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780 Beechwood Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92835

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May 24, 2014
My daughter has blossomed in this school. I find most of the teachers to be highly proficient, dedicated and caring. I value a school with a high quality of education that challenges my kid to be the best she can be. My wife and I are working professionals and do not understand the correlation of Ms Graham's ability to say hi and remember all students and parents names has to her ability to be an effective leader - this seems to be the absurd gauge of several parents. Personally, we find Ms. Graham, her staff as well as all the teachers to be approachable, dedicated and caring. My daughrt just finished 7th grade in the IB program. I am amazed by the depth of what they learned and the collaborative. Interdisciplinary application of concepts in real life situation. Bottom line, your kid will be very prepared for math and sciences when they leave Beechwood. We have looked into private schools in Los Angeles and Pasadena areas when (we almost relocated), and I will tell you the quality you get here is comparable to a $30k to $40k school. We send our kids to school. It is about our kids and the quality of education they get - and not how "chummy" a principal is.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2014
Beechwood is a wonderful school! I have to say when I hear other friends speak of their children's school, staff and principal, I'm reminded that my kids are fortunate! We have a great staff and Principal Graham is top notch. As a working parent who does not get on campus often, I appreciate knowing there are so many caring, professional and knowledgeable teachers and staff leading my children. Thanks Beechwood!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
I have been very happy with the teachers, the reduced class size reduction, and the implementation of technology at Beechwood. I do agree that there are cliques, and it feels hard to break into the current parent groups running the show. Also there is a lack of supervision of students after school with the lower grades getting out first and then upper grades. Other schools have teachers that stand out and make sure every student is picked up and those that are not are sent to the office. There are so many parents and students it feels chaotic. Finally, it is very suspicious that there are several reviews posted within days of each other during this schools open enrollment period glowing about the principal in stark contrast to previous reviews. In my opinion she doesn't truly care about the students like the previous principal, she does not know my children's names, and she isn't as present on campus. I am skeptical of those last reviews....

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
Such a great time tonight at Open House and it reminds me how lucky I am to have my kids at Beechwood.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
Both of my children went through Beechwood's middle school program, we actually transferred them to the IB program there after hearing about it and taking a tour. I can't say enough about how positive the experience was for our family. Both children were very prepared for the competitive academic program at their high school and were very successful in high school, and for my son, beyond. After my sons freshman year he took the SAT subject test for biology and the instruction he had received at Beechwood along with his regular freshman bio resulted in his receiving a near perfect score. The science and math teachers at Beechwood are incredible, and instilled a love of both subjects in my children, both are planning to pursue careers relating to math and science as a result. I can't emphasize enough how happy we are that our kids attended Beechwood and how well it prepared them for high school.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
I love Beechwood! I have all four of my kids attending and have been since Pre-K. I have absolutely loved every teacher they have had. The caliber of teaching is above anything I have seen at other schools. When my friends and I talk about our kids' educations they are always impressed with all of the things that happen on a daily basis at Beechwood. My kids are well prepared in all aspects and are always challenged. I appreciate that my kids are treated as individuals and that the teachers and Mrs. Graham have always treated them with kindness. My children are always excited to go to school and come home sharing all of the great things they are learning. I am a working mom and have never felt shunned by other parents or the principal. Mrs. Graham has always been ready to listen to me and my kids. She is not Mr. M and nobody else will be and we should not expect her to be. Mr. M left because he wanted to. Of what I have observed, Mrs. Graham is doing an exceptional job!

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2014
Great families, amazing children and wonderful staff - it would be easy for Beechwood to sit back and rest on its laurels. You won't, however, find a staff more dedicated to positive growth and innovation than the Beechwood staff. And the inspiration for innovation comes from Mrs. Graham. The staff works together to make sure that they provide a challenging and relevant education to prepare our children for the 21st century. My child s education doesn t look like mine did 20 years ago - and for that I am thankful. The world is changing and my child will be prepared to handle those changes. And they are doing more than handling change; they are thriving. What matters to me, as a parent, is that my child is loved, valued and nurtured everyday. I agree with a previous reviewer, it's not the bobcat way to be negative. Let's build this school up. Thank you, Mrs. Graham and staff, for the great work you do everyday for my child.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
I love Beechwood and I love our Principal, Mrs. Graham! She is an absolutely outstanding principal and a true visionary. She is professional and positive, and clearly has the best interests of all Beechwood students at heart. My kids love her and talk so positively about her. She demonstrates a keen understanding of learning expectations for each grade level and takes a personal interest in all students. I have watched her transform our school within the last few years into a center for innovative learning. She works tirelessly to support students, parents, and staff and is always positive. We know that our school will be at the forefront with the new Common Core Standards because of Mrs. Graham's wonderful leadership. She is an exemplary leader in every respect and I have complete confidence in her. My children are having the time of their lives at Beechwood every day and look forward to school because of the positive environment she has created. I could not be happier with this principal, and encourage the rest of you to take the high road! This negative talk is not the Bobcat Way! I encourage everyone to see Mrs Graham as the positive leader that she is!

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2014
I have to agree with most of the parents regarding Mrs. G. My son has been at Beechwood since Pre-school, now on 3rd grade and it just seems like the same kids with the right connections are always placed with the popular teachers. Too much favoritism, nepotism and double standards.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2014
We LOVE Beechwood. Both of our kids are happy, challenged, and excited about school. The staff is amazing! Teachers, principal, office ladies and even the custodian are warm and friendly. The community is really involved and there always seems to be something positive happening. We couldn't ask for a better environment for our children.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2013
Still love this school! It's unfortunate that it's loosing its pizazz. Went to middle school concert and realized this when our former principal walked in. You could feel the room. Kids and parents love him....he remembers every parent and students' names. Crazy he's been gone for two years and still has that affect on this place. I worked the snack stand and noticed his approach as he talked with students as if he never left. Unlike our not new principal who left immediately after the concert, which I have noticed at many of our events. She is out the door way too quickly. Oh well, as one parent who was working the snack stand with me stated, "it's just not the same." District office should notice this, but they only care about test scores...which stayed stagnant year one and we dropped for the first time ever since Mrs.Grahams second year at the helm.....

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2013
I have had two children in this school, with mixed results. Any success this school has is due to parental involvement. That is to say, these kids would do well anywhere. The quality of teaching is uneven, so parents need to make up the difference. Although this school has an excellent reputation, there are a few disturbing trends: 1. Over-reliance on technology vs. teaching. The school has an on-line grading and assignment system that would work great -- if the teachers kept the information up to date. They don't . So I never know what the real status of my Child's assignments and grades are. Basically, their inability to update the system makes it worthless. 2. iPads (ugh) -- The school recently started using iPads for 7th grade. Personally, I think these toys are distractions from productive coursework. My student spent almost an hour *coloring in a map* on the iPad. He could have finished in 10 minutes on paper. 3. (some) Lazy teachers -- One literature test given to my student was taken right off the internet -- with mistakes and all! Teachers do not send home completed tests because they want to reuse those tests over and over again. That's just lazy.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2013
I currently have a grade school and middle school student at Beechwood. Overall the school is good but I have to agree with the lack of leadership and interest from Mrs. Graham (the principal). Mrs. G is not at all approachable unless you are a stay at home parent or a foundation member. Beechwood has always been cliquish and every year it appears that the same kids (families) get put in the same classrooms with the more popular teachers??!!?? And if you bring this up you are assured that the placing of the kids is random and fair, hummmm. . . I bet the children of the teachers and staff, including the principal, are all going to go to the popular teachers. Also, I have stopped going to award assemblies and "shows" as it appears that the same kids every year receive awards and have the lead roles in productions. It is not a friendly place for the working parent and I have been shunned more than I care to admit. The teachers do seem to care about the students but I think Mrs. G has to be more interested in ALL the students not just those from certain families. Lastly, Mrs. G has shown poor leadership with some of the issues that have come up during her tenure.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2013
Mrs. graham is awful. She needs work. She's mentioned negatively in almost every post. Doesn't someone read these? She needs major work at connecting to parents, not just the parents that volunteer or donate money. There is a definite hierarchy at that school. Their writing program from elementary to middle school is awful. My child and those of my friends all have their kids in tutoring for writing. Does this seem right for a school of their caliber? My student has been advanced at CST's, but I am worried about competing in high school with the lame writer workshop background my child received.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
My kid will be graduating this year and the school has been amazing in all aspects. This school does not offer Gate however, they do have advance classes and advance kids who are high achievers. Most teachers are exceptional and do are very good with the kids. My experience has been great in all aspects and hold Beechwood in high regard.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2013
I love the school, but the new principal leaves a lot to be desired. She's not nearly as friendly as Mr. M was and doesn't take the time to speak with the parents or get to know the kids like he did! Also, the school makes you send your child to Hermosa for the gate program, so now I'm faced with the decision of making my son leave his friends and little brother at Beechwood to go to a new school! I only gave 4 stars due to the lack of a gate program and the new principal (which really only deserves 2 stars). Also, the stay at home moms are very cliquish! I'm a working mom and room parent, but the stay at home moms snub me quite a bit! It feels like high school all over again!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2013
My 2 children have been attending this school for the last 4 years. We love Beechwood. Great education, excellent teachers and challenging academic programs. The parent involvement is amazing and the field trips are educational and fun. We liked the previous principal Mr. M, he seemed more genuine and knew each child by name. The office staff is wonderful. I am happy we chose Beechwood!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2012
This school is a great school. However, it is quite small and can be cliquey among the students and the parents. I graduated this school ,after 9 years, a few years back and entering high school I was ready for all the subjects BUT ENGLISH. The junior high English teachers I had did not prepare me to write analytically at all. Even though we did grammar every Wednesday, I do not have the best grammar. It felt that it was shoved down our throats and we were just told to swallow,not leaving time to digest what we were learning. BUT MRS. STEELE IS AMAZING. She truly prepared me for biology and chemistry. She has a song for the chapter and had us sing it everyday, these songs helped me in biology and chemistry.

- submitted by a community member
February 16, 2012
Well Mr. M. was a great principal and the new Mrs G. has her own kids at the school. The Science Olympiad team just placed numero uno at an invitational meet and went to state finals last year. Band and choir are still offered and the new STEM lab seems to be popular and well run. It's relatively small and thus more like a private school even with the district funding cutbacks. I'd love to see it go charter but it's really great right now. I only held back from all 5's because Mrs. G. is so new. She has been good at enforcing rules that keep the school safe. Definitely consider this school if you live in Fullerton or Brea. P.S. It has one of the bigger parking lots for it's size, but no one walks to school anymore so it too gets crowded.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2011
Obviously this school is like no other. I have a 7th grader, a 5th grader and a preschooler all attending there this year. In spite of being a Pre-K - 8th grade school, the Principle know each child personally and sincerely cares about the school and the kids! The entire community is so proud of this school and it's continued accomplishments and it really shows!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Each year, I wonder if the school rankings will go down because of the budget cuts but every year I've been impressed. My kids love it. They are challenged but have fun learning. Teachers and principal truly seem to care and there is a lot of parent involvement. I hope it continues.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
This is one public school like no others. Parents involvements are incredible. Everyone work as a team. PTSA is fantastic in their job. You could just see and feel everyone is working solely for the benefit of the school and the student. Mr. Miramonte is a fantastic principle. All his students love him. We are very proud of this school and proud of our children able to learn from such great environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2009
We joined beechwood this year. My daugher is in 3rd grade. She is very excited to go to school everyday. She has a lot of good things to tell us about her teacher Mr. Sullivan. She is very happy and so we are.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
Great school. Graduated from 8th grade in 2008 and I was well prepared for High School. Science Olympiad and Band programs are phenomenal, set me up for success. Principle rocks. Teacher quality is average overall; a few pretty terrible but overall top-notch. Great test scores, great family environment, balanced goals. Overall very happy I got to go there.

- submitted by a student
June 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2008
My daughter attends Kindergarten at Beechwood and we couldn't be happier. There's a lot of opportunities to volunteer and tons of parent involvement. The principal stretches the teachers to use a variety of teaching methods. My child is very happy!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2008
This school is filled with wonderful teachers and the awards we are Blue Ribbon School and a CA Distingush school

- submitted by a student
November 15, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
My son just completed kidnergarten at Beechwood. What a great school. I am thrilled its a K-8 because I can't think of a better place for my children to learn and grow over time. Teachers are first rate, parent involvement is very high and the atmosphere is family-like in every way. Very focused on achievment and development but in a way that does not create a undue stress or competition on the students. New Principal taking over next year...he has big shoes to fill because the current principal is incredible. Only one thing I would like to see improve: the overall facility (exterior) is bland, could use some art, etc to liven things up.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
We love Beechwood! It is a fabulous environment to be in - the teachers are phenonomenal. Although we will miss our principal dearly, we are looking forward to the enthusiasm that the new principal will bring to the school. Hopefully some changes will be brought about that make it easier for working parents to become more involved in the school.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2007
Excellent elementary school. New Middle School program--still finding itself. New Principal starting Fall 2007. Good academics. Middle School needs more extra curricular programs for art and sports. Excellent Parent involvement. Motivated Teachers

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2006
Beechwood earned California Distinguished School honors in 2006 just 7 years after opening its doors. Teachers, administrators, staff and parent volunteers nurture our kids from kindergarten through 8th grade cheering their progress and thinking of each student as their own. Community spirit is tops here. Our test scores are a very close second in the district but our nurturing environment is second to none. Writing is a strong focus at Beechwood and our IB Middle Years Programme is producing strong leaders for our high schools. Don't look elsewhere. This is a school that develops your whole child. We wouldn't go anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2005
Nice old fashioned environment. Good quality of programs, not enough music or special programs. Lots of parent involvement

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
Good school with good teachers. Just converted to K-8 so not sure about the upper levels.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
My kids were attending Beechwood for only a year and then we moved to NoCal. During that time, they made significant progress, mostly due to the caring teachers and their commitment to make children succeed. The curriculum is challenging, but no child get left behind. Offered are music and drama classes, even for 1st grade. There is a high level of parent involvement; plenty of classroom volunteers and PTA involvement. I can highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
I am a parent and my child has been going to this school since 2nd grade and has a great experience. It is a small school with great teachers and a principal who knows students by name. This school offers good after school prgrams including math olympiad, science classes, choir, spanish and after school child care on site. They also have family nights a few times a year. This is usually a night centered around science experiments or the book fair...always lots of fun. It is a safe school where parent participation is encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
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Beechwood Elementary School
780 Beechwood Avenue, Fullerton, CA  92835
(714) 447-2850
Last modified Beechwood Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Beechwood Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top