Amazing school. Great staff. My daughter had Mrs Shinsky 2012-2013 and I cannot say enough good things. Angie is amazing with the kids. She is firm but loving. She doesn't tolerate any misbehaving and my daughter especially loved how she got to to take care of beanie babies. Angie also encouraged my daughters creative side and gab loved it. I volunteered in the classroom and Angie was a joy to talk to. Oh, one of the best things about her is that if you have concerns about your child she will discuss it with you. I never felt like an inconvenience to Mrs shinsky. And believe me I asked a lot of questions as this was my first born going into kindergarten. I loved the teacher so much that i requested her for my son had her this year and my son loved her too. I wish we were still there but my husband got promoted and we had to move out of the city. Wish my son's kindergarten teacher at the new school was amazing as Mrs shinsky. We love you Mrs shinsky. Gabby and diego say hello. :D as for the school itself, love it. Parking issue sucks, but it's an elementary school si what do you expect? And the principal is amazing as well. :)
I have been extremely pleased over the years with the professionalism and high quality staff at Carlton Oaks. Everyone is so friendly and cares deeply for all students.
Extremely happy with Carlton Oaks. The teachers are wonderful to work with, both on a student level and a parent level. We have been at the school for 4 years and have no complaints! Campus is kept clean. All staff is friendly and pleasant to work with. Thank you to the person that recommended this school to me.
I am more than impressed with this school. The teachers and the administration are very invested in the children they serve. I how involved the teachers are and how much they really care for the children. My child is excelling and I owe it in large part to CO. Being that they're in a smaller school district, they seem to really spend their money wisely. The campus is beautiful and there doesn't seem to be as many "cuts" as there are in other districts. I love this school...it truly is a jem!
Although the teachers seem nice, the middle school doesn't offer sport, art, or music type electives. They have drama and Shakespeare, but if your child's grades are mediocre, their only choice of elective is study hall. The parents aren't given a chance to work with their child at home because by the time your child gets home, their homework is already done at study hall. What a waste of time. Also, GATE is no longer offered. My children's minds are not well stimulated at this school and of course my kids don't want to leave their friends for another school. If you're looking for a school that offers more activities, and mental stimulation, look elsewhere.
We moved from Reno to Santee and had several schools to choose from. A co-worker suggested Carlton Oaks and we have been impressed. Our son's grades have increased and he is making friends. The teachers are caring and administration does a great job of communicating what is happening at the school. Thank you Carlton Oaks Elementary School!
My kids have attended here for 4 years now and I couldn't ask for a more supportive staff. My son has a medical condition and had a seizure at school and health clerk was wonderful! She is so loving and caring to these students. My children have never had the "Williams" but they are a wonderful asset to the community through volunteer work and programs that my children has been a part of. I have had great communication with the staff there and really have nothing derogatory to say. My only complaint would have been it's an old school, but since the remodel, I can no longer say that. Santee school district is nice because it gives me a smaller community feel, if that is what you like. The VP has been very supportive and is always out with the kids. My kids really love the staff here :)
My kids are really looking forward to another great year at Carlton Oaks. We have been so happy with the teacher, curriculum but especially their PTA. The PTA really welcomes everyone and does so much for the kids and teachers their amazing. I'm a member but work and it's nice to know my small membership fee does so much. We just got the kids state test scores and it confirms that Carlton Oaks is tops in all areas.
As the single parent to a special needs child, I am very pleased with my son's experience at Carlton Oaks this year. He is in a diversified, special needs classroom with only 10 other children. The principal, Dr. Stephanie Pierce, is new to Carlton Oaks this year, and has made it a point to get to know both kids and parents. Her strong leadership and example have had a positive influence on everyone. Funding could be better, but isn't that true of all schools in California? Thanks, Carlton Oaks, for a fantastic kindergarten year for my son.
Overcrowded classrooms, lack of individuality for children at their pace, really bad funding, where the child is forced to learn at everyone else's pace where half of the class is an upper grade an older than the other half of the class, any hope for children with special needs or children from divorced households that need a better game plan for grasping their learning?
Inexperienced teachers that do not connect with the children or try to help them if they are falling behind. The school is great as long as you do not have a student that has special needs, or needs a bit more guidance than others.
I moved here about 2 1/2 years when we got here I had all 4 of my kids at Carlton Oaks, 1 7th grader, 1 6th grader, 1 5th grader and 1 2nd grader. My kids were behind and due to the great communication of all the teachers my kids have not only excelled but have really learned to be the best that they can be, i hold Carlton Oaks responsible for this. I know when my kids go to school they are safe. I now only have 2 at Carlton Oaks and in about 5 years I will have another child at Carlton Oaks I cant tell you how happy that makes me. To the entire faculty your doing a superb job keep it up. Lisa Finnestad+
New principal and vice principal team has opened the door to more parent communication. Just two years ago concerns about teachers were not addressed and discipline was not followed through with. The open doors this year have been nice and the students who used to cause a lot of problems are FINALLY being held accountable for their actions.
This school finally has an administration that welcomes and listens to parents. 08-09 has brought a welcome change and two complimentary school administrators that embrace parents.
I have 3 kids. 2 went to this school and 1 graduated and went to West Hills. I can see a huge diffence now that 2 of my children attend another school. I am much happier with the teachers@ their new school. The scholastics have gone downhill at Oaks. Rio Seco, Cajon Park, and Sycamore Canyon are much better now, than Oaks.
My child has been going to this wonderful school since first grade. He is now in seventh. I struggled with whether of not to send him to Parkway Middle at first because of the diversity in classes at Parkway. After visiting Parkway, I was thankful for our sheltered and caring teachers and office staff at Carlton Oaks. The administration, teachers and staff always try to bring out the best in each child. The teachers and staff give of their own free time for afterschool extracurricular activities and the parents are very involved. My son is in the gate program and the teachers are terrrific.
I have daughters in K and 2nd. We moved here cross country from a great school system. I was concerned but my daughters love this school and I have been very impressed. It has been very positive and personal experience. The girls are definately not lost in all the faces, it's wonderful!
I was a former student in kindergarden, now i am in 6th grade. I think it was a great year, they people are nice (most of them) the teachers rock and its great.
My daughter loves the school and has always had great teachers. The Principal will be new this year so we will see if that affects anything. We really liked the last Principal. Her teachers have always cared and had wonderful classroom activities. Overall we have really loved the school.
A great school, my daughter loves it & loves learning. I wish I had teachers like hers, when I was going to school.
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