I have two kids in this school, and they both love it. The teachers are caring, and very competent. The student population is diverse. The principal has a can-do spirit and is highly visible throughout the school. The school worked with us to challenge our daughter more academically.
Both our children attended the ESL class (4th and 6th graders) from Jan to mid March 2014 and it has been a very positive experience to both our kids and us parents. Even though we were there for only a short period of time, we had the best treatment by teachers and staff. It was amazing how Ms. Sato managed to take care of a large multicultural class, keep the discipline, overview, and appreciative tone. Our children learned a lot, made good friends, made good memories such as the school party, the concert, pyjamas day, punch card system, handball and manymore. Even better; we all got the best with us back home: An overwhelmingly good impression of the American school system, which we think that Denmark can learn a lot from. The children miss UP and if we ever come back to Irvine again, UP would be our first choice. The Ryd n family from Denmark
The new principal, Christine Amoroso, is awesome! She is turning this school around. The school also has a new PTA. The PTA and the school staff are working closely together to make this school a top school! The teachers are awesome! It's my child's 3rd year at this school and she loves it! Her teachers are well trained and great at what they do.
I HATE THIS SCHOOL! It is horrible! The lunches are horrible, teachers are soooo mean, (especially Mrs.Allen,she lets students out late,doesn't know what to really.).the grass is horrible,the look of the school is horrible,even though it is a "distinguished school"it shouldn't have that title. DONT GO HERE!!!!!!
Our kindergardener and 3rd children started the school year here, as it is our neighborhood school. This school is the magnet school in the district for English as a first language. However, these children are in a separate class and I was assuming if would not impact our children who are above grade level students. By October we had so many negative issues we contacted the school district board and had our children moved to another school. There are many above average students in this neighborhood. The fact is this school losses these students because it to below average and average students.
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL!!!!!! wrost school. bad teaching. unhealthy lunches. rude teachers! ( especially 5th grade teacher Mrs. Allen! ) wrost schoolyou can go to. my daughter went and she got lower grade because her teacher Mrs. Allen didnt read her test scores!
U.P has gone progressively down in performance over the last few years. This year, thanks to its unapproachable and incompetent principal, it finally placed itself under the title of Needs Improvement by No Child Left Behind Act.Parents are totally ignored and no support is given to students.
This is the worst school imaginable. The teacher are ignorant and arrogant. They accept zero input from the parents and have very bad attitudes. This school is going down hill very fast despite having a student body of strong students. Their goal is to teach to the middle and hold high achiving kids back so they can bolster their numbers at the competency level. If you want your child to excel find a different school.
This school is absolutely wonderful! I couldn t be happier! My son started Kindergarten in 2008. He is a special kid who is highly gifted but was shy and not socially mature enough compared with the other kids of the same age. His Kinder teacher was Mrs Goto s and she is very experienced and caring. To my most happiness, my son started to talk about his teacher and friends at home! I can see he was happy, cared about friendship, and was full of self-confidence. In his second year he was in Mrs Anderson s class. That was a very happy experience as well. Mrs Anderson is very professional and caring. My son s self-esteem is continuously building up and he is more active then ever. Now we have to leave the school because we moved to another city. sometimes I still hears Mrs Anderson told me that . --Something beyond his grade level!
As a new parent to U.P. (1st & K-students) and head of the PTA, I truly LOVE this school. The passion of the teachers, the spirit of the students and the vision of the principal are truly contagious. Kara Rydman (principal) has done an AMAZING job in her first year bringing the school, the kids and teachers togther in a way that's inspiring, motivating and educational. She is one of the reasons this school runs so well - she's approachable, open minded, and fair, yet willing to make the tough calls. She is flexible, forward-thinking, and knows the students and their families very well. Perhaps the best part about this school is the diversity of its students and curriculum.
My child started last year in this school and I could not be any happier with the school and teachers, my child never attended any pre-schools before and she is doing so well that she is even a litle advanced as far as academic goes! The kindergarten teachers are wonderfull and I will be enrolling my boys(twins) for kindergarten in the fall. Love this school!
Last year was our first year at U.P. and what a great year it was! We transfered from another IUSD school that moved locations and UP was our neighborhood school! Our last school was also a good one, so I had something to compare UP to. No, the building was not brand new nor did we have shinny new computers, but the IMPORTANT elements of education were in tact. My children were immediately 'at home' in their new school. I am not sure what the person below is referring to by unfriendly students and teachers. The children were great-the staff exceptional. Very caring, experienced, and DEVOTED teachers (the teachers must be devoted to put up with all that the CA. Gov. puts them through). Parents are involved in all activities at the school and working in the classrooms each and every day. Looking forward to another great year.
My children went to the school before. The students are not very friendly. Teachers there go through subjects too briefly, so we can't understand very well. If you are looking for a good school, go to Meadow Park.
My first year here with 2 boys in special education. It has been a wonderful experience with the special ed. staff partnering with our family. The principal is a wonderful and amazing woman that cares deeply for all the children. While the other Irvine schools benefit from parent involvement and fundraising it is a bit like pulling teeth here. Teachers are awsome. I truly love this school and they have gone beyond accomodating my boys.
I think that the academic programs that have at this school are great, maybe even a bit tough for the grade level. But, I do think it's quite odd that this school doesn't offer p.e. as a regular activity. I think it's important for the children to have exercise and be fit.
I have been involved with UP School since it opened, as a parent, a school board member, even a student teacher one summer, and a grandparent. Originally, it was an innovative school with wonderful programs for children who thrived in an atmosphere that allowed them to progress at will. Now, it is more traditional, and not as good, in my opinion, but still a good solid school with great emphasis on mutual respect among children and adults. I love the multicultural atmosphere there. Each class looks like a miniature United Nations! In all, 7 children in my family have attended this school, and the experience has been excellent.
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