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5050 El Mirlo Drive
Oceanside, CA 92057

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(760) 721-8001
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October 08, 2014
We are new to the state and were concerned with finding a good school in CA. The school and neighborhood have been so welcoming and eased the transition for a my military child. The parents are very involved and the PTA supplements many of the things the Ed system has cut so kids still have music, art and Phys Ed. Smart boards in the classrooms, and supplies for teachers. It's a great community that has welcomed us with open arms, and is providing my son with a great education.

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December 19, 2013
I was very excited to get my son into this school. I had met the Principle. I was super excited when his out of district transfer was accepted. We, like 1/4th of the population of the school are out of district transfers. I was very disappointed to find out just recently that their excellent school scores have more to do with fudging the numbers than actually putting their students first. They "cherry pick" from the out of district transfers and then "boot" the rest and bring in a whole other set of district transfer kids to "cherry pick" from. I fear this may be the real reason that they lost Mr. Jon Ray the amazing principle they had last year. This school puts their own funding and "status" above the needs of it's students. I think it's morally wrong and a true disappointment. For those of you who are having their children required to find another school: You have rights request a SST and take action. It's hard enough on a 5 year old to adjust to the first year of school. It's just not in the best interest of the child to then have to move him to another school, teacher, kids etc. Let's put the kids first Bonsall West!

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December 17, 2012
AMAZING school. From the principal to the custodian this school is top notch. We couldn't be happier with our experience. Wish we lived here when our oldest was in elementary! Mr. Ray makes you feel like family. So far all the teachers I have encountered are highly educated and passionate about children. My son LOVES to go to school. What a jem!

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November 03, 2012
Super happy with BW. First, principle is super awesome! Second, teachers and staffs are super educated and dedicated. Third, school system, drop off-pick up, award program is super pro. Forth, school environment is super nice and clean. I've seen nothing but goodness at BW. We love our K teacher. She is super good!

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August 15, 2012
This is just a request for my nephew as a student in this school ...Im asking for help to pick him up by your school bus ...his mother have a baby and walk an hour a day to shool just to take Justin Nacional to shool..her husband going to work early morning and she don't have a car to take my nephew to school...can you imagine going to school two hour a day with a littel baby and the raod is up and down ??? Please !!!! Address: 5562 Nanday

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March 31, 2012
This is the best Elementary school around! I cannot express in words how impressed I am with the staff. My daughter is in Miss Bruners kindergarten class this year. She entered kindergarten behind in the social aspects of it, and has just blossemed this year. I LOVE Miss B, she is the best kinder teacher I have ever came across. They are all great. We love Mr. Ray, and appriciate his dedication to the children. I volunteer at kindergarten, and am always so happy when I see how involved the teachers are. Thank you Bonsall West for going above and beyond.

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March 30, 2012
We are a military family and a parents to 4 children, and this is my oldest daughter's 4th elementary school. We have seen what else is out there, and by far, this school rocks it! From the smartboards and technology the students are using daily, to the genuine care from the teachers, to the outstanding principal, this is top quality. We are excited to be at Bonsall West, and even more excited the kids can stay here for a bit. I would recommend this school to anyone who is looking for top notch academics, a caring staff, and up-to-date technology. My children look forward to going to school each day and have never asked to stay home - even wanting to go when they are sick. Thank you BW for being a greta partner is my children's education.

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January 11, 2012
I am a military wife and we move around a lot. This school by far is the best all around! The principal Mr. Ray is so wonderful! More schools should push to have a principal that loves kids and makes them excited about school and learning! I will be very sad when we have to leave! Go to a Morning Sing on Friday 8:00 and you will see for yourself!

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May 09, 2011
My daughter's first year in this school and couldn't be happier. We like that the teachers are involved with the student's academic progress. School ground is beautiful and very clean.. Plenty of great activities year round and many opportunities for parental involvement.

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March 03, 2011
I have 4 kids and 3 have already attended. We love the environment and the extra school activities. The teachers are always willing to listen and help our children succeed. The Principle is energetic and the kids just adore him. There is plenty of opportunity for parent involvement and we really love the feeling community at the school.

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February 23, 2011
My children have attended Bonsall West for 2 1/2 years now and we are very pleased with the school. Mr. Ray, the new principal this year is very well liked by both students and parents. He is very approachable and open to new ideas. His Friday moring assemblies promote high morale and unity for the entire school. The teachers we've had have been great. The PTA works really hard to provide more for the children in terms of library books, field trips, classroom grants and more. There is a good after school program. I would encourage more parents to get involved in their child's classrooms and in the PTA to make it an even better school. Overall, very happy.

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January 15, 2011
Bonsall West is one of the best schools in North County San Diego with a great staff, hard working student body, and a high level of parent support.

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October 21, 2010
This school is FABULOUS! I have 3 children that attend Bonsall West and I can't say enough about how great it is. The teachers are VERY informative and have constant communication with the parents. I feel like I always know what is happening in my childrens' classes. Parents are very involved with school activities and the PTA is wonderful and welcoming. Mr. Ray, the principal, is new to the school this year and totally rocks. If you are new to the area or a parent with questions about the school, call and ask if you can attend the Friday assembly. Within 30 minutes, you can tell this school has positive, engaged teachers, students who care about their education and respect of others and a leader (Mr. Ray) who is positive, energetic and inspiring to all he leads. Bonsall West is the best school my children have ever attended!

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August 02, 2010
the teachers are not that great there are better teachers at my daughters old school and the principal is way out of his league

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June 01, 2010
We have children in K & 1st grade. This is an awesome school! We are so happy to part of this community and school.

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May 14, 2010
Ask any parent at Bonsall West and they will agree that this is a great school. Kids in all grades K-6th are challenged to do there best. There are plenty of resources for children who need extra help too. Teachers use the school's website and email to communicate homework assignments and upcoming events, yet they are never too busy to pick up the phone or stop you during pick-up time if they need to tell you something. The PTA is really great. They plan family nights, art contests, variety shows, etc. Lots of parent volunteers, caring teachers and a great principal make this school the success that it is.

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January 25, 2010
Amazing school. I have three kids attending: K, 4th, & 6th (yes its actually K-6th not K-5 as of last year). Great teachers who are willing to communicate in person, or e-mail on anything from simple to complicated issues. Education is challenging but not overwhelming. Campus is newer (2005) and it looks beautiful. Good after school program on site through Boys & Girls Club. Before the first bell rings they have 'running club' for 30 minutes where kids can run laps and earn 'foot tokens'...very cool way to encourage exercise. Can't say enough good things about Bonsal West Elementary.

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November 15, 2008
Bonsall West has the best teachers ever! Each teacher is very supportive of all students, including those needing extra help. This school has been great for my daughter. I would absolutely recommend the 6th grade program here.

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September 06, 2007
Great school for average learners. No gifted and talented program. Not a lot of extra resources for some kids who need help in some subjects.

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March 05, 2007
BW is a phenomenal school! The teachers and staff are passionate and dedicated, the parents are highly involved and vital to the school's success, and the principal shows great leadership. PTA is growing with many hardworking parent volunteers and supports the school 110%.

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December 11, 2006
Academic program is excellent. Other than Boys and Girls Club, there are no extracurriculars. I found the PTA to be exclusive.

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November 14, 2006
Principal has very strong leadership skills. He's a leader that gets things done! My 5th grader's teacher was 'teacher of the year'. Overall, this school is very safe, has involved parents and a great place for a child to learn.

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September 01, 2006
The school year has just begun, and I'm wowed with the staff's ethusiasm and the overall positive energy. The parent involvement is amazing. They have a great PTA - leading the parents and working with the staff to enrich and better the children's school and everyday learning atmosphere. The principal is always all smiles and super helful.

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Bonsall West Elementary School
5050 El Mirlo Drive, Oceanside, CA  92057
(760) 721-8001
Last modified Bonsall West Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Bonsall West Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top