Students enrolled 653
School leader Aaron Jetzer
Transportation options Yes
District Irvine Unified School District

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2 Paseo Westpark
Irvine, CA 92614

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4 stars
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November 08, 2014
I am a parent volunteer and an educator. I have been involved in my children's education. Let me shed some light on the "Don't teach Spelling comment." True, third grade teachers do not give Friday spelling tests. Instead, and as research proves, students learn spelling by using it in their daily writing. Teachers went through extensive training using the Lucy Calkins method of writing and students write daily across the curriculum. Students use personal dictionaries where they are encouraged to sound words, they record their own misspelled words. This method individualizes spelling so that the words my child may need to study may not be the same words your students need to study. Equally important, it puts responsibility back to the students and helps them (and parents) know their strengths and weaknesses. This is not the conventional method we grew up with, but studies show this is what makes sense for students, they grow from their mistakes rather than shoving a teacher corrected test in their backpack without ever looking at it again. Mr. Jetzer knows spelling does matter. I love Culverdale and the dedicated teachers and aides that work so hard for my family.

- submitted by a community member
May 21, 2014
This is the first year in Culverdale Elementary School and I'm really happy, teachers are very patient, kind and friendly. Children have very good relationship between them and any other school my son has been better.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2014
The school is real good interms of education quality. The have very good methods of interactions , communication with the parents, manu extra curricular activities

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2013
teachers have great personality but the real answered can they really teach. As a parent I had to find out resources for my children for English and math because the teachers don't teach spelling in the 3rd grade and up according to the principle kids don't need it and its not important. kids who are in the spelling bee are doing well because of outside help its not the school. Sorry I will no longer sugar coat the truth. the school is to busy wanting to enforced your kids being on the internet then being concerned of their hand writing skills and eye coordination skills spelling should never stop at 3rd grade no spelling words and up grade and math is to easy. sorry I am not here to make friends my kids learning is more important then friendship even though teachers are really nice but I am looking for what is best for my children to be successful in life. How about let parents worried about the internet and its up to the parents if they want their children on the internet instead of the school over stepping their boundaries . also learn to enforce the school policy's.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2013
My perception of Culverdale is completely different than the prior parent has expressed. My child has been at Culverdale for many years. The teachers are kind, caring and have high expectations for their students. Mr. Jetzer knows every child at his school and is never too busy to hear parents concerns. The PTA seems to be trying hard and there seems to be many new volunteers this year. The school has a feeling of community and fun. Not every person is going to be happy with everything, obviously, but Culverdale is a very good school.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2013
there is no doubt Mr.Yetzer is not a bad principal but the students and some teachers don't perform well at this school. If the principal is doing a great job he should not have that much trouble! Sorry your son is a third grader. you need to wait until he becomes a sixth grader to see what is going on

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
My son goes to Culverdale elementary . He is in the 3rd grade. Mr. Jetzer is the most friendliest principal I have ever delt with in Irvine Unified Mr. Jetzer knows how to preform his job in every way.I have an 17 year old daughter who went to 5 different elementary schools in Irvine. The teachers are great to!! I love this school!!

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
Culverdale has an incredibly strong principal, Mr. Jetzer. He rallies the troops and even though our son's teacher wasn't particularly strong, Mr. Jetzer held monthly awards ceremonies for the children. My child, a mediocre student, won a reading award and being recognized by Mr. Jetzer was a total gamechanger for my son's academic effort and acheivement. My son believed he was great and so then started acting as such. Jetzer held several events for parents which frankly, weren't all that well-attended. His door is always open and his enthusiasm is infectious and any school that he is associated with is destined for greatness.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2013
My daughter came from a private school where she was given work above her grade level and, because this is a public school, she had to go through state curriculum at the same pace as other students (regardless of their skill level). This isn't necessarily the fault of the school but public education in general. However, her teacher really did a great job encouraging her and providing a very positive environment for the kids. I liked that Culverdale is so diverse with students from so many ethnicities. I think it really showed my daughter a true perspective of having friends who are all different but the same.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
I had a great experience with Culverdale Elementary school. My kids are in 6th grade and kindergarten. They both loved the school and teachers, the principle is working hard. We love Culverdale it is a great school with wonderful teachers. Specially Mr Forster and Mrs Tamminen.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2013
Culverdale is not as good as other elementary schools in Irvine. The principal tries to make it better but he lacks a good leadership. Sixth grader teacher, Melonie, was a kindergarten teacher and all of a sudden has become a sixth grader without any experience. I took my son out of this school because of this teacher. Talking to couple of other parents, they were not happy too.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2013
We love this school! My daughter and her friends are always eager to go to the class. Firstly, they love their teacher, who really loves kids. Secondly, they love the way the teacher makes them learning - it`s interesting, easy and fun. Thirdly, children are always encouraged in different ways to do their best. Here kids adore studying! That is much more important for me than marks. The principal Mr. Jetzer is really respected and loved by the kids. I guess it`s because he loves, respects and treats them as individuals. He is really engaged in school`s life by playing with kids, communicating with parents and making school time bright with social events. Happy kids - happy parents :)

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2013
I took a school tour here today because we might be moving into this area. I was very impressed by the atmosphere in the classrooms (quiet but "buzzy" and the kids were clearly enjoying themselves) and the huge respect and affection the kids clearly have for the Principal. It is a challenging environment for the staff with so many English language learners and kids from different cultures and backgrounds and it seems to me that they do an amazing job with what they have to work with. I don`t know if we will end up in this school area or not, but everywhere we went in this school the emphasis was on kindness and respect and I think these valuable qualities are sometimes bypassed in the race for grades. I left with the impression of a warm, caring school with motivated staff and happy kids and I don`t think an elementary school can be asked for much more.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
This is my son's second year at Culverdale and he loves his school. I have been very impressed with the new principal (Mr. Jetzer) who began the same year that my son started at Culverdale (2011). Mr. Jetzer is very involved in the school and with the children. He is genuine and sincere and it's obvious he wants to make a difference at Culverdale and wants the best for our children. So far my son's teachers have been outstanding and I truly enjoyed working with both the teachers and the aids (I volunteered in my sons classroom 1-2 times a week). My son is my first born so this was all new to me and I couldn't have asked for a more pleasant and memorable experience. I highly recommend this school to anyone who's looking for a well-rounded school with a family life atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2012
I have noticed a lot of great improvements in this school because of the principal (Mr. Jetzer) who is very much involved in every aspect of the school's life. You can see him on a playground with children playing basketball, or you can see him playing a part in a magic show for the children. Under his leadership, I have also noticed that more and more parents are actively involved in the school's events. The teachers are also really great and very caring!!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2010
My daughter has been very happy over the last several years at Culverdale. She has had fabulous teachers and has learned a great deal. Unfortunately, I'm not so sure about this new principal. It's only the third week of school, and he was unable to get the class lists posted on time AND he has banned playing in the playground before and after school. You may not see the influence of a great principle, but an incompetent one is obvious.

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2010
We have been very impressed with Culverdale. The teachers are wonderful--they seem to really enjoy teaching and treat the kids well. (Even teachers that don't have my daughter in their class say hi to her when they walk by!) I appreciate their innovation: my daughter's teacher got together with the other first grade teachers and formed a special reading group for my daughter and a couple other advanced readers. We were very impressed by the kindergarten program last year. I also think the principal does a great job and have met great parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
This must be the worst school in irvine, my kids go to this school and I kick myself for enrolling them in there I had the option of enrolling in a way better school hopefully i will try my best to change my kids school to something better, when it comes to academic challenge I don't think this school has something like that I feel my kids are learning the basics in there, what upsets me the most is how parents go in school to pick up their kids without stopping by the front office to sign in, parents can go in and out as they please without anyone watching or monitoring the situation , sadly it's too close to a park and strangers can be watching our kids while we think they are in safe enviroment... teachers not as good as i expected this is definitly the worst irvine schooli

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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2009
this school is great it has very good teachers that care for their students areas that they struggle in and the principal is great kind and nice it has dare for 6th graders. it is in a very safe comminty .

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May 21, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 31, 2007
School has good teachers but an unsafe environment. The teachers become disciplinarians instead of teachers. Innocent kids are exposed to to much from the kids who unfortunately have been exposed to bad situations. I feel for these kids but dont feel children from good backgrounds should have to suffer because of this. Also they have had 4 principals in last 3 years! Last yrs principal didnt understand children at all and expected them to act & process situations like adults. School just needs to find the right principal who can manage school of behaviorally challenged kids. No after school programs & very low parent involvement. Campus itself is very nice and modern with great library & computers. Great, healthy lunch program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 31, 2007
I have sent my daughter to Culverdale and found that the school as well as the teachers are great. They work very hard with all the differenty families. I don't know what the previous parent is talking about the school being unsafe. We have a new principal this year and hope to see great things happen to our school.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2007
My son went to this school, and while the teaching was exceptional, they failed to give even the slightest punishment for vulgar behavior at school. No student felt safe even using the restroom. We complained to the teachers and principal countless times, yet no action was taken. No child should be sent to be afraid at school.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
Excellent school. Very impressed with the curriculum. Teachers are very experienced and the ethnic make-up is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
The school is great. Music and sports programs available.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
This is an excellent school with great music activities and good parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2005
My son has gone to Culverdale since kindergarten and is now half way through the second grade. Every teacher that we have had the pleasure of working with has been very understanding to his needs. The academic structure definately meets all standards not only of the school district but the parents as well. Overall Culverdale is an excellent choice of school.

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September 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
This school is wonderful! The Principle is great, the teachers are caring and the atmoshphere is a great place for children. We have been very happy with this school for both of our boys.

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- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2005
The teachers, Principle, counseling and staff really work together to help better educate the kids they also take time out to help support the parent in helping in family difficulties as well. The teachers also hold kids accountable. All in all the school challenge my son. But it also prepared him for Jr High. Good problem solving. Teachers Mrs. Packard and Motak a dual team for 4th grade was the best team ever! Both teachers were very skilled.

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Culverdale Elementary School
2 Paseo Westpark, Irvine, CA  92614
(949) 936-5600
Last modified Culverdale Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Culverdale Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top