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Painted Rock Elementary School1
Posted March 12, 2015
- a parent
Good riddance to Sal Embry , the only thing he cares about , is running ? Never cared about the kids , only there for the salary , the teachers pretty much could get away with anything ,constantly texts during meetings , to his Vice P. Very inefficient leader ,poor problem solving skills
Up until this school year, when a new Principal came to the school, things were wonderful for my interracial family. When the new Principal came in, my family was mistreated and abused. The Principal refused to allow my husband to participate at school, ignored our attempts to meet with her, and called the police in our family more multiple times. The Painted Rock teachers are amazing but this Principal has brought this school down and until she is removed from get position, I'm afraid this school will continue to deteriorate.
This school is AMAZING! The parent participation is one of the highest in the county. The funding from the Foundation and PTA is over $250 per student per year. This allows for extra programs such as a full time PE teacher, music instruction, reading specialist, student services specialist, Compass Learning, extensive teacher supply budgets, etc... The principal has an open-door policy at all times. The teachers are motivating and fun. The extra programs that this school offers are endless. We have had our kids in 3 other schools throughout the years and Painted Rock, hands down, is the best!
It was a great school for the primary grades, it's been a good school for 4th and 5th. Maybe relative to other public schools in San Diego PR is still 'great,' that's probably true, but the last year or two have been a let-down. Teachers too lax about discipline made the classroom difficult to learn in or enjoy. Constant rotation of teachers' assistants so the kids had about 4 different teachers, one after the other in one school year - and they weren't 'assisting,' they were doing the teaching and the discipline, practicing on our kids. I'm glad we're moving on, although I'm not sure if there's a better elementary school nearby. It definitely requires Mom's or Dad's presence at school so you really know what's going on. All that said, it probably is one of the best in San Diego.
The principal appears to be caring and understanding, but I do not know how much a parent's opinion counts at this school. Most of the teachers have been great, except for one. You can only pray that your child is not placed in this class! I really liked this school until this year. Principals do not know what takes place when they are not in the classroom!
Great school, most of the teachers are very understanding, approachable and want to be there. My child has learned a lot. Caring Principal who you can tell truly cares about the students. A lot of parent participation and caring people. Will be great after some renovations. There need to be a couple of after school activities that are very low cost or possibly free. Safety - the side gates should be closed and locked during school hours and the only way of entry should be through the front gates. (This is done at a middle school I know of.)
Typically high performing school, fabulous teaching staff with low turnover (all of my daughters teachers are still there and she is in 5th grade this year.) parental involvement is typically to the point where you have to jockey for position to get in the classroom. Involved engaged Princpal and office staff. Bright stars are the music program and the teacher quality. We feel very lucky that when we moved to Poway that we ended up in the PR zone. Both my kids love it there.