he is doing wonderful at another school. I wish I didn't have to take him away from his friends this year and drive so far away from home to get away from the lack of social or cultural understanding. There was alot of gossiping by faculty here. This does not account for all. One class my child attended was great, but it did not challenge my child. Unfortunatly I have to give a bad review for how traumatized my child was, but the mistreatment of some.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2012
Dear Parent, Thank you for reading my posting and for your honest and candid reply. I agree with you in that the 70's were so very long ago, and I have to admit that when I joined the Army in 1980 to get out of school overload. Coming back in 1983 things had changed a lot. I left Covina in 1978 to live with my father, and he was much disciplined and I was expected to be the same I was going to high school and junior college at the same time, I just wanted a break so I enlisted for three years. Coming back home when I retired from the Army in 1994 I moved to Glendora things were ever more out of kilter than I could even begin to wrap my head around, there is something to be said about culture shock.

- submitted by a community member
February 20, 2012
I love this school I went to this school when I was younger and now my daughter does. She is in first grade w/ Mrs Cannings very caring teacher, very involved w/ the kids. Her kindergarden teacher Mrs DeAnda is a wonderful teacher too. I think the testing scores could be higher if some parents got more involved at home with academic projects (if time permits) with their kids. The teachers do all they can to help all 25 kids in each class. In my child's class there is always a parent there helping out!

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2011
The new secretary is literally driving me nuts. She is so rude. So far, almost halfway into the school year, this has been one of the most stressful experiances.So far my son has been put in the wrong classroom, paperwork has been lost, he had to miss several weeks of school, etc. I can't even speak to the principal without getting through the secretary, that always has something sassy to say. I believe this school would appear to be a better school, if I didn't have so much stress. I just want my son out due to the stress involving the secretary, because it is just too overwelming. There needs to be an area to review the staff. Funding is a definite issue at the school, but it is not the schools fault. The PTA also plays a big part in working hard to raise the needed money. But none of that she cause the secretary to be so disrespectful to the parents.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2011
Benjamin you have my misspellings and the parents today interact very much with their children and the school. 1975 was a long time ago. Many of the parents were not even born around that time. Cities, communities, and schools change in all that time. I strongly feel that most of the problems are not the children, the school, or the parents. I believe that it really all comes down to over crowded classes, less material, less resources, less employee's and serious lack of state funding.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
I still love this school. My 2 kids, aged 10 and 7 are having a great time here and have learned so much. The community is strong and the school has many community building events through-out the year. My favorite is the spaghetti dinner / Brain bowl. Students complete against each other in a Family Feud style game...great fun. The school was labeled low performing by the state board of education, but if one looks at the circumstances surrounding the sanction, you will quickly realize that label was a purely political move...(the law is being challenged)...and the Board of education removed the label once they realized that Glen Oak has been labeled a HIGH ACHIEVING SCHOOL for the last 5 years... Good job Glen Oak students....Good job Glen Oak parents !!!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
What Happened? This school is now being sanctioned by the State of California Dept of Education for continued low test scores. Apparently once a school is sanctioned the school district is required to notify all parents so they can move their child to any school or school district they wish. Instead of fixing the problems the District is appealing the sanction! They should let the Parents make the best choice for their children.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2010
My grandaughter attended Glen Oaks and is going to 2nd grade this year. She had a great school year and a wonderful teacher. The office ladies have always been polite and helpful. All children should learn to do homework and with their parents help complete their work. I don't think the homework was to much. There are plenty of other schools in Covina scoring much lower if you don't want to expect to much you should transfer to a school with lower scores.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2009
CONGRATULATIONS For having a high API score, I don't have doubts in my mind in sending my granddaughter to Glen Oak school again. Continue the good work. A. Yolo

- submitted by a community member
June 19, 2009
My daugter just got out of the 6th grade, and I was very happy with the teachers, most of her peers,and her education. The only thing I'd dont like about Glen Oak is it's office staff. They are very rude and pushy, they sont try there best at working at GlenOak. I will not enroll my child in kinder next year beaucse of them.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2009
My son is ending the 1st grade at glen oak, and unfortunately we will be moving out of the area. I really love this school and will sadly miss the teachers and the staff that I always see outside guiding traffic after school. My son is sad that he has to leave this school, but is also excited to move onto another school. His teachers that he had for kindergarten and 1st grade were excellent and my son was fortunate to have them as teachers. They were very caring and always on top of issues. My son was always eager to go to school and did not want to miss any days.. Glen Oak will be missed!!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2008
My daughter for the most part enjoys this school. There are teachers at Glen Oak that are only there because it is their job. The teachers need to show happiness with our children and with each other, instead of bickering. After all, the reason they are there, is to teach our children. I appreciate the good teachers that actually enjoy their job and want to teach our children. Unfortunately there are very few. I believe most of the teachers don't understand to teach in class, only to send home work with not much classroom instruction, basically, do it because the state said you have to, and you need to learn to be independent. Glen Oak should watch our children better during playground time, and not tell our children that crude comments are acceptable and to get used to them. Principal should be at all school functions and at school on time.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2008
I am a mother of two daughters, who have and are attending Glen Oak. I have a mixed experience. Regarding the teaching staff, there are some exceptional teachers who motiviate, inspire, and expect alot from their students. These wonderful teacher, create challenge and the student thrives with energy and knowledge. I have experienced some Wonderful teachers, and those teacher have made positive impacts. But than there are those few teachers, who just go to work, as a paycheck. They don't have the heart. These teachers don't challenge the kids, and the students just fall behind and have just wasted a year with no progress forward. Not sure what can be done with those kind of teacher, because they have a contract, but sad to see, becasue it hurts the overal performance of the child as well as the school. The principal has seemed to work hard and create positive changes!

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2008
This is my second child at Glen Oak. My first one attended 1995-1998, I then pulled him out and home schooled him for 4 years. My experiences this time around are SIGNIFICANTLY better than the first time. The principle does seem to be gone frequently, however, in a situation I had to deal with at the end of summer, she did everything she told me she would do. One of which required her to call the district office. All of the teachers my son has had have been positive and good to work with and have aided him in his academic development. I will agree there is not a lot of parent involvement. At this point I'm the only parent that has come in to help in his class. Last year there were only 2 or 3 of us that helped. All in all a better school now than 10 yrs ago.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
This school has done nothing but cause my family grief. They have no clue and everything is always chaos.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2008
This school needs to concentrate on teaching and not sending everything home so that no one can have family time. It is rediculous.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
I had reasonable hopes for this school based upon the districts' reputation but have been disappointed. The resolution process leads towards teacher favoratism from the principal and the scores have been considerably lower than the other schools in the area. Some of the teachers seem harsh and impatient with the students in the classroom. As a working parent outside of the home, I wanted to contribute to the school but attempts to participate in the PTA went ignored although they readily accepted payment for the PTA fees. However, the office staff are pleasant and the staff seem to care about the safety of the children which is definately a positive aspect of the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2008
My family has been at Glen Oak for the past two years and love it. The principals goals are right on target and my family is happy to be along for the ride. The principal has offered cross-aged tutoring this year and the 6th graders have loved the opportunity to work with younger students during tutor time. At the same time the younger students are benefitting from the 6th grade examples that have been wonderful. We have a buddy reading program where the older classes buddy with a younger class and have reading time, again an opportunity for a great experience for both age groups. I take full advantage of the opportunity to volunteer both in my childrens class as well as helping out with anything the office needs. Our office manager is wonderful and is always helpful. My children love school and look forward to going to school everyday.

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April 20, 2008
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December 06, 2007
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September 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2007
I feel that this school would better benefit from a more proactive educational individual who is not as stoic in their thinking but actually encourages a more exciting way of learning & can actually pass it on to the students. Be more creative as this school once had. If this happens, maybe the overall scores will improve.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2007
The principal at Glen Oak is never there when needed. The office manager is very rude and treats parents and students as an interruption. She acts as she is better than everyone else. The school is in need of a new principal and office manager!

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2007
I have a kindergartener that will be a 'grader' next year. As a member of the school site council, I have first hand knowledge of the lack of parent participation. The new teaching method has been instituted this year. It will integrate throughout the entire district. This will add much needed consistency throughout all grades, into high school. Overall, I think Glen Oak is a good school. Not the best, but certainly not the worst.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2006
This school has had three different principals in the past three years! teacher's just learned what graphic organizers are and how to use them in the classroom! hello, what is going on? According to no child left behind there should be research based professional development.They send projects home so parents can do them for their children and if a student does their own work they are graded down. Parents open your eyes and look closer at the teaching methods and ask about professional development and state standards. If your child can not write they are going to struggle throughout their education. My child and many others are not receiving the proper teaching techniques and strategies that the teachers should be using for struggling students to succeed. I work hard with my child at home,i expect the teachers to work twice as hard, that is why they are getting paid.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2006
My two older daughters went to this elementary school and now my youngest goes there. I guess it's an okay school. I think that they more emphasis on working with children who may be struggling with behavioral problems. Instead of just getting them out of the classroom, I believe that they need to work with them a little more.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
This is our second year at Glen Oak, and so far the experience here has been great. My daughters have had 2 years of wonderful teachers. Thus far it has been a good transition

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2005
I have to say I am dissapointed in this school. My children have gone to this school and I don't feel that their needs were addressed. The blame was put entirely on my children and it was not all their fault. My daughter is now in Jr High and the difference in her grades is amazing, I can't understand how she would do so bad the last 2 years (almost failing) to getting good grades (nothing below a B). I do still have one child at this school and am contiplating transfering next year to another district. I don't feel that my child will get then help needed, my daughter sure did not. When I first started sending my children to this school it was good, now I am not so sure any more. Its something to think about.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2005
I am very dissapointed with the teachers at this school. With the exception of a few good teachers, most of them are rude and yell at the students and don't belong teaching at this level. My daughter who went there almost failed the last 2 years she was there, and struggled to keep up because the teachers were no help. When she graduated I had her transfered out of the district so she would not go to Royal Oak Middle school because I felt she would fall further behind. I could not be happier and can't wait to be done with this school district completely. If I had known then what I know now neither of my children would have attended this school and would be doing better right now. On a scale of 1-10 I give this school a 0. In my opinion this is NOT a good school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
My daughter is thriving at this school! She went from being an average student (struggling a bit) to being on the honnor roll the entire school year! Thank you Glen Oak 5th. Grade Teachers for making such a differance in a childs selfesteem and general out look on there education!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Glen Oak is a good school. I recently moved to this area and have been quite satisfied with the education that my child has received thus far. However, I am not happy with the issues that the district is currently facing. It is time for the district to settle with the teachers and put their contact negotiations behind us. My daughter has attended Glen Oak for two years now & I would hate to see the quality of the education provided go down the tubes. I am also concerned about the 30 to 1 ratio. It is hard enough to teach 20 kids at one time. It is my hope that all of this can be resolved so that Glen Oak can continue to provide World Class Education.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2004
I dont think it is right that they are firing alot of staff members. Not all charter oak unified is doing this. Why dont they lay of board members, raising class size will lower test scores

- submitted by a former student
October 07, 2003
I had excellent report from my first son in this school I requested same teacher for my twins. All my kids are looking forward to go to school every morning. This is the sign for me, reading , spelling , math trips to library and homework heep us on our toes.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2003
Glen Oak is a great school with a friendly family atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
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Our academic performance index score (API) increased 25 points this year. Our API is currently 802. In the past four years, Glen Oak has implemented several new programs to improve student achievement and the school's culture. These are: Thinking Maps, Write From the Beginning, Enterprise Accelerated Reader, Accelerated Math, Standards Plus, Excellent Eagles, Character Counts, newly adopted art, music, p.e., social studies, science, and math core curriculum programs. We installed a brand new computer lab in the summer of 2007. This year every classroom received a document camera and LCD projector. These are used to project resources from the internet as well as for teachers to model during their direct instruction lessons. Our school is focused on improving the academic achievement of all students as well as helping each student to grow socially and emotionally. We work with students and their families as a collaborative team. At Glen Oak, we teach students, not subjects. Our students are excellent eagles who soar to excellence!

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Glen Oak Elementary School
1000 North Sunflower Ave, Covina, CA  91724
(626) 331-5341
Last modified Glen Oak 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.
Glen Oak Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top