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!
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!
Very positive school. Excellent teachers that care about their students. Principal is weak, but she's kind. She has a tendency to say whatever pleases the audience (parent, PTA, teacher, school board) and then does something entirely different. She also isn't very involved in the after school programs/shows, etc. Often I have wondered where she was for fundraisers, etc. But, she does care about her school and her students. Programs are challenging and they try to meet the diverse needs of the school.
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!
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.
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.
The families care about all the children at the school, not just their own. They take steps to bring every child up.
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!
La Patera School is a hidden gem. The teachers, staff and administration really care about our kids and mine have gotten a fantastic education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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