Students enrolled 1080
School leader Linda Bell
Transportation options Yes
District Santa Ana Unified School District
After school Yes

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2450 West Alton
Santa Ana, CA 92704

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(714) 430-5800
(714) 430-5899
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4 stars
Based on 22 ratings

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February 21, 2014
My son didn't make it to kinder 2015.. But I got to tell everyone The ladys from office r wonderful and helpful. don't hesitate to help you. thank u so much ladys for ur help.. I had a very bad experience in a greenville with the ladys in office. so rude omg!! Very mean. Don't want my kid around people like that.

- submitted by a community member
June 18, 2013
I have been extremely happy having my daughter enrolled in Jim Thorpe Fundamental. She just finished 1st grade. Her teachers have been wonderful and dedicated. I like that this school challenges her. Everyday she comes home with homework. The AR program is geat. My daughter is reading at a 3rd grade level. This school is not for everybody though. Parents need to be involved. Do not expect the teachers to do all the work. Parents, teachers and students NEED to all work together as a team. I have no complaints about Thorpe.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2012
I Love thorpe My fourteen year old boy went there, his eleven year old sister too, and my six Year old is currently there, both oldest have finished school there, but looking forward for my next few years there with my smallest . I have stayed in this school because of the teachers they are great.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2012
Great school the parents and teachers work together, the school try to do everything for the children to make them better

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2011
My only child started in morning Kindergarten this year. She has a wonderful caring teacher who smiles and greets her each morning to welcome her friends into the class. My daughter is very happy and looks forward to going to school each day. When I had a question the teacher called me back right away. Everything is great!

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2011
Terrible School... DO NOT SEND YOUR KIDS THERE. Principal and assistant Principal are the worst staff members at this school and some other teachers. They want to pretend to be very strict but what they truely do is traumatized our kids. I had a horrible experience bringing my kid here. They don't care about parents concerns they only hear what the want to hear. I feel so much better now that my kid is out of there.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2011
Worst experience having my child go to this school. Teacher is very rude and non communicative. Talking to principal does not help because they end up siding with teachers as opposed to listening to parent's concerns. Tried discussing a matter about my child and teacher had even hung phone up on me and spoke to me very disrespectfully. They do not treat each child as an individual and expect them to all be at same level. I understand that there are rules and they expect a certain standard but they take it to a whole other level. Regret putting my child here, thought we would be getting an excellent education because of school ratings but instead was an awful experience. I have also voiced my concerns to a few people and they have also heard from different friends that they also pulled their children out because of same problems. Would not recommend am sending my child to their home school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2009
To put it loosely in the words of John Wooden: If you aren't making mistakes, you aren't doing anything. Making mistakes is a part of life, learning to accept that even if you try your very best you can still fail. The best part of failure is that it provides us an opportunity for growth! Children need to feel safe to fail and try again. I To be a scholar, one must be willing to take risks and learn from his mistakes. At Thorpe our goal is to educate young minds to reach their full potential and meet their goals, whatever they may be. During my time at Thorpe I have met some very exceptional children who have gone on to do great things. Part of what makes this school #1 in Santa Ana is the Fundamental School Agreement, demanding and rigorous, but producing incredible results.

- submitted by a community member
May 24, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
August 25, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2008
Did not noticed when kids were being bullied. Made some, not all, kids terrified of failing. Failing is part of life, learning to accept that even if you try your very best you can still fail. Children need to feel safe and be very nurchured. Some teachers my kids have experienced have been so loving and awesome, others have been such a dissapointment. The women who monitor them have been disrespectful at the children, when it wasn't called for at all. The crossguard is in such a sour mood, that you see kids avoiding him at all cost, and parents constantly arguing with him. I will say I've seen some really great things about this school, the involvement you have in the school is great, my kid's education is really advance than most kids in a regular public school. I want the best for my and all kids.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2008
The change in administrative staffing has made a positive impact in the school this year. One of the concerns that before/after-school security was lacking was immediately addressed with additional staff. The general feeling tone is better as well. Parents feel that their concerns are being heard now, which was not something that was happening as much before.

- submitted by a teacher
December 11, 2007
Very dedicated teachers. Main theme taught is 'from kindergarten to college'.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2007
Almost all of the teachers at this school are fantastic especially since they have very little funding for classroom supplies. I applaud what they have been able to do with such limited support as well as the dedication they have for the kids. Music is limited and art is integrated into the academic projects; not taught for art's sake. Sports is basically limited to recess. While a better choice academically than the neighborhood schools and the kids do receive a solid base for future academic achievement, the rules and regulations are overwhelming, tedious, and don't allow for a child's individuality. They don't have much to do with the learning process either, having more to do with personal attributes and habits. Safety and security could be better, which is worrisome but I'm sure that has to do with budget restrictions. Drop off and pick up is a nightmare.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2006
The staff at Jim Thorpe is very helpful. The teachers are outstanding. There is a high level of parent invovlement.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
Thorpe is a wondeful school. My son began when Thorpe first opened. Now my daughter will be starting first grade. Both of my children's teachers have been amazing. They encourage and foment parent participation in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2005
My daughter attended Kindergarten at Thorpe. It's a shame that we have to relocate and tranfser her to a new school next year. The teachers really work hard with each and every child to bring out the best in them. I'm amazed with everything my daughter has accomplished in the last year! I have nieces and nephews attending this school as well; and I know their parents are extremely happy with the strong staff they have.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2004
It is a very strict school. A lot of parent involvemnet. Principal is always on top of teachers.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2004
Thorpe is an outstanding school. The teachers are dedicated and caring. I am happy to send my child to Thorpe each day knowing that she will be well taken care of. It's also a beautiful new school.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
I like this school very much, the teachers are great and the attention that they put on the students is great. The best part is that anytime that you can, your able to spend a day in class and help. Is nice to have teachers that really care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
The teachers and children work very hard, my kindergardener is working at a 2nd grade level. I am very happy with the teachers and the level of work they are doing. I am extremely dissatisfied with the security and lack of staff members supervising the children before and after school. Safety is not taken very seriously.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2004
Extremely happy and amazed at the work the teachers do with the students. Incredibly disappointed with the safety of the children during recess and lunch. Disturbed with the staff with children safety issues.

- submitted by a parent
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Jim Thorpe Fundamental School
2450 West Alton, Santa Ana, CA  92704
(714) 430-5800
Last modified Jim Thorpe Fundamental School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Jim Thorpe Fundamental School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 23 reviews. Top