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110 Marine Drive
Oceanside, CA 92058

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(760) 385-4254
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March 30, 2014
My son attended kindergarten at this school. I've been told by his teacher that he is the youngest of the class, he can't focus, can't finish his work on time compare to other students. She mentioned because he is youngest of all he'll always be at the bottom of the class. Turned out my son is in the gifted program. I'm so glad I moved him to a much better school. Mary Fay by far is the worse school I've ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
When we first moved to Camp Pendleton we heard so many good things about Mary Fay. My child has been there for 3 years now and each year it has become worse. The communication between parents and the school is horrible. My daughter is in the new middle school that Mary Fay tried to build and I finally have had enough. We are relocating her to another school. The school is over crowded and there is a sense of a clique among the PTA. The website says a class size is 20 which is a horrible lie a regular class size is no LESS than 35. The school does have the potential to be a whole lot better but as of right now, our kids deserve a lot better.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2014
Run!! Your child is not in good hands at this school!!! This is school has so many hidden problems that no one see until after their child is in rolled in it. Cliques among Admin., staff, PTSA (they are really BAD) and volunteers. Being bullied is not addressed they way the school say it will be. They went to this common core learning and now the school is failing from what the state says. That 8 out of 10 is a lie because most of the kids tested in the school are no longer there the next year. Your child could go into the school getting great test scores and then get to MFP and their score will come back failing.Class rooms are over crowed and most teachers have to many kids in their class to really give the children in their class the right teaching they need. If your child needs anything special to help them learn until you demand the help the school could care less about what they may need. I only have the next few months left at this school because we move in July but my child has been here three years and in that time I have learned that if you live in the areas that go to this school just RUN!! DONT SUBJECT YOUR CHILD TO THIS SCHOOL AND THE PEOPLE WHO RUN IT !!!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2013
Not very good.....Mr. Dominguez seems very disorganized . My younger child was in a class of 34 and my older child had 29 in his class. The one bright spot was Mr. Corica (sixth grade teacher) who was transfered out by the principal. I have one more year before we move and I might just get the heck out of dodge.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
This is my son's third year at this school and I have nothing but good things to say about it! The new administration is wonderful and is getting the school organized and implmenting new programs. The teachers are amazing and work well to provide the best education for our students. One teacher was even nominated and is one of the top ten finalists for Teacher of the Year for San Diego county!!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
Our daughter attended Kindergarten here and we disenrolled her after one month. There were 32 children in the kindergarten classroom with one teacher and NO aide. It was so over crowded that some kids sat on the floor and some sat in chairs during group work. Even though we liked her teacher, it was not a good environment for learning and very slow at making progress. We discussed our concern with the Principal (he's new this year) but there was nothing he could do about it. All of the kindergarten classes were way over crowded and averaging 31-35 students with no aides to help the teacher.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2012
My son attended Kindergarten for the first time this year. He was born in September, just in the middle of their cut out. I was informed by his teacher that he isn't doing good. He is gonna be at the bottom no matter what, because he is the youngest and immature. When I talked to her and try to help all I got was I should move my son down to preppie class. What kind of teacher would you your kid is stupid? Not to mention the first day of school my son was left outside in front of their little office when he supposted to ride the bus home. No staff or his teacher would help and assist him to the bus. Second day he was in the wrong bus. Can you imagine waiting for your kid to get home, but he isn't there? I talked the K leader, and principle assistant, and his teacher. They all made it sound like it is my son responsibility to remember which bus to catch on the second day of school. His teacher doesn't seem passion about making kids being the best they can be. She is good at nothing much she can do to help, she seems overwhelmed by 32 kids in her class. I'm miserable and fear for my son. I will pull him out of this school. Very bad school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
This is my first year at this school and I have heard nothing but great things about it. I have a VERY different opinion. I have never seen a more disorganized school. There is a lack of communication between parents and the school. They give out important info at the last minute. They have marked my child absent when I put her on the bus leaving me scared and wondering if something happened to her between the bus and her class. They have also not put her on the bus and again leaving me wondering what on earth has happened to my child. This is a military base, this school needs to clearly get its act together and PRONTO!! All together making me feel my children aren't safe there!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
I have been very happy with Mary Fay's kindergarten program. By the end of the year my son was proficient in first grade sight words & even writing sentences. I couldn't be happier with his kindergarten teacher.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2011
This school has become so overcrowded! Actually It was already overcrowded last year, so what did they decide to do? They added an 8th grade this September to make the situation even worse. Combine that with the ever-shrinking budget, poor supervision (especially on the playground at recess) and an absent administration and then you may start to get an accurate picture of what's going on there. I can also tell you from first hand experience, if you have a gifted child then you will want to steer clear of this school. Their so-called "GATE" program exists in name only. I've been hearing for two years now how they are just about to start implementing it after the next break.. It's pretty sad considering how the needs of our gifted children... Our potential bright stars of the future.. are simply being over-looked. They truly have "extra" needs, and should be treated the same as any other "extra needs" group.. They definitely deserve better then an after school book club to meet those needs, that's for sure. One thing I can say for this school, is thank God for all the parent participation/volunteering!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
We were part of MFP for three years (k-3) and loved it! The teachers are awesome, they really put their heart on the kids. I agree that parent involvement is crucial at MFP but I think that is true at any school. Because the great majority of the kids come from military families, its great for kids and parents as well to know you are in the same boat. Kids understand that they are not the only ones who move every two-three years. True, the school will be great with more programs to offer but I was really satisfied how teachers work with what they have and get creative, as well as some very amazing volunteers. Thank you MFP we'll miss you!

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2011
This school is held together by great teachers and VERY involved parents. I have never seen any complaints gain traction with the administration. I think they know you live on base and have to pay for private school to go anywhere else. I volunteer at the school and walk away from the office every time with a bad taste in my mouth. Class sizes are huge and parent daily involvement is a must! I know many families on base that pulled their kids out of MFP and suggested we do the same. We lucked out with an incredible teacher and lots of parents volunteering in her class. We will not be returning next year! If you live on base and have to go to MFP be prepared to spend a lot of time at the school to ensure your child's education.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2011
I went to Mary Fay school but I did NOT like it there. Some of my teachers there were great but I did not like the way it works. I didn't like it there I strongly disliked it.

- submitted by a community member
March 07, 2011
My children have been at Mary Fay four years(covering K through 5th grade) and our experience has been nothing but positive. The teachers that my kids have had are the best! They truly care about their students. Considering the budget cuts to education, I have seen little impact in the classroom. The parental involvement and support helps fill in those gaps. Unfortunately, it's time to move on and we will miss Mary Fay very much.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2011
I went here for 4th and 5th grade it was AMAZING!! One of the best schooling experences i have ever had very great academic opertunities but hopefuly then will have music in the school again I <3 Mary Fay!!!

- submitted by a community member
January 20, 2011
To the teacher that posted she would love to hear our concerns as parents...I tried, numerous times and the head teacher did not take me seriously....the safety of the kids at this school is not 110% maybe a 40%. They never seem to know where my daughter is. I could take her out of the school lunch room and know one would be the wiser until it was too late. I am very saddened that the office staff barely even acknowledges you when you walk in the door, let alone check your id to make sure you are not some crazed person. With the way the world is today, this school needs to step up their security for the safety of our children. Now, I do love the teachers that my child has had. They have been wonderful!! And they are very helpful with deployed parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2010
Coming from Oak Park, IL in which the schools system is considered one of the best of the best in Illinois, Mary Fay Pendleton has accomplished many milestones with my child. Not to mention the great support for children of deployed parents. I love this school and am proud to have my son in an institution that has done great things for him academically, socially, and physically. Great Job Mary Fay your the BEST!!!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
My daughter has attended Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School for the past two years and we are going into our third happy year here in the Fall. We have been able to experience both the past and the current principals with great expectations and equally great results. In fact, the new principal is leaps and bounds ahead of her replacement when it comes to improving the school's programs and already successful test scores. The majority of the administration is exemplary in their devotion to the students. The PTA is also extremely dedicated in making sure that the school gets the necessary funding to give the children field trips and assemblies that would otherwise be nonexistent due to state budget cuts. The school is also fortunate enough to have an amazing volunteer basis made up of parents and willing Marines. I have truely never been happier with a school.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2010
Its not fair for that parent to speak for 'all parents' I am a parent of two students that attend MFP and do not feel the same. My oldest child is in the 6th grade and will be attend MFP 7th grade.My child has been a student at MFP since Kindergarten. I love this school. I don't know of any parents that have 'pulled their children out of MFP' and if so it would be because the family may have orders to PCS. As for programs being removed that is false. Programs have been added to help children succeed academically. I can see first hand what goes on because I am there everyday. I attend open houses/ back to school nights, attend the mother/ son dance and I am a PTA member. I am able to do all those things while being employed. April 29 post was false.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Wow, I'm so sorry to read the previous review. I have worked at MFP for a long time and would love to talk to this person personally. If parents have concerns, we would certainly welcome the chance to talk to them and try to make things right. This is a phenomenal staff and the new principal has introduced lots of new programs to enhance academics.

- submitted by a community member
April 29, 2010
I have to say that a year ago my review of this school would have been 100% different. The new administration has sadly dissapointed the parents who have come to love this school and stood behind it. I have had my children at this school for several years and next year they will not be going back. It truly saddens me that all of the hard work and care that the previous principal put into that school has completely gone out the window with the new administration. They way that parents are dealt with is sub-par at best, if they even have there concerns or questions are even dealt with. The fallbrook superintendent really needs to take a closer look at what is happening to a great school and why so many parents are pulling children out and are unhappy.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
December 20, 2009
I love this school they have focused on my kids and there success and have always advised me before things are bad about areas my children need help in ...I plan having my kids in this school until they have to go to middle school ..I have postponed moving just for that reason

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2009
My kids have been attending MFP for two years now and I've never been happier! As an elementary education teacher myself, I am very impressed with both the dedication of the administration and the teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 08, 2008
I am actually a parent and have worked at this school temporarally. The school staff has been awsome to myself and my two children, one who started in 2nd grade and one who was there from kindergarden to. They both were there until they movied on. We have never had any issues of not being heard or understood nor do I have any disrespect to the way the principal decides to make the dicisions she needs to. We as parents can't expect everything to go 'our way'. I'm on both sides. I work at another school now but know that sometimes, it's the kids, sometimes it's the parents and sometimes it is the teachers or administration. I've seen it all. My children's experience at Mary Fay has been nothing but awsome memories for them! I set the tone when I went into the office. Look at yourself in the mirror first!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
The administrative leadership at MFP is weak at best. They use bullying techniques with parents who question teaching methods. They do not value children with special needs and go out of their way to avoid teaching according to the IEP. Discipline at MFP is not consistently inforced leading to a very chaotic and stressful learning environment. In the upper grades children are left to fend for themselves in many situations such as bus, recess, lunch, and before/after school time. Supervision is minimal and misconduct is overlooked and swept under table. I have withdrawn both my special needs child and gifted child from MFP due to lack of teacher dedication and preparedness and refusal to meet individual needs. I suppose if you have an academically average kid who has no behavior problems and is self motivated and will do well in a class with 38 children, MFP may be for you.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2008
My daughter has been at Mary Fay for 4 years and my son 3 years. This is a amazing school. The parent involvment is amazing, and the staff is very welcoming. I can not say enough great things about this school. The principal Lynn Gilstrap is great and very good with the kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
I have one son at this school and it is great! The teacher that he had for Kidergarten was excellent! Great parent involvment!

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August 02, 2008
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March 30, 2008
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March 07, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2008
As a mother of a Kindergarten, I am amazed on how much my child has learned and accomplished in such a short time. Everyday my son will come home and surprise us on what he has learned during the day. My son is so proud of the good tickets that he get from school, that we hand up on the refrigerator. keeo up the good job, and thank you!

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January 26, 2008
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October 02, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
My daughter loves this school ....and the teachers and principal are wonderful people. My daughter was previously taught in England, I feel she has learnt and flourished more in the past few months than she ever did in the UK. Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2007
Run if your child is in 4th grade or above! My child had a horrible experience with 4th grade. Mary Fay is not a school to attend if you want to know your children are safe. The environment in the front office is not welcoming. Don't get me started on the lunch program. My son had 35 kids on average in his class. At one point he had 39! Yes one teacher, no assistant!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2007
The Music Program is an improvement. This school does not set a tone that is welcoming to all families, parents or guardians where they would want to be involved.

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January 30, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
My children went to Mary Fay Pendleton from 2002 to 2005. I believe that they got a top-notch education there. All of the teachers that my 2 children had were committed and passionate about their profession. They were also very compassionate in dealing with the extreme difficulty of having many of the children's fathers leave to go to war in Iraq. I believe that the principal and her staff handled the situation very well. My only criticism is the fact that Mary Fay did not have a p.e. teacher, art teacher or music teacher because they were let go a few years back. However, this was not the fault of the school, but the major fault of lack of funding for California public schools. Regardless, my family will always have fond memories of our time at Mary Fay Pendleton.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
This school does a great job of coping the difficult issues of living on a military base. There are many programs and events to build a school camaraderie.

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January 23, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
Mary Fay tops the list in the Oceanside/Fallbrook area. The teacher involvement is terrific as well as the administration. Peer interaction is encouraged as the higher grades come in to the lower grade classes and cross-age tutor. I really believe it helps the younger children when someone they look up to takes the time to help them out. I highly recommend Mary Fay Pendleton if you are transferring to this area!

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October 11, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2005
Outstanding Quality of academic programs. limited Availability of music, art, sports and other extracurricular activities. High Level of parent involvement.

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August 21, 2005
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August 12, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
This is the best school on base. I would send my child there.

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July 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
This school is great for Kindergarten,but as you go up in grade level the school's desirablilty goes down. This is primarily due to lack of supervision and discipline outside the classroom which is exaserbated by the Principles attitude of not being open to suggestions for improving the school or changing the environment. In the upper grades there are even some teachers who use derogatory and negative language towards their students.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2005
This is an o.k. school if you have children in grades kind. thru 3rd, but I would NEVER put my children thru grades 4th thru 6th again. My son was in 4th grade there and got pushed by the teacher, along with other kids. There are sooo many children in each classroom that the teachers don't know who is who. THere have been so many parents pull their children out of that school. IT's sad because the principal doesn't listen because she just thinks that everything is hunky dorry because they produce o.k. CA test results--that's because the kids come from other good schools. This is the worst school at seeing results and listening to the students and parents. They are rush, rush, rush and many of the teachers are burnt out.

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2005
There is NO WAY That I would send my child to this school for grades 4th-6th-- The lack of teacher involvement with the children and the way that the teachers treat the kids is terrible. They seem to want to get in and get back out of work--like it's a normal 9-5 job. If you try to address [the principal] with the problems, she puts on a fake smile and tells you almost every time that the teacher is a well qualified teacher... --taking up for the teacher and not tending to your concerns. HUM... I wonder why so many parents have taken their kids out of that school once they reached 4th grade. It's wonderful if you have kids kindergarten-3rd, but after that, I wouldn't put my childrens education on the line with that school.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
This is an excellent school with an outstanding staff. The main weakness is the principal and the administration.

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March 29, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2005
I think this is n outstanding school. It has good curriculum, and the teachers and faculty are so devoted to the kids. Mrs. Seeger a 2nd grade teacher goes above and beyond, what is expected of a teacher in my opinion.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2004
School is marginal in terms of academics. There are really good teacher for grades K-3, however 4th grade & beyond do not have highly qualified staff members. I would not want my child at this school for grades 4, 5 & 6.

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
MFP has been a rock solid school for my children. It has fabulous leadership in Lynn Gilstrap and Ms. Cecil, who care very much about the children and their families. MFP brought in counsellors for the children when the twin towers were hit, and they also keep a stable steady environment for children whose lives are otherwise unstable in their military environment. MFP is always well represented at local events like the Math Fair, Don Dornan (Field&Track) games, and spelling bees. My children and are proud to have experienced a bit of MFP's history, and we will miss it sorely when we move this summer.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2004
This is a really good school. Whether this is because of great teachers, great parents, or simply the military setting, MFP has been a good place for my girls to be. I will miss it when we leave.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2004
Having children in school for more than 21 yrs, I have to say this is the best school, any of my children have attended. Teachers really do care, their on top of things, take pride in their teaching and the staff is supportive. I am grateful my daughter attends Mary Fay Pendleton! Thank you!

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2003
My daughter is in kindergarten and I can not picture her doing so well and loving school as much as she does if she went to another school.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
This is by far the best school I could imagine for my children to go to school at. We're in the military, so my kids have been to dif. schools, and this tops all! Most of the teachers are very nurturing, and they all care about the kids.

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Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School
110 Marine Drive, Oceanside, CA  92058
(760) 731-4050
Last modified Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mary Fay Pendleton Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 60 reviews. Top