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.
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 !!!
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.
One word..BAD SCHOOL...Staffs in the office always chitchating and ignoring parents when they needed help. Parking space is even worse. Kindergartener teachers are old and seem tired, not enough energy to keep up with over crowded class. I had to pull my kids out to a much better school, because a teacher can't keep up and pay attention to 32 students in her class.
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!!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!!!
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.
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.
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.
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