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San Carlos Elementary School

Private | K-8 | 287 students


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Posted May 1, 2014

I am an alumni and now sending my daughter to San Carlos School. You will see many of the same faces around here from decades ago, because it is a family and such a welcoming place to be. I was worried in sending my daughter here that it may have changed drastically since I attended. It did change - for the better. I love it even more now. My only suggestion would be that they need music education. You will not find a local school with more respectful students. Their environment is one that fosters kindness and acceptance and I don't think a bully exists within this campus.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2014

I am very satisfied with the school's administration and procedure. I feel my son is a safe environment. The principal's priority is children's safety. I believe a child will succeed as long as the parent is always involved (weather the parent is working or not). Parent/teacher communication is imperative, no matter what grade the child is in. So much is said about Lee County's school choice process and school grading; but as a parent once you educate yourself with the process, you get a better understanding of the process. It would be helpful for the administration of the school to explain more thoroughly, in layman's terms, how and what does a lower grade mean at an individual (student) level. Unless you are part of the system/administration it is challenging to embrace the school grades/school choice.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 14, 2012

I have been to many different schools, and by far San Carlos is the best. I have experience with the middle school program in particular, and it is wonderful. Most of the teachers are supportive and intelligent. However, some teachers in particular get on my nerves and I cannot honestly understand why they are working there. The other thing is that Mrs. Bennet(the principle) seems to treat the older students the same as the younger one. She has a lot of useless and offensive rules to the older children, as if she doesn't trust them to be in a classroom alone. I had no problem what so ever with the homework. It is incredibly minimal in comparison to what some reviews say, But then again, not everyone is as competent as the child I knew. Everyone at the school is very welcoming and the students are intelligent, for the most part. Also, the 8th grade goes to Washington DC over spring break, and I think that is a wonderful opportunity. Faith is a big part of the school and all faiths are very welcomed. Personally, I thought Mr. Krislyn was the best teacher in the middle school program , as he was charismatic and very interesting to talk to.

Posted February 16, 2012

San Carlos School provides a safe environment among generally well-behaved and respectful children. Education is adequate, but with an emphasis more on busywork than on real academic advancement. Expect your child to start with 1-2 hours of homework in Kindergarten, advancing to several hours of homework by the end of Middle School. However, also expect your child to have to catch up with his classmates in a some subject areas after San Carlos, arriving at the next school (even public). Teacher education levels and ability to educate children vary wildly from excellent to miserable. Parental involvement is a definite requirement, which is easier to fill if one parent does not work, but the requirements are manageable, even if only one parent puts in the time. As a non-profit, and to keep tuition costs down, there is constant fundraising and raffling, but this also provides opportunities to fulfill parental volunteer hour requirements.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 23, 2009

San Carlos is a fantastic school. After reviewing several schools in the area, we decided on San Carlos. We have been very happy here. As soon as you step onto the school grounds, you get a sense of belonging. Everyone is like family. The children are challenged not only in the classroom but also at home by the amount of homework they are given. My daughter really loves the school, her classmates, and her teachers, as do I.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 11, 2009

We lost a wonderful 3rd teacher. Mrs. Paris prepared our son very well. She was the best teacher.
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Posted March 22, 2009

This is our third and last year at San Carlos before the military move. Our new third grade teacher is outstanding as are the other teachers. Our daughter has learned so much and enjoyed this year tremendously. We will certainly miss San Carlos teachers, the principal, music teacher, Spanish teacher and the wonderful parents/friends we have made.
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Posted December 19, 2008

To rate or say anything of San Carlos is what makes a wonderful school. The choice of schools for my two kids have been San Carlos. Previously both of my kids attended elementary schools in North Monterey County. The level of student, parent and teacher participation is unequal. Every child at the school is ensured they will get the best education and every child is expected to do their best. There is real PE and not just sitting around or a teacher trying to do PE, when they do not have the background. The ability for every child to participate in after school events is unequal. My children now understand it takes a little work and organization to pass school and know it. My kids saw and one tried just to get by without do the work and he did in the previous school.
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Posted February 28, 2008

My son began attending San Carlos for K and is now in First grade. He loves to learn about religion and enjoys the morning prayer the school recites during morning assembly. I feel he is in a safe enviroment and I have not witnessed any bullying or aggressive behavior between any students grades k thru 8. I appreciate the quick and sincere attention given by Mrs. Bennet to matters that are of concern regarding my child. However I must agree, there is a large amount of homework. We start on homework once we get home at 3:30, and usually dont finish until 5, 5:30. He has no time for other activities. I will keep him at San Carlos for thecoming school year. for 2nd grade
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Posted January 31, 2008

As a current parent of two students, I LOVE San Carlos. Yes there is quite a bit of volunteerism, but that's what makes this school so great. I can see what my kids are learning and doing throught the day. I appreciate the homework. Kuddos to Mrs. Bennet. My kids have been in several Catholic schools, and she is by far the BEST principal I have seen and the best school in the area. We are sad to leave this school as the military will take us to another city.
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Posted November 2, 2007

I have been attending San Carlos School for 10 years! I can't really compare it to another school but from talking to friends from public schools I'm glad I attend it. Although San Carlos has music it is not luring older students to participate. San Carlos should have music and theater in their academics. I'm glad San Carlos decided to have Honor Roll to recognize students. In my opinion Ms. Perry is the best teacher because of her fun class activities like performing Skakespear and learning many things. Pretty much I like this school and will miss it when I leave. Go RAMS we've done so good!
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Posted August 12, 2007

Im a student at this school and I love that the classes are small because I know all the people really well.My favorite teacher is Mr Kristy. H e is honestly the best teacher in the whole middle school.
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Posted June 20, 2007

As a student (attending for 9 years, k-8th) , San Carlos is the only school I know. I believe that the school lacks the qualitys of other schools such as PE. I love to be out there and active, but with PE only 2 days a week (most schools 3 or more) I believe we are not getting the full excersise a growing kid needs. Also, the as the school gets older so do the appliances and the building. The students there are awsome. For 9 straight years, I have never seen or been what I think is a real bully. Everyone in our school is so tight because of the small town and small classes. My best years were 6th to 8th because of one thing: Mr. Kristy. He is such an inspriational teacher filled with traditional learning to the renaissance faire in 7th grade. Thanks Mr. Kristy!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 19, 2006

As a military family this was a perfect alternative to the California academic 'standards'. The school offers plenty of opportunity for sports and extra curricular activities that public schools here do not. The size of grades are small which allows the kids to become close friends (we were worried about that being that we had just moved from the East Coast). Definitely take a look at this school and then compare it to the public schools and other private schools. The complaint of someone's review about too much homework is silly, I expect a lot from my children and if you don't want the best then public school is fine for what you are looking for. You must volunteer at this school a minimum of 5 hours a month but that makes the school and families here tight and the students as well.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted October 7, 2005

Most parent involvement I've ever seen. Full time art instruction. Music instruction. Great school and community.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 20, 2005

I believe this school expects too much out of the children and parents. My daughter who is in second grade has an hour and a half of homework a night. She has no time to be a kid. As for parent involvement, it is 100% expected out of you. So if you and your spouse are both working fulltime, be prepared to do your part or be looked down on my staff and STAY AT HOME MOMs and DADs. As a Christian I always thought you should treat others with love and respect. I don't feel that is what is going on at San Carlos.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 21, 2005

San Carlos provides an excellent educational environment with a strong emphasis on community. My daughter was there (unfortunately )for only one year as our family is military and relocated to another city. Recommended hightly!
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 43% 26%
Two or more races 20% 3%
Hispanic 10% 52%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 7% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 6%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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450 Church Street
Monterey, CA 93940
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