Students enrolled 609
School leader Dr. Faith Morris
Transportation options Yes
District Capistrano Unified School District

Contact this school

2410 Via Turqueza
San Clemente, CA 92673

School website
(949) 234-5339
(949) 361-0712
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Marblehead Elementary School address.

4 stars
Based on 32 ratings

Let others know what you
think about this school

June 26, 2014
I can honestly say that, since Marblehead got a new principal for the 2013-2014 school year and a new PTA council, our school has made massive improvements! I have two children at Marblehead and our family has been there for 4 years now. The teachers and staff have really been attentive to my kids' individual needs, more than I could have asked for! We are so happy to be at this wonderful place of education that constantly delivers the Aloha Spirit! A true O'hana (Family)!

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2014
The Best way to describe Marblehead is an Elementary School with teachers who nurture yet challenge, a principal who's resourceful, approachable and fair, and parents who are helpful, fun and dedicated. Our school has the latest technology appropriate for each grade level. We also excel in math and science through our science lab and ST Math. We encourage the arts with music programs for the whole school that are age appropriate and have an art lab as well as an Art Masters program. Marblehead has it ALL plus more!

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2014
We've been at Marblehead since the first Kindergarten class or day one of its opening. Now our 4 children have completed their elementary educations there and we cherish the time they've had, the good friends they've made and all they've learned and experienced. The kids are good and respectful, the families are awesome, the teachers are dedicated, front office staff is personable and helpful in every way. The PTA and parent foundation are excellent and well supported. We love Marblehead - our local, neighborhood school!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
We have the most AMAZING school! Parents, teachers, and our principal... AMAZING! Our PTA president Allison is the kindest, most organized person I know. She truly cares about the children and has facilitated so many wonderful programs, like an art studio, science lab, and so much more! We LOVE Dr. Morris too! She has been there when my son was crying about being nervous because he was late to school and comforted and took him into her office and stayed with him until he felt better. The front office staff are so kind and friendly. All around great teachers and the best community school we could have hoped for.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2014
For the person that complained about communication - this is a teacher issue - not a school issue. It is incumbent upon the teachers to communicate when they have special performances. And regarding the fundraisers - glad to know that PTA and Foundation ARE doing a good job getting the word out. Without our fundraisers your children would not enjoy: music, scholastic news, Art Masters, new library books, recess equipment, iPads, iTouches for the classroom as well as a new Science Lab and Art Studio! Thank goodness our school has fundraisers! I am happy at Marblehead. The Principal, Dr. Morris, is innovative (and new to our school this year) & experienced. The teachers are qualified. Students are very happy as well. Parental involvement could improve (that's my only complaint - quite a small group do a lot of the work). I am proud to be Marblehead and my two children are flourishing because of their neighborhood school. PS: Test scores may be low for the ESL students but they are quite high and impressive for the 'rest of the population.' The ESL students are sweet, well behaved children and I'm very happy they are a part of our school population.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2013
this school is horrible at communication, sure it is adament about school book sales and other fundraisers etc, but when it comes to things that really matter such as childrens holiday concerts etc the are horrible at notifying parents of place and or time. i missed the christmas concert because they told me incorrect time and my child was upset i didnt go.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2011
I have had children at this school for four years. I have LOVED every teacher we have had. The teachers at Marblehead go above and beyond not only in my children s academics, but in all facets of my children s lives. This school is unique to the area as it offers a very small student body, which gives the students and parents a tight family feel. The principal, teachers and staff sincerely care about my children. And the parents are eager to volunteer and help in the classroom and at extracurricular events. I cannot say enough good things about this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
I have a slightly different perspective than most parents as I have a special needs child. We transferred to this school after being at a different one for the last few years, always in a special ed program. This is our first year here. First, I think our teacher is amazing-- probably the best we have had to date. My child has made remarkable academic progress in the program. I have found the support staff (speech therapist, occupational therapist, etc) to be of the highest caliber. I feel the entire team really cares about my child. I have found the principal to be exceptional and am quite impressed by her involvement. She has been present at every IEP, and has been extremely prompt at following up with any action items discussed. I cannot say the same thing about the principal at the last school we attended. I have been able to compare 2 schools in the district directly (from a parent's perspective), and I believe Marblehead far exceeds the other school we attended.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 02, 2009
Marblehead is a wonderful, family-first school that exemplifies the Aloha spirit. The teachers are fabulous--and our principal is just exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
I love Marblehead because all of the teachers are so creative and helpful!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
I love Marblehead because we are always trying to better everything in life and strive to be the best!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
It is a great place for kids, parents and teachers. Learning is the top priority.

- submitted by a community member
September 27, 2009
I love the family of students, parents, and staff of Marblehead School! I feel lucky to work there as a teacher. Thanks to everyone at Marblehead for your dedication and aloha spirit!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 26, 2009
We have a wonderful community of parents, students, teachers and faculty! Everyone pitches in to help out!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
My oldest is just going into 1st grade this year. we started at kindergarten. i am amazed how my daughter can read, write, add and learn responsibility, build relationships and respect. I am very proud of my daughters accomplishments and the excitement of the different activities they have for her and her friends. I know she wouldn't of gained all of this without the hard work and heart felt teachers she has and had. I appreciate how ,so far, the teachers she has and had are genuinely in love with their jobs. I feel they take the time to know each student and work with them at their levels.I am proud and apppreciative of the confidence she has built in herself to acheive and not afraid to try something new. The teachers and the office have been very understanding and helping.We are so very lucky, my daughter and I, to be privileged to go to Marblehead Elementary in San Clemente, Ca. I hope all schools can be like ours! Thank you Marblehead! We love you!You are definetely #1 to us!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Teachers are awesome and we have so many involved parents!

- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2009
The best students, teachers and school ever!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2009
What a difference a year makes. 2008-2009 has been remarkable and much of it is due to the direction and attitude of the new principal. I have had children at Marblhead for 3 years and feel that the school has a much improved image and is great. I look forward to next year.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
September 05, 2008
My experience has been great with this school. I have encountered no problems, with the staff at all. The office staff has always been so kind and helpful, and the teachers have also gone the extra mile to support my children. I have seen behavior issues firsthand as well, but I truly believe that these issues are rooted in the home and not the classroom. In my experience, the teachers have done a fine job of facilitating the education of my children, providing the tools I need to aide in this common goal.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
I agree that this school is at a crossroads. It started out great, but has had many problems the past few years. Hopefully, the principle change will be positive, but check the test scores here - on a down trend. Some teachers are great (as always), but there are some that work the system to the detriment of their students. I have observed the behavoir issues first hand in several classrooms. Just hope that your child gets lucky and lands in a class with a solid educator that also is strict.

- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2008
The teachers really encourage the kids to exceed their goals and challenge themselves. I wish there were some more extracurricular activities - they create well rounded adults. Overall - I have been very happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2007
The teachers are fabulous! They are patient, kind, caring, are able to keep control of their classes, and most importantly they challange the kids to their potential. The school is not crowded, it's quite clean, and is an overall enjoyable campus. The PTA provides great programs (art & music). The school is at a crossroads as this school's test scores continue to decline. There is a lack of funding for special programs for the disadvantaged. So... although I'm completely satisfied with my child's education, I am concerned with the disadvantaged kids that seem to be at an even greater disadvantage at this school than if they attended another better funded school.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
May 01, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2007
Although the teachers are generally very good and the school opened in 2001, Marblehead appears at a crossroads. There has been a flight of academically oriented and safety oriented families to other schools.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2006
Wow, I can say I am truly disappointed by some of the negative feedback on this site. Marblehead is one of the best schools around. With its outstanding administrative employees who care about each child, to the principal who does a terrific job. Marblehead is a great school, it's clean, great school spirit, and the teachers and faculty are the best around. I couldn't ask for any better for my child. My next child will be attending in a few years!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2006
I absolutely love this school and feel so fortunate that my children attend here. Their teachers are fabulous. The principal, Ms. Oshima, is a fabulous educational leader. The Aloha Spirit is everywhere. I wish every child had a chance to go to Marblehead -- no wait, then it would be overcrowded. Let's just keep this wonderful little secret to ourselves.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2006
This is a great school, with wonderful facilities, experienced, qualified teachers and great leadership. The diverse students are full of smiles. Parents are encouraged to participate and volunteer. We wouldn't have traded Marblehead Elementary for any private school around. Active and vocal parent organization.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2006
The prinicipal of Marblehead Elementary School works for her paycheck only.... and is definitely not there for the kids! She could care less about bullying issues for one things. I am so happy that my child no longer attends this very poorly runned, negative school environment.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
Our experience with Marblehead Elementary was that the Teachers are all excellent and work very hard to make their classes interesting and provide the best environement they can for learning. Unfortunately, their Principal who has a head in the sand approach to any problems, in particular school bullying is a liability. One of her ideas to quiet down the lunch period was to install a traffic signal that turns from green to yellow if the noise level gets to a certain point. At that point all the children have to raise their right hand and point to the signal until it turns back to green. The system does not work because certain groups of children think that is funny, so they start making more noise. Then the signal turns to red and the children lose part of their recess period. If your child can eat lunch with one hand your ok.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
I was a student teacher for a 5th grade class at this school. I believe that the classroom was definitely on par with creating a great learning environment. A red flag for me was the disparity between English speaking students and ELL whereas they were far behind in reading and math skills. So there was a huge gap in the classroom. I did not like the mixed class groupings in math. Parental involvement was good. Mrs.Candy had excellent control of her classroom.

- submitted by a staff
August 19, 2005
Marlehead Elementary is one of the most poorly run schools we have ever seen. The problem begins with the principal. Instead of addressing problem, the administration tells you their hands are tied. The teacher are generally good but the 'english as a second language' percentage seems more like 40 percent vs the 29 percent the school publishes. The superintendent need to address the problems at Marblehead or expect to lose the best parent to other schools.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2005
The quality of academic programs is above average, the school is currently doing their core testing to achieve Blue Ribbon Status. The Music, Arts and Sports fall short of allowing all children the opportunity to participate. There are no extrcurricular activities. Parent involvement is high as a very high percentage of parents are college graduates, and proffessionals. However, the opportunity for these parents to contribute positively is seriously impeded by the closed mind atitude of the current Principal.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2004
Marblehead is a wonderful elementary school. The quality of education given is reflected by the alertness and intellegence of our Marblehead school children. They are bright-eyed, very curious and with lots of energy ready to learn. Of coarse, for these wonderful mental qualities our children have, we can be appreciative, primarily, to the great teaching talents of our Marblehead teachers, and secondarily, to the excellent coordinating ability of the school's leadership. Therefore, overall, I am very satisfied about that at Marblehead elementary there is an abundance of top-notch qualities to be found in the administrative, instructional and support personnel; but, most of all about that there is in our Marblehead children a genuine curiousity, a wonder-filled need to know, and an uncontrollable eagerness to learn, which precious virtues, in this commentating parent's opinion, is what is to be found, and to be valued as treasures even, there at Marblehead Elementary School.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2004
Marblehead is a great school, very neat and clean. The teachers are great and the faculty very helpful.

- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »

Ratings help families find and compare schools. Families should also use other factors when choosing a school.

769

Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: October 28, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Marblehead Elementary School
2410 Via Turqueza, San Clemente, CA  92673
(949) 234-5339
Last modified Marblehead Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Marblehead Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top