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K-5
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Laguna Niguel, CA
Students enrolled: 605
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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25302 Rancho Niguel Road
Laguna Niguel, CA 92677

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(949) 643-1540
(949) 643-7931
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June 15, 2014
We love Bergeson Elementary. Unfortunately, we have moved a lot and our children have had a hard time connecting and making friends at other schools. When we started at Bergeson 1 year ago, the teachers, office staff and principal are so friendly, helping and caring. It's refreshing and fabulous! I know that my children are under great supervision! At one of the old schools, there were always issues of bullying and children being mean to each other. We have had completely the opposite feeling at BERGESON. It starts at the top. The principal deals with behavior issues quickly, efficiently and always informs parents right away. I'm so impressed with this and I'm sure it's one of the reasons, along with great teachers, that children are so respectful of each other. We are thrilled to have landed in this great neighborhood school!!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2014
I was excited about this school when we first moved into the district, however shortly after realizing how the school operates I was quickly disappointed. Our experience has been okay but not great. The teachers have been very hit and miss and the principal only works on issues with certain parents. She acts like she is concerned, but the follow up never happens. We are busy working parents so it's possible that since we can't donate a lot, or do volunteering we are not a priority. The office staff is EXTREMELY rude and when you walk in to the office, they don't even acknowledge that you are there, they just keep staring at the computers like you don't exist. Each time I go into the office I have to say, "HELLO!!!" or they will not help me! It's so frustrating and I dread when I need to pick my child up early or have a question or concern. There are a FEW excellent teachers there but for the most part this school is just okay. If you are a parent volunteer and have tons of money to donate it's likely that you will get the teachers you request and any help and follow up requested. It's unfortunate. We have a 3 yr. old that we plan on sending to a different school.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2014
I transferred my son into this school and am so happy with my decision. The school has A LOT of community and parent support without being in your face about it (I was put off my another nearby school regarding this). I visited 3 schools, including my home school, and Bergeson was our first choice school. It has great teachers, supportive admin and great parents. The school also is able to have several programs funded by parent and community donations - science lab, music for the lower grades, teacher aides, AR program, and more. I am also a working parent and rely heavily upon the Y at this school site. I made sure to not only visit the schools I was interested in but also the Y programs. Again, Bergeson's Y program came out on top IMO. Regarding the Mandarin Immersion Program. I haven't seen or experienced any seclusion problems. We have chosen the traditional route for our kids and I am proud our school hosts the MIP. I think it's a fantastic program even though we went the traditional route. CUSD has many successful Spanish Immersion schools and given the track record, I do believe Bergeson will be able to serve both MIP and traditional students well.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2014
After being at this school for 5 years I feel the Mandarin Immersion program has divided the school and will be looking for a different school for my younger daughter. The teachers and principal are amazing and have all been at the school for many years. It is going to be heartbreaking when the teachers lose their positions as the Immersion program is pretty much taking over the school

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2014
We recently moved to Laguna Niguel and are new to Bergeson. My son attended an excellent private Christian school before moving here and we were very hesitant on sending him to the local public school. I'm so thankful that we decided on Bergeson. It has been a wonderful transition. Bergeson strives for excellence. Bergeson families are so kind, friendly, caring and very outgoing. We adore our sons kindergarten teacher. I highly recommend this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2014
My child is in the Mandarin Immersion Program at Marian Bergeson and I am thrilled with the program. The teachers, admin, as well as PTA do an incredible job and I couldn't be happier about the education that my child is getting. We feel lucky to be here.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
I have children in the Mandarin Immersion Program and am very happy with their education. I am impressed with how quickly they are learning the language. The teachers are great and the parents are very involved. Because this is a school of choice program, every family that is in the Mandarin program is choosing to be there and wants to make the program successful. I just wish that this and all schools in Capo had better funding.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
Great school! My daught rs are attending this school, and we really love it. We had a issue at the beginning of a kindergarten with placing the kids with second language in one class , but in the end we became great friends. We really love it!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Marian Bergeson Elementary School is an awesome elementary school, with fantastic teachers & Principal, great parent participation, and wonderful kids!

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2013
In Fall 2012, the Mandarin Immersion Program (http://www.friendsofmip.com) started at Bergeson. We took the leap, had our child enter the program, and are very happy with it. The level of commitment of the teachers, principal, and parents is outstanding. It is a lot of effort to initiate something like this -- but there is a real sense of shared commitment and involvement. Everyone including partner programs by the YMCA and others have been very supportive of the program and the children. It is unfortunate that the apparent quality of this school is not reflected in some aspects of the external appearance (which might deter some from considering this school). However, our experience with the people of Bergeson has been outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2012
I have been racking my brain trying to decide what school to send my son to Kindergarten. We have looked into private schools which can be extremely costly. Which we have already started saving for his college. We live directly across the street from Bergeson and after researching Local schools I was pleasantly surprised to find that Laguna Niguel's Marian Bergeson Elementary School is among the few public elementary schools in California to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Critera Evaluation Rating of 8 out of 10. Also scored 891 out of 1000 For The Academic Performance Index (API) system is based on year-over-year test score performance through a two-year cycle for The Base score is for the first year and the Growth score is for the second year for 2011-2012. The only complaint I hear is the gridlock traffic getting in to pick-up your child -- but I can walk!! - So I'm excited to enroll my son next year!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
We had 2 kids go through Bergeson, our second one finished in June. This is an outstanding school. We have friends with kids the same age that are at private schools, and academically they're not even close. If you have the opportunity to send your child to this school, take advantage of it. The only down side is the drop off traffic in the mornings... But overall, it's an outstanding school with great teachers and a great learning environment. Also the GATE program is fantastic here as well!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
The teachers and principal are committed to continuous improvement and find new ways to motivate the student body. School pride and parent involvement are the keys to a great experience at Bergeson.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
The teachers are great -- they really go that extra mile to make sure their kids are learning in an engaging environment.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2010
The School might not look like much from the outside, but the teachers, parents and administration show the heart of a champion. The education and school spirit are awesome.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
It takes a villiage and the entire school is like one big family! The best education possible is always first & foremost for all the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
The close knit, warm, caring, community of people. The great PTA and Foundation that work tirelessly for the benefit of our school and kids. The great teachers, principal and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
Teachers are caring, qualified and dedicated. We have 1 geandchild that graduated and 1 attending. Excellent education.

- submitted by a community member
February 14, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
In addition to teaching the academic requirements,Bergeson staff is extremely dedicated to helping our kids develop into good human beings through the Character Counts program. They don't just want our kids to be smart, they want them to understand what it means to have strong character. They excel and doing both!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Fabulous teachers, principal and PTA! The kids are proud to be Bergeson students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
The teachers and principal are hard-working and dedicated to giving our children a quality education, despite severe state budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 27, 2008
I LOVE everything about Bergeson, We started in 1st grade and have had the BEST teachers ever. I am a proud Bergeson mom!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2007
This is our 5th year in school attendance. All round Bergeson offers a solid level of academics; the teachers bring unique methods in their approach; after school science and chess classes are challenging and fun; and we are fortunate to have parents sacrifice their time to ensure quality activities for our students. The leadership is respectable and the overall quality of the personnel is above satisfactory.

- submitted by a parent
December 27, 2006
My children have had nothing but wonderful experiences at Bergeson. Principal Ed Neely and the teachers are caring, creative, and fun teachers! There a mix of different teachers for each grade level that will cater to the needs of each individual student.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2006
I wish their music program didn't wait until fourth grade to start. My daughter's recent improvement in math is directly related to my spending more time with her - perhaps this is normal though.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
I have generally been very happy with this school. This is my daughter's 4th year in attendance, and I have seen her really grow both socially and academically. Mrs. Bennett, and Mr. Khannakhjavani in particular were a great teaching influence. The principal, Ed Neely, seems to take a genuine interest in the kids and is quite involved.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2005
Fabulous school. Excellent teachers, meaningful communication

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
It is our 3rd year at Bergeson and so far the Teachers have been excellent and I believe provide the best quality of academic instruction.We are truely lucky to have such great teachers! Mr Neely, the principal, is the driving force behind this excellent learning environment. He is a wonderful cheerleader, disiplinarian and leader who is very accessable to all. Parent involvement is high and I have found it to be a very friendly and down to earth environment. I am so happy there are so many people who want to be involved and care so much about their childs education.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
Lots of parent involvement. The principal is a good role model, always out and about the school. The teachers are thoughtful and caring.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
beregeson provides many extracurricular activities and parent involvement is awesome

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2004
The school has a good clustered GATE program starting from the 3rd Grade. The children can be involved in many extra-curricular programs like Science Adventures, Destination Imagination (for GATE), Reflections, Chess, Scouts, etc. The school also provides a Music program for 4th and 5th graders. The Art program is only restricted to Meet The Masters. Most of the teachers are very caring, sincere and hard-working. The parents are very involved with the school.

- submitted by a parent
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Marian Bergeson Elementary School
25302 Rancho Niguel Road, Laguna Niguel, CA  92677
(949) 643-1540
Last modified Marian Bergeson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Marian Bergeson Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top