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Fantastic choice - really delivers a solid, excellent education from caring teachers and administrators. Currently have 2 children enrolled at Moiola and have enjoyed the learning environment and opportunities afforded them.
Love that a K-8 option is available in this district. Moiola has been a safe and nurturing environment for a number of years and is an excellent resource for the community. The self confidence and integrity that my children have gained from attending Moiola is a gift that I will forever be grateful for being able to offer to them. Thank you, Moiola.
I have had 5 children attend Moiola and it is hands down the best school for my children. Especially for grades 6-8, the middle schools pull kids into a harsher environment at too young of an age. Kids do not need high school pressures at age 10! My kids have excelled going into high school from Moiola, while others I know at the middle schools have gotten involved in drugs and other inappropriate behavior. Thank goodness we still have a K-8 school that experience and studies show the students there have a greater academic, emotional and social adjustment than at the middle schools.
This school is like a private school, teachers know students very well. I don't think there will be any problems for students when they transfer to high schools. I hope all parents should visit this school before they decide to transfer their children to other middle schools.
I attended Moiola K-8, and agree with other reviewers that it was a fun experience and I made life-long friends. The atmosphere was positive and the small atmosphere made the school feel like a second home. However, the education I received was painfully inadequate. To say that I was ill-prepared for Fountain Valley High School is an understatement. Not only was there complete culture shock (switching classes, huge numbers of students coming & going, lockers, hurrying to class, etc), but I had to study like crazy to catch up with the curriculum. The students who attended Fulton and Masuda did not have such issues. The middle school environment had prepared them for high school. I think Moiola is fine for K-5, but I strongly suggest that students transfer @ 6th grade to Fulton, Masuda, or even Talbert if they plan on eventually heading to FVHS.
This is very good school , my child will be staying here until 8th grade , this school is very good. GO MOIOLA MUSTANGS!
I have two children attending Moiola. I am upset at how the teachers lack student involvement and safety. My son is in first grade and at the end of the day, they just let the kids go with no teacher supervision. It's like the dismissal bell is more for the teachers than the children. Next year I will be looking to move my children to a private school. For a so-called great school district, I am very upset with Moiola!
I have had my children in this school since 4th grade they are currently in 8th grade. I can't express how disappointed I am in Moiola. The teachers lack creativty, respect and any sort of interest in the kids at all. The only reason I have chosen to keep my children here is beacause it is in close proximity to my house. I would not recommed Moiola to anyone. Especially the for middle school.
This is the only K-8 school in our district. It's like a private school, and it's a great school. I transfer my kids to this school because I know my kids will have a best school in this district.
This school is great. My son graduated from Moiola last year and now attends Servite High School (a very hard school to get into). My daughter wanted to go to Fulton and after two months wanted to go back to Moiola. The Jr. High teachers are amazing.
I am a new parent to Moiola and after great research, I chose to move both my children there this year because of the smaller campus and K-8 environment. I am greatly disappointed. I have realized that the main reason for the high test scores at Moiola are because of the parents and the nature of the kids. I have seen no exceptional teaching. I have seen little imagination and creativity in what is taught. My oldest child is in the middle grades and has done nothing but worksheets all year. The teacher does not even grade homework. Students are simply punished for not doing it. There is no accountability. Everyone seems to go along happy that the test scores are high and doesn't seem to notice that a whole generation of children are learning that school is boring and losing their desire to grow and learn.
Moiola is a great school with the best teachers. Their test scores are very high!The only bad thing about Moiola is the extracarricular activities. There are no electives in Moiola's upper core. Other than that, Moiola is perfect!
I am a parent at Moiola school. I only have concern that the physical eduction at this school is not strong. The children need to have physical activities along with the academic learning especially obesity seems to be a problem in the US. The lunch duty ladies could be a little more pleasant to the children. The children feel very rushed to finish their lunch, just not enough time. The lunch on the lawn is not very convenient for the parents, I feel sorry for the children who have to eat by themselves because both parents have to work. They should really get rid of that bi-annual events.
My son is in kindergarten and the first week they seemed so protective of the children as they were being released to their parents after class. However now it seems everyday my son is already in the car before I see someone out there watching over them. Thank God it was me picking him up and not a stranger. Just make sure your not a second late to pick your child up or someone else may!
This school is a k-8 school. It provides an enriching environment in a warm and caring way. The teachers are there for the students and many activities take place including the whole student body. There is a lot of parent involvement at school from math nights, science nights, Art Masters and many more activities. The PTA is a very strong and supportive group and parents also volunteer in the classroom. The students are happy to be at school and enjoy learning.
Moiola is an excellent school, has high parent involvment and the district has a high academic standard. The kids are happy and the teachers seem to be happy to be there.
The school appeared on the internet to be the best in the proximity of where we lived and it provided the kids a school that was not too large (K-8). We have previously lived in two other states and the level of education here was far less than we had imagined. The hours were much shorter, the time they go out to play/recess is extraordinary and the minute amount of homework have left my kids thinking it is a summer school and the skills they had are deteriorating. I found out later that most of the kids get extra curricular teaching after school and that my kids were falling behind without even knowing it. While it appears the teachers are qualified and try hard I think the basic issue is the funding caused weak curriculum combined witt the shorter time in school is not what I would have expected.
This is a follow up to my comments from June 2003. The other comments listed here do not appear to be by current parents but rather adults who once attended Moiola when it was still worthy of being a CA. Distinguished School. Things have changed. There is absolutely no consistency in regards to discipline or academics for the upper core, 6-8 grades. After attending Moiola from K-6 grades, we will not be returning as this is not an environment that encourages kids to reach for their dreams. Today it seems that many of the staff, not just teachers, only want perfect children who don't need any thing more than what the teachers and other staff are willing to provide them.
I whole-heartedly agree with the comments made by the person who wrote in June, 2003. But I would add: There has been no consistancy in leadership, principals rotate through revolving doors, and act to protect teachers, rather than to address problems. Discipling the upper core students seems to be a puzzle. Activities are limited. Music includes grades 4-8, so by about 6th grade, the kids have outgrown the program and drop out. Sports teams are the perienial losers of just about every sport. Dances take place at 3 in the afternoon. Physical Education consists of 'Power Walks' through the neighborhood, no games, sports or team building events. Many of the teachers in the lower grades (1-3) are excellent. However, in many of the middle and upper core classes, teaching methods are archaic, and some teachers lack basic skills. Many lack insight into students' needs, but would rather simply make assignments and sit in judgment. I am very disappointed in my children's experiences at this school, and I have had too many conversations that include discussions about 'teachers aren't always perfect.' Having my kids move on to the high school was a breath of fresh air.
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