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K-6
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Irvine, CA
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655 Springbrook North
Irvine, CA 92614

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October 23, 2014
This is our first year at Springbrook and the Kindergarten experience thus far has been really wonderful. My son adores his teacher, Ms. Lenz! She has a heart of gold and always has the best interest of the children at hand. She has thus far provided a wonderful environment and really knows how to teach children. We look forward to continuing our great experience at Springbrook. If Ms. Lenz is the sample for what all the teachers at Springbrook are, then we will have an awesome experience here.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2014
I have read a lot of negative reviews regarding the current principal. The old principal was a wimp and the parents ran over him. There is a no dog policy yet everyone used to bring their dogs and walk by him. I like the new principal, she is a professional. Maybe those that don't like her don't like the fact they can't run over her and run the school. My first child started there in 2001(graduated from WHS this year with over a 4.0) and my last child is starting second grade. The teachers are for the most part great and my children have gotten a good education at this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2013
I am happy to say we have had a different experience. Our son has a mild form of dyslexia and has been treated as the whole child in his class. he feels great about school and feels as accomplished as others in his class. This might be a function of his teacher but we are blessed to have her.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2013
This school is not very good with developmentally challenged kids, or kids with learning disabilities. My child didn't get the proper treatment in the classroom and he was given wrong and humiliating ways of 'discipline' when what he really needed was a more appropriate solution for his own, personal needs. A change of school was my solution. My child is now loving his new school where I was contacted the very first week of the school year to work with him the classroom. What a difference! Springbrook elementary might be an 'ok' school for typical kids, but not for learning disabilities/special needs kids. They don't seem to have the motivation to help them. I just didn't see anybody who cared. By the way, the person who said that a child left school alone and was nowhere to be found, is saying the true. He was a kindergartner, and I was there when teachers, principal, and his dad were looking for him. He was a special n child and it happened at pickup time, on a regular school day. My 2 stars go for the amazing parent involvement in volunteering, without them, this school would be worse. This is my own, personal experience with the school but I hope it's better for others.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2013
Springbrook has great teachers and staff but the Principal is a Type A personality. She tries to be nice, but it is very obvious that she is being fake. She does not take parents views or opinions into consideration. She may be nicer to parents that have high achieving children but she sure as heck has not been nice to the struggling kiddos. My child has been with the school as a struggling student for quite sometime now and Dr. Keeley's attitude has been very negative towards us. I don't know whether she is concerned about school rankings, test scores or just doesn't want to deal with academically weak children. Her attitude keeps me from volunteering as it becomes very uncomfortable to be around such a Type A personality.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2013
The previous post is right on -- this school has a lot of heart. In my experience the teachers have been great and the parents are caring and involved in the school at a healthy level. The post about the kindergartener who was "nowhere to be found" just isn't true. Parents and teachers alike were running after the child during an event which he chose to leave on his own accord. That's not the school's fault. And I don't understand the parent who gave the school a negative rating because they don't like the after-school program which has absolutely no affiliation with the school (other than being on school grounds). My child goes to the after-school child development center and loves it. This is a great school, and the negativity seems to come from those who have some seriously unrealistic expectations, particularly during a time when school funding was at an all-time low in the state. We are lucky to have our children attend such an outstanding school.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
Last year was our first year at Springbrook and I have never seen my son so happy to go to school every day. The environment at this school is extremely nurturing from top to bottom. The class work is challenging, the students are engaged and the parents I have met are involved and caring. This campus is old and could use some physical updating. There are newer and prettier schools in Irvine, but this one has a lot of heart.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2013
This school needs to work a lot on all levels, from the Principal to the teachers, and everything in between. Our kids go there to learn, to be treated with respect, to learn with positive reinforcement, and to be safe. Instead, some of the teachers use outdated techniques, old ways to teach kids, from discipline to academics, and so on. They might have the best intentions to do the best job they can, but they sure need a little update on new ways, and positive methods to educate and discipline kids. What shocked me the most was to learn that supposedly a kindergarten student left school alone and was nowhere to be found. I then heard he had gone home alone (((((chills)))) I hope they work on these situations because frankly, I am concern on how next school year will be.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
I joined a school tour just today because we are new to the area and I am trying to get a feel for the schools before choosing what area to live in. I have read the previous comments on Springbrook includng those about the principal. Well, perhaps other people have had different experiences but I found her warm, humourous, knowledgeable and clearly passionate about education. Yes, she may like to be called "Doctor" - but then so would I if I had put all that effort into gaining my PhD! It looks like a fabulous school, the front office staff were smiley and welcoming, and this is definitely on my short list of "places to find a house"!

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2013
I had a spontaneous meeting with the principal last Friday after awards assembly. It was my first time talking to Dr. Keeley. She was approachable, gave me the time and felt like she listened to me. I am glad I approached her and she does care for her students!! I enjoy interacting with the teachers and staff too. They are friendly yet professional! Over all the school has safe and positive atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
i like the school and the teachers are great. my son in TK and the program is so rich and valuable .

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
The school is ok. The academic aspects are great. The principal is rude and very condescending. She seems more concerned about being a " doctor" than listening to parents concerns. The teacher is nice and I appreciate her way of teaching.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2013
I'm constantly impressed with the leadership and academics of the school. This despite deminishing state resources. Sure, I wish the parents had more leadership involvement, but the Principal and teachers are amazing. My children love school and the environment is safe and genuine.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
My daughter is in TK and her teacher is the best. The school environment is clean, friendly yet professional. Amazing school

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2012
This school is great... However we are not satisfied with the principal. How come she always ignores the students? I always see them opening the door for her; yet she does not say anything or even make eye contact with them! Meanwhile, she is so busy telling the whole school about how everyone should have manners and say thank you... But at least, on the other side, the education and people are wonderful. I love the parents' teamwork, the determined children, and the extra programs! Even through this economy, the parents are always willing to help out!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2012
My daughter just started kindergarten. Her teacher is WONDERFUL; however, the staff, the principal, and the associated CDC are below standard. I was trying to support public schools, specially since the budget crisis, but when there was a concern the staff treated my poorly and made unacceptable remarks in-front of my 5 year old daughter. Aside from not having water available in 90+ degrees, the CDC only reacted to my concerns after I contacted the corporate office. As a teacher (10+ years) I encourage current parents to contact the IUSD and do not allow the school to mistreat your children.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2012
As parents to a daughter who recently completed 7 yrs at Spingbrook, we came away with a high score for the campus, every teacher she was fortunate to have had, the music and arts and safety on campus. If they would just put the principal out in the cornfield where she can hear herself talk all day, it would be a better, happier school.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2012
After being part of Springbrook community for 4 years, I have to say I love this school. I love the teachers, staff, other parents, and the kids. Even with the budget crisis, the teachers and parents are working really hard to ensure a quality education for our children. This will be the 3rd year for our 'new' principal. Since previous principal was very approachable, a lot of the parents are having a little hard time adjusting to the new principal's different style. It seems true she wants to be addressed 'Dr.' However, it doesn't necessarily mean she is arrogant. I heard somewhere that the best measure of how good of a job a principal is doing reflects on the staff, the teachers, and the students. The staff seem as great as ever. This upcoming year, we are getting two new teachers and the grade assignments are changing for several teachers. Teaching just one grade for many years can make the teachers complacent. My child got to have a lunch with principal and he enjoyed it. It seems she is doing a good job with the staff, the teachers, and the kids to me and maybe us parents need to be more open minded about the new principal.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2012
Springbrook is a great school, if not including the principal. The principal is so selfish and arrogant. It seems so obvious she went through a whole year just to be called "DOCTOR." She is just the opposite of the teachers here. The teachers are so generous, especially the 4th grade teachers. They're so kind and encouraging; just like our last principal! He was so nice, fun, smart, and caring! Our present principal always teaches everyone around her to be polite, yet she is so rude! She is such a hypocrite! But still, Springbrook is an awesome school, parents and student try their best on everything.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2012
This is a great shool and the Montessori program is just purely fantastic! The principal is stuck-up, narrow-minded, fake and highly prejudiced. But she is not teaching the kids. The teachers of the Montessori program are dedicated, incredibly intelligent and seek to make kids independent thinkers and learners. Love the school - wish Mr. Curley came back.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2011
My children love this school. The teachers are incredible. ALL of them. Parents are very involved and the school is open to alot of volunteers. The only issue at this school, is the principal. She is on her second year. Her main obective her first year was to ensure everyone from staff to students to parents called her Dr. Her objective this year, it seems, is to alienate parents. The lack of clear communication is a concern for many. I rate the school a 4, because a bad seed can't ruin the whole bunch.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2011
We have attended Springbrook for seven years. Yes, it was difficult to adjust to our new principal at first, but after investing a year in getting to know her, she really does care about our children, teachers, parents and school. I encourage everyone to spend some time with her in the many ways she makes herself available to meet with others! Life can either be accepted or changed. If it is not accepted, it must be changed. If it cannot be changed, then it must be accepted. Change does not change tradition. It strengthens it. Change is a challenge and an opportunity; not a threat. - Prince Phillip of England Change is the law of life. And those who look only to the past or present are certain to miss the future. John F. Kennedy

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
This school was very nice until this school year with a new principal. She is very concerned how we call her more than students, parents or even teachers at the school. She is not helping at all for charity and/or event but of course! she is the proud representative for our school where people are watching you. We miss the last principal ! It is so sad to see the school to change in wrong way...

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2011
We tried to see the school because we were moving into the area. We were traveling over an hour to take a brief tour. Unfortunately we were told that we would have only 15 minutes with the Principal which compared to other schools was a very short period. They were not welcoming at all and were more concerned to correct s on calling the Principal DR rather than making us feel welcomed. Their window of time to see the school was so small we ended up canceling. A very poor reflection of the school compared to the many we have seen in Irvine.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2010
Great teachers and parent volunteers! Our 1st grader and kindergartener love their teachers & class! CDC staff is A+

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The teachers and staff are awesome, and the students do their best in everything they are a part of

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The Staff cares for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Sringbrook Elementary is such a great school. My son went to Sringbrook all 6 years and now is in High School , and he still visits the teachers at Springbrook and they all remember him (Fondly) My daughter is at Springbrook now . She is in Mrs. Anthonys 2nd grade class and she loves it! Irvine schools are the best!!

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2009
I think our staff is great, our parents are great, and our kids are super stars!!! I love the small community of learners and support/educators/families we have! It feels like we all truly know each other!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
My daughters like the art and music programs offered at Springbrook. They also say that the teachers are 'nice'.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 31, 2009
There are great parents at Springbrook but it is unfortunately the small group of PTA parents who overshadow them! There are some PTA members who are not willing to welcome new parents into the fold. I am sure the new parents would love to come to the Title 1 meetings etc but it is up to the PTA to welcome them and I can be sure as it is the current PTA will not see the value of their participation.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating May 27, 2009
I agree, there is no GATE program to speak of. When my son transfer to Springbrook neither the teachers nor the principle knew who was GATE identified! The district requires them to have a GATE program. I don't know how they get away w/o it!

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2009
My 2 boys have greatly enjoyed going to Springbrook. Their teachers have been excellent and highly involved with parents. All of the teachers I have come in contact have been well-informed and easy to work with. The principal is also very approachable. The school is small, which makes it easy for all staff, students, and parents to really know their community. Parent involvement has evolved over the years, but there is a strong core of very involved parents who diligently help in classrooms and keep the PTA going.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2008
Beware of the 3rd grade 'cash cow' teachers. They say that they only ask for money once a year, but it's a total lie. Second grade, fourth, and fifth grade teachers are all good. I don't have anything good to say about *any* of the first grade teachers. The PTA is, well, a joke. It's like high school cheerleaders all over, a popularity contest. Also, the first grade teachers are over-zealous to diagnose, even if they are not supposed to, your child with learning disabilities, autism, or ADHD. The principal is nice enough, but sort of ineffective.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2007
My daughter was identified as Gifted & Talented in a prevously school district with an excellent program. While Springbrook has a wonderful principal, teachers, and PTA, there is no GATE program to speak of. My daughter is getting discouraged with the discipline issues that from her perspective seem to go unaddressed, which prevents more excelerated teaching. Our frustration with getting a more academically challenging situation for our daughter was a significant factor in accepting out of state employment.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
Through PTA fund raising effort, Springbrook is one of the very few elementary schools in IUSD that offers music program for K thru 3rd grade students. The school has a very good tone in working together between the principal, staff, and PTA. Springbrook houses the Montessori Program from IUSD for K thru 6th grade. It is an excellent program.

- submitted by a administrator
June 04, 2007
I am hoping that my input will be heard by someone in a situation similar to mine. After doing extremely well academically, [my child] was labeled negatively in all areas by her teacher and the consequences were unsettling...a lack of confidence in academic abilities, internal questioning of her abilities etc. I moved her to Ladera Elementary in Tustin Ranch. I'm amazed. She still struggles socially, but they actually noticed that this social deficit was directly related to her GATE potential. Tests and recommendations later, she is in GATE. Her confidence has improved, she is proud of herself again. I am thankful we left Springbrook, so very thankful. Proof positive that cookie cutter approaches to achievement don't work. And, intelligent people are often found outside the norm.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2006
My child attended this school for 3 separate grades. I am disappointed with the fact that all the teachers are not credentialed, and believe that this affected the academic progress for one of the years my child attended. Aslo, the principal, teachers and PTA are too enmeshed such that the PTA holds much control and power over what goes on in the school due to the money they bring in. This negatively affects the academic experience for many students, as I and other parents have noticed. The amount of money that parents are willing to spend toward PTA fundraising projects determines their child's ability to participate in reward programs or receive special benefits, such as attendance at an ice cream party, gifts, and 'no homework' passes. Also, parents have too much access to the classroom and the records of children who are not their own. This seems unethical.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2006
The prinicipal seems to be very well attentive to the students. However, the teachers seem to be overwelmed and sometimes the children get overlooked.I am not highly empressed by this school. Funding seems to be limited as well.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
This is overall the best school my kids have attended. This school has made all the difference for my older son and given him a better outlook on school in general. The biggest problem I have is that after school programs here just don t appeal to my kids. There is the CDC, which can never give you the right information on their fees, so I gave up. Then the Boys&Girls club which seems to keep changing its program. There is a great need for better services than this. Otherwise, this school is #1!

- submitted by a parent
December 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
My son course 4Th and 5th grade in this school. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are nice and they care about the kids, and the principal is kind and knows each child by name. Springbrook gave my son the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world! This was the first school my son assist in America and he loved it, just for this school he forgot his depress about his country.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
Quality of academic programs seems to be impressive. Extracurricular activities are good and provide variety and scope of learning new things. Parent involvement is good.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2005
A great school. Teachers have a lot of respect for children. The only problem - overcrowded in higher classes.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2005
The teachers are mostly very nice, some even exceptionally good, but unfavorable teacher/student ratio in Springbrook leads to lower academic achievement. Kids just don't get enough attention. During this year I sent only 3 or 4 e-mails with essential questions to our child's teacher, but never received a response or any acknowledgement at all.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 19, 2005
This school is big on academics and fundraising but not very big on play (socialization) skills or fun for primary grades. The faculty is very competent in their teaching techniques. We wish there were more activities that didn't require parents to hand over cash or write a check each time. The primary physical education is a joke. These kids will be chubby and cranky by the time they hit 4th grade - but they'll be smarter than the more athletic ones in other schools. Our result has been very good, but I know some parents are struggling trying to keep up with Irvine's academic goals.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2004
Springbrook school has been a welcome challenge to my son. He is excited to go to school every day due to the many innovating academic programs available. He is encourage every day in his performance. The academic programs are well rounded, including, art, music & sports.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
Outstanding teachers and a very dedicated principal. Strong family support of the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2004
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Springbrook Elementary School
655 Springbrook North, Irvine, CA  92614
(949) 936-6050
Last modified Springbrook Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Springbrook Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top