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10770 Red Cedar Drive
San Diego, CA 92131

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(858) 271-0470
(858) 549-6817
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May 31, 2015
I knew as soon as I heard the words “There is no running on the playground” that something was wrong with this school system.The kindergarten class didn’t have grass and there is no running on the asphalt. “It’s not safe and can cause really bad scrapes.” Scrapes, bumps, and bruises should be a part of childhood—they’re how kids learn to manage risk. The “No running on asphalt” policy is the norm for the entire district. In the face of an ADHD epidemic, an obesity epidemic, and neuroscience that proves that kindergartners cannot sit still for long periods of time, how can we require such young children to stay still all day while adding increasingly heavy academic demands? Children who behaved well each day were given green cards.Then yellow cards, then orange cards accompanied by a phone call to the parent, then red cards signifying a visit to the principal’s office. How many more yellow, orange, and reds are given out as a result of the lack of energy release throughout the day? How does self-esteem suffer in the kids who are trying to behave but incapable of staying still that long?I began to see more global problems. The running was now the least of my worries—even if it was the underlying cause of many of the problems. I heard children lectured for minor violations (like drawing instead of writing letters). I saw timers being used at stations. I saw children stressed.I saw teachers withholding recess from children unable to complete their work. The kid could be goofing off or legitimately slow and needing help, but the punishment was the same.I saw kids showing anxious behaviors.I saw certain boys being labeled and regularly put in the corner as a way to control behavior.I was saw a pervasive lack of compassion, or even tolerance, for age-appropriate behavior. I saw it from teachers, I saw it from coaches, I saw it from playground staff, and I saw it in the rules that disregarded common sense. When my son became afraid to write his name, I was concerned. When he stopped writing and drawing all together, I was devastated. It wasn’t that I was having trouble “letting go” of my first baby, as some at the school had suggested to me. It was the school. It was the school’s profound lack of respect for children. It was their institutionalized ignorance of basic child development. I hope things start to change in public school but we left the system.

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Teacher effectiveness: Ineffective
May 31, 2015
If effective is worksheets, timed stations and filling heads with facts then yes effective. Very little room for thinking.

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Develops respect: Strongly disagree
May 31, 2015
Respect is not modeled here. My definition of respect is to treat people as you would like to be treated and I saw kids being treated not as people but as obstacles. I get that class sizes are too big and budgets are slim but when we forget children are just people with less experience it's easy to treat them poorly and when students aren't given respect by the teachers how can you expect them to show any back? That's called fear not respect.

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Develops honesty: Strongly disagree
May 31, 2015
The teacher we had in kindergarten valued compliance. My son came home asking why teachers always made them use good manners but teachers were always rude. Pretty telling from a five year old.

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November 14, 2014
This school has great test scores and is in a beautiful neighborhood. None of that matters though if your kid doesn't want to go to school and is stressed out in Kindergarten. Did they learn a lot quickly in kindergarten, yes, but there was no time for fun. I don't want my child to hate school. Not enough time for lunch or snack, no running on the playground at recess, and kids who are afraid to make mistakes. I felt very unwelcome at the school as a parent except for financial contributions and filing tasks. I don't expect that most of this is unique to this school except that there may be more pressure to get the kids ready to score well on tests.

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May 03, 2014
As a parent of a kindergartner, this is my first year impression of MRE listed as thumbs up or down: Thumbs up 1. Great parent involvement and many activities for parents to be involved in. 2. Nice campus. 3. Active and engaging principal. 4. Good enrichment classes for arts and science. 5. Really good PE teacher. 6. Strong core of parents who run the FFA. 7. Positive learning environment with some good teachers. 8. Friendly parents and kids. Thumbs down 1. Overcrowded classrooms with one teacher. 30 kids to a class is absurd. 2. Allowing too many kids to "Choice" in or bus in. If the school can't manage a reasonable class size for the neighborhood kids, they should not let kids from outside the neighborhood to attend. This is not a knock against the "Choicers" as they are good kids but rather an unhappiness with policy. 3. Front office staff could be better. One, in particular, is just plain out rude and is lucky to have a job. 4. Miserly ungrateful parents who didn't contribute to the pledge drive. With 710 kids, the pledge drive should have easily raised more than $63,000. Any parent who didn't contribute at least $200 should bow their head in shame.

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April 27, 2014
I love this school because it has a great community feel. The teachers, staff and families all have a close relationship and it feels like a big family.

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April 26, 2014
The moto for this school is "Work Hard, Be Nice" and the students, teachers, administrators, and volunteers all live up to it. The school is a fantastic environment for children to grow with both rigorous academics and plenty of time for the children the move around and play. The school offers science, music, P.E., computer instruction, and art (through a parent-volunteer program) in addition to the regular curriculum. My son is only in first grade now, but I am confident that he will continue to grow and thrive at this school.

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April 25, 2014
Miramar Ranch is a great school with impressive state testing results, good teachers, and a very involved Family Faculty Association that raises money for science, music, art and lots of other programs the district does not provide.

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April 25, 2014
Miramar Ranch is a fabulous school from the teachers to the principal and the volunteers! I've had several kids attend Miramar Ranch and the teachers did a great job preparing them for the next grade as well as middle and high school as far as academics, time management and organization. Our principal is outstanding! She has a fun personality, is great with children and has the respect of the teachers. The volunteers are an amazing part of the school providing lessons in Art Corps, Character Education and choir - creating well rounded children.

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February 26, 2014
I agree with the reviewer who said that this school could be great but it is not. Parent participation is high. Hey have a great running club that many students arrive early and participate in. The campus is beautiful and the parents are friendly. There are some GREAT teachers at this school and then there are some that should not be teaching. Example would be the kindergarten dept. This is not addressed to all the kindergarten teachers. But my child's teacher never smiles and always looks frustrated with her job. My child does not like her teacher because "she is mean and yells at us." This is my child's first impression of her formal education and this is the best that MRE can do? Also punctuality at this school does not seem to be important either. Longer after the 2nd bell rings there are so many kids leisurely walking to their classrooms. Same faces everyday so obviously the teachers and principal aren't bothered by this.

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February 05, 2013
Miramar Ranch is an outstanding, nurturing place for your child to be. Many of the teachers are highly-experienced and dedicated professionals that combine hands-on learning with high-expectations. Teachers really collaborate across their grade level to make sure they are doing their best to meet the needs of the students. In addition to classroom time, students benefit from library visits, a science lab, a computer lab, art lessons, character education lessons, assemblies, visiting professionals, and field trips. Parent volunteers on campus are a common sight. We have been at the school for seven years and are quite happy.

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December 01, 2012
This school could be excellent-it is good. It does have excellent teachers in each grade level, but getting them is the challenge. Why there are not strong teachers in all rooms at such a great school, I still don't understand that. I have heard teachers that yell- I find that unacceptable! They ask for money for this and for that, help with this and for that all the time, but when you need help for a better placment for your child or share your concerns you get ignored-that is sad to me. You'll find the own teacher's kids to be with the "best felt" teacher's rooms---so good to know. They tend to split up a class in some grade levels every year- I feel better planning could avoid this. They don't seem to feel that is a disruption or area they can fix for the kids. A class change isn't always the right move for every child. The janitor is AWESOME! Friendly and welcoming and knows everyone! Limited field trips is disappointing. Paula in the office is class act! She is a so wonderful! It is a good school it could be MUCH better. It should make families concerns number one and start moving in the right direction.

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August 02, 2012
I am extrememly impressed with Miramar Ranch. My son attended for two years (kindergarten & first grade) and the experience has been beyond positive. The community of teachers and parents make this school successful. We are relocating and my son is sad to be leaving Miramar Ranch, as am I.

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April 07, 2011
MIramar Ranch Elementary is a great school employed with smart and encouraging teachers. I am confident that my daughter will graduate from this school prepared for all the challeges she will face in life! The princepal is very commited in helping the students reach new heights. You should enroll your son/daughter in this excellent school so they can suceed in life. As a child, i went to Miramar Ranch Elementary school and they helped me achieve a great goal in my life, i am now a sucessful surgeon. Their campus is full of greenery and smiles of the students that attend this amazing school. The educators have a true love for teaching children what they will need to be great in life. So be smart and enroll your child/children in Miramar Ranch Elementary School.

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March 23, 2011
I have 2 children at this school and it's our 5th year at MRE. Our principal is very approachable and well received by parents and students. The teaching staff is filled with many individuals who truly love to teach. Despite ongoing budget problems statewide, our parents really pitch in physically, financially and at home to help these students succeed. I haven't heard of or experienced anything like the negative review from Nov. 2010. We've got terrific school spirit and the school has a very warm, welcoming feel to it.

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March 22, 2011
I've had 2 children go thru the school--approximately 9 years! Before my first child went there, I was apprehensive. However, friends enlightened me and it turned out to be a great school. The teachers are great--some of the best in the district, in my opinion. They really care about the children. Can't say enough about the Principal! She is wonderful with the children. She sits in each classroom to observe. She is totally hands on. It's going to be hard when my children are out of the school. Miramar Ranch has a great Science Lab, PE Department, Running Club, Computer Lab, and has several family oriented events--Ice Cream Social, Science Nights, JogAThon, H'ween Carnival, Book Fairs and much more!

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November 19, 2010
Beware this school is not a friendly or family oriented school. Teachers are mean and the principal does not care. Teachers yell at kids in public. Kindergarten teachers are just baby sitters. They don't teach. Attending this school, your child will only suffer emotional trauma like my son.

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October 16, 2009
A decent school however, my child has special medical needs and they only have a nurse on grounds once a week!! Not good at an elementary school...other than that I think it is a pretty good school

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May 22, 2009
I had 2 children attend MMRE from K-6 and K-5 and I feel very fortunate that they had the great opportunity to attend this school. My son was well prepared for Middle School and remained a 4.0 student throughout 9th Grade (in advanced classes). The seminar program at MMRE is outstanding in particular at the 5th grade level where my daughter has the privilege to be taught by the best teacher one can wish for. All in all, I am forever thankful for the wonderful expereince MMRE has provided for my children. The Principal is great and her leadership and focus is outstanding. The campus is beautiful as well.

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no rating
May 21, 2009
This is a Great School. From its Principal to teachers they care and encourage parental involvement. Beautiful campus. Highly recommended.

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February 26, 2009
We moved here recently and have been very impressed by both teachers and staff members. The parent community is also very involved and there is a great number of activities. This year they got traffic patrol of the year for all of San Diego Unified School District. I highly recommend checking out their web site: http://www.miramarranch.org

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February 06, 2009
We have had two wonderful teachers and one not so great. I feel in public school that it's hard to catch the ones that should be pushed further ahead. It's also hard to pick out the ones that need more help due to the class size and work overload. I find the principal and staff very nice and helpful, but I need to point things out most of the time.

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September 01, 2008
Our son - an ex-esl student - excelled in 2nd grade and we felt the admin support was superior

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November 28, 2007
I have 2 children in their first year at this school. I feel the teaching staff lacks empathy, substance, core teaching values, organization and very basic proactive parent/teacher communication skills. I have been entirely disappointed with this school socially, academically, personally, and interactively.

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October 06, 2006
I found the principal to be very open and supportive regarding an educational issue with my son. She went out of her way to make sure things went smoothly for my son.

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September 01, 2006
My child just completed 3 years at this school and I was very disappointed. The majority of his teachers were a nightmare, and degree to which the school engaged him was sorely lacking. I'm sorry, but this school did not do more than the bare minimum.

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May 04, 2006
This school is very hit and miss, with a few great teachers and several very weak ones. The traffic situation is poorly handled every day. Only the volunteerism of parents creates some nice opportunities for the kids. We are definitely looking into other schools for next year.

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September 16, 2005
Miramar Ranch is an excellent public school. There are a variety of extra activities such as science night, or math night. The school has an excellent physical education department, and the parents help teach Art Corps. The Parent involvement is phenomenal! The teachers are very professional and caring. The principal and vice principal are very professional. It is a caring school in an excellent neighborhood

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August 22, 2005
My son enjoyed his first year here. We were lucky the teacher was great. Parents were involved in our class, but not always the case in others. This school is big, and some of its problems arise from its size. Parenteral support is what makes the art, PE, library, and computer program exist. Parents need to be more involved if possible.

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January 13, 2005
My son attends this elementary school in Scripps ranch area of San Diego now for three years. All parents are highly involved in this school and the ratings of this school are excellent. However the administration and more specifically the Principal there is very negative to parent suggestions and criticism of her teachers. Once you as a parent advocate for a change for your child she will not support you or your child she corrals the wagons to shut you down. School has a high turnover rate on students with IEP designations leaving this school. The schools scores are high yes, but not all students scores are included.

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January 13, 2005
Our child currently attends Miramar Ranch but we are looking for another school both public or private to move into. Administrators communicatino is poor to negative towards parents with any suggestions or change requests. See SD Union Tibunue search-google- for articles on conflicts over the past yrs in this district.Good luck or try Poway area instead.

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November 01, 2004
This is our first year at MRES. My son is in the 6th grade. I've found his teachers to be kind, supportive and enthusiastic. The expectations for work far exceeds the school he was at before.

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September 07, 2004
This school has an ineffective administrator. It is unable to provide placement of all qualifying seminar and gate students. Parking and pick up of students is stressful. Communication from administration is very poor.

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July 16, 2004
This school is far too overcrowded with over 900 students. Admin staff are more concerned with students' dress codes than with academic performance. Staff is unresponsive to parents' concerns and do not reflect a professional attitude. I would not recommend this school to other parents.

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May 04, 2004
I agree with remarks of Feb. 23, 2004. My child recieved a concusion when attacted by another student in the classroom. The principal refused even to transfer my child to another one of 5 3rd grade classrooms to seperate my child from the attacker. When the issue was brought to the attention of San Diego school board the response was that the principal could run the school any way she wanted. So much for positive actions to control 'bullying' in our California schools!

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no rating
May 04, 2004
My last child is attending MMR. The first 2 had great teachers for 2-6th grades. My last has had some exceptionally bad ones and is now paying the price. My early complaints to the administrators were answered with smiles and empty promises. Those people have moved on. I wish that there was accountability for those teachers who have bad cases of DDA (Dosen't Do Anything). These teachers need to go to summer school to re-learn how to teach, my youngest has been going to summer school every summer since 2000 and is sick and tired of it. The current team is a vast improvement over those of years past. I hope they stay for the sake of new students.

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February 19, 2004
This school has recently experienced significant faculty turnover. A number of teachers have retired, and many current teachers are new to the school. In terms of our current experience here, our 5th grader's homework often exceeds 2 hours per night, which seems excessive even for a GATE student, and the numerous take-home projects frequently require an inappropriate degree of parental assistance for successful completion. Our child's teachers have been unresponsive or defensive when we expressed concern about these matters to them. In addition, one of our child's teachers recently informed us at a parent-teacher conference that she tends to give lower grades to students at the beginning of the year in order to 'leave room for improvement'; obviously, a grade that simply reflects actual performance on tests, homework, classwork, etc., would be more appropriate. We don't know how widespread this practice may be in the school, but it concerns us. Sadly, we have become increasingly dissatisfied with the school over the past two years.

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January 31, 2004
Miramar Ranch Elementary (MRE) has a serious traffic problem; without any viable solutions. Regarding traffic problem, that is the only bad thing I have to say about MRE. MRE is a great school, with great teachers and very pro-active parents.

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Miramar Ranch Elementary School
10770 Red Cedar Drive, San Diego, CA  92131
(858) 271-0470
Last modified Miramar Ranch Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Miramar Ranch Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top