Great school community, but I do think the class rooms are too much for one teacher and no Aid. It's easy for the kids to fall behind if you do not do consistant homework at the home beyond what was handed out.
Amazing school community. The teachers are creative, hardworking and nurturing. The parents are very involved. PFC makes it possible for lots of technology, art, PE and music program!
VERY DISAPPOINTING! Educational approaches are traditional. Many teachers are just coasting - teaching the same dry material they have for 20 years, with minimal interaction and creativity required from students. The culture at school is warm, but there are many disgruntled parents who feel let down by teachers and administration. Our kids have friends at other local schools who have great art and music classes in school and can't understand why Chaparral does not offer these opportunities.
A top rate school with excellent teachers. One of the wonderful things about Chaparral is that it is the center of the community and the kids grow up together.
This school is excellent. Home prices have stayed stable in a bad economy due to everyone knowing about the great public schools in Calabasas. Teachers and parents and grandparents are all caring. Our grandsons love school and maybe the mother who complained should have volunteered to know more of what is going on. Our grandboys have started with K and now in grade 4 and grade 1. What a wonderful environment to learn. Teachers can be emailed and promptly answer parents concerns.
The families are obnoxious, with poor values, the former principal very visibly cared little about anything but herself, and while some of the teachers are very good, some are mediocre. My daughter had first grade teachers who had NO reading groups and days went by when no reading instruction went on. My child is on grade level only because of the amount of time I put into helping and teaching her at home. It's like the hours she's there are wasted. And their "enrichment" program that the ridiculous PFC is always begging for money to keep consists of games played at PE and the same musical singing program at the holidays that all schools have done for generations.
Great environment. Teachers and parents that care. Great fundraising for programs that have been cut in other schools.
Chaparral is a great school. The teachers and staff are caring, and I know my children will get a great education.
Chaparral has wonderful teachers, very involved parents and a great sense of community!
I love chaparral elementary school because the parents are so involved and the teachers are great!
All staff at Chaparral are AMAZING! Beautiful and clean school. My children excel in every subject due to the great teachers and environment.
All around a great school, with great teachers, parent Involvement and a wonderful staff...
sommer harding is inaccessible to anyone but the parent faculty club. she is not child oriented. she is trying to move up the ladder to administration. however after how she has treated people at this school as well as ac stelle as vice prinicpal and as a teacher in agoura, she has unfortunately made may enemies. try to get your kids into another school in the district until she is gone...
This is a terrific neighborhood school. The teachers truly care about the individual students and the parents create a warm community. The principal is doing an amazing job with the limited resources available to public schools.
I think Chaparral is a terrific school. The teachers in my experience (two graduates and one current 5th grader having gone through the school) have been very largely supportive and enthusiastic and I have found the administration to be supportiveWe have We have had 3 kids go through Chaparral. The administration and teachers have largely been enthusiastic and supportive. If I could choose from all the elementary schools in Calabasas I would have my kids at Chaparral. I truly think it is the best.
Given the state of public education, I think it's too easy to look back whimsically on our own childhood experiences and expect the same. Sadly, it's a losing comparison. This is a wonderful school, with caring teachers and engaged parents. Too often comments from parents seem to address the way they think the school should be run, rather than viewing it through their kid's eyes. Mine love the school and thus so do I.
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