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K-6
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Lancaster, CA
Students enrolled: 1,120
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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6151 West Avenue J-8
Lancaster, CA 93536

(661) 722-3026
(661) 722-0196
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September 29, 2012
Sundown has been great, my two children love it there .They look forward to school. Every teacher has been awesome, my daughter is now in 4th and my son is in 2nd grade.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
I am shocked at the comment that the new principal is rude and difficult to deal with. My grandson attended Sundown last year (2010/2011) in Kindergarten. He was having a significant amount of behavioral problems and the teacher and principal took an extreme amount of interest in his behavior and education. They were extremely understanding and supportive of our interest and we worked cooperatively to enhance his education and help control his behavior. He has since gone to live with his father and been diagnosed with ADHD. He is continuing to have behavioral problms despite the medication. The current teacher, principal and school are not nearly as understanding nor cooperative. I believe Sundown deserves a 5 star rating based on th cooperation and understanding we received.

- submitted by a community member
January 04, 2012
I noticed the previous complaints about the office staff being rude. I have experienced this over the 4 years that my children have been there but I must say that I have seen a great improvement. As parents we have a voice and a call or letter to the district office does not get ignored. Due to school traffic the bus for after school transportation has been a huge relief. It drops off three blocks from our house and they do not have to take it in the morning to be able to ride it home. I am confident my children are getting one of the best educations possible.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2011
I have had nothing but wonderful experiences at Sundown. My daughter has only been there for a month, but she can't say enough about how wonderful her teacher is. She is learning so much more than I ever expected. I communicate with her teacher on a daily basis and she is always up front and honest, good or bad. As far as the comment that a grandparent made regarding the mohawk, they are extremely distracting to students who often have a hard enough time concentrating in the first place. I'm sure if he had a haircut that reflected his heritage since the first day of school, and it was explained to the principal the reason for the dress code violation, she would be more than understanding. If a child is only four and is unable to follow the directions of the adults, maybe he is too young to begin a public kindergarten. The kindergarten students are kept separated in a single yard with direct supervision, and many four year old children aren't ready for that type of environment. I love Sundown and am proud to send my child there!

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2011
It seems to me alot of people agree the office staff is rude. The kindergarten teacher my grandson has is also rude. My grandson was lost the first week of school he is only four his parents received no calls no apoligies. There reply was we found him. The first or second day she also told my daughter that my grandson was very immature. How do you know that the first or second day. Among other remarks she has made my daughter got a call from the principle and said she has to cut his mohawk or he cannot return to school. I find that amazing they would take the time to call about his hair but not about the fact he was lost. What about all the other kids that have mohawks or different haircuts? He is part indian this is his heritage. Why dont they concern themselves with all the kids that are cruel to kids at that school and not about a four year olds haircut. My tax dollars at work!!!! I am sure there are kids that go to that school that there parents dont pay any taxes so focus somewhere else.

- submitted by a community member
April 26, 2011
I love that the principal knows each chld, and recognizes parents. My kindergartener is definitely challenged this year!! The curriculum and teachers are very helpful and competent. I think my only complaints would be the quality of lunches (made at the district office), and huge class sizes (32 in Kindergarten class with one teacher=sad :( ). Those are state and district issues...... Love Sundown! :)

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2010
I really like Sundown this is my son's second year there. The only problem is that I do not think that the curriculum for kindergarten was challenging enough for the children, but other than that I really love the school..The parking police are brutal.

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April 07, 2010
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- submitted by a student
February 24, 2010
I was amazed how my child's education went up and every day she loved going to Sundown : thank you Sundown!

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February 12, 2010
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no rating November 16, 2009
I agree that the staff at Sundown seem to have an unpleasant attitude. Especially the new principal. Don't really have much good to say about the school, most teachers are nice, the kindergarden teachers need more training on how to deal with students new to a stuctured enviornment, teachers and principals need to learn that school should be a fun learning enviornment, not boot camp!

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no rating April 07, 2009
I am rateing sundown as a five star elementary school. I am so happy that i feel secured with my kindergarten girl being there.

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March 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
I loved sundown when my daughter went there. The staff and teachers were all so nice and m daughter thrived in the caring enviroment. Like most schools all over traffic is busy after and before school but I wont hold that against the school or staff. I give sundown 5 stars!

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February 03, 2009
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January 27, 2009
I think that Sundown is a pretty good school. I was going to rate it at 5 stars because my son's teacher is absolutely awesome. A huge turnoff for me is the poor attitude from the staff in the front office. I hate going in there because they are often quite rude and short with me. Also, good luck if you're picking your child up after school. The traffic is a nightmare and there is no place to park.

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January 23, 2009
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January 13, 2009
My son has been at Sundown since 1st grade and is in 5th grade now. It use to be one of the top elementary schools. I was extremely happy with Sundown until this year. I'm shocked at the communication level with his teacher. I still after 3 weeks of phone messages, emails, and notes sent to her have not yet recieved a response on a simple question. My son seems so dis-organized and has lack of interest in learning. He has always been a near straight A student and I can't even get an update on how he is doing. He's also been getting bullied by classmates which never happened before and even came home saying '(this kid's) gang...!! He can't even eat lunch without kids trying to take it from him. I'm extremely disappointed with Sundown. Before I never worried for his safty now I do!

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October 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
My Son was diagnosed with ADHD, and was put on medication, with behavioral problems still happening while medicated. Almost getting him expelled from his kindergarten class in a School San Fernando Valley. He was then sent to live me (Dad) in the middle of the year, he was enrolled in Sundown and was also taken off the ADHD meds. Due to issues at his prior school he was put in a Special Ed. class. With the help of wonderful staff at Sundown, he was showing major improvement and was able to earn his way back in to a General Education class within 30 days! The first month at Sundown he shown a 70% behavioral improvement with out medication. He has continued to show improvement. Staff members and I are still working together( 1st grade) to make my Son grow up to be a Successful! THANK YOU SUNDOWN!

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June 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2008
This School is One of the best schools in Quartz Hill, California Probley the Whole Los Angeles Area I am so happy with my sons teacher Mrs. Morreale. She is so fun. and helps my child out with anything he needs extra help with we love Mrs. Morreale

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2008
I am a parent of two students attending Sundown. This is an excellent school. I am very impressed with the school district's selection of teachers. I am convinced that the teachers of Sundown are of the highest quality. My children are held to high academic standards and are making excellent academic growth. I have never had a concern for my children's safety while at school. The administration enforces appropriate security measures to ensure a peaceful campus. The school offers several academic interventions for students in need and have met the individual needs of my students in any way necessary. I believe that the staff truly cares about each and every child. I am proud to have my children attend Sundown Elementary.

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April 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2008
I agree that the school is over crowded. They keep adding YMCA bungalows. The only good thing about this school is there's a lot of parent volunteer. The school needs teachers that are competent.

- submitted by a community member
February 12, 2008
The school is over crowto ded and not academically challenging for students that wants to learn more. The school needs teachers that love/knows to teach and care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2008
I'm happy with my childs education, and teacher.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2008
I am VERY concerned about the numbers of students per classroom. Homes have been built right up to the front door and it is unfair that our kids who have lived in the area for 8+ yrs have to suffer because of real estate greed! Sundown does NOT rate well in academics contrary to some of the reviews I read on here.

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no rating January 09, 2008
I'm not happy with the way the teacher's disrespect the children in the way they talk to them. Nor am I happy with the lack of attention on the playground in regards to bullying. I plan on taking my child out and finding a private or charter school to replace it.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2008
Sundown is a nice school. I'm concerned about the drop in test scores. I feel that teachers are overwhelmed by the number of students they have in their classrooms, especially those with more than 20 students in k-3rd. Most of the teachers are teaching to the standards but need to challenge the students that are ready. Overall, most teachers are great and it can be observed that the administration greatly supports them and the students.

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no rating September 20, 2007
I love my childs teacher and my child loves school, but I agree, the office staff is often rude and sarcastic when asked questions.

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no rating September 19, 2007
Yes, the front office staff are unpleasant, but-Who cares! I overlook when they ignore me standing at the office counter, their eye-rolling and curt answers to my questions, we've even had a teacher give one word responses during the conversation period at back to school night and then turn to other parents and smile, shake their hands and converse! I know other parents have experienced this but it is not something openly discussed. I know many of these behaviors reflect the sentiment of the 'old Antelope Valley'. No Sundownstaff's negative attitude will run me off. Academically, my children are getting the best public school education possible! As a previous resident of Long Beach,CA I've seen friendly schools with low educational quality. This benefit children none. Sundown is not a warm friendly school for all people but we stay because the academics are best here.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2007
My kids are getting the best education in the valley that even better then they could private schools, so be it, go sundown!

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2007
I think Sundown is a great school, but I agree about the office staff. With the exception of one or two, they are not very friendly or helpful.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2007
Overall I think Sundown is a great school. I love the teachers my kids have had. They really love what they do, are there for the kids, and truly seem to care about the children. There is a huge amount of parent involvement which is great. If there is one thing about Sundown that I really dislike, it's the unfriendly attitude of the front office staff. I think they are a very bad representation for the school.

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February 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2006
Sundown has been a good school, actually one of the best in the area. However no new elementary schools are being built in the area and the increase in houses built in the area has been 200+%. So this school is beginning to be quite overcrowded, as evidenced in viewing the lunch room crowd, and in the hallways. You can't build new houses without building new schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2006
Sundown has very high standards that the teachers have to meet in order to return the following year. This is an awesome concept.

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July 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2005
We had the option to send our kids to private school or Sundown. Sundown is an excellent school. It has the feel of a private school with many parents working, helping at the school.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
I had 2 children attend, each child started from kindergarten through grade five. The staff has grown and the demographics have change to represent today s society. I am an African American and did feel at time there were pre-judgments / lables placed on my children, however, being that parents my wife and I are these, were handles swiftly and were at a minimum. Sundown is an excellent public school and I would recommend Sundown Elementary to anyone in the area. The teaching and administrative staff I believe give 100% to keep the class work is challenging and this has stimulated growth in the children. Just one note, parents make the school work. Ask questions, attend all functions if possible and be accountable for your kids home work, there is a lot of it. This has been my experience as a parent and wished there were a Sundown middle school.

- submitted by a parent
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Sundown Elementary School
6151 West Avenue J-8, Lancaster, CA  93536
(661) 722-3026
Last modified Sundown Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sundown Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top