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22500 Portola Drive
Salinas, CA 93908

(831) 484-9691
(831) 484-5666
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June 22, 2014
We love everything about this school. The location, teachers, principal, and families. We've had two children in the school and it feels like they are getting a private education. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2013
The school district is more concern on their reputation then the well being of the students. There is parent involvement, but it is very club like, cliquish, bullying atmosphere, even among the teachers. So it depends on who you know and how much you can donate to the school as to your overall experience. If you are not from this area and are looking to see where to place your children I would look else where, first. Such as Pacific Grove, Santa Cruz, Charter or private. On the topic of bullying, kids will do what they can get away with. If it is acceptable for parents to behave in such away, then those children will follow their example. As for parents we just want the best for our children, unfortunately, it is hard to come by in the area.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2013
Toro park school is really great.... great teachers and staff, my daughter is also very happy and I can see her improving in her skills day by day.. overall I love this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
The parents carry this school. The admin does not return calls nor are they aware of many policies that should be common knowledge in their position. When an appointment is scheduled, the principal forgets. she has time to show out of district families around to view the school. I happen to know several families who view it with no intention of attending (just want to compare). Again, the families in general wonderful (well educated and able to supplement their child's/children's education). If you can not afford private school this is a good option because of the families. There is still a big issue with bullies.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2011
I have two children at Toro Park Elementary and we couldn't be happier with the school, the teachers, and the overall school atmosphere. We live in Toro Park and are very proud to have this school. There is a true feeling of community and the teachers really appear to enjoy their job and their children. I know that sounds like a blanket statement, however we have not yet had any negative experiences after several years. All of our friends feel the same way and our kids are really enjoying school and appear to be learning a lot.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2011
Great school. Dedicated teachers. Involved families. Beautiful facilities. Art, music, intermural sports...All things that you don't get at public schools anymore.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2011
As a parent with a child entering kindergarten this year, I relied heavily on the experience of other parents, as well as the statistics from this site before deciding on Toro Park. I was disappointed to learn during orientation that while greatschools lists the average class size as 19, kindergarten classes are expected to have at least 25 children per class this year...and there are no teacher's aides. Parents participate in the classroom, but there is truly no substitute for professional educators being able to spend quality time with a small class of children. I am crossing my fingers that the class size thins out as people make their final placement decisions closer to the start of the year. Also, if the number of children qualifying for reduced lunch fees is calculated into the school's score somehow, this school shows 0%...because there is no cafeteria, so no lunch available for purchase, and therefore there are no lunch fees at all reduced or otherwise! Hopefully that is not artificially inflating their ranking.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2011
Toro Park is by far the best public school in this area. Their test scores speak for themselves. There are a solid group of parents who are always there helping teachers, students, and other parents as well. The WEUF and Parent's Club are amazing and generate a ton of revenue to keep our popular art/ music/ technology and sports programs up and running. Toro Park is a very safe neighborhood and the school is in the center of it all. There are some amazing teachers which somewhat make up for the not so amazing ones, however, you get this at any school :( Tenure needs to be done away with!! Overall, I would highly recommend Toro Park School!!! I hope it continues to remain the small adorable little neighborhood school that it is today.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
I cherish the personal commitment of the teachers and staff to provide the best education and learning environment for the students. We are very blessed to be a part of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
Toro Park Elementary school is wonderful. The teachers are excellent and parents are very involved. The curriculum is very good and facilities are great with large playing fields and lots of space.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
The strong parent involvement, the art program (parent club provided), the music program (parent club provided), the sports programs (parent club provided), the extra curricular events and activities (parent club and parent provided). Strong and organized curriculum (teacher and school provided).

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Excellent teaching staff and safe environment. Shows in their test scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Excellent teachers. Great student body

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2009
High academic satndards, wonderful faculty and helpful staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 10, 2009
Although we just started attending, we are very impressed with the tenure of the faculty and the quality education they provide. Our children graduate from our school better prepared than any other children on the Monterey Peninsula.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 09, 2009
Our Daughter started Kindergaten this year, and we have found the programs well organized and the teachers are always positive and helpful. They have a well planned and organized curriculum and in a short time. We have seen amazing results in the short time she has been at school with learning letters, words and Numbers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
It is in a beautiful location and we have teachers that work hard, go above and beyond, that care.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2009
They have excellent teachers that sincerely care about their kids and want them to succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
Toro Park school keeps our kids safe and happy. It echos a time long ago, when things were more simple and kids were cherished.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 01, 2009
Toro Park School has fabulous teachers and an excellent curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Toro Park goes above and beyond to ensure that our children receive the best education. They provide well trained staff and exposure to the learning arts in addition to the education program. It is an amazing school filled with spirit and support from our local community that surrounds. And the parent involvement is phenomenal! Go Toro Park!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
I have been so happy with Toro Park School The teachers and staff are awesome! They have the best interest for the children and care a lot about making it the best school possible! They have the best Art Docent program! I am lucky enough to be able to teach my son's class Art thru the Art Docent Program!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Academically, it is top-rank and the teachers and administration reflect that.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
I have been very happy with Toro Park School. The teachers care, the parents are involved, and the students love going - and LEARN!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Toro Park is an amazing elementary school. I have two children grades 2, and K who come home happy and challenged every day. It is a big family. My son knows the other teachers, administrators, office staff, bus drivers, etc. all by first name and they know his name too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2009
Toro Park is an excellent school. The teachers and staff challenge the students daily, and the students rise up and excel. Many parents volunteer inside and outside the classrooms, helping to make Toro Park School a supportive environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
Exellent teachers and a caring community that raises money to make up for where our government falls short.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
The school has a great arts, music program funded by the school community which is second to none. Wonderful parent involvement in classrooms. Small class sizes and dedication to the well being of the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
We take pride in our school! Excellent faculty and staff. Wonderful community supported art and music program. 'A Great Place to Start'.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
small class size, very passionate, enthusiastic teachers, school focused on including arts and technology in their cirriculum, excellent parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2009
Excellent Teachers, great arts and music program and happy kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
The teachers are committed to helping our children excel academically, despite having to make personal sacrifices. At a time when everyone is concerned with making the most money for the least work, the teachers at Toro are choosing to focus on the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Wonderful teachers and principal with caring,family/community oriented great programs to reach out to connect to kids at that age. Good support and encouragement outside curriculum too, recreational activities like music etc,. Very good friendly/family atmosphere and kids love it from day one.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
One of the few grade schools where you can get a total learning experience including music, art and physical ed! Faculty, staff and students take pride in this school and it shows!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
Being a 'first time parent' of a Kindergartner I think I was more nervous than my son. But the teachers and school have made things very easy for all of us. And my son loves school!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
Students at Toro Park learn the importance of getting along with peers, as well as learning appropriate social skills, practicing self-control and tolerance, working hard and feeling pride in a job well done, and developing civic responsibility. These are all important life lessons that are incorporated into the school experience.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2008
Here's what makes Toro a winner....1) a serene gorgeous location nested in the hills 2) the student population is primary grades only 3) many families who give generously of their time, energy, and money to support the school's arts, PE, and computer programs as well as help out the teachers in their classrooms 4) teaching the student's tolerance and appreciation for human diversity through it's inclusion program for student's with severe handicaps 5) outstanding support personnel 6) some absolutely awesome teachers...all of whom deserve better pay.

- submitted by a community member
February 08, 2008
Toro Park School (grades k-3) is set in a quiet residential neighborhood. Having a campus with only students in grades K-3, makes a wonderful environment for younger kids to learn and develop without the intimidation of older, bigger students. Regarding diversity, although not very ethnically diverse, the teachers and staff are very accommodating to students of all abilities. Families support the school through volunteering and fundraising events (no individual selling of anything). Funds raised have enabled the school to provide Art, Music, and Computer Programs for all grades. Each year the physical education curriculum continues to expand. Overall, most students are challenged academically, but not overwhelmed. Teachers and staff are friendly and easily accessible. Basically, Toro Park School is a clean, modern facility set in a serene suburban setting where children are given the opportunity through numerous resources to thrive and excel.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2006
Toro Park has excellent testing scores which are partly the result of an emphasis on testing, but probably mostly related to socioeconomic factors. This is a wealthy school district and parents are very involved. There is a wonderful art program staffed by volunteer parents. Music was just added back in due to funding from parents. There is no foreign language instruction and very little P.E. It is a safe and insulated environment, not very ethnically diverse.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2006
Superb teachers who are very committed to the children. Parents are very involved in fund raising which has allowed art and music programs to survive and thrive. The schools is why we live where we live.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
Toro Parks moto is 'It's a great place to start' and it really is. Toro Park School has a large percentage of parent involvement both during and outside of school. The parents provide art through the art docent program. There is a new Music teacher this year that the children are enjoying. The library was just refurbished over the summer and is very organized. They have a computer lab for all of the students to use and each class is scheduled at least once per week. The school recently upgraded and built three beautiful buildings so that the 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade each have their own building. Kindergarten is very guarded with it's own building too. In all it is an excellent school to attend. They have many excellent teachers and the kids seem to enjoy learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2005
This is a really great place to learn. My children are very happy in this school. They have art, music, and p.e. All the parent's are involed and encouraged to be.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2005
Private school quality public school! High parent involvment and private funding.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2004
Toro Park is an excellent school, which provides a quality education for students in K-3. I have worked in several districts, and Toro Park represents the best in primary education, in my experience. All the teachers meet NCLB requirements for highly-qualified teachers, and their care and commitment to the children in their classes is obvious to anyone visiting the classroom. Students are housed in modern, well-equipped classrooms and have standards-aligned textbooks in all the core subjects. Parent support at the school is outstanding, with many parents volunteering in the classrooms. The school's Art Docent Program introduces students to fine art and engages them in art activities each month. Overall, Toro Park is a friendly, caring, and stimulating learning environment.

- submitted by a administrator
February 04, 2004
Great parent participation, lousy principal, lousy math teachers, and too many inter district tranfer students who don't live in the district. This reduces the amount of good, quality teachers in favor of state dollars for more students and smaller class size!

- submitted by a parent
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Toro Park Elementary School
22500 Portola Drive, Salinas, CA  93908
(831) 484-9691
Last modified Toro Park Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-3. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Toro Park Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top