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39600 North General Kearney Road
Temecula, CA 92591

(951) 695-7180
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3 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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February 12, 2014
Sounds like alot of crying. I'm not sure what school parents have been to in the past, but since when is teachers being nice a requirement to teach? Is this what happens when we don't teach our kids to be independant? They have to memorize "5" digits to eat lunch! Oh my! How will they ever spell their name if it's over "5" letters? Grow up, send your kids to school! They are not surrounded by gangs nor intercity problems like the big cities are. If you don't like it, enroll your kids into a private school. But lets be honest, if the teachers are mean, it's probably cause you raised a brat.

- submitted by a parent
September 11, 2013
Mrs. Mata needs to retire for sure!! She is mean! If she does not like your child, she will make your child's school year miserable. It happened to mine. I agree with the previous comment, she does favor certain kids and parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
The kids actually have a card that they scan at the lunch cashier, I just thought to let you and other parents know. Kids in the past had to remember their 3 digit #s ( not 5) until this year. I have found the staff very helpful in my opinion, I would volunteer an hour or so ( if you have of course one free hour in a week or a month) if I were you to get to know the school staff better instead of just judging them. I am a working mom and I could squeeze 4 hours a week. (for example: instead of chatting on Facebook or other social media, I dedicate my time into my daughters schooling) in both kindergarten and 3rd grade classes. I am very thankful for NVES. Thank you for reading my comment and I wish all the parents and their children only the best.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
I don't care what that other person says because EVERY person we have came across in that school, whether a teacher or faculty, they were ALL mean, rude, and other stuff I cant say. Even the lunch lady was rude and mean. They expect kindergarten kids to remember a 5 digit number for their lunch code. They just started school people. My son doesn't like this school. He complains they make them play outside when it is over 100 degrees. He also comes home STARVING since other kids cut in front of him and he doesn't get time to eat or drink ANYTHING! What kind of place is this? If I had the money, I would be moving to another school district because this place has only shown us very mean and uncaring people who should not be working at a school. If you can afford to, please DO NOT send your child here. We ran into another parent, different grade student, doesn't get to go to the bathroom. These people are all about themselves and not there for our children. If this other parent has great comments, they must be paying for their kids success and special treatment. Us poor people cannot do that.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2013
I just read all these reviews, & I feel like the negative comments are totally one sided. I have two kids enrolled here, and BOTH my kids are advanced. They have excelled in their studies & love their school! The teachers we've had to date have all been awesome, & the admin staff has met our needs. Sure some ARE cranky, but not all are, and that is not fair to group them all as uncaring. The principal is very easy to work with, & I have never had any issues with her. Every time I have had a concern, they listen. Maybe some things are not perfect, but overall, it's an awesome school! The current PTA is very dedicated, and I give kudos to those people who care enough to donate their time to our kids. I highly recommend this school, & suggest that if you can ever volunteer, you should. Parent involvement is very important! The more volunteers, the better! The class sizes have been increasing, that is only complaint I have. Nicolas is a distinguished school too. Parents definitely need to be involved in their kids' homework. Parents lack of involvement in their kids' homework make their kids suffer, and that is not the school's fault. I am personally very happy with this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 24, 2013
Not impressed with the teacher quality at this school. My child will be attending another school in the district in the fall. Speak to other parents who have children in this school and ask their honest opinion of the teachers. You'll be surprised and wonder where the 8/10 rating comes from.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Avoid this school! We were new to this school came from a san diego district. My child's teachers are horrible! Mr. Nicolas and Mrs. Anderson....Anderson: nice lady, but never shows up to teach! Mr Nicolas is full of himself he does not care about the students. If you have a concern, dont expect him to actually listen. He will talk over you and say ya ok sure. Its about him and him only! Men should not teach grade level kids! Coming from another school my child was ahead...this school is far behind others. I'm not impressed with the teacher quality or their compassion for teaching children.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2013
All I can say about this school is that it really needs a change in administration. The current principal is has been dragging this school down with her domineering and inept ways. Can't believe she has kept her job considering how biased and unfair she is. This school has some great teachers and staff. However, they are all under the foot of the so called principal. Bottom line: Avoid this school and go to another with an administrator who allows the teachers to teach and parents have a say!

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2012
We spent almost 3 years here in this school and I have nothing but nice things to say about the school. I have a son with ADHD and learning disability and the staff went out and beyond to meet his needs. The school has a great leadership and an exceptional teaching staff. I wish they had more money to have smaller classrooms, but it is not in their power to do so. PTA is awesome and does lots of good fundraising activities. We will definitely miss the school. I never had a problem with administration, or the principal's ability to lead. No matter what, I would 100% recommend the school to my family and friends.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2012
If you have the choice do not bother with this school. You can count on 1 hand the number of staff that genuinely care about the kids. Administration is horrible. Very few good techers left. Needs too many improvements to list. Avoid this school

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2012
NVES is a great school. The teachers are second to none, and I agree with others that the principal is not an effective administrator, but the teaching staff more than makes up for it. The PTA is fantastic, and works hard for the students, despite problems with leadership in the past.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2012
I have had 2 boys go K-5 at Nicolas. The boys are 7 years apart so our experience spans about 14 years. I have nothing but good things to say about the school. Our experience has been great. No complaints from us!

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2012
although the staff seems to care, we have one girl failing and the tutoring program after school hasn't started yet and another boy we just took to another school - his teacher literally terrified him. they don't really listen to you (the teachers) and they rarely respond to emails or calls. the principal is easier altogether and seems to be the only one who ever says or does anything. however, she can't do it all. i can't wait to get my daughter out. they won't even transfer teachers or anything.... oh well. office staff is nice. :)

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2011
Both of my children have attended this school. My son, K-5 and my daughter K through her current grade 4. Each year, the school has gone downhill. The administration changed several years back from a principal who was on top of everything to one that seems clueless at best. She is a nice person, but not an effective administrator. Perhaps she would be better suited in the classroom. Bullying has gone on and increased, completely unchecked. There are also several teachers in need of retiring (and it shows) as well as several who don't even seem to like children. I frankly don't know why they are teaching! There is not enough supervision before school or during lunch - meaning kids run wild and are allowed to be unruly. Also several paraprofessionals need to be let go because of their poor attitudes with children (more people that don't seem to like kids). Unfortunately, because of unions no changes will be made. If you have a choice, don't sent your kids to school here. You'll regret it. Regarding parent involvement -- don't give $$ to the PTA. The last president stole over $15k of the student's money we worked hard to raise!!! No oversight!!!

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2011
This will be our 3rd year at Nicolas Valley, so far we love all the teachers that have been assigned to my two children who attend here. I would have to say the only complaint I have about this school is the principal, she is beyond unprofessional and extremely rude to parents. The teachers are the real quality since they are the ones molding our children. We won t be leaving anytime soon unless the teacher quality drops.

- submitted by a parent
August 06, 2011
My son has attended NVES for two years now. Both of the teachers that he had there were excellent! I also found the Principal to be very caring and helpful. My only wish is that my son would be academically challenged more than he is.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2011
Our child has attended for 2 years. NOT impressed AT ALL. We both were very involved in volunteering, working in class, etc. & have seen & heard what goes on. Principal does not ACT or look like a principal AT ALL. Her daughter is a loud mouth with NO boundaries, spoiled brat, who cries if she does not get HER way. Principal has her favorites (daughter's playmates) so they are put in the best classes. Vice Principal should be the Principal! MANY parents are not willing to help their kids even with their homework! Very sad. Have teachers who actually YELL in class--that's great training. I find it very hard to believe this school got good ratings...Perhaps the parents have not been to ther schools & have nothing to compare NVES to. OR they are actually working at the school! Office staff is very rude & appear to not want to be there. I WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS SCHOOL AT ALL.....THINK TWICE!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2011
My son is in third grade. I have never had a worse experience of parents not being involved with there children. The homework and class studies are extremely poor. My son gets told to not do something at school his teacher Mr west King tells him to do it anyway. He is not supposed to be a friend. He is supposed to teach. He taught my son bad behavior. If your kid is going into the third grade reconsider the teacher.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2010
I love Nicholas Valley for numerous reasons first the teachers are wonderful, great concern for my daughter's education for the past three years back to back wonderful teachers. Great principal and staff can also get a hold of someone no run around. Great parent involvement and there is always a way that the school is trying to raise money to support things like reflections, meet the masters, watchdog for father's to get invovled in the school. I could go on and on. Just a wonderful school I'm so thankful my child is fortunate enough to have a good school!!

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2010
My son has attended NVES for 3 years now. I am so happy that I am finally transferring him out of this school. I am extremely unhappy with the staff. They are rude and if your son has energy, as most do, they will CONSTANTLY send home inappropriate notes about your child EVERYDAY!!! I stopped believeing in the teachers and started to believe my son. And when I went to the principle for support, she backed up the teachers 100%. So I had to go to the district. They need major improvement on the staff!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
Terrible administrators. Constantly out of compliance for special ed. A general sense of 'us against the parents' is the norm at this site. The employees are rude, there are no standards set for behavior. Simply horrendous.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 18, 2010
I feel that NVES is the best K-5 in the county. I have a 5 years old son in Mrs. Ramirez-Dobbins class that know how to read and write. Speak clearly as well. Great school, #1 on my list.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2009
The Teacher are awesome. My son love it there. He is only 4 years old, but he know how to read, write and talk much much more then all of our friend's kids.

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April 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating December 05, 2008
This is my 2nd year at NVES, and I am glad it is my last. This school is a disaster. Parent volunteers have no leadership, and 'mingling' is not encouraged. As a volunteer, I feel I am intruding. The PTA is lacking. If you are not in the clique, your offers of help are overlooked. Lastly, there are almost no functions for parents to get familiar with the school, the teachers and most important, each other. Parents at this school need to get more invloved and see what is really going on here. I get the sense the teachers are as unhappy as some of the parents.

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June 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2008
We recently moved to Temecula from San Diego. Our daughter was attending a school within Poway Unifed school Distrtict. I must say that Nicolas Valley is just perfect and met as well as exceeded all of our educational expectations. The teachers are great, the schooling system is very challenging but just right for the development of our daughter's education, the level of education is suberb...Thank you Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2007
The teachers that I have encountered are great. The 'Knight Ticket' and 'Peacebuilder' programs are great! I think that it is obvious that the school is lacking the funding that it needs. The grounds and outdoor equipment could use an update.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2007
Excellent school and teacher was very effective with my child. Mrs. Kimbrell is one of the best. My child developed exponentially with her.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2006
Two of my children attended Nicolas Valley elementary school. I have always believed that if you are involved in your school, you will help it succeed. I was wrong with NVES.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2006
My son has had a very favorable experience at this school. I have noticed his enthusiam for writing, creativity, science has increased. Socially, the kids seem to be very supportive of one another and I have been pleased with the stories I've heard from my son. The one thing I feel it lacks is extra curricular activites.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2006
My son is only in kindergarted and they don't seem to have any extra curriculars for that age. However, I am very pleased with the teacher. He is learning a great deal and is taking advantage of the class computers, books, etc. They also encourage parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
Having transfered my son after we moved to this area from a Poway school I must say that I am disapointed NVES is about a year behind in academics. Parent involvement in the classroom is discouraged by some teachers. I am disapointed in the lack of equipment provided for play on the playground. Covered pathways is much needed as well as outside field trips to further education. Communication with parents of alumi is helpful before enrolling.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2005
Nicolas Valley Elementary has excellent academic programs and teachers. My daughter's education excelled under the care of the teachers and staff. I would highly recommend this school to everyone. My daughter would still attend if we hadn't moved out of the area.

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August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
Extracurricular activities seemed a bit lacking. Numerous fairs were held throughout the year, but they seemed poorly planned. Too many people, not enough activities. Parent involvement seems high, but I was never enlisted to help out in any other way but financially. Overall education was adequate, but it's not a school I would say is a 'must attend' in the area.

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May 25, 2005
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Nicolas Valley Elementary School
39600 North General Kearney Road, Temecula, CA  92591
(951) 695-7180
Last modified Nicolas Valley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nicolas Valley Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top