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Goleta, CA
Students enrolled: 432
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555 North La Patera Lane
Goleta, CA 93117

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(805) 681-1280
(805) 964-7402
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March 02, 2015
As the proud principal of La Patera, I am very lucky to work with an amazing hard-working staff and dedicated families that expect only the best. Last year we adopted a new mission statement that reads: The La Patera School staff, in partnership with families will provide a diverse education in a safe, supportive environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation and excellence in learning. Our students will be expected to think critically, while interacting in a safe, respectful and responsible manner. This mission statement is our commitment to all of our families. If you would like more information about La Patera, please call us at (805) 681-1280. Thanks.

- submitted by a teacher

February 11, 2015
Amazing new principal! So involved and caring for the students and families. School has just been getting better and better every year!

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2015
My husband attended La Patera, his uncle and now our children. My children's teachers have been great. They are so hard-working and attentive to the children. Living close by, I have caught a few teachers coming in working on their own time on weekends when taking my kids to the playground. It shows how dedicated they are. The school and PTA also make ongoing efforts to have fun gatherings to bring the school community together. My children are excited about going to La Patera every day and are advancing as they should academically.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2015
La Patera is a wonderful neighborhood elementary school. They have stellar teachers and great new leadership. There is a great sense of community and warmth on campus. We love La Patera School.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2015
This school has performed far above my expectations. The teachers really care about the students, both on a personal level and through their education. The parents are highly involved as well. Lastly, I have never experienced a more professional and caring principal. This has been an over all great experience as a first time kindergarten parent. I am very pleased!

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2015
La Patera Elementary School is a wonderfully diverse campus, filled with children representing many different ethnic groups Our new Principal, Dr. Araiza has been extremely successful in welcoming families in our school community. I have been a parent at La Patera for over twenty years and I would have to say that the current environment at La Patera is more positive and vibrant than ever! La Patera is our childrens' home away from home.

- submitted by a parent

February 06, 2015
We have two children at the school and they are extremely happy. We love that the children go to a neighborhood school - they can get themselves to and from school and have their friends close to play with out of school. Dr. Araiza, the principal, has made a big difference at the school. He tries to be out in front of the school every morning and afternoon to talk to the parents and children. He has given new energy to the teachers and staff and has put in new policies to target every child's skills. He has an open door policy and is the most patient person. The teachers are dedicated and involved in supporting the community. They have a huge amount of experience and are working hard at integrating the new common core standards at the school. They are skilled at teaching to a broad range of abilities and skills in their classroom. The school offers Science, Computers, Art, Music and PE programs. The Physical Education program in particular is very energetic and a student absolute favorite.

- submitted by a parent

August 06, 2014
We have two children at LP and are extremely happy. Our new principal, Dr. Araiza, has brought a fresh change to the school which seems to have spread to the students, staff and families. Families watch out for each other. The students are positive (except for a few, which happens everywhere...) and friendly. The staff seems to enjoy their jobs and are approachable. Teachers are helpful in making suggestions of things parents can do at home to help their children thrive. There is a lot of family involvement and appreciated. It has the comfy feel of a small town school where everyone knows each other. Love it!

- submitted by a parent

November 24, 2013
Both of my kids completed all their years of primary school at La Patera. Excellent teachers and an ideal neighborhood school. Much of the reason behind the lower test scores can be attributed to the fact that kids are bussed in from old town Goleta, and most of them are learning English as a second language. The creates a fair representation of our community, and the teachers excel in keeping all kids challenged!

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2011
I have had 3 kids at La Patera and have found it to be an outstanding school. I cannot speak to other comments below, but as parents we are very involved and present and have seen a staff and principal that are amazingly dedicated and responsive. Great school!

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2010
I had to post after reading the previous comment from someone. The teachers and the principal at La Patera do care and do a tremendous amount in making La Patera a great school. If this parent has a kindergartener then he/she should realize that 5 year olds are not in total control of their bodies and no they are not allowed to beat up on each other. My advice to this person is to get involved, volunteer in the class and see how things work. I am quite impressed with discipline management and the way the staff and teachers are with the kids. My kids are so happy here.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2010
The principal and some teachers allow students to beat up on each other. The new principal is totally hands-off in dealing with the issue. She says the students will outgrow it! It was a very unsafe environment, and my child's kindergarten teacher had no interest in managing children's behavior. She could care less. Lot's of children from the gang part of Goleta, which unfortunately means bad parenting.

- submitted by a parent

September 17, 2009
The families care about all the children at the school, not just their own. They take steps to bring every child up.

- submitted by a parent
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September 15, 2009
I love La Patera because the staff is great and really cares about our kids. In addition to the state required academics, we are fortunate to have computer, art, science, P.E. and music classes at our school. La Patera is one of the few schools in the district that offers amazing field trips that enhance our children's educational experience including Tall Ships, Rancho El Chorro and CIMI among others. The La Patera students are fortunate to get a well-rounded education. Vote for LP!

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2009
La Patera School is a hidden gem. The teachers, staff and administration really care about our kids and mine have gotten a fantastic education.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2009
Our teachers are the best!

- submitted by a parent

October 29, 2007
I wish we could have more parent involvement in our classes. Otherwise, my child is getting wonderful assistance and my voice is heard from the teachers, staff and Principal.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2007
My daughter is just finishing up her 2nd year at La Patera and our family could not be happier with the school. We have another daughter starting kindergarten in the fall and we look forward to many more great years at La Patera. The teachers are so wonderful and dedicated and they make all the difference in the world.

- submitted by a parent

May 24, 2007
I currently have two students attending La Patera and have been tremendously happy with their experiences there. The teachers have students best interests at heart and are willing to go 'above and beyond'. The principal incredibly supportive of parent involvement, student discipline, and has done a great job during her first year at La Patera. Having grown up in an inner city and moved up here after college, I can understand parents concern with tagging and fighting at school, although La Patera's one incident that occurred could not have been prevented due to the current state of the community. Overall, my children and I love La Patera and are continually impressed with the academics, extracurricular activities, and staff.

- submitted by a parent

May 15, 2007
The new principal Mrs Santiago has been a tremendous disappointment. Discipline is inconsistant - and 'gang' graffiti and acts of 'gang' physical abuse have occurred. She is a weak leader - orally and written. Can not stand on her own, hides behind others. Very weak -it has been an awful year, with little hope next year.

- submitted by a parent

November 16, 2006
Both of my children went through the La Patera experience. With the guidance of the entire staff and Mrs Schultz my kids excelled in every area possible and are doing awesome in Jr and Sr high schools.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2006
My daughter has just been promoted to junior high school from La Patera School after 7 years studying there. She is still getting all the A to A+ grades from the junior high. I am very pleased with La Patera School. It has the best teachers and has made my daughter wonderful.

- submitted by a parent

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La Patera Elementary School
555 North La Patera Lane, Goleta, CA  93117
(805) 681-1280
Last modified La Patera Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
La Patera Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top