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Thousand Oaks, CA
Students enrolled: 362
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2000 La Granada Drive
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

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(805) 495-7037
(805) 374-1160
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September 24, 2013
I would not send my children to any other school. In fact my husband and I have discussed relocation but refuse to do it as we do not feel out elementary school student would have a more well rounded education anywhere else. Kudos to this school for their excellent teachers, wonderful executive director and the fabulous music, band , and chorus teacher.

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August 29, 2013
MATES is a refreshing example of what happens when parents, teachers, and community work towards common goals for students.

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June 17, 2013
My child has spent the last 6 years at Meadows and MATES. He s now on his way to middle school with a great foundation laid out by the TEACHERS and the EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR at MATES. I can say with confidence that my child is completely ready for his upper level education. I realize that when this school became MATES, I had a choice to stay or attend our district school, which was a difficult decision. Knowing that five of the founding teachers gave up their very long career with the CVUSD because, they truly believed in the magic of MATES, helped me to make my decision. They took a leap of faith with their careers, and four years later, this school is past outstanding, it is AWESOME! I like the fact that MATES is a school of choice. If I was unhappy for any reason with the direction the school, its teachers, Executive Director or Board of Directors was taking, we can return to our home school. Honestly, the negative comments only come from a few vocal parents, if it s that bad, I invite you to return to a district school.

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June 17, 2013
My daughter just finished Kindergarten and now is going on to first grade! She needed help this year in a few areas, and the teacher recognized this early on. The school formed a team to help her grow in the areas that she needed help in. They had her evaluated by their wonderful speech teacher and found that a lot of her issues came from the fact she needed speech therapy. The speech teacher is so great! Once this plan was put in place my little one grew and grew all year and went from being "at risk for retention" to having a great report card and moving onto first grade! So, to the folks on this site who said special needs children are "targeted", I think you need to get real and see that they are only trying to help move your child forward and help him or her succeed. Without support at home, this will never work right. I too found some days emotionally trying, but if you truly want the best for your child, you need to listen and help the school, not fight and insult them. I can't thank Mrs. Priske, the Executive Director, enough for all the support she gave me through this year of growth with my little one.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2013
MATES is a fantastic school. My son has attended since it was Meadows and was in first grade when it became MATES. This is hands down the best elementary school in Conejo Valley. Don't let the few negative reviews fool you. There is very little doubt who those parents are because THEY are the ones that gossip and spew negative comments incessantly. Everyone has heard their tales of woe directly from them repeatly, not because the teachers and staff gossip. The teachers, staff and principal have always been friendly and professional from my experience and believe me, almost every parent at this school would agree. Those the are complaining are doing so because they want the rules bent and special exemptions for their children. As you can see, those parents have no problem airing their arguements in public and constantly complaining rather than working to find a solution.

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June 13, 2013
MATES is a superb school. Their use of project based learning infused with the arts makes learning fun and yields excellent academic results. The school has a terrific culture of parent envolvement and volunteerism. MATES has been a fantastic experience for our child. She has been there since it opened and has just completed her fourth year. Simply put, she loves going to school. Today I happened to walk past the 5th grade culmination practice and half the kids (including boys) were balling their eyes out. What a testament to the culture and atmosphere at MATES.

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June 04, 2013
The school & the teachers are amazing. Unfortunately, the principal has no communication skills or willingness to listen to the children or the parents. Could be a really great skills.

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June 03, 2013
My daughter attends MATES and loves it. She is excited to go to school every day. All the teachers I have encountered have been very passionate and engaged with the children. I'm so thankful that my daughter is receiving a well-rounded education with lots of art, science, and music. We are extremely happy with the school.

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May 30, 2013
It seems as though the teachers and staff isolate children who need a little extra attention. Nothing is confidential about your child at this school. If one teacher has an issue with a student, they all know about it, and talk about it, and report to eachother. It is important to take into consideration that many families that attend this school are friends, family, work together, or are neighbors, etc. The gossip that goes on with the teachers and Ms. Priske in this school needs to STOP. These things DO get passed on, and are extremely hurtful. Ms. Priske is difficult to approach and does not include parents in decisions made regarding students.Ms. Priske completely backs up her teachers and will not listen to the parents concerns. The only next step a concerned parent can take is to address their concerns with the Board of Directors. There is a problem with this school. There needs to be more professionalism. Mr. LaGuardia, the music teacher, is what makes this school worth while. If only he could be the principle too!

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March 14, 2013
This school has wonderful programs in art, music, and technology. The music teacher is the real gem of the school. I agree with the previous posters that the principal is the weakest link in an otherwise great program. In addition, the school lacks a sense of community.

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December 11, 2012
Attending the school was just "ok". The principal does not open her door to suggestion or concerns. She is defensive and unwilling to listen to constructive criticism. The office staff are unfriendly and unhelpful. The teachers are hit and miss due to the principals gossiping and lack of concern for the kids. If your child is slightly "outside the box" then they will be targeted. The principal was bad mouthing a new family attending the school in a restaurant at a teachers lunch and was overheard by teachers from another school in the district. This is not uncommon behavior from Ms. Priske.

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July 24, 2012
What a fantastic school! As a parent I say that this was the best decission we made for our only child. My child was upset when summer started, she wanted back to school, every time she gets a chance she goes on internet and looks at the school website for updates. It is amazing how dedicated and awesome are all people who work there! Office staff, nurse, teachers, coaches, and absolutely everyone else-- they truly care for your child and kids are respectful and all parents support discipline... I wish I could go back to school, this would be the school I would choose! Thank you all for a wonderful expierevce, cant wait until we go back to school.

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August 31, 2011
Couldn't be happier with this school, the new API scores for 2011 were just released - another increase from 910 to 926! Way to go M.A.T.E.S. students & teachers!! Such a proud Mama!

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July 18, 2011
I have two children at MATES. My 8 year old has now completed first and second grade, and my 5 year old just finished kindergarten. Both children have received an outstanding educational experience. The teachers are vibrant and engaged, the parent involvement has enabled the students to get a lot of personalized attention, and the after school supplemental programs have been a real blessing. The newly adopted Heart of an Eagle program that puts emphasis on student's behavior and character is outstanding.

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August 18, 2010
We can't be happier. MATES is a product of great teachers, staff and very committed parents. The energy at the school is palpable. The test scores reflect a strong emphasis on the basics. The less tangible elements are the emphasis on the arts, both visual and performance, and technology.

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August 18, 2010
MATES year one was largely a success - my children were happy and did well academically. The teachers were attentive and professional.While the first year saw little discipline - an issue i hope will be resolved by the new executive director this year - the school has a wonderful community feel. I look forward to an even better second year.

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August 17, 2010
Since being at MATES my son and daughter's grades and scores have soared! I am so happy with the teaching staff and love the school.

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Meadows Arts And Technology Elementary School
2000 La Granada Drive, Thousand Oaks, CA  91362
(805) 495-7037
Last modified Meadows Arts And Technology Elementary School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Meadows Arts And Technology Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 17 reviews. Top