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K-6
Public
Twentynine Palms, CA
Students enrolled: 590
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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2551 Condor Road
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277

(760) 367-0750
(760) 368-1144
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August 22, 2013
I wish I could give negative ratings. This school is awful. Mr Gattuso is spineless and lackluster. The teachers are terrible. My son needs a 504, which is required by law and they falsified documents. We are currently working with an attorney because they denied him care and accommodations. The biggest bullies are the teacher and staff, especially the woman at the front desk who curses and yells at the children when she thinks no one is looking or within earshot. The teachers don't care at all and do not communicate with parents. The pe teacher, ms Herrington frequently denies children water before during and after pe outside (where the temp is frequently over 100 degrees). Don't send your kids here. It's bad when you have to call cps because of the school.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2013
If you have a child with special needs, PLEASE do not send them here. The district as a whole is horrible for special education, but the insensitivity displayed to my child is repulsive.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2013
We came to this school mid-year from Quantico, and so far I'm just OK with Condor. They lack art, music and foreign language, which is disappointing. The staff seem nice, but not very personable. The principle has looked at me several times, but not once introduced himself, and I'm certain he over heard me talking with the front office staff and knew that we were new. Changing schools mid school year is a big deal, and I was hoping for a school tour, or some other form of welcome and we did not receive it. My daughter's teacher is very nice and she seems happy with her. Hoping as time goes on (we will be here 2 years) that I will be able to add a 4th or 5th star to my rating.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
This is the second year my child has attended Condor. I've volunteered in the classroom both years and have been impressed by the staff and other parent volunteers. My child has special needs and the school has been very accommodating. In my opinion, you get what you give to a school. Volunteer your time in the classroom or in the Parent Involvement Room, have lunch with your child, just be present. The school and parents need to work together to make your child's education a success. As far as the parent who said they 'hand out detentions for minor offenses' it's called making your child accountable. So they have to sit out for a 15 min recess? The teacher is trying to teach them a life lesson that most kids today do not posses- responsibility. I would make my child check their agenda every morning to make sure I signed it. Sometimes I wouldn't sign it on purpose to see if they were paying attention. And guess what, after 1 detention they learned their lesson and hasn't had a problem since. Great school and great staff!

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
Condor is literally the best elementary school MUSD has to offer and we chose to live on base and were willing to live in a motel longer than necessary to ensure we would live in a housing area that permitted them to attend here (ocotillo housing residents go to school off base.) The year we enrolled them, the state test scores were the best they had ever been and were the best in the district. This year is no different; they have set the bar even higher and are WELL above CA state average. This is no small feat..the student turnover is astounding as it would be in any school aboard a military base. They have students come in mid year from schools in NC and Hawaii who have some of the worst schools in the country. Teachers are great overall. We've had 1 out of 6 that we were less than pleased with, but that kind of thing is bound to happen anywhere. Parental involvement seems to be excellent and the principal, mr. Gattuso, can be seen interacting with the kids every time you step foot in there. Mine all think the sun rises and sets on that man! I'm not sure what him being single has to do with anything, as another reviewer suggests.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
This school is horrible..My son loved school till he attended here. They have a speech therapist that's only there on Monday-thur. if your child need special education I def wouldn't put your child in this school. They don't look out for all students. If they fall behind oh well that's there attitude. The principal seem clueless on most. Worst school I've seen in my life. My son was also hit and ect by a student, The teacher just said never seen it. -submitted by a parent

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2012
Since attending this my son's attitude towards school has changed. We had to change teachers in the middle of the school year because his teacher who had very little patience with students whom requires more direction due to lack of self confidence and This 2nd grade teacher was prone to aggressive outburst. As well as very eager to hand out detentions for minor offense. Ex: detention for parent signature on wrong date in agenda. The principle was no better, available to discuss issues but very adamant that class size was a 36 ratio so there will be moments of stress. I was extremely relieved when the super intendant of the district took quick action and didn't excuse the behavior the teacher was engaging in. My sons grades have dropped due to the high stress of school. There is an amazing after school program that has contributed to my sons improvement to help him get to the next grade, it's called Save The Children. If your child is prone to being bullied I would not recommend this school due to the insensitivty of the majority of the staff.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
The new principal is an excellent example of what innovative leadership can do for a school. Under the leadership of this principal this school has surpassed all the other schools in the district in test scores. The test scores are the highest they have ever been in the school's history, the teachers and principal should be proud of themselves. Great parent involvement, best PTO I have witnessed in a long time.

- submitted by a community member
June 30, 2011
Although there are a handful of excellent teachers at this school most come and go as often as the military families that attend. The staff is not very equipt when dealing with any children who require more than entering the school, tending to themself all day, and going home. The Principal is a single male whom is a terrible example of what a school official should be. On the plus, there is lots of parent involvement from a few families willing to step up.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2010
I feel Condor has a lot to offer it's students. Education is what you as the parent puts into it not just the teachers. Parents need to get more involved into to their child's education not just when there is a problem. My children attended this school and all three of them have done well for themselves. But I was one of those parents that was at the school everyday involved in my child's education. It is my job to make sure my child is educated, the teacher was there to help my child and me. I agree with some comments but in the long run the parent is the best teacher and need to take the responsibility for their own child's education. Stop blaming other people if your child is not achieving their full potential.

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February 09, 2010
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November 13, 2009
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August 24, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2008
My children spent 7 months at 29 Palms Junior High and Condor Elementary. If you have a child with special needs, this school system is not recommended. Also, if you're accustomed to a grading system of A's, B's, etc., you will have a big adjustment to the 1's, 2's, etc. system and why/how the numbers are assessed the way they are.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 04, 2008
My son has been a student at Condor Elementary for 21/2 years. originally he started off with one of the best teachers, who didn't have a problem with providing extra help, or keeping my husband and I informed on our childs progress. he did extremely well with his first state test requirements. Through his 4th and currently 5th grade years, he started to rush through his assignments, which caused his grades to drop. No parent should have to call the teacher to ask how their child is doing in class, especially over a 3 week period, when the child grades are dropping. Ultimately I think the school itself is great, but some of the teachers are definately slacking with the communication with parents. We as parents do not let our childrens education stop in the classroom, we teach at home too. So an improvement in that area will be helpful.

- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2008
My children spent a year At Oasis Elementary and then transferred to Condor. I read the other reviews, and while I agree that if you have a gifted or advanced child, they are not likely to be able to work to their potential-- that is an issue with California schools, not unique to Condor. I have had experience with some North San Diego schools, and DoD schools. I think we do have a problem with bullying, but taking into account that we have a high rate of deployments and parent abdication, I think the staff does as well as they can with that. My son too has been punched, and I felt quite satisfied with the way Ms. Dixon handled the matter. Everything negative I would say applies to the CA philosophy on education, not Condor specifically.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 06, 2008
My son has attended Condor for the last two years. 3rd and 4th Grade. Both years he was put in a class with over thirty students and then a month later was put into a class with the new teacher that was brought in to pick up the slack. Both years the new teachers were brought in and had to play catch up with on help from the other teachers. The results were not good. Before he came to Condor he was very into school and now he dreads it. I have increased my level of involvement with his homework greatly to help keep him on point. In my opinion Condor lacks discipline in the classroom and quality teachers that when it comes to teamwork.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2007
I have four boys and they have all gone to condor and I have had nothing but positive results from the teachers and the staff at condor. Mrs Evans is wonderful and really knows how to be a teacher very stern and very caring too. I just would like to say thank you to the teachers that work so hard to give are kids a great head start in life. I won't forget the friendly front office as well very nice and always there to help.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2006
We transferred here after school had started and my kids first day was made with open arms. It is a small school and a very close knit community. I truly enjoyed the teachers and staff. If I had a question or concern I was could count an answer right away. I can't wait for school to start next year so my kids can jump in and have a great year!

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2006
This school has a real trouble with bullies. And there is no action. My son was punched at school and I was not contacted, they simple told the boy that had done it not to do it anymore. This is the worst school I have ever had my children in, I wish I could afford private school. Oh the good note the only good note so far is Miss Short. She is a wonderful teacher, firm when the kids need it but kind at heart.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
COndor seems very lax regarding procedures for children coming and going aboard the campus. The teacher turn over is high and the academic work is not a challenge. This is an average school

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2006
Though the school is a good one, I feel that the more advanced students are held back because of the slower students. There should be more individual attention to the student according to their needs.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
The quality of teacher at this school is horrible. Until this year I can only say there is one teacher at the school that rates his paycheck. Now there are two. A new teacher who came from the east coast has in 4 months brought my daughters gpa from way below to average or above. She now loves school and loves to read which last year was a chore. But now we are moving. The teacher will only be there for up to 3 years so hopefully there stats inprove in that time. Condor is the worst school academically she has ever been too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2005
Condor is a small school located in a small community on a military base. The children are mostly from military families. Because of the constant transfering of kids, the teachers and staff are diligent in making sure no child is left behind.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 04, 2005
Orientation is not offered year around. The school is located on a military base. Children register year round, therefore, school/class orientated should be offered year round. The most important part of learning for my child is the foundation of adjustment and acceptance.

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October 10, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2004
I have nothing but praise for this school. My daughter loves going and there is never an argument to get her out the door to school. This school has amazing teachers who care about the children and the special needs of these kids. This is primarily a school that caters to military families and as such as to deal with family separations and fear of the unknown. The school has approached this with great skill and sensitivity. A wonderful school in all regards!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
I have 5 children, with 3 currently enrolled at Condor. My oldest is in the 6th grade. I have a 4th grader and also a kindergardener. All of my children have started school at Condor. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about Condor. They have wonderful teachers and a great principal. I have always felt welcome in my children's classrooms. This is a great school and would recommend it to everyone. The test scores prove it....we have an awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
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Condor Elementary School
2551 Condor Road, Twentynine Palms, CA  92277
(760) 367-0750
Last modified Condor Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Condor Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top