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San Marcos, CA
Students enrolled: 1,225

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1615 Schoolhouse Way
San Marcos, CA 92078

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(760) 290-2600
(760) 290-2807
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February 24, 2015
I feel so blessed to have my three daughters attend SEH elementary school. I have a third grader and two first graders who have all been enrolled since kinder. The teachers are wonderful! Every teacher my girls have had has been involved, available, and nurturing. My children have thrived at SEES, academically and emotionally. Academics are emphasized alongside with respect and kindness to others. To top it off, even the principal is amazing! She's down to earth, easy to approach, and willing to take the time to talk to me if I ever have any concerns. When I decided to opt my third grade daughter out of taking the upcoming standardized tests, I was concerned that my rights would not be respected or that I would be judged or pressured. On the contrary, my decision was treated with nothing but respect. San Elijo Elementary truly is a GREAT SCHOOL!

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November 06, 2014
We ended up pulling our child out of SEES after Kindergarten. The school is WAY too big. Staff is stretched to the limit, doesn't have time to discuss things with parents. It is hard to know who to talk to if you need help. Your child will not get an individualized education as promised. I was in my child's class room every week and I didn't see much individualized education. The teachers/staff act burdened if you ask questions. My child's teacher s standard response was I just don t have time . We got one 15-minute parent conference the whole year; received a mass letter 2nd semester saying you won't get a second conference if your child is at or above grade level. When I raised concerns to the teacher asking specific questions, I received a cookie cutter response (I actually found copy and paste portions on the SEES website). You have no input in how your child is placed in a class (your told to write a letter re: placement but you cannot request a specific teacher). I don't think they actually take these letters into account, placement seems luck of the draw. School only tries to get children to the minimum state required level.If your child is above the 60% they will be board.

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April 29, 2014
We are moving from NJ to San Marcos area. Our top priority is our fourth grader! After speaking to many people and visiting many areas over the past 4 years, we were encouraged to hear SEES provides the BEST academic experience for our daughter as well as SEH is the only town with that "hometown" feel. We are beyond excited to move in 3 weeks and have high hopes for SEES to be a "5 STAR" experience for our daughter. WE spoke to CA lifelong residents as well at transplants, and they all recommended SEH and SEES!

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January 14, 2014
We pulled our kid from a christian private school due to bullying and cliques. Our kid was welcomed to SEES and we cannot believe we did not start him here from the beginning. It is a rather large school, once we got passed that we quickly realized that the quality of kids here is great. Teachers are very seasoned. We are very happy here!

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August 20, 2012
My oldest has been there since Kindergarten, and now he just started 5th. I have another in 4th and my baby just started 1st grade. I love this school. We moved up to San Elijo for this educational experience for my children. I wish the planners had figured out how popular the school is and I wish the class sizes were smaller, but the quality of staff and the quality of the teaching is beyond all expectations. The teachers are accessible and know their kids. This is the most encouraging school for reading and academic excellence. We are so happy at this beautiful school

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June 18, 2012
My son has been here since Kindergarten and just finished 4th grade with 3 straight semesters on the honor roll. I can't say how proud we are of him this year and how happy we are with the teachers. He has excelled and has been challenged with additional work when the regular material wasn't enough. There is a lot of focus on math and language arts as well as physical education, science, and art, in spite of the budget situation. I was really impressed with everything he learned and look forward to our final year next year. It's too bad the community rating is marked down by posters venting about San Elijo being a so-called "green" school. We should teach our children to be informed citizens to help make a difference in society.

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January 05, 2012
Didn't know how good we had it! Our child now goes to San Diego school district and we miss the quality of education at San Elijo. While some of the drop off polices are annoying and could be improved, the import things are all in place. The biggest attribute of this school is it's accountability. It expects a lot of it's student, teachers and parents. While closing the entrance gate precisely at the bell time and making students check in late is a bit too strict in my opinion, the opposite is far worse. A school that's leadership doesn't value accountability effects your child's education from all angles in a negative way. The other positive attribute is the "college track" agenda. While the children are little, the classroom mentality and environment are a positive environment that promotes success in life. The opposite of that is the "fast food worker track" where the teacher spends most of the day yelling and being a disciplinary. A classroom where the staff says "they're just little kids, it's not a big deal they do their homework or show up on time. If your child has the opportunity to be at a 10 out of 10 school be grateful.

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August 28, 2011
We are very happy here! We considered private school, but most ( the ones we can afford) did not measure up. Our daughter has excelled here and is very happy with the teachers. The teachers give her the attention she needs and the direction to move forward. I would give it 5 stars, but it is getting crowded, So far so good though, still 26/per class in 2nd grade. That made me happy!

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September 16, 2010
My child attended this school for three years before we moved to a new area. We really miss it and now really appreciate what we had there. All three of the teachers that we had were awesome. My child learned so much. I didn't have to teach her homework to her, she learned everything in class and I was just a homework checker. That is the way it should be! The principal is awesome and she knows the names of all her 900+ students! Whenever I needed to talk to her, she was available. When I emailed her, she responded asap. She really runs a tight ship. The school is beautiful and very well kept up. I love the new garden! The PTO is also truly amazing. Hats off to them! So many wonderful people at this school...teachers, staff, PTO and parents. We really miss your school!

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June 16, 2010
The teachers at this school are amazing. Not only are they accessible to the students for their needs, but they work closely with the parents to keep involvement to a maximum. I have never been happier with a school.

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April 25, 2010
The teachers are amazing! The school does so much with the community!

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February 03, 2010
Great school. My kids have gone here since it opened. We have had nothing but amazing teachers and our kids have excelled! I also, however, questioned some of the 'green theme' like the other parent mentioned. I know other schools do not heavily promote any of this stuff, so why ours?

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November 13, 2009
Dislike the 'green' theme this year at the school with talks of 'carbon footprints' and 'global warming.' Government is slipping into the cracks of our public schools with now the H1N1 vaccine being given here. Though it is optional, we do not have govt. health care YET and this is already happening. VERY DISAPOINTED!

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March 26, 2009
I have two children attending SEES and we love it! The principal is incredibly dedicated, parents are very involved and the teachers are excellent. The PTO supports a ton of great programs including art, science and music.

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September 30, 2008
My children attended SEES last year and thought it was good but it was way over crowded. We now live in the Poway Unified School District and realize that good is not good enough. There is a night and day diffference between the two districts. Our children are now working at their full potential --PUSD sees to that.

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September 22, 2008
My daughter loved this school and her teacher Mrs. Goodman! she misses her year there and is always talking about it. unfortunately because of the boundaries changes she had to attend carillo elementary, although it also looks like a good school! I sure miss San Elijo!

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June 22, 2008
Great school. My daughter attended Kindergarten this year and was in Mrs. Goodman's class. Great experience. Principle is highly involved and creates a very positive environment.

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May 30, 2008
This school has many wonderful teachers, but they are limited by the school distrct. They teach strictly to the STAR test, which limits creativity. The class sizes are not only outrageous, but are illegal in our state.

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September 24, 2007
My children are in Kindergarten this year and so far, we love the school. The teachers are enthusiastic and committed, as are the parents and the administration.

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June 26, 2007
My child attended 1st grade with Mrs. Anderson. Great teacher. Parental involvement was very high. The principal was very involved and the experience was very positive.

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San Elijo Elementary School
1615 Schoolhouse Way, San Marcos, CA  92078
(760) 290-2600
Last modified San Elijo Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
San Elijo Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews. Top