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Irvine, CA
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25 San Carlo
Irvine, CA 92614

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December 18, 2014
The 2014-2015 school year has brought 7 new teachers and a new principal and office clerk. It's been a fantastic change for the school. The principal is active, involved and inventive. My kids have gone here since Kindergarten and I have a 6th grader who will be graduating this year. We had concerns about 2 teachers but they have since left or been moved to a more appropriate grade for their abilities. Otherwise every other teacher we have had has been amazing. The support staff is outstanding and the extra programs (talent show, school play, KROC, etc) are above and beyond other schools in the area. The PTA is full of dedicated parents who work hard to provide extra opportunities to the students.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
Teachers of the lower grades don't seem to think out of the box. They need to look from the child's point of view. Lot of favoritism.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2013
The two ladies in the front office are poor first impressions for this school. Biting and bitter come to mind to describe them.

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2013
With two kiddos now in this school, I have nothing but positive comments. The teachers have been great, the front office and administrative staff are great. The PTA and its continual support of the school are impressive. There is a good support network, and as a parent I feel included and involved. Where I have had questions, someone (teacher, staff, PTA) has been able to answer me. The most important part? My kids LOVE LOVE LOVE their school.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2013
We had an awesome experience at Westpark. My daughter has a learning disorder and we were told that Westpark had a wonderful program by an educational therapist. We switched schools and we definitely made the right decision. My daughter loved her teachers and classmates. She learned the skill she needed to use to be successful.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
The experience that we had at Westpark was good for the most part. The teachers that my son had were very good. The office staff is extremely rude. The principal was rude to me several times. However, when I approached her with a problem my son was having with bullying, she did resolve it. The PTA is made up of very dedicated parents. Overall, it is a good school. I don't have any major complaints about the academics.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2012
As a past student here (I am in my second year of college now), grades 2-6, I have to say that this school did a very good job at preparing its students for middleschool. The teachers were wonderful and really did care about the wellfare of the students. However I have to agree with the other comments, the front staff is very rude and unwelcoming to when I come in to help out past teachers.

- submitted by a community member
March 18, 2012
Love the new Principal, she shows great leadership and very approachable to the parents. She has implemented new programs, which are very helpful to the students.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
I agree with previous reviewers who report that the principal is unapproachable and defensive. I also find that the special education program needs stronger leadership and more qualified/experienced teachers and therapists.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
My child has been at Westpark for 4 years now. I am extremely impressed with everything about Westpark. This school is top notch in everyway. The teachers are committed. The academic programs are rigorous, and the after school activities and programs are second to none. This is a year round school also which we really love. Students still get plenty of time off, but they avoid having that long 3 month brain drain that comes with traditional summer vacations. The other thing is that parents have to make a conscious decision to send their kids to Westpark. Consequently these are parents that are very concerned with and value education. Their kids aren't going to Westpark by default based on where they live (as with most schools.) It gives it kind of a 'private school' feel. it has very high expectations, yet it is nurturing and supportive too. Westpark is great.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
I totally disagree with the comment from 1/29/08. Westpark is very rigorous and strong. Just look at how well prepared the students are for middle and high school. Westpark students excel when they leave the school. That speaks volumes for how strong they are.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 27, 2010
I have children attending this school. The front office staff are not very nice. Not only do they don't show any appreciation of the parents volunteers (making their job easier by helping the teachers, which alleviate some of their duties, but they make remarks that are unnecessary, and can discourage parents from helping out. If they don't know the courteous way in dealing with parents, they shouldn't be up in the front office.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
all teachers and spec ed teachers are the best. my grandson had problems getting along in kindergarden as we found out from special care and individual attn he was very self conscience. He is a lot bigger and taller than the other students. this school and the spec ed teachers totally helped him overcome this little problem. now he is in 3rd grade and loves his teacher and the students.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2009
My son was sent to Westpark because he needed special attention in the classroom. Slowly but surely, he has gotten less and less attention and resources. The teachers appear to be helpful at his IEP, but then do not follow through in the classroom. Furthermore, there is minimal communication back to the parents when there is a problem in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2009
We love this school and find the quality of the teaching very high. I want to say that the principal is the best - she's a great leader, approachable, fair and extremely helpful. She's great!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2008
Loved this school!! The principal was fantastic and the teachers were great! My child has a learning disorder and the staff at this school went above and beyond to help us!! Sometimes the reason the academics aren't through the roof is because they are focusing on the kids and not on the 'scores'. I would recommend this school to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 01, 2008
We have been at this school for 7 years now. We started as a kindergardner. The School is great. The teachers are wonderful. The front staff have been rude from day one and still are rude, never a smile, a hello and it feels like we are bothering them. This gives the school a bad impression. When you first walk in, you are treated w/ their rudeness. They on and on among themselves and never bother to help us. I hate going to the front and think we really need to get some better caring staff. After 7 years I wiill miss the school but have had enough of these rude people . And I am glad I dont have to see them next year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 29, 2008
I happen to disagree with the review dated January 29, 2008. The academic programs are very strong (unless you have a genius who does not belong there or you think highly/expect a lot of your kid) and the teachers are very demanding (in a good way) in terms of academic performance from the kids based on the amount of homework they assign to them regularly. However, I do happen to agree with the review dated August 23, 2007 that the front staff can be very rude. No smiles on their face and they definitely take their job for granted. They talk to you as if you are bothering them. They definitely need some mentoring and if it does not work, give them early retirement! Overall, the school is great and some of the teachers are just fabulous. Our kid gets a lot of attention and is very happy being there.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
This school is not a best choice because academically it is not strong.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
Best school ever! good in learning and has good activities!

- submitted by a community member
no rating August 16, 2007
My daughter had a teacher who didn't give her any attention. I switched my daughter to another school in the same district. There the kids are way ahead academically. This makes me think that Westpark probably wasn't the best choice....sad to say!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2007
My son has been in this school for two years. I am happy with his teachers due to I felt they were both loving and gave him lots of attention. However I think the office front support staff are very rude as well. They should be hiring more pleasant staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2007
Had the chance to interact with admissions (office staff) and agree with the other comments that they are very rude, dont know why the school cannot ask them to be nice after this many complaints.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
All of my children attend school here. The principal is fabulous- caring and attentive. The office- suprisingly rude, to both the children and the parents. The support staff- professional and concerned. The teachers- stay involved and teacher knows you are paying attention. I read the reviews, and I agree with neverending funding issues and confusion over combination classes. I guess it all balances out. It is the only school my kids have attended.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2006
my kid is a kindergarten.Its been just 4 days the school started but i am already not satisfied with the class teacher. When i compare the K1 teacher with her i find so more communicating ,kid friendly(as in morning she is the only teacher i see playing with kids in playground). I like the school but i wish the K2 teacher would change. I think she is not at all kid friendly or communicating. Our kids are still entering the new world, they need more friendly teacher who is more of a friend then a arrogant teacher.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
I don't like this school Because the school needs accelerated leaning opprtunities.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
This school is not that great academically. Also my daughter's claa has a 2 contract teachers. Now sub-teacher is comming. So kids are confusing. Actually we've change the school last year from other school in irivne. But this school is so much slower than other school about academically.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2006
Westpark is a great elementary school, as it excels in academics and is recognized by California as a distinguished school. Mrs. Mulhaupt is a good leader and knows how to run a school. Unfortunately, I don't see eye to eye on the safety issue. I live across a major street where there are no road guards. Instead of having parents waste their time in the valet program, we should be protecting our children with road guards. Most teachers are extremely helpful with the children and care about them.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
Westpark Elementary is an incredible school. It is a Blue Ribbon School and now I know why. My daughter has attended kindergarten through 3rd grade there and the curriculum, teachers, school staff, and principal deliver superlative results. There is an emphasis placed on parent involvement and detailed communication between teacher and parent. Progress reports are informative and helpful. IUSD (Irvine Unified School District)is one of the top 10 rated school districts in the USA and now I know why - they take your child's education very seriously and combine it with creative and inspiring teachers who truly care about the development of your child by equipping them with academic and leadership skills that can be used throughout adulthood. Westpark Elementary encourages students to excel and to understand the importance of developing life skill sets by providing a well-rounded and well thought out curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2005
School is good, but everything is at the parents cost. So if you want your child to participate in anything, you will pay. Also, there are no safety programs in place. All responsiblity is left up to you. Why no funding? I don't know.. perhaps allocated to teachers salary's? Is the education good? Yes to a point, but if your child does not keep up, forget it they move on wihtout her or him...

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2005
My son went to this school in Kindergarten, 2nd and 3rd grades. I feel that he benefited from the educational foundations he recieved from the teachers at Westpark. The class sizes were always small and the teachers were always good about communicating with me about my son's progress or needs. Overall I would say that Westpark is a clean and safe school with staff that works hard to ensure a good learning environment for the students.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2005
Great school; parent involvment encouraged at all levels; fosters a great community spirit; teachers love to teach and kids love to learn.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2004
Best School. Very nice KG teachers, my son started KG this year. I recommend to every one.

- submitted by a parent

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Westpark Elementary School
25 San Carlo, Irvine, CA  92614
(949) 936-6400
Last modified Westpark 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.
Westpark Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top