Students enrolled 576
School leader Stephanie Jones

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5251 East Stearns Street
Long Beach, CA 90815

(562) 498-3794
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4 stars
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September 07, 2014
Most of the staff members are ok, if not pretty good. We've had one stinker per kid. Things should be good this year, but the new principal! Oh My Gosh! Yeah, we want to put our kids in a different school. Its only been 3 days and, already, she ignores what you say, talks down to you, and acted like you offended her when you talk about problems about the school. We were just telling about what its like at the school, not offending her personally, She doesn't even know what the school is like. She just started. She didn't listen to anything, and just kept trying to find ways to make us feel stupid for bringing stuff up, not to talk about our real problems, or anything. It was so weird. We Googled her, and read her reviews from her past teachers that she was in charge of. It seems like they (the teachers) were treated like us. Like they didn't feel safe talking to her, she wasn't fair about discipline, and you can't trust her. We also felt like she was distracted (like thinking about something else) while we were talking to her. Pretty weird. We don't know what we want to do. The teachers are good, but if she isn't going to be fair, or blabs about what we talk about, then its not ok.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
Bixby is an amazing school. My son has learned so much! He is currently in the PALS program and I couldn't be happier. Communication is amazing among parents, teachers and all staff. They have an abundance of after school clubs that students can choose from. As with any school, be involved. Your school is what you make of it. Mrs. Jones sadly is leaving this year to pursue another career path and I can only hope that the new principal is just as amazing as she was.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2014
I love this school!!! Both my GATE kids love this school!! This is the number one school in Long Beach Unified with heart and soul. Every school teaches your kids... We just like the friendly way Bixby does it. It is a caring , relatively small school, that get the job done. Supportive, caring, highly trained teachers that educate your child and make learning fun. Go Bixby...This is our 10th year at Bixby!! And regrettably our last. Onward Stanford.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Okay, where do I start -- With the caring teachers? The spirited staff? The awesome groundskeepers? The great students? The involved and active volunteer parents?? It's all added up to an absolutely fantastic school experience for my kids. Through the challenges of budget, staff and curriculum changes, everyone has still managed to remember the importance of teamwork. Great!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
Bixby rocks! Every year we have been here it seems as though the parents get more and more involved and really pull the school community together.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
I love the small community is Bixby Elementary. The teachers and staff are excellent. We have a great PTA with involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Bixby School is a special place that not only values student achievement but is a true community of students, parents, teachers, and classified staff, working together to address the needs of every child.

- submitted by a community member
October 27, 2012
After our home school was closed our son was sent to Bixby. It has been a great experience, the community feel of this school made us feel welcome. The teachers my son has had (Stamper) and now has (Wilkerson) are excellent. The WRAP program is excellent, my son doesn't mind having to go and that takes away some of my guilt that he is at school from 8 to 5:15.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
First and foremost, Bixby has been a great school for both of my sons. One has moved on to Stanford and the other is in accelerated classes at Bixby and I have been very pleased with his 3rd grade teacher Mr. Yaffee. I have to admit he did not feel challenged enough but I think the instruction was adequate for his age. PARENTS reinforce what your kids are learning at school at home and PARTICIPATE in the PTA. This is where a lot of decisions are made about what type of equipment your children have available in their classroom and extra activities that enhance their learning like Authors day, Meet the Masters, etc. Volunteer in the classroom, this makes your child proud to be at school. I work, but I take the time to participate on both PTAs and volunteer at both schools occassionally. Most importantly Bixby is a safe school and the staff is professional and friendly. You will only get out of education what you put in it so help your kids with their homework and enhance their learning with outside activities...museums, travel, etc. I like Bixby and so do my kids and that is more important at this time.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2012
My son entered Kinder last year and I really should of taken him out of the class after the orientation. Its a bad sign when a teacher announces to the parents that she was a 4th grade teacher and then was "stuck" in Kinder for this year. Needless to say, it was not a great year for my son. As a result, I have had to put him in extra tutoring to catch up and so have the other parents in the class. I am also constantly assuring him that school is fun....which it should be. My score is solely based on this one teacher. I hear the other teachers are good. I hope this is true for the sake of the other kids. But I think we are going to pass on this school for the coming year. Best of luck to all that remain.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2012
Bixby Beavers are High Achievers!!! Teachers and Staff at this school are committed to making sure the students get the best Elementary Education and Experience. My sons attend Bixby and their teachers are always supportive and caring. Even the Afterschool Program, Kids Club is on point. The staff at KC are helpful with homework and creative activities for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
Absolutely hands down the best school in Long Beach! Wonderful teachers, staff, principal and parents. The parent involment is phenomenal! Never for a second do I doubt that this is the perfect place to be for my girls. So proud to be part of the Bixby family!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
Great school. My daughter loves Bixby. Alot of parent/teacher interaction and they seem to genuinely care for my child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 21, 2010
It is an inclusive, student centered, environment with staff and parents teaming up to to make school challenging and fun.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
Bixby is a wonderful school with caring teachers and staff. My 3 children have all attended Bixby in the accelerated program and have moved on to Middle School and High School in advanced/gate classes.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
Our family loves Bixby because of the great staff and teachers that support it. They truly exemplify what a great school should be like. Everyone's first class spirit shines through in the daily interaction they have with our kids. They truly are the best and should be recognized as such. They're our favorite school and should be 'America's Favorite School' too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
I love Bixby because we are a community of good people who all get along and want to be there.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2010
Great School. My Son is in the pre-K autism class with Ms. Willis and she is worth 10 times her weight in gold. The class para's are also #1.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
Bixby is a small school with a family community and caring teachers!! We are lucky to attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
i love bixby because my daughter has a fun time learning & the lessons are not only learned in school but in field trips...

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 20, 2010
we are are blessed to have teachers who are great with the kids ,the PTA is really good with the needs of the school . keep up the good job All staff .

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 20, 2010
There is great parent, teacher & staff participation in all aspects/activities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2010
I love Bixby Elementary because they are focused on the kids! They have wonderful teachers who are dedicated to the education of our children. The principal is focused and organized and all over it is a wonderful school. They have many programs to help support our children's education and exploration in various areas.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2010
We moved to Long Beach 3 years ago and chose Bixby because of reviews that I read from greatschools.org. Everyone said that Bixby was really family oriented, teachers and staff work together with parents/PTA. That's exactly what I was looking for in a school for my kids. Bixby has exceeded our expectations with such wonderful and caring teachers who are there to teach and enrich our kids and not just for the sake of a paycheck but, because you can tell that they truly care about the kids. Bixby has tons of extracurricular activities for the kids at a very minimal cost so it's affordable even when having two kids in school. People at Bixby have become an extension of our family and we love being a part of this community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2010
It has best teachers and best environment for the children from Kindergarten till 5th grade. Its like a family

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2010
I love the way the teachers interact with the students. They are so caring. This is a great school

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2010
I love Bixby because the staff are veryfamily oriented. I know my child is safe at Bixby. The teachers are the best in teaching the sudents all they need to know to succeed in life!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2010
I believe this school does all they can to continue it's great education, care and spirit! These teachers and staff have extended so much efforts. I feel they deserve this honor !

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 15, 2010
Bixby is an amazing small school. We moved into the neighborhood 3 years ago and have been welcomed by the Bixby community with open arms. Having grown up in a small town, I am so happy that my children have the opportunity to get the type of education I received. All the teachers are so dedicated to the education and well-being of my children. The staff and PTA have an incredible partnership. We love Bixby!

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
Only 420 students or so attend Bixby, teachers are passionate about what they do, the Principal partners with the teachers and parents, and the PTA is a strong, dedicated group of people. Our kids have loved attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
Bixby is a warm welcoming school with great supportive teachers and administrators with a strong parent involved PTA

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2010
We love Bixby...small, hometown, neighborhood feeling where everyone knows your name. Great academics, awesome teachers, and less stress than some of the other schools around. Tons of extra activities to choose from throughout the year too :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 14, 2010
In the three years that I have been a part of Bixby Elementary, all students and faculty have become my extended family. Bixby was given a new principal this year, under district policy, and we could never be happier. Bixby is a small school with less than 450 students. All students, regardless of test scores and or disabilities, all participate in the many school - wide activities. The school has a feeling of a small town. The staff is awesome and the teachers are all A-1. The teachers want my children to learn for the benefit of learning not just doing their job.!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2010
This is only in regard to the LEAP program. Long Beach Early Autism Program. At first I was happy any school would take my son as he is very Hyper-Active, high functioning child with autism. I have very mixed feelings about this program. On one hand, my son improved; however, they still lacked simple ABA knowledge and the teacher absolutely did not want parents to interact or observe the classroom at all. In fact parents, were chastised for talking to one another out of class . Also, to prove their program is working, they limit their testing to areas in which the child is succeeding and overemphasize any positive improvement and ignore the areas of need. When it comes to transitioning a child after the age of 3, the are not on your side and you will have to fight to keep services. Fight for 1:1 ABA services in the home.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating October 14, 2009
Great parent involvement, diverse student body, super GATE program!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
The review posted on October 1, 2009 is right on! Bixby has been blessed with many dedicated, educated and enthusiastic teachers. However, they are way off the mark regarding the PTA. Bixby is also blessed with great parents who care deeply about their children and the education they receive. Many of these parents are PTA members. They donate tremendous amounts of their valuable time working to promote education and scholastic experiences for the students. Of course fund raising is important, especially today. But the Association votes how to spend money, the board makes recommendations. I am a proud parent of two Bixby students and member of the Bixby Elementary School PTA. I invite all Bixby parents to join the PTA and see for yourself what a dedicated and consciencious group we are. Bixby rocks! JP Beay

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 06, 2009
Our family has been a part of Bixby for 5 years now. We have never been dissapointed or have ever wished we were somewhere else. Our kids are happy and thriving in thier education. Bixby is like family to us and many others that attend our school. Thanks to the staff, parents and all the wonderful people who make Bixby what it is today!

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2008
This is our son's second year at Bixby. We came from private schools (pre-k thru 2nd). I could not be more pleased with the admin, the teachers and staff. All are professional, caring and insightful. The teachers have always been available and open with communication back and forth. The academic programs encompass students at all levels of learning. Teachers and staff are very involved too.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
It is my personal experience that this school is lacking in quality leadership. Parents are expected to do homework for their children without concern of the time constraints with parenting and working outside of the home and teachers blame the parents when the children refuse to do homework. I do not recommend this school to anyone with a child of special needs, as they are often not met by those entrusted with their education. It is, again, something the school lays completely on the parents lap.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2007
With a kindergartener just starting in Bixby, I already feel at home. The parents I've met are involved and positive, as are the teachers. The principal, Mr. Gutierrez has been an integral part of every event and PTA meeting.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2007
Bixby has a friendly caring feel about it that provides the students a positive learning environment. The teachers attend regular staff development to keep on top of current trends in education. I am happy to have my daughter attending Bixby. She attended a 'high performing' school previously and I transferred her to Bixby to get the smaller class size benefit. She has never looked back because Bixby does everything they did over there but on a smaller more 'family' scale. Her old school had over 700 children and Bixby is just under 450, the smaller community is awesome. The PTA and principal arrange several community events each year including family movie night, Ruby's Diner night, Chucky Cheese night, Long Beach Armada night, a Family fun run in Seal Beach, ice cream social, special guest speaker children's author Jim Trelease, and more. Go Bixby!

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2007
I am very pleased with the quality of education at Bixby, particularly the Staff on the accelerated track. Classes are kept to 20 students or less in K - 3rd and the teachers, so far, have given a steady stream of relevant and manageble homework. Test scores have had a large increase and busing is down to less than one bus. Bixby won the district Spelling Bee and placed third in the District Math Bowl, out of over 35 schools in the district. The PTA is active, friendly and well supported. In addition the school offers Meet the Masters, Science Adventures, after school chess and guitar lessons.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2006
My daughter attended Bixby from Kinder. through 5th grade. She is now in 6th grade at Stanford Middle School in the GATE program, and earning straight A's! The teachers and staff at Bixby are very accessible to parents and caring of each individual student. They have an accelerated program that is taught by teachers that are GATE certified (or working towards GATE certification). There are extracurricular activities such as instrumental music, chess club, guitar, and chorus. The PTA is not as big as some schools, perhaps, but the members are very active and committed and provide as much support and programs as PTAs with more members. I think this will change, however, as more families recognize what a wonderful school this is and send their kids there. I was extremely happy with our experience at Bixby and would encourage any family interested to consider becoming a Bixby Beaver!

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2006
Too many people worry about test scores, administration, teacher quality, etc. Education all comes down to the student themselves and how they are raised at home. Bixby students are the best. Good students make great schools--and bixby is a fantastic neighborhood school. However, if you must look at the school scores, they have met and exceeded their api scores in all subgroups.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
It's the Kindergarten experience every parent wants thier child to have. The Teachers and Staff are loving and caring. The parental involvement seams to be growing each year. I love working in the classroom and at the school. Thanks Bixby! Lisa Lauritsen

- submitted by a parent
December 23, 2005
My Daughter was just placed in a special education, autism day program. The staff takes a proactive approach to teaching by informing parents on a weekly basis what is happening in class and what the children are learning. This is especially important for our family since our daughter is not yet able to speak for communication. The teachers are very good about staying on top of special diets and informing me of any incidents, or new interesting events. Thanks to Bixby...the best school I personally have seen so far. Stay tuned.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 01, 2005
Bixby offers a computer magnet program where all chidren have an opportunity to learn how to use computers. They have great parent invlovement and a wonderful PTA. The staff is wonderful and are always willing to help. 3rd graders and above can participate in music class and they always offer extra curricular activities after school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2005
Teachers are great. Staff great. I'm satisfied.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 02, 2005
School [is] in great shape. The teachers are caring and intelligent.

- submitted by a student
April 01, 2005
The school appears to be very clean and comfortable. The teachers are caring and interested in student development. The school is well-kept and family involvement is exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
You can find no better staff than the teachers and admin staff at Bixby. They are the greatest.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
With two years of dealing with Bixby teachers and the Principal. I have found them more concerned about themselves, then the real needs of the child. Each difficulty was met with blaime placed on the child. Never even thinking it possible they may have been part of the problem. Arrogance from the one teachers was overwhelming at times. She left our child fearful to return to school. The Principal focused on making excusses for the teacher. Neither ever looked at the childs emotional stress. Or the phycological harm being done to the child. I am not giving my name. because like last year, I fear the teachers will take it out on my chaild... again!

- submitted by a parent
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Bixby Elementary School
5251 East Stearns Street, Long Beach, CA  90815
(562) 498-3794
Last modified Bixby Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bixby Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 57 reviews. Top