Im planning for my daughter to attend this year at el sol.. can i get any feedback on the school and staffing Thank you
I have to say that I'm amazed at the dedication of some of the teachers at this school. Some of these teachers are serious about their academic success and they show it by being prepared and ready to go throughout the school year and reaching out to those who are falling behind. The school layout, lack of appropriate space for the Jr. High group, and lack of an actual library is a big thumbs down. The after school program is good for the kids that need the special attention, but in my experience not so good for the children who are doing well. I'm not sure who choose the school lunches, but the kids deserve something more appealing - visually, taste, and texture! The administration in my opinion needs some restructuring. You need to be able to approach students and parents with respect and be courteous and knowledgeable of the community you serve.
El Sol now has a soccer team. Also many students that leave to high school end up skipping geometry and go straight to algebra 2 which is a sophomore class.
First of all, if you research a bit you will find out that according to the California EC, there are no Credential requirements for Charter School administrators. Second of all, I do not know how long you have been around El Sol and how much you actually know about because it seems you are missing some facts. El Sol was opened by what I think you called Credential administrators. The API was on the 500s, the school lost the property to the District and around 70 percent of parents and all the staff except one, left the school. This new administrator led the school to the current 880 API, created the FCLC, the Extended Day Program, the Music/Art program, got the property back with a 40 years lease, created a health and dental clinic for the families, among other things. If you look at the other 40 or 50 schools surrounding El Sol, no other school is even close to achieve these results. Fortunately, most of all parents, teachers and families do not agree with you and are happy with the current administration, teachers and staff.
The teachers are what makes this school great.They are resourceful and make wonders with the very limited resources and lukewarm administrative support. One administrator in particular has some good qualities but in my opinion, lacks the credentials and expertise to run a school efficiently. Not sure how this administrator attained the position, nevertheless the lack of expertise shows, not to mention the utter lack of interpersonal and management skills needed to manage the staff and relate to a very diverse parent population. I believe this school could SOAR higher than it has, if there is a change in leadership. Also the administration seems to have a lot of resistance against having an organized and strong parent/teacher organization that could enhance the parent experience at EL Sol. I have been told that at least 2 PTO's have folded in part because of the admin's lack of support.
My child will be going on his third year at El Sol. My husband and I are very happy with this school. He is speaking Spanish and I am amazed. Some parents have commented on the lack of leadership of the principal and the Arts are during the afterschool program. Well, the schools API scores has increased and El Sol received the California Distinguished School honor this year. Obviously the principal played a hugh part in receiving this honor. Parents, do you want a principal that jokes with you or gets the job done. Also my son is taking music, drama and chess during regular school time. So it's just not during the Afterschool Program. Parents, stop complaining, get involved by volunteering and be proud of El Sol.
The extended day program director lacks experience on child development. However, I'm extremely impressed with my son's kindergarden teachers and that's important to me. They are very talented in their field. My son enjoys being around the other kids and it's environment. Traffic is a bit of a pain when picking up and dropping off, hence it is in downtown. No large grass area but large concrete area to play in.
I am extremely impressed with this school. My son starting reading after about 2 months in Kindergarten. He is so happy to be at this school and his Spanish is amazing given that it's only been about 6 months. The site itself is actually pretty awful but if you pay attention to kids, you realize that it just doesn't matter to them. I am thrilled that my son is at this school.
I am very pleased with the education my kids are receiving at El Sol, My first grader is reading, writting and speaking both English and Spanish, and my Kindergarderner is heading the same direction!! That is great!!
I just want to congratulate and thank all the teachers and staff envolved in the winter performance program, everything was wonderful!!, the students performances, the stage, the background music the organization of the event. Thank you so much for your hard work. I feel very proud, to have my child attending this school it showed that Santa Ana has a lot of talented and dedicated teachers
I have two children at El Sol Academy. I am very happy with the teachers and the curriculum is excellent! Is amazing how much my kids are learning and how well they have mastered both languages! The only down fall is that the Principal is not a strong leader! Further, I am not to happy with the after school director. He is very rude to the parents and students. I also feel that the arts and music emphasis is not as strong as it should be. They are too many students and not enough music teachers. Their is lots of room for improvement, but we have fabulous teachers and parents who are very supportive of all the students and will make sure the students get the best education possible.
This is a one of a kind school! It has a rare school wide dual immersion program- and the test scores prove that dual immersion works. The only negative is that is used to have a strong focus on the arts, but in the last several years, since the new principal has started there, I have seen less and less music and art. I would love to see leadership that was invested in the school, but the teachers and parents are what make it a fabulous and unique school.
El Sol Academy is a great school. I am very happy that my children will not lose their primary language which is Spanish. The only thing that upsets me is that the name of the school is El Sol Science and Arts Academy and Science is worked on during the school hours but the Arts for example music, dance, and art is all done after school. To me the school should present those during school hours also. It is a great school and the staff is also great. The staff communicates with parents very well and any issue it is directed to the parents right away. Oh another issue is that the principal needs to be more involved. It does not seem like he is the principal. Instead it seems like the afterschool director is the one running the school instead of the principal. 'Mr. Hananel you need to step up.'
I love El Sol because of their caring staff. But most importantly, my son loves El Sol. He always has something new to tell me when I ask him about what he's been doing at school. They also have a full time music teacher which is so important considering music programs are almost nonexistent at other schools. I am also impressed by what my son is learning. Several of my nieces and nephews who are of the same age attend private school, and when asked what they are learning at their school, my son has already learned that at El Sol and also mastering another language. There's a saying in spanish about how when you know two languages you count for two people. We love El Sol and can't say enough good things about it.
I am a parent at El Sol Academy. I have looked at other schools and have come to the conclusion that El Sol is the best public school in Santa Ana. High expectations are coupled with dedicated teachers. Sure, our facilities situation is tough but the benefits strongly outweight this weakness. There are other dual programs in Santa Ana but those are just strands. At El Sol, students are not only biliterate but they are bicultural. The students are proud of who they are and what they are accomplishing. The skies the limit at this publich charter school.
This is my child's first year at El Sol. She came in knowing no Spanish, and is now speaking Spanish in sentences with an amazing accent. She's only been in El Sol for 2 months! The staff are helpful, the teachers work as a team, and the school has a great 'vibe'. I look forward to seeing it (as well as my daughter) grow and thrive.
my daughter has attended el sol for 4 years now and at the beginning only knew basic Spanish words, now she is in third grade and I am impressed all the time at her ability to read, write and speak Spanish. She has also been able to attend music lessons in the after school program and seems to really enjoy them. The only thing that could make this school better is if they could implement and English to Spanish course for the parents like me who know very little Spanish.
I don't know about El Sol Academy. My son started Kinder this year and I'm unsure about their staff and administrator of the extended day program in the Arts. Doesn't seem to impress me and I'm a dance professor in Mexican-American culture. I teach everything. I don't mind my son completing the year since he does take dance classes from me at another facility. However, I'm a bit perturbed about the place where they play. I'm very athletic and concrete can't be good for the body. Not to mention the claustophic feeling when I'm there. You need lawn. Maybe is too early for me to judge but so far I'm not impressed. I'm eyeing again Jefferson Elem. for next year, they also have the dual immersion program & have a big lawn.
Why do I work at El Sol Academy? El Sol is my school of choice because it provides a rigorous academic curriculum while at the same time nurturing the individual talents of each child. We are a dedicated professional staff that is preparing multi-global citizens for the future. Our two-way dual immersion program is truly fantastic!
I started investigating El Sol because of their two way immersion program for learning Spanish. The staff was very attentive.
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