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K-5
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Palm Desert, CA
Students enrolled: 648

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74-251 Hovley Lane East
Palm Desert, CA 92260

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(760) 862-4370
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October 20, 2014
BEST TEACHERS IN THE DESERT. THE PRINCPEL HE IS UNFRENDLY PERSON WE HAVE INCOUNTER{ MOST MOMS WILL AGREE } FRONT OFFICE THEY NEED PEOPLE SKILLS.

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2014
James Earl Carter Elementary, Principal Jeff Hingsen, I have spoke to him about this issue that occur on 23Sept2014. I'm very upset & outrage about my Grandchild ordeal...LOCKED OUT OF THE SCHOOL upon exiting thru a wrong door. She said it seem like HOURS, frighten, alone, knocking on doors/windows but nothing. This happened after seeking help due to not feeling well & was sent to the office. I feel this is where the breaK down & COMMUNICATION occur from the Office & her Teacher....clearly no regards to your child safety; whom we TRUST TO PROTECT THEM not out of their sight with no supervision! She was face with protecting herself roaming the grounds outside of the school, scared. First year & no one offer her a tour of the school. Her rescue came from a Kindergarten Teacher at recess who instructed her back inside. I Thank You. Once again directed to classroom to find it empty. I read another Parent's review noted 8Sept06 & agreed the after school pick up is chaotic & frightfully dangerous. I have observed the Kids during the day outside in 106% + heat, instead of Principal/Staff doing activity inside. Organization has a giant weakness, & safety doesn't seem to be important!

- submitted by a community member
October 28, 2013
There has been a vast improvement the last year of two regarding the respect being shown parents by the office personnel. Parents should continue to demand the respect their entitled to at James Earl Carter Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
This is a great school! Both of my kids attend it and I can not be happier!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2013
Carter's staff from the principal to the office staff, teachers, librarian and noon yard supervisors are all wonderful! I was saddened to read the prior post by another parent as I witnessed the event they were speaking of. The office staff was to the point with this parent because they had pulled in to a one-way entrance going the wrong way which could have put our children, mine included, at harm. It's unfair to ridicule the staff without explaining the entire circumstances behind their demeanor. Our family could not be more grateful for the care, support, and guidance provided by the entire staff at Carter. We also have a wonderful community of supportive parents at Carter.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2012
My daughter has attended Carter for 4 years now and we have had an absolutely wonderful experience with each teacher and each year that passes. The staff is kind and diligent. The principal is kind and cares for the children. The teachers are truly great in every aspect you would want as a parent for your child. I highly recommend this school! We feel blessed to call it our Elementary Home.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
I love the school. My kids started to attend Carter Elementary last school year and I am happy about it. I can't believe how much kids are reading. My son wasn't a big reader, but now he is enjoying reading and I don't even have to tell him to read anymore. I love the math curriculum too. Teachers put so much energy to give attention to individual kids' improvement. They work so hard. Communications with teachers are excellent too. When I sent an email to ask a question, they sent me back right away. PTO is very active to help the school. Great organization. Many parents are involved for classroom or school volunteer. The great thing is parents are willing to help not being obligated. I have not heard any complains from other parents and I don't have any either. (Maybe one... the picking up kids is a little bit too hectic?)

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2011
I am very happy that my daughter got a chance to attend this school. I really like the way teacher works with each students in their class, The Homework covers everything which they need to do on based of their grade, My dughter is having fun in her second grade class. I will also have my son to go into this school once he would be 5 years old. PTO program in this school is very helpful and keep you in loop about their activities in school. I love this school so does my daughter. The teachers are wonderful. Thank you very much carter for taking my daughter in your school. Great School!!!

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December 18, 2009
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no rating October 04, 2009
The teachers at Carter Elementary School are creative, hard-working and involved.

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September 30, 2009
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September 17, 2009
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June 04, 2009
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February 28, 2009
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October 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
I have been a parent at Carter , this will be the 6th year. Both my girls love it and every year they get better and better. With one of my girls this being her last year --I plan on staying here for the next 3 years with my youngest. Great PTO and the teachers every year are the best teacher for each of my girls. And there is no waiting list or Pressure to volunteer. I do so with no contract and at my own time. Thank you Carter for such a wonderful education for my two daughters

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 31, 2008
I absolutely love this school all my children now have gone to this school and excelled here! Great caring and professional teachers here!

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
I'm very greatful that my daughter is able to attend this school. She is currently in second grade and feels very happy at this school, her two cousins are also in second grade but in different classrooms. The teachers are excellent and I'm thankful for all the extra effort that PTO provides for all the school's activities.

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April 19, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2006
My child was formerly at a charter school in the district and I have seen no decline in their academic perfomance since coming to Carter School. The staff and leadership here are very prgressive and innovative in helping the students learn and take on a desire for learning. They are true academic professionals. Music, art and sports have not fell by the wayside here as budget cuts have hit hard across the state. Carter maintains these activities as important parts of their student's overall education. The Accelerated Reading program is very motivational to the student's reading achivement and gives them confidence to succeed in other academic areas and should be a must at every school. Parent involvement here is very high for those parents who do become actively involved in their children's education and have a positive attitude towards helping their child learn. To Carter Staff - Keep up the good work!

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2006
The teachers at Carter are amazing!! All three of my kids have gone to this school.We are happy with the school overall, but it is definitely this group of dedicated and wonderful teachers that has kept us here!

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2006
Carter is a wonderful school! The amount of staff/parent support is phenomenal. My children are receiving a top notch education as evidenced by their academic achievement and excitement for learning. My husband and I moved to this area four years ago and made sure to buy a home within Carter's boundaries and I am so glad we did. As with any campus, there are days that are much busier than others, but the staff, students and numerous parent volunteers make it all work. Anyone who has spent any amount of time on campus would see the devotion of Carter's administrators, teachers and volunteers. Yeah, Cougars!

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2006
The office staff was obnoxiously difficult to work with during the registration process. The after school pick up is chaotic and frightfully dangerous. The children are herded to the parking lot under the trees and minimally supervised. Organization seems to be a giant weakness, and safety doesn't seem to be an issue anyone cares enough about to maintain. On the bright side, the class sizes are small, and the teachers are sweet.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
Academic programs are wonderful here. My son had Ms. Jacobson for 2nd grade. At the end of the year he's reading at a 5th grade level and mastered all tests. Extracurricular activities were limited, but i think with budget cuts they're going to be regardless. My main concern was the academic achievement, and Carter surpasses 9 out of 10 schools in the county, so i was happy. my child went from attending a private elementary school where they wanted to hold him back in kindergarten, then he attended carter and made a complete turn around. He's now an exceptional student. yes, the parents are snooty, but look at the area...and it's not a reflection on carter teachers or staff. The teachers have been very down to earth and just want what's best for the kids. You go, Carter.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2006
great school, great teachers, great parents all very dedicated.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2006
Carter is a great school, with good, positive academic and social environment for students.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2006
Very nice teachers. Nice building and study is good and upto the mark.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2006
Since the new principal started, the school has gone down significantly. The spirit of the schools seems down. I've noticed my child's grades and attitude has gone down. His friends don't seem happy there anymore. Mrs. Lamb was always so kind with the children and I believe that she made the school what it was. I really think they should have thought twice when hiring this guy. The teachers are great at Carter, but I've noticed a big change this school year.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2005
I currently have two daughters who attend this school, and a son who graduated last year. Initially there was a culture shock, and it took some time to understand the way the school operated. Once that task was accomplished, I began to see why Carter has such a stellar academic record. Yes, the parents have cliques and yes there are a few rotten teachers and yes this school constantly digs in the pockets of its parents, but academically I couldn't ask for a better public school. I found that consistently keeping in contact with the teachers/principal is a must to ensure my children's success. Once the administrators understand that you are serious about education, the games/politics cease!

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October 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2005
Our experience at Carter was with the overcrowded Kindergarten program. We had 39 students to one teacher! Overall, my kid learned little and we thankfully have moved away.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
Wonderful school. Great environment. Encouraging and successful atmosphere.

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August 13, 2005
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July 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2005
This is a terrific school, based on academic achievement. I personally sought out this school when moving my children into the area. Unfortunately, the principal who has been with the school since Day One just retired -- she was a huge part of why this school was so terrific. But, she didn't do it alone, and the teachers and staff are top-notch, too.

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February 24, 2005
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January 04, 2005
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January 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2004
My son attended Carter last year for 5th grade, we moved to the area specifically for the school and I am glad that we did, he had a great year with a teacher he truly respected . Some parents are more concerned with their social standing but I do not feel that could be said of the staff. The school is one of the best in the district and is struggling with overcrowding I did not always feel the playground was adequately supervised. I know all schools struggles with resources, Carter (and its PTA) ask parents do what they can, I did not feel the pressure to buy 'supplies' that I have at previous schools. There are always cliques in schools and PTA's (this is out 4th school) I generally felt welcomed.

- submitted by a former student
August 02, 2004
I just want the best place for my kids to go to school and learn. The past year was the first time they went to Carter. I will have to say that one thing this site doesn't tell you is that many teachers and staff are only there for social standings. If you are not as active in the school as other parents, you seem to be snubbed. So if the teachers and staff treat you a parent like that then how do they treat your childern?

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2004
This has been the worst school my daughter has ever been to. She has been to a total of 3. I have never been so disappointed by a school and its principal.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2004
I have 2 children at Carter, another one starting this year. Having attended other schools where some of the teachers didn't even know my child's name, I can't tell you how pleased I am with the teachers at Carter. My children have both excelled academically in their classes. I noticed another parent complaining on this website about the classes needing supplies donated. Show me a school in California that doesn't. The teachers and staff, also Ms. Lamb, (the principle), have become part of our family. They sincerely care about the children, each and every one of them.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2004
Carter Scholl is wonderful. My daughter loves it. I don't think you could find a better quality school.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2004
Outstanding school. Great teaching staff and excellent principal. Top scores on the state test. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2003
I have had 2 children go through Carter (my son is currently in the first grade) and I just want to give Carter a big 'thank you' for helping my children to excel not only academically but socially. The amount of respect and caring from the teachers and Mrs. Lamb (principal) is comforting to me and my husband. Although Carter, like all public schools in California, faces budget issues I feel they make the children their first priority and instill something that goes beyond simple supply shortages, they instill a sense of self confidence. Thank you Carter school for rising to the challenge!

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2003
Like one of the past responses I too moved to the area to get in this school. Now that we are here, what a disappointment. My student has been moved three times now. We are on our fourth teacher.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2003
I am new to CA, I heard such wonderful things about Carter that I told my husband they HAVE to go there. Once we got here I was not pleased. There are too many things that could of been different. The kindergarteners don't get to do homework because there is a printing limit. They can not send me home notes and concerns because they have no paper. They will post the supplies on the door for parents to donate. (My children ride the bus, how can I see the agenda on the door, do I trust my 5yr old to update me on events.)Please just be advised that this school is not for the children, but for the parents to out do one another. I just wanted to best school for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2003
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James Earl Carter Elementary School
74-251 Hovley Lane East, Palm Desert, CA  92260
(760) 862-4370
Last modified James Earl Carter Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
James Earl Carter Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top