These reviews are out-dated. We have had a new principal since 2010. We have found that the teachers are very dedicated and do their best to deal with the No child Left Behind teach-to-test nonsense.
Idyllwild School is a small school in a small community that fulfills educational goals on a very high level.
Excellent School. Excellent Leadership! It has also recieved the honor of a California Distinguished School. We have a wonderful PTA. Our kids here are Excited about going to school. They love their Principal, who is an absolute dream with the kids, parents, and her staff. My child has been going here for 5 years now. Every year the Principal has new and exciting things happening at the school. The state test scores are skyrocketing! What a great effort on everyone's part. Several families have moved here just to be able to be in the school area. Thank you everyone at Idyllwild School, for helping my child learn, grow, and be the best he can.
Parent involvement great! There is alot of bias at this school based on who you are and who you know. You are either in or out.
Jan 2006 new principal, nice change. Top PE teacher, good music program. 4-5 grades suffer on coverage of science and social science because no kid left behind thus no kid excels. Teaches to the accountabilty test.
Idyllwild Elementary school is a wonderfull school. It's academic programs are in the top in the district. We have a great world renowed music teacher. The sports program is great too. Coupled with the local Town Hall there isn't much left out for the kids to do. The level of parent involvment is way high. Our parents run an art program that is very diversified.
Would highly not recommend. I have attended one of the best schools in California and found Idyllwild school for my own child to be one of the worse I have encountered. They have an exceptional home school program!
We were living in Temecula and our children were registered to start school there. I read impressive reports bout Idyllwild Elementary School and we decided to make the trek to investigate. As we were not enthusiastic with Temecula. One tour of Idyllwild School sent us home packing in a hurry. We were in escrow on a home up here in 72 hours. Idyllwild school is an ideal scene by anybody's standards, and far superior to the private schools we explored. The principal and staff there are true professionals yet not robotic by any means. I know I can trust the people there by looking at what exists now and seeing my children in a safe space and watching their progess on a daily basis. We are so very fortunate to have our children as part of this very special, creative, able and brilliant group!
We tried to 'work within the system' for 3 years at this school. We finally came to the conclusion that our daughter could not receive a satisfactory eductation at this institution and enrolled in the K-12 program.
The principal of this school does not seem to focus on scholastic excellence, instead she talks mostly about obtaining more funding. The teachers are uneven and the standards are low. Students are classified as 'smart, average or below average' and this is consistently communicated to the students. This is especially egregious as the judgements are arbitrary and students are actively discouraged by this attitude. On the plus side the parents and the community are greatly involved in the school and it is a safe environment. All told after a short time we removed our child from the school and have found a vast improvement in all aspects of his learning and on his national test results.
My two eldest children went to this school in the 1970's and now my 7 year old is in second grade. Except for the fact that California no longer recognizes excused absence which puts a great deal of pressure on the parent to have their children at school no matter what, the overall atmosphere is one of a family in a small town community. We just rated tops academically in the entire Hemet Unified District.
We recently moved to Wheaton, IL. We have placed our child in Longfellow elementary...a school with an outstanding reputation. We are finding that our child (Who attended Idyllwild's first grade) Is well ahead of her class! Her reading and math are especially advanced. Thanks Idyllwild Elementary!
Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.
The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.
To start a new list, click OK. Otherwise click Cancel.
Thank you! You will begin to receive newsletters from us shortly.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to complete your registration.
Great work! Only one more step. Now we just need you to verify your email address. Please click on the link in the email we just sent you to submit your review.
Please click on the link in the verification email we just sent you to complete your change of email address.
Whoops! It looks like we still need to verify your email. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the e-mail? Click the button below and we'll send you a new one.
Thanks for registering. Welcome to GreatSchools, the largest online community committed to improving educational outcomes through parental involvement.
Thanks for verifying your updated email address.
Oops! You haven't verified your email address yet. To do so, please click on the link in the email we sent you. Can't find the email? Click the button below to receive a new one.
Oops! That email verification link has expired. Please click the button below to receive a new one.
Create an account to submit your answers.
Sign in with an existing GreatSchools account or using Facebook:
Your review has been posted to GreatSchools.
Share with friends! Post your opinion of Idyllwild on Facebook.
Welcome to GreatSchools!
For principals and school officials, we offer a special Enhanced School Profile (ESP) which allows you to update and add information about your school, as well as respond to reviews. If you are a school official, click Continue to start.
Please note that it can take up to 48 hours for your comment to be posted to our site. While you're here, we'd like to invite you to fill out a survey on your school's programs, activities, and extracurriculars. It only takes a few minutes and will help parents get a full picture of your school.
Get started now! You have successfully registered and can now start updating your Official School Profile. The information you provide is extremely valuable in helping parents and students learn more about your school, so thanks for taking the time!
Thank you for registering as a school leader. We just need to verify your email address. We've sent you an email - please click on the link in that message to get started editing your school's information!
Thanks! We just sent you an email – please click on the link in the email to post your answers.
Get timely updates for Idyllwild, including performance data and recently posted user reviews.