Sorry I cannot give a higher rating this school is average. The principal is not very involved or very informed of things that are going on on campus.She comes to school 10 min before classes start and leaves shortly after classes are over.
Teachers are not very unified as teachers they tend to stick together as "clicks" horrible example for the kids especially the middle school aged ones.Yes, they talk about each other.
There has been a surge of discipline issues at this school. This school has recently become an IB school which means they just get that title, they do nothing to really reflect IB learning, thinking etc except say it at assemblies. And as far as Technology & Arts they should drop that part of the name, there is nothing techy about the school most, if not all, schools in the district have laptop & iPad carts too, they dumped Apple Laptop program too. No field trips as promised by the 7th gr teacher last year, so nothing for 8th. As for Arts school pays for meet the masters to come to the school,most kids don't like it and it is expensive, teachers don't always teach the lesson that was taught to them, another waste of money,
there might be some after school stuff but you'll have to pay for it. There is a good, great number of high performing students, but if your kid needs extra help forget it they'll sink. There is a "study skills" class for 7th & 8th graders but they usually stick the discipline kids there with a teacher, easy class for him/her nice gig right? I feel the principal is too comfortable with her job there she is always sitting at her desk on the phone(personal call) or talking about her family or other school admin/employees she should really be reminded that she is in charge of the school and should start taking more pride in her position as a leader. Front office staff is always friendly and informed, always helpful.Overall this is an ok school there is nothing stimulating going on here, no one is going above and beyond.
Principal and vice principal are very rude and obnoxious. Especially to new students. They do not consider aspects of new students and their needs. The vice principal is incompetent as well as some of their teachers. School is ok if you like slow growth of your childs educational progress. I regret removing my children from their old school because of financial difficulties. My children are still ok because i teach them that its not the school -that the student has to adapt. But this school needs to get fixed in every way from teachers to principals.
My sons attend Ybarra and they truly enjoy school. They love reading, math, and learning. Thet get excited about the many school activities such as Pajama Day and Math Night. We also love the performance aspect of the curriculum. Each grade level performs once during the year for their parents. This prepares them for the presentation aspect of the education. The principal is extremely positive and supportive. The teachers are awesome and work extremely hard for the children. As a parent, I am highly pleased with Ybarra.
I love this school. My was in the school few years before and now my daughter is a first grader. I like their academic performance. And their classroom size is only 20, fantastic. and stuff there are super!
My son started kinder in 2008, his teacher was extremely supportive. She comunicated with me almost daily, and was welcoming when I popped in unannounced. Thank you! She worked hard to get the kids on level. Hard work pays off. The administration is organized and professional.