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Oceanside, CA
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1550 Temple Heights Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056

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(760) 631-6242
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September 26, 2014
It's my son's 2nd year hear, I am more than happy my son attends this school, TEACHERS, Principle and Staff are amazing here. Teachers are very dedicated to their students and are interested in their learning! Looking forward to the years to come :)

- submitted by a parent

July 23, 2014
Technology in the classroom! Need I say more? My daughter had Mr Korporral last year. Excellent teacher. Really involved with the students academics and also challenged the students as well.

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September 28, 2013
This school is so fun! I just got home from spending the night camping on the playground. I got to meet some awesome families & we had a blast! The teachers and the PTA do this every year. I'm so glad I went. I didn't know what to expect but my daughter was so excited. The teachers and principal were fun to be with in a social setting. They even spent the night too! My girl loves school and that makes me one happy momma. Spirit, school songs, great teachers & a very positive vibe. So glad for this school!

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August 08, 2013
Our daughter is starting Kindergarten in Fall, 2013 at Temple Heights Elementary (THE) and she was part of the Transitional Kindergarten (TK) program at Temple Heights last year. To be honest, we were quite skeptical about any school in the VUSD because the ratings are low. We also couldn't find a quality private school which met our requirements. Because of TK, we ended up at THE. We were pleasantly surprised with THE, not to mention relieved of our search. As we progressed through the school year last year, we were impressed with all of the staff we met, escpecially Mrs Karaffa, our daughter's TK teacher. Mrs Karaffa was our first introduction to THE and we were AMAZED. She demonstrated enthusiasm and sincere interest in her students. Mrs. Morton, Principal at THE, is an outstanding leader in so many ways. She also demonstrates enthusiasm and motivates the families to be involved and the students to be respectful. We observed a huge turnout at every event and the morale of the families was high. Everyone seemed so proud of the school and happy to be there. Now WE are SO proud of the school and happy to be there. Thank you Mrs Karaffa and Mrs Morton and Team. Go Dragons!!

- submitted by a parent

July 28, 2013
I'm a parent of a special needs child as well, and in my opinion the staff there was outdated. From what I saw they just are not up to speed with how to best address the needs of our kids. I have heard that their SDC is great, but have no experience with that classroom. Overall there was not an apparent sense of pride among the parents and students. If you are not quick on your feet you do run the chance of getting run over by a parent racing to drop their kid off at school. Staff simply says there is nothing they can do about it. I agree with the assessment of the front office staff. They can be rather unprofessional.

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July 25, 2013
We have a special needs child at Temple Heights. This school is amazing. Tons of resources, friendly teachers/students/staff. This is a very diverse school: with lots of different types of people (both ethnically and economically). The school community handles the diversity in a respectful and appropriate manner. For example, everyone is welcome and embraced, while English is the only language spoken in classrooms (as per our experience). The music program is a rare gem! I love how active and fun this school is. There are family movie nights, camping trips, concerts, etc. Truly blessed to be part of the Temple Heights family!

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July 21, 2013
I have one child who attended Temple Heights last year and I have to say, He had a great teacher. The music teacher is great, however the program is financially barely paying him. The IPads that are shared with all classrooms are broken more than useful. The principal Mrs. Morton seems nice; however it's was a terrible idea to place her as principal in the school she was previously a teacher at! The teachers do not respect her as an authority, which is sad. The front office staff is an embarrassing rude joke. It really bothers me that Spanish is constantly being spoken in the front office as well. There is a lot of room for improvement!

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June 11, 2013
So happy I got to go to Temple Hieghts. I'm going to miss all the fun days but I will always be a dragon. Thanks for the memories.

- submitted by a community member

June 08, 2013
We transferred to Temple Heights this year from a private Christian school. We were worried about the personal attention our daughter would get. I want everyone to know that we could not be happier. The ladies in the office are so friendly and helpful. The principal, Mrs Mirton, spent about an hour with us. She gave us a tour and answered all our questions. We chose this school because it has a music program, choir, new facilities (including new playground), lots of technology (ipads), and excellent teachers. We feel like we are getting a private school education for free. We stay on top of everything but communication is really great. Miss Love has been a fantastic teacher. My daughter absolutely loves her. That makes us the happiest parents!

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June 05, 2013
I can't believe my son will be graduating from Temple Heights tomorrow. He has been at this fantastic school since kindergarten. He has loved every teacher he has had. Mr Santana has been so good for him. They have really prepared him. They use a lot of technology. I can't say enough about how fun this school has been. They have so many fun activities for the families. All of the teachers always attend and the principal is there too. You can tell this staff truly loves kids. They always welcome families. The best events were the camp out and the Halloween carnival. I like how everyone at this school works together. The office staff is always so helpful. It is overall just a great place to be. Everyone is happy and positive. It's just a vibe you get. We are going to miss coming to this school.

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June 01, 2013
Temple Heights elementary is a gem. I have a 4th grader and a 2nd grader who have attended since Kindergarten. I am amazed by the family activities the school runs that brings parents, students and teachers together from carnivals, to assemblies, to parenting workshops. The teachers are dedicated, knowledgable, and communicate with the parents. They can be seen at all the events and seem to love what they do. The teaching seems to be rigorous and I especially like their focus on science, which seems rare in an elementary school. The principal is visible and friendly. Once when I needed to talk to her about a problem my son was having on the playground she immediately met with me and took care of the problem. I have been very impressed with their new technology plan to have iPads in a one to one ratio in many classes. I just learned about it at a technology parent night and felt like like the staff was focusing on keeping current on the needs of the students. I would recommend this school to anyone in the area! It's amazing!

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2013
This school is truly amazing! I have a fifth grader and a second grader. They love going to school every day. The teachers make everything fun and engaging. This is one of the only schools in town with a music program. They have a music teacher Mr Brisn who teaches instruments like guitar and drumming. They also use iPads in all classes. Fun family events all year! Love!

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August 12, 2009
My child attended Temple Heights last year and had the most wonderful teacher. I was not pleased by my child's last school so I moved him and what a big difference. Temple Heights principal is wonderful and the entire staff has been kind and very helpful.

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March 27, 2009
This maybe the Best Elementary School around Oceanside and Vista CA the teaches are really good my son he's been getting so smart on Math and Social studies thanks to the teachers the school is an a really good area is next to a Fire Department and police is always around there for safety of the kids they have a nice Playground they also have YMCA Program after school and the people in charger there are just excellent i will recommend this school to every person that they want their kid to be a smart learning and behave too go check out the premises so you decided the best for you kid Thank you.

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September 05, 2008
My son is attending Temple and it has been great having him here. The entire staff is wonderful and you can see that they all enjoy there jobs. I really like the fact that the teachers are very in tune with the parents. Thanks!

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August 14, 2008
My daughter started Kindergarten at Temple Heights in 2007. Mrs. Elliott is a gem at Temple Heights. Her sensibility towards the children was phenomenal. Her class was always vibrant and the children were excited to go to school everyday. My weekly volunteer experience with her was organized productively for her class and students. The school events were well attended, 4th of July event was terrific! Kindergarten events were adorable! Great front office staff! Amazing PTA! Very involved.

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May 28, 2008
My son started Temple Heights in 3rd grade, and my daughter in Kindergarten from a small, local private school. Coming from the intimate setting, I was worried that they wouldn't adjust well. I was completely wrong, though. Both kids have had excellent experiences all around in this school. The academic level is parallel to their previous school (their old school was ranked in the 90th+ percentile in all areas) The teachers are very aware & extremely knowledgable in how to care for the kids, and the music, library, computer, office, and P.E. is absolutely wonderful! I can't rave enough about this school! Thank you!!

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December 24, 2007
I love this school! The teachers are great and you just learn so much!

- submitted by a student
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December 14, 2007
I went threw this school all 4 years they have been open it's a very good school. The teachers and staff their are very kind and thoughtful. They are a very clean and organized school!

- submitted by a student
no rating
September 27, 2007
The teacher's at this school are fantastic. The new principal is awesome. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

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no rating
August 31, 2007
My daughter has been going to Temple Heights sinc4e Feb. 2007. she was diagnoise with Selective Mutism and after just a couple of weeks, she started to speak to her Karate instructor(which shehad trained under for 2 years). The Principle is Highly dedicated to her students and leads with an understanding,Yet firm and fair hand. They are #1 this year in SCIENCE in the state of CA! The security is excellent and the computer room Outstanding! The music department is offering percussion lessons and guitar this year. I also commend their PTA staff and members. GO DRAGONS!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2007
The teachers are awesome! To bad the principal does not know how to interact with the children or parents (maybe they did not teach interpersonal communications at her school)if the teachers were not so good I would have pulled my child out of this school the 1st day of Kindergarten.

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December 09, 2005
My daughter has attended Temple Heights since it opened and I have nothing but praise for this school. The teachers are very involved with all the children, not just the high academic group. The principal is a very hands on administrator,she's never in her office, she's always out interacting with the childen/parents/teachers etc. I highly recommend this school.

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August 20, 2005
While the faculty and staff are nice people. The school is full to the brim including students who can't speak, write or read english through the 5th grade. The test scores, API and quantitative rankings speak for themselves.

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July 16, 2005
Temple Heights has great teaching staff who really seem interested in the kids. The current assistant principal is awesome, very in tune w/the kids However, I'm not impressed with the leadership by the principal.

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January 19, 2005
I think it is a terrific school. They have a wonderful staff and administration. I can't imagine sending my child anywhere else.

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January 17, 2005
Brand new school in a nice neighberhood. Very committed staff and teachers.

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Temple Heights Elementary School
1550 Temple Heights Drive, Oceanside, CA  92056
(760) 631-6242
Last modified Temple Heights Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Temple Heights Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top