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Los Alamitos, CA
Students enrolled: 689

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12582 Kensington Road
Los Alamitos, CA 90720

(562) 799-4500
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April 09, 2014
Hopkinson school use to be great.. it has been lacking supervision .. my 6 year old daughter walked out the school .. we're was her teacher ??? And also bug infested.. I'm very disappointed with this school .

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
Hopkinson is truly an amazing school. The teachers are engaging and truly seem to care about the children's well being. I would highly recommend this school for both the community feel as well as the superior academic teaching.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2014
Last year a child in TK walked off campus and went home a couple of blocks away. Supervision is lacking when it comes to the 4-5 year olds. They are out on a huge playground after lunch. Supervisors do not walk around much. No one facilitates the kids who are by themselves in finding a group or game to join in. Teachers have no interest in what is happening at lunch and recess.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2013
Treat each child uniquely. The teachers are great and are very dedicated to the development of the children.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
We have had a couple of great teachers so far at Hopkinson! I know parents who have not been so lucky, so realistically, the school has its strengths and weaknesses. All we can do is report our experiences. I see some people come on here to lecture parents when this site is about the school. Whether one volunteers at the school or not, does not change the fact of whether your teacher goes above and beyond and is loving. This district as a whole segregates differently-abled students to one campus for the most part. You know it's true! ST Math has been around for years. Other districts are now changing from it. Start talking to your friends out of state, and find out what their schools have . You might be surprised at how lacking our district is. Another weakness is that administrators have decided to have their own children at Hopkinson which many, many parents feel is inappropriate. This is not just my opinion. Knowing that so many people feel this way compels me to address it because they do not feel comfortable AT ALL with the situation. Please do not attack me for writing this. It is my true experience at Hopkinson....a school with many strengths and some weaknesses.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
We have had one exemplary teacher, one good and one abysmal teacher. Sounds like a lot of schools. The teachers have it really good compared to other schools. They get a lot of parent volunteers and class donations. Test scores are great because the students have a lot of advantages and enrichment activities provided by parents. Hopkinson has some of the best teachers I have ever met, but there are also lazy, spoiled, rigid, uncaring ones as well.

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2013
We LOVE Hopkinson. After reading all of the reviews, it seems like the involved families are happy and others are not. get involved, especially if you a special kid, one way or another!

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
This is an amazing school that focuses on the whole child. The staff is experienced and enthusiastic. The new principal is implementing new technology such as 1:1 i-pads and ST Math. The parents put in a lot of volunteer hours, making this a true neighborhood school. Can't say enough good things! I feel so fortunate to have had both of my kids attend Hopkinson!

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
This is an average school. Some great teachers...some not so great. Really miss the last principal who was genuinely friendly and approachable. No P.E. or art teachers which is just the way it goes. The teachers do not go out of their way to teach a little art since there is no art teacher, at least in my experience. My child had a great academic first grade experience, but she missed out on a loving, caring teacher.....such a shame. The teacher wouldn't even try to incorporate a little music even though the lesson was poetry, and the two go hand in hand! I have read in other reviews that this school is fine for average kids, but not o good for exceptional students. I agree wholeheartedly. The teachers by and large do not seem to have much up to date schooling on Autism Spectrum Disorders, unless they happen to have a child on the spectrum. It is a real shame that the district does not educate the teachers more about children with Special Needs.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
This is our second year at Hopkinson Elementary and we LOVE LOVE LOVE it!!! My daughter was in Kindergarten last year and had Mrs. Flynn, she is kind, sweet and GREAT with the kids and parents. She is there to offer your child the best possible start to school she possibly can. My younger daughter has her this year and can not be more excited about all that this year has in store. Dr. Stewart the Principal is second to NONE! She cares for each and every student and it shows. Parent involvement is what makes this school so special. Parents are there everyday giving their time, energy and money to the school. Parent support and involvment is what makes this school so special.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
The parent involvement at Hopkinson keeps the school spirit high. A very friendly, close-knit community. Our first grade year, however, left a lot to be desired. Just remember, parents, if your child is doing packet after packet of workbook pages daily....this is not teaching. We were stuck with what I consider a lazy teacher who relied on workbook pages and worksheets as her routine. Not the well-rounded education that we thought we'd get. Be careful of what's going on in your child's room.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2009
Hopkinson is a great school! The parent involvement is tremendous. We have great teachers who truly care about our children. FOH funds additional enrichment like our wonderful music teacher. This is in addition to our strong academics! Hopkinson is an all around great school!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
Great school. My child had a great 1st grade teacher that really excelled him in his academics. The parent volunteering was huge. This is a good sign of the type of people you will be surrounded by.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
The principal is very 'visible' and friendly too all. She is very proud of the students and positive with them. We just wish that the principal would take a good hard look at what is truly going on in some of her classrooms. We were told that all teachers work together and cover the same materials at each grade level, but we have noticed that the teaching in some rooms far outshines others. Our child's teacher, this year, definitely needs a mentor so that she can work on a new teaching style. The day-to-day paper&pencil seat work that we experienced this year was sad. So disappointing that she and other teachers are not supervised more closely.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 01, 2009
My second child will graduate from Hopkinson this month and as a parent, I have been extremely pleased with the experience of both daughters. Parents SHOULD be engaged in their child's education and for those who feel the sole repsonsibility falls on the teachers and school, wake up! This is great school to start your child's educational growth with excellent teachers who are happy to be there and a very supportive community base that provides needed financial backing. Congrats to Dr. Stewart and the teachers on your recognition as an exceptional elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2009
I agree with the 'middle' student review below. The school (as well as the district) isn't prepared to deal with students requiring some help. The principal is very happy to sit back on test scores and disregard these students. Teachers aren't given any direction on how to deal with these kids, nor do they want to deal with the extra work required. Be prepared to lose 2 months of learning prior to STAR testing, while students prep. to test. First rate music program and some really wonderful teachers, but if you're looking for your 'average' child to leave with self-confidence, look elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 17, 2008
This is a great school education wise and for parent involvement. But they really need more workers watching the K/1st graders at lunch and afterlunch recess. There are only 2 ladies watching at least 200 kids. There has been bullying at these times, and the lunch ladies do not see it. The parents donate so much money to this school, and some of it should be used for extra lunch people to watch our kids and keep them safe.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2008
The school is a great, extraordinary even, school for the 'middle' child. However, if your child is exceptional (either positively or negatively), forget about it. They simply are not prepared. The teachers and counselors, as a rule, do not have the desire to put in any extra to help guide the stand-out student. In fact, they are hostile and make you feel bad for even asking for guidance. I do have names of teachers I would advise you to stay away from, but I believe that is against the guidelines of the site. All that being said, I would not hesitate to send another child to this school. I love the community and the involvement of the parents is second to none.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2008
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- submitted by a student
August 30, 2007
Unfortunately, it sometimes works against you if you are not a parent who demands to check in, (aka 'volunteer' in the classroom). What happened to trusting in what we have at Hopkinson, including a passionate and competent administrator. I agree that there are parents who need a reality check, but the staff also knows which parents are high maintanance.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 15, 2006
I think this is a great school but is a little big. I am a little concerned about the Kindergartners being so close to the street.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Hopkinson is an awesome school. The staff is wonderful and the students are great at including my son in activities. The school has a world class music program and music teacher as well as an excellent arts program.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
I am happy my child attends Hopkinson. Wonderful teachers, support staff and principal. Stay clear of the snarky parents.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2005
Dealing with this school has been a very pleasent experince should every one be so lucky the teachers really left a good impression on my daughter and she scored 97 and up in the STAT 9 tests on everything they have a great arts program and lots of quality school functions excellent parent involvment a very well rounded school.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2005
Many parents at this school are bent on creating superficial, overstressed children and creating an atmosphere of competition. I love the principal and teachers; however, my advice is to stay far, far away from the PTSA/Friends of Hopkinson parents - they're over obsessed! Yikes!

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
High level of parent involvement. Well rounded curriculum. Warm environment.

- submitted by a staff
no rating August 04, 2004
Administration and staff are simply the best!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2004
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Francis Hopkinson Elementary School
12582 Kensington Road, Los Alamitos, CA  90720
(562) 799-4500
Last modified Francis Hopkinson Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Francis Hopkinson Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews. Top