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.
Volunteers are treated poorly by the school or by the PTA members and not recognized unless you are volunteer that is involved with the PTA. It takes everyone working together to make a school run a proper way. I was told many times by a PTA members if I don't like how the school runs that I should move. I also been told that by the school bored president to move. I am looking for a school that cares about their students and works together with the parents to help the students be successful in life and not use others people kids just for a paycheck or a political pond by forcing parents to join the PTA instead being a volunteer to have their concerns to be address. Some teachers give PTA volunteers more preference over regular volunteers like going on field trips and doing other things in the class.
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
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!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 :)
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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
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 .
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.
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.
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.
Excellent school. Very impressed with the curriculum. Teachers are very experienced and the ethnic make-up is fantastic.
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