Students enrolled 786
School leader Carlos Moran
Transportation options Yes
District Oceanside Unified School District

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4250 Old Grove Road
Oceanside, CA 92057

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(760) 435-7400
(760) 435-7402
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Map of Nichols Elementary School address.

4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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June 09, 2014
I really wanted my child to start kindergarten at a charter school because of the overcrowding in the public school system, but we were not able to get her in. When my daughter entered Kindergartner she was a distracted, non-listener, not motivated and her favorite phrase was "I don't know". She graduated from kindergarten last week, and she is an active reader, she is listening what people are telling her what to do. School is only about 6 months long, and within that short period of time the teacher (Mrs. Jones) molded her into the great student she should be. The only downside of the school in the parking, there is very little parking spaces and people often park on the street 1/4 mile away, and drivers with no patience end up passing on the other side right into traffic.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2014
New principal, Mr.Moran shows great leadership and involves any event. Teachers are so supportive and provide appropriate assignment for the students. PTO is organized well and very friendly! The school rating is not so good just because there are some bilingual students. But they are lovely nice kids and it doesn't mean theachers don't teach well. There are lots of advanced competitive kids, too! Highy recommended!

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2013
Nichols Elementary at 4250 Old Grove Rd, Oceanside, CA earns it's 4 of 10 educational rating. I have two young boys; one in 1st and one in 4th grade. The 4th grade teacher is exemplary, exactly what I expect from a respectable school. But the first grade teacher Ms. Kennington is disappointing. Typically I side with the teacher against my kids but after a few of these incidents clearly leading back to Ms. Kennington, I discovered how detrimental this lady is to the education and safety of the children exposed to her (testament of numerous families who have students in her purview). I filed complaints with the Principal Mr. Moran and other teachers only to be informed at the end of the school year that she had "been made aware of the situation." It is disheartening to know that regardless of how dangerous a teacher is to the health and education of students, there will be nothing done when it is brought to the attention of the proper authorities. This was a series of serious situations we wish we could have avoided. We are remediating our 1st grader over the summer to hopefully prepare him for second and transferring both our students to another school elsewhere in the district.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2013
My son is in kinder this year and has an amazing teacher. She works so hard. The class sizes stink but there is nothing to be done about that. The teacher provides excellent academics as well as art, music, computer lab, and tons of positive encouragement. I feel completely satisfied with his education this year. I'm looking forward to having him continue is education at Nichols.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2012
I LOVE THIS SCHOOL and so did my daughter. I wish more people would not their experiences-- the teachers care about the students!! Every elementary experience was GREAT for my daughter who has since moved onto middle school. THANK YOU NICHOLS

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2012
We have a child at this school and look forward to our two younger children attending the school when they're of age. The principal and teachers we have worked with are excellent. Be very critical of average state test scores. The low state average had me worried until I looked at them in more detail. Go on the actual state website and look at scoring distinctions made by ESL and other demographics. Teachers and staff are everything at a school. I have friends with kids at some very sought-after elementary schools (different district) that are very unsatisfied with their school and/or teachers. But on paper, everything is supposed to be great. Parent involvement is also key. One only has to spend a day or two in the classroom to be able to tell which kids are getting additional guidance at home.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2011
We have 2 children attending Nichols in 1st and 2nd grades. We have been extremely happy with the teachers our children have had. The teachers are dedicated and truly love their students and their jobs from what we've observed.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
Kudos to the teachers at Nichols--despite the challenges that teachers at ALL schools in the area face, you still approach your jobs with enthusiasm and show true love for your students. Test scores are just numbers. They do not quantify your knowledge and passion. THANK YOU, Nichols Elementary School, for providing a safe place for our son to learn!!! We are so proud to be a part of this community!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2011
WHAT is going on with this school? My child will now be attending this school and after our visit to the school today I am getting ready to break my current lease in order to get my child into a DIFFERENT school- The staff there did it for me- and after doing my "homework" I have come to one conclusion- this school needs some serious help- but don't listen to me...do your homework and visit the school- WHY are the test scores so LOW for this school? Someone once told me everything begins with attidude- and theirs STINKS!

- submitted by a parent
December 25, 2010
This school is on probation due to low test scores. They are too conserned about making the Hispanic community pass the English as a Second Language that they forget to help the other students. Too much emphasis on healthy food and uniforms AND NOT ENOUGH ON THE CHILD. Most teachers try to work both sides but are worried that they will get fired if the wrong kids don't pass and the others just get by. IF THEY NEED TO STAY BACK A GRADE, SO BE IT!!!! I did and it helped me out to be better all the way around. I ended up a GATE student. All in the California school system. They don't worry about the English for English speaking but make sure the Spanish handout are correct. OUR NATIONAL LANGUAGE IS ENGLISH. TO LIVE HERE EVERYTHING IS IN ENGLISH, INCLUNDING HOMEWORK AND HANDOUTS!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2010
Friendly Faculty/Staff, Strong PTO, new school that has new ideas for boosting morale

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
A great School with GREAT Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2010
Nichols is a fantastic school, all three of my kids have attended. I feel they care about the students best interest and the teachers are pheonominal!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
wonderful teachers & school!

- submitted by a parent
September 23, 2010
I love Nichols! An amazing group of teachers who love their job and the students. Great students and families!

- submitted by a community member
September 23, 2010
I love Nicols Elementary School in Oceanside, CA because the school has some of the most wonderful teachers and staff. I am a substitute teacher and have been to nearly 100 schools and by far, this is my favorite. My children feel/felt safe and cared for at Nichols Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2010
We have the best teachers, staff and parent support around. We all work hard together to provide our children with the best academic path. Nichols is a wonderful school!!

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
Nichols has teachers who care about the children and help them one-one achieve their potential. Even with the cuts in education to our schools in CA the PTO works hard to provide all the activities and advantages the children need. Nichols is an inclusive school and very diverse. The children, teachers and parents get along well and work together for the students.

- submitted by a community member
September 22, 2010
Teachers care deeply about the progress of their students, not just academically, but socially, emotionally, and physically.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 22, 2010
All my kids have done well there, Each one supported in their weaknesses and encouraged in strengths.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
I love this school because everyone cares about each other. The teacher's have high expectations and expect all children to rise to their fullest potential. We are blessed by the beautiful children who smile at us each day and warm our hearts.

- submitted by a teacher
September 22, 2010
With three kids at Nichols and one having graduated, we are extremely pleased with the care and concern that the teachers show. They truly invest in the lives of the kids. I also love the nurse. She is extremely caring towards the kids. It was a pleasure to volunteer in the classrooms too. Any school is what you put into it. The PTO also wants to bless each student and the staff/teachers. Overall, great community!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 29, 2010
I like the positive way that the teachers and staff help my son learn. I like the accessability of the teacher and staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2009
I have had 2 children advance from Nichols. They were both challenged and well educated. Both have done well on all state exams. 1 more to go!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2009
I have to say we had no problems with kindergarden, but once my daughter hit 1st grade it was a disaster. The teacher insisted that when my daughter was done with her work she was to help other students finish there's. My daughter is very bright and we have since moved her from this school and is in 3rd grade now and in Gate. Nichols labeled my daughter as a problem child and said she was not at grade level when we transfered her. Since her transfer she has gotten citizenship awards and as I said started Gate this year. Nichols principal and teacher both seemed to not want to work with my daughters personality or recognize that they were not meeting her needs educationally. I would not put any of my children at the school again.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2009
My daughter just completed kindergarten at Nichols and I was definitely impressed with the school. The staff are caring and willing to attend to the needs of each student. My daughter was never bored (she is an above average student) and was given extra work to keep her motivated. I love the uniform policy and I loved that the kindergarten has it's own separate play ground away from the big kids. We are looking forward to starting 1st grade! Nichols is a school that you can send your child to with confidence that he or she will succeed even with all of the budget cuts we are facing here in Oceanside. The principal is outstanding as well and he is always out interacting with parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2008
My son has been at this school since Kindergarten. He has had phenomenal teachers that not only care about him as a student, they care about his overall well being and have given him every opportunity to excel. I am fortunate enough to be able to volunteer on a weekly basis and each teacher has shown their different styles that are tailored to the grade perfectly! I am not only impressed with the teachers; the staff is fantastic and very cooperative. Please make sure you read past the overall rating for the school, while the OSD has a bad rap - this school is a step above and more.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 20, 2008
Nichols is one of the best school have good teachers and security, and principal, my kid is on second grade, and the principal, they give so much help to our kids and also he give information to the parent about how to care or be involve in our school helping our kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2008
Both of my children are attending this school, one in Kindergarten the other in 2nd grade. The school give great help to students and it shows by how they teach

- submitted by a parent
no rating July 21, 2008
I love this scholl. Teachers are great and the community around is clean

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
I like the outdoorsie nature of the school. The staff is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
In my opinion, my son's teachers were not able to effectively teach or maintain discipline in his classroom, which had a high percentage of ESL students, in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
I have been extremely happy with Nichols Elementary School. We moved to Nichols when my oldest child was in 5th grade and the transition was extremely smooth. My two younger children attended Nichols for three and five years respectively. All of my children are Gate, and I was extremely happy with the attention and instruction they received. There is much parent involvement and the teachers truly want what is best for the students.

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2007
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- submitted by a former student
September 20, 2006
Nichols has a pretty good GATE program and is very attentive to the children's needs both academic and social. Teachers are helpful, and the GATE teachers are trained and very helpful. Clark and Fleming are exceptionally good.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
I am pleased with progress that Nichols has made with my child. Nichols has great academic programs that my child is participating in. With all the budget cuts and funds available for school, I am glad that Nichols can still extraciricular activities for the students. I am parent that stays involves with my child's work and school updates and it's greate to know that Nichols encourage more parent involvement because we(parents) have to team up the the teachers to help our students succeed in school.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
Great academics, poor teacher-student ratio in kindergarten class. 33 kids is way too many for a kindergarten class. Kids can fall behind very quickly with these ratios, they aren't given enough individual attention.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 02, 2005
High level of parent involvement at Nichols. It is not necessarily a poor school. The principal and staff adhere to high standards.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2005
Nichols is a brand new school and is still growing. They do a good job in teaching in spite of the different levels of children's learning abilities. Parents should be involved in their children's learning process instead of expecting the school to do everything. I find the staff and parents quite friendly and involved. Parents volunteer and help out where they can.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2004
This school has nothing much to offer their students but music lessons. The students are not very friendly here many people I have spoke to have gave me bad reviews. my child currently attends this school and next year will diffently not return.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2004
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Nichols Elementary School
4250 Old Grove Road, Oceanside, CA  92057
(760) 435-7400
Last modified Nichols Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nichols Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top