The Principal mrs. James is amazing and has lots of energy and enthusiasim and is very invloved. The kindergarden teacher mrs. West is amazing, i was lucky to have my child in her class and she is a great teacher. The only thing is that the ESS program is not so great, the leaders are too young and they let kids run around and shout and yell and everytime i had to pick up my child, he wasnt ready, their backpacks are outside and always would lose his stuff and wouldnt have the kids ready to be picked up by 6 oclock. There was a kid who wasnt all normal which should have been in a special education class becuase he was always bulling my kid and i had mentioned it couple times and nothing was done about it, so i took my child out of the school and he loves his new school. They have a anti-bulling thing they do at this new school which ever school should do.
CDO is an amazing school. I am particlarly impressed with the sense of community and the strength and enthusiasm of the teaching and support staff. The principal at CDO, Mrs James, knows all the students , and all the students know and respect her. I would never go to another school, my children are flourishing there, and what more could you ask for than that?
I have a child at CDO and we both love it! We live out of the district and I will keep my child here until he graduates. The teachers and staff are amazing. They care about the students and parents. Parents are always welcome to participate in school events and activities.
This school has had an incredible improvement in the last two years. We have been there for three years and our children love it. What one parent said below about the school in 2011 was true. The old principal was not very engaged and the spirit around the school was a bit gloomy. Now the new principal has been there for two years and she is amazing. Test scores are going way up, the teachers and the students are energized, and at the risk of sounding flighty there is just a "spirit" of hope and learning at CDO now. One of our children went to a highly rated elementary school in the area for a time, and it just wasn't as nurturing as CDO. The kids are held accountable both behaviorally and academically, and I see in my kids as well as in other kids the *desire* to succeed. That's all I could hope for and more out of their elementary school.
I have 2 children at Casa de Oro Elementary. Both are excelling academically due to some amazing teachers there. They are excited about learning and have built friendships with their classmates. I am out of the district and CDO was my first choice for them.
My child has been at casa de oro for 3 years. I loved the school. The principal Dr. parsons was the best. Dr. parsons is not at the school anymore. Allot of changes have been made and the school is not what it used to be. My child is unhappy and so am i. Lots of bulling and teachers have to big of classes to, take the time to hear the kids. The principal is always out. It makes me sad to remove my child from this school. Everyone wants there child to be treated fairly and this isn't happening here.
What a wonderful staff and Principal. Dr. Parsons is a very involved principal, and has done a wonderful job with this school. We have had nothing but wonderful teachers. I highly recommend this school!
CDO school is a great place for kids to learn and grow. My children went there and now my granddaughter is a student. The teachers are very good. The principal is real instructional leader. The school has recently been recognized by the CA Dept. of Education as a Title 1 Academic Achievement School.
I love 'CDO!' My three kids have recently enrolled. They absolutely love it. The teachers and after school staff are so caring. All three are getting so much one on one time. They are already excelling. If you have a choice in Spring Valley Schools....Choose 'CDO'
Wonderful school, Mrs. Thompson is A+, principal is very involved and knows what's going on. No complaints.
My daughter is new here, but I like the response from the teachers and the school is such a friendly happy place.
An awesome school with a close 'family' feel and dedicated staff! My child has attended since Kinder, and I transfer her in from another district to take advantage of the small size! Various afterschool enrichment programs round out the curriculum nicely, and all classes incorporate physical activities daily. Terrific PTA activities throughout the year, with fairly good parent attendance. Principal Dean is familiar with all his students, and gently leads the kids toward a peacebuilder way.
This school was very good my daughter was a student ther 2 years in a row, I loved the teachers, and the principle they always kept you in the know. They are very concerned about peace and quiet
We have found this to be a wonderful school. The teachers are kind and caring. We are very happy with CDO!
I think this is one of the best schools in the El Cajon/La Mesa area. Teachers are the very best around and the special education department is awesome....
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