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K-5
Public
San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 788
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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4343 Shields Street
San Diego, CA 92124

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(858) 496-8319
(858) 278-1649
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November 20, 2014
i have no problem with teachers but they didn't inform me there would be no gate programs continued this school year. I had transfered my son from another elementary school 2 years ago because miller was providing gate programs. now my son is still there but no gate programs he deserves to get. school failed to inform parents who has children in gate programs in advance, so we didn't have time to check or transfer kids to other gate schools available. And, a lady in the front office is VERY RUDE and not helpful at all.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2014
As an active parent in my children's education I like to be involved with teachers principals and office staff. So far in the 8 months my boys have gone to this school I'm very dissatisfied. Office staff is very disrespectful mainly the front office lady she makes me feel like a criminal every time I set foot into the school. My boys are uncomfortable in their classes my youngest was the friendliest and a thrill for other teachers to have in class but in this school he is scolded by his teacher for actions of his classmates that he has nothing to do with he is bullied by kids and every time I go to the office with an issue its swept under the rug. I'm sure these are fine teachers but classes seem to be out of control, more time is spent stopping the entire class to scold one child. The principal does her rounds but I'm not convinced she cares about the well being of these children. She comes across judgmental and unprofessional. Over all I believe the majority of the staff have given up the kids are responding to lack of authority and the parents are walking away because honestly they don't even want to deal with it. This isnt an environment for learning this is a daycare.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
My child goes to Miller Elementary. I was worried with his school due to having three different teachers within the first few weeks of school, he has now settled in with this last teacher I hope and has gained massive ground. She truly is a great teacher and helpful in all facets of her job. I am not fond of the front office lady, and go out of my way to not interact with her at all, vry nasty attitude she always has. The principal is very nice and friendly, I like seeing her walk the grounds and be available to people and kids a like. The lunch room guards need to be more watchful of the kids than each other, things have happened to my son and when he tries to explain he gets brushed off

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2013
My son was bullied by the same two kids for the first half of his first grade year. This wasn't just name calling and what not, my son was being hit and kicked and the teachers were witnessing it! 1st problem: I had to find all this out from my son, not the teachers. 2nd problem: When we complained to the Principal, not once but TWICE, nothing was being done in this "No Tolerance" (which is a policy you have to sign every year) school. 3rd problem: nothing was done until our THIRD meeting with the principal and son's teacher and we threatened, no, PROMISED if something isn't done and the issue does not stop then we will go over their heads and take it to the school board. So far we haven't had any problems this last week and a half, which I am grateful for, just completely upset at the lengths we had to go to, to protect our son. Absolutely ridiculous!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2013
I have four children that have been going to Miller since 2008 & have put in enough volunteer hours to see what really goes on behind closed doors. The full three stars goes to the teachers of this school. Being a military school with children rotating in and out all year, plus class sizes of 30-40 (of which, many have learning & behavior issues - with NO extra help/support provided to the teacher), and very little parental involvement, I feel that the teachers are the ones who make the experience tolerable, sometimes at the expense of their own sanity. They are doing their very best with the resources they are given. My biggest concerns are that meal times and recces are mostly unsupervised, with many children being verbally and physically bullied (no staff anywhere to be seen). The times when children tell the supervisors, it's dismissed without any consequence to the bully or notification to either parent. Behavior issues need to be taken much more serious than they currently are. This boils down to leadership and lack of disciplinary actions enforced when issues arise. Behavioral issues are now taking priority over learning, which is unfair and unfortunate.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2013
My son was bullied 3 times at this school by the same kid. Even after reporting it 3 times and meeting with the principal, nothing was done. We finally pulled my son out of the school. One month after we pulled my son out, one of his old class mates mother contacted us and told us that her son was bullied by the SAME kid. She pulled him out also. In my opinion this school needs to hire a principal that is capable of encouraging an environment where kids are being respected and are safe. Mr. Scott was all talk and no action when it came to my son and apparently his friend. Mrs. Cowell is a sweet teacher and has a genuine love for the kids and what she does, its unfortunate her superior lacks the ability to implement an environment where her hard work pays off.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2013
This school is average in terms of academics, but they have the worst approach to bullying imaginable, and it's made my daughter's two years here a nightmare. They claim to be a zero tolerance for bully school, even advertising their "No Place for Hate" campaign. But the reality is very different. My daughter has been bullied throughout the year, and every time she has come home with bruises or claw marks (yes, bleeding claw marks) on her, I bring her back to discuss it and find out that, yes, she told her teacher, and SHE was punished for being a tattle-tale. They have made reporting bullying a punishable act. As a result, my daughter is just as afraid of the bullies in her class as she is getting in trouble for being bullied. This policy doesn't get rid of bullying. It's just another form of victim-bashing, and the teachers at this school should be ashamed of themselves for not only failing to protect the children in their care, but for causing additional emotional harm.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
My children, I have four, have been attending this school for three years and since we are stationed here again, will be continuing for another three years. We have had the opportunity to send them to other schools, as this is a choice district, but liked this school so much that we opted to keep them at Miller. I have heard that the upper levels aren't the best though, we'll see. I see the administration walking the campus daily. Several reasons we have enjoyed this school, other than the great teachers my kids have had, are the extra programs they have designed for kids of deployed parents and after schools tutoring. Parents, you need to understand that this is a year round school, ie a month off for winter break, spring break and summer break. Also, if your child needs to miss a couple days of school due to your spouses deployment, etc., the school offers a contract for your child to make up the work missed on those days. This school is VERY understanding about military life, "short term" single parenthood, its quirks and ever changing lifestyle. The PTA is always looking for help, they are always doing fun things for the kids, ie weekly, monthly, and quarterly.

- submitted by a parent
July 23, 2012
When judging this school based on Community Rating, keep in mind that our community changes at least every three years. The majority of the children who attend Miller Elementary live in Murphy Canyon Military Housing. My son is in second grade this year and I am very pleased with his performance. When he began, he could barely read the directions on his homework assignments. His teacher assured me that she would not let him fail. She has kept his interest and he has improved in every subject. He scored 30% at the beginning of the year; by midway, he scored 60%; he finished 2nd grade at 90%! It is very exciting to see this kind of progress. Remind yourself how difficult it would be if you were a child moving from one school to another; constantly realigning yourself with new standards and expectations; simutaneously struggling to fit in and learn at the same time. The best thing you can do for your child is show up at school and remind him/her that you are interested in what he/she is doing. Teachers need as much support as they can get and your child needs you even more than that! Miller is a very good school overall.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
Most children in the school come from military families and the staff does a great job giving support and understanding to the children especially when a parent is deployed. I had 3 children attend, and only 1 bad teacher, all of the others were fantistic. However, in any school there will be great teachers and then the ones who shouldn't be teaching. Don't be fooled by the test scores, I believe that the test scores reflect the high amount of transition of students here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 23, 2010
I have had my daughter in this school for only a month she's in kinder and It sucks!!!!!! I see the principle around but she never smiles or says hi,goodmorning, nothing...my daughters teacher does not believe in giving kindergartners homework at allll...my daugher has only brought home twice sometihng they have worked on in the classroom..she can never tell me what she learned that day..only thing I have noticed she has learned in the month that she has been at this school is how to swing and ask for money...I have worksheets I have her do at home because of the lack of learing at this school..do not put your child in this school!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2010
Being new to the san diego area i was glad we lived close to a school that was just around the corner that i thought was a decent neighborhood. I was wrong, my kids went from being star students at the other school in a different state to below average according to the states regulations..?? What? The teachers are teaching the kids wrong things from history, they cannot control the kids in the classrooms, or organized in school preformances. I am glad we are moving and hopfully the new school will not call my kids below average because there last school they had all A's and B's. I dont like the grading system, and the nice way they say our kids are stupid. Very disappointed in the whole school system in san diego.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
As a parent who has 2 children at Miller and 1 that has graduated from here I must say that for the most part I have been happy with Miller. The PTA puts in a ton of their own time and regularly tries to involve parents. The teachers (the majority of them) are wonderful. The new principal and vice principal seem to be doing a good job. The principal and vice principal that were previous to this were great. I did hear it was not so great before they took over. The office staff often has new people and it is often difficult to communicate with them. Make a friend in the office staff- it will help you in the long run.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2008
Terrible school, all I have to say. Terrible school.

- submitted by a teacher
October 30, 2008
I enrolled my son in K this year, he had a very hard time adjusting to school, and his teacher and guidance counselor were on top of it and excellent! I love his teacher, and the school as a whole. I am very sad we are leaving.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2008
This site says that the avg. class size is 17 for this school. Not true, my son had 35 class mates last year and this year 33. The teacher is so frustated with so many kids. I took my kids out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2008
This is a bad school. If it wasnt for a few good teachers I would have lost it. My kids used to attend and I am very glad that I have moved and that they no longer go to this school. Dont go there and if you do. keep and eye on your kids. Volunteer as much as you can and ask your kids question. Make sure you always know what is going on.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 29, 2008
This is my son's first year at this school and I'm quite dissapointed. The students in his class are highly disrespectful to their teacher. He's become frustrated with the situation and doesn't feel comfortable at all. He is also more advanced in math from his last school. One other thing is that their isn't much parent involvement. The reviews on this site reflect this. And I notice the only 'praises' are coming from parents of kindergartener students. I am looking for another school for next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2007
This school has subpar standards for the children (except the GATE and Seminar classes), very low parent envolvement, but does try it's hardest to accomidate the needs of the students with it's resources. The K class has no aides and my 4th grader has 33 kids in her class but they do have instrumental music & PE. Unfortunatly, I'm looking for another school for next year.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
I am new to the school this year. I have a 5 and a 10 yr old attending and I just love this school. I feel that it is the best that they have attended.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2007
I am a parent as well as a teacher here in the county. This school is below minimum expectations. If you can possible choose another school.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2007
My oldest daughter attended Miller for kinder and she had the best teacher Mrs. Liddell and then my son started a year later and had the same teacher, now my youngest daughter will start in the fall and have Mrs. Liddell too. My son now who is in the 1st grade has Mrs. Gaines and She is Wonderful! The entire Kinder teachers are great and so are the 1st grade teachers! But the Office staff and the Lunch staff really needs to work on their attitudes. Every time I have to deal with either staff it is very hard!

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2007
I love miller, their teachers make the whole difference,it's a great school.I cant wait for my second son to start kinder next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2007
I am very pleased with this school. My son's 1st grade teacher has a great love for reading and works with the children to encourage them in all subjects. There seems to be a good amount of parent support. The administration, teachers and staff are very understanding of the needs of the military family.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2007
I love this school and I am very happy with my son's progress in Kindergarden. The school is also very supportive of children whose parents are in the Military. The Deployment groups for the kids are great and are really helping my son through a difficult time with his Dad leaving. It's a shame I haven't seen more positive reviews this year as the school seems to be nothing like the reviews from 3-4 years ago.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2006
My son started Kindergarten this year and I just love his teacher Miss Karolyi. Have only seen the principal once or twice she seems nice. All and all it is a good school. Ms. Karolyi rocks!

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May 03, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2006
Great School if given to an opportunity to go to this school, i say that you should choose this one. my child has had great sucess there. i love it. -Involved parent

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January 04, 2006
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December 14, 2005
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August 28, 2005
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August 25, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2005
My daughter has attended miller for the last two years, and has now moved on to middle school. Overall, I have been very happy with the education my child received. She had great teachers, who very much cared for her emotional well being, as well as her educational needs. The majority of the teachers at miller are experienced and willing to work with concerned parents. I was very happy with the extra activities offered through the pta, individual teachers, and community partners--keep it up! Just a couple of suggestions...1) Please have friendly & patient office staff-since these are the very first people that parents meet when visiting the classroom or registering their student(s). As is, the office staff are knowledgable, but difficult to deal with. A positive attitude, would make a huge difference. 2) Parents, get involved with your child's school! You'll reap what you sow.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2005
This school has been great from my kids. The teachers were nice and supportive of my sons, and understand the issues that I had.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2005
I am very pleased with miller, I enjoy the fun of the teachers and enjoy their teaching habbits.

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February 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 25, 2005
I would not let me son go this school. I don't think that my daughter has benefitted from attending this school, even though she is in the GATE program. I am seriously thinking of switching her to private school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
Sometimes I wonder who is running this school? from the top of the line to the janitors? I have many children at this school, we are in the Navy,I like my son's teacher in Special Ed But now he must move on, and text year Iam scard for him, as well as for my other children,I pray none of them have to use the Resorce Dep, because They need new blood there, it's time for some big changes for this school. It needs help.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2004
I have two children at Miller and I have been very disappointed in the experience of this school. The office staff is extremly rude. I have complained to the school board about everyone in that office and nothing has ever been done. I have had several confrontations with the principal based on the well fare of my children. She has done nothing until it has gotten ugly. I have had to fight for my children's teachers so that they could get an ok education. To sum this up you are on your own with very little support from anyone. The principal needs to go. It starts at the top. They need to hire the vice principal she seems to be the only one who cares about us!

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 28, 2004
I was a student teacher at Miller. In 2004, the district created an incentive for teachers' early retirement due to a tight budget, so staffing has changed at the school. The school was desperately in need of new blood. It is an evolving situation.

- submitted by a community member
October 21, 2003
I also had two children that went to Miller previously. We are a military family and have since moved out of the area. I was beyond disappointed with the school. There is little cohesion between administration and teachers. As a matter of fact, the teachers don't seem to know each other unless they are working in the same grade or loft. I attribute this to failure on the principal's part. There is little supervision of the children coming to and from school. It's as if once the children leave the classroom, many of the teachers are quite unconcerned about their well being. We were fortunate to have a few outstanding teachers for our girls, but their hands were tied as to what they were able to teach. In my opinion, the lack of fine arts education and after school activities make for a truly substandard education. Both my children, in seminar gate classes at Miller, were sorely behind when we relocated to another state. The office staff is perhaps the rudest I have ever had the experience of working with. It's a shame that our military's children can't receive a better education than what Miller has to offer. I would never recommend any parent enroll their child in this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
I no longer have a child here, but my son went to this school for three years. The education, respect, and overall treatment he received at Miller was substandard. I know of many parents that disenrolled their children & homeschooled them or transferred them to other schools. It was truly a disappointing experience for our family.

- submitted by a parent
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Miller Elementary School
4343 Shields Street, San Diego, CA  92124
(858) 496-8319
Last modified Miller Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5
Miller Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top