"Our school is best known for our student-centered, collaborative environment.."
Students enrolled 405
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:00 AM
School leader Barbara Hale
Transportation options None
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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32326 Clinton Keith Road, Suite 202
Wildomar, CA 92595

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4 stars
Based on 45 ratings

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August 20, 2014
Wow! What a great school! We are so blessed to have found a school that caters to individual needs. I have one child that is very interested in technology and he is able to present his work electronically. My other child is very artistic and is allowed to complete "book reports" by making a book and retelling the story in her own words...LOVE IT! I love that they bring the real world in to the classrooms. It does require parents communicating with their children because you don't have worksheets to look at to figure out what their learning but I love our dinner conversations on school days! Thanks Sycamore!!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
CAUTION!! My child attended this school for two years and has not progressed. This school is like a daycare, not a school. It is extremely disappointing to see your child attend a school and not be educated or given the resources necessary to succeed. There is a lot to be said about traditional schools. Look at this schools rating 5 / 10 and the test scores... really?! Don t be fooled by a charter school. They are staffed with subpar teachers as well as a subpar director (Principal). I agree with the person who posted on April 24th about the Principal not being approachable. She has the philosophy of her way or the highway.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2014
I am a parent, and I have had my kid in this school for two years. I was hoping that my child would be reading, and be a bit more ahead mathematically, but we are nearing the end of the year and there is still a major struggle. Even after extended tutoring the school provides twice a week. Academically, I have to say that I keep hoping for a little bit more. I was a supporter of this school and the way that they taught, but now I'm not so sure. I do like that they teach about art, but they fall a bit short academically. I have to say that one of the reviews says they have an 'open door' policy. I will not get into too much detail, but there was an incident involving my child and the principal literally closed her door because she didn't want to talk to me about it, telling the ladies in the office to convey to me that 'she didn't want to be the mediator', her words, not mine. I never asked to speak to her, but this lack of concern for my child, combined with how much I feel is lacking academically, confirms my decision to take my kid out of this school.

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2013
Both of my children attend school at Sycamore, 2nd and 4th grade. This is quite a lovely school. Many people who are not educators have difficulty understanding the theory of constructivism, which is what this school embodies. With a Masters degree in education, I know the methods the teachers use are effective. Kids don't need hours of homework or worksheets to learn, they simply need authentic opportunities to use higher order thinking skills. Sycamore Academy appears to already be implementing the new mandated core standards. I am highly impressed with the teachers and their level of devotion to the job. Just an FYI: STAR testing is a state test and if a student scored above average, then the school must be doing a fantastic job.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2013
Please parents think twice before sending your kids to this school. The school focuses on 1-3 major projects a year. There is no homework and in the 2 years my son was there I never saw any of his class work. They pride themselves in setting up SCORPIAN Goals which the child has to met by the end of the year. This is a joke. My son always tested Above Average on their STAR Testing but yet when I would have him write sentences for me or write a paragraph about what he read he couldn't do it. My son is now attending a College Prep Christian School and he is having a very difficult time keeping up because in his words, " Mom we never did this at Sycamore, all we did was play and art. "; I wouldn't recommend this school. His time there was a waste of time!! And I feel so bad for making that choice for him and not being more involved. He would come home happy and said school was great and a lot of fun. Sycamore Academy is a Day Care a place where you can drop off your child from 8:30am-3:30pm expect him to have fun but don't expect any advance or higher learning.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2013
Great school focusing on keeping your kids interested in school. My son actually love going to school now!!

- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2013
Sycamore is a one-of-a kind, all around, great school! We are happy with our decision placing our daughter here, 4 years ago, and have seen her grow socially,emotionally, and academically.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2013
After moving to the area, we tried public school, but found our shy son was not challenged and had a hard time making friends in such big environment. As well, he continually complained he was bored. We moved him to Sycamore and I must say... the BEST decision. They have combined classes, which emphasizes my son's strengths and helps him to grow appropriately. He has grown academically and emotionally. We could not be happier with the teachers and their amazing communication with the parents. Highly recommend!

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
I can't believe anyone would post a negative comment about this school. This school is amazing! We put our son in Sycamore after much consideration and research. The teachers are top notch and very personable. So what if they don't have a "playground" they make it work, and my son has never once complained. I love this school ! To the lady who posted in November, I am a parent posting this, not a teacher. You seem generally miserable and it seems you like to complain. Hopefully you find a school for you child, that you won't complain about, however I think that will be an impossible task.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2013
i love this school. And my son does too. the teachers are great! and everyone is nice.

- submitted by a parent
December 04, 2012
As a parent of 2 students at this school, I couldn't be happier with my choice to bring them to this charter school. My oldest child is in a new style of math learning where the kids do computer lectures at home and the teacher actually helps the kids when in class. I have watched my child go from hating math to loving it. My youngest child is more advanced in all areas than the neighborhood kids that go to Ronal Reagan School. I just cant wait for a school of our own. We need a multipurpose room and cafeteria.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2012
Sycamore Academy is a great school and a great choice! The children are taught to explore methods of learning that work for them. A way that is consistent with their learning style so that learning is fun. The classrooms can sometimes become what I call "organized chaos" which took some time to get used to. However, after spending lots of time in the classrooms of both of my children and after observing this "organized chaos", I see that it s actually a collaboration of young minds working together in groups to solve problems, expand their minds, think outside of the box, learn leadership and teamwork all while covering all of their subjects. Language arts, math, science, social studies, and art are often covered in one single project due to the way the curriculum is organized. The open-door policy of this school is one in which the Administrators and Teachers are always available & ready with an open door and open mind and are eager to work with you to resolve any issues. I would highly recommend spending the day there and see how special it is from the students right up to the Administrators and everyone in between.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2012
As a parent who has watched their child start out at Sycamore as a below-basic 4th grader, I am extremely proud of the progress he has made. I try to do my best to sit with him as he does his schoolwork at home but the real credit goes to the upper grade teachers and staff. He now is in the 6th grade and is considered proficient and is on his way to becoming advanced according to the state tests. The improvement on the standardized tests are good but the real great part of this style of teaching is that my child is actually problem solving & learning on his own. This is better than memorizing multiple choice questions anyday. On the other hand, I am upset & skeptical of the less than handful of parents who have something negative to say about this school. These people either do not know or do not care to understand this proven system. It seems these misinformed parents have something personal against their child's teacher but if they were only to get out of their own way, their child will show progress thanks to the intelligent, selfless, & dedicated teaching staff. Thank you Sycamore Academy...Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2012
We love our school and are disappointed when someone does not have a great experience with us but we recognize and appreciate that this model is not for everyone, just like any model will not be a fit for everyone. Our school is in a store front and has been since we opened. Our playground is a fenced-in parking lot and has been since we opened. While not ideal, we make it work as demonstrated by our ever increasing CST and PFT scores. All of our faculty are fully credentialed and passionate about what they do. If you have a concern, we appreciate being informed and we will do what we can to help address your concern. For the person that posted on Nov. 18th, I'm sorry your experience wasn't good and you feel the way that you do. I hope you find the school that works best for you and your child.

- submitted by a teacher
November 18, 2012
In response to the comment posted on Nov 11, your personal experience is just your personal experience. You're not an expert on the quality of every classroom and teacher. There are people who won't avert their eyes from what actually goes on in their kids classroom for the sake of harmony. Do you personally know every child? Did you know every school in CA is a school of choice? You can request a transfer in your home district or to any district you like. Sycamore is a public charter school, not a private school. The "if you don't like it, leave," mentality is the biggest barrier to school improvement. I wonder about people like you who make arrogant comments.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2012
The lower grades look like they're doing a good job, but the upper grades are not. They have a crayola curriculum. The #1 activity in classrooms is coloring. They color about what they read and write more than they read and write. Their art program consists of coloring, cutting, and pasting. Reading and writing are assigned, but kids aren t really shown how to read critically or to write effectively. They re not constructivist or Montessori (furniture arrangement doesn t count, sorry). To raise their test scores, they narrowed the curriculum, or spent more time on fewer items (STAR tested items). They didn t revise instructional practices, they regrouped students. You ll find the same disappointing practices here, but there are fewer worksheets and more posters (which are just really big worksheets if you think about it). Really bad leadership and no accountability. I think the positive comments were posted by employees pretending to be parents. The negative ones are accurate. When student success occurs, it's likely due to efforts undertaken by families vs. teachers. Lets stop pointing fingers at other parents and support the kids. The kids have to come first. Education matters!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2012
A disorganized mess in a store front no play ground could use a lot of improvement I don't understand test scores when my daughter tested below her grade level after we left. Now we have to catch up. And yes some of the staff seems a bit unhappy. Putting it mildly,

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2012
Love the school and love the teachers! Although some of the school aids could be a little nicer . Dear miss Ata...ah ,if you don't like working here or volunteering - it SHOWS! Nobody wants to see your unpleasant attitude, thank you!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2012
I love this school .We had our son in ronald regan he is very smart always ahead of his class but instead of encouring him they would hold him back with everyone eles. I was affraid he would start to get in trouble because he was bored thats when I enrolled him at sycamore.Once at sycamore his teacher helped him come out of his shell and thrive he is in 3rd grade but he gets to do math with the 4th graders . I like the fact that the school is able to do this all the teachers work together and the kids benefit from this.My sons teacher Miss Gudia has done such a wonderful job helping him flourish .They also get to do art and science projects which he was not able to do at his other school .One more plus Miss Angleia who works in the office is so sweet the kids love her she is never rude to the parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2012
Through thick and thin, from LEUSD negative comments to awesome fundraisers and giving a little man, whom was labeled difficult his academic years from pre-school to 1st, a chance to shine Sycamore and the awesome ladies like Ms. Hale , Ms. Angela and at no less Ms. Stearns, gave my little man the education and chance he deserved. Different is not negative and in this case different showed more educational gain and future promise than anything people call "Normal". This ideal is something I have learned about sycamore and have always known about my son (: Thank you Sycamore (:

- submitted by a parent
June 18, 2012
I absolutely love this school for my daughter!! She started kindergarten shy and reserved, but over the past two years I have seen her blossom into a confident and outgoing young lady. I am amazed at the academic progress she is making and am proud to say that because of the collective efforts of Sycamore, my child, and us (her parents), she is exceeding grade level expectations in all subjects. Every childs education is tailored to their abilities, challenging but attainable goals and a plan for success are all put into place. This type of curriculum is not for every child or parent! For children and parents who require a highly structured learning method (worksheets) I would suggest a traditional public school. Rather than a top down dictated approach, Sycamore takes on a less traditional approach of bottom up. Every child dictates how the subject matter taught in class will be applied through personal selection of projects and homework. By making the children take an active role in their education, the subject matter becomes more relevant to them and their interests; School becomes less of a chore, is more engaging, and subject matter is actually absorbed.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
I have a son at Sycamore Academy and it has been a great learning environment for him. I don't judge a school based on a website that a few parents give their opinions; I base my opinions after thoroughly checking out a school. Before placing him at Sycamore I spoke with the office staff, I took a tour, asked lots of questions and I even sat in on a class and observed his possible teacher. My concerns were addressed as were questions I didn't even think to ask and I am happy with the decision I made to place my son at Sycamore. My son is not behind or failing, but then I am not a parent who stresses about my child being a high achiever. I want my child to become the best that he can be and Sycamore is the right fit for us. He is at a school with caring staff and students that are taught that each of them matter and can make a difference in this world.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2012
I have been going here since it opened.I have learend so much from when i started here.They have excellent teacher,strong leadership,and challenging academic progams.Kids make life time long friends,great learning environment.The staff helps in classrooms,principals walk through the class's and help students.I reccomend this school to every one in k through 6.

- submitted by a community member
May 01, 2012
I wouldn't recommend this school! I had two students enrolled here and feel that the whole school year was a complete waste of time! I feel that my kids actually regressed while being at sycamore academy. Please parents think twice about enrolling your children here, the teachers are friendly but the curriculum is not up to par! Both my kids ending up testing below grade level when they left this school. Such a disappointment.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2011
I have 2 children at Sycamore, K and 3rd. We have attended Sycamore since the first day they opened the doors, We have NEVER thought of leaving this school, and will continue to attend as long as my children are in school. My kids LOVE going to school, it has never been a fight, My son is Excelling and is above his grade level in reading and math. My daughter loves doing reaserch papers, and has no problem standing up in class reading a report. Everyone on staff knows my children and knows our family. My son Came home the other day upset that he can not stay at school as long as his older sister, and announced how much he loves Sycamore academy. If you want a great school, where You'r child is NOT just a number, and is loved by all the staff, where they want to go to school and excited about learning. Come to Sycamore!!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
Surprised by some of the reviews I've read here but then I know you can't please everyone. I believe when it comes to our children's school - you must be involved. Read/respond to teacher emails, visit and speak with the teacher in person. Open your child s backpack every day and see if there is something in there, etc... I have two kids at Sycamore - one who has been there since they opened and I couldn't be happier - unless we had a huge grassy playground, which I'm sure we'll have someday Both of my kids are excelling at Sycamore. They have amazing teachers and they love to go to school. I'm not sure why someone said Sycamore doesn't give homework. We have homework, approx. 30min - 45min a day and that doesn't include reading which we do daily. If you are looking for a new school for your child, give any school you are considering a chance, don t just go by what you read and/or are told. I think before you can say anything about any school you must spend some time there. I ve spent 3 years here I m involved (there nearly every day) and yes, I m very happy.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
I wish I never would have switchedmy children to this schools. Super unorganized, very little (if any) homework. Issues are not taken seriously. No assignments ever come home. I have no idea what they are learning in class. Sycamore doesn't feel like a real school. I feel as though my child are missing out and falling behind. We will be finding a new school.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2011
I admit to being skeptical of this school in the beginning. They do things differently. After asking a lot of questions and observing my child, I was reassured that I had made the right decision. My daughter (1st grade) is excelling at Sycamore Academy! She is excited about learning and loves her school! She has plenty of homework! This school requires a lot of parent involvement and participation in your child's education. If you are expecting to find a thick packet of worksheets for your child's homework each week you won't find that here. My daughter is already reading chapter books, and writing book reports. She is working on a research report of her favorite activity, jumping rope. At my first parent/teacher conference I was pleased to notice how well the teacher "knew" my daughter. A plan was put in place that outlined what my daughter needed to work on but in a way that would be meaningful for her. I am very happy with Sycamore Academy. Caring, energetic teachers, and friendly, helpful staff. Principal and VP are to be commended for their outstanding school!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
I really believe that the office secretary could have a more sensitive and warm personality. she comes off cold and disconnected from the children. Besides her, everyone else is superb.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2011
This was the worst school I could have ever sent my children to. They do not see reading, math, and writing as a priority and when my daughter went back to public school in second grade, she was a year behind in her spelling and had to really work at catching up with math skills. DO NOT send your children here unless they are incredibly self motivated and capable of doing most learning independently. The homework is an absolute joke and once they were back in real school I realized how much they actually missed. It was almost like they were out of school for a whole year. They are also not strict on disciple and allow bad children to continue to disrupt the classroom with little to no consequences. My daughter had a horrible boy in her classroom during the last part of 1st and the couple of weeks of 2nd and he was the most disrespectful and horrible boy that caused so many disruptions that my daughter missed assignments and activities in class regularly.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2011
We've been at Sycamore since they opened 2009-2010 school year. I've been fond of this school since we the first year it opened in 2009/2010 but after last nights Board on Board meeting with LEUSD I am more proud than I've ever been to have my kids attend such an amazing school. For starters, our Board Members are a group of intelligent, thoughtful and thought provoking individuals - we are so lucky to have them on our side. Our Principal and soon to be Vice Principal are outstanding and our teachers and staff (I think I know all but maybe 1) all care about each individual student. They all work as if they don't need the money (even though we all know they are underpaid and DO need the money). Thank you Sycamore for opening and serving our community!

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2011
This school has helped my child excel both on an academic level, and on a personal level. The staff is one of a kind, thank you!

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
This school is AMAZING! I have four family members that attend here - three nieces and my daughter. Two of my nieces were failing and at risk of retention in their home public schools. Now they are at or above grade-level in every subject and they have both taken ownership of their education. All four girls are happy to do homework, and are always enthusiastic to share what happens in their classrooms with me. When I asked one niece if she missed her old school she said, "I miss my friends, but I like Sycamore better because I can learn better there." Also, as a parent I feel like I matter to this school. I have never been refused or rescheduled when I have offered to volunteer. The parents are all friendly. I feel like I'm getting involved in a small-town school, which is a rarity in Southern California. Everyone helps here. I love that!

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2011
We love this school. My children have never been happier. I have never seen so many children work so well together. The teachers are enthusiastic,and make learing fun. I believe that when learning is made fun,children will always want to learn. My oldest son has ADHD and has done things I would have never thought he'd do. I'm very proud of him,and I owe it to this amazing school and its well organized staff. As a parent,I couldn't be happier! Thank you, Sycamore Academy!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2011
Don't let the current Great Schools rating (4) fool you. This is a great school. I imagine that because it is a new charter school the numbers aren't reflecting the reality we see on a daily basis. This isn't a school where you just drop your kid and expect the teachers to handle the education. As a parent, you are encouraged and really expected to take an active role in your child's education. With that, there is a lot of parent participation and an active PTC. I can't say enough great things about the teachers, administrators and principal at this school. The only negatives are their current facility does not have a traditional school yard, so they organize activities for play time instead of free play (which is good in a way as well). Overall, this is a great choice for you if you have the dedication to be involved in your child's education and you understand the value of teaching your kids how to learn and think independently instead of just having them just memorize what the state test will be.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2011
So glad we found Sycamore Academy.We first entered the Murrieta school district with my 5yr. old and 8 yr.old to find it very disappointing. Sycamore Academy was everything this other school wasn't.. Heart warming, community feel, child centered, learning self directive, self actualizing, becoming a leader rather than a follower and giving child several learning styles to best suit child's needs. Best of all is seeing teacher's enjoying what they do,being around each other, helping each other and our children. A place where everyone knows your name, a community, a Family!

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
I absolutely recommend this school to anyone looking for a higher quality level of teaching. I haven't seen so much enthusiasm from teachers in years, I only wish that my older children would have had the opportunity to experience this learning environment. The staff is amazing, the students are excited to learn and the teachers are excited to teach them. Everyday is a new experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2011
My kids have attended Syncamore Academy since the school opened last year. I am very happy with the school as well as the teaching staff. The teachers are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2011
I love the involvement of parents and teachers.There is open communication and a great sense of community. My son finally loves school!

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2011
My son started Kindergarten this year and he absolutely loves going to school each day. The K team is wonderful and very dedicated to the sucess of their students. Sycamore Academy has provided a wonderful opportunity for students learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2011
My son started Kindergarten this year and has done wonderful. The Kindergarten team is awesome!

- submitted by a parent
October 26, 2010
We love this school!!! I feel like I am leaving my daughter with family! My daughter is currently in Kindergarten with Mrs. Pike. We LOVE her!! the kids rotate classrooms working with different teachers for different subjects, my daughter loves all the teachers there. They use an active learning approach which engages the kids. I am amazed by how much she has already learned! If you want a school that keeps education high with a staff you would consider family, attend Sycamore Academy!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2010
My children love this school! Although the playground is extremely small, there are so many other opportunities available at this school that you cannot find at other schools. We love the Integrated Studies program and the Friday morning ceremonies that help to build confidence in the children.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
Sycamore Academy has a wonderful community feel. The teachers are dedicated to the children and offer a respect based relationship in the class room. The structure of the school builds each child's self confidence and leadership skills.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
Sycamore Academy has brought their mission to life since the day they first opened their doors last fall! I have a fourth grader in his second year and a 1st grader who just started this year. Both boys are LOVING LEARNING! I don't even need to ask them what they did at school, they talk about it all the time! Aside from being a parent, I am also a teacher and I know that what Sycamore Academy has created is unique and valuable. Since my children graduated from Anne Sullivan Kindergarten in Wildomar, we have searched for a school that provided an experiential learning model that focuses on the whole child. The Murrieta/Temecula/Lake Elsinore/Wildomar area needed a school that offered a different approach, and Sycamore is filling that gap. The constructivist approach lets students become an active part of their learning community and take ownership for their learning and choices.

- submitted by a parent
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Sycamore Academy is fully accredited by WASC Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Schools 533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200, Burlingame, CA 94010 (650) 696-1060

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Sycamore Academy Of Science And Cultural Arts
32326 Clinton Keith Road, Suite 202, Wildomar, CA  92595
(951) 678-5217
Last modified Sycamore Academy Of Science And Cultural Arts is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sycamore Academy Of Science And Cultural Arts Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top