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300 Normandy Road
Seaside, CA 93955

(831) 899-7052
(831) 899-4773
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December 16, 2014
My wife and I enrolled our daughter in Marshall Elementary for Kindergarten this year. The teacher (Ms. Coppin) does not seem to know how to manage a classroom or her teaching time effectively. Several parents have had to volunteer to show up to class to teach reading because Ms. Coppin "doesn't have the time." Additionally, my daughter caught head lice from a fellow student. In fact, several children in her class ended up with lice. The reaction from the school? "If it keeps happening, we'll clean the carpets." The worst part about this school, however, is the poor communication between the administration, teachers, and parents. There have been several instances of surprise events that should have been made known several weeks in advance, the most recent example of which was this morning. My wife dropped our daughter off at school, and was informed that the holiday program is this morning. This is the first that I or my wife had heard of any holiday program, let alone the performance date. Now I m at work at missing my little girl s first school program because the school can t communicate effectively. I can t wait to be done with this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2013
My child attended Marshall West last year for K and this year for 1st. The reason I give it two stars is strictly because of the teachers. They deserve 4 stars...same with principal and office staff. They are terrific. I must say though, our experience here has been horrendous. My child is very bright and well behaved and she is pushed aside because of all the "problem" children in her class. There is no academic challenge for her and therefore no achievement because her classroom is so overcrowded that the teacher has to focus on all the other children. Granted it's not the teacher's fault, but I can't let my child's education suffer because the district believes that 30 kids to one teacher is reasonable. I got through last year being very active volunteering and helping out, but this year I just can't sit back and let it all happen again. 1st Grade is the first year children really get into active academics and I need her experience to be a pleasant one. I truly feel horrible saying it because I love the teachers, but my daughter just won't get the education she deserves at marshall.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2013
I don't have an overall issue with the school, but the overall curriculum that I am sure is pushed by the state. I do homework every night with my 5th grader because she comes home without knowing her Math and still she gets good grades in her tests. I know for a fact she does not know what is being thought so how can she get B+ and A's in her tests?

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2013
The best thing about this school is the principals and teachers! It is true that it is unfortunately underfunded which is the same of most California schools. You definitely have to stay on top of your child's education, but that is the same anywhere you go. And for God sake VOLUNTEER and help out w/school activities! I was extremely involved w/the PTA (when it still had good people that were there to HELP the school) and enjoyed my time at Marshall, and so did my children. I disagree w/most of these reviews. I guarantee that most of these parents hadn't dealt w/any school in California before. The WONDERFUL principal at Marshall works countless thankless hours to better the school and is constantly trying to "fix" what the last principal "broke". So my advice, is give Marshall and Marshall West a real chance, and let them prove all this negativity wrong! MWest (K-1st gr) also has an amazing principal! I guess the one thing that should be promising to anyone reading this is, at least the District has finally started doing something right by this school by hiring 2 of the most dedicated principals I've ever had the privilege to work with. Loved our time at Marshall and miss it.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2013
The only reason I give this school 2 stars instead of 1 is because of the Principal. He seems to be the only person at this school who has any idea what is going on or trying to make any improvements. My daughter is in Kindergarten here, and if there were no parent volunteers in the classroom on a daily basis, the kids would be running around and not learning anything. Her teacher is the most unprofessional, lazy "educator" I have ever met. Communication is nonexistent, and the classroom is terribly disorganized and messy. I am beyond thrilled that we are moving so my daughter won't have to attend this school for 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
This school to me is below standard as is all the schools in this area. Its is apparent that to obtain a qualify education you must home school or pay for private school. California has failed it's parents and youth. NEVER CUT EDUCATION, you IDIOTS. That only helps the wealthy! My son just transferred from North Carolina and their schools were better! WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT. I am sure they are trying their best, but the issues is plain and simple. There needs to be an adoption of one NATIONAL STANDARD in K-12 Education! You must adopt measures like New Jersey where even the Teachers are tested and bad ones are gone! NO EXCUSES!!! I am having to do the teachers job at home!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
My twins are attending this school in Kinder, I've never been so disappointed. The school lacks discipline, structure, and underfunded. The classroom smells horrible and the kids are coming home with the inclass homework blank. If parents don't volunteer than the teacher can't get the kids to do their work? If I can't get them transferred then I am going to homeschool.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
My children are currently going to this school. We moved here last month from Texas. I have not found one good trait about this school. Their teacher's classroom is filthy, their is no organization, classes don't start or end at the right times. Kids run a muck. Very disappointed. Hoping to transfer them to another school.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2012
This school is underfunded, understaffed, and way overrated- more like a 3, not a 7. I've had it and we will not be returning to this school next year. Caution to other military families- please send your child elsewhere or homeschool. Our school isn't "poor" enough to receive many of the programs offered to other schools in the area. The school suffers because our free lunch program hovers below the 50% that schools needs to get extra help. So we suffer! If you do send your child here, be prepared to spend 10-12 hours a week volunteering so that you can know what's going on in the school. There is no communication and it is VERY disorganized. And be prepared to be one of the 8 people who do all the volunteer work to keep the school afloat.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2011
I was very disappointed in this school. As a Monterey Bay native I had high expectations for Marshall. My child had very bad experiences here and we have left the entire district due to the lack of response of the principal and the school board. I would not recommend this school to anyone. The teachers are good for the most part but I just didn't feel that my children were safe there.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2011
We chose this school for the dual language program and I have been somewhat pleased with the academic outcomes our child has achieved; however, we are very disappointed with the overall experience. Our child has done well because we are so actively involved, but we are concerned for the other families that don't have the same involvement.The school environment is not inviting and the school philosophy is not expressed. It makes us very sad that it didn't work out for us and we are thankful that we have found alternate program, but we sincerely hope that the dual language program succeed. It's a great program, but it needs a lot more support and more effective teachers.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
This school definitely doesn't deserve a 7. Maybe a 4 and that's generous! Should've listened to word of mouth. We waited until the end of the year for these comments to be fair and objective; I'm afraid in this case we can't be..It would be easy to point the finger at the principal, the teachers, other parents, etc. but the reality is they're overcrowded, under-funded and under-staffed. Additionally they don't have/make time! We didn't pay so, we got exactly what we "didn't pay for" a repeat year for our child since she's now far behind her peers! Time lost that will never be replaced! We'd have been better off home schooling or investing the $6000 per semester at the local Catholic school. Never seen it this bad in 16 years in the military. In terms of education, Marshall elementary is right on par with another local school that was shut down during the school year for being so terrible! It could use a complete revamping inside and out. I can't believe the military funds this dump should've known when we were greeted by the school dumpsters- yes right in front of the school!! Caution parents research 1st. Hate to do this because I'm sure the staff tries but...still bad!

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2011
True that the Principle is sorely lacking in leadership skills, but also there are issues with some parents. One parent claims the teachers aren't good enough. Evidence shows she is on the internet attacking & trolling messages boards using multiple screen names. She should be more involved with her two children & their school work instead of using the time to troll online & neglect them.

- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2010
This school need to have a better leader in order to put the school at their best. Principle does not enforce discipline enough especially for trouble student, who doesn't know any better.Budget cut from CA State make it worse. My suggestion, if you have any other choice, Marshall would be your the least desirable one.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
My child has been at Marshall for 2 years, both years we have been extremely pleased with the teachers. Every teacher I've met at Marshall really seems to care and to do their best. There seem to be a lot of complaints about the principle on this website, the truth is that he cares about the kids and I believe he's doing his best given very tough circumstances. Could he be a stronger leader? Yes. Year in/year out, the PTA is wonderful, they work wonders supporting the school when budget and personnel shortfalls cause problems.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2009
The Principle: lacks the leadship and motivation necessary to run a school under so many challenges. I truyly believe the principle cares but his action fail miserably in comparison to his words. He has made promisses and has failed to follow through. He is forgetful and at times dismissive. When busing funds were limited and no busing was to occur within 2 miles of the school, the principle took little to no action in making the drop off procedures safe for students. In the first week I brought ideas and solutions to the problem and his response was a 'wait and see' approach. After making calls through the school district and military I saw no less than 4 of my proposals utilized but it took children nearly being run over and a host of other traffic issues before anything was done. there is so much more but not enough space...

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
If you send your kids to Marshall, be ready to be extremely active in the education process of your children -- if you want them to have a quality education. The principal is forgetful, indecisive, and misleading. He needs constant oversight from parents or he won't do the things he promises to do. Teachers are generally pretty good, but some fall in to the Union mentality-- 'it's not in my contract' -- so parents have to fill those contract gaps to make things happen. Be active and involved and the kids will benefit-- despite the obstacles the administration, budget and policies present.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
I have two kids that attended Marshall Elementary for two years. This school really lacks resources as well as a full rounded education for its students. I agree there is no real discipline. My one daughter's fourth grade class was a swirling torrent of chaos. The teacher rarely had a firm grip on them which then in turn falters their education. Not to mention the size of the classes as each grade ascends is horrendous. You cannot teach effectively with that many kids in your class, especially the fifth graders. A counselor there once told me he doesn't hold teachers responsible for children learning well. This astonished me because if there are no good or bad teachers and they aren't responsible for teaching well then why are they there?! Sad to say but I rather home school than put my kids in the hands of Marshall Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
My kids attended Marshall while we were stationed in Monterey, and between the two we experienced every grade level. What everyone says about Marshall is true, it has heart. The teachers are wonderful, each offering special qualities I'm grateful my kids experienced. Parent involvement is second to none, the PTA is dynamic and welcoming. Marshall's after school opportunities are improving too, when we left they were offering Science and Guitar classes. Support staff is terrific and the principal is always working to improve the facilities and offer new opportunities. The way they met the special needs of military kids was especially comforting. This is not a school district in which you demand and receive. It is struggling to fund even the basics. But if you're willing to roll up your sleeves and be part of the team, Marshall can be a family, just like it was to my kids and me.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2008
my son was in marshall elementary when we were stationed in monterey, ca. he fitted in quite quickly. he was also in the gate programme. so i could say that the teachers are helpful & knowledgeable. despite of poor funding, my son was given good projects to work on - did the teachers bought them for the students? on our part, we participated finacially whenever the call was made. my son still remembers fondly his teachers & has been correspnding to them thro' email.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
I have two boys attending Marshall and so far the teachers have been wonderful and I am really happy with the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2008
I have been in this area with the military for the last 3 yrs. so I will give you an ideal iof what you will be dealing with when your child goes to this particular school. First off, the school district in this part of the country lacks funds for our children so alot of activities are lacking such as music, PE teachers, art, etc... But at Marshall, the PTA raises money to assist a little in these areas. Most teachers in this school are phenomenal and have little turnaround because this is the school they want to teach at. But like every school, there are a few teachers that have a bad rep. Overall in this area, Marshall elementary is the best school to attend for what we have to work with in this district. Le Mesa is the other housing school, but this school is just as good...

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2008
I have never seen a single school that is so good in some ways and truly appalling in others. The principal is terrible. He has no conflict resolution skills and his approach to dealing with bullies is to encourage them to be nice. Such an approach is inviting disaster. He is more concerned with keeping parents off of his back than he is with solving problems. I have noticed when he has some personal disagreement with parents, he deflects the resulting ill-will toward the child. From my experience, the only time he will act like a disciplinarian is when he dislikes the child s parents, which is utterly unproductive. I must say, however, that the teachers there are a saving grace. Every teacher we ve encountered has been top-notch, and I am so thankful for them. They have so much ability, knowledge, compassion and concern, and for that I am truly grateful.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2008
I just wanted to comment on the April 11th post. The art program, school wide has come to pass. It starts April 21st and will be school wide.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 11, 2008
My child attended two grades at Marshall. The principal tries but he's stuck in the middle between a poorly managed school district and teachers who don't want to cooperate with him. My child had the worst teacher I have ever seen one year and the best teacher I have ever seen another year. There were teachers who could be heard through the concrete walls screaming at their students and others who can be heard encouraging their students. You may get lucky and get a good teacher, but it may be better to look at Monterey County schools (NOT MPUSD) home charter school. PTA was supposed to be purchasing an art program but that never came to fruition by the time we moved. Even though one teacher was good for my child I would not go back there. The damage by the bad teachers is done.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 10, 2007
It's true that the Monterey Peninsula School District is plagued by extreme administrative mismanagement which directly affects the quality of its education programs. However, compared to other schools in this district, Marshall is blessed with excellent teachers, a committed principal, and positive community spirit that's woefully lacking in most other schools here. Marshall Elementary School always has the best teachers in the district, because teachers are anxious to transfer to this school. Due to the high level of teacher satisfaction here, however, there is very little teacher turnover.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 23, 2007
hmm...nice school..i only get the chance to study there for just one year which was in 2003...and i really enjoyed it. the teachers are great (only some of them had problems) especially Mrs. Rudd, she was very nice to me.. I have yet to witness discipline problems among the students... but what they say is true, lack of co-curricular activities is a major problem. well, that's all

- submitted by a student
May 30, 2007
We couldn't be more disappointed or disheartened. Marshall School is the worst school we have ever experienced. There is no discipline, no consequence for actions among students.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
There is not enough supervision at recess and the teachers I have experienced seem to be there just to get a pay check. They don't show any genuine care or concern for the kids- just as long as they score well on standardized testing. That's all they seem to care about. The PTA is awesome- they are the only thing that shines at that school.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2007
The principal doesn't follow through with disciplinary issues. Same children involved in fights and vulgar language and actions over and over again and they are punished by losing a few minutes of recess. Not a very safe procedure for drop offs and pick ups of students. The buses use the same parking lot as parents who drop off or pick up children and children who walk or ride bikes to school. Students in 3rd grade are rushed through curriculum, often skipping entire sections, in order to get prepared for major state mandated testing. Overall, not a great experience with this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
Parent involvement is extremely limited. Extracurricular activities are much less than desirable (if not non-existent). Between the military housing issues and the poor public education institution we strongly advise against moving to Ft Ord.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2007
My son is at Marshall because of convenience. His 5th grade teacher (whom I rate a 5 but is unfortunately leaving) is exactly what he needed after department of defence schools in Belgium and Germany, but that is the only good I can say about this school. Had he not got the teacher he did we would have pulled him out within the 1st week and gone to private school. There are no extracurricular activities, thought the 5th grade teachers do give them P.E. The principle is a good at politicking but that's about it.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2007
Marshall is a school out of convenience for us in the newly re-developed military housing area of Fort Ord. MPUSD are lacking in both leadership and support for its kids. Currently the entire district is underfunded, understaffed as well as overcrowded. If you have a choice, do not send your kids here, either home school or go to private, it is a far better choice. You couldn't do worse.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2006
The art program is (as I understand it) being acquired by the PTA this year, and the kids now have a PE teacher. My daughter is doing very well in the school, and the area offers plenty of extracurricular activities for those who don't feel their children are getting enough. Spouse and I are both college grads, and we are pleased with our daughter's progress. Teachers are wonderful. Campus is old and there are related issues, but I have no complaints overall. There is a parent in my daughter's classroom every day, but I cannot speak for other classes. We've lived in areas where the education was much more disappointing. I feel fortunate to have my daughter at Marshall. I hope this helps someone feel reassured.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2006
I was only sorry that Marshall didn't go to 8 grade. I couldn't of been happier with the teachers and staff. My son's test score are a true result of great teaching coming out of Marshall Elementary school and what a great GATE program. I truly miss the teracher envlovement now that my son is in Middle School and isn't offered the GATE program or any special programs because he is an Average/Above Average student. They should instigate a program for them not getting left behind.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2006
The teachers here are great, but the school lacks any art or music or other programs you see in other districts. Overcrowding is an issue. Some 1st and 2nd grade classes were transferred to a Continuation High School location, and the long term plan is for new students to attend this alternate school as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2006
Our children started school here three weeks ago. We have recently been informed that our 2nd grader will be relocated to the central coast continuation high school a block away due to overcrowding. We are very displeased to say the least. The lack of extracurricular activities at the school is a whole other issue. We highly recommend that you do not accept a home (if you are milityary, dod civilian) with pinnacle/parks at monterey and do not enroll your child(ren) at marshall elementary!

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2006
Good Academics. Music program is strong. Parents get involved as much as anywhere else I been. Special Education (speech for us) was excellent and really helped my son.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
Limited for preparation for Middle School. No music or arts program. School district really needs to provide more funding for the schools in this district.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
A great elementary experience. Teachers are creative and inspire thinking and learning skills by showing and doing. Great interaction with local businesses such as the Monterey Bay Aquarium and Research Facility. Excellent experience. Poor safety outside school. Mountain lions roam the same territory as the students walking home along the trail up the hill. Could at least use some fencing or security.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2005
This school is probably the best elementary school in this district. Unfortunately, that's not saying much. The school's extracurricular activities are pretty much non-existent. There are no music or art programs. The teacher has to act as the P.E. teacher, so they don't do much in that area either. However, the teaching staff is top notch.

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September 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2005
Great school, if you can get in. Although it is located in a military community, military families transferring into the area have a difficult time getting their kids into this school due to other students in the district that don't live in the area taking up the much needed spaces.

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August 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2005
Good school rated as an API of 8 out of 10.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2005
My child attended Marshall for the last 3 years. Mr. Rossen is the best principal ever, he has an open door policy, so if there is ever a concern he is there to lend a hand. For the most part, the teaching staff are great. The extracurricular activities need some attention. Parent involvement was as expected, but encouraged. Safety and discipline was taken quite seriously, and addressed successfully if there was a problem. The overall quality of this school is 4 out of 5 stars!

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May 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2005
No music, p. e. or science program. Do I need to say more. Personnel does not seem willing to help with placement of a child if needed to go up a grade. My child was not stimulated or challenged enough. Very little homework.

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September 01, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2004
As a military member, I came to this school district from Geary County, Kansas. I was unpleasantly surprised to discover that as of 2002, this school has no established art and/or music program, and no physical education coach. Further, in 2003, the school budget necessitated the 'combining' of certain classes by grade, to enable them to cut two additional teachers from the payroll. To the best of my understanding, the extremely poor condition of the school's curriculum is due to substantial mismanagement and/or larceny of school district funds a few years back, but this is by far the worst school district I have ever been in. This is in no way the fault of the teachers/faculty, some of whom are very talented, and doing their best with limited funds and resources. But the lack of school resources is obviously a detriment to the education of this school's children.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2004
Our son has been here for 3 years. The staff and faculty is great, especially dealing with the fall out of military life. Unfortunately, the district is highly mismanaged, and the state curriculum not nearly as advanced or rigorous as schools back East. The facility is old and overcrowded with no hope for repair. The district barely funds supplies. We have a rude awakening coming when we move to a superb district in Carolina.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2004
I am very disappointed in the elementary curriculum and lack of programs available for my 5th grader. Funds appear to be mis-managed resulting in no music and physical education programs as well as loss of teachers. Teachers and principle are great, the problem seems to be at the level above them. I am greatly disappointed in the school district and would not have moved here if I had known the state the education is currently at.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2003
Personally feel that the classrooms are very overcrowded and the teachers don't have the time to devote to individual needs. Teachers work hard and are committed to their work and try to address the needs of the military families, but,.. there are no aids, too many kids, no art or music classes. I am disappointed with California schools and MPUSD in particular.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 26, 2003
Due to the fact that my daughters both came from a private school it is difficult to determine if the school is behind. It seems to me the teachers did a wonderful job last year with my girls by giving them supplementary work as needed so that they didn't get bored with the work load they were re-learning. Mrs. Malloway particularly encouraged excellent reading habits. The teachers were very thoughtful and seemed to care about the learning process which worked for each individual child.

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George C. Marshall Elementary School
300 Normandy Road, Seaside, CA  93955
(831) 899-7052
Last modified George C. Marshall 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.
George C. Marshall Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top