November 07, 2015
It's interesting to me that there are no current reviews for this school. I will say that the observation about a strong PTA is true, which benefits the kids with added programs not available at lower-performing school. The facility is fairly well maintained for a public school. I have a son who is now in first grade, and went through kindergarten there. I found both the kindergarten teachers to be excellent--how they manage to keep the kids happy and teach them anything with a class size of 30+ is truly remarkable. The former principal, Sally Hughson, was very engaged with the teachers, students and parents, and highly competent. She learned everyone's name and was a smart, fair and caring individual. This year the position is held by Mr. Johnson, who came from the Fullerton District. While he seems affable enough, he is rarely in evidence and seems to be somewhat phoning in his duties. The teachers overall are good; some are far better than others, but no one is terrible, at least that I have heard. Many of the female teachers seem to prefer little girls who sit quietly and color, and come down really hard on boys. The largest problematic issues, I think, are the large class sizes and the institutional training methods. This is very much a "by the book," teach-to-the-test kind of place, but as far as public schools go, it is succeeding. If we could afford it, we would send out son to the private school across the road, Oakridge. Until then, we'll make do with Linda Vista. You could do a lot worse than this school.
- submitted by a community member