Curie Elementary has one of the best parent/school partnerships around. Every parent, teacher and principal has been challenged in recent years with budgets and resource issues, and we all know the only way to make up for the budget shortfalls is to rally the parents together to fill in the gaps. Nowhere is this more effective than Curie Elementary. Despite state or district resource challenges, Curie has managed to maintain vibrant art, music, science, PE and extra-curricular programs, all while maintaining high academic standards. If I have any criticism it's that Curie could use some modernization of its approaches to fundraising and program administration, but the job gets done nevertheless. If you're looking for a good school with great parent involvement, head to Curie.
It is the heart of a school that one feels the most at Curie Elementary. A school with a heart and desire in achieving greatness for their students. From the school leadership to Teachers to an uber involved Parent community, Curie stands out as a unique school in San Diego Unified School District.
The complete lack of interest that the teacher had last year helped us make the decision to put our child into another school. The test scores are great, because the children are taught the tests and how to take the tests. The parent involvement and PTA are amazing, and they have to be when the class sizes are up to 33 children. If you have a problem in the class and reach out to the teacher for help, you will quickly be known as the "problem parent" and your child will suffer for it. If your child doesn't have any problems and can float along with teachers who are on autopilot, then this may be the right school for them. Good luck!
I LOVE Curie Elementary. My daughter completed Kindergarten last year and she had a terrific teacher. She had the right balance of nurturing and sterness. The PTA and parent envolvement at this school is wonderful. I was fortunate to get into Curie by the Choice Program. The Principal is very accessible to parents and keeps the parents current on what is going on.
We have completed one year at Curie and I believe it to be a great school, overall. The parents and families are extremely involved at the school which builds a strong community. The PTA strives to make up for the shortfall in the school's budget and helps fund WEEKLY - art, music, PE, science and library and other enrichment activities (special presentations, field trips, etc.). The Principal and our teacher were open to suggestions and followed through with feedback. As with any school choice, the experience will vary greatly on the student/family/teacher combination (i.e. what is good for one student/family might not be good for another). After all, teachers have personalities and are human. My child learned everything they needed to by the end of the year and I was amazed at how much that is for a Kindergarten student! I would HIGHLY encourage all families to have an active role in the classroom as a volunteer, attend PTA meetings (evenings and free childcare is provided) and the monthly coffee chats with the Principal. Curie is a great neighborhood school and the families that attend (and Choice in) strive for the best educational experience possible.
Our son just finished K, and we had a wonderful year. Our son is a very spirited child and his teacher handled him wonderfully. He reads and writes well, he creates his own stories and books, ejoys math. We of course work him on a daily basis, but we follow the lead of his daily program - so I pass the credit to his teacher and our Principal. I saw a review slamming the standard testing, etc. Yes that is huge problem but not one that I blame on Currie. Wonder if the parents with concerns are attending the PTA meetins and involved in the shool board meetings. Probably not. No schols is going to be perfect, but I give Curie a huge thumbs up.
My son just finished Kinder at Curie. The academic environment was amazing fantastic better than I ever imagined. He was always busy and thinking and creating. Every week there is art, jogging club, music class, science, library, garden visits. He s doing math, he reads very well, he s always writing stories at home and making his own books. He is curious and the school stimulated him. His teachers could have been more nurturing and there was way way too much yelling at students in the classroom. Parents I have spoken with have concerns about her yelling as well. However the teachers are very accessible and will talk openly about your concerns. They took time out to write daily reports which we discussed with our son every night and gave him support and guidance based on his behavior in class. There are field trips to the zoo and to nature preserves. It is a vibrant school community with incredible parent support.
If your child is doing well, the school is fine. If your child is struggling do not count on help, academically, from the teachers or principal. The school has a very active parent volunteer network - which helps make up for the shortfalls. But some of the teachers are less than communicative with the parents and unwilling to address students struggles or work with parents to improve the child's performance. There's a lot of complacency. I assume because the STAR/CST/API test scores are so high. But that has more to do with the demographics, and less to do with the teaching. I am strongly considering changing my kids to a different school. Curie is not as good as it looks on paper.
In my experience, this is a great school. My girl attended only first grade and we loved it. Her teacher was awesome and caring. Parent participation incredible. So sad we had to choice out.
Great School. Recommended. So far my daughter had great teachers. Principal is friendly with students & parents. Also helping tranffic control early morning. Teachers are good.
We came to this school with very high hope that it is a good school. I really feel it is a good school but our teacher needs to be retired even if he doesn't want to or can't afford to. He is kind of cold to the kids and the parents. I have seen kids around him asking for attention and was totally ignored. Also, I am not so sure if it is even legal that the teacher asking for donations to himself. Most parents I know paid for it simply because we do not want our children to be treated differently.
Curie has a 'multicultural day' but a day is all - like every year before the teachers still ignore my holy days and holidays and set daily homework on them. Also I don't like it that many teachers have a parent to grade all the class homework - other educators are shocked by this terrible idea and one parent who complained was told by the district that it is likely illegal because of confidentiality. Why doesn't the Principal just stop this? Some of the teachers are not very professional - in a parent-teacher conference the Kindergarten teacher talked about other kids and his own child was even sitting in the room, one teacher takes extra days around holiday time and I have seen some teachers driving into the front school yard opposite a one-way traffic sign. The school needs much better leadership to restore its reputation.
We are choicing-out to avoid returning our child to Curie next year. Our child's teachers completely gave up on any education for the last month of the year, after STAR testing. Teachers seem unaware that excessive homework is unhelpful and then commit bad practice by having class parents grade it rather than seeing it themselves. Kindergarten can be a very rough ride if your child is not favored by the many 'parent helpers' that were demanded - the teacher seemed to be letting them run his classroom. Apparantly reading help was a wife's job 'while cutting vegetables' at home. The school administration is uniquely poor in not being able to provide an official website (tries to use PTA site instead) and very few teachers provide web-based class information or use email. There has been no modernization or positive change with this Principal. Look elsewhere before assuming Curie is a 'good school'.
We attended Curie for 4 years, K-3rd grade. For the most part it was a good expereince. The school tries to create a full program with PE, arts and sciences, but really falls short. These programs are always in jepordy of being cut and are only availalble one day a week. Two reasons why we transferred out. There are some very old teachers here that need to retire and working with the overly nice princlple to mitigate these issues was of no help. Secondly the amount of homework is unbeliveable. Piles of mindless homework daily made for an unbalanced home life. Very stressfull keeping up with the amount of homework. More homework doesnt equal smarter children? Our new school, we rarely have homework because they offer time at school and support to do it and the test scores and confidence is significantly higher. Overall a decent school, not amazing.
I love Curie! Teacher's are fantastic. My children are challenged and educated at a high standard. Parent involvement at any amount is amazing. A very supportive environment for my children. I've seen other schools and I chose Curie and have been so happy with that decision.
I feel there is to much competition in this school and should have more athletic programs and also a seminar program. it also needs an update. i think a better school for your child is Spreckles elementary.
I am from the mid-west, and this school has a small town feel to it. The parents are welcomed by the teachers and outstanding principal, and the level of academic rigor is exceptional for a public school. My wife and I are both working parents, and we are extremely happy with our children's teachers at Curie.
I have two kids at this school, and both of them love it. The teachers are great, and very well-experienced. The PTA involvement are extremely good in organizing, funding programs and sharing their thoughts, and caring very much about the kids. We are parents who are both working, but we don't feel like less involved or left out in any way. School play or events, flexible volunteer hours and well-communicated effort are greatly appreciated by all parents. Overall, this is a great place for kids to start their education journeys.
This school has all the advantages of drawing most of its kids from a safe, middle-class area. The school likes to assume a lot of parent assistance and flexibility and tends to ignore issues of two working parents. A huge problem at this school is in obtaining proper support and special education services for children that need them.
Curie is a high-quality public school. Most of the teachers are highly experienced, and the staff turnover is low. The level of parent involvement at this school is amazing. There are traffic circle volunteers who greet children every morning; a school play crew who put on a professional grade performance every year; and a PTA that raises enough funds to support both PE and music programs for all classes. There are a wide variety of extracurricular programs available on campus, including chess and foreign languages. This school is everything a parent would dream of in a school.
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