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!
San Joaquin is a wonderful school! The teachers meet the needs of all students by supporting struggling students and challenging excelling ones. I attended their Open House last night and was thrilled with all off the student work! You can tell that everyone is on the same team at SJES and students are given the tools to be successful. This school also has better technology than any other school in the area!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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!!!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I have had 2 children go through San Joaquin k-6. The school is widely viewed as the
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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