Some leadership changes in the past few years have not had a positive impact on this school. The PTA and volunteers are crucial, but some student privacy suffers, and sadly some parents do gossip about students outside of class. Any new family considering this school may experience getting the least popular, more rigid, demoralizing teachers. We've experienced some extreme inconsistencies with certain staff giving several hours of nightly homework, and others in the same grade, none at all. Unfortunately classrooms are very overcrowded but this is standard for most district schools in the area. Some classrooms here can be described as sink or swim. There also is a select group of parents who have some extraordinary privileges. Teachers do show blatant favoritism to this group. Some lack professionalism and show conflict of interest by being friends with favored parents on facebook and outside of class, even while currently teaching the student. Don't let the awards and titles fool you, this campus could use some leadership and policy changes. Another new principal this year hopefully will improve the atmosphere here for all and demand a more all-inclusive environment.
Management reluctant to make changes, putting rules ahead of children's interest. Luckily there is very active parent involvement which fills the gap with the help of few enthusiastic teachers.
Competitive parental involvement (good and bad). Allows plenty of recess/movement. Student body is respectful and no bully behavior experienced. Many extracurricular opportunities offered but only through third party vendors and overpriced. Teachers focus on high test scores and fail to adapt their teaching to individual students. Lessons are rushed and crammed. Too much homework (average 1 hr 2-3 rd and 3 hrs by 5th grade and given over district recess). Be prepared to pay for all workbooks, and technology (ipad, laptop) despite funding two computer labs (mainly utilized for testing). Art is funded but is minimal, inconsistent, and dependent upon volunteers. Running club is a mandatory" requirement for the staff to log enough PE hours. Classes have too many students 28-35. Favoritism in class assignments is quite apparent due to the amount of cliques seen with the PTA and volunteer mothers and their relationships with the staff. School nurse" is more concerned with daily funding than sending sick children home when not feeling well. No busing makes for drop off/pick up extremely difficult and time-consuming. Overall average/good academics but questionable otherwise.
My son is currently in 2nd grade at Chaparral. The teachers are highly motivated to teach in the best way for each child in their class. The Principal is driven and very active in supporting all programs to the benefit of the student population. It has strong academic standards, even for the area which is high itself. The parent involvement is almost unbelievably high, because of this the school has volunteer led art and run club programs as well as a Character Counts program. Both PTA and Foundation at this school are strong and actively involved in creating the best atmosphere possible for learning for the entire student population.
Chaparral is an AMAZING school. Recently named a California Distinguished School, we live up to the title! Chaparral is full of excellent teachers who are kind, caring, and amazing at their craft. The parent community is strong and supportive. The administration is supportive of parents, teachers, and students. Learning in a safe, loving, productive environment is the first priority of the staff her.
Chaparral Elementary is a fantastic place for kids. The staff and principal work hard to make sure that every child learns and meets his/her full potential. The school has a strong parent community that supports ongoing programs such as music, PE, and technology, despit the budget cuts and increased class sizes. The current principal came on board in August 2008 and has been a breath of fresh air. She's a stong communicator, loves children, and maintains high standards for staff and students. She's happy and always seems to have a smile on her face. She makes strong connections with the community. She was instrumental in leading Chaparral to recieve the Califonia Distinguished School Award last year. I can't say enough nice things about the school and its leadership. My children love it here, and so will you!
My son was a student at Chaparral for 2 1/2 years in that time period we had such a bad experience. The first day of school my son was so excited to go to school, it didn't last for long he started to complain did not want to go to school, found out the teacher he had was screaming at the kids, i talked to her about it and her answer was that my son was not ready for kindergarten, she moved him down to pep, making him loose a year. When my son went to first grade he let us know that he was afraid of his teacher and when we brought this to her attention she said "well good" I did not know what to think of this, we had a meeting with the principal. We worked everything out, I didn't want to make a big thing out of this but I was wrong. The last draw for me was when I was told of a family emergency. That day I took my son to school and on my was to dropping him off my cell phone rang, I only answered it because my car was not in motion, the person who is out there was so rude after talking to her she slammed the door to my car, I took this to the principal all she did was humiliate me and told the other person that she had done nothing wrong. My son is at painted rock now love it
Excellent teachers and parent volunteers, high academic expectations, one of the few CA elementary schools with a P.E. teacher and music teacher thanks to PTA funding, Foundation funds the fabulous Art Corp program and the computer lab, extra programs like Melody Makers (choir) and Fitness Club (running) help make this school one of the best in San Diego County.
New principle is great - excellent communicator, decisive, firm and team player. School start-up was poor- last minute teacher notices the night before, kids did not get to meet teachers in advance and initial open house left no time for Q & A. Some teachers seem to avoid parents, react defensively to student performance questions and provide little to no communication on a week to week basis (especially at report card time). It would be great if all teachers took example from principle about proactive communication, always better recvd even if the news is not good.
We just started our son here and are reserving judgment. It is a very large school with 7 kindergarten classes. There are issues with the sheer number of kids on the playground (they take lunches and recesses in shifts) and with safety issues in the parking lot during dropoff and pickup times. The teachers seem good and well-intentioned, but the curriculum is quite academic, and there are lots of worksheets and busywork, even at the kindergarten level. The entire district just implemented a full day schedule for kindergarten. The principal is new and is making a real effort at communication, with phone messages and emails to the parents nearly every day, and an improved website. New construction completed with a beautiful playground.
The principal is a poor communicator. She does not follow through on policies that she has instituted. She seems to be more interested in keeping her test scores up and continuing the legacy of the 'Blue Ribbon School' status more than doing her job well. The teachers are very good and they do have a wide variety of activities in which the children may participate outside of the classroom. The individual teachers are what make this a Blue Ribbon school. It is too bad that they can not get a principal of the quality to match the rest of the school.
The teachers are very organized and thorough and have a very good understanding of the children. I echo the sentiment about the principal about her aloofness toward the parents and teachers. The after school programs seem to be decent. I was a bit surprised to see that the teachers have to be traffic cops after school and that they will get in 'trouble' if they aren't at their positions immediately after the bell. I experienced this the other day when I tried to to talk to my son's teacher and we had to go to the parking lot to direct student pick-up traffic. However I give the school 4 stars mainly because of the teachers!
My son's teacher is wonderful through and through. The parents participation is very heavy. The parents also kind of form their own exclusive cliques.
Chaparral is one of the top schools in the top district in Southern California. The teachers are exceptional. Remodeling will make the playground really kid-friendly. The foundation and parent involvemnet at the site are a model for all schools. Can't say enough good thigs about the Hawks!
I have been actively involved with committees and fundraisers as well as in various classrooms and on field trips. I agree that the volunteer/parental support is very good at this school, but maybe over zealous. The teaching staff is one of the best, but as with any school, there are some weaker teachers and few exceptional teachers who will be your child's favorite teacher throughout their school career. The Principal is not at all well-liked by many, if any. The Principal is unapproachable and unfriendly. I can't imagine working for someone like this Principal. Construction is nearly complete. New technology is top-of-the-line. In a safe and up-scale neighborhood. The Principal is the only downfall. What about the beautiful murals we had before the school repainting?
I've been involved at the school for a few years. The children and parent support is great but some of the teachers have been teaching too long and have a hard time with change and working with others. Unlike others, I think the Principal is great and does care about the students, she just has her hands full with construction and the teachers. I think the quality of the school is great except for a few teachers who need to retire.
I agree that the Principal is not effective nor liked. The Vice Principal, however, is well liked by my children. The school is undergoing a remodel/add-on and it's been a mess. Programs have been 'let go' this year, but hopefully will be reinstated eventually. Some good teachers, and some not so good. Limited play area for the children now, and limited shady areas. Good cafeteria, good character program. Strong PTA and volunteer program. They should go back to grading with A,B,C,D & F; not with their confusing check mark system that they have in place. We truly miss the enrichment programs! And, yes...where is the Science Fair? This school needs improvement...hopefully it will get it. After school care is not desirable.
My son is very intelligent. This school keeps adjusting it's students ratings. They use check marks, plus signs and minus, and sometimes actual letter grades. It extremely confusing. Parents can be very involved. The current Principal is not well liked. The school, this year, has been disrupted due to construction, and it has not been managed well. We have had problems with two teachers, one that should retire and one that should be teaching military or high school. This year we have worked on a Science Project for months, and there is no word that they are even going to host a Science Fair. We miss the carnival in the Fall, they keep choosing to do dances, 'Hoe Downs' instead. The playground has been smaller due to construction and there is limited shade for the children. No enrichment programs anymore. They do have a strong ethic program.
It is my feeling that the Principal is completely ineffective and uses poor judgement. Communication with her use to be non-existent and now we get countless automated phone calls about every little thing, some days getting up to 3 per day. I believe she should be relieved of her position. There are some teachers that are not appropriate for this school. The enrichment classes have been discontinued, with no explanation, as well as the annual Science Fair. No mention of that at all to the parents. The campus is a mess with the construction, and has been unsafe at times for the children. These does seem to be a good character building program in place. Good music program.
Our family has attended Chaparral for 8 years and has 6 more to go. The school is situated in a safe neighborhood and is staffed with some of the best teachers out there. As with any school, there are a few bad ones, but the good ones are so superior that they make up for the bad ones. The Prinicipal is not at all communicative. Our new VP is awesome! In such a short time, he has managed to build a rapport with so many of the kids and families. Volunteerism is one of the highest in the district, with a strong community of families and teachers, dispite the lack of leadership in the Principle.
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