I can only agree with the most recent post of 2/1/12 as it pertains to the school's GATE program, which is excellent. But this is a school within a school. If you are Special Ed or GATE, you will have a terrific experience. If you are general ed, run for the hills. The principal is terrible - she either does not know what it takes to get the job done or won't do it. It is a very small school and turning things around should be a snap but she won't put in the time and won't make her teachers make the necessary changes to help the kids who need help. If you are an ELL student, ask to be bused to Raymond where you will get all the programs you need. We should be Title I, we qualify for it, but the staff doesn't want to be and neither does the neighborhood. People are transferring out of this school in droves and for good reason. Despite the vast amount of parent support at the school, the staff is unwilling to accept outside help except for modest classroom involvement. I will be surprised if this schools exists in 5 years. Hope the District is mindful of the changes going on and plans for this contingency.
Great school. Ms. Gilligan, the principal, is really on top of things. School events are well organized because of good parent involvement. School size is not too big so things are not too chaotic, which is great at drop off and pick up times. School has laptop program which means each child must buy or rent a laptop from the district. Would like to see API scores better. But my daughter got into the GATE program. The 3 GATE teachers and the GATE program is awesome. I think my daughter is getting a top notch education.
Hermosa is an absolutely wonderful school!!! The teachers, parents, students, staff and principal all work together to make the most of every learning day and every dollar available. This school utilizes many cutting edge electronics as well as cutting edge learning programs. It is a California Distinguished school and a two-time Golden Bell Winner.
I love everything about this school. The principal is awesome and the teachers are amazing. My daughter is in 6th grade and has been going there since 1st grade and my son is in 4th grade and has been there sincer kinder. I have nothing but good things to say about every aspect of Hermosa Drive. I'm proud to say my children attend this wonderful school.
I love this school. Thoughtful and caring teachers and staff. Many have won awards for their excellence and commitment to teaching and our children. The worst part is the parts in their cars who are rude drivers. This is no reflection on the school though
This is a great little school. It has an excellent principal jennifer shepard and teachers. Mrs. Shepard knows every childs name and the parents are very involved. Highly reccomend this school.
Although not a participant of the Hermosa PTA, I must say that I am forever thankful for all that they do for our children. I have been a Hermosa Parent for 4 years now and have always been welcomed to participate with the PTA. I only wish I could give and do as much as they do for our children. No one in particular cares for fundraisers and especially not the PTA (who are usually the ones doing all the work). The time and energy invested by the PTA only benefits our children. We are ever so lucky to have these committed and dedicated parents.
There is no other school like Hermosa! These teachers are so dedicated to our children! I recently picked up some of my kid's friends at another Fullerton school and watched them being herded like cattle not children. As far as the hermosa PTA... Dont ever judge a book by the cover. although I am not involved in the PTA I have been encouraged countless times to come and join in. I dont think that anyone has a right to sit back and complain especially if they are sitting back doing nothing. Also if the fund raisers are bothersome to someone then just dont participate in them. Schools have no choice but to have them to supplement their almost nonexistent budget. Excellent job Hermosa! Keep it up!
As a member of the Hermosa PTA for the past seven years I must come to the defense of the February 2004 review! We are not exclusive we beg to have new people join so the same 15 people are not always doing all of the work. It seems the people who complain the loudest do the least. As for fundraising, we do fundraise but all of the profits go directly back to each and every student. See where the money is spent in May's Hermosa Hightlights. As for the education, my children are excelling. My seventh grader, among many others from Hermosa, are qualified for the Honor Society as of the last report card. They are completely prepared to move on to junior high and have received a wonderful education from a devoted staff. Hermosa is a unique school and a wonderful learning environment.
Hermosa is a friendly and great enviroment to have a child in. The PTA works hard at fundraisers to purchase Laptop computers, books, programs, teacher equipment and many needs that I can only touch upon a few. Many and all are welcomed but only a few do all the volunteer work. This is a family neighborhood school with teachers that have concern for their students. Hooray for Hermosa!
Hermosa Drive Elementary is an excellent school. The faculty and staff encourange parent participation in the classroom which is rewarding for the parents as well as the students. My son loves his 2nd grade teacher and will remember her much better than I remember my 2nd grade teacher!
I have been very disappointed with my child's time at Hermosa. I feel too much time is spent on extra activities rather than learning. The children are behind in every element considering the school's location. The children should excel,not be average. The PTA is absolutely exclusive to anyone not a 'friend', so the same people are involved year after year. We have about 15 fundraisers which is way out of line. Where does the money go? Our children sit on the ground by the parking lot to eat lunch. Why? Hermosa should take a look at surrounding schools to see exactly what they are doing wrong. We have way to many combo classes, and kids are in them year after year. What a detriment to their learning. I would run, not walk, to any other school in the district
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