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PK-8
Private
Huntington Beach, CA
Students enrolled: 565
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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19692 Lexington Lane
Huntington Beach, CA 92646

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(714) 964-1224
(714) 962-6047
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October 22, 2014
We have been part of the Pegasus family over the last four years, and we are extremely happy. We currently have two children at the school. From day one, our kids have come home from school absolutely ecstatic about their classrooms, teachers, and curriculum. Our children are naturally quite shy, however they have blossomed with confidence over the years at Pegasus. All of their teachers have placed a huge emphasis on public speaking and memorization. Their abilities have soared! I can only imagine how great they will be when they are adults. I am also amazed by all that they learn in a given day. From Readers and Writers workshops to math, science, art & PE, they are exposed to so many different thoughts and processes of which they retain. The consistency and flow of the topics that are reinforced from classroom to classroom really do foster a great place for our children to learn. If you are considering Pegasus as an option for your child, I highly recommend the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2014
My kids have been at Pegasus for the last few years and we have enjoyed every moment of being at the school. However, this year the energy and enthusiasm at the school are amazing. The new head of school brings his amazing experience and wealth of knowledge that is already impacting the school very positively.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2014
This school is not about Gifted kids and from our experience with the Admissions process, its completely about bringing wealthy parents onboard. We applied because we heard it was tailored for Gifted kids and got a very nice reception initially, but after we filed our application their attitudes changed. Our son has been identified as High Gifted and everyone loves him, but after going through their intake/assessment, we were told he scored at the top of the scale on the Quant tests but was being turned down. It was very clear that the school is all about catering to the parents that will donate the most money.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2014
Our daughter completed her first year at Pegasus after having attended public school for several year. We could not be happier with our choice to move her to Pegasus. This school is a great choice for studious children who love to learn and be challenged. Throughout the school year she was moved several times to more challenging or less challenging classes depending on her need. The teachers always made sure she was in the most appropriate classes for her and communicated with us throughout the process. Some have expressed concerned about the wealthy families and yes, there are a lot of wealthy families attending this school but we did not find any bratty children or over the top parents running the school (this was much more the case at our local public elementary school). All in all we are very happy with Pegasus and are looking forward to several more years at this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2013
To the Sept 23rd comment that Pegasus employees are not writing on this site, if you scroll down to the July 23rd comment below the poster identifies themselves as a Pegasus employee. Also if you read over the reviews for the last several years a glowing review appears the instant a negative comment is posted you have to be extremely naive to think parents just happen to run across the site and post instantly when a negative comment is made. Also I posted about my experience with the admissions process and checking now, the comment has been removed despite it being completely factual. Pegasus should more honest about the fact it caters to wealthy parents rather than gifted children.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2013
In response to the assumption made on Sept 14th that, " Pegasus school personnel" are writing the 5 star reviews, I can assure you that that is not the case. I wrote one of the five star reviews. As a former Pegasus parent whose child was educated through the latter elementary grades and middle school, I feel I can speak knowledgeably about the school. Our daughter was always pushed to reach her potential, and received a top-knotch, well-rounded education from caring teachers. She is now thriving at a highly competitive high school. I can assure you also that I have never worked for the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
We transferred our child here from a public school, where she was in the GATE program. Although she was in GATE, we found that she was simply not getting the tailored attention that she needed, i.e., she often finished her work early and was left to read on her own while others caught up or was forced to revisit math concepts she had long since mastered. We can see that, at Pegasus, the instruction is appropriately tailored to the child, as opposed to the other way around -- we love this, as so does our daughter. My daughter really likes her fellow students and has commented that this is a place where it is cool to be smart. Looking forward to the rest of the year being as great as the start. Holding back one star to see how things shape up over the course of the year.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2013
It is apparent that their is a disgruntled parent writing the majority of bad reviews and Pegasus school personnel writing the majority of five-star reviews. Thus, I consider both extremes invalid. Can an unbiased parent please list the positives and negatives associated with this school? Specifically, I have been informed by a knowledgeable university professor that there is no reason beyond extracurricular activities to send my child to Pegasus if he/she is a top student in the public schools because the curriculum is the same. (Pegasus apparently does not have four-year-olds or many young five-year-olds in kindergarten. Thus, the kindergarten is more academic but the public schools catch up by second grade.) This professor believes Pegasus is a great choice for kids who are in the middle third in the public schools. The small class sizes, nurturing environment and different approach to learning can often benefit these children. Would current or former Pegasus parents agree with this assessment?

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
When my younger son started preK two years ago, he barely spoke in class (after a couple of days when he finally managed to speak up during a class discussion, a classmate shouted "He can talk!" as I was told), rarely made eye contact and hardly engaged with anyone during recess. By the end of the school year, he had transformed into a very confident and social child who ran around the playground like it was his backyard with his friends. His preK teachers provided him with not only academical stimulation but the nurturing that he needed to be able to thrive in school and he couldn't have had a better year. His kindergarten year was no different. My olders kids who started Pegasus in 1st grade has always been met with strong and well-rounded curriculum and enthusiastic teachers who always challenge them. When I picked them up after school, my three kids can't wait to share their day with me and often they comment that "This was the best day!" What more could a parent ask for but knowing that your children LOVE school! My youngest child is entering preK this fall. I just can't wait for her to experience all that Pegasus had to offer!

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2013
As I read the "reviews" on Great Schools, it occurs to me that extreme feelings are what generally motivates a person to post. For some it is a love of the school; while for others it is disdain for the school. Rarely do you get the back story of what prompted the post. For this reason, I caution anyone from placing any weight on what they see here. It simply does not reflect the experience of the average family at any given school. Additionally, every child & family is unique. What works or doesn't work for one is not universally the answer for all. If you are making the VERY difficult decision of choosing a school for your family, take the time to visit the school, heck, visit a few. Get a first hand account of what is being offered out there & formulate your own opinion for your own family. While your there talk to the students, they're happiness and success is what matters most & they'll give you a truly honest assessment. I often ask my kids what they think of Pegasus & they always respond they love it (even on bad days, which happen). They say it's all about the fun they have every day with their amazing friends & teachers.That's good enough for our family.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
Pegasus stood out when we toured schools in our area. For starters, there is a great sense of community and diversity at this school and you feel it the minute you walk through the door. We just completed our first year here and the school has exceeded our expectations on every level. The school focuses on building a well-rounded child and character and intellectual development are emphasized. The class size was held to 18 students and the two teachers we had in Kindergarten held their PHD in Education. Our PreK teacher team was so special and talented and they nurtured our four year old and instilled a love of learning. Our child begged to go to school on the weekends and our older child would come home weekly and state, I love to learn. The curriculum was challenging and the school seems to care deeply about every child s diverse talents and needs. The Pegasus reading, writing and math program is above par compared to schools in the area. In addition, they offer a computer lab, arts program, science, music, sports, theater arts and a remarkable after school program. If you are looking for a great school, you need to schedule a tour. The Pegasus family is truly amazing!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
I am a parent of two daughters that currently attend The Pegasus School. We have a good public school in our neighborhood, but we were discouraged by the large class size. We have been going to Pegasus for almost six years now. When our oldest girl first started the school, she was very shy, now she is an excellent public speaker along with earning other academic achievements. My younger daughter is on her way; she loves her teachers and wants to get back to school. The Pegasus School is known for their strong academic program, but it also has theater arts, music, foreign language programs, science lab, art studio, cable studio, library programs, organized athletic sports and after-school programs that cover any interest my girls may care to explore. Given the public speaking programs in each grade, small class size and the emphasis on the learning inside the classroom, we know we are giving our girls an advantage in their education. We feel very lucky to have found The Pegasus School and encourage any parent that is looking for an alternative to public school and/or interested in private school to schedule a tour of the Pegasus campus and judge for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2013
We know how hard it is to choose a good school - After touring Pegasus we knew immediately it was the school for our children. Our oldest son has been at Pegasus since Pre-K and in three years he has truly thrived. The teachers are so dedicated, they are attentive to his needs, the class activities inspire his desire to learn, and the nurturing environment has built his confidence beyond expectations. Assisting in the classrooms as a parent helper you really see first hand the excellence of the teaching staff. Seeing our son be challenged and excited by what he is learning and knowing that he is happy and loves school is so important to us, and we are so pleased that our other son will also be attending Pegasus. We have nothing but praise for Pegasus. You really have to tour the school and you will see and feel the nurturing environment that this school offers.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2013
None of the positive reviews address the many, gaping deficiencies in Pegasus' curriculum and leadership. Any school, especially private, should offer a comprehensive and up-to-date curriculum. Pegasus is far from providing this. Let's first consider their reading program: Open Court Reading. This program has been largely abandoned by most Californian schools because it leaves very little room for imagination and creativity. With regards to mathematics, ask anyone in the education field and they will tell you that Saxon Math is a weak program. Pegasus' science curriculum isn't any better. I am a scientist and I was appalled by the way it was taught and failed to encourage critical thinking. At Pegasus, we were met with complete arrogance, disdain, and inflexibility, particularly from the headmaster and the director of the primary school. Neither have the best interest of the children in mind. If you are considering Pegasus, take the time to fully investigate this school and to compare it to your local public school where your child will be better prepared academically and socially for a competitive high school and college. Don't hesitate to contradict my review, but give me FACTS!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2013
Two of my four children attend Pegasus. It is a perfect fit for these two kids, for many reasons: the depth of the projects, at each grade level; the public-speaking requirements; the very strong community; academic challenge, peer enthusiasm and a powerful identity. Every night one of them will say: I can't wait for tomorrow! Seriously. None of us, in our family, could imagine these two NOT attending Pegasus.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2013
I have two children at Pegasus and have been thoroughly impressed through the seven years we have been there. The teachers are outstanding, attentive to each child and create an environment where there is a thirst and hunger for learning. Neither of my children could stand to miss a day! I am confident that they will be well prepared for high school and beyond. Fabulous place to create a foundation!

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2013
My child has been attending The Pegasus School for going on 4 years now. We took the time to interview at several Private Schools in Orange County and the minute we walked into Pegasus, we knew! This was the perfect choice for us! We have had an amazing experience and our child is growing, thriving, well rounded and happy! He has had 3 outstanding teachers and we are confident our 4th will be just as outstanding. We are looking forward to 7 more years at Pegasus!!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2013
As a former employee of the school I need to put my review out there. My opinion is that the public school education system is failing and so investing in your child's education via a private school (a good one) is the way to go. The Pegasus School always had awesome resources for children. The teachers and staff are well compensated as they deserve to be. During my tenure the founder of the school encouraged continuing education for the teachers, a great benefit package for all, and above all she LOVED the kids. The flaw that I saw, and need to point out, is that the wealthy parents really do run the school. I saw a child's final grade go from a B+ to an A-, against the wishes of the teacher who gave it to him, because his affluent mother demanded a meeting with the founder and said teacher. This school is influenced by the wealthy families of OC and only those 1% are allowed into the school. The whole "diversity" thing is joke. As a parent, I care about my children but I also care about how they perceive their community. There are other schools with just as good quality of education, if not better, that do not perpetuate "entitlement".

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2013
Considering you have yet to make an specific comment about this school, other than your conspiraracy theories about the posts here, who knows what legitimate knowledge you have about Pegasus? Please share your PERSONAL experience already because so far, you just sound bitter for reasons unknown. Listen to yourself, good grief! As a PARENT at this school, I shouldn't even bother with you but your attempt at circular logic is ridiculous and I can't help but respond. However, I am now done, maybe you should be too.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
For the author the June 11 post replying to my post, no one doubts that there are great kids at Pegasus. There are great kids everywhere. I find it interesting that when I post an observation that the positive reviews here read like they were written by a school employee rather than a parent, a review pops up claiming to be a parent that just happened to find the website, who just happened to reply instantly to my observation and who just happened to use the identical wording (of being compelled) that the other positive reviews use - and that the poster claims to know definitively what my experience with the school is. Fits the pattern, doesn't it?

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
Any school that chooses to proclaim its excellence through high gloss color brochures highlighting the amazing "stand out" students they have "produced" and name dropping well off or famous parents does not put quality education at the top of the priority list. We looked into this school, and from the first tour it was obvious the school wants to find "stars" they can exploit and parents who want to think their children are "stars" and are willing to pay for that privilege.There is nothing exceptional about the curriculum here, in fact, it is dated. The teachers vary widely in quality. No school can make every kid a stand out star, so what you end up with are a bunch of parents all believing their child is a stand out and students struggling to be noticed, not learn. This combination of egos and money does not make for a quality educational experience. Many parents put their kids here because they want to believe they are the future leaders and a few big names have attended in the past. We are not disgruntled parents, for we chose not to pursue the school. We are conscientious parents who did lots of homework and found more outstanding schools in Orange County. Do your homework.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2013
On the comment below that "This school does ask for money and most of it goes to financial aide to allow all opportunities for all children" from a "parent" (I use quotes because that reads like it was written by someone at the school and not a parent) - every nonprofit is required to publish their tax forms and they appear at a website called Guidestar dot org. The most recent filing for Pegasus is their 2010 Tax form and it lists the school as having receipts that year of $11,056,239. It also says the school had "savings and cash investments" of $3,593.072 and paid six employees a salary over 100K each. If the school wants to pay themselves fat salaries by catering to wealthy parents, that's fine. But don't pretend to be a school for Gifted Children.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
I am wondering who write the positive reviews after multiple insightful but negative reviews. Teachers: average to incompetent and mean. Curriculum: average for Language Arts, terrible for Math (Saxon Math!!), Science will teach you kid useless facts (forget concepts and critical thinking!). "exceptionally well prepared for high school" I seriously doubt...The school is very good at selling an image but could not care less about their students and the outdated curriculum the teachers implement.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2013
How come all the negative reviews are so specific with lots of details while the positive ones seem to be written by the same person?

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
I have two kids at Pegasus who are in Middle school. They have both been at the school since Pre K. I am completely blown away by some of the negative one star reviews. It seems as if the same angry person is writing these reviews. I will admit there have been challenges at the school, with the passing of its founder Dr. Hathaway, but our experience has been nothing but amazing. The academics are superior. The teachers are caring and exceptional. And as far as everyone being wealthy or there being no diversity amongst the students this could not be farther from the truth. There are students from all walks of life and I have heard that 10 percent of the families are on some sort of financial aide. This school does ask for money and most of it goes to financial aide to allow all opportunities for all children. Why would a school reject a child because the parent marked the financial aide box, when the school highly encourages financial aide. This school is not for every child, that is for sure. However, if your child does not get in Move On. There are lots of great schools out there

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2013
Amazing. We could have written the same review below two years ago. Thankfully we saw the light and ran...fast...away from this so-called school for the bright and gifted. My child was not doing well in one subject and yes, she was ignored and it was suggested that she had a learning disorder. Numerous specialists were recommended (specific names, not areas of expertise, interesting) outside the school and of course, in addition to the already overpriced tuition. She is now attending a well respected private high school and is in honors class in the same subject...no thanks to Pegasus. We spend the last two years getting her caught up to the standards after losing many years at Pegasus. Don't wait until it is too late.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2013
This school is no longer about bright, gifted kids. As long as you have money and your kids are failing public schools, they'll take them. There's absolutely no individuality. All kids are expected to fit their mould or the teachers and administrators will have no clue on how to nurture and educate them. Mindless worksheets are given daily, and the curriculum is below most of the private schools, as well as some of the public schools. Teaching techniques are outdated, and the parents with money have tremendous inputs to how the school should be run. We've wasted our money for 2 years, and couldn't be happier to leave this school. With their small class size, the teachers did not know the true ability of each child. If there's ever a problem, teachers are unwilling to identify the real issue and will ignore the child entirely. This can result in loss of confidence as well as a lot of hurt and frustrations from a child. Save your money and send your kids elsewhere. If your kid is failing public school and you're willing to pay their $18000/year tuition, they'll take the kid. Any parent with some knowledge in education wouldn't send their kids here.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2013
I have 2 children at this school and I have been extremely happy with the level of attention from the teachers and the challenging curriculum offered. In fact, at times my expectations have been exceeded. Keep in mind my children are bright and thrive when challenged. This school is definitely geared for those who want and need an advanced and accelerated in -depth education. The staff and parents are very friendly. Pegasus is a family.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
This school should be ashamed. Back in 2000 it was on the rise. Today, it is a mess. Teachers are below average and administration (including principal) and inept and disorganized. Save your money. Public school is better. I also wonder who gives all of these 5 star reviews. My guess is 3/4 of them come from the school itself.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2012
I find it disturbing that every time a negative review is given that almost immediately a 5 star review appears. It is my guess this site is being heavily monitored by the school in an attempt to save their name. It is unfortunate that this type of effort is not being channeled into fixing the problems that people are expressing on this site. The school needs to address the significant problems that are occurring to try and restore the reputation of this former wonderful school. By attempting to cover up these issues they are continuing to exacerbate the problems!!

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2012
Our child was at Pegasus for 2 years of Preschool (which they eliminated last year). We were extremely disappointed in the value for the money. I do not feel that the teaching methods in the preschool were that much better than most other preschools, and at twice the price, my expectation was MUCH higher. I feel like we taught our child more in one or two hours a night than was learned at school all day. We did not continue in the K program, although I have heard from other parents that the elementary classes are the school's strongest. I do agree with other reviewers that, while the school professes to teach one grade ahead, the kids tend to be a year older than their public school counterparts. We did not feel that it would be worth it, and also were concerned about the wealth at the school, it does seem that fundraising is the focus rather than improving the educational experience for the kids. The facilities at the school are very good, as they should be considering the amount that tuition was hiked last year. We simply did not find it to be worth it at the end of the day.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
This school used to be an amazingly caring and great school. Now however, the founder and head of school passed away and the school has gone downhill. The new head is taking the school in a direction that it was not meant to go. While the founder was alive, she and the other staff were caring and nurturing. Now, the head is obnoxious and does not belong with such a caring staff. There are many other great schools out there, and I would recommend looking at those schools instead. Beware, because this school is not what it used to be.

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2011
The Pegasus School has exceeded our expectations. This is our first year at the school, and our children could not be happier. We appreciate the teachers who challenge our children and care for them, always addressing their needs whether it be academic or social. Our children have made wonderful friends with like values, as have we. The community is friendly, and we just get a good feeling every time we step on campus.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2011
Beware - this is a school in major transition and the leadership of the new Principal has been a great disappointment. No longer does this school fulfill Dr. Hathway's vision of a place where "bright minds soar". Teachers have privately admitted the "caliber of the students is not what it once was", so the notion that this is a school for talented and gifted children is no longer valid. Discipline at this school is a joke, kids are bratty and indulged, and the focus is more on fund-raising than character and intellectual development. Assigning mindless worksheets should be the realm of unimaginative public schools, not a school that once aimed for a higher standard and still demands a much higher financial cost. And have parents been informed that two 1st Grade teachers are leaving? No. Have they been informed that the school motto is changing (which further indicates a shift from the school's original and inspired vision)? No. Have they been told about the plans for two new Lower School Directors (ever wonder where your tuition checks go)? No. Meanwhile, they've happily taken our non-refundable deposits and haven't said word one. Epic failure, parents should be livid.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2011
My son has attended Pegasus since PK and he has received nothing but positive and nurturing feedback from the teachers and administrators. The teachers recognize the uniqueness in each child, accommodate the child, and provide a wonderful curriculum that engages all children. My son continues to excel to the best of his capabilities as a result of his teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
This is no longer the school our family signed up for. It was once a caring place where children could find and develop their individual strengths. Sadly the new administration has done away with all that was ever positive about Pegasus. The head is unapproachable and does not belong in an educational environment. Both the lower and middle school directors have resigned this year, as well as some of the better teachers. Sadly the head of school remains and is not proving to be an asset. Several good teachers also remain, but the atmosphere of nurturing and building is gone. We will not be sending our youngest child to this school and will be pulling our older child out after this year. It has become a school that is more interested in fund raising and publishing those amounts for all to see than a place focused on educating children.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2011
I was impressed with how much support there was for the children who were strong in one area but needed help in another. My son was a weak writer and reader, but his math scores were off the charts. He never felt singled out and with the added help from the support staff, he is now reading far above his grade level. Thank you Pegasus.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2011
While there are some things I really love at this school--they seem to really try to build a well-rounded child and I love the small classes. Things that weren't so great: -Tuition is very pricey and not sure it was worth the money -The school says they teach a year ahead, but they hold all their kids back so their various grades have kids that are a year older than public schools -The school feels very wealthy to me and not particularly representative of much of California in terms of race or money It works for some people, of course, and it's best to visit the school and make your own decision in the end.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
Recently changes at school have impacted our belief in the future of this school. While the founder was alive, the direction was clear. She passed several years ago. Beware the tuition contract is non refundable for any reason.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
Turmoil, chaos, choose your description. The new very promising middle school head did not even last half of the school year before giving his resignation. This is unfortunate as he seemed to have some great ideas and was very friendly and approachable. Too bad it wasn't the new head resigning. This man has no people skills and appears to be focusing on fundraising over student and staff needs. Our children have attended Pegasus for many years and it is sad to see the direction that it seems to be heading. The school needs to return to the vision of its amazing founder.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
If you are looking for a strong academic curriculum this may be the school for you. However organization and communication don't stand out at this school. If turmoil may have been a strong word, who ever had their kids at Pegasus last year has been able to witness a certain chaos. To refresh certain memories the appalling Christmas show that shocked so many parents is there for us to remember what was last year's leadership, and what kind of critical thinking and respect values middle schoolers have at this school. Unexplained sudden turnover of teachers and Middle school director is certainly not a positive point for the school. Teachers are good and sometimes excellent though. And let's leave both new head of school and new middle school director some time to show which direction they intent the school will take.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2010
I felt compelled to respond to a previous negative post. From our point of view, this school year was in no way marked by "turmoil." Despite the fact that the founder and head did indeed pass away last year after an illness, there was an incredibly capable interim head leading the school -- to reiterate, a capable, competent & charismatic leader. My child (and those of everyone I know) had an amazing year of education and growth. I can't imagine that there is a perfect school out there, but as a self-admitted squeaky wheel and complainer, I still have 99% positive things to say about Pegasus. As always, highly dedicated teachers and incredibly involved parents... The new highly qualified head has begun and we look forward to meeting him. We foresee a bright future for Pegasus.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2010
This school is beyond exceptional! The teachers are caring and loving. My children truly enjoy going to school and that is what is most important. I highly recommend this school as a choice for every child.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
The school is in a state of turmoil. There is no one in charge. Interim head and middle school director are leaving, new head and MS head arrive in July 2010. Be wary until things calm down.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2010
The school entrance screening makes you feel special because your child is admitted to a school promoted as bright and gifted. A 'highly' gifted creative child may be frustrated here, so don t hesitate to change settings. Academics and fundraising are a priority. Leadership is lacking; the teaching my child received was very uneven. Unfortunately, I received unprofessional personal experience with some teaching staff. Prior to enrolling my child, I did not notice the power lines behind the school, nor did I ask the percentage of students admitted to the school who are one year older than the standard grade level. Think twice before signing the contract; no refunds, even if you don t receive the services. By January, your child's annual school tuition is paid through June; deposits for the next year are in April. Why not find a blue ribbon public school and invest in quality after-school enrichment?

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2010
My children have graduated from Pegasus and their education has been exceptional. They are not only excelling academically, but in so many aspects in their life and we all feel Pegasus gave our children a fantastic education and a love of lifetime learning! We give Pegasus the highest rating!

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- submitted by a student
October 15, 2008
My son is in the 2nd grade and has been at The Pegasus School since Pre-K. This was an excellent choice for my son because Pegasus has made the learning environment fun and positive. I have not had a bad experience yet to report and every teacher has been wonderful. They carefully assess each child and consider their needs on an individual basis. Attending back to school night reconfirmed annually that I will see well behaved, polite and confident children. The administration is well organized and always friendly. You will even see the founder almost daily waving to parents and students as they arrive to school. I suggest interviewing many schools and attending their open houses because once you see this gem you will recognize it. The Pegasus School is a true find however expect to pay for excellence. Tuition is about $15,000 yr.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2008
All the students I have met who have been to Pegasus are confident, polite and intelligent people. They ask good questions and they stand out in a crowd for all the right reasons. They all seem to love learning and that is a rare thing to see nowadays. It is refreshing to know there is a school around that is here for your child and family.

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February 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
Think twice before you sign the contract. There is a lot of wealth at this school, and a lot of parent involvement, which can be both good and bad. Teachers are great, but academics is placed above the emotional lives of the children, even in preschool. Our child is bright/gifted and sensitive (the two often go together), but was surrounded by too much aggression. That's basically why we're leaving after two years. Good extracurricular activities, if that's what you're looking for; I wondered if some of these parents just wanted their children somewhere else besides home.

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March 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
I have 2 children at The Pegasus School. We have been quite pleased with both children's experiences. The school's focus is that of academics and has been a very good fit for our children. I do believe that the admissions faculty does a wonderful job in choosing bright and gifted children for the school. Most children are also very polite and good citizens as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
We have just started the preschool program and really like the school. The teachers gave been extremely supportive and the methods of teaching are very creative. We were looking for an environment where teaching was not forced down kids throats but where learning happens in a fun creative environment. The parents are very involved and we love that aspect as we think that the parent-teacher communication is basic to a successful school experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2006
This school provides an excellent learning environment. Students are provided with ample opportunities to learn above and beyond the requirements. Different learning strategies are employed throughout the different classrooms. Overall, a great learning environment for motivated children to thrive.

- submitted by a staff
December 06, 2005
My child attended Pegasus in kindergarten. Although it's supposedly a school for 'bright and gifted' kids, mostly it's a school for wealthy Newport Beach/Coast kids. It's almost all white, and the academic ability of the kids in my child's class had just as big of a spread as that of kids in public school classes later on. Teacher quality varies tremendously. Ours was good, but another kindergarten teacher who'd been there for many years was terrible. The curriculum is no better than that in a good school district, though it does have the advantage of more art, music, and science. Still, science in kindergarten was almost always videos--a real disappointment. The best thing about Pegasus is the small class size--18-20, with 2 teachers. But that's definitely not worth the money--save yours, send your kid to a good public school in K-8, and supplement with enrichment classes.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2005
Pegasus is relatively new and is still a school finding its way. This is especially true with the middle school, which is still a work in progress. The school has improved in the last couple of years by obtaining math specialists who are able to finally help create a rigorous math curriculum. The quality of teaching, however, can be very uneven, and the administration is not always quick to take action in these cases. The curriculum at the school is limited in some cases, such as only Spanish language being offered in middle school. The school still has some growing pains before reaching greatness. However, in this area of Orange county, there are not too many choices, so Pegasus will continue to be popular.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
July 14, 2005
Are we pushing academics too early? This school is expensive.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2005
The reputation of this school is very excellent, but I am compelled to think that they push preschoolers to hard and that this school is too expensive. Difficult school to be admitted into.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2005
A high level of parent involvement makes this school top-notch, but for gifted children who really think outside the box, it can be a bit stiffling. Serious creative thinkers may be frustrated here.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2005
This school did not live up to my expectations. It is promoted as a school for the bright and gifted. My son attended preschool and they spent a lot of time learning primary colors. He was very bored through out the year and never once shared how his day was.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2005
Pegasus is an excellent school, extremely academic. Teachers are nurturing, loving and highly qualified. Pegasus is a blue ribbon school with a wonderful arts and drama program. Very private setting in a residential area. They welcome parents to volunteer in the classrooms, PTA, fundraisers etc. A very exclusive school which is low key, especially for Orange County. Students are diverse, respectful, well mannered and extremely bright. Known as a school for bright and gifted students.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
This is a very challenging school and not for everyone. Quite a bit of parent involvment. Families and kids can be quite cliquish so it takes a confident child to succeed early on. Due to family relocation, my children were only there for 4 years. They did extremely well academically and provided and excellent base for early education. However, many children we know have struggled and required additional outside tutoring to barely keep up. Some eventually didn't continue. As with any school, do your homework and talk with current families for other opinions.

- submitted by a former student
December 13, 2004
I have taught at this school grades five thru eight. I enjoyed teaching at Pegasus and being to restricted on how to teach. The parents were always willing to help out whenever needed. I will miss all the friends and students that I met while teaching at Pegasus.

- submitted by a staff
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Pegasus students love to learn and to work hard;they are bright and motivated; they are joyful; they grow in both intellect and empathy. Pegasus teachers love to teach; they are flexible, creative, innovative, and collaborative;they foster each child's individual gifts and passions; they educate the mind and heart.

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The Pegasus School
19692 Lexington Lane, Huntington Beach, CA  92646
(714) 964-1224
Last modified The Pegasus School is a Private school that serves grades PK-8
The Pegasus School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 68 reviews. Top