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Indian Wells, CA
Students enrolled: 792

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44-210 Warner Trail
Indian Wells, CA 92210

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(760) 772-4120
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September 26, 2013
As a parent, I'm happy and lucky to have my kids in a great school! Ford has caring and wonderful teachers and a great principal, Mr. Davis. The parents are also in involve with any school activities. Ford communicates with parents about any situations going on in the school by letters or even phone calls. My kids tells me and my husband how their teachers are super nice, fun, and sometimes their teachers can be strict especially when it comes to teaching and homework. I tell my kids, that's because your teachers want to make sure you're learning and you care about your grades!!

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2013
My school is very cool because everybody is nice except Miss Pat. I love my teacher Mrs. Clark and I loved my teacher last year, Mrs. Orson. My favorite part of school is Social Studies because we're doing something called "Clark's Market Place". My parents and I love the "Arts in the Garden" that takes place at my school every year.

- submitted by a parent

September 05, 2012
A bit disappointed in this school. There is no communication. A teacher was accused of inappropriate conduct with a student and there was no communication to the parents about it. There was no letter on the situation or on what steps are the school going to take to ensure my child's safety. Also, school year has started, and my child doesn't have a teacher yet. The last 8 days, my child has had 3 different substitutes and there has been NO communication to the parents on the status of a permanent teacher. I am very disappointed

- submitted by a parent

September 30, 2010
This school is far to crowded, my oldest grandchild went there, all thur- K- 5th grades, it was a wonderful school in all ways! My youngest grandson started school just this year, what a difference it was this year from 2 yrs ago when my oldest was there, it is so full now, my little 5 yr old was in a class of 36, and the teacher with no help! She had no time to really speak to any one about any thing, when i tried to converse with this woman she just talked down to me and blew me off quickly, I was shocked! I guess she was overwhelmed, and I certainly see why!!! Let us not even go into what it is like to pick your child up, it is really a nightmare of the worst sort! This school is so bad, we took our child out!

- submitted by a community member
no rating
September 16, 2009
Rates 9 out of 10 what else is there to say.

- submitted by a parent

September 15, 2009
Amazing experince all around. A 5 star Public elementary school. Our 4 children have all attended Ford. Our youngest just finished her last year. The Principal was incredible. Very encouraging, inspiring and always receptive to the children & parents needs. The teachers were caring, dedicated, seasoned & always professional. The parent involvement was beyond any other school we've attended. All is obvious by how well prepared our children re forMiddle school and beyond. Go Falcons!

- submitted by a parent

February 09, 2009
Rigorous academic school. Relies very heavily on donations and contributions from parents. This school is test focused and doesn't have the best support for the developmentally challenged kids. However, kids that don't require special needs flourish. TONS of homework and probably like all other schools go EXTREMELY fast. Spent many evenings just doing homework with my child. I wished I had minored in education in college thus I would be able to help my child more. But, it does offer good programs and has an excellent reputation. There are high ratios of students to teachers/aides so if you child is requiring more attention this may not be the school for them. This is input from numerous parents with similar viewpoints.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 27, 2008
I have had two of my children go to Ford and it was a great experience. Excellent school and the new principle is terrific. The school not only has strong academics but the staff is very caring and loving. Best elementary school that any of my three children have ever attended.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2008
Both my kids went there from K-6-from about 1998-2006. They blossomed & loved it there. The teachers were accessible & I'm sorry to hear that Mr. Keys isn't there anymore, he really cared about my kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 23, 2008
Gerald Ford is a nice school. The children are wonderfull and the parents are very active in volunteering. The new principal does not seem very present and is not easily accessible. She does not seem to be able to manage the teachers and some teachers seem to have major attitudes. The school has become very test oriented and seems more worried about the schools ratings than the students well being. A highly rated school by state test scores does not always mean that it is the best inviorment for a child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 04, 2008
Gerald R. Ford Elementary School provides a safe, nurturing and child centered environment in which our children can grow academically, socially and emotionally. We encourage our children to learn, celebrating their creativity, initiative and individuality, through their daily interactions in the classroom, as well as, through their participation in many supplemental and enriching programs. Our students are focused on always doing their personal best. Staff members are dedicated and committed to the success of every child, and their professionalism is greatly acknowledged. Our parents/guardians and volunteers, through their continued involvement, help provide the support and interaction that contributes to a wonderful partnership between home and school, benefiting the children at Ford School. Community support provides access to additional activities, events and resources that augment our educational focus.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating
August 15, 2007
This school is the best but we miss mr. Mc gaughlan and mr.Keys they brought a comradery to the school and the kids loved it..

- submitted by a parent

July 25, 2007
We have the pleasure of returning to this amazing Public elementary school. Our 3 older children attended Ford and now our youngest is starting her 4th year. The Principal is incredible,inspiring and always receptive to the children & parenets. The teachers are dedicated, seasoned & professional. The parent involvement is beyond any other school we've attended. Go Falcons!

- submitted by a parent

May 08, 2006
My three children attended Gerald Ford school, and what an awesome school is. Starting from the principal, teachers and volunteer parents. The academics are superior and the after school free programs for children are in abundance! Great overall school.

- submitted by a parent

January 12, 2006
Gerald Ford Elementary has some pretty awesome parents who give so much for the school. The Spring Golf Tournament and Auction is an amazing event in which community members and parents raise funds for the school. The City of Indian Wells and surrounding businesses support the school. As a parent I thank everyone that supports our school. I also want to praise the teaching staff for their dedication to the children. My girls love their school, and are proud and happy to be a part of the Falcon Family.

- submitted by a parent

September 09, 2005
This is the greatest school in the entire Coachela Valley. We have been so happy with the teachers and the principal.

- submitted by a parent

August 03, 2005
This school is awesome! We have been here since 2nd grade. The teachers are wonderful...extra curricular programs abound. The principal works really well with the parents.

- submitted by a parent

July 17, 2005
My son started this school in the middle of the year and he really blossomed. The teachers really care about their students and making sure they receive a great education. The principal is very involved and makes sure that the students are taken care of.

- submitted by a parent

June 07, 2005
My daughter attended one of the kindergarten classes from march to the end of the school year... I was a bit disappointed at the fact that the kids had no homework packets for the whole last two months of school...And no required reading or reading log, as she had in her previous kindergarten class in another school. It seems the kids do a lot of arts and crafts, cooking, fun stuff but not enough rigorous academics. I feel like my daughter stopped progressing once we put her in this school, having come from another kinder class where they had required 20 min. reading and weekly homework packets. My daughter learned a lot from the previous school and I feel it kinda came to an abrupt stop once we enrolled her in this one.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2005
I believe this to be the best school in the Coachella Valley. My kids have been attending this school for 4 years. They have great teachers and staff. We just returned from the 4th graders trip to Sacramento. I believe we are the only school in the valley that does this. We fly to Sacramento and spend two days visiting the capital and learning about the gold rush. The 5th graders go to science camp for a week. Another great thing they get to do is walk to the tennis gardens next door on occasion for P.E. I would suggest this school for anyone. My child has ADHD. He is doing great.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2003
Great school! Great principal!!

- submitted by a parent

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Gerald R. Ford Elementary School
44-210 Warner Trail, Indian Wells, CA  92210
(760) 772-4120
Last modified Gerald R. Ford 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.
Gerald R. Ford Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top