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K-6
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Valencia, CA
Students enrolled: 889

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27300 North Grandview Drive
Valencia, CA 91354

(661) 294-5345
(661) 286-4391
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October 22, 2014
AWFUL !!!!!! Our first yr, first few months, this school is a disgrace, they do nothing to protect your children fm bullies / harassment. The principal and vice principal are a huge disappointments. I highly do not recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
Unfortunately, we felt that the teachers my son had were not motivated and passionate about teaching. We had our son attend this school for two years (Kinder and 1st), and both teachers lacked enthusiam in the classrom and failed to regularly communicate to parents so that parents had the opportunity to get involved with their children's education. My son's 1st grade teacher was even known to yell at the children and told parents that their children needed medical attention because they couldn't sit still in the classroom. I heard from multiple parents that this had been going on for years, and parents even complained to the district but nothing was done. As a result, we decided this year to take our children out of Helmers along with other parents that are are disappointed with how the school is being run.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2014
Yes, the school is mostly modular trailers. It was scheduled to be rebuilt, but then CA decided education wasn't important. But the modulars don't make the school, the teachers do. The principal is very committed, but constrained by the district. The teachers are like teachers everywhere, some are great, some mediocre. The homework is ridiculous, worksheet after worksheet, (let them spend 30 more minutes in class). The after/before school care is adequate but inflexible (full time is the only option) and can't really help with homework. There are no frills here, a few after school programs for 6-8 weeks that cost. Teachers don't teach daily PE, it's "desk-ercize" and "Fit Team Fridays"; no one teaches the skills and rules of sports. As a double-income educated family, Helmer's and SUSD does little to help us reach a balance. We all need to take responsibility for the situation - when we vote, when asked to donate time/money. These are our children and the future isn't cheap.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
Heard so many good things about this school, only to be sadly disappointed by the teachers and poor leadership. As a volunteer in several of my child's classes, I can vouch for "teaching to the test" and the endless pages of worksheets in lieu of any actual teaching. High test scores, but do the kids actually learn anything? PTA runs the school, ensuring their children get the best teachers. Kindergarten teachers were an awesome group, but half no longer teach there or this level. Fit team has good intentions.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2013
If you want teaching to the test & running every Friday for necklace charms then this is your school. The PTA, while very involved, is focused on party planning. Do not try to suggest anything new, progressive or academically inclined. They say their "high API scores" are reason enough to maintain the status quo. The administration shifts parents' concerns back on the teachers, as if no vision is required from the top! (Want more science and projects? Ask your teacher to do it!) If you want your child spending 95% of their day doing worksheets, you'll be thrilled. And for a school in a relatively affluent area, a shocking number of parents couldn't bother to crack open their wallets for the direct donation drive. To top it off, the principal honored someone on "Heroes' Day" (9/11) for CHANGING A FORM. That alone should tell you all you need to know. Safety is lacking -- they've got "volunteer" stickers (which ANYONE can just walk right up, sign any name, grab a sticker and you're good to go--no one behind the counter looks up to see who's signing in!) And the teachers, well, they just fall in line behind the administration -- if test scores are OK, that's all that matters!

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2013
Oh, Helmers... where to begin. Uninspiring campus. Mostly mobile trailers. My daughter has attended three other elementary schools in the area (we moved a lot), and she loved school. Until she got to Helmers. Sucked the joy out of learning. Her teacher was not very good. The PTA is a clique, closed to new ideas and modern ways of doing things. We are pulling my daughter out and trying home schooling. By the way, don't believe the positive reviews on this site. Want proof? Look at the posted dates. See six reviews posted on Sept 20, 2009? Think that just happened? Or was it orchestrated by the PTA?

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2013
Charles Helmers is an amazing school! My daughter's teacher is rigorous and has high expectations. The students come ready to learn, and the teachers ready to teach!

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
Charles Helmers is a great school. Lots of extra activities and great parent involvement. All the teachers seem very dedicated.The PTA is ran by volunteers, which is a lovely way to give back to the community.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
Helmers like all public schools has had its cuts, but the PTA is nothing but amazing! These are parents volunteering their time to offer addition opportunities for the students. The teachers very talented. And any problems at the school are handled quickly and with reasanable resolutions. I don't know what people expect from a free education? But Charles Helmers is an excellent public school, and their dedicated parents add to an over all wonderful education.

- submitted by a parent
August 20, 2012
Public schools are all ran with the best intentions on a limited budget. Helmers elementary is staffed with a principle and vice principle that fight for the most for their students. The staff and parents put in allot of extra hours to make sure the kids are being educated in the best way possible. I like to volunteer in the arts myself thru out the campus, if their is a flaw I believe we as a community should hop to and help out, like so many parents already are. Helmers is a great place to send your kids.

- submitted by a community member
September 25, 2011
Good Lord! Not another PTA writing party to bolster this lame school again. Rah rah PTA! Go Fit Club where they force all kids to run a mile everyday to get 100% participation. How about encouraging other social activivtiesduring free time??? Also, the music program through CHORDS is an expensive bragging right that does NOT replace an actual music program. Get a clue parents! Just check out the bright future ahead at Valencia High School. I guess these parents will be bragging about their kids at COC! Keep dreaming BIG!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
This is our first experience at Helmers Elementary after moving from another public elementary school in Valencia and all I can say is WOW! This school offers so many things a private school would offer such as a free running club that just won a Governor's award! They also have an orchestra program and music and dance workshops for free for every grade. These are all run and sponsored by the PTA. I have never met parents who are so involved and care so much for everyone's kids. I can say the same thing about the principal, assistant principal, teachers, office staff, custodians and after school day care workers. We are truly blessed to now be at this school. Our kids love it here and Helmers is definitely the BEST school we have ever attended.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
This school has been nothing but excellent in all the 8 years I've had my children attend. We have a principal who tries to keep everyone as informed as possible on what's happening on campus and is always willing to talk to parents. We have an excellent staff and teachers who go the extra mile to make sure our kids reach their potential in learning and being the best citizens. We have the most AMAZING PTA who strives to educate and advocate for our kids. Our school offers the most amazing extra programs like a running club for the entire school called FIT TEAM and the PTA also provides for a music program known as CHORDS which is specfic for each grade taught by master teachers from the performing arts. We're one of the few schools to garner "Best PTA Unit" in the entire state of California. Despite the economy and education cuts, we still do fieldtrips for every grade and not to McDonalds as one reviewer mentioned but to venues such as museums and glass bottom boat tours in the ocean. We are so fortunate to have this school in our community. It rivals the best private school curriculums and it is all due to the success of being a great school in a great community.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
Helmers Elementary is nothing but the best. Everyone from the teachers to the parents to the kids are all wonderful and respectful. Despite the tough economy, this school is still able to provide so many oppurtunities to its students like fieldtrips, music and dance, after school enrichment courses, a student orchestra and a free health and fitness program called FIT TEAM. My children have attended other schools in the area and Helmers is definitely the cream of the crop! We have the best parents and the best PTA!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2011
My boy's field trip for the entire 6th grade was walking to McDonalds to eat in 2010! Just awful and they hated going to school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 04, 2010
Helmers is a mediocre school that strives for complacency at best. The prevalent attitude is that no student is pushed ahead and no child is recognized for any special talent or gifts. Everyone is the same. Considering how ultra competitive the parents are, they are shockingly ignorant about what other schools and other bright kids are accomplishing. This school is a nightmare for gifted children.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2010
Helmers strives to be innovative in the programs they offer to the students. Helmers promotes healthy living with their Fit Team and Recycling Programs (to name a few) and supports community involvement and outreach with all the projects they do throughout the year.

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February 11, 2010
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January 11, 2010
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December 03, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2009
Excellent in every way. Great teachers, who care about their students mix with a great principal to creat a wonderful learning environment for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Helmers is an award winning school that promotes a family atmosphere between its teachers, parents and students. It focuses on Character Traits and upholds academic standards.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 20, 2009
The teachers are fantastic!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
My kids come home happy and enthusiastic about learning everyday. The staff and volunteers are the best!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Despite major budget cuts, Charles Helmers Elementary and it's staff have carried on..I often see teachers intergrating thier students into hands on care of the school...I have seen 4th,5th and 6th graders outside planting flowers in planters because the gardners no longer come. I have seen the PTA out side maintaining the rose gardens because the school can no longer afford it. I have seen many things taken away from our school and still our award winning teachers and staff continue to rise above thse challanges and make our children thier first priority. My children have come out of thier shells and learned many great things about character and giving back to our community Just from these wonderful teachers..

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Our school has the most amazing office staff, library staff and teachers who really care about our students. I don't think there is one bad teacher in the whole school! They are committed to making sure we have the extra programs for the children, like Music and Art. The parental committment to the school is exceptional, as well!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Helmers truly focuses on what is best for its students.. whether it be the level of education or the amount of fun the teachers make learning. There are also many extra-curricular classes available.. as well as music, art, family functions, carnivals, special assemblies.. and parents are a huge part of the school as well.. working both in PTA, as classroom or school volunteers. It is a big community focusing on what is best for the children of Helmers... something that is not commonly found in elementary schools throughout the country.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 03, 2009
I agree children are treated with respect but that is only if their parent volunteers time for the school, then they can get away with alot while others children get reprimanded for trivial things. The principle does nothing to help with problems, hopefully with a new younger principal some things will change. Frankly, this school has been a nightmare!

- submitted by a parent
April 15, 2009
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- submitted by a student
April 02, 2009
C.Helmers Elementary school has excellent afterschool programs . My kids really enjoyed their sweet treat class and spanish class ,wizard school , film making class and so on...And also has wonderful teachers and staff and very peaceful enviormaent all around. Helmers has a school music program and every kids ,who joined there, can play in the orchestra ,end of the school year. We're really very satisfied with this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2009
The administration and teachers have always responded promply to concerns. They treat my children with respect and challenge them to do their best.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2009
Helmer's is an excellent school. The level of volunteer help is tremendous.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 12, 2008
From what I understand Fit Team running is only on Fridays and optional. I think this weekly voluntary emphasis on exercise is important considering the childhood obesity epidemic we are currently facing. My son looks forward to the Fit Team every week and still finds plenty of time to play handball etc the rest of the week. I also wanted to mention that I attended my son's CHORDS presentation last week and was amazed! I was so impressed with the quality and diversity of what was presented. It certainly made me think twice about the importance supporting the fundraisers.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 21, 2008
We just moved here this summer and already love the school. The only downside is the homework need to have an improvement. I have 2 kids K & 2nd grade and they both love homework. But the material is boring and seems like is the same stuff for all school year. The material have maybe about 6 different things to choose for a week with the same subject for the entire school year. Everytime we do homework, my kids always said 'we did that already'! Need more creative and more variety. Love the PTA and music program. Staff are very nice. I am not sure about the playground rule. But after reading all the review, I think they need to ease a bit for the rule. Let them be a kid, it is not fair to stop them being a kid. Over all, we love the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2008
I have to agree with the previous posters...Helmer's is a wonderful school with caring teachers and very involved parents. Having said that, though, Helmers is extremely preoccupied with test scores. I think the kids actually suffer for it. Kids are all different and require different needs. To base their knowledge on test scores is unfair. I guess we can thank No Child Left Behind for that. However, look at the score of '9 out of 10' they receive on this site. This '9' reflects the test scores. So, us as parents and think, 'Oh, this must be a good school'. Kind of misleading. I also agree that the playground rules need to be loosened up a bit. To ask a 5 year old not to run on the playground with their friends at recess (which is only 15 mins!) is just plain mean. P.S. Thank God for the PTA!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 14, 2008
We are new to the area, and it s only been 2 days of back to school, but I m so far very impressed that my grandson comes home in a great mood everyday! I haven t seen him this happy about a school in over a year.. I have read the other reviews on here about them being preoccupied with the standardized testing. Hopefully they will (as the other posting states) focus as well as the student s emotional growth Only time will tell but so far so good

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2008
Helmers is a great elementary school. The various programs sponsored by the PTA are excellent. There is a PTA sponsored arts program called CHORDS where instructors from the Los Angeles Music Center come to the school to hold 12 weeks of music education workshops with each grade. Even my kindergartner got to participate in learning all about Latin American music and was able to learn how to make and play her own bamboo flute! The PTA also sponsors an after school orchestra and other after school enrichment programs like golf, cooking, wizard school and other fun classes that all the kids really enjoy. The only major criticism I have is that sadly, the administration has instituted very strict policies on the playground which deprives the students of being able to freely play unencumbered in the school yard.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
Helmers has been a wonderful school for my two children. The principal is extremely helpful and caring and the staff is wonderful. My daughter learned to play the violin this year and the recent concert the orchestra gave was inspired! I moved to the neighborhood for the school and I made the right choice.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 11, 2008
We love the school. They are preoccupied with the standardized testing. However, overall the students are the focus as well as their emotional growth. It is the best school that my children have attended. I would recommend it to others.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2008
Helmers appears to be an excellent school from the outside. Awards are prominently posted at the entrance. This is due to an uninspiring focus on standardized testing. Test scores are the main source of pride and teachers are expected to use boring, cookie cutter curricular materials adopted by the district. Teachers who want to use inspiring materials and methods that would really stretch students' minds are told that they must use what the district has adopted. The students here, who at home have many of the advantages life has to offer, don't even have an up-to-date computer lab or ample playground space to run. They are disciplined for running on the playground. These kids could perform so much better and actually love learning if test scores weren't the priority. The PTA does its best to offer enrichment after school but they can only do so much in this stifling environment.

- submitted by a teacher
November 27, 2007
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September 24, 2007
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August 24, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2007
Both of my children have been going to school here since 2004. My oldest child started here in fourth grade and she has had a FANTASTIC time at Helmers. She loved all of her teachers. Recently she graduated in June with the best teacher of all. To any parents out there I recommend Mrs. Ray for your childs sixth grade teacher. On the other hand my son has been here since second grade and he will return to Helmers this year in fifth grade. He has had a horrid experience at Helmers. We have had very bad luck with all of the teachers that he has had. Otherwise the campus is great, the school is clean, and there is a great PTA system.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2006
No accountability! Very disappointing, does not protect student's interest but protects teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2006
Very disappointed with the principal and 6th grade teachers.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2006
This is a great elementary school. Great teachers with great PTA membership. The school does spend a lot of time on state testing, however if the kids are learning state testing material or other material, at least they are learning. I am a little frustrated with the homework packets sent home, as sometimes the teachers assign these assignments during the kid's fall and winter breaks. I do not mind however the assignments should not be due right when they return, as there are some families that do vacation during this time.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2006
My son has been attending Helmers for 5 years, and I must say I am fairly pleased with the way this elementary school is run. However, they do seem overly concerned with the award-winning agenda and state testing. The yard supervisors are overly restrictive durring recess. The principal is a great administrator, but is not active with the school populace. :,( It's hit or miss with the quality of the teachers; some are fabulous and some lack leadership qualities (some act like tyrants, some let the class go mad.) I am concerned with over population in this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2006
Helmers is a wonderful school as long as what you are looking for in your child's education is the regurgitation of facts for standardized testing. They have received numerous academic accolades but seem to be content to sit on their laurels and are either uninterested or unwilling to go above and beyond for those students who might be capable of achieving more than the basic curriculum. The district has a wonderful plan for gifted education but the school seems incapable of implementing it effectively in every classroom. The administration has historically failed to effectively cluster GATE students in significant numbers and instead sprinkles them throughout all the classrooms in a grade, irrespective of whether individual teachers can differentiate education effectively. There are absolutely wonderful teachers at this school... but your child can lose an entire year of learning if they are unlucky enough not to get one of them.

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2006
This is a truly remarkable school with a Blue Ribbon Award. The teachers are very well qualified and caring. They communicate with parents on a regular basis. There is an excelent before and after school program. They also offer enrichment programs after school. This school provides a truly exceptional learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I have several children at the school and not impressed with the academics. Memorize and spit out useless facts seems to be the method of teaching. A few teachers are the exception. One parent project after another is assigned - hence little time for the child to learn basic skills of how and where to retrieve information. This lack of 'teaching' is reflected overall in the high school, where college acceptance rates are dismal.

- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2005
Acedemic programs are very good but very high expectations are required for both students & parents in order to maintain average performance at school. School facilities are very good since it is quite new. School also offered variety of academic activities.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
Focus is on basics -- reading, writing, math. Seems that most kids are above average in their grade level abilities. School is very proud of their academic accomplishments which sometimes makes me feel that academic accomplishment is of primary importance and attention to individual talents are less important. Extracurricular activities are offered through PTA. Parent involvement is very high. Plenty of volunteers to assist in classroom and lots of input from parents.

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July 29, 2005
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June 26, 2005
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June 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2005
My children attend Helmers Elementary and it is a wonderful school. I feel my children are safe and are receiving a great education. The GATE program is almost non-existant and that is very disappointing to me. Overall, it is a great school.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2005
Helmer's has outstanding academic programs. They provide a special arts program and Chords music program for the children. Extremely active PTA.

- submitted by a parent
January 01, 2005
Helmers is a high quality school in a upper middle class suburban area. The school is very structured and this is good for some and not others. Fairly homogenous school with a formula and centers style of teaching. Lacks extracurricular activities as most schools do in Santa Clarita.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
We just moved to the area and this school has been great to work with. They have been extremely helpful, from the Office Manager, Teacher,and Daycare. This is not our home school of choice we were told we had to go here, because our school was already full. I am so impressed with everything here at Helmers I am now requesting that this be our permanent school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2004
Parents are very involved with the school, and the teachers live in the neighborhood. The school, however, is crowded; it was built for 600 and currently has double that amount.

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Charles Helmers Elementary School
27300 North Grandview Drive, Valencia, CA  91354
(661) 294-5345
Last modified Charles Helmers Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Charles Helmers Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 64 reviews. Top