Students enrolled 714
School leader Caroline Labonte
District Fontana Unified

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5740 Avenal Place
Fontana, CA 92336

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(909) 357-5270
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4 stars
Based on 35 ratings

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June 04, 2013
This School is GREAT! They work with you 110% to ensure your child's success. The School Principal and Staff are A+... From The Reynolds Family!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
My sons have been attending this school and I must say that most of their teachers have been great in teaching them to excel and more. As for the extra activities listed - this is news to me. Some teachers need to be taught not to use bad language in class.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
Awesome Teachers, love this school... Our son actually enjoys going to school and is always excited to go...

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
This is our sixth year at Sierra Lakes Elementary. I am the most pleased with the presence of our new principal this year. She is involved everywhere and easily seen every day on campus, whether it be engaging in conversation with the fifth graders or opening a snack bag for a kindergartener at lunchtime. The PTA is all a buzz and more parents are involved this year than any other year, probably due to the PTa president always asking parents to get involved, in any way possible. She has increased membership by 75% this year. There is alot to be said about the great group of parents that are involved at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2010
The school has great teachers and it is a very safe school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
Love this school now even more now that we have a new principal that really seems to care and is actively involved in all aspects of the school. Volunteer your time and really get involved as much as you can. That makes all the difference in the world!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2010
I love Sierra Lakes Elementary. Tons of great teachers, tons of great, involved parents, great kids and families and my kids are safe and happy here. You get what you put in and I try to volunteer my time and I get along with my kids' teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2010
My children have attended Sierra Lakes for four years now and we are very happy with the teachers and principal. I can only speak for the past years, since we just received a new principal but they have been phenomenal. The kids are learning so much, and our test scores show that their hard work is paying off. SL is one of the best school's in the district, so there's not much to complain about. We have been to several other schools, and SL is the best as far as diversity and the sense of community. I have never heard of any of the negative issues that people have posted on this website, except for overcrowding which is a result of budget cuts, but that's an issue with the state not our school. I would recommend this school to anyone who is interested in moving to Fontana.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2010
The principal is one of the worst leaders I have seen in any business or schools. She seems much more interested in crowd control (as the school is overcrowded) than in helping students reach their potential. There is no concern for individual students - just overall school CST scores.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
This school has been an excellent learning experince for my three childern. I love everything about it. Teachers are very dedicated and hard working and they are completely supportive of all the students. Every year after years refleeting in increased API scores. My child really enjoyed time at Sierra lakes. Again, I was very impressed with the amount of progress she made ( 4grade teacher) Mrs, Karin Devok wonderful teacher. thank you and Kindergarden teacher also^^ Good luck to you.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2010
You will miss Sierra Lakes when your daughter/son leave SL. This is a great school, the best in the FUSD. Sierra Lakes is a California Distinguished School. The teachers are great and I enjoy as another parent put it, they hold the students accountable. The test scores show this school is doing great, if I understand correctly, I believe this school has at least 4 teachers who have won teacher of the year from FUSD. I am dreading my child having to attend Wayne Rubble Middle School, I understand the kids at this school are baby quiet a bit.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2010
I will make this short and directly to the point. The teachers we have dealt with are among the worst educators I have ever seen. They are nice people, but educators for our children they are not. Homework is so excessive it make you wonder what they do all day, and it seems as though the parents are the ones doing all of the educating and the teachers are just babysitting. If you have options to go to a different school I suggest you do so. The parking situation alone is enough to drive you crazy. School is out at 3:18, and if you want to get them around that time you must show up in line around 2:50, and you still wont exit the school before 3:35. Thats not schools fault, as it was a horrible design to start with. Choose a different school!

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
I like the school very much because they have fun and amazing teachers.I am not really happy when I go to their office.The secretery answers problems but sometimes she doesn't really help that much.Overall,I think this school is wonderful.I would say A.

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 24, 2009
Thanks sierra lakes pta for all you time and work. Kinder parent.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2009
I Love Sierra Lakes elementary PTA, this year president and vice-president are great, We love this new PTA my children are so happy. Thanks for all you work and you time and all the so port to the children and the school. We are so lucky to have you ladies. And thanks for the Popsicle sale my children love you Paula.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 20, 2009
I love Sierra Lakes Elementary, the school and community pull together and provide a nurturing environment for the children.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2009
My daughter just started kindergarten this year and I'mdissapointed! To many kids in a single class and the play are is smal!l No grass with overgrown trees and weeded gardens! Pick up is a nightmare very disorganized! The principal seems unapproachable & not to interested in parents feelings towards the school. Homework is excessive for a kindergartner my daughter has hardly played outside since school started we spend about an hour a day on it not including reading & sight words that are required as well. I moved here because I heard the school was a good one but so far I'm not convinced!! Our kids deserve to still be kids & at least have a playarea that doesn't look so rundown and uninviting. By the way who says are morning kids who have been there 4 hrs already eat after the afternoon shift who eat when they first arrive!!!!!!!!!!Huh???

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2009
I moved to Sierra Lakes just about six years. Both of my children are atteding Sierra Lakes Elementery School, since kindergarten and all the way till 5 th. grade. My children can't wait to go back to school when they are on vacations or even on week ends. Most obviously that is a result of the school's operation, pleasant staffs, and efficient teachers. I highly think this success is contributed to the leadership of its principle and to the team work accomplished by super great teachers and parents involvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2008
Sierra Lakes is the only school in the Fontana District that is over-enrolled and has to turn away students. After reading the last two reviews, I have to say that my experience with PTA that many parents have a prince-princess type attitude and don't feel rules should apply to their child, which causes my concern about the school discipline. The teachers, staff and principal all do their best to support students and demand excellence, and many of the parents who I spoke with that transferred felt there was an over-emphasis on grades and achievement, which is fine with me. If parents don't want their kids to learn or have rules apply, let them transfer!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 27, 2008
I moved to Sierra Lakes in the summer of 2007. I had at the time two children attending the school in third and first grades. I explained my concern for my child that suffers from ADHD and found that this school had no programs available for kids suffering from this disibility. The principle at times seems to not be a very people person, nor does she spend time looking for the appropriate teachers to handle the out of control classroom size. What a waiste of my tax dollars. I had to move my special child to another school. This was a terrible inconvienence to my family. This school lask leadership. Not impressed at all!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2007
I was not impressed with the quality of leadership at Sierra Lakes. The principal is not one that supports the ideas of teachers and parents. She is not a team leader/player. I actually moved my children to another school site where the environment for teachers and parents are welcoming. The teachers seemed to truly care for the children. various programs were offered after school including chess masters. The lack of playing area does limit children from sports activities.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2007
I am a teacher at another district, but I live in Sierra Lakes where my 5th grade son attends. For the most part I have had a positive experience with Sierra Lakes Elementary. I think it has one of the highest PTA and parent involvement numbers of any of the schools my son has attended. There is room for improvement and as a teacher I understand how we have to comply with lots of paper work and extra meetings, assignments, grading, which take away from teaching. Remember that higher expectations do promote higher outcomes.

- submitted by a teacher
June 02, 2007
Great library, friendly staff in office

- submitted by a staff
April 29, 2007
My daughter has attended Sierra Lakes since it opened 5 years ago. She has had excellent teachers every year. I couldn't be happier that Sierra Lakes is a California Distinguished School! I've been impressed with the quality of education. I also love that it's ethnically very diverse. The PTA has done a great job raising money for the school, and there are many teachers who volunteer to teach after school programs in GATE, math, art, and for english learners. The principal has been very responsive to concerns by parents and has done her best to accommodate parents' wishes when possible. There are also fee based after school programs called Chessmasters and Mad Science that my children have enjoyed.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2007
My children have attended Sierra Lakes for 2 yrs. In 06-07, PTA has grown, a few more new people helping out which is wonderful! Luckily, my children have had 3 out of 4 wonderful teachers! The principle does not listen to the childrens,parents & teacher ideas.

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October 26, 2006
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October 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
I'm a proud PTA Mom at Sierra Lakes... It's a great school with responsible and caring teachers! Favortism... not... Everyone is treated equal... as one person said... welcome to America.. Parents need to be involved with their kids and schools... you can't leave it all to the teachers... So, if you're not involved with PTA .. you and your children are missing out. We're proud of you Sierra Lakes... California Distinguished School!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
Sierra lakes elementary is a great school! It is a california distinguish school as of april 2006 no other elementary school in fontana has this credential. The principal is very active in the school and has full support from her teachers and pta. I support this school 110%.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2006
My son has been at sierra lakes for 3 years now and i think it's a great school. The academic programs are outstanding. The principal is great, she is very involved with parents and studens. She cares very much about her school and her staff. The only thing i think that they could do a bit better would have more extracurricular activities for the studens. Maybe some field trips. Most important my son is very happy at sierra lakes.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2006
Our family is very pleased with Sierra Lakes Elementary. Very nice and clean school. Very friendly and warm staff. The teachers our children have had as well as the principal are all very involved and very proffesional. High amount of parent involvement and great PTA! All of the benefits of a private school without the cost. Proud to have or kids at this school!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2006
I have a few students that attend SL and they are all doing very well. I had children in a private school previously and learned when I switched over that they had lower expectations at the other school. My children were behind at first but are all doing really well now. The school has high expectations of students and the teachers I have dealt with are doing a great job! Beware! Your kids will exceed the state standards and do better academically than many other schools!

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2006
Parents and future students, Sierra Lakes is a great school, where my children have attended since its opening. At first, a few clitches had to be worked out, but now they were awared the California Distinguished School Award!. My children's reading is amazing. As for favoritism etc, nonsense welcome to america everyone has there opinion. I love this school. Happy Mom in Sierra Lakes.

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June 01, 2006
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December 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
My daughter has attended sierra lakes for two years and has just started her third year there. We have not been happy with the quality of the teachers or the overall politics and favortism that goes on amongst the teachers, administration and pta. The majority of the teahers there are burnt out and it's my opinion that the principal does not know or simply doesn't care about what goes on in the classrooms. It is the principals job to know how all of her teachers are treating the children, so that positive self-esteem and learning can take place. Ditto for all the pta moms who favor their own children and don't teach acceptance and inclusion of all kids.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 26, 2005
My son attended Sierra Lakes May 2005 for 3 days. We made a huge mistake - we moved to Fontana from south Orange County and did not look at the school scores nor go to the school before we enrolled him. We just thought that since it was so new, it would be a good school - we were so wrong. I took him out after 3 days and drove him back to south OC to finish 4th grade. Here's why - 1st I could tell his teacher was totally burned out, next, there were 3 fights in 3 days, computers? hardly any compared to his previous school, major racial issues/conflicts, and cursing in and out of the classroom. Beware.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2005
This School is primarily build for the people living in Sierra Lake golf course community but administration done mistake of opening up to all people around the neighborhood. There is lot more need to me done in terms of admittance and education programs to bring the school standrad to the people who loves to send their kids. We parents look forward to see this school to reac 850-900 API in the coming years.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2004
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Sierra Lakes Elementary School
5740 Avenal Place, Fontana, CA  92336
(909) 357-5270
Last modified Sierra Lakes Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sierra Lakes Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top