I have two daughters at this school, one in Kindergarten and another in second grade. I am really blown away by the teachers, staff, parents and Wiseburn CDC. My daughters were at a Redondo Beach School and the curriculum at this school is far more advanced. In addition, the amount of programs and connection to STEM are preparing young learners for more rigorous study in middle and high school. My daughters love going to school and the staff work on the whole child teaching them how to be great citizens!
This will be our 5th year at Anza. Our children are having a wonderful experience. There is alot of parent involvement and volunteering which supports the great sense of community at this school. The teachers, principal and PTA also greatly support this feeling of community. Not only are the teachers dedicated and communicative and teach every child but they give so much of their own time to make the experience at Anza one of a kind. Just come check out the Variety Show to see what I mean! The Child Development Center next door for Pre-K and before and after school care is great too.
Our family has been at Anza for 8 years and have LOVED every minute of it. The staff and faculty are top notch. Communication is excellent between parents, teachers, administrators and students. Anza wants the parents involved and gives opportunity for involvement in every aspect of the curriculum. You get out what you put in and it's all for the kids. The doors open and close ON TIME every day and you are expected to be punctual. School Policy is easy to follow if you follow it and not expect special treatment. You get fair treatment not special treatment - everyone is equal.
My child has had a wonderful experience at Anza. The teachers and principal are outstanding and work very closely with children and families. Mrs. Nitsos goes out of her way to greet students in the morning upon arrival and keeps the valet line moving as smoothly as possible with so many families dropping off at the same time.
We are very dissatisfied with the Principal at Juan De Anza Elementary, the lack of leadership, inconsistency and overall disconnect. Doors to the school are opened and closed at different times almost daily. They are extremely quick to mark your child tardy or absent with no explanation as to why merely seconds after the door is closed and your child has already entered the school. The principal and teachers have been overheard saying distasteful things about students by myself as well as other parents. You will find other reviewers mention this. The principal and one other teacher of my child had engaged in inappropriate conversation not school related that was brought to the attention of the school district superintendent and nothing was done. The experience with this school has been unsatisfactory therefore I've placed my child in a new school.
Have not been happy with the principal and are disappointed with the schools in consistent policies. We also do not like that the school does not open the gates consistently at the same time every morning, However they are quick to mark your child tardy if they are one second late. The teachers have been great never a problem with them love them so far through third grade but have noticed a change with the school since the new principal.
Anza is an excellent school with excellent teachers who care and are committed in the success of the children. I have 2 daughter's currently enrolled and another daughter soon to start Kindergarten. Anza is about academics, community and about laying a strong foundation for the children's future. The teachers are truly excellent at every grade level. I am proud to be an Anza Eagle Parent.
It seems like Anza is really working hard to get ready for the new Common Core State Standards. There is a greater push for kids to understand the why and a closer tie to critical thinking. I am very excited to see this, Anza has always been such a good school and to know that my school is ahead of the game is very comforting. Kids really come first here! The teachers here are amazing and the principal is a wonder.