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141 West Highland Avenue
Sierra Madre, CA 91024

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August 30, 2014
Every school has its pros and cons, and Sierra Madre Elementary is no exception. My husband and I have not been thrilled with the quality of instruction, the communication skills of the teachers, or the leadership of the principal. But, there are some great things about our experience with SME too, including a terrific assortment of children who our kids have befriended and a close-knit group of parents who we have grown to trust and develop lasting friendships with. Taking the good with the bad, we are happy that our kids attend SME and hope for improvements in the future.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2014
A focus on the arts, especially performance. High parent involvement, unusually low bullying among students, some amazing teachers, most teachers above average, a few bad teachers, as is true of prestige private schools as well. Administration strong in some areas, weak in others. Special needs kids, those who learn fast or slow, tend to fall through the cracks because the class sizes are too large, and there is little infrastructure to problem solve for the individual. Major negative is the ballooning class sizes, and lack of advance planning. CLASS SIZES ARE LARGE! District policies and plans change yearly. Elite private schools will do more hand-holding of parents, have small class sizes, and will recommend private tutors for brilliant or learning disabled children. This high end public school will be nice but not hold your hand, will have large class sizes, and will give you special tutors after a lot of fighting. Or you can just go ahead and hire the tutors that work for the elite schools and probably come out ahead.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2014
BEWARE, this school is governed by the dysfunctional Pasadena Unified School District. The Sierra Madre schools have been historically mistreated by the district. Surprisingly, the schools have thrived under the two previous principals. The same cannot be attributed to the current weak administration. The district can dictate whatever it wants. She does not communicate. Many issues came up during the school year that could have been communicated beforehand. For example, 60 families from other PUSD schools where added in October. We should have known that a lottery had been put in place with the anticipated date of arrival. The class sizes ballooned to 30 to 31 kids. The Principal is also invisible and hard to find in times of crisis. The quality of the instruction is inconsistent across the grades. For example, one of the four 3rd grade teachers might be weak academically in comparison to the others. By the end of the school year, those kids will end up lagging their peers. Strong parental involvement is key, but cannot solve all ills. Some families move to a neighboring town for a top-ranked school district with all the amenities or pay for private school.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2014
Common core. Please do not believe the hype about "improved test scores", "better critical thinking" or my favorite "prepares your kids for the college". All untrue. Follow the money. This is not about improved education. Just the opposite. At best, common core prepares your kids for buying more test books and test prep. This means more money out of your pockets because why? The common core questions and answers and tests are devised to NOT educate, but to confuse. If you have not tried it, that is if your child has not had a year of it yet, then you are in a good position. That is, you can compare your child's years WITHOUT common core to a new school year of having common core. Perhaps you will start to noticed increased frustration? Perhaps more difficulty with math or test questions and such. Again, follow the money. You will then notice that common core is NOT about education. It is not about building your child's confidence or character. Just the contrary.

- submitted by a community member
June 26, 2014
Any parent who is actively involved in the school (and that would be most of them) gives this school sterling reviews that well reflect the 9 out of 10 rating academically. I've had three kids in and around this school their entire academic lives and the teaching is superb. We've had several teachers over the year and each of them gives their all and the kids flourish. I have not seen a lot of teaching to the test, only that most of the teachers dislike it. You have to advocate for special needs, as you would at any school, but SME is pretty accommodating. They do very well with gifted children AND they're one of the few schools that still offers an art education. They have dance, theater and music offered to every child and assemblies that support this. The principle is out there after school every day just helping out and talking to parents and kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2014
I AM A GRADUATING STUDENT AND AS BEING AN ALUMNI (8th grade class f 2014) I THINK I COULD SHARE MY TRUE FEELINGS ON THIS SCHOOL VS. PARENTS WHO ARE TALKING BADLY ABOUT SMS WHO BARELY SPEND THEIR LIVES THERE. Okay o let's get started, I have been at this school 3-5th grade and I just want to say they have been the BEST years of my life. Not only have I made SO many great friends, here a Sierra Madre everyone is your friend , even the teachers! The teachers her all teach you and push you to do your best and have integrity in what you do. They expect you to give your 110% and to at least try. I honestly think that without Sierra Madre School, I would not be the person I am today. I am so thankful for what this school has taught me and I wouldn't change anything about my Sierra Madre School days. "once a hawk, always a hawk!" Thank You

- submitted by a community member
May 15, 2014
the teachers of the school are incredible. They are very dedicated and hard working. The only exception that I would have to say is the principal is really out of touch and non involved. the previous principal was exceptional but has retired. This new one is dragging the school.

- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2014
A great neighborhood school. As a parent of a 1st grader, we have had universally positive experiences at SME over the past two years. The high level of parent involvement is evident and our teachers have been well-prepared and genuinely care for our child's education. Even with relatively large classes, they have been able to cater to learning styles and needs of each child in their classroom. The homework is challenging and class projects are interesting. We appreciate the arts program at the school and the overall focus on a well-rounded educational experience. We considered private school, but wanted to stick with the neighborhood school. We have no regrets!

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
There is not much supervision at lunch or recess and any child that needs any extra nurturing or attention is left out. This school is a cold and cavernous building that represents the people in charge and the parents that think they are. We are pulling our child next year after giving it one more chance.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
I agree with other recent reviewers. The school is at best mediocre in terms of education and quality of teachers. I only left my children here because they didn't want to leave their friends. They teach to tests and give routine class works and homework assignments to keep kids busy without any feedback. Complaints to principal and teachers seemed to have only withdrawn my own children from activities and produced no beneficial changes. I feel most parents are just going along with the crowd to the cheer of few eager parents with control.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2014
Teachers get a C+ and Administrators get a D. My husband and I moved to Sierra Madre from northern California two years ago with high hopes for this school but have been disappointed thus far. Our 1st and 4th graders are trapped in rigid teach-to-the-test classrooms with piles of homework (that the teachers usually don't even return to them) under the guidance of teachers who seem to always look either exhausted or indifferent. We don't expect the teachers to be superheros, but we do expect them to teach in a nurturing and innovative way. Haven't seen either of those personality traits in the staff yet.

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2013
The principal is invisible, many teachers are uninspired and boring (or down right unprofessional), and its like pulling teeth to get parents involved in the classroom. Like many parents I know, I leave frustrated and disappointed after dropping off my children here in the morning because I know they are receiving a lukewarm educational experience when it could be so much more with better leadership and a sincere sense of purpose. Yuck.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2013
Poor Leadership. I echo what the previous reviewer thinks. My husband and I recently pulled our 1st grader out of this school and moved them to a different school. Our daughter liked kindergarten here, but 1st grade was a nightmare. First she was in a 1st grade class, then 2 weeks later a K/1 split, then a few weeks later back to a 1st grade only class, then a bunch of new 1st graders entered into her class from other schools in PUSD - how do you run a class this way? Why did principal Salinas make all these changes? Doesn't she know how disruptive they are to the kids learning? I'll never know. I tried repeatedly to meet with her to talk about it but she NEVER ONCE returned a phone call or email. People at PUSD were no help either. Principal Salinas is neither approachable nor is she an effective leader. How can she be when she dodges meetings with parents and hides in her office crunching numbers? Parents beware!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
Special Education is not a program or a place, and inclusive schooling is not a policy that schools can dismiss. Since 1975, Federal Courts have clarified the intent of the law in favor of the inclusion of students with disabilities in general education. (Osborn, 1996: Vila & Thousand, 2000a, 2000b) A student with a disability should be educated in the school he or she would attend if not identified as having a disability. The school MUST devise an individualized education program that provides the learner with the supports and services that the student needs to receive an education in the LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT POSSIBLE.

- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2013
Unfortunately the school falls under Pasadena Unified School District. They have horrible use of funding. The school continues to cut down on appropriate staffing. They do NOT attempt to follow IEP, or 504 plans. In the past this school was exceptional; however the last two years has been horrible. Pasadena Unified School District is a disservice to the community, students, and teachers. Shameful.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2013
In 1994 the U.S. Department of Education's office of Special Education Programs issued policy guidelines stating that school districts cannot use the lack of adequate personnel or resources as an excuse for failing to make a free and appropriate education available in the least restrictive environment to students with disabilities. Pasadena Unified is practicing pre 1994 policies and politics.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2012
We just pulled our kids out of Sierra Madre because they have dragged their feet and refused to help our daughter who has reading difficulties for three years. If you have the kind of kid who will excel at any school, then you will be welcomed at Sierra Madre. Our other kids were included in lots of things, because they win Science Fairs and Math Field Day competitions, but this school improves the overall test scores by pushing out any kids who won't score really well. They remain disorganized and sacrifice huge chunks of instructional time for lots of pointless assemblies instead of improving the education. Even my GATE kids were behind when they started last week at their new schools in a neighboring school district. I wish we hadn't put up with Sierra Madre for so long.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
My children are very happy here. The kids are good kids. The teachers are hard working and really want the kids to learn and get ahead. Garrett Newsom keeps the middle schoolers in line but is also very much liked which is rare from a middle school. We have a beautiful historic theatre where the children put on about 2 shows a year. The kids are very happy to study hard when there are fun things to look forward to at school like the practices for performances, acting, musical instrument, dance maniacs, art, science. The K-1 classes have wonderful teachers. Mr Griffith, Ms Martin and Ms Perez. Everyone loves them.The school is also walking distance to many cute cafe's, ice cream and shops.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
Both my children attend Sierra Madre school. It's absoulutly a wonderful school, I feel very lucky to have found the school. My children run home excited to tell me about there day. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2011
Sierra Madre School is a high-performing arts-focused public PreK-8 school nestled in the foothills just east of Pasadena. Our three core values are academic achievement, creative culture and safe and nurturing environment. We have top-notch teachers & staff and highly supportive and involved parent groups. Our Principal, Gayle Bluemel, retired this past spring and we are currently looking for a new elementary Principal with the vision help our already excellent school to continue to thrive through challenging economic times. Our former Assistant Principal, Garrett Newsom, has just been appointed Planning Principal of the Middle School campus. The site-based leadership team made up of teachers, administrators, staff and parents is fully prepared to maintain the school's core values and continue to thrive during the transition to new leadership at the elementary campus.

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
Sierra Madre School is an unsecured school that is called an "inclusive" school, but apparently they can choose who to include. There has been a steady decrease in people with disabilities as API scores climb. Parents and community members are allowed to enter and exit the school through various unsecured entrances.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2010
My nephew has started kindergarten here and he is doing so well. He is extremely happy and he has really come out of his shell. I am very happy with this school so far and I hope he continues to do well.

- submitted by a community member
October 11, 2010
The programs, teachers and staff are outstanding!

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2010
Mr. Chip Williams is one of the finest teachers. SM middle school is blessed to have this man teach our children. He inspires the children to want to come to school and do their very best. Our children will be amazing because he touched their lives!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2010
The previous posting represents the only thing I don't like about this school! The teachers and administration are wonderful, don't get me wrong, but there's a snobbishness among some (not all) of the parents here that I find offensive. It's not "sad that it has to be part of PUSD"--it's sad that some Sierra Madre parents seem to believe that they and their children are somehow "above" the rest of PUSD's schools. Sierra Madre students are mostly the privileged children of highly motivated parents. Let's acknowledge how lucky we are, instead of putting down students and schools that do wonderful things without the many advantages that we enjoy.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2010
There is nothing I can say that is bad about this school. The community, the parent involvement, the principal and even the middle school (which is not listed on Great Schools) is all TOP notch. Sad that it has to be part of PUSD because it's in a class of it's own!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
I have had nothing but positive experiences with Sierra Madre school,the staff, teachers and kids all are awesome. I have three kids that go there, a 9 yr old son, and two daughters ages 12 and 13. Mr. Martinez is a 5 star teacher,who always puts his classroom kids first. All the teachers there care, and deliver. I love this school. -Mrs. Daniels

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 10, 2010
It offers the best small school atmosphere on a beautiful campus with an enthusiastic and engaged school community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
The school is very good enviroment for my childrens and the teachers are very dedicated to each of our childrens.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 28, 2010
I love this school because It teach our kids to respect every human being as an individual. This respect will be demostrated by a friendly, cooperative spirit among students, parents and community. Also acquire the academic knowledge and skills needed to achieve success in their nxt level school year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 27, 2010
Hard-working teachers + Very supportive parents + wonderful students = one amazing learning community!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating April 26, 2010
I love everything about SME. The teachers are excellent. There is a lot of parent participation. Everyone works so hard for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 26, 2010
Parental involvement and a commitment to the arts. Learning concepts and not just teaching to the test!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2010
Our family loves this school very much. Moved from private to this public to find a fabulous community, dedicated staff and teachers, and a great education! Thanks.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Sierra Madre is a great school because of three things:Great staff, from the awesome principal to the innovative and enthusiastic teachers to the unwavering dedication of the support staff, great parents, who volunteer untold hours and throw themselves wholeheartedly into raising funds for the school, and last but not least, great kids. Visual and performing arts are treated as extremely important parts of the everyday curriculum, and the children come to school eager to participate in the wide range of creative learning activities that await them. Sierra Madre school embrasses the whole child, celebrates each child's uniqueness and helps each child excel and prepare for lifelong learning.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
Sierra Madre School has not only very dedicated staff, but offers so much to all the students!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
SME has exceptional teachers and administration! The individualized care for the whole child (academics, social/emotional, physical) is outstanding! The enrichment in visual arts/music/stage performances are a bonus!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
SUPER kids, AWESOME Principal, WONDERFUL TEACHERS and huge parent participation an a very tight knit community makes our school GREAT!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Sierra Madre is a school with excellent teachers and administration as well as a committed parent body. They value the arts as highly as they value academics and understand their interconnection. WE LOVE OUR SCHOOL!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
It's our hometown school that feels like home, and where children do their best with love and pride.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
It has the best teachers....small town school and small town community

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Sierra Madre School has a warm small town attitude with a high quality big world education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
Great Academics, Nurturing enviroment, The Arts. Best decision as parents we've ever made.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
it has a small town feel that promotes education...the teachers rock!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
I strongly believe in public schools. My father was on a school board for over 30 years. My mother taught 18 years. The teachers at Sierra Madre don't just show up for work each day. They show up to inspire our kids to learn. The parent involvement is wonderful, and I cannot say enough about the fantastic principal and the rest of the administrative staff. I love our school so much that I wrote a fan letter to the PUSD school board at the end of the school year last year. I love the arts program. I love the projects. But most importantly, I love how much my two daughters love going to school. They will have incredible memories of the time spent at Sierra Madre School. How cool is that?

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
It has a great music and arts program and the principal is sooooo great with all the families and engaging the children, and we can walk to it!

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2010
The dedication of the parents, teachers, administrators, and community to make and keep the best of this school going through any difficulty makes this a shining example of the best in public school and community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
My kids are exposed to both academics and the arts, so learning is fun and truly enriching. That's a tough act for a little public school facing budget cuts and pressure in a city with such a great number of private schools.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
SME is a great school! The school is great for arts and academics. We have never been disappointed with any of the teachers (from K-6th). I wish there would be more development in athletics - but that is a price to be paid in these economic times.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
This is our fourth year at Sierra Madre and we are truly happy with it. We feel that our concerns are heard and that our son is in a safe and nurturing environment that is conducive to learning. The teachers are excellent and there is truly a sense of community present. There is strong participation from families at all levels, which makes a great difference.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
This is an amazing school. Excellent administrator, strong parent involvement, and great school spirit. This is one public school that we need to give precious care.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 23, 2010
High academic scores are consistent due to great teachers and great parent participation. There is no school like this in Southern California. All parents and teachers feel the threat of budget cuts and are working hard to keep standards high even though the odds are against us. Sierra Madre Elementary is a remarkable school. One would never know that this wasn't a private school.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
I love sierra madre upper and lower campus my kidsjust adore sierra madre one of them has been going since 1 grade and one since 3 grade. So sierra madre!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
It's a wonderful school academically, keeps children and parents involved. And a very friendly and warm school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
The children are well behaved, respectful, enthusiastic and happy. This is because of the nurturing, rich environment provided by the staff. These children will be good for the world they inherit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Sierra Madre School has wonderful teachers, excellent academics and the performing arts is amazing. The school works!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Great administration, excellent teachers, active and involved parents, supportive community, and nurturing place for kids. And ART is alive!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Great parent support, the best teachers on earth. We love you Sierra Madre Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
I was a student at Sierra Madre from 1992 to 1994, and now I've been the Performing Arts Teacher for the past couple years. Sierra Madre is one of the few public schools I know of that makes the ARTS a priority. In part to that, our school has some of the highest test scores in the district, and many of our students go on to make the performing arts their life!

- submitted by a teacher
April 22, 2010
Sierra Madre school has proven to me that there is NO question- arts & music improve learning. And make it LOTS more fun! My kids are proof!

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
Great teachers and staff! An absolutely wonderful community of parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2010
I love Sierra Madre school because my kids wake up every morning happy to go to school, excited to learn and see their friends!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
They still have art and music and go on a lot of field trips. The staff and teachers are great and the parent body is really involved.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Love the neighborhood feel. My kids are getting a great educational experience with wonderful teachers and lots of parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
high standards, test scores consistently improving, phenomenal staff, committed parents, principal dedicated to the arts

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Small town feel within a larger school district. High parent involvement. High number of good teachers. Safe community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
My daughter is getting a great education. There is a great community feeling. And the arts are still alive.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Fabulous community school with great teachers and administrators.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Sierra Madre School offers an extraordinary environment for students to participate in the arts by actively encouraging their expression through visual, musical and performance opportunities. Directed with experience, love and grace by an intelligent and caring Principal, who is also an accomplished musician, the campuses for both the elementary and middle school students thrive with creative and academic excellence. The parental and community support is comprehensive and consistent with astounding gifts of generosity in both obvious and subtle forms. I believe our children will grow with fond memories of this school as a foundation for the rest of their lives.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Love this school. My first grader can't wait to get to school every day. She reads and performs well above grade average due to dedicated teachers and parent volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Great school, staff and location and the kids love it!

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Great Teachers make the difference, and we have some of the best! Our kids love them and are enthusiastic to go to school every day!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Involved parents, caring teachers and administrators, beautiful campus, good arts curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
There are 960 parents on the PTA. Says it all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
SMS is a community of teachers, parents, staff and administrators who all work cooperatively to support children to become outstanding citizens.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
It is an amazing performing arts school and produces amazing kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
It is a leader in the performing arts and a very creative environment

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
We love Sierra Madre School becuase of it's dedicated teachers and staff, amazing students, and wonderful parents!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
They have great teachers and a lot of special programs which enrich the kids learning

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Amazing school with amazing teachers and staff that truly care about our children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
community based, art minded, academic focus, wonderful teachers, great students

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
Sierra Madre School offers a rigorous education that teaches the whole child.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 21, 2010
Have been volunteering at SMS for 6 years and have loved every minute of it! Great Teachers + Great Kids + Great Parents = One Fantastic School!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Excellent balance of strong academics & visual and performing arts programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Very caring teachers - Most of the parents are very active in the school. My child considers it 'the best school in the world!'

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Fantastic teachers, staff and administration. Involved families and great kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Great teachers and staff. Wonderful parent support and high degree of volunteerism. Strong academics & visual/performing arts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
An amazing principal, committed teachers, they really believe in the kids and the school, and would do anything for it. Great visual arts program and strong academics.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
Sierra Madre School is a beautiful wonderful place for children to learn and for parents to participate. The teachers are wonderful, very caring, talented, hard working and creative. My children are getting both a strong academic program and a creative experience. The performing arts program is very strong. We have a principal who is committed to making this school the very best that it can be. We love Sierra Madre School and all the staff who make it the excellent school that it is! We are fortunate to be there and this school deserves recognition!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 21, 2010
One of the gems of the San Gabriel Valley! An exemplary school in the Pasadena Unified School District. Dedicated to high academic achievement, creative expression through the Arts, and parent and community involvement.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2010
My little sisters don't want to stay home even if they are allowed to. That is an incredible group of passionate teachers and a wonderful administration to instill that sort of love for education in children.

- submitted by a community member
no rating April 20, 2010
It has outstanding arts education as well as a solid academic program-- all at a public school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
excellent teachers , top scores, awesome arts program and happy kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
No school can compair to Sierra Madre. We have committed teachers, staff and parents that make this the best school in the world!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2009
My son began kindergarten in the K-1 inclusion class this fall and he is flourishing and thoroughly enjoying his experience. The teaching team of Miss Perez, Miss Kathy, Mr. G and Miss Tammy bring a little bit of everything from performing arts to humor into their approaches and moving through the rotations is a great way for the wee souls to stay connected in what is a really long day for such a young sprout. We love the program, the school , the community and the wonderfully dedicated principal too. Most important, our son loves school, loves his teachers and is happy and safe!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 15, 2009
My daughter is in kindergarten, and she is enjoying the atmosphere of learning and creativity. Every morning there is at least 2 other volunteer parents there to help the class. Parent involvement is quite high, and my husband and I like the diversity of the school and community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
creative culture, rigorous curriculum, great partnerships

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
That school is AWESOME! Everyone is sooo nice and the students learn alot and are very happy.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Sierra Madre School is a great place to learn and grow. They teach it all from Language Art, Math and Science to Music and Art.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
We have wonderfully qualified teachers, a highly visible and effective principal, supportive parent and community volunteers, and happy students who come to school ready to achieve and excel.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Parents at The Sierra Madre School love to participate! If it is in the classroom, a fundraiser or a social issue that needs attention a parent will be there!. The kids at Sierra Madre School are beautiful souls and they are all special and have their own unique talents and gifts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The prinicpal, Ms. Gayle Blumel!!! She has made our school a perfoming arts center in elementary schools!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
API - 889.... our principal, teachers, parents and students have all worked hard to make Sierra Madre Elementary the an ideal school for all children

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
This is truly a community school! The whole neighborhood is involved. It does take a village. The teachers are smart and consistent with each other, they make learning fun for kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Sierra Madre Elementary School has great caring teachers and involved parents. Its a wonderful community. Our daughter just loves going to school there.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Great school environment. Excellent principal, teachers and lots of parent involvement. Beautiful campus. Strong academics, art and music program.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
A wonderful school in a wonderful community! Sierra Madre Elementary has great teachers, staff, parents, and children. There is a lot to be proud of here, and a lot to be a part of at this amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
SME is an incredible school with an outstanding staff of teachers and administrators. There is nothing like watching Principal Bluemel play the piano for each grade at monthly Spotlight Assemblies! What a blessing to be in a school rich in musical and visual arts. There is also a great feeling of community amongst the families.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
Our school is AWESOME! We have the BEST parents in the world, which in turn gives us amazing students who have a love of learning instilled in them from home! Our principal is Wonder Woman, running two separate campuses with the help of a fantastic vice principal. Our staff is second to NONE! We love what we do and we enjoy changing the lives of children one day at a time. I have the BEST job in the world, and I am so lucky to be a teacher at Sierra Madre!

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 16, 2009
Involved parents, great teachers, excellent principal & ex-principal, wonderful sourrondings, great building = best school in our area

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2008
I have 3 children attending this school. Two at the Elementary and one at the Middle School. This is what I have found after transferring from a private school: More opportunites in music, drama and visual arts More diverse population-economic and ethnic Teachers are experienced High academic performance is a goal that teachers, parents, and students work toward together Adminstration is open and encourages parent involvement This school as most schools in PUSD are moving onward and upward to a higher level of education and real life experiences. No school is perfect for every child or parent but Sierra Madre School is a shining example of what can happen when teachers, administrators and parents work together to educate children.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
Can we talk test scores? Sierra Madre School just scored highest in the district at 871 API. My experience of the teachers, administrators, and support staff is that they are highly devoted to our school and take great pride in their work. The parent participation at this school is stellar and you will always see a myriad of parent volunteers inside and outside the classroom on any given day. Kinder through 3rd grade class sizes are 20 to 1. This school does have an amazing Visual and Performing Arts Program and also excels in math. The district's use of Open Court Language Arts is limiting for the level of the students but teachers do supplement. The Special Ed inclusion program in the primary age classes is excellent, focusing on understanding, utilizing personal strengths, and mentoring. This is just as enriching for typically developing students as it is for students with special needs.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2008
we came to the school from a 'blue`ribbon' school a few years ago and are very happy with our experience. There are some kids who are not well-mannered etc. but the parents and home setting are more likely to cause and encourage this than the school - if staff hears or sees bad behavior it is addresed. A smaller class size would be better but this is a public school and they have what they are told to have. I am glad my child is learning to deal with the real world with all it's colors, religions and ethnicities and not coddled in some 'white castle' of learning.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2008
Wonderful school and kids; principal very involved and engaged. Parents have a very high level of dedication to schol

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2008
Compared to other school in Pasadena this school is very good, but after having researched and seen what other districts, and even countries, have to offer, Sierra Madre school is mediocre at best. Many of the teachers are very professional and put forth their best effort, but many also seem to only be putting in the hours and not trying very hard. There seems to be too much emphasis placed on individual self-esteem and not enough on social responsibility. The result is many rude and disrespectful students. The visual arts program is good. I just wish they spent more time on producing something truly artistic instead of things that cam be quickly done in one lesson. Overall I think the school is not bad, parents have to be a strong advocates for their children in order to get a good education.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2008
My son transferred to Sierra Madre School for fourth grade last year; this year I have an incoming kindergarten student and a transferring eighth-grader as well. This school is full of caring and competent staff (not just the teachers!), with a wonderful principal. The arts, so often missing as a 'subject' these days, are integrated throughout the curriculum, and there is a real culture of appreciation for the arts at this remarkable public school.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2008
We transferred our daughter to this school from another school. Finally she is happy and thriving. Our son starts this year. Great parent involvement. All elements of learning are encouraged. The community is super supportive. We have very high academic expectations for our children, and at the same time we want them to be well rounded and love learning and school. Sierra Madre meets our goals so far. We could not be happier with our choice

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2008
I have a child in K, 3rd, and 5th grade. There is a wonderful balance of academics and the arts. The staff and administration are tops!

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2007
My son is in Kindergarten at SME and loves it. We, too, got in through open enrollment and are completely satisfied with our choice of public over private. His two teachers are kind and caring, and have over thirty years experience between them. They are able to fit an incredible amount of learning into a very short period of time. The parent involvement is amazing and enables differentiated treatment so that those children who need a little extra help are assisted, and those that are a bit ahead are challenged. The entire school is friendly and helpful and has welcomed us with open arms. We are excited to spend the next 8 plus years there.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2007
Our son is in Kindergarten and, so far, we are very pleased. He has a very experienced teacher that is supplementing the core curriculum with really interesting and fun activities. They've had field trips to the local police station, Caltech etc. SMS isn't our neighborhood school so we got in through open enrollement. Private was the backup for us and we were thrilled when the lottery worked in our favor!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2006
Great opportunity for special needs children.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2006
I find the effort is there for the advance classes but way too overcrowded. Only the students who can completely go it on their own will do well. I find the english sorely lacking in the ability to write anything beyond writing to do well on the state standard testing. The math curriculum is booooring and lacks creativity. Upper campus math teachers seem to try very hard. Not sure why this school doesn't impress me as much as when I first checked it out. It is a decent school, but truly seems to depend on the grade you are in.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2005
Our children have had a wonderful experience at Sierra Madre Elementry. The principal does a great job and the teachers have been very committed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2004
This school thrives because of the heavy parental involvement. The school should feel good about the extent the parents have brought in after-school programs, other enrichment programs and involve themselves in the reading program. The district should commend this type of volunteerism and do more to help the school, such as making sure there is enough paper for the teachers to make copies for the student assignments.

- submitted by a parent
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Sierra Madre Elementary School
141 West Highland Avenue, Sierra Madre, CA  91024
(626) 396-5890
Last modified Sierra Madre Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sierra Madre Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 127 reviews. Top