Students enrolled 962
School leader Terri Jarels
Transportation options Yes
District Long Beach Unified School District

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3200 Monogram Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90808

(562) 420-8810
(562) 420-7821
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4 stars
Based on 54 ratings

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September 14, 2014
Overall, I think Cubberley is a great school. The teachers are good and the office staff is very friendly. My two kids attend this school and they love it. Their is a warm feel to it because the small student body (compared to other schools). The only reason I don't give the school 5 stars is because the principal needs to get her act straight. Mrs. Jarels needs to be more approachable to parents. Most of the time she doesn't even say hello when she passes by parents and students. How are parents supposed to go to the office and talk to her about issues, when it seems like she's not even going to listen? Get it together Jarels!

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
My son has been going to Cubberley since Kindergarten. He is now in 2nd grade and improving so much. My son has a learning disability and this school, counselor, teachers and resources staff have been nothing but a blessing. I am not sure where all the not so favorable comments are coming from, but I can say this very much so is a school with major parent and teacher involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2013
I toiled between sending my child to Cubberley or to a different school in a highly rated school district on permit. Where has fundraising money gone? Many classrooms have no AC/heat and kids came dragging out of kinder dripping with sweat during the heat wavel. Others are correct about the organized groups for playground time. They have balls, a small structure, a sandbox that's been closed recently due to feces, and jump ropes. No tricycles, hula hoops, balance boards, etc. Kids can't just play. There's no library time for Kinders. The playground for the other lower grades is limited to one slide, one small climber, basketball courts, and monkey bars. Compared to other schools I've seen in poor neighborhoods, this school's facilities are dilapidated. There's no technology in the classrooms, no overhead projector, screens, computers, tablets, etc. Old wooden furniture in okay condition, somewhat quaint, and in decent repair, but the halls filled with extra furniture making for a very messy state. The kids aftercare is super though! The "valet" drop-off is great. The curriculum also seems far to simple for any child who has had a decent amount of preschooling.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2013
We have been at Cubberley for a half a decade & have seen this school go from a Great School to an average school. This school's strength used to come from the past principal. The current principal, Mrs. Jarels, has been here 3 years now and most parents you talk to will say they are disappointed with her overall performance. She does not reach out to the kids, is not outwardly friendly toward parents, does not show her presence enough outside of her office, does not speak at all assemblies, is lax in upholding the dress code. And, most importantly, does not treat her job with enthusiasm. The school counselor isn't the most friendly, personable person either. I must say Susan does a wonderful job as secretary! The one strength this school has is the high parent involvement. The parents are vocal and try to direct the principal when necessary. In fairness, Jarels is responsive when approached by a group of parents on an issue. The PTA does a good job to support the school, though the meetings are usually the same small group of parents --the PTA meeting attendance has dwindled over the past 3 years. I'm not sure why this school does not have a rating. It used to.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
We have 2 daughters at Cubberley and have found that it is a nice and supportive environment that also maintains very high standards (and similar high expectations of its students academically). Sure, we all miss Mr. Navia, the last Principal, but the culture here is strong and aside from a few 'quit but forgot to leave' teachers that one is likely to find anywhere, the quality of the teaching staff is very high. Kudos to probably the best teacher we've ever met, Mr. Heath (6th Grade Accelerated)!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
I also attended the open house and I was really disappointed with the way they handled things. The school counseler was the only one to speak. The princiaple didnt say anything. They have too many excuses for why they do things differently then the only schools. EX: kinder is only part day because they found that the kids learn just as much in a short day than they do a long day. But, they have only 15 mins to be kids. The rest of the day is work work work for these kids. Oh and there 15 mins of (PE is what they said) is organized play. The kinders are in groups by color and they are ASSIGNED to activity. They do not have free choice. REASON: we were told because if they are not assigned they get bored and end up doing nothing. NOT IMPRESSED!!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
If I could give Cubberly less than 1 star I would. I was so dissapointed with Cubberly. I felt my son was in no way prepared for High School when he left here. We loved the science teacher, but the rest of the staff left alot to be desired. Too many fundraisers, and not all the students get to participate in what they are raising money for. My child was there middle school and never got to have a single elective.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2011
I just attended the Open House today at Cubberly and I am extremely pleased with this school. I am hoping to enroll my son in September and I am debating whether to enroll him at our home school which is Cubberly or persuing another amazing school (Patrick Henry) with a dual immersion Spanish program. Very tough choice. Both schools seem pretty fantastic. I would appreciate hearing from other parents on these two schools.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2010
All 3 of my children have attended Cubberley. The teachers and staff are always helpful and accommodating. Even though all 3 kids were at different levels, they were placed into appropriate classes. Many wonderful memories were made here. I recommend it highly!

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2010
My daughter is a kindergartener at Cubberley, and she's had a great year. I like how well-rounded the curriculum is. The kids get the basics, but also do art and science projects. There are many dedicated parent volunteers, and older kids also volunteer in the classroom. My only complaint is that it seems like all the fund-raisers and special events involve junk food.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
All the staff care about your childs education. Teachers are always in contact with you by phone or email for good or bad news. They say that the bad news run faster then good news but not in this school.

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April 28, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
The successful environment that the students at Cubberley participate in, is a direct correlation from the hard work and dedication the teachers provide for their students. My child has been attending Cubberley since the 1st grade, and there is no other school I would want for her. She has been provided the top educational experience and has grown academically and socially while attending this school site. The are teachers committed to the overall educational growth of their students. As an educator myself, I have continued to watch their state test scores increase annually. Additionally, with Cubberley being a K-8 campus, I believe that the transition will be a fantastic one for all students. I want to take a moment to personally thank the entire staff for not only ensuring that my child has received a quality education, but the entire student body has as well. Great Job Cubberley!

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
This month, our school received the very prestigious Pyramid Award for the fifth consecutive year! We received this award for meeting all of our academic growth targets along with API goals and the Annual Yearly Progress goals! Our current API score is 873, a 28-point gain from last year!! Our students are learning and the staff is working hard to meet all of our standards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 08, 2010
Cubberley is an excellent school! I have never met a more dedicated group of teachers and staff. EVERYONE is concerned about students and never hesitate to provide their resources, time, and expertise to help students achieve academic success. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this 'Cubberley Family.'

- submitted by a community member
March 04, 2010
discipline is not fair or just, and racism occurs amung students.

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December 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating August 21, 2009
I do not feel this school is all it's cracked up to be. For one, having studied the test scores over the years it's evident that the elementary is carrying the middle school. Why is it that the 6-8th grade scores are so poor? They are the same kids who went there in elementary. The principals need to worry more about what's going on in the classroom and less about socializing with staff and parents. It greatly disappoints me that I'll have to move my daughter for middle school, possibly even 5th. Test scores do not give the whole picture, but with students like the ones Cubberley gets, the scores should be better. The kids deserve the same education others are getting just a few miles up the road.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2009
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- submitted by a student
May 27, 2009
This school has great kids and fun teachers that make my children's learning fun and exciting! Although this school is in desperate need of money that doesn't stop them from teaching to their fullest

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2009
This is a phenomenal school. My husband and I purchased a home in our neighborhood because it is within 'Cubberley' boundaries. As far as fundraising goes - PTA has no choice but to fundraise all the time. The amount of money a school receives from the State is coorelated to the number of students a school has on free/reduced rate lunches. To put it bluntly... Cubberley does not have very many of these students, and the State does not send Cubberley as much money as schools in lower socio-economic areas. Without fundraising money, Cubberley would not be able to provide the extras we as parents have all come to expect from the schools we send out children to. With regard to the rigor at Cubberley - I am very pleased. When my children leave Cubberley, I know they will be well prepared for high school and whatever lies ahead of them.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2009
fantastic parent involvement at this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 04, 2009
I love Cubberley! I have been at the school for 9 years and I am constantly impressed by the teachers, the staff and parent support. They truly care about kids and the family atmosphere of caring is undeniable. I would highly recommend this school to friends and neighbors.

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January 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
I am so happy to be at Cubberley. There is a reason why this school has earned the National Blue Ribbon Award and the California Distinguished School Award three times. The culture and atmosphere of the school is student centered and the staff and parents work so hard together!

- submitted by a community member
January 05, 2009
I agree, I do believe this school is way overrated. I have not been happy with the level of instruction and communication since my child has begun. I will be looking into private school as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 14, 2008
This school is highly overrated. Higher level district employees should be looking into things that are going on because it's not a very professional place and it trickles down to what matters: student achievement and my children are suffering for it. We will be taking them to private school next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
This school fundraises too much, and nothing seems to get done. There are rules, but nothing is strictly enforced. The disciplinary actions are inadequate.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2008
I have been very happy with my children's education at Cubberley. They have high, but reasonable expectations, but they are not high pressure. The fundraising was out of control, but they have recently created a foundation which will work to make those fundraisers more effective and efficient. I love that they offer well rounded alternative sof rthe kids to choose from. I am looking forward to many more wonderful years at Cubberley.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
As a teacher and a parent I am deeply disappointed in Cubberley. They constantly raise money, and lots of it, yet ask for money and donations for everything, awards assemblies, field trips, pencils, etc... Also, it seems the K-4 teachers are carrying the test scores. 5-8 scores are awful considering the population. For a 'Distinguished School' I don't see much that stands out and it's very upsetting.

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September 07, 2008
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April 24, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
My daughter currently attends 7th grade at Cubberley and she loves it! They offer such wonderful programs such as spanish and creative writing. I highly reccomend this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2007
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November 27, 2007
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October 07, 2007
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September 04, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
I think Cubberley is a terrific school. My son will be going into 4th grade in the fall and has been there since kindergarten. He has not had an easy time academically, particularly in math and reading, since his very first day. Yet, he has always gotten the extra attention he's needed to help him in his problem areas, without him feeling singled out or less worthy than any of his classmates. His teachers have been able to encourage him and keep him motivated to try his hardest and do his best even during the most frustrating of times. He has always enjoyed school and looks forward to going. His teachers have also been great about keeping my husband and I aware of how he's doing on a daily basis and have been available to us when we've had questions or concerns' big or small. I couldn't ask for more!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
This school provides lots of fun parent/student activities and the kids seem very happy here.

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May 08, 2006
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April 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
Cubberley has got to be one of the best schools ever for the quality of teachers. Not only are the teachers engaged in their work, but they communicate well within their grade level with the other teachers. The administration is great too. In this day and age of teacher burn out Cubberley is the exception. My last will be graduating this year and I'll miss Cubberley.

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November 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2005
I have been very happy with the quality of my kids education. The principal creates a great environment for children to learn, which trickles down throughout the school.

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August 05, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2005
My daughter has definitely received a quality eduaction at this school. I feel that they emphasize standardized testing and scores too much, but I think that that is pretty commonplace these days. Cubberley has fantastic and dedicated teachers. The biggest downside is the PTA. Parental involvement is good and opportunities do exist w/out having to join the PTA.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2005
My child has attended Cubberley since kindergarten and now is in the 7th grade. This is an outstanding school with lots of parent support and a wonderful staff that supports student acheivement

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
My two children attend Cubberley and I couldn't praise it more highly. The academic program is rigorous and challenging, the music and sports programs are top notch, and the parent involvement is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2005
We've attended Cubberley school since 2001 and have considered ourselves very fortunate. I hope that other parents looking for a top notch school for their..oh let's say...3rd grader, do not hesitate. You will not be disappointed! I am constantly amazed at the academic program. They learn so much! The parent involvement is phenomenal to say the least. We are so proud of our school. What can I say except, thanks Cubberley staff. Thanks for caring about the success of our kids, our future leaders.

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April 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
I'm not happy with Cubberley. I have a 7th grader and a 4 yr old and my 4 yr old will not be going to Cubberley when the time comes. My 7th grader came from a smaller K-5 school in Long beach in 4th grade and I was much happier with that school. I feel like the teachers and staff at Cubberley only worry about raising more and more money for all of their activities and don't worry about the kids that fall into the cracks. They put a band-aid on a wound that could use several stitches.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2005
my daughter started cubberley in 4th grade after attending a private christian school with a very small population. i was a little nervous at first about her going to public school, but i am very happy with our experience at cubberley. this is her second year there and she has gone from honor roll at the private school to principal's honor roll consistently at cubberley. she is extremely happy with the extracurricular activities, her teachers and the new friends she has met. all of these factors have helped her adjust to a public school setting that may have not happened if she had gone to any other school. if i have to recommend to any parent, i would recommend cubberley. i only wish it went through to 12th grade instead of 8th. j teasley

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December 24, 2004
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no rating August 03, 2004
Cubberley is a great school! I took my daughter out of a private Christian school to attend Cubberely and she is doing great! What makes it so great is the Principle and the teachers...and the great science programs.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
This is my son's first year at Cubberley,(he is in first grade) and we love it. We came from a school that had a much higher ranking to Cubberley's 7 but I have to say, I am much happier with Cubberley. They offer alot of different activities for the kids and the parent involvment is amazing. I am glad we chose Cubberley as our school.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2003
Cubberley is a great school. Teachers and staff are tremendous. Principal leadership is excellent. What makes it a great school is the parent/teacher continued involvement. The hands-on teacher/staff involvement in and around the school (playground areas, after school safety, etc.) I have 5 children, of which 3 are attending Cubberley. We look forward to many good years to come at Cubberley.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2003
Cubberley is a great school! I went there 30 years ago and it was great then too. It is highly looked upon in and around the Long Beach area as one of the best in the LBUSD. The principal is outstanding and the staff and teachers do a great job as well. Our scores are always above average and continue to get higher! I couldn't ask for more. My kids are 5 and 7 and have many wonderful years ahead of them! Thanks.

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3200 Monogram Avenue, Long Beach, CA  90808
(562) 420-8810
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