This school is pretty average. As many of the previous users stated, the lower grade teachers are great. However, I disliked the sixth grade teachers. One, who I will not mention the name of, has favorites and will give them privileges (i.e. better roles in the musical). The musical itself is a great experience, many students get to know each other better through the experience. However, I believe that the school is running low on funds and may not hold the musicals anymore. The Korean moms do sometimes get annoying and too nosy. The thing I absolutely hated was that the CST came with no warning. The teachers did not review anything with the students and the specific dates weren't given.
Leotards? Really? I've been a parent at this sch for 5yrs now and have not seen anyone dress inappropriately. Y is it wrong for moms to dress nicely at their chrn's sch? Y r u picking on the Korean speaking moms? Doesn't everyone congregate among friends n chat n laugh? I don't think they r talking bad about anyone. From what I've experienced, they volunteer in the classrooms, donate supplies, and reach deep into their pockets to save our programs. even tho they may not speak a lick of Eng. AND... We only have one administrator. If u r talking about the teaching staff, there isn't anyone near retirement so I don't know what u r talking about???
The problem with this school is that, the admin staff is antiquated. Perhaps well intentioned, but they are simply tired. And I don't blame them. The influx of transfer students, the deluge of Koreans - many of the parents dont even speak English and if they do, they're rude and don't respect school rules. The mommies, in their pumps and leotards, yapping and texting on their cellphones... it's a joke. This was once a wonderful school with an incredible program. We're moving out.
I agree with last post for the most part. Great teachers in lower grades but the class sizes have grown... which is sad for the kids. The school culture does determine social opportunities. I believe parents have valid concerns but don't feel like they will be supported. Again teachers are for the most part great but outside influences are not being regulated by those that could. If you are looking for a school with high academic standards this is a great school.
This is a good school BUT there are drawbacks. The majority of lower grade teachers are good and caring. When you get to the upper grades the trouble starts. 2 of the 3 4th grade teachers I recommend. 1 of the 3 5th grade teachers I recommend. I recommend no 6th grade teacher. Its not age or experience that makes them sub-par it is the attitude toward the job. The 6th grade teachers are concerned about how they are perceived by others rather than if the students are learning or not. They spend too time on the 6th grade play and little time reviewing for the CST. They berate the kids while practicing for the play that few kids enjoy the experience. They rely too much on student helpers to take attendance, collect homework and grade homework and tests. The teacher who teaches science said that Evolution is a "myth" fine if you are evangelical but not for public school. Beware of the music teacher, she's a bit off and preaches or prays during her lessons. She's a volunteer and not fit to teach. One final issue, the Korean majority. If you're not Korean then your student's social opportunities are limited. They keep to themselves and speak Korean to each other at lunch and recess.
I LOVE LAGUNA ROAD!!! i used to go to a private school(not mentioning the name..) and i really liked it there but this was even better!!!! all the arts, library, student council, and all the teachers really helps with learning... i really feel sad that im going to leave here for junior high next year....
I went to Laguna Road ( early 90's ) I LOVE THIS SCHOOL, It is EXCELLENT!! The teachers (every single one ) we're awesome! & Of course Mr Sulivan, I cannot believe he is still the principal WOW!! He is such a great person & reallly loves what he does & you can tell from the moment you meet him, he is passtionate about those kids & they're education!!! That alone shows and tells A LOT about that school, most schools go through quite a few principals/ and or teachers!! Next time I'm in town I would lOVE to come visit, I have never been back since I left & went off to Jr. High :(
This school is a happy place of student learning. My children loved each of their teachers, and learned through a variety of means in the classroom. The science is hands-on lessons, not just book learning. The math labs set up by the teachers cement concepts learned so students apply their learning in different ways. The musical programs each year are fabulous. The teachers look at the whole child, not just test scores, (though test scores are great). I believe Laguna Road School produces students who love learning.
Lauguna Road is one of the best elementary schools in the Fullertin District. I don't think district provide any funds to the school programs... only receives credit for what the parents contributed in the school.
"To say that the school repects only one ethnic group, is laughable." Your kid spends two years there and you can make that statement. The idea that you are in a position to make or reject someone else's experiences and concerns is laughable at best. Just go along and find out what you see in the next 4 years there if you don't decide to transfer to another school in the district that has no bias and has a more diverse ethnic breakdown.
This school has been, and is, consistently great! There are pro's and con's to everything, but Laguna Road has managed to provide their kids with an experience that is well-rounded REGARDLESS OF ETHNICITY and is academically tops! My 1st grader is absorbing everything like a sponge and is excited to be there. Of course parental involvement is encouraged...I wouldn't have it any other way. To say that the school repects only one ethnic group, is laughable. Donating to the school in order to optimize the resources available to the school to give their kids the best learning environment is a worthy investment like any other...KUDOS to Laguna Road staff, the kids, and the parents!
Laguna Road's diversity is changing because of the large number of transfer students, including transfer students from under-performing schools. Yet, Laguna Road is extremely successful educating ALL students with enthusiastic teachers, a fabulous principal. and dedicated parents. Too bad they cannot separate from the district and become a charter school.
Laguna Road is a California Distinguished school and has won several awards. Laguna Road is the #1 elementary school in all of the area.
Great school, but gate classes are way overly tough. Way to much homework at nearly all grade levels, it gets ridiculous. Demographic is not representative of the real world. Fantastic parent involvement, second to none. I finished in 2006 and I've been well prepared for junior high and high school. I'd recommend to many kids, but think twice about GATE and be sure to consider other schools such as Beechwood where I attended 6-8th grade and loved it there.
My kids are getting an exceptional education and we love the parent involvement at this school. The teachers go above and beyond to have a learning environment be fun and successful.
In spite of great scores, some of teachers do not have clear expectations and goals. For example, my child's teacher does not have consistent rewards and punishments systems. The homework is unchallenging. She does not try to meet individual needs nor does act on the best interest of students.
Laguna Road School boasts great scores, fantastic parent involvement and great teachers, but it is not as wonderful as it might seem on the surface. The scores are very high mostly due to the enormous effort parents put into their children's education outside of school. Most children attend academic after-school programs. The parent participation is great that is true and it is to be commended. The teachers vary- there are some wonderful dedicated teachers and some less interested in the child's best effort. In our 6 years at Laguna Road School we have met some teachers who did not care nor did they even try to help when there was some extra help needed. The principal is very personable, but does not take a stand when it is needed, therefore the teachers do not fear any repercussions when they do not perform. We were definitely fooled by the scores.
This is a great school. Just two years ago my daughter and my 4 nieces attended at the same time. The involvement of the staff, teacher, principal, parents, and kids, make this school what it is...GREAT !
This school is outstanding! My son attends and I am impressed almost daily by how much the teacher cares for each and every student's success. The parental involvement is high, the principal is involved as well! Sometimes you'll see him out directing traffic in the morning! I am so pleased with this school and look forward to many more years there!
An amazing school that is so involved in its students education. Being a parent of a child with special needs and seeing the patience her teacher has with her makes me feel really great that she is here. Wonderful school
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