Poinsettia has an excellent staff of caring, compassionate and talented teachers. My daughter is going into 2nd grade this year and had great experiences in both kindergarten and first grade. She learned a ton and enjoyed her classes. The administration and office staff is kind, well-informed and helpful...not sure what gave a previous reviewer such a bad opinion. The parent group is very active, teachers communicate well and encourage parental involvement, the campus is in a nice location.
I'm sorry but most parents who think this and other schools in the district are any good are ones who them selves grew up in the district on have not clue on how short changed they are getting. I was born and raised in CA and have lived in two other states and the Schools here STINK. The children of CA are literally being left behind compared to even the surrounding states. TWO people have said below "excellent and as good as a California school gets" and "As high a quality of education as you can find in a public school in Ventura" really guys? My Middle School son has told me teachers will just give you grades in exchange for mundane tasks, like writing a short paragraph of cleaning up and the schools biggest concern seems to be attendance as that computes to $Money. Even at Poinsettia they wanted my 1st grader to attend Saturday School, are you frigging kidding me! My two children are doing work they did two years ago out of state!! They both seem bored and when we have asked them to be challenged it has been ignored, yet miss a day and they will work with you on having your kid come sit doing practically nothing on Saturday!! Epic FAIL if only school vouchers where a reality!
My children have been attending this school since kindergarten and one is now in 5th grade. I think the quality of teachers is amazing and couldn't ask for more out of them. My kids love the school. I also believe the principal and office manager are responsive and very helpful.
Our family had very negative experiences at this school, and the problems continued all the way up to the district (VUSD). The principal is ineffectual at dealing with problems at any level (from serious to the mundane), he will blow you off. Many people I speak with are under the impression that this is a great school. It is obvious to me at one time it may have been. But those days are no longer in existence.
My child has been at the Poinsettia since Kindergarten and is now in 5th grade. The teachers have all been below average and bring nothing new or innovative to the classroom. They have no idea about differentiated curriculum and have trouble with classroom discipline. My child is a GATE student and there has been virtually no GATE program at the school. The school may look good on paper, but has absolutely nothing to offer. Look elsewhere for a great learning environment.
Poinsettia is a wonderful school and has great extras that so many schools don't get a chance to experience. My children have had Harvil, Clow, Becker, and Ditto as teachers. They are all amazing and would not change a thing about any of their varied teaching methods. Each time my child was placed with just the right teacher for his/her needs. Excellent! A+
We have one child who has attended for 3 years and one starting starting in 08. Teaching staff is excellent and as good as a California school gets. Test scores are among the highest in the Country. Teacher expereince and creativity is exceptional. Student safety is a priority and taken seriously. Parents are activley involved in the classroom and a real addition to the expereince for children. An overall outstanding learnnig environment.
We have had a mixed experience at Poinsettia. I have no complaints about any of the teachers, all have been great for our three kids and have gone out of their way to help in many ways. We have had a difficult time getting a response out of the higher ups relating to playground supervision, fighting and aggressive behavior from one student who was allowed to disrupt an entire classroom for most of this past year. We love this school and hope to see an improvement next year.
As high a quality of education as you can find in a public school in Ventura or anywhere for that matter. Very good programs for the kids and they are always well supervised regardless of the prior opinion. I went here as did my three kids.
Awesome teachers but I have seen a steady decline in follow through of discipline problem kids. The playground is not supervised as needed. I'm pulling my child out at the end of this year, good riddance!
Great school and great teachers. Would send all my children here if I could
Our children have been at Poinsettia for a combined total of 8 years, and we couldn't be more happy with it. Every teacher we've had has been incredible, and the parent participation is great. Poinsettia is definitely one of the best--if not the best-- school in Ventura.
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