This is our sons first year at Highland Ranch and we love it. His teacher, Ms. Erika Ferguland is the best. Ms. Erika is a special education teacher specialized in 'Autistic' children. Her compassion and dedication has far superceded our expectations. We are forever grateful to her and the school for their commitment to our children.
The teachers here at the Ranch are the best in Poway! My son loves to go and learn everyday. He teacher is the best 5th grade teacher in the district. Thanks for getting he motivatied 5th grade team!
Unlike others i am not impressed. My daughter previously attended a really good school in another state and this school is just average, if not below in my opinion. They are overboard with unnecessary rules. Lunch is mostly burger or red baron sponsored pizza, the availability of a salad bar doesn't make that any better. The playground is falling apart and looks disastrous. The schools website is hard to navigate and information hard to find, you also can't e-mail the school. Office staff is friendly. My daughter's teacher is not available to the students, he's the last in and the first out, no time for talking or asking simple questions. There is no handbook or abstract anywhere available for parents regarding the curriculum. They don't have art,music or physical education classes. No, a great school is something else.
The quality of the academic programs seems good. There is an enrichment program after school (you have to pay for) where you can take art, music, sports, etc.
For the past two years I have volunteered in my grandson's classroom one morning a week. His first grade teacher, Mrs. Levchenko, was outstanding. An excellent teacher, well-organized, creative, and particularly good at keeping the children focused on their work. When my grandson had difficulty with his reading earlier in the year, he was immediately assigned to a reading specialist. He ended the year with excellent reading skills. No doubt his problem might have been overlooked at other schools, but not at HRE. We are so pleased with this school. Sue Lasbury
Academically HRES is excellent. The previous ever-smiling principal was replaced by a strict, stern woman in 2004. Not impressive. All but two teachers are great. Campus is somewhat seedy and not well kept up. The PUSD music program is excellent, run by Mr. Jack Erb on a shoestring.
I was not impressed with this school. My children came into HRE in their first and kindergarten years. I did like my daughter's kindergarten teacher, but was less than pleased with my son's 1st grade teacher. She was often out and my son was more often then not taught by a new sub every week. He accellerated in his reading skills only because the books he was strted out on were the same ones he read in his old kindergarten. Overall, I was disappointed that my daughter could barely read by the time she exited K and my son seemed to have been remedially taught in his class. Disappointed is all I can say about this school that is supposedly in one of the best districts in the area.
My child attended kindergarten at Highland Ranch. We had an excellent experience! I can't imagine getting a better teacher. They were really organized, covered some broad themes, had some great field trips. I really liked the art projects. My child is reading! and with expression! She completed her first oral report on dolphins). Parent volunteers were there everyday. (I went every Wednesday or when there were big activities planned.) My only complaint was that when her teacher went on maternity leave the last month, the sustitute seemed more complacent and didn't build relationships with the kids as much.It seemed more laid-back, like preschool. Of course, that can happen anywhere. Since it was only kindergarten, I'm not sure about extracurricular activities provided by the school, but flyers were constantly coming home about what the community had to offer for childrens' sports, lessons, and clubs! My daughter loved Daisy Scouts the best.
Principal is deeply involved with students and encouraging to parents as well. Lots of parent involvement. top notch school district.
We have been very happy with HRES. With one single exception the teachers have been outstanding and go well beyond the call of duty. We have not been impressed with the two principals we've encountered, however the office staff is always accessible and friendly. We moved to be near this school and have not been disappointed.
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