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K-5
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Santa Monica, CA
Students enrolled: 312

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2526 Sixth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90405

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(310) 399-7721
(310) 452-4351
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June 10, 2014
We absolutely love John Muir! It is a small school with a lovely campus and GREAT teachers. There is definitely a good amount of parent involvement. Most importantly, my kids are enjoying learning and making good friendships along the way. So happy to be part of this quaint neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2014
This school has a problem. There is one teacher who terrorizes students on a daily basis. You can hear this teacher scream at the students for basic things like talking out of turn or forgetting a pencil. This teacher will drone on about subjects completely unrelated to schoolwork. The actual work assigned is boring and tedious. Incoming parents should take note: 1. This school has one of the lowest test scores in SMMUSD and more troublesome declining test scores. 2. Principal needs to be replaced. She has no rapport with teachers or staff so is basically useless. She does not stand up to this teacher or enforce the zero bullying policy among students. 3. Most of the teachers are ok but there are a few bad apples like this one who intimidates children and a few others who are indifferent. For these reasons, many good families have left for nearby schools in recent years. One positive note: there is a WONDERFUL teacher there who does not get enough credit. This teacher teaches respect to our children, teaches outside of the box and most importantly inspires and gets kids excited to learn. For elementary school this is the type of teacher I wanted for my child.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2014
My child is in Mr. Wheeler's class. He is an amazing teacher and an amazing role model for all of these children! I also love the community! The parents are very supportive and kind. Although our test scores may be lower than some schools, my child scored Advanced in Math and ELA last year. I think it shows how diverse our school is, and I think that there is much more to learn from diversity than the school's overall test scores.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
John Muir is mediocre at best. In my opinion, the most unorganized school in Santa Monica. The school boasts about "community", but fails to enrich the children in basic fundamentals. The teachers are nice, but with the student to teacher ratio so high, have a difficult time actually teaching (which I thought is what they are there to do). There is a small group of parents there that really try to better the school but unfortunately their efforts are done in vain. The school really has great potential, but it needs a lot of help. To make it a great school, more parent participation is needed along with stronger leadership.

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2013
I got my child out of this school just in time. Going from scoring basic on standardized testing to almost advanced in both areas. This school def. needs an overhaul. They need to start with the principal who does nothing to help the parents or kids. Most teachers are nice but several are not teaching the standards. It's really sad. Don't cheat your child. Go elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2013
Both my daughters attend this school and we love it. Yes, the test scores aren't the highest, but we also have a very high percentage of English language learners, lower income children and special needs students (who must take the tests too). My daughters score very high on the standardized test each year. However, what's more important is that they are getting the kind of education they need, including extra assignments to keep them interested. The teachers here manage to work with a class that has a huge range of abilities and knowledge.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2012
This school has made the cut! Im not sure if some parents are educated about what makes the grade but just in case you are not educated...800 is making it. Therefore, John Muir is above that...thank you very much! My daughter has scored advanced in the STAR testing every year. By the way...we are Hispanic...just in case you thought otherwise.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
This school has a 5 out of 10 rating due to test scores. Does that not tell you anything? They aren't even close to making the goals set. Look at the other nearby elementary schools who are making the grade!!! This school doesn't. Heed my warning.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2012
I find this school to be absolutely wonderful. My daughter is going into forth grade this year and we are hoping she gets her last years teacher. I have found that every teacher she has had has been wonderful. John Muir is wonderful and I can't believe that some parents have problems with this school. I think for the most part this school is very good when you have issues and the staff are all wonderful people. If you want a great school go to John Muir.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2012
We have had children at John Muir for 4 years. We love it! It is everything that we would want an elementary school to be! Our children have had outstanding teachers and have been challenged in the classroom. We really like the principal, who is very involved in the school. One of the best things about John Muir is the community. The community of John Muir is a very diverse group of families who come together beautifully to work together to support each other, the students, and the school. This is a small school with only 2 classrooms per grade. It is more like a private school. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2012
This school is a disaster. The campus is lovely & the principal is very nice, along with the office staff, but my daughter isn't learning at all (grade 3). She has no homework, ever. Says they aren't really doing anything for science besides studying the life cycle of corn, math is not pushed, sentence structure isn't being worked on. We recently went to the open house to watch the kids read poetry they had written and after about the 4th or 5th kids read their poems, the rest of the kids were running around, talking and just being rude. The teacher did nothing to stop it. It was horrifying to watch these kids struggle to speak in front of a group to have the group act like animals. We moved here mid year from a different school & I genuinely regret it. I am so concerned about her falling behind & not being ready for next year, that I just purchased an entire science course from an online school for her to do at home. Hopefully, she will NOT being coming back. This school is a perfect example of what is wrong with our educational programs. The teachers can't even spell. Other parents have reported similar things - oh and their after care program is also pitiful.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2011
We love John Muir Elementary. It is just the right size and has a great community in a great neighborhood.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2009
I love John Muir at first I was worried that since it was public my daughter wouldn't get the same educational oppurtunites or saftey. But it's great there's a wonderful communication between parents and teacher's The new Principal is very nice, she understands the needs of children and parent's. I had concidered going to SMASH which is another wonderful school (both connected) but I can't find one single reason to do so. My daughter's kindergarten / 1st grade class learns so much. (Ms. Herman ) her teacher knows what she's doing and does it quite well. She also encourages parent participation in the learning and development.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2008
I have been a proud parent of the John Muir community for three years. Each year brings an increase in pride and confidence in the school as I have witnessed the growth of the students, the commitment of the teachers and the improvements to the administration. There is a new principal this year who is proving to be a phenomenal addition to the school. Her leadership, dedication, attention to pertinent issues and consistent follow through could very well propel this school to its fullest potential. Parent involvement is embraced and is greatly increasing every year which makes a huge difference not only in terms of the strength of our community, but for the implementation of programs such as art, science, music and computer lab through the efforts of our PTA. I would recommend this neighborhood school to other families without hesitation.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
We actually had a choice of schools in Santa Monica and opted for John Muir after learning about the wonderful programs (including art, music, computer and science) as well as realizing the rich experience given the diverse population. Parent input and children's individuality are highly valued and the sense of community is strong. Our son has had a great 2 years there and our daughter can't wait to start kindergarten there next fall. We highly recommend this gem of an elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2008
In my opinion, John Muir is a great school! This year, my son has a great teacher (Ms. Vallejo). She has a consistent system of rewards for her students as a part of her great classroom management skills, and she adjusts her teaching style and academic materials to the students needs (i.e., based on progress that she evaluates throughout the school year). Her lessons appear meaningful and fun, based on my son s reports. I feel that, as a result, my son was able to develop a positive attitude about his school and learning in general. In terms of buildings and grounds, John Muir Elementary School is a colorful, pleasant and well maintained environment for kids. The principal is open minded and cares about the community. She participates in all school related functions and is an integral part of our school community.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2007
I feel good about John Muir. It's a small school which is wonderful. I love that we know so many of the families. The parent involvement is great. The kids have a good time and I appreciate the freedom they have in the yard. The teachers we've had so far have been excellent. Nurturing, but with enough discipline to keep things together. It's a charming school with diversity, a small town feel, caring teachers and principal. The kids seem to feel comfortable and supported. I'm really thrilled so far!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2007
Both of my children have attended John Muir School. If you have a child that is in need of special education services, this is not the best venue. I found the principal to be very ineffective in leadership. However, there is a lot of parent involvement and a handful of the teachers in general education are outstanding. Safety is also another area where this school needs a lot of improvement due to the lack of disciplinary actions that are taken against students who bully other children.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
June 16, 2006
My son attended Muir from Kindergarten through fifth grade. We loved every year there. The campus always felt very safe; the teachers were caring and experienced. The classrooms were large and clean. There were sufficient numbers of Apple computers for all students to use. We has some memorable tecahers, including Sue Beltran, Daniel Wheeler and Luis Brizuela.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
Well, they try - but my experience with this school has been awful! The school is very disorganized and unfortunately my son got the worst teacher! She is extremely disorganized and seems to focus on the child's weaknesses in a very bad way! Overall a bad choice!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2006
Awful shcool. Needs better teachers! And a new principal wouldn't hurt!

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2005
John Muir School is a small, neighboordhood school with incredible diversity among its students and teachers. Test scores have been steadily rising, and the achievement gap is closing at Muir!. The students benefit from a variety of enrichment programs, too. Parents work hard to raise money for fundamental programs in science (weekly science lessons with our dedicated science teacher), art (weekly visits to our art bungalow with our P.S. Arts teacher), and technology (weekly visits to our brand new computer lab, too). Lower grade students also have weekly music lessons, upper grade students enjoy an inclusive instrumental music program, which includes bi-weekly instruction and free use of a musical instrument. Parents volunteer in the classroom, around the campus, and at fundraising events... giving their time and talents to ensure that our students have the tools they need to meet the challenges of the 21st century.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2005
Overall, a good school. I would prefer if they had a gifted program or taking children to the next level as they do in SMASH. The fund-raising is a bit too much, though. That's probably more to do with the way money is allocated and teachers' salaries, which are deserved, but really wish they didn't have to do as much fund-raising.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2005
The academics seems below what would be desirable, although this is changing. They offer a good selection of arts and music, but they do not emphasize good citizenship or contributing back to the school. The main focus right now is on improving academic reputation and other areas are suffering as a result. The principal is not a strong leader and her lack of people skills makes most school events awkward which might explain why not many parents get involved.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2005
I moved here from the east coast and absolutely love this school. So much attention is given to the students.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2005
My son started John Muir two weeks after his fifth birthday. Given that kindergarten is an important milestone for all kids, I was concerned that he might be too young to start, however, pre-school teachers, friends and family told me that this was not a worry. My son has matured over the course of the year and has a very patient and creative teacher that he likes. My only concern is that there is an overall lack of planning and discipline for the school. The 'yard' is a free for all where big kids 'graders' and 'little' kids all run about. Also, the extraordinary amount of homework papers would seem to underline that there is very little structure for completing assignments during school hours. The 'home' workload that is given for a 5 year old but seems to be more appropriate for a much older child.

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2004
John Muir is a pretty good school for most kids. However, my son needed an accelerated learning opportunity which he was not given. Hence he is not as excited about learning as he once was, and has become bored. Instead of the teacher challenging him to do better, she labeled him as being very bright, but 'lazy' and interested at times. There are good things about the school however. They do encourage parent participation and try to incorporate cultural diversified learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2004
John Muir Elementary is one of the few school with a brand new campus and excellent facilities. The teachers are fully involved and inspiring to the students. 'They are fun and strict, but nice and kind.' (quote from child) My daughters have been there since kindergarten and have had a loving supportive environment in which to grow. It is one of the few small schools in the area and everyone knows each other.

- submitted by a parent
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John Muir Elementary School
2526 Sixth Street, Santa Monica, CA  90405
(310) 399-7721
Last modified John Muir Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
John Muir Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 31 reviews. Top