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Junipero Serra Elementary School5
Posted November 24, 2014
- a parent
Our daughter attended K-5, our son is in 2nd. We highly recommend this learning environment & are so happy that we "choiced" into Serra. Under the leadership of principal Jim Sather, the school offers a quality education for all learners & a comfortable, happy social atmosphere. Parents are involved as volunteers in the classroom & with PTA. Families enthusiastically support school-wide fun events like the Jogathon. Serra had a x-country team this year, which met twice weekly after school, & traveled to Ventura meets. The annual Spring Art Night is Open House, showcasing amazing art projects. Special events have included: Kindergarten holiday show, 1st Grade songs & dances around the world, 2nd Grade patriotic show, 3rd Grade hoedown, 4th Grade missions projects & Gold Rush living history event, 5th Grade science fair. Three 5th-grade teachers work together to prepare students for middle school doing daily "rotations," so students can have different teachers for different subjects (Language Arts, Math, Science), developing organizational skills. Serra is fortunate to have onsite before- & after-school high quality child care available through Las Posas Children's Center.
Serra is no longer the "Silent Giant" it was once known as. The staff at this school is unbelieveably talented and caring, from Principal Tyner to the teachers to custodian Richard and office manager Pam. There have been many activities and experiences (Hoe Down, Family Film Night, Art Night, Silent Auction, Jogathon) that have made our years at Serra School very memorable for our family. HIGHLY recommended to neighborhood kids!
I am a parent of a 1st grader and we LOVE Serra!! The campus is a very warm and friendly environment. The staff, teachers and principal are top notch! We looked into public, private, and charter schools in the area and decided Serra was the best!
Serra is an adequate school for most children. With high test scores, it tends to cater more to the average and above-average student. I have a son in GATE who is doing very well and a daughter who is struggling. My daughter does not seem to get the attention desired. On a whole, the teachers and parents are very involved. We finally have a permanent principal who, we hope, will provide the leadership this school lacked last year.