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32100 Lost Road
Lake Elsinore, CA 92532

(951) 244-2585
(951) 244-2549
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March 19, 2014
They allow volunteers to bully children. My 8 year old son has been harassed and physically attacked by another boy multiple times. The boys mother, an obese slob, volunteers at the school and continues to bully my son and slander my family while on campus. The principal has been aware of this situation for months and it still continues. It has gotten to the point that I have contacted an attorney.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
MR BRANSTETTER THE KINDER TEACHER IS AWESOME MY DAUGHTER IS GOING INTO THIRD GRADE NOW AND STILL GOES TO VISIT HIM. HE IS A GREAT TEACH AND MAKES LEARNING A GREAT EXPERIENCE FOR THE CHILDREN

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
To the reviewer from April 25th...it's PRINCIPAL, not "pricipal". Maybe you can sit in during your child's spelling lesson!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2013
I have had great success with communications with the staff, pricipal and teachers. If you have to really commit yourself and try to get involved so that you will be able to also help the situation. The ones that seem to be complaining probably don't even help out. I have seen some nasty parents and kids flying off the handle over very silly situations. Sometimes 1 pricipal can only do so much. I highly doubt any of you that were in charge of 900+ kids could juggle as well as our pricipal does. Funny people mention taking things to the district - they won't give us more fudning to help solve a few of these problems people are having. If you want better parking, go to the district, the county and then the state. That is nothing the pricipal can do. I will say that most of the teachers are amazing and truly love their job. There are a few that have probably been burnt out. We all have bad days. No school is 100% perfect. CCE tries their very best and for that I commend them! As for most of the parents, it would be nice to see more get involved. People work, but there are other ways to help. Get involved and I promise you, you will see results and get to know others.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
My daughter is in first grade and has a wonderful teacher! Her reading scores were below average at the start of the school year but she is now reading above average and is continuing to learn at a higher rate than I was experiencing in a private school for preschool and kindergarten. I am really impressed with the teacher. There was an incident that happened on the playground that really concerned me, and I contacted the Principal, who was really responsive and solved the problem immediately, he is really active and involved with the kids. My daughter loves him! The only reason I reduced the stars to 4 is because the front office staff leaves something to be desired, they are not very helpful and often I and other parents will stand at the counter for long periods of the time before even being greeted by them.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2013
Can someone please give me the low down of the 1st grade teachers? I'm trying to decide which one will be right for my daughter. Thank you so much!

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2013
I was told my daughter would be in special reading classes. Found out months later she wasn't. Then told new reading teacher came and she would be placed in there. I asked Mr. Wood to check and see and let me know and Monica to let me know. It's been 30 days and non one has bothered to update me. There is a lot of communication gaps with this school....and following through.

- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2013
This school could be good, if it wasn't for the laying principal and some of the so called teachers. whom shouldn't be aloud to be near a school nevertheless teaching.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2012
Disappointed....This school has a few outstanding teachers and aids that are absolutely wonderful however the support from the principal is not there! The principal is very good about promising and figuring out ways to help situations EXCEPT he never commits. There are excuses or I have been told flat out lies. The staff is scared to tell the parents what is going on with the students and the principal wants to hush hush situations from the district. Thats where the promises that are never fulfilled come in. Please just keep in mind if you have a student that attends this school to make sure you truly know what's going on not what you are being told. Huge difference and scary once I found out from other parents and started paying closer attention is when I pulled my children out. Looking at the school from the outside it looks great and thats the principals goal.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
I have three children; first, second and third grade. We just moved to this school at the beginning of the school year. My children and I are very pleases and absolutely love it here. My oldest son, since he was in preschool always had problems in school and was always getting in trouble and getting suspended. I never knew there were aby problems till after the fact. Here at Cottonwood the teachers and principal are very involved with the children and the parents. Of there is anything going on with my kids, good or bad, I usally find out before they even get out of school. They communicate very well with me in all areas of their schooling. The school is constantly doing thing for the kids and the school. From family movie nights, family bingo, cold stone ice cream sales every week, harvest carnivals and many other things to get the families involved. Also the principal is right there in every little thing the kids do. Encouraging them and making everything fun and exciting. You will hardly ever see him in his office, but rather out on the play ground or in the classrooms with the kids. This school has been the best experiences my kids and I have ever had. We all love Cottonwood.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2011
I am so happy with this school. My kids are very motivated and happy to go to school. The teachers are great and Mr. Wood, the Principal, is doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
This is our second year at CCE. Last year I was considering pulling my children out and going private because I didn't like the way thing were being handled. I could relate to a lot of the earlier reviews that weren't so great. But this year I have to say I've seen BIG changes with our new Principal, Mr. Wood. He's quick to address any concerns you might have as a parent and he's great with the kids! The school seems to be headed in a new direction and I really like where it's going. The teachers we have had so far have been great, I couldn't ask for anything more. I'm very happy with CCE and look forward the school years to come.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2010
I am extremely pleased with CCE, and remarkably impressed with our new Principal Mr. Wood!!! I have 2 children enrolled at this school. We just recently moved from OC, The schools they came from had notably high ratings, however, not the personal touch we have received from this school. The teachers and the Principal are well involved with school activities during and after. I have not experienced a better school!

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2010
The school has had significant CST score improvements, year after year. Thanks to all the hardwork of all the teachers at this school. This year's score is 892! I have 3 kids 2 of whom are in middle school and graduates of CC. I have one more remaining. So far the test scores form my kids have improved year after year trending in the High advanced! My only issue is with the office staff who never seem to care when a parent walks in and needs help. They look at you and ask you, the 'May I help you' question with an eye that says 'leave us alone'. I hope the new principal takes note of this and steps in to help.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2010
My daughter has been a student at CCE for 5 years now and we have nothing but the highest regard for the teachers at this school. The teachers we've had have been supportive and motivating. There is quite a bit of homework, but I feel that it's helped my daughter to create good study habits and to impress upon her how important school is. My only negative comment would be that the office staff can come across as cold and uncaring.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2010
I am impressed with my daughter's Kindergarten teacher. There is constant communication about my child's progress. She is excited to be there. I hope that the other teachers are as good.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 30, 2010
The office staff/principal are horrible. Second year my child has attended, I have never been able to get a live person on the phone, and call backs are two-three days later. Haymen and Graham are much better (or were in case of Hayman).

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
I love their dedication, spirit and love for teaching, my daughter has only been attenting cottonwood for a year and she is more eager to learn and seems so happy there. Go cubs!

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2009
The post that was done on 9/24 I could not agree more with, the principal and other assistants are very rude. The teachers send emails that make we wonder how they received their credentials, very disappointed in the school. I too am a parent where my child came from a much more friendly and organized school.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Both of my children have attended CCE. Over, the past 8 years there have been many changes. As the school grows, so does the power of PTA, as well as the API. The teachers here care! Many work late hours and go above and beyond to help the students.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
This is my daughters 2nd year at Cottonwood. 3 weeks after school started, my daughter was moved to a different classroom. This was difficult for her because she had just settled into her classroom. The parking system is horrible. The principal and a few other assistants are just rude!! There are some good teachers, but overall my daughter used to attend a school that was much more organized and had friendly staff.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2009
I was very disappointed that they would start a child out as a new student that has special ed classes in a split class, as well as not starting them with their special ed until months after enrollment. I also had problems with getting information due to the principal as well as office staff not understanding what joint legal custody of my child meant.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
My son had the most wonderful Kindergarten teacher, Mr. Branstetter. I you are lucky enough to have him as your child's teacher. He has the most amazing balance between making learning fun and holding the children to a high standard. Volunteer in the class and you will see it first hand.

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April 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2008
I couldn't be happier with this school. My son has been going here a few years now and his teacher Mrs. Shelburn is the most wonderful teacher. She treats her students as they are her own. I felt very comfortable leaving my son in her care. And my son has progressed more than i could of hoped for, socially and academically. He is in the autism program they offer. I had a horrible experience at Tuscany Elem. and was very relieved to find this school. Yay for them. :)

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October 29, 2008
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October 01, 2008
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September 05, 2008
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August 14, 2008
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- submitted by a teacher
June 16, 2008
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- submitted by a student
May 30, 2008
My son went to Kindergarten and 1st grade here before we moved to FL. I hated it. The teachers he had for both K and 1st had absolutely no patience for him (he is ADHD.) The classrooms were too full and the kids did not get the attention they needed to be successful in their academics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 14, 2008
My child has attended this school since kinder, and is now in 5th grade. There have been many positive changes, and the new leadership is definetly there for the children! There are some outstanding teachers (90%), and then their are some adults that chose the wrong career, but they are being addressed and slowly moving away from this school

- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 11, 2007
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- submitted by a student
July 12, 2007
Cottonwood Canyon Elementary's special ed program is lacking in several areas : poor leadership , severe lack of proper staff and total disregard for telling parents the truth! My daughter was allowed to stay stagnant for three years and refused proper help until we got our attorney involved . Without the help of an attorney, we'd still be in limbo and so would our daughter ! Stay as far away from this school as possible. For parents with a child in this so called specialized autistic program, know your legal rights.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2007
I think this school is wonderful. Both of my children have had great experiences here.Having our new Principal and Vice Principal have made the school even better.

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March 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
My children are both new to this school, but we are so happy with their experience this yr.Both of their teachers are great w/ working together in a partnership to help my boys meet their potential. Im so happy with Mr. Perez the prinicpal! The boys both tell positive stories of their interaction w/ him and he really seems to care about the kids!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2007
The school has poor management, unorganized staff. The school has an obligation to educate our kids, why are they making it difficult for us to get that education? This school definitely has issues.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2007
Cottonwood Canyon is a great school! We have a new principal and assistant principal this year. I have seen a lot more school spirit and the kids are getting more positive recognition. My kids love going to school and enjoy the new activities. Challenging Gate projects and activities keep my child interested in school. They are enjoying this year.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
June 15, 2006
If you can get through the gates, and are accepted into a volunteer position, and go over and beyond doing volunteer duties, than the teachers will notice you. At that point you can meet the teachers that do care( because there are good ones) and have them placed in the next teacher you want.

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June 08, 2006
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May 26, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
I am extremely unhappy with the school principal and her lack of respect for parents. I feel like my children are locked in the school and I am not welcome to observe their daily activities. The GATE program is not implemented and programs are not available for high achievers.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2006
Very dissapointed in this school

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
Very pleased with this school. Music program and after school science programs available.

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March 13, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
This school and district lacks in academic programs due to overcrowding. There is a decent amount of parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2006
The autism progarm at this school has been a huge disappointment. There are still problems with the kids receiving the appropriate ot isues that they have. Very unorganized for a class that is supposed to be the districts solution to autism education.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2005
My child has been a district victim of 'overgrowth' problems in Lake Elsinore Unified. I am writing in hopes that other parents have had many problems with this school site and want to help advocate for a better elementary school environment for our children. I am disappointed with the principal's leadership skills for the elementary level (she woould be better for high school!) as well as the district administration.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
Pathetic school. Entire lake elsinore unified school district is a disaster.

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November 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2005
I tried this already and was not told anything about the music program which is great with Mrs. Cuasarian, she had ORb music and is quite a blessing.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2005
This School has only been open for 3 years. It's test scores do not yet reflect its true teaching progress. CCES has many great teachers that truly care about their students. My son has made tremendous academic progress at this school. He is starting 3rd grade and can read books intended for teenagers. His math test scores are way above the state average. The principal has a dry personality, but truly cares about the kids and their education. This school is still fairly new and adjustments are being made each year. Keep an eye on the scores, you will see a tremenous improvement over the next couple of years. Also, parents need to suppliment their child's education at home if they want to see real results. Schools can only go as fast as the average student. Resources are always low everywhere, so take charge and be a teacher to your child.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
As far as special education goes, this school is lacking in adeqaute staffing. I would recommend taking your special needs child elsewhere until this school works out their kinks

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2005
My son had the best 3rd grade teacher. Ms Mackay went above and beyond her call of duty.

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August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I pulled my son out of this school and have found a good alternative. When asked about a long term substitute plan when our teacher was out, I was treated as if I were bothering the principal. She was confrontational and did not follow up as promised. I do not feel that anyone is paying attention to whether the children are actually learning what they are supposed to be learning. The administration's attitude is not a team attitude, they don't care whether the parents and students are happy and doing well. They forget that in a sense, we (the taxpayers) are their customers and should be treated with respect. The scores are not great and get worse as the kids get to middle school. I'm very sorry that I didn't do more research on the district before moving to this area.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
What can I say about cottonwood canyon, my daughter had an awesome teacher last year and I am hoping this year will be another good teacher, I didnt really care for my sons teacher, but his speech and language teachers are great.

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August 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
My daughters go to this school and seem to enjoy it overall. Unfortunatley, the test scores are what there are with the overall potential of the student population.

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June 10, 2005
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May 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2005
I have two children that attend Cottonwood Canyon. We are very lucky to have some of the best teachers available. As a parent I make it a point to volunteer at the school so I can see first hand what really goes on at the school. I have found that we have a group of teachers (95% of them) who truly care about our students and want to be there. Our school has a lot to offer students. We have a great music program that all classes attend. We have homework club that offers help to our students after school, we have teachers in most grade levels who offer tutoring before or after school (free). Get involved, meet the Principal, join the PTA, volunteer your time and ask so you know all that is available. Our school truly does have a lot to offer. Make a difference, volunteer. Educate! Motivate! Participate!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
I think that Cottonwood Canyon Elementry School is a good school. My daughter is in kindergarten, so my opinion is really based on the class and the teacher. I taught my daughter a lot before she started and she has learned a lot more after. I think that Mrs. Sharon Tyler is one of the best teachers I've ever known and my daughter loves her. I like the way she does the childrens homework plan and class activities. However, the rest of the school, such as the office staff and the principal, I think have issues when it comes to parents being involved in their childrens activities, etc.

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March 14, 2005
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March 14, 2005
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March 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2005
I am really not sure what to say about this school, I know that we need some older teachers in the schools, the old way of teaching and the way teachers would call you and let you know what's going on. It seems to me that the teachers now a days are doing there time and thats it. I am not saying that all teachers are like that there, because there are some wonderful teachers out there and by the way teachers if you are reading this, thank you!

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December 04, 2004
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- submitted by a student
September 14, 2004
CCES is an outstanding academic school, the standards exceed my expectations for elementary education. My child is in his 2nd year and my other has already moved on to CLMS. But, I do feel that we the parents are almost if not more responsible for our child's education at CCES, the amount of homework and the number of projects are not family friendly, in my opinion. The amount of after school, schooling keeps my family from enjoying other family activities like dinner and a movie for example. I totally disagree with the amount of after school schooling!!! I have liked a handful of teachers that I have met, I agree with a few of their styles of teaching. I feel that the good half have not forgotten to have fun teaching but that the others are there for the paycheck and they let you feel that!

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July 12, 2004
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Cottonwood Canyon Elementary School
32100 Lost Road, Lake Elsinore, CA  92532
(951) 244-2585
Last modified Cottonwood Canyon 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.
Cottonwood Canyon Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 75 reviews. Top