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San Diego, CA
Students enrolled: 813
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After care: Yes

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6033 Stadium Street
San Diego, CA 92122

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(858) 453-5377
(858) 546-1269
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October 03, 2014
It's about time I rate this school. My son is now a 3rd grader at Spreckels. We live in the neighborhood, and decided not to choice into the neighboring "higher rated" elementary school. I cannot say enough about the parents and PTA. They run the school. And that is a good thing! The parents are highly involved and will fight for the success of their kids. The API scores overall don't look as impressive as they are..if you look at the break downs by ethnicity and demographics, they are no different then the neighborhood schools. I love that my child has diversity and no biases towards different cultures and ethnic backgrounds. No complaints at this point!

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2014
I know the story with the kindergarten teacher referenced in the other reviews. She was definitely a problem and caused a lot of unhappiness for parents and kids. The good thing...she's gone and will never return. So there's that;). Anyway, love the school overall and the parent involvement is amazing. I wish I had more time to volunteer but I knows my kids are well taken care of and their best interests are considered. Lots of great programs, running club, free before/after school Primetime program which is fantastic.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2014
I am a parent of a 4th grader. This is my sons second year at Spreckels. So far this school has been great. My sons grades have improved greatly. Communication with the teachers is excellent. PTA is very active. There is also a lot of parents that volunteer. I love this school!

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
We had a great first year at Spreckels. My son's kindergarten teacher was wonderful. As a teacher myself, I'm amazed at how much reading he is doing after a year here. This was our neighborhood school and some of our neighbors had told us to choice into a another neighboring school. So glad we didn't as we loved it! We liked that this school has a diversity of cultures and socio-economic backgrounds as we want our son to be grounded. We found the other parents to be involved. Do wish the Spanish program was a little more developed as others have noted. I was also surprised by how little time they had for art but wow, I was impressed by their music/dancing program. Obviously I realize that a teacher can make or break your school year so I'm hoping that he gets more good ones.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2014
So saddened by the events that took place in my daughter's kindergarten class this year. We choiced into this school because we had heard good things and we wanted our daughter to receive a bilingual education. The issues started day one when the class she was in originally was changed and the teacher had no knowledge of our daughter being in her class. As the year progressed the problems increased. There was limited supervision at lunch, children were left on the playground without teacher supervision as the teacher was late, my daughter had snacks and parts of her lunch stolen, She was spit on and things were stolen from her backpack. There were about 12 different substitute teachers in and out of the class, no joke. My daughter's class had multiple children that had behavior issues and the class was contstantly in chaos and being yelled at. My daughter was constantly stressed. It took almost 2 weeks, emails and visits to the office to get and appt with the principal who offered no solutions to the problem until multiple parents complained and the district was notified. The final straw for us, the teacher was removed from the class in the last 6 wks of school. Very disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2013
To the Parent who posted yesterday's comment. Your facts are just not accurate and you should get them straight before making such a public comment. It is absolutely false and reckless for you to say "Many, if not most of the kids are bussed in from far-away disadvantaged neighborhoods". Spreckels' enrollment numbers have dwindled over the past 2 years because, in fact, the number of busses have been decreased by approximately 150%. We have less kids today than we did 2 years ago, because over a hundred kids who were getting bussed in no longer have that option. I'll refrain from commenting on your ignorant referral to a group of partents as "this cohort". I actually agree with your assessment of the Spanish language program but unfortunately your good points are lost with your inaccurate, overbroad, and frankly offensive comments.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2013
My child attended the Seminar program at this school, which seems to have been placed at this school only to bring up the dismal performance of the broader school population. The Seminar program was, in itself, great. However..... Many, if not most of the kids are bussed in from far-away, disadvantaged neighborhoods, with little parental school involvement by this cohort. The Spanish language focus is a sham - weekly Spanish lessons, our kid was never tested for Spanish proficiency, no grade was issued, and, as far as we can see, little was learned. Frankly, this school should be closed, and the local population folded into Curie, to create a true community school. The money that is now spent bussing kids all the way across town should be spent on their education in a school closer to their homes, not spent on bus drivers, gasoline and buses.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Absolutely love this school. I have a Kindergartener and a 2nd grader and both have excelled in their academics since starting here.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
I choiced my son into Spreckels because it used to have a wonderful reputation, that is not the case anymore. I know countless families who have decided to leave and we are one of them. They call the school a Bilingual Magnet but my son learned more Spanish from Sesame Street- he got a 1/2 hour of Spanish once a week. This is the case for older grades too. My son was here for K & 1st grade, in both years his teachers left & new ones started. The new 1st grade teacher was brand new, never taught alone before & was completely overwhelmed. She had many students who had behavioral & learning issues. Many parents in the class asked the principal & administration for help, but we were ignored. The principal NEVER returned our calls, emails and letters. She told one parent from our class that this school year "would be a "wash" for us, some years are good & some bad". She did NOTHING to help our teacher. Safety is also an issue, two drunk men walked right into the front gate & walked into classrooms. The school went on lockdown for an 90 mins but parents were not notified. Our kids told us when we picked them up. Main gate is open & not monitored, it cannot be seen from the front office.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
We transfer into this school every year. I love the curriculum, the parent support, teachers and staff. Most of all the children are very supportive of each other. You dont see the clickiness and competetiveness which makes for a very supportive and safe enviroment

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2013
This school is excellent. We bought our house in this neighborhood because o f Spreckels. Teachers each of the first two years have been great. A little disappointed in that I thought there would be more Spanish taught. The Spanish portion of the day seems to be very short. Overall very pleased.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2013
I am a parent of two children who attended Spreckels. To rate a school, there are 3 criteria: the teaching, the administration, and the cliental. The teaching staff is above average. They are all hard working teachers with the children's best interest at heart. The administration needs to make changes to be more student oriented and improve communication. The cliental is average. If a child is getting into trouble at school, don't blame the teacher. The teacher is just the messenger; it is the parents' job to reinforce behavior consequences at home.

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2012
I attended this school a few years ago and all I can remember is how they separated the Spanish speaking students from English speaking students based on ethnicity. It did not matter if the student spoke both languages if they had a Hispanic name they would be put in a Spanish class. Spanish classes did not get to do the same activities. They were not allowed to participate in science experiments, computer lab and extra curricular activities. Kids were bullied and no one did anything about it. They didn't seem to care if students needed extra help and made no effort to include everyone. Teachers have favorites and make that very clear. I would not put my child in this school.

- submitted by a community member
June 05, 2012
My son went to Spreckles for K and 1st grade. A few days after he started kindergarten he asked me why his teacher didn't like him ( he had never asked that question about an adult before or since). She had issues with teaching and she approached me one day to inform me that "she was out of tools" !! My son was 4!! Though his 1st grade teacher was far better she was often stressed, undoubtably from trying to teach in a poorly run school. Which brings us to the Principal and VP. These two were the source of the poorly run school. The short time I would be there to drop off in the AM was stressful even on me, the kids were corralled in small spaces not allowed to run, play or use the playground. Teachers often resorted to yelling and blowing whistles at the kids. Parents were forced to drop their kids off on the street instead of the lot which was off limits. My son is now in a new school he has completed 2nd and 3rd grades there and he has flourished. He has the support and dedicated staff to provide a A+ education and yes, its a public school! Don't be fooled by some of the reviews here.. go see for yourself. I do feel the parents want to do well but are limited. We got out!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
My 1st-grader has had an awesome year at Spreckels. Her teacher, Mrs. Gomez-Neri, has been a wonderful fit for her. She is consistent and firm, but still full of love for the kids. She works hard to tailor the lessons to each child's ability. I am very involved with the PTA, and find the parent community very strong. There are so many involved, dedicated parents on campus (and from home) every day, consistently going above and beyond to make this school great by providing enhanced art education, campus garden activities, a variety of affordable after-school programs, and fun & meaningful fundraisers. We have heard great things about the 2nd grade teachers and are looking forward to another great year next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
I have two children at Spreckels. My husband and I have always been involved with PTA, School Site Committee, general volunteering and as room parent. The principal, Dr. Fernandez, is great to work with, I can always find her and talk to her face-to-face about any issue or question I have. The teachers my kids have had are creative, flexible, and intelligent. My son's teacher, Ms. Sparks, gives him more challenging math when necessary. Last year, his teacher, Ms. Nordlow, made sure he was in the proper reading group and his reading dramatically improved with help and advice from his teachers (Mrs. Stevens, Ms. Nava, Ms. Sparks). Our PTA is super-active and provides the school with money for all sorts of things including field trips, Earth Day, Running Club, Garden Club, Assemblies, and a new art program. My son has drama, my daughter has dance and they love it! The school also provides music and computers on top of the Spanish language classes. I feel we are so lucky to send our kids to a school with such a broad range of classes and activities. I wish that parents who complain would spend more time getting involved; the more you put in, the more you get back.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2012
This school is much too large and the administration is not equipped (nor do they seem willing) to deal with the behavioral and discipline issues. From day 1 the Principal has been a huge disappointment. Her communication skills are subpar. I have stuck it out with my kids, but many of their friends from kindergarten are all going to other schools now. The stories I hear from my children regarding lack of supervision at lunch and recess and the bullying and violent behavior that occurs are heartbreaking. My son was threatened with violence by a boy who insisted he give him his lunch PIN number. If he had given me the other boy's name, I would have called immediately. Sadly, though, I don't believe anything would have been done about it. If you have another option, take it.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2012
I am a parent of two boys at Spreckels. One is in Kindergarten and one is in second grade. This is the third year my older son has been there. I love this school and have been so impressed by the teachers (Mrs. Alessio, Mrs. Gomez Neri and Mrs. Boyd are fantastic. So are the others - but these are who my sons had). I am delighed by the quality of instruction, the activities, and the parent involvement at this school. Our kids go on field trips almost every month, they learn Spanish, they have music, art, science, and have a "Power Hour" for reading where they are grouped with kids from different classes in their same reading level . There is a very active PTA and volunteer community. Like all public schools, they could use more money and community support, but they thrive with what they have. I feel that some of the negative complaints on this board about the principal are unfair - she was at the mercy of the San Diego Unified District which kept changing class size and number of teachers at the beginning of the year. She did her best with a bad situation that she could not control.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2012
Repost: First deleted?!! Communication between teachers, administration and parents is terrible. Of course there are good teachers and bad teacher at every school but the problems we've encountered seem to be from the top down. On several occasions significant events regarding our children have not been communicated. More than once when we have had an obligation that require our child miss school, the school did not even call us to tell us they were absent! If something had happened to my child on the way to school we would not know that they were missing until we went to pick them up in the afternoon! This school is not run like a tight ship. We feel like the last two years have killed our child's enthusiasm to learn. The staff means well but they really can't see what they are missing. We thought maybe we were being overcritical judging them based on our child's previous school but our dissatisfaction was confirmed. Spreckels has failed to meet "No child left behind" federal standards for 3 consecutive years! They are on PROBATION! That combined with the "blue collar" classroom environment and mentality is a HUGE disappointment. Even parent volunteers can't fix that!

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2011
The principal is a "run-and-hide" from critical school management issues. The class sizes were too large at the start of this school year; yet she chose to ignore the problem until late October. Now, parents are angry and students are upset to be moved around just when they were getting used to their classes. This principal will not make decisions when they need to be made; choosing to ignore problems until they become crises. Finally, she expects teachers to "cover" her mistakes. If she was managing a company she would have been GONE long ago.

- submitted by a community member
November 01, 2011
I attended this school when I was a child, for the 6th grade only. Because I had a Spanish last name, I was put into a classroom with bilingual children and a bilingual teacher. I felt very isolated and out of place. I also felt discriminated against because I was Caucasian. I was a shy child, and the teacher would often humiliate me when I got any kind of answer wrong. It was the most miserable year in a school I had ever had. Now, things may have changed since then, this was about 20 years ago. I can only hope that things have improved.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2011
I think the teachers at this school ought to be commended. Their hearts are in the right place and they are making a difference. The principal is another story, though. She is unavailable and also unprofessional in her communications about (and with) the parents - especially when she is trying to cover up mistakes she has made. She has her eye on the money, though. The school is a magnet school for bilingual education - so if you are not latino and are from the neighborhood - you can expect very little of her attention.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2011
There is heavy spamming by the union to try to boost ratings for this school. Come and see for yourself what a mess it is.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
My experience with Spreckels has been positive from the outset. My child has been treated extremely well by the teachers and the staff. I've heard of no incidents in which staff or teachers have been rude or mean to children. And contrary to what some have posted, my child has thrived at the school and has benefitted from the cultural diversity and the opportunity to be exposed to spanish speaking. It seems to me that it is nothing but ignorant stereotyping (e.g. "inner city" kids, supra) by some that gives Spreckels it unearned negative comments here. The fact is children are bused in from all over the county, and these students make up less than half of the school population. Most children are from the local neighborhood. Spreckels is an outstanding elementary school from my experience. I am an active and involved volunteer parent.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2011
Since Spreckels is a Magnet School, many students come from "the inner city." The parents of these children probably want their kids to be learning in a positive environment, attend a school with great diversity, and/or learn academic Spanish alongside other subjects. Large class sizes and "truly horrible" food are a function of the district, not the school site. The last reviewer seems to complaining about issues that all parents in San Diego face, including helping their children with homework. My advice to reviewer on February 9th is to stop complaining and come to Spreckels and volunteer in the classroom. Volunteers are welcomed and needed, and assist in learning more than they realize. My personal opinion is that the teachers are not mean, but are effective disciplinarians. Teachers at Spreckels are highly experienced, possess great skills, and get things done. If you want your child to be coddled and worshipped, you don't understand public education, or education in general. Contribute before you crtiicize.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
More than half of the students are bused in from the inner city, and the teaching and attitude of the staff is geared towards that environment. The general approach of the staff and some of the teachers is simply to yell at the kids. With the inner city environment and the gargantuan class sizes, it seems that the goal is more to move them through than to teach them anything. Last year's teacher was utterly worthless. It's not clear that our child was taught anything at all. This year's teacher is an improvement, but is too overwhelmed by kids needing more attention than ours to give ours the attention she needs. If our children learn much of anything at Spreckels, it will be from the hours we spend with them every day at home, not from the school. There they mostly will learn that (many of) the staff are just mean. Oh, and the food is about the worst thing I've ever seen. Truly horrible.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
This school is more interested in treating English as a second language and tends to favor students who attend from areas other than the local neighborhood. Children are forced into a classroom environment with other children that may not be at the same academic level or may not even speak the same language. The learning process is slowed down for an above average student in these circumstances.

- submitted by a community member
May 20, 2010
Where do they find thier teachers?My sons teacher is a bossy two face that plays favorites.I guess its true, that those who can, do and those who can't, teach .Also, school lunch program stinks! I am sorry to say, another year wasted at this school. My son could have learned better spanish from standing in front of Home Depot. .

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
Great environment, caring teachers, supportive parents. We Love Spreckels!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Effective teachers who care. Students love their teachers and take pride in their school. Fun, family-oriented activities that encourage participation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
The quality of the curriculum that is provided to our students as well as the outstanding staff and administration at the school. The first interest of the school is always the students success!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 16, 2010
Caring teachers, involved parents, visible administration, fun and motivated students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Because the teachers, staff and parents are wonderful. They really care about the kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 15, 2010
Excellent teachers and staff. Willing to listen and work with the parents to make the school better.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Great parent involvement, excellent music, computer and art programs!

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
This is a culturally diverse atmosphere where our children benefit from learning Spanish language and culture as well as have challenging academic standards. Dedicated and passionate teachers!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Teachers care about their students and maintain a good relationship with parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
The parents and teachers at this school are supportive and great.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
My child's teacher is great, the school is well run and there is a lot of parent involvement

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
great teachers, culturally diverse, strong enrichment and seminar program!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Great teachers, excellent student & faculty diversification and highly compassionate & competent administrative staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Welcomes every nationality and race. Promotes diversity. Kids are allowed from all over, not just if living in the immediate community. Teachers incorporate Spanish in their teaching.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
Great students, parents, teachers and administration. Solid academics. Well run school. Fantastic volunteer involvement. Love the language, are and music programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 14, 2010
I love Spreckels because my kids love Spreckels, and it feeds into a great High School system - UC High....

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2010
I love spreckles because my kids think this is the best school they ever been to and for all the wonderful teachers my kids have.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
We have two kids at Spreckels. We love the sense of community, teachers and parent volunteers. We also love the caregivers at the SAY program.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
My family and I love Spreckels! Everyone involved in this school is caring, giving and kind. What a wonderful place to grow and learn!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2010
I love Spreckels because it addresses the whole child, including character.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Wonderful teachers, wonderful students, wonderful volunteers, a wonderful place to learn!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
My kids love Spreckels and I enjoy the communication and the volunteering of all the parents here!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Spreckels is a friendly school with a culturally diverse student population.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
So many parents volunteer in so many different arenas that it creates a really great community environment.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
There are so many different backgrounds at Spreckles, but each child gets the best education. Teachers diversify their lesson plans for the individual child, and the community shows how much they care by having such a high rate of volunteers...

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
The staff at Spreckels are a talented, creative, dedicated group. Parents volunteer tirelessly to support programs and ensure such things as library time, PE and art are not effected by budget cuts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
There is a strong sense of community. The teachers are well-qualified and dedicated. Parent volunteers give so much of themselves. Our family is grateful to be a part of Spreckel's Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
Wonderful learning environment with great teachers, students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2010
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November 07, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
The programs offered to the students, the amazing teachers and staff there! The proximity to the children in the neighborhood, the way it's well -maintained. Everything!

- submitted by a community member
October 30, 2009
Spreckels best feature, is the teacher. They are quite an awe-inspiring bunch of creature. It's no acting; they're extremely caring. And their devotion to students are just amazing. No school is perfect; but from Spreckels, you can expect the best teachers one can select!

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 30, 2009
bilingual school with awesome spirit and teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
My son's teacher is great and the PTA is very supportive of the students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 16, 2009
Great parental involvement, care about the kids first, consistent communication from teacher and principal. And my daughter goes there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
Great teachers and lots of parent and community involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I love Spreckels Elementary School because the Administration, teachers, and staff create a sense of community in the school. They all work hard to acheive excellence through education, special events, and by building personal relationships with parents and students. Teh parent involvement in the school is outstanding and I very much enjoy collaborating and working with all the parents who are volunteer their time to make the school a great place for our kids to learn and grow. Spreckels Elementary provides resources to students outside of the classroom, such as compter lab, running club, friendship groups, garden club, student government, in addition to the mirad of festivities (parades, cultural dances, etc.) the teachers and Adminstration coordinate.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
I transferred my son to this school because of their commitment to providing a welcoming, educational and bilingual experience for each and every child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
Spreckels is an excellent school with great teachers, parents and a principal that knows how to get things done

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 14, 2009
The kids are awesome and the PTA, administration & parents' level of commitment to the school is phenomenal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Great Spanish magnet school energetic teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The teachers and the administrative staff truly care about each child and their well being. I changed from our neighborhood school to Spreckels and can attest to their caring attitude for the children and their parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
I love what the school has to offer: Bilingual education, art program, yoga and music. Not very many schools provide this for the children. We also love the teachers and staff. They all have been very helpful and courteous.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 29, 2009
There is an enthusiasm that extends way beyond the children's smiling faces and the teacher's endless energy. Budget deficiencies hit hard and cut deep but school spirit knows no boundaries at this school for Spanish/English bilingual education!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
My children are new students at Spreckels . They love their new school so do I. The school is clean and neat. The atmosphere is friendly. The principal, teachers and administrative staff are great. Everybody is always willing to help. The school curriculum is great. They are teaching children music, spanish, social study/Science since Kindegarten. Spreckels was my choice school I feel that I made the best choice for my children educations.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
Spreckels has great teachers and students. My daughter is excited to wake up and go to school everyday!

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
Wonderful qualified teachers and supportive parents makes Spreckels a unique public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
The school has great programs for the kids and is very family oriented. I love the spanish, art and music that is offered.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Spreckels has wonderful teachers and staff, and provides a wonderful community spirt.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
It has great teachers and programs

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 21, 2009
They are helping my son oversome his learning disabilities because they are wonderfully accepting and nurturing; for a child with a seizure disorder, one who has religious and dietary restrictions; one who needs extra attention and love and one who needs to feel like a regular child: despite numerous medical problems and extensive medications and hospitalizations.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
My son loves his teacher, Mrs. Onuchic!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I love Spreckles Elementary School because the teachers and staff are amazing. They really care about the children and they are very talented at what they do. My son is in Kindergarten and I am very impressed with the attention to making sure each child, regardless of their skill level, has interesting and challenging projects. One of my biggest concerns was the fact that so many times they have to 'teach to the mid-level' and both the higher level students and the lower level students are bored and lose interest in school. Spreckles adjusts so that each child get the mental and physical stimulation that they need at each level. This is only the beginning for my son and I want this year to be a foundation for loving learning and it is exactly what he is getting... a love of learning. Additionally, the curiculum also includes Spanish & Music which I think is so valuable for our culture. Thank Spreckles!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Spreckels is a great school. I love the atmosphere and my kids enjoy their teachers. The staff and community is great. Everyone there and even the parents are so willing to lend a hand when needed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
So far it has been so friendly and my daughter is loving kindergarten!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
I have been teaching at Spreckels for 10 years. It has a terrific kids, supportive parents, and a fantastic staff. I love going to work each day!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 21, 2009
Wonderful teachers and a great principal - we love what we've seen so far!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
My two beautiful grandchildren go to Sprekels and they love it! They love to learn! They will be capable of achieving what ever they decide to do in their lives!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Love this school. The best teaching staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love the art program, spanish, and music program, and computer lab. I know these are a rare opportunity in public school these days and I appreciate that the PTA works hard to ensure these programs remain funded!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
I love this school because it feels like a village of caring families. We are all taking one day and one child at a time to make our world a better place. It does take a village to raise a family, we have our village in this school.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
Spreckels Elementary has the best teachers and the best atmosphere. The teachers team teach very successfully together giving kids the benefit of their areas of expertise. They also organize and really support other school events like Colonial Days, California Days, and more. The PTA is incredibly involved and organizes such fun events as the Spring Luau, Cinco de Mayo, and the incredible Art auction.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Great teachers and parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
Spreckels is a wonderful school. We love the teachers, the kids and the parents. Everybody is so enthusiastic about doing the best we can for the children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Spreckels is about cultural and economical diversity. As a Spanish magnet school, children of different ethnicities and backgrounds come together in one school to all learn from their teachers and their peers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Spreckles is not just a school. It is a group of dedicated parents, teachers, staff,students and even grandparents who work together for a common goal. As a grandmother, I'm very impressed with the comraderie and love one feels as part of the group.

- submitted by a community member
no rating September 19, 2009
The teachers are great and the principal really cares about the students. It's a great place to be!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Hard working, positive teachers calm and positive environment enriching program

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Great teachers and very committed, involved and cool group of parents that make all the difference.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
They truly care about the whole child. They value emotional well-being and not just academics. The leadership in Dr. Fernandez is absolutely stellar, and the fact that they had (have?) a counselor ON-SITE to support children and families is a real benefit.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
I love the sense of community. The teachers and staff are awesome!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
I am proud of your elementary school for doing such a great job of educating my two grandchildren who are presently enrolled. The teachers seem very capable and are very good in sensing the capabilities of each student and adjusting their education to the individual student.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2008
My son tried out another school for a year while we lived in L.A., and boy did we miss Spreckels! Spreckels has dynamic and smart teachers, creative learning outlets; my son has been in a play or dance every year since kinder and enjoys spanish lessons and fieldtrips. There really is no comparison and we couldn't be happier with Spreckels.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2007
This school is awesome. The teachers are supportive and attentive. The office staff is courteous and professional. The speech program is wonderful. I have nothing bad to say about this school. I highly recommend it to everyone!

- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2006
I think this school is great. My son attended last year and with the help of mrs. Bear he was a strait 'a' student the entire year. Keep up the good work and thank you so much for the extra help and attention for my son.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
The principle was very helpful. My daughter attended the seminar program for GATE students. All the teachers are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I am very impressed with the quality of teachers and academic instruction at Spreckels. My daughter is already reading and she is only in kindergarten. The only improvements I could suggest are for more afterschool program options and parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2006
This is my child's first year at Spreckels but so far we are happy with it. He likes the art classes and the office staff was very efficient and helpful when he transferred there. The Spanish classess are another great feature.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
This school is below standard. It's a bilingual school that is taking on kids in which spanish is their primary language. I am moving to Carmel Valley where the school district has pride in their schools and kids are not brought in from other areas in large numbers.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
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May 30, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
These past two years have been very tough but exciting. We really enjoyed being part of this team. Teachers and parents are greatly involved in the students school work and both work together to help the student succeed in school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2004
I have two daughters at Spreckels, and I drive them 30 minutes each way, each day, to be there. Why? The teachers at this school are unbelievable. They are, without exception, interested in the whole student, as well as student achievement. They are the consumate professionals, while still being loving and fun. I feel very lucky that my children are able to get such a fantastic education at a public school. There are lots of opportunities for parents to become involved, at all levels, and the office staff is fantastic. The socio-econimic and racial diversity at the school is a real bonus, the exposure to Spanish (and the new Spanish curriculum) are great. I encourage poeple from all over San Diego to magnet their children to Spreckels, and for local parents to send their children here rather than other public or private schools. We love Speckels Elementary School!

- submitted by a parent
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Spreckels Elementary School
6033 Stadium Street, San Diego, CA  92122
(858) 453-5377
Last modified Spreckels Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Spreckels Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 112 reviews. Top