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K-5
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Huntington Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 860

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4343 Pickwick Circle
Huntington Beach, CA 92649

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(714) 846-6602
(714) 377-0952
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December 10, 2014
I couldn't be happier with this school! We moved here over the summer from Valencia, so we are a new family to Harbour. We have been treated as family since day one. Mrs.O is warm and very caring. The whole office staff is great. My boys have Mrs.Ashley and Mrs.Peasley. Both teachers are terrific and treat the kids as if they are their own. I have to say Mrs.Ashley has turned my ADHD struggling student into a eager and engaged learner! Thank you Mrs.Ashley!!!!

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September 14, 2014
This is our third year at Harbour View. Initially, I was apprehensive about sending my child to a public school. The quality of education has been top notch. There is something for everyone here at Harbour View. There is a strong GATE program. Harbour View offers extra programs: robotics, Spanish, band, chess, and art classes. The classes have been challenging, the teachers are excellent. The principal, Mrs. O, is positive, upbeat, and willing to go the extra step. She is accessible and concerned if there is a problem. Harbour View is one of the largest elementary schools in the district (over 800 students). However, it has a warm small-town vibe to it. After school, you will find parents and children playing and chatting on the playground. Parent volunteers are always welcome. You have the opportunity to be as involved as you wish. 70% of the students are from the Huntington Harbour area and 30% lie about their address. Harbour View does have a population of ESL students, but they are hard-working and eager to improve their lives through education. We are getting the same education at Harbour View as we would have at one of the local Huntington Beach private schools.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
I tried to review 2 months ago. Apparently it wasn't posted or it was asked to be taken down by the staff. Typical of this staff. My child is scarred for life, as am I. Some teachers are flat out discriminatory to some students; if your mom isn't rich and stays at home, forget consideration from 3rd grade team. I had a teacher that didn't even know me treat me horribly because she was friends with a mother I did not get along with. Unprofessional at best. I've had the principal specifically say bad things about another student to me! Don't trust your child's emotional well-being to this school unless you are equally backstabbing. I wish I never had my child there.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2014
This is my daughter's second year attending Harbour View. The staff are compassionate but set strong boundaries to develope these kids into wonderful contributors in society. There is an abundance of parents that volunteer and the PTA has really set the bar high for others schools to follow. My daughter is proud to be a Pelican!

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2013
NIGHTMARE! ms O is the WORST principle! My kids went to HV for 3 yrs. Both my children were bullied, if you report it they down play it and do nothing! ms O is RUDE and EVIL to most of the kids! She does NOT return calls or reply to emails! We are talking about a SMALL elementary school here! My kids 3rd grade teacher ms goldbach told my son in earshot of adults what a horrible job he did in his 3rd grade school musical! She told him that if she knew he was going to be so horrible that she would have never allowed him to be in it! Who does this?! I lit her up with emails and cc'd Ms O with a less than acceptable apology from goldbach (I refuse to capitalize her name) and NO response from O! I overheard ms O speaking badly about a parent over a walkie talkie! She kicked my child out of an after school science class with NO valid reason! Because she said so! She feeds on negativity and is on some sick power trip! She has made my 2nd grader cry after yelling at him in front of a bunch of other students! Guess what my kids changed schools, now 1 is a straight A student in advanced classes with a 4.0 GPA and the other not far behind. No more bullying, the school does NOT tolerate it!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2013
The last review couldn't be further from the truth. Mrs. O. is an excellent Principal who cares deeply for the children and parents at Harbour View. She is great with the children, and is always responsive to us when we have needed to discuss something pertaining to our children. The majority of teachers are also excellent.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
This school is excellent. The reason for the one star is the principal. She isn't an involved principal. She is rude and condescending to her staff. She is rough with the children and is unapproachable and doesn't return calls. She doesn't even seem to like children or her job. It's super disheartening when she has an awesome staff behind her.

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August 29, 2013
I'm rating this school five stars because Mrs. Hudson my daughter has an IEP. She really helped her and cared. She was in the pre k ese program. Now she is in kindergarten and excelling. She went leaps and bounds while in Mrs. Hudson care. So sad when she graduated from her class but forever thankful for her heart for these kids. The principal however could take some lessons from her staff. Because they are incredible and she seems to care less about any of it.

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April 24, 2013
If you are a parent who likes your child to have lots of parties and events that take your child out of the classroom for popsicles, popcorn, and other treats, if you have a cookie-cutter child with no special needs and don't really want special services even if your child needs them, and if you are into volunteering and donating money and still being asked for more, then this is the school for you! The kids are great, the parents are great, and even some of the teachers are great! Unfortunately, some of them feel awfully entitled and the principal likes them that way and will back them 100%. So sad, because this school has the potential to be AMAZING!

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March 10, 2013
I have been a Harbour View parent for the past 5 years, and I can honestly say that my childrens' experience here has been amazing. I'm sad to think that this is our last year here, as it is time for my son to move on to middle school. The sense of community and family created at this school, along with the strong academic program makes this an incredible environment for all children. The principal is very visible and involved at all levels. The teachers are dedicated and go above and beyond in meeting the needs of all children. The parent participation and support is also a very strong component of what makes this school stand out. My children love this school and my older child often comes back to visit. Harbour View truly, truly is a Distinguished School in every sense of the word.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2012
My son has attended Harbourview since 1st grade. He has an IEP, but they don't seem to care about the kids that are slow learners. All it is is about funding here. Money, money, money. I feel that if a child has an IEP, which the school gets money for, they should do more than one progress report during the year. The other thing that is sad is if you aren't a PTA mom , good luck if your child shows up in the yearbook. The principal, when you have a concern regarding a teacher, backs her staff and doesn't care about the parents or the students regarding the issues. The Reading in the Wetlands is the most idiotic program this school has as well and if you don't fill it out the kids get a slip and they have to stay in for recess, which s bogus over a 1960's reading program.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2012
My daughter was a student at Harbour View from 1st-5th grade. I was so impressed with the caring, nuturing environment that has been created. The principal is hands on, firsr rate, as are all the staff. They foster creativity, independence, and I love the special programs they offer, from Reading Through the WEtlands, to the monthly assemblies, and Spirit Day. Bravo to one and all..We still have very fond memories of the teachers and time spent there.

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April 21, 2012
My son is a 5th grader and my daughter is in first. I couldn't be more happy with this school. The principal is very involved and an excellent leader. Both of my kids have had excellent teachers every year. Strong curicculum. The students are very diverserse. They have a zero percent tolerance for bullies. High parent involvement. I simply love everything about this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2012
This is a well rounded school. I feel that the reading through the wetlands program is a little outdated and wish they would switch to something more comprehension focused like accelerated reader (used at other schools). Beyond that I am very pleased with the principal (all staff) , parent participation, activities, field trips,etc. I am so impressed with the amount of encouragement the students receive for behavior and academics. There is plenty of parking, a/c & heat, a full time librarian, an art program, and I really appreciate that the teachers do not let the students leave until they see a parent (up to 3rd grade). In contrast with some other reviews I have read, my son has plenty of homework sometimes taking him 2 hours depending on the amount of tests he is to prepare for. Also, I have volunteered in RTI and each group varies based on the students ability specifically so that a student who needs more help is not taking away from the independent learner. The best thing about this school is the SMALL class sizes. 24 kids in each class in lower grades. Harbour View also has preppie k and a great after school/preschool/summer camp on campus called Rainbow.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2011
i love the atmosphere and the caring staff. My issue is with the lack of academics. Sure there are going to be kids that have a difficult time picking up certain lessons but there seems to be a large group that struggles. I would think it would be for the betterment of the whole that they place these students in a class of their own. I have worked in class and with RTI groups that could barely read. A fair amount of the kids were ESL but the majority were not. I don't blame the school but the parents at home that should be working with their kids. These kids should be all together in a class that would suit their needs and provide an extra teacher to give those kids one-on-one attention. I just don't want my child to have to sit because the teacher has to go over the lesson multiple times for the benefit of the few. The homework that is given doesn't even take my child 15 minutes to finish which is for the whole week. I also find that when I pick up my kids that they are often outside waiting 5 minutes before the bell rings. My kids are performing well and they have had some great teachers but I feel all would be better served if they worked in groups with similar abilities.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
My child is a student at Harbour View. The actual learning in the classroom has been minimal. If you want your child to remain academically competitive, this is not the school for you. The school is in a very nice neighborhood, there are a huge number of volunteers, and there is substantial financial support. If the school placed the same amount of emphasis on academics as they do parties, spirit days and school events, Harbour View would be outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
I'm really not sure how this school maintains a nine rating. I found the teachers to be overwhelmed, class sizes oversized. I never met or heard from the principal that I can recall. I volunteered in the classrooms and found that there were a lot of kids that needed additional help and didn't seem to be getting it. We've lived in a few different states so I can compare the school to others my kids have attended, and I was not impressed with Harbour View. I suppose when you compare it to other schools nation wide it is satisfactory, but I wouldn't consider it a top school.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2010
New to area, New to 5th Grade and totally satisfied so far. Today, we had SPECIAL PERSON/GRAND PARENT DAY it was a total success. My son is having a difficult time due to last year's 4th grade teacher at Enders I as well as so many parents they are happy they got rid of him yet he will became a liability teacher at another school. I am an involved single dad and slowly we will do our best to succeed on this grade. Mr Hammond, Ms Cook, along with Ms Principal are helping me with my son. Totally engaged into learning and helping our students succeed.

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no rating October 18, 2010
We are new to Harbour View, I had my child in a private school for the last three years and was on the fence if he should go to the local public school. It is turing out to be a great call on our part. The teachers, principial, staff and parents participation are excellent. Im glad I made the move.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
I cant tell you enough how much i love this school! The teachers and staff are amazing! My son is doing so well here, i cant wait till my daughter starts...

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November 11, 2009
My son has been attending since Sep 09 and I really love this school. The teachers are wonderful, the principal is engaged, all staff seem very organized and there is a happy vibe all around. I'm very pleased with my son's teacher and his class is also a split grade K-1. I also like that he's in full day kindergarten. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2009
Excellent teachers...split grade scheme is superb allowing children different learning paces and better teacher to student ratios 10-20:1. A great neighborhood school.

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no rating August 31, 2009
Overall, I like the school. We have only been here 1 year. My childs teacher seemed to be gone many, many days last year. With a substitute, nothing was learned. There are a lot of fun days too which I think should be cut back. I think its important to have these fun days but it does take from the academics. The kids are already pushed to cram and learn a lot so they need as much time as possible to really get it. But overall I think its a good school. I've only had pleasant experiences so far.

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August 18, 2009
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no rating April 16, 2009
Harbour View is a wonderful school. The PTA is very involved and funds many activities. Each class has a lot of parent volunteers. Each child is treated as a special individual and is given the opportunity to thrive. This school is very patriotic which is so welcome in todays cultural climate. I would highly recommend this school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2009
I have 2 daughters at Harbour View. My daughters' teachers have been exceptional every year. Communication lines are always open. It is clear that the students' education and overall well being are the primary concern of the teachers and the principal. Parent involvement is high. The librarian, the office staff and the custodians are excellent as well. Parents can feel confident that their kids will have a wonderful introduction to school with Harbour View. Volunteering once a week in the classroom is rewarding. It's not possible for some, but I'm grateful to have the time because It helps me to stay involved and get to know the kids and teachers better. I feel very fortunate that my kids have such a great school. -Cari McCandless

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no rating November 18, 2008
This is a great school. The environment is wonderful. The staff really is a very caring. On pure academics, I know they can do better. Circle View and Seacliff Elementary down the street beats us on API scores. The other downside is that this school funnels into Marine View Middle School which is a big step downward.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2008
We are in our 8th year at Harbour View. Wouldn't want my kids anywhere else! Harbour View has once again earned California's Distinguished School honors, and well deserves it! The principal has the kid's best interest at heart ALWAYS, as she was a teacher there for over 25 years before being named principal. From academics to patriotism to student pride to good citizenship, these kids learn it all at HV. The staff is wonderful and absolutely invite parent involvement in the class room. Thank you to Mrs. O. and HV staff for always looking to improve and make learning even better for our kids!

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April 21, 2008
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June 20, 2007
My Son Just finished his first year at Harbour View. All I can say is wow! From the Principal to the custodians. The Staff is warm, caring and dedicated to the children. My five year old son ad three year old daughters can recite the Pledge of allegiance along with singing God Bless America. The Love and nurturing of children is outstanding. Thank you Roni Ellis for all you have done for our community.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2007
I really love this school. I am amazed at how my child , still after 4 years, can't wait to go to school. The staff has been supportive, sensitive, and informative of my childs special needs. He has excelled academically and socially. Harbour View's staff has done an outstanding job of making a public school feel much more like a private school.

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April 17, 2007
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March 30, 2007
An exceptional place to learn is how I would describe this outstanding school. I cannot believe that there is a single 'negative' review about Harbour view. No doubt from a parent who is used to getting his/her way. Harbour view not only holds a high academic standard for kids but a high parental standard for all of us parents. No, there is no excuse for tardies, no excuse for unexcused absences, no excuse for double parking, no excuse for disrespect. The principal Roni Ellis holds herself, her staff and the parents at a very high standard of professional conduct as she should. My daughters could not have better role models! This school is like a private school only better! They don't choose the students they teach nor their parents! My hat's off to an incredible place!

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March 17, 2007
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February 23, 2007
My son attends Harbor View & loves his teacher as do I, it is his 1st year, he attended K1 at another school. He has some special needs which are being taken care of &am very happy with that aspect of the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
This is a great school and it can only get better. Very accommodating for parents to participate (thank god!). It's heaven sent my kids go to this place. What opportunities for growth. The office staff is very capable, friendly and courteous. Principle is awesome. A hard charger and fierce like a lioness protecting her cubs. Teachers are outstanding, although you may note I rated the teachers just a point lower than the rest of the staff because there is an average that needs to be considered, but they are all fabulous and really dedicated people. Plus, there has to be room for growth, and they truly grow. I'm so proud of them. They work harder than some soldiers I've encountered over my 20 years in the military. Many, many hours of work to pull their jobs off! Thanks teachers! Thank you parents! Our kids need you! Mr. Marvin

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2006
My daughter made the transition to public school last year and came to Harbour View. The staff was inquisitive and welcoming. She was really nervous, but everyone treated her very well and she was part of the group before too long. She has had math struggles and was given extra attention to ensure she didn't fall behind. Teaching staff is wonderful and committed! Front desk is always courteous and helpful. Rainbow is a wonderful program for social development, creativity and lots of fun! My unfortunate report is that some of the parents are rude. They have been inconsiderate during drop off, double park, cut you off and then have poor attitudes about following simple drop off instructions (like using the red zone to drop off). The parents need to set a better example for our children by showing each other some respect!

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no rating October 02, 2006
My son attended Harbour View for three years. The staff is rude, from the top down. Parent envolvement and Rainbow after school care are the only great things about this school. Don't let the test scores fool you. This school gets an 'F'.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2006
Im very sad to say, my son attended this school for 3 years. I would not recommend this school to anyone. Not even my worst enemy. Unless you have lots of money to dish out to that school, you or your child probally will be treated horrible. I am thankful every day that I took my child out of that school.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2005
I have a son currently enrolled in Harbour View and I am looking to get him transfered as soon as possible. As long as your child is 'normal' to them, then there are no problems. I would not recommend this school to anyone who is looking for a caring environment for their child.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2005
I have put two children this this school and have to say academically it's ok (could be better). The staff is horrible. At any time for any reason you need assistance or you need a problem solved, it will never happen. The front office staff in all the years my children have attended have never helped when I made a phone call for assistance. Let's mention the principal Roni Ellis. No matter how serious the issue she will never call you back. This is probably one of the worst staffs in Orange County and if considering moving to this area. Please reconsider you will be so miserable with the staff. My last child almost done thank God!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
Harbour View is an excellent school. The principal Roni Ellis is an outstanding principal, the teachers are fantastic and the academic programs are challenging yet fair.

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May 24, 2005
I have a son attending 5th grade at Harbour View Elementary and I have personally been very pleased with his educational environment and experience there. The staff at the school are always very friendly and the principal, Ms.Ellis, is wonderful to work with if we have any needs or questions. I feel that the school is very clean and safe and has a great learning environment. In short, I am sad that my son is leaving next year and hope that we will be blessed with as great a middle school as we have been at Harbour View.

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May 02, 2005
Very dissatisfied with the quality of young teachers at Harbour View. I expected better.

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December 28, 2004
My daughter is enrolled in the preppie K program, and I have been very impressed not only with her teacher, but with the school in general. With daily patriotic school songs sung over the loudspeaker, and monthly patriotic school assemblies, Harbour View promotes a positive environment for young citizens.

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Harbour View Elementary School
4343 Pickwick Circle, Huntington Beach, CA  92649
(714) 846-6602
Last modified Harbour View Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Harbour View Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 54 reviews. Top