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K-6
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Norco, CA
Students enrolled: 894
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1220 West Parkridge Avenue
Norco, CA 92860

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(951) 736-3326
(951) 736-3479
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May 16, 2014
George Washinton is a really good school, I transfer my son on November and I see a lot of good changes how he is learning on this new school his teacher is one of the best teachers the he never had before Her name is Mrs: HOLMES she is a 4th grade teacher on George Washinton Elementery. Mrs: Holmes is professional and she does care about her studens. Thank you Mrs: Holme

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Washington Elementary is one of the best schools in all of California. Washington Elementary has some of the most amazing and talented teachers. These teachers not only teach, but they have the talent to encourage and inspired my two sons. Sra. Rios has had both of my sons in her class and she is just amazing. Sr. Andrade is also an amazing and talented teacher, and soon both of my sons will have had Sr. Andrade. These two instructors should be role models for all other teachers. Teaching is not just about covering what the state requires; its about motivating the children to learn and to enjoy learning. It's about caring about their students and putting in the 100%+ effort. Children learn from their examples and these teachers have set an A+ example for their teachers. These are instructors that the students will come back and visit even after they have completed high school and college. This 'rating' is to show my appreciation for their kindness, their skills and their efforts in not only teaching my children, but also setting a great example for them on how to become better 'individuals'. Sr. Andrade and Sra. Rios you are 'Awesome", and I want to thank you for all your efforts!

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I agree the dual program is absolutely great, unfortunately the rest of the children are only taught the basic and I know they can be challenged academically. Principle should look into the upper grade teachers on making sure they are preparing them for middle school. Following up on academic enrichment lesson plans that get into practice. Teachers might be gentle and happy but children also need teachers to believe in their learning abilities to succeed in the real world. Teachers can built on them good learning habits by sending more homework or projects, not one yearly project or one weekly homework, children are capable !

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2013
Every time I read someone lobbying for or against people whether it refers to a Teacher, Asst. Principal. or Principal, I am reminded of how political schools have become. It is seldom about the kids and all too often about the personal agendas of individuals. All I can say about this school is that it is great, with all the staff and administrators doing the very best with what they have. None of them have enough time in any day to meet every want but they do their best. The kids are awesome and the school has made great progress over the past several years, far beyond what it had accomplished in the years prior. I am grateful for all the teachers, staff, and administrators.

- submitted by a community member
August 11, 2013
My child attends Washington Elementary in the dual immersion program. Her and I love the program and the teachers. The only thing I see that is wrong, is with the principal not allowing parents in the lower grades to walk their children to their rooms in the morning on the first day of school. It was s o unorganized and lots of children were crying and not knowing where to go. I understand the reason the principle wants a closed campus for safety reasons, but the first couple of weeks would have been ok for the parents and the children to become aware of where to go and then after the first couple of weeks make it a closed campus. Some of the children got lost in the school and didn't know where to go. Other then this the teachers and office staff, especially Danelle, are very nice and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
This school is very unorganized. I don't feel welcomed and now I'm a bit concerned on to what the treatment will be towards my child. Paperwork doesn't get filed or processed on a timely matter. It amazes me on how this school is even running. They should get a better computer system so that their files don't get lost, AGAIN. They need to hire more organized people to help them run that place.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
Washington is only getting better! This year the school has started a new program for parents to become more involved called Eagle Eye. Any parent that fills out the proper paperwork, fingerprinting etc. may participate. The objective of the program is to have parent volunteers positioned throughout the school catching students doing something good. Kids love receiving an Eagle Feather as a reward for their positive behavior. I for one appreciate the fact that as a whole Washington is focusing more on the positive than the negative. Thanks again Washington!!

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2013
Don't send your kid here. Safety is an issue. My kid was physically shoved by an older bigger kid and I complained to principal and vice principal but yet still nothing was done to the kid who shoved my daughter. Also the entry routes to drop off and pick up kids is like 91 freeway. You will be parked in line for a while out on main street just to get on the drop Off/ pick up route for your kid. Looking into private schools in the area. Also testing scores are not so great.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
I have been to many schools and dealt with the office staff. Washington has one of the best staff. They are welcoming to those that enter the office. They are quite helpful to students that come to the office. They really get to know the students. I also like the sense of humor the office staff has. Additionally, the teachers are quite friendly to visitors, more so than many other schools.

- submitted by a community member
August 27, 2012
I have been with Washington for several years now and I have seen some changes good and bad. The one thing that has not changed is the professionalism of our office staff. The first people you meet when you register your kids in school is the office staff and my kids love them! They want to include them in birthday celebrations lol. My daughter wants a "Barbie Birthday Party" and asked if Barbie could come. lol I came to realize she meant the principal. lol The teachers are outstanding. The many programs they offer are fantastic and my kids love them. Did I say I am also a neighbor to the school? We have a new PTA president this year and I have seen her everyday and many days prior to school opening. When I saw her during summer and she said hi and we talked for quite awhile. She was just checking on the school and was concerned about the increase in the local graffiti and was asking if we had a neighborhood watch in place. OMG!!! I feel like between the office being a place my kids are not afraid to go to and great teachers and a PTA that not only cares for my kids but also my neighborhood! Good job Washington you got the whole package going on!! Keep it up!

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2012
This school has a very diverse population and deals with a lot of outside factors. The teachers do the best they can. They are always offering tutoring and going the extra mile for the students. There are a lot of after school activities and fundraisers. The dual immersion teachers work very hard and do so much extra work to make sure my kids don't fall behind. They are very supportive and friendly. This school is great and I really love the dual immersion staff and program as a whole!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2012
Love my son's teacher and have had little contact with the principal but from what I've seen she's very professional and friendly...unfortunately I have to agree about the front office staff-they're rude, unfriendly and not once have they made me feel welcomed there! If it wasn't for my son's wonderful teacher I would probably be checking out new schools! Also, tried to get involved in PTA stuff but have felt excluded/same people run it and not really open to newcomers....

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
Totally agree that admin are very rude in the front office. The school is okay, but am trying to have a better education for my 2nd grade son & hope to find a better school for him next year. I'm just not fully satisfied with the teachings of facilty. Sounds more like dual immersion gets the upper hand in education at this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2011
Admin Staff is very rude. It's taken me multiple bad experiences with the staff before I wrote this review. The administrative staff; the ones in the front office at Washington Elementary School are two of the most horrible inconsiderate uncaring people I have ever encountered anywhere. I pray my 2 children do not need to come into contact with these 2 individuals. Do they not realize that they are the first faces anyone sees when they go to the school. What happen with introducing yourself; a pleasant smile; how are you today; some kind friendly words; I stop by to drop off an items for my two children; it took 10 minutes to get them to tell me what the protocol was; I had to ask 10 questions to figure out what the protocol was. It could have taken 2-3 minutes. Say something friendly; ask who the person is; who the child is; ask what the purpose of visit is; explain protocol; all that would take 1 minute; instead you made me feel very uncomfortable & unwilling to leave items for my children because YOU could not ensure that someone else could walk into the office & take the item; which was an expensive item that the child needed for school.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2011
I will not send my son to this school again! I see lots of teachers and parents there have discrimination... Also my son hated the school... Just a not great school.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2010
My daughter attends to this school and I consider this one of the best schools I've seen in California.... the teachers are totally committed to help the students all the time. My daughter is on 5th grade in the dual immersion program and I'm so happy because she's in the honor roll and she can perfectly speak, read and write two languages, English and Spanish. I love this school and I appreciated all the effort from teachers and stuff to make of this school one of the best ones...

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2010
PARENTS: DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL. Unfortunately many of us don't have much choice, except when the entire community stand up, fight with district for qualified administration, teachers, and this is the only way to make this school better. You're waisting your child;s life otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
I am one of the luckiest parents in this area to have had the honor of having my two girls in the Dual Immersion Program offered at this school. My oldest who is 9, is at the top of her class reading/writing at a 8th grade english level (GATE Program) and reading/writing at a 5th grade spanish level (she's only in 3rd grade). My youngest who is in kinder is being introduced to another language in which english is our only language we speak in our home. I have been so greatful for the great teachers in this program and highly appreciate what this school has done for my kids! My children's success is not only with their teachers, but with being involved as a parent...team work pays off!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 23, 2010
We've moved from the area and are dissapointed our new school isn't what Washington is. We miss the teachers and the education my son would've gotten if we remained. Good Job. Washington...Keep it up!!

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2009
I am so proud of this school and the incredible improvements they have made. The teachers have really embraced new methods and the leadership by the principal has been refreshing. It is great to see the high scores this school posted after so many mediocre years.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2009
Love the school and their way of teaching. wonderful

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2009
This school is a big let down. At one time it was a California Distinguished School. And now its just sad! Some of the teachers are really great and then there are others who should not even be around children! Even when there are problems a band aid is put on it and no resolution is made, starting at the top!!

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
What is going on in this parking lot?People park in thr red zone so when you are leaving the school you can see past the cars.The last set of principles used to be out in the parking lot be pro active with a mega-phone.Now Nada!People load their kids in the driving loading zone and the princples just watch.Lets keep it safe people and instruct people on the rules instead of just watching people break them.I have never seen a parking system like this one.Last week a mother was parked in the cross walk and kids had to walk around her.Scary!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2009
The principle and her staff do not have the safety of the students in mind. The pick-up/drop-off is an absolute mess. The one and only good thing about Washington are some of the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 01, 2009
I completely agree! I had a parent conference with the principal regarding an issue with my child. In one ear and out, nothing was resolved. My child is not in the dual immersion, but I have heard nothing but positive comments, I would like to learn more about it and possibly switch my child into the program. The parking lot is also a mess. Something needs to be done about the drop off and pick up.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 14, 2008
The dual immersion program is excellent, and this is all due to the TEACHERS. The new principal does not measure up to the standards that is expected to a school with such an exceptional program. We need a new principal that is more in tune with the system and with the parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
I was shocked at the parking system going on this school.The multi purpose room needs huge improvments like seating!The kids sit on the dirty floor.Gross.Quit wasting paper and sending it home with my kids.The PTA is the same people all the time.The food they serve is pure sugar and carbs.Not good for kids minds or bodies.My kids wont even buy lunch they think the lunch ladies are mean.Pretty sad!

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July 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
Poor parking lot system going on at this school.Over crowded class sizes and not enough office staff.It seems that over the last year it had gone fron good to worse.Im glad my son will be off to private school after track ends!

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June 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
I agree about the parent involvement. I want to help more in the school. However, I feel like if the same people make an exclusive group and make me feel uncomfortable to be the newcomer. I also feel that the dual immersion program is a great asset to the school and their success should be better publisized.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2008
I have seen this school go down hill over the past year.I must agree with the the other review about the chaos in the parking lot.Teachers watch as kids walk between cars and out of the cross walk,its scary.I never see any one taking charge and giving people the correct way of picking up and dropping off.When the new set of principals came in the school Im sorry to say its lagging.Its private school for my two kids next year.I just dont feel like its a safe place anymore.

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March 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2008
Pure chaos picking my kids up.Lets try enforcing the rules to everyone!And maybe more parents envolved instead of the same 12 people everytime!

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February 21, 2008
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January 22, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2007
Mr Willey is my childs second grade teacher and all I hear is wonders. He makes my child learn with a smile on her face. His techniques are unique and have made my child a better student. He has truly made a difference in my childs life. Thank you Mr Willey!

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January 31, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2006
I love Washington, has a wonderful Principal, teachers that put the extra mile when you child needs it. Love the dual immersion program, is good for our kids. To my point of view on of the best schools in CNUSD. Need more parenting participation.

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May 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2005
Some great teachers, some teachers are just going through the motions. This school is just OK.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
I think this school has some great teachers and the academic program is good. I'm not sure about the extracurricular activities. The level of parent involvement could be stronger

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2005
My son went to school here from K - 5 and had 3 first year teachers. That was both good and bad. Good from the perspective they were fresh-bad because it took almost a full year before they seemed to feel their strengths. There were many after school fun events provided by the PTSA in coordination with the school. Also, field trips. Music classes were offered to 5th grade and above but all missed classwork needed to be made up. The kids seemed to be a great bunch and my son formed many close friendships. The Principal and Vice Principal were new in the 5th grade (2003/2004) and they seemed very enthusiastic and much concerned with in seat attenance. Parent participation is welcomed through 2nd grade and from there it is encouraged in the form of being involved in the school work being completed rather than visiting the classroom (ie volunteering).

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2005
Great school, teachers really seem to care.

- submitted by a parent
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George Washington Elementary School
1220 West Parkridge Avenue, Norco, CA  92860
(951) 736-3326
Last modified George Washington 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.
George Washington Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top