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K-6
Public
Laguna Hills, CA
Students enrolled: 540
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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22182 Barbera
Laguna Hills, CA 92653

(949) 581-3450
(949) 598-3779
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October 24, 2014
My daughter is in third grade at San Joaquin, she's been a Cheetah since Kindergarten, and we absolutely love it. The school and staff have really worked hard to increase the quality of the experience for the kids over the last couple of years, and it's showing in my daughter's development. Her teacher last year REALLY pushed her to excel in areas she was falling behind on, and by the end of the year she was an honor roll student. Her teacher this year is just as great. The principal has always taken my concerns very seriously, and she really cares about the well being of the kids, and wants them to do well. Any issue I've had has been resolved immediately. The school is also proactive about offering bullying prevention seminars. The after school TLC program is also top notch - Rhea and her staff have become like family. They help my daughter with her homework every day, and do a great job at giving the kids creative outlets and activities, which is such a big help to working parents like me. My little one is happy and receiving an excellent education at San Joaquin, and I couldn't give it a higher recommendation.

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2014
San Joaquin is a wonderful school! The only reason Great Schools has given it a 4 is because of outdated test scores. This is the same reason it is labeled "Program Improvement". This rating is based on standardized tests from years ago; tests not even given in the state of California anymore. San Joaquin has worked hard, and their teachers, curriculum, and resources are top notch. Come take a tour of this awesome school and see for yourself the learning that happens when you are a San Joaquin cheetah!

- submitted by a teacher
August 19, 2014
My sons were in kinder and 6th grade last year at San Joaquin, and my youngest will be continuing at the school for first grade. Both of them had extremely positive experiences. My sixth grader was able to participate in afterschool track and field, and the school even offers chess and art too. His teacher, Mr. Fowler, was a great role model for him to look up to--he managed the classroom very well, and LOVED being there with the students. My kinder had Mrs. Von Luft and flourished throughout the year. The school has started an enrichment time every morning for students who speak only English, while bilingual students get leveled English Language Development. I am excited to see how this enrichment class will challenge my soon to be first grader! I highly recommend San Joaquin to any parent in Laguna Hills. Awesome experiences!

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2014
My daughter has attended this school for k-2. Her teachers have been great so far. The principal on the other hand, has been horrible. She doesn't listen to the parents, she looks down on them. This school spends money on the English language learner kids, and on anti bullying, and, my daughter has been bullied so much this last year. There is not proper supervision on the playgrounds. I hope to have my daughter elsewhere next year!

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2013
MY daughter is currently in sixth grade at San Joaquin. She has attended San Joaquin since kindergarten. She qualified for a GATE school in first grade but we decided to keep her at San Joaquin. We have been very happy with this school. All of her teachers have been great! They have all provided her with an excellent education and have been very caring and concerned. There is a nice small community feeling at San Joaquin too. We highly recommend this school!

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2013
My oldest son has been attending the school for two years. He is in the Special Education Class. We are happy to see his improvent in all areas, since he is with the teacher Miss Keene. She is Great, very kind and nice with parents. The KEY is: "Parents get involved if you want your kids succeed at school". The Principal Mrs Schibler is very nice and always listens our concerns. School is clean and organized.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2012
There are some good teachers, but compared to other schools in the area, it is a poor choice. 40% of the kids are "English learners" which means not fluent in English. This is where the school spends its money and time, with afterschool programs and such, in an effort to get test scores up to average. If you have bright kids and want them to learn to excel, take them somewhere else, as they'll get no support here. Also had a problem with one of the kids being bullied. We and our kids are very happy we left this school.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
I only rate it 4 stars instead of 5 because it needs more parental support! We were quite worried when all our methods for transfering our daughter failed and we HAD to go to our school within our boundaries or private school. With much concern we enrolled and moved forward, it proved to be a wonderful experience for my daughter. The teacher was incredible. The prinicple was engaged with students, parents and staff. Our daughter thrived here! I believe it would be a better school if the parents that should participate in this school would realize the score has more to do with demographics than actual effectiveness of the staff. AND their scores are improving! :) Go San Joaquin!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
My son is just completing his first year at this school. We started him here in first grade this year with much trepidation about public school in general. He had been in a private Montessori school prior to coming to San Joaquin. He has THRIVED at San Joaquin!!!! We LOVE this school, the principal is AMAZING and the teachers are awesome!! If only more parents in the neighborhood would realize that the school would be an even better school if YOU placed your children in it instead of spending money on private schools out of our immediate area. If you are considering this school, I highly suggest you give it a chance!!! Thank you to all the staff, parents and volunteers of San Joaquin!!!!

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2010
I have two sons both of which attended K-6, I moved further away and chose to keep them at this school with a transfer request. This is a great school that really cares for the children that attend. My favorite teacher is Ms. Hammond. She has a heart of gold and truly loves her job, I've never seen such a dedicated woman.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2010
the staff is very unkind, rude TO my kids. The teachers and advisors are horribly rude and unprotective. The teachers are horrible, and the principal is slacking off. OMG!! There totally is Nothing CHALLENGING AT ALL!! My son is in 5th grade there and he only does addition and has no homework at all. He only has to read for 5 minutes.

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December 02, 2009
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September 12, 2009
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August 27, 2009
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June 18, 2009
I have a Step-daughter who attends this school. I have to say that I am unimpressed with the quality of her work, and it seems to me that the teachers don't really care about it either. She has poor writing skills. But she always states that her teacher says its fine. FINE, if this is the way that the teachers teach at this school then I sudjest you need to start over with more qualified teachers.

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2008
My oldest son attended 5th and 6th grade during 97-98 and 99-2000 . My youngest is now in the 4th grade and has been at San Joaquin since k-garten. It is awesome to see many of the staff still here from when my oldest son was attending. This school has caring and involved teachers. The whole faculty puts the students first. We are blessed to be have our son(s) past and present attend San Joaquin.

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July 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 06, 2007
My son attended the kinder. class for 1 year. We have many thanks to the teacher. Mr. Siever has many years of experience, patience and knowledge how to handle the children. Very friendly and easy to communicate, notifies you about the student concerns right the way! As for the special ed.-many things to be desired!

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2006
I have had 2 children go through San Joaquin k-6. The school is widely viewed as the

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2006
This is a really great school. My son loved it there. The teachers have many years of expeirence. The grounds are nicely kept up and are very clean. The school work is a bit advanced and the teachers give the students a lot of one on one help.

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August 09, 2005
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San Joaquin Elementary School
22182 Barbera, Laguna Hills, CA  92653
(949) 581-3450
Last modified San Joaquin Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Joaquin Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top