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17117 4s Ranch Parkway
San Diego, CA 92127

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(858) 487-6887
(858) 487-2050
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December 13, 2014
Some of the teacher are outdated , they have no idea that kids come with pluses and minuses . isn't it enough when the kids are not disrupting the class and is academically on par ? No ,that is not enough apparently !They have to be good at everything even when they have disabilities , somehow magically ,the parents are tortured with problems which really how can a parent outside school solve? I wish each and every teacher had a kid with a disability ,perhaps then they would understand the pain that a parent experiences . What re the teachers are there for ,then? The parents involvement in this school is super high , they are the real teachers here .None of my friends have ever said that their kids teacher teaches well,KUMON Mathnasium , Parents are the true heroes here

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October 24, 2013
My son is enjoying his second year at MRES and we are so pleased with the school and how much he is learning. He is very happy there and we couldn't be happier with the way the school is run. Two thumbs up for my son's current teacher, Mrs. Underhill, an excellent teacher!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
very good school with great third grade teachers. The leadership and parent involvement is great. a good multicultural school.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
I couldn't be happier with MRES. My daughter started kindergarten there this year and it has been fabulous. Her teacher and ESS program is outstanding! The school has a great principal and structure. They are very informative keeping parents updated on a weekly, sometimes daily basis. I want to comment on the last 2 reviews listed here. About the parent who moved to CA-Yes, PUSD is one of the best. Im sorry you didn't do some researching on CA schools before you moved, but blaming PUSD for your regret of moving is atrocious. Obviously CA is not the "NE". PUSD is lucky enough to have such great teachers/parent support that they can overcome the budget cuts CA endures. A class size of 28 is not uncommon at all. Not sure where the class size of 35 comes from, as I believe 28 is the max. To the comment about the lottery system-I believe its best to blame the district about their systems, as opposed to the school. It was no secret that this school does a lottery. I don't think its fair to blame the school for something the district obviously decides.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2013
We moved to California in 2011. Everyone told us that PUSD was the place to be for our kids to get a good education. I think maybe for CA schools, PUSD and this school might be considered great. Unfortunately I am horrified at what people consider a "great" education in San Diego. The programs (art, music, a real GATE program for elem) offered in our old school are nonexistent here. The class sizes are huge, 35 kids in one classroom is not acceptable. 22 was the max in the public school my kids attended in the NE. The schools are under funded and it shows. The teachers are really only teaching to test standards and not really caring if kids enjoy learning or are even learning at all. The whole thing makes me very sad and wish I had never come to CA to begin with.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2013
It is ridiculous that you have a lottery for children to attend your school. especially those that live across the street, insane. No matter how great your school is, the fact that you prohibit children that live less than 500 feet to not go to your school, is poor administration. My child feels he is not good enough, as well as the fact I paid 7 years of melaroos to go to a 22 year old school and not the one RIGHT next to my house.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2012
I am very happy with this school and it's staff. My child just completed kindergarten, and Mrs. Stokes was an AMAZING teacher, who was very patient, attentive, and caring towards her students. She encouraged students to do their best and enjoy their education while learning. My child could not wait to go to class. She was also very engaging with parents providing weekly updates of what was taught in class and tips with how to continue that learning process at home. The school is also one of the few to still provide music and PE. As principal Dr. Newman is a complete advocate for each student to reach their potential and have the best educational experience possible. He was very active in the student population and very approachable for students and parents. He will be missed by everyone as he is moving forward in his career and commitment to children's education.

- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2011
Overall this is a good school. Some of the teachers and staff can be unprofessional at times though.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2011
This school is a great environment for children of ALL abilities and talents. My son has an IEP and I've been very pleased with the advocacy of staff and administration working together with parents on behalf of all children. Dr Newman is a tremendous leader in the local special needs community.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2011
An amazing place! I never dreamed our children's school epxerience would be this rich. My child loves going to school. The principal is everywhere and leads a great staff of teachers who care and teach with great passion. As a parent I a encouraged to be part of the school and particpate. A wonderful place and there is such a feeling of community on campus.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
This is the best school hands down and we would not want our 9 year old anywhere else! The Principal is a true visionary making sure the children get the best education and ensuring the staff are maintaining a very high teaching standard. The scores from the last CST prove this is working. In addition, the school environment is one of love and guidance where parents are involved and always welcomed. There is a wait list for new teachers and new students to get into this small gem which says a great deal about any school. My entire family feels fortunate to be able to be a part of MRES. Keep up the great job!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 17, 2010
The principal, teachers, staff and PTA really have their priority in making MRES the best learning environment. Parent involvement is also prominent and encouraged.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Everyone (teachers, staff, parents and students) works together to make Monterey Ridge a great place to learn.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
The focus is on all children reaching their own potential.

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no rating April 22, 2010
MRES has a top rate learning environment. From LCD projectors and Promethius ActivaBoards to an extremely well trained faculty and a visionary principal!

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2010
A fabulous school. We are so lucky to be able to send our kids to this great school. The teachers are great, the principal is great ... they have such high expectations for kids and they make sure they succeed. Super high test scores and fun acitivities... my kids even get to be in a talent show. I just wish this was a k-8 school so that my kids would not have to go to middle school.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2010
I am a previous teacher of PUSD and when we moved back to San Diego I was insistant on having my son enrolled in PUSD, where I have had experiences with the best teachers, principals, and staff! We selected MRES because of the reputations the teachers had, as well as API scores. My son is in kindergarten now with Mrs. Scioscia who has well exceeded my expectations for academics as well as social/emotional elements. She has high expectations for the students in her class and they strive to go above and beyond the CA grade level standards. All the while Mrs. Scioscia is maintaining a warm, loving atmosphere for the students, as well as the parents who feel welcomed and appreciated as volunteers. The office staff and principal have been exemplary. The PTA president & board have been VERY receptive to voluteers and put on incredible events, i.e. Teacher Appreciation Week!

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February 03, 2010
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February 03, 2010
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- submitted by a student
August 19, 2009
Excellent school, great teachers, families are very nice and environment is outstanding for students. New principal is doing a great job with the school.

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June 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2009
Super, super school! There is a real focus on kids here. So many good things. Very strong and caring leadership. My kids love school - the technology in the classroom is very high tech. The teachers care about how the students are doing. One of my children has special needs and the team works to truly support him which did not occur at our last school.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2009
Monterey Ridge Elementary is an excellent school with great teachers. We couldn't be happier with very fine staff and teachers. The new principal is outstanding. The PTA is exactly what the review posted on March 26, 2008 described, very sad.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 14, 2008
I am extremely pleased with how this school year has begun. The new principal is very nice. He is very present on campus. I attended the Coffee with the Principal he held for us parents and it was fantastic. I left with a lot of ideas on how to work with my child and feeling very lucky that he is so knowledgeable and accessible. This is definitely going to be a great year with the enthusiasm he brings. The staff is top notch and my daughter s teacher is very caring and welcoming. She is loving school and is anxious to head to school each morning. Monterey Ridge is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2008
We are very pleased with the leadership, staff and curriculum at MRES. Ms. Merein is a loving, kind and knowledgeable teacher. My daughter started Kindergarten this year and loves learning. The activities and curriculum help foster my daughter s love of learning and she is excited to learn more! The children learn so much and I am very pleased with how my daughter s educational development. The staff is so caring and thoughtful to each child s needs. Thank you to Ms. Wardlow and Ms. Merein, I am very happy with my daughter s development. I have 2 more children who will be attending MRES and I look forward to spending more time at MRES!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2008
We've had our kids in two other very good elementary schools in San Diego, and Monterey Ridge is far and away the best. We bought a house in 4S Ranch primarily to have our girls in the neighborhood schools. Both the teachers and the administration in MR are superb. Our kids love this school and so do we!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2008
Please dont base your decision on the school, because of the PTA. We can not forget these Woman are strictly Volunteer and voted in. Im sure they do the best they can. All schools have their flaws, as NO one is perfect. MRE is a five star school since grand opening. Who is learning day by day. How to stride in bettering our childrens education! i say keep up the great work! Mrs Wardlow, Teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2008
MRES is an exceptional school with a superb staff and a down-to-earth approachable and proactive principal, who sets a wonderful, upbeat tone to the entire school. The teachers are very competent and approachable and I feel like individual care is given to a child's needs. As far as the other parent's comments about PTA, every PTA goes through its ups and downs and one should try not to feel bitter and instead focus on how to help make things better, if possible. I certainly don't think the PTAs weaknesses should take away anything from this school's overall success, great atmosphere & staff and finally the principal's strong leadership.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2008
I am so impressed with the preschool program at the grade school and how very well prepared my daughter is for Kindergarten next year. This school is an amazing find in San Diego!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2008
We are a transfer from another district and am very impressed with the curriculum thus far and the professionalism of all staff I have encountered thus far.

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September 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2007
We moved into this district mid-year last year from another district and we couldn't be happier with MRES. The principal and teachers are topnotch and demonstrate repeatedly their never-ending commitment to each and every student. BJ and all of her staff run a fabulous ESS program running high in good values and fun for the kids. My daughter loves going to school here. She says its fun now!

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Monterey Ridge Elementary School
17117 4s Ranch Parkway, San Diego, CA  92127
(858) 487-6887
Last modified Monterey Ridge Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Monterey Ridge Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top