Students enrolled 766
School leader Betsy Wilcox

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3701 Kelton Drive
Oceanside, CA 92056

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4 stars
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April 25, 2014
I agree with many posts about this schools decline. It decline is becoming more and more rapid. I already had one child graduate this school and when my eldest child was there Mrs. Gliesberg ran an outstanding school and my child succeeded excellently. I have another child going to this school under the new principal and everything mentioned by others is true. All incentives and awards are almost non existant but they're always asking for more money, supplies etc... A few wonderful teachers and staff have left the school over the years. Test scores are down and declining. Emails to the principal go unreplied. Also agree with parents not being curtious or following rules in regards to pick up and drop off it has been dangerous at times. This school is a shell of what it once was.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2014
This a great school, just some parents need to learn how to drive and park and be courteous to parent crossing guards. Now if you wonder where the money goes, attend a PTA meeting!!!! And if you don't like our school because it old then go to another one that is brand new, but good luck because all of those schools have a rating of 2!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2013
This is an outstanding community centered school. All the adults on campus including the principal, teachers and parent volunteers are centered on what's important - the well-being of our children. My children are thriving at this great school, thank you.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
Not a family friendly school any more. The principal has been there 3 years and is gone often, which is good. She has managed to single handedly alienate many families. Test scores have plummeted. No longer are there motivational incentives for the children. The principal's attitude is "My way or the highway." It seems as if she's trying to erase any trace of the previous principal's successes in running the school, hence the school is declining in quality staff, morale, and team work attitude it used to have. I know many parents have complained to the district, but they don't seem to listen. This school used to be as good as Ivey Ranch, no longer the case. Cannot wait to have my children out of there. Many teachers that have been there before this principal are wonderful, but they are leaving.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
FOLLOW UP to JUNE 6, 2011 review "just completed kindergarten..." Looking back, we were probably just very happy with the kindergarten program - they are, and continue to be, a well oiled machine! Since then, however; we have become increasingly dissatisfied. When we arrived in 2010, CM was an 8, today a 7. Our opinion regarding the principle has completely flipped: "not awesome" is more appropriate - entirely agreeing with the "my way or the highway" and similar comments made by others. Could this attitude be affecting moral among the staff and subsequently test scores among the students? Time will tell. As various PTA parents have "5 STARS & AWESOME!!!" posted, there is much to celebrate here aside from the principle and declining test scores. The PTA has done well to keep parents involved and informed and there is strong parental support . The teachers are good; and most do very well with what they've got to work with. That said, we didn't come here for "fine" "ok" or even "good". We came here for "great", which appears to be slipping away. Therefore, it is our opinion a change is needed soon or we're headed for a 6... which for us, is unacceptable.

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2013
Agree 100% with review posted April 5, 2013. Quality for this school has dropped significantly since Principal Gleisberg left and Principal Wilcox started. As long as your child is compliant with their rules and expectations 100% of the time (which frankly, are NOT realistic for overcrowded classrooms populated with the occasional bright, spirited child) and has a quiet and meek personality, he/she will do just fine here. But if your child has special needs - whether a learning disorder, physical needs, or they are highly intelligent/sensitive/spirited - forget it. Do your child(ren) a favor and enroll somewhere where they will be valued for their individuality. I have had a child at this school for 7 years now and am extremely disappointed with how my child was treated this past year. The focus has shifted from caring about kids/families to caring about rigid rule enforcement. Communication between the teacher/principal and parents is lacking. Parents are not given needed information regarding new policies - but we are bombarded with almost daily phone calls and flyers about fundraisers. After 2 years of this, I am fed up and am looking for a new school for my child.

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2013
My oldest started as a kinder at McAuliffe in 2001. A couple of years ago we got a a new school principal. The previous principal was phenomenal. She was obvious she CARED about children's success. The new principal has removed any award incentive for the kids. No more 'Student of the Month.' She will not work with families. This is a small community with children with older siblings having attended before them. It is such a disappointment that the new principal is removing activities and awards. The teachers that have been there for a long time are wonderful. The PTA is not the worst nor is it the best the school has had. It seems like them want their kids to be noticed because all the pictures they post of them any opportunity they get. It used to be neck in neck with Ivey Ranch, but since the new principal, Ivey Ranch has surpassed this school with test scores. So unfortunate. Only the old timers will know the difference because new families will never know how great this was and could still be.

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2012
This is our 3rd year with kids at McAuliffe. The teachers at this school are fantastic and truly dedicated to helping our kids achieve their goals. While I am not crazy about the principal, the rest of the staff more than makes up for what she lacks. The PTA is very dedicated, and really works to include everyone in the activities they sponsor. To the reviewer who wondered where all the money raised goes, try going to a PTA meeting - ALL the money goes back into the school in support of teachers and students.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2012
I LOVE McAuliffe! It is upsetting when I read bad reviews about the school because I have nothing but fantastic things to say about the school. I have been a McAuliffe mom for 3 years now and have really enjoyed our time at the school. The principal is very open and always available when I need her and quick to answer any questions I may have. The PTA is a wonderful group of parents that you can tell really take pride in the school and only want the best for our kids. I have never felt pressured if I cant volunteer and when I can, I am always greeted with open arms. I feel the schools communication is great. Emails, flyers and Facebook are all ways to get the word out and keep us busy parents informed. The teachers are wonderful and from my experience, are totally open and available at any time. I am sad to read bad reviews about the school when child and my experience has been amazing!!! Thank you McAuliffe Teachers, parents and PTA. You have a great community that I am proud to be part of!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2012
What an AWESOME school!!! We have been at McAuliffe now for almost 5 years and have enjoyed being a part of such a great school. The new principal is amazing - very accessible and has made some great changes so far. The PTA - WOW , I can't even say enough about the passion they put into everything they do. They have set out to make McAuliffe more of a community and they are succeeding! They keep us well informed and because they are so friendly - they make me WANT to volunteer!! I have met so many wonderful families here. Lastly, the teachers - what a great job they do even with all the budget cuts. They are very dedicated and my children have LOVED every single one of their teachers that they have had. I feel lucky that my kids get to go to McAuliffe. GO CHALLENGERS!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
We are trying to leave this school but the district has denied our School of Choice application. The principal is nice but will NOT work with parents, not even a compromise. It's her way or the highway. The teachers aren't the best. I agree with the 'tons of paper' comment...we have three kids and get every notice in triplicate. The school is old and ugly. The playground is terrible. The administration is more concerned with healthy food than test scores. IEP...forget it. Every new day is a new fundraiser, and I don't know where the PTA is spending all the money, but our kids are tired. Homework is busy work (word searches, etc.). Traffic is a mess. Wow, I wish I could say something good.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2012
It's hard- I love the teachers and the school community but I am NOT a fan of the principal or her ethics. She doesn't work with the parents and only sees things her way. The PTA is a great group of people and they have stopped doing so many fundraisers and just ask for donations now. A mjor plus!! I want to transfer my kids out of the school- but can't!!!!! Our school systems are so messed up- it' very sad.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
I would not recommend this school if your child has special needs. My son began experiencing behaivoral problems starting in 2nd grade, he didn't improve by 3rd grade so we took him to a clinical psychologist and was diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome w/ ADHD. The teachers and staff at this school were very insensitive to my son's needs, they lacked compassion, tolerance, and patience, and they provided only the bare minimum for him. We finally had enough and by the time he got to 4th grade we were able to move to Orange County and Wow! What a difference in standards! We went with walls up expecting resistance from all ends but no way none of that happened! My son was welcomed with open arms and accepted from day one. He has all the support he needs and is excelling tremendously. By the way, my daughter, who is typical, also attended here and she did fine, we had no problems with her teachers, so it just goes to show you.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
great school that teaches 4th grade (10 yrs of age) on how a child is conceived and period.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2011
my son loves it and so do i one of the top schools with great education

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2011
I accualy attended McAuliffe K-5 grades. I personally loved it! There are so many great memories i have there. My teachers were very nice, and although i was not the brightest kid, I tryed my best and respected my teachers. My personal "booster" was having my teachers tell me i did well on one thing or another, and i hope they keep doing that with the kids that go there now.[the little things count] I have academically bloomed since then, but it was becasue of the basic knowledge that i built, here. I live near, and plan to volunteer sometime this year as I move onto College.

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2011
We love this school! I have two children at McAuliffe and have found the teachers to be outstanding. Not only to they encourage healthy activities like running and PE, they teach the children to be upstanding citizens. The principal and teachers both encourage the students to be their very best and reward them for doing so. Despite the larger class sizes (due to budget cuts), the teachers continue to look for and implement creative teaching techniques that appeal to all skill levels. The PTA at this school is remarkable. Parents are involved at every level, from recycling to fundraising to assisting in the classroom. You can't turn the corner at this school without running into a parent volunteer or PTA board member... Best of all, the PTA is low stress/low pressure for the parents. It's a "come as you are and do what you can" mentality at this school. Thank goodness we have such wonderful, dedicated people in Oceanside who care for the school and love to help the kids the way they do.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
My son attended McAuliffe k-5, I can only say good things about the staff that I have encountered in all the years, and I have another child still there. With all the news around the pledge of allegiance in schools today. I am finding it rather ironic that a couple years ago when my older son attended McAuliffe the class only "found the time on Friday or Monday's" according to his teacher. But my younger one attending the same school said it every day? When I asked her about it she stared at me like I had two heads and asked if I really thought it was that important. Now fast forward to a new school year and new teacher and it's back to one day a week. This from a school named after a NASA trained American Hero? I have no info yet on the new Principal.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2010
They really need to utilize "School Loop" Save paper! Oh my goodness how much paper comes home in the weekly shuttles is a complete waste of money. I have another child in Middle school and they use School loop like its going out of style, and I love it! No papers come home & everything is done on this website.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
The pick-up, drop-off situation at this school is insaine. 400+ parents trying to drop off their kids in a five min. window (it specifically states NOT to drop off your kids earlier than 5 min. before school starts because there is no where for your child to go). My kindergartener has been going there for 3 days and I have never experienced something so disorganized. The parking lot is small so I understand there is no parking for parents, however they have most of it blocked off in the am. There is also a back gate and service entrance in the front that is closed off. This could be utilized for drop off as well. I know this is a great school but it worries me that picking up and dropping off my child is this hectic and unorganized. Lets utilize all entrances, it just makes things safer!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2010
I had so many issues with my sons teacher my son has been diagnosed with ADHD, we tried working with his teacher on routines for my son ( suggested by the principal, his therapist and teacher) and his teacher had 0 tolarance for my son. I got my son a tutor and he is doing much better. I think that schools now a days need to be prepared for kids with learning disabilities instead of trying to ignore the problem.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
The one complaint I have about this school is the principal seems to never be on campus. My child has been to many schools due to transfers and at every school the principal was always on the campus there taking care of parent, student, and teacher issues. Shouldn't the principal be there in case something does happen? I'm not impressed with her but I am impressed with My child's teacher, Mrs. Hartwig. She has been a great addition to my son's education. I'm sad the year is almost over because he will no longer have her as a teacher.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
They have great teachers who really care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
Our granddaughter is flourishing at Christa McAuliffe Elementary School. We are very pleased with the principal, Mrs. G (her teacher), and parent involvement. It is easy to see why they earned a Distinguished School honor.

- submitted by a community member
April 23, 2010
We have a daughter in kindergarten at McAuliffe, and we have been very happy. Her teacher, Mrs. G., has been great in working with each child at their level, and the teachers and the Principal use different strategies to motivate student learning. My daughter has been working on her 1st grade words, and cannot wait to get her next word list so she can read them to the Principal. We are glad that we went with our neighborhood school, a Distinguished School that really strives for excellence.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
We chose to send our children to McAuliffe through the OUSD School of Choice program. All four of our children have attended McAuliffe Elementary, and they've all LOVED it! They have all had wonderful teachers each year, who have inspired our children to love learning. The Principal is extremely supportive of the teachers and staff, as well as the students. The parents are very active participants in their children's educational experience at McAuliffe, and that shows in the student behavior and performance as well. McAuliffe Elementary is an all-around wonderful school, and very much deserves its title as Distinguished School.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
The teachers are very open to parent / teacher dialogue.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
They are excellent in their efforts to include science and the arts in their curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
I love this school, because the teachers really work to foster and nurture individual strengths, and given how they are stretched by budgetary issues, it's no small feat

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Caring dedicated teachers are involved with each child, and are very approachable.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 23, 2010
we love christa mcauliffe elem because its a fun and safe learning environment for our kids. we appreciate the extra activities outside the classroom, such as the K-kids club, the butterfly garden and the recycling. all great activities to show that our community is just as important as our education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
McAuliffe is a great school with great teachers who really know what they are doing. There is great parent involvement as well

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
McAuliffe has continued to soar above and beyond my expectations as a parent. In these days of budget cuts, you would expect that the children would suffer with the friction that those cuts could have created, but the teachers and staff at McAuliffe have shown amazing perseverance. You can see their dedication as they continue to raise to the challenge even though the rug seems to be pulled out from under them time and time again. It's as if they took some kind of moral stand and decided to dedicate themselves to those kids no matter what.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Lovely school! Great, cohesive staff and solid parent involvement. Despite cuts in funding, I see the school buzzing with music and art programs. I admire the beautiful gardens that double as designated monarch butterfly stations. Even as a kindergartener my son was so interested in what brought the butterflys there. We look forward to many more great years with our children there!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Christa McAuliffe has great teachers, student/teacher ratio is wonderful. 4 of my children have attended Christa McAuliffe and love/loved it. The PTA members are great about getting info out to the parents. It's a number one school all around.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2009
I was shoked to see how run down this school looks! The interaction between staff and parents also feels veyr patronal.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
June 11, 2009
My son is will be in fourth grade next year and I absolutely love McAuliffe! I am actively involved in his education as well as PTA. The teachers are awesome and the staff are exceptional. I wish McAuliffe was K-8 because of the quality of learning I know my son has received.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2008
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August 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2007
I believe Christa McAuliffe is the best elementary school in southern California! The teachers are all highly trained with at least one in each grade level who has a GATE certificate. The teachers truly care about their students.

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2007
My children have received an excellent education at McAuliffe. The principal leadership is excellent and is reflected in the excellent test scores. Parental envolvement is high and encouraged. The PTA is very active. Teachers are all experienced. At least three that I know of have received Teacher of the Year for Oceanside the past few years. I would like to see new playground equipment someday soon...right now what they have is old and outdated. I would like to see the sand under the playground done away with. There has been a problem with graffitti and vandalism to the school, but the district is on top of it.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2006
Our son and daughter have attended Christa McAuliffe for four and five years respectively. I have personnally met with each of their teachers several times per year and found them all to be highly professional, well-educated, and very organized both in classroom layout and in their presentation of learning material. This school is academically the second best performing elementary school in Oceanside based on the API and in 2004 became a California Distinguished School.With the exception of one other school in Oceanside, Ivy Ranch Elementary, Christa McAuliffe beats all other public and private options in the area. However, like most public schools these days, they focus very heavily on academic achievement (test scores) with the Arts (including Art, Music, and Performing Arts) being relegated to just about zero or even non-existent so do note this if these areas of learning are important to you.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2006
My child has attended this school for 4 years, I have been happy with all of her teachers except [one].

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2006
I have one child in Kindergarten at this school and I am thrilled with McAuliffe. The teachers are great and the PTA is very active. I can highly recommend this school

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2006
Christa McAuliffe elementary school is a wonderful school. The staff is helpful and accommodating. I have been in this area since my sons were born. Now I have one that is in Middle School. Because of the high quality education he received at this school he is now an honor student at middle school. This school places high value on academic achievement and constantly encourages students to strive for success. In fact we have talked about moving out of this area, but I refuse to leave until my younger son finishes fifth grade. I am extremely pleased with the teaching and clerical staff at McAuliffe. The principle and along with her staff run a very tight and strict ship. Yet she is very personable and compassionate.

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September 28, 2005
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January 03, 2005
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December 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2004
We have been so happy with Christa McAuliffe school. The teachers are caring and all the staff is very involved. My child has special needs and gets the best help. Everyone has gone out of there way to make sure he gets what he needs.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2003
As a former student of Christa McAuliffe, I can say nothing but good things about my education. I am currently enrolled in a four-year private University, and I know that without the direction I received from McAuliffe I would not be here. This school has excellent teachers who truly care for all of thier students individually. I read the previous parent's thoughts, and all I can tell you is you do not understand California's Schooling, because test scores show progress, and progress is vital to school's funding but most importantly your children's future. As they learn to take standardized tests at a young age, the SAT and ACT test that must be taken to get into college will not be such a difficult task. I think McAuliffe was, is and will always be an excellent school for any child. The principal may be trying to raise the bar, but that is so students to grow to their potential, which is not always appreciated or emphasized in other school districts.

- submitted by a community member
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Christa Mcauliffe Elementary School
3701 Kelton Drive, Oceanside, CA  92056
(760) 722-8357
Last modified Christa Mcauliffe Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Christa Mcauliffe Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top