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Students enrolled 831
School leader Kara Rydman
Transportation options Yes
District Irvine Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2005 Knollcrest
Irvine, CA 92603

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4 stars
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June 18, 2014
As this school year ends it is evident that the teaching staff is getting "clicky" and god help you if your child doesn't end up in one of the "clicky" teachers classrooms. The divisiveness between staff members is being reflected in the classroom and the children. Hopefully the principal will make some drastic changes but I don't see that happening. So sad to see the path this school is currently on.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
My child has been in this school for 5 years and is the 5th/6th combo class. We have been lucky to have the best teachers every year. But I have been most disappointed this year by the Administration. The principal does not participate in any activities. She seems to have appointed 2 asst principals to handle issues. Most parents do not know who she is. One of the reasons this was a distinguished school was parent participation. Now all I hear are complaints. New teachers do not seem to get any support. Who appoints a brand new teacher for a upper grade combo? That is setting her up to fail. The computer access is limited for that supposed GATE class and the students have been bringing computers from home. The teacher has been phenomenal, very creative and excellent in implementing common core. That is the only reason I have not complained.Now my child tells me that the teacher (I shall not mention her name) is not going to be retained. I now understand why many parents of younger children are selling and are moving away to other parts of Irvine.. The number of teachers retiring or leaving seems to be above average for any school. site. Hopefully IUSD will do something about this.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2014
Worst Principal. she doesn't know to manage. my kid was in a joint 5 + 6 class. all the kids loved the class teacher, Ms. Ward. most kids in my kids class did not know a complete section in thier California Math test that would have qualified them for a more advanced Math class in middle school. The students in the other 6 grade classes were able to take that section of the test because they were taught. when asked, the class teacher says that the principal asked her not to teach this section. i dont know why the pricipal sis this, but the consequeence of this is that the kids in this class will not be able to get into advanced math classes in middle school. careless staff. i would give this school an 8 / 10 i would give a 0 / 10 for the principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2014
Alderwood seemed great at first. I even volunteered at the school on a weekly basis. I am not the type to hear rumors and believe them, until it happened to me. Bottom line, the principal at this school is not qualified to have that position and does not belong here. The rest of the staff are nice, my son loves his Kindergarden teacher, he made great friends and only attended kindergarten. There were a few instaces where staff was not watching my special needs child be bullied by a child in another class. The staff investigated and the incidents were true, yet they are considering it as "not bullying." As a result, I am moving out of this school since the incident with the principal and won't come back to this school, unless a brand new principal is assigned to it. The district has been good and attentive to listen to my concerns so I will give IUSD another chance by attending another school. If this does not work out then I am considering a private school for my child. Overall the school is great in academics. So sad that we had that happen to us and the principal is the main cause of us leaving the school. Hoping what happened to us will never happen to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I'm very disappointed with the front office staff. Two out of three memebers don't smile, make eye contact or greet you. They don't even know their own forms. You can tell they dony care about their job. I now truly understand what the previous posts meant about the front office.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2013
My son has been going to Alderwood for 4 years and has only experienced the best. Every teacher he has had has given him the desire to learn. There is not a year he hasn't enjoyed. My experience here is that the teachers love to teach. With any school, parent involvement is the key, and at Alderwood, there is plenty of opportunities to get involved in the classroom or at other school events through the PTA. The more I'm involved the more this place becomes family and home. At this school, the principal, the teachers and the parents (PTA) work together making education fun. Last school year, the 3rd graders got to experience going to the Planetarium, the 2nd graders got to learn about Gold Mining at Knott's Berry Farm, and the rest of the grade got to experience similar Field Trips. Not only does this school focus just on education, but it emphasizes community. We have many events such as Family Movie Night, Red Ribbon Week, International Night that celebrate the vibrant and diverse culture here at the school. It's a great place to be at and we are pretty blessed to be part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2013
I would not give this school a ten. The only reason they have a high grade is due to the parents teaching their kids prior to school, not at all due to the teachers...they don't teach! The school needs help with diversity...poor second grade teachers...

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2012
Amazing school! Amazing teachers! The second grade team is fantastic. The principal has made such an impact there. Sad to see her leave. I am proud to send my children here.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2012
Not a good school. Teacher teaches math using powerpoint. Students not allowed to ask questions or practice problems in class. must hire own tutors. Principal is mean. had to ask school district administrator to have meeting with principal and teacher for the principal to respect you. parent not allowed to give feedback teacher is not trained well. my son was bullied by others. principal and teachers ignored it until i had a meeting and brought in the district.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2012
This is the worst i've been treated so far! I can not believe that no one hear us!!! there should be a reason everyone complain about the office staff in this school. by saying that i don't mean i'm upset because they don't smile when you enter the office.I say they are rude and disrespectful and somehow scary! and no one seems to even follow these reviews and ask them,what's going on?!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2012
Great school and very good education for children. My child attended since kinder and I highly recommend this school. Very good extra curriculur activities.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
This school has a several TERRIBLE teachers, who openly ridicule students. Several parents brought this up to the principal, who said she would "address" it...nothing happened. Needless to say, I removed my children from this school. By the way, I am not some disgruntled parent whose children 'couldn't cut it' at this so-called excellent school. Our children got A's at Alderwood, as they continue to do in their new school.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
My happy, smart, and social child was extremely unhappy and always scared at this school. There was bullying, teachers were disciplinary and not caring in nature, and sometimes even ridiculed my child in front of the class. When the bad behavior of certain teachers was reported, the principal took no action.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2012
I transferred my child out of here. I will homeschool my child before even thinking about enrolling at this school. The kingerdargen staff, lacks the experience to communicate with both the students and the parents. The put up a front, and don't care about the students. If you want to be treated like an animal (perfect school)... Lucky you, if after some time they aren't this way... Maybe because they read this and changed!! (:

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2012
I agree with ->Posted January 4, 2011. This school is a mess!! You can't walk your children to their class..... I don't get how the parents are delighted that their kids attend this school. The teachers are allowed to say the word "S*****" during class; If you speak with the principal or teacher about an issue, you basically get laughed at. The teachers wants to TRAIN the students to be robots, and they want to change the way the parent raised their kids. (SO FORGET ABOUT RAISING YOU CHILD RIGHT) The school is a joke. Idk how this school got a 10 rating, It just shows not to believe what you read, but what you see in person!!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2011
Every single encounter I have had with the office staff here has been awful. They are incredibly rude. It doesn't matter if you have a smile and a great attitude. You won't have either when you leave.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2011
This school is a mess!! You can't walk your children to their class, you will be stop and ask no to step school ground. Direct your concern to your teachers only by email voice mail and wait for a respond. If there is a problem regarding your child, there is a chance you won't be notify. I'm looking for another school for my kids next year.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2010
I cannot assume this for the entire staff but my child just finished the schoolyear and his teacher was a MAJOR disappointment. Instead of building his confidence and nurturing him like teachers should, she breaks his spirit and makes rude remarks to him. Halfway through the year, he lost motivation to try his best because of her. I am glad that no student will have to deal with her again.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Great school. I'll do everything to keep my daughters in this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
A Great school with a great track record !!

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
The #1 school policy is showing respect to others. However, some staff and even the principle didn't show it, especially to Asian parents. If you pay attention to nothing else but academic performance only , just go for it.

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- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2009
Great teachers, awesome school, fantastic staff! The kids are so great here as well, the teachers and parents are doing a great job as a team to raise up wonderful kids!

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August 19, 2009
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no rating June 04, 2009
While we have been impressed with the overall quality of this school, the individual teachers are hit or miss. For a young child, having the right teacher makes a world of difference on his or her attitude towards school. Unfortunately, certain teachers at AB+ are focused solely on a child's social ability instead of the whole person. Such behavior negatively impacts the child and sends the wrong message to other kids. I would recommend that parents get a background on your child's teacher (by speaking with other parents) and advise your child on how to deal with his/her teacher. I personally do not like this approach, but I don't see another way since we as parents cannot pick our child's teacher assignment (except Kindergarten).

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
My child loves this school. The teachers have been great. The pricipal has a strong leadership to make the school as one. This school prepares kids to take more challenges, so that many would go on to APAAS program. Great school!

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2009
Alderwood is a school with teachers who make learning fun for the students. If they enjoy learning and they do well academically, its a win - win.

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January 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
the school used to be just wonderful back in the old days like 5 or 6 years ago but now it's just lacking. the teachers are inexperienced and most of them don't even know how to teach properly. the teachers pretend to care and put up a front. I dont think they really do care about the students. I wish it would go back to the wya it used to be.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
great school and great academic environment. The principal is a great leader. The pta is very clicky and discourages people to participate in the school activities. Teachers are exceptional.

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April 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
I just moved in in 2007 and this school emphasize in the test score only. I do not think they really care about kids. Is superficial school.

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August 15, 2007
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September 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2006
Both of my children currently attends AB+ This is their 2nd year. I love the new facility. The technology they currently have in their classrooms really foster their learning. The transition from another Irvine school wasn't too bad either. There was a major difference as far as the amount of work they got from here compare to Canyon View. But all in all my children never struggled and were able to catch up. I was very happy with their teachers as well. They are all very supportive. I am very satisfied as far as all the extracurricular activities they offer after school. There are so many choices. I especially appreciate the ACE chair person's hard work. I am confident that my children will be able to handle whatever comes to them in the future because of this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2006
Great staff and Teachers. PTA very clicky.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
Excellen School. Moved to Quail Hill 2006, all in all I could not complain about anything. My son has attended 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th. Great program, great teachers

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April 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2006
I have three kids, one finished elementary school 2 year ago at Alderwood and 2 currently in fifth and fourth grades. I can only say good things about the school specially about the staff that is very experient and really involved in giving the best level of education to the children. I believe this is the best place to have your kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
It is my son's first year in Alderwood. It is an excellent school with very experienced teachers. The principal is very hands on. I see him each morning when I drop off my child and after school. He always looks out for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2006
This is a great school for all round development. The new location is excellent. I really wish it could have still remained an open school like before.

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March 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
The quality of their academic programs are very good. Mainly, they have very good experienced Teachers. The Teacher quality has the major impact on the child academic development and psychological growth at the elementary school age. My kids are very happy with their Teachers and doing great.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
Great school with very helpful teachers and faculty.

- submitted by a student
August 19, 2005
My son attended Alderwood from K-6 and now my daughter is about to enter Kindergarten there. I wouldn't send my kids to any other school. Alderwood fosters learning, but they also embrace building up of the kids and teaching them important life lessons about friendships, respect and having fun. The same principal, techers and office staff have remained there for 10, 20 years and that says a lot about the school too. My son is not an academic genius, but he never struggled. The teachers really pay attention to each child's individuality and nurture that. -Sheri

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August 01, 2005
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July 29, 2005
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July 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
This is wonderful school for parents and children to thrive.

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June 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2005
This is a great school. Once this school moves to Quail Hill, I expect things to change. One of its successes was based on the fact that it did not allow everybody to enter. The wait list ensured there was no transient element to the school population. This together with the motivated students and parents created a phenomenal learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
This is a good school where students come first.

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May 10, 2005
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no rating April 27, 2005
This is based on what I have heard, as our daughter would not be attending until fall. The teachers are highly motivated to work with parents to personalize their child's learning experience. The average parent is also highly educated and this seems to encourage the respect between administrators and parents. There are a lot of opportunities for extra curricular activities and the school is extremely safe.

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- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
Now I finally knows the truth behind striking for academic excellence. They give the kids tons of test practice to do every single week. The teachers don't even have enough time to explain all the subjects. Kids need to understand the logic or the meaning of the subject before they can apply their skills to solve problem or answer short questions. Constant testing doesn't mean the child fully understand the topic at all! Ever since I send my son to this son. I have tremendous among of stress because I am afraid he couldn't keep up. I want him to know the importance and serious of school life. But school can be more fun and less competitive. In order to maintain high rank and high reputation in the school district, the school rather scarcify the importance of building a healthy childhood life.

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January 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2005
Higher standards in education but lack of encouragement to the new students on the teachers part.

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January 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
great school,excellent teachers.

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December 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
Alderwood is a 'lottery' school in transition. The school has consistently earned high API scores over the years and parents are attracted to that reputation. Students are expected to behave and complete enormous piles of worksheets. Much is expected of students and parents via time, effort and money. In repayment for mass efforts and great test scores, IUSD took this successful program and dismantled it, hoping to reassemble it in some fashion in 2005, in a new neighborhood 5 miles away. The teachers are excited about a new facility. Most parents, however, are looking into their options since change has been thrust upon them. If they were wildly or mildly unhappy, they are looking at alternatives. If they were happy, they are also looking at alternatives. By next year it could be a ghost town, but in the year 2005, it should be an exciting and extraordinary place to be!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2004
Alderwood puts a lot of pressure on the students. I feel that the teachers teach only to acheive high test scores and do nothing to teach the joy of learning. The school has a very cold feeling. I will be taking my child out of this school and I encourage other parents to look at the entire school (not base their decision on test scores) before sending their children to this Alderwood.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2004
This school is the best of the best, both my sister and I attended it for all of our elementary years and now one of my daughters is lucky enough to attend this exceptional school. They are very aware of their students needs and abilities and work very hard to make sure everyone achieves success. The parents work hard too.

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no rating November 11, 2003
The best school in the best school district! Everyone in the school are dedicated to excellence. Both of my daughters have attended AB+ and were well prepared for middle school. Yes, we had to work very hard but it was well worth it. Too bad the Not-So-Bright IUSD Board is 'moving' this school to become yet another average neighboorhood school. Another case of bureaucracy doing things supposely for us but making things worse by making everyone to be 'average'. Very sad indeed.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2003
This school is very competitive and puts a lot of emphasis on tests and test scores. There is a lot of work involved for the students and parents but I feed my daughter is getting a top notch education.

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no rating September 30, 2003
My son was transferred to this Alderwood Basic+ for the 4th grade from Los Naranjos Elementary School (closed in 2002). After one year of struggles for both the kid and the parents, we saw a significant drop of grade in STAR tests. I have my son transferred to a neighborhood school in September 2003.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2003
This is a great school academically and extracurricurally!

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A special strength of our educational program includes the many parents who volunteer in our classrooms as well as the generosity and support of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF). Parent participation is a hallmark of Alderwood’s culture. The Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is a very important partner in our school programs. There are numerous opportunities to become involved at Alderwood from classroom volunteers to fundraising events to parent education nights to being an official duplicator. The strong partnership between parents and staff has formed what is described as the “Alderwood Difference.” In addition to Back to School Night parent presentations, parents of students who are not achieving are invited to a Student Study Team meeting to review resources and plan interventions. Family activities during the year include family PTA programs such as Family Festival and Movie night, Book fairs, and many more. Awards assemblies and student performances further encourage parents to be involved. There are parent education nights hosted by the site and the district to increase the involvement of parents of children with special program needs. Parents and community representatives are involved in planning, implementing and evaluating Alderwood programs.

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Alderwood Elementary School
2005 Knollcrest, Irvine, CA  92603
(949) 936-5400
Last modified Alderwood Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Alderwood Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 72 reviews. Top