Explorer gives children an opportunity to become deep, caring thinkers, engaged learners, and excellent communicators. None of this would be possible without a great minds of this community working together to design a learning program in which everyone -- children, parents, and staff -- are a part of the process. Explorer's use of gifted-level learning strategies for ALL children makes it a place children LOVE to learn. Excellent principal, outstanding staff, supportive parents, great volunteers working together to help children learn that the world is a beautiful, complex and wonderous place to learn and grow.
As the martial arts enrichment instructor at Explorer Elementary, I have to say that I have never seen a more tight knit faculty and a more nurturing principal than Jill Green. She genuinely cares deeply for her teachers, parents and students. Each time she has stopped by my class, she treats the children with such kindness and love and is respectful to me as the instructor. She has definitely created a comfortable place where children feel safe to be themeselves and also where teachers feel safe enough to express their creativity.
The founding principal of Explorer Elementary changed our lives for the better when we received our acceptance letters! We as parents feel that her profound, unique vision brought Explorer to the heights it stands tall at today. She communicates well with parents and has always made our children feel safe, loved and heard. She is excellent at helping children come to peaceful solutions when there is conflict and we have personally witnessed her calming very emotional children is such a soothing way. The social and emotional curriculum is phenominal. Her parenting classes are so enriching. She and the teachers treat the children like real people and address their emotions so lovingly.
We joined Explorer Elementary the first year it opened in La Jolla and followed when it moved down to Pt. Loma. Jill Green, the principle welcomed us with open arms 11 years ago and made each and every day special. I have a debt of gratitude to Jill Green and the faculty of Explorer for helping us educate the our children, as well as educating us to be better parents. Our children feel that they are a part of Explorer and that Explorer will always be a part of them. Jill Green's vision of what a school should and can be is the foundation of what has made Explorer so successful. I truly feel blessed to have been able to have my family be a part of this community. Thank you for 11 amazing years and a lifetime of memories!
Finding a school that supported children's social and emotional development inspired our family to send our children to Explorer. From our first day at the school, we noticed the friendly and welcoming culture and environment found from the hallways to inside classrooms. This special school was established and guided by the founding principal's vision and leadership. Her love for all students is apparent when she tells a personal story about every graduating fifth grader for over 10 years.
Love the school but i do not think the job-sharing is good for the students.
Explorer Elementary has given both of my children a priceless foundation of emotional and social intelligence as well as an incredibly impressive academic experience. We feel extremely fortunate to have been a part of Explorer's community.
I love this school and I have had the privelege of being there when we first opened,and have had two graduate from their and am on my third child going ther and I would not want her anywhere but Explorer..
Explorer is an amazing school. The 2-star review included in this section is completely inaccurate. We have found Jill to be extremely accomodating & responsive (she holds Principal-Parent meetings regularly & always available in her office). I have never met a parent who hoped for a larger teacher:student ratio. The school is an excellent one & we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to be part of it. Nowhere else have I experienced Kindergarteners learning about Pointillism, Matisse, Picasso - while balancing social-emotional educational opportunities & fun experiences. With regard to violent behavior management - my experience thus far has been such that any inappropriate behavioral interaction of any kind is met with swift, firm guidance. This is an amazing school & one that will no doubt continue in its excellence.
Explorer has a multitude of part time teachers. They do fund raising yet have 4 teachers per class/not an effective use of money. The principal is great with the kids but difficult for parents to communicate with. She cannot handle any criticism. People who donate more with kids who are violent will not have their kids kicked out. Many of the teachers are awesome, however their are too many on the payroll.
Their approach to educating the whole child is visionary. Every child in America should get to go to a school like Explorer. The principal and teachers have created an amazing community.
Explorer is a caring learning environment for children (and their parents.) It is an example of a great charter school.
This is an extraordinary elementary school. Every single teacher is outstanding: dedicated to the students, talented and well-trained. The prinicpal sets a very high standard of excellence coupled with high responsiveness and genuine thoughtfulness. The parent body is committed, engaged and raises a large amount of funds to support the school. We've been here for 6 years with two children and another one entering next year. We still pinch ourselves that our children get to experience this outstanding learning environment.
I attended a Grandparents and friends day at the school several months ago and listened to the principal tell a little about the school and its objectivives then we joined our special (grand nephews)one's class room and watched the interaction with teachers and studints. A very caring and warm enviorment. One of goals the principal discussed was conflict resolution. To teach students how to get along with each other and handle conflicts amicably. Hopefully reducing both bulling and anger. Later that afternoon the studints, a nine year old and five year old were shooting baskets in the driveway while I observed. The nine year old kept raising the basket so the younger boys balls did not reach the basket. They seemed to be handling the situation, so I said little. Finally frustration over took the five year old and he held onto the ball and called his brother by name and said 'didn't you learn anything in school, they teach how to be nice to each other'. The school is concerned with exposing the childred to the arts as well as the regular subjects giving opportunities to the individual stunedts to learn and excell.
Incredible teachers, staff, principal. High academic standards, cutting edge teaching techniques, social-emotional curriculum (i.e., 'Emotional IQ school of thought'). One in a million school,literally.
Our school is filled with a kind, caring, and committed staff and student body. There are programs for everyone (including parents!) ... to help each of us become more positive and mindful in our lives and in our interactions with others. This is truly the most amazing school around!
I had four kids go through this school and feel truly blessed that they started their education at Explorer. Jill has done a fabulous job assembling a faculty that is not only highly competent, but truly care about teaching. This is quite simply the best primary school in San Diego, public or private.
May look good 'on paper' or 'in the paper' but not in reality from my experience! Principle is shockingly unprofessional in her dealings with children and parents. I caution the last two posters to be careful if your child is still in this school. If you question her behavior, decisions, curriculum or have anything to say other than praises of the school or her personally, she will take it out on your child. Since I have pulled my child from the school, I have been contacted by other parents that have left this school for the same reason. On a positive note, she has hired a good teaching staff and is quite successful with the fund raising. Parent participation is high. I was going to praise the music program, as it was excellent when my child was there, sorry to see it is no longer part of the curriculum.
Ditto last review. Why is the Principal who is wonderful with the kids, afraid of making staffing changes? If we are going to have art and spanish and music, let's have them in ways that children can retain and grow. Why is it okay to a=talk about our uniqueness when we accept curriculum that is not effective? The reputation can't continue if issues of after school programs, art, and music and language aren't working. It is wonderful that we have parents who volunteer, but does that make a program great, or academics at par?We could have stayed with our local public school adn had more opportunities for these things.
While Explorer has a waiting list indicative of a school that has it all, this is a school that has it's strong suits and shortcomings, like any other! Most staff members are amazing, smart & committed. Fundraising is ongoing. Social curriculum is unique and wonderful . Strong volunteer participation is appreciated, but can make working parents feel like they aren't contributing. Music removed from the curriculum this year without communication to parents, but an ineffective Spanish program remains? Although the school has an art teacher-- there is no art program to speak of. After school programs lacking. While many of the children at Explorer choose to advance to the High Tech System of schools, where there are no booksi There is no computer instruction/prep in the higher grades to prepare them for the middle school ahead. Hopefully, Explorer will pay attention and get back to their
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