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K-6
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Yucca Valley, CA
Students enrolled: 739
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58001 Onaga
Yucca Valley, CA 92284

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(760) 369-6333
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September 30, 2014
I have had 3 of my children attend this school from K-6th. My biggest complaint is how extremely rude the two front office women are... I've dealt with a couple bad teachers but have had more good than bad. I have a two year old now and will do everything in my power to have him attend a different school.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2014
My daughter started first grade here when we had to move to yucca. At her old school she was a few pts away from advance, she had many friends and loved going to school. As time went on my daughter started drastically changing she was picking up extremely bad behavior from other students and she was getting bullied. My bright happy social girl became almost opposite she even got to the point where they were threatening to hold her back a grade. I finally had to take her out and homeschool her this place does not stay on top of their things I notified them I took my daughter out yet I still git calls everyday saying she was not at school and even had the principal and cop come to my house as if I was keeping my child out of school. Plus their classes are extremely crowded. The bus alone was terrible the kids get picked on and not much is done about it.. Sad to say they really changed my daughter and not for the best! If you don't mind the over crowd of the classrooms and the full of children that are bad influences than enroll here.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2014
Onaga continues to get worse year after year. The Principal apparently walks on water after Teachers & Parents rallied behind him a year or two ago ago. His morale & ethical values are atrocious! Teachers morale is at an all time low! Test scores continue to plummet.

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
The principal of this school has poltical agendas that have become oh too obvious in light of recent events. The staff themselves exhibit bully behavior which he condones to weed out problem students. Don't be surprised when his next move is a run for office. He doesn't care, but wants your future votes. Reference the movie Pump Up the Volume. Elitism is key.

- submitted by a teacher
May 23, 2013
I would like to give a hats off to a lady who works at Onaga and has helped my 2 boys. Miss Trish has worked wonders for my babies and I love having her there every year. Someone told me the other day that she has been at Onaga for 6 years in a low paying job. I was shocked to hear this. She would be the first one that I would think a raise would be thought about given to. She loves all of Onaga kids and treats them like her own. I do not know Miss Trish personally but I bet if she has kids of her own that they are walking a straight line. She is tough but full of love. Our nation needs more people like her. Onaga is an outstanding school.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2013
Addressing parent concerns of the staff, teachers, and FFA (parent volunteers), I can say I have never been treated rudely by any teacher, staff or FFA parents. On the contrary, they welcome any help they can get, but understandably get frustrated by criticism when no help to resolve the issues is offered. I too am a busy parent, but I volunteer whenever possible. I just want to say thank you to the handful of FFA volunteers and the time they constantly and selflessly give to our kids. This also includes the teachers and staff that I see go over and beyond the call of duty because they care. It takes parent involvement to make change. If we all work together, we can watch our kids do amazing things! -C.L. Fraschetti

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2013
We love Onaga! We have been at this school for 3 years now. We are also a Military family and came to the Great Schools web site to see where we should live. We are also stationed out of 29 Palms and my husband deploys a lot. I do not worry about my 3 children in grades 1st, 3rd and 6th at all. Mr Hannah has been more than pleasant with my children and me! He totally " Get's it" and has thanked ME for my husbands service several times which as a military wife, we do not get too often! As for the FFA... That is the name of it.... It is not a "club".... I have met the women and volunteered with them in the book fair and Santa Shop. I have seen hard work and dedication from this parent group and no time to be "catty or mud sling". As for the teachers... No child of mine would attend a school that has a "static" staff. I see nothing but a GREAT SCHOOL. One that I wish we have at every station we are at. Just my two cents.....

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2013
My child is in third grade at Onaga Elementary School and he is very happy. We are a military family based out of 29 Palms, but chose to live in the Onaga school district because their curriculum was the closest to his previous elementary school, which was an accelerated school in NC. I am a prominent volunteer in my child's classroom, and elsewhere if needed. I feel the school does need more parental involvement, but only the parents can rectify that situation. I am very disappointed in the Superintendent's decision to demote Mr. Hannah, our current principal, to position of assistant principal at the middle school. Mr. Hannah has brought many wonderful programs to Onaga. Onaga is our son's third elementary school since starting kindergarten and I can not name the principals at the other schools (even with being a consistent volunteer with both schools and eventual staff member at the last one). Mr. Hannah is not just a figure-head, but an active member of the staff. He attends school functions, directs traffic during parent pick-up, leads Flag Friday assembly, and visits the classrooms on a daily basis.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2013
Hoopla about Mr. Hannah leaving! It is sad that the principle position has been so very transient but teachers and staff need to pull it together themselves if only for the children! But really, you can't give a guy a promotion, and then come back to him and say, "sorry, you need to stay put--uh, we changed our minds", can you? That seems very unprofessional. Perhaps a new set of eyes will give the school the kind of overhaul it needs to improve rather than remain static.On a positive note, I will say that the drop off is much easier in the mornings (finally!) but pick up is still a mess, but that's the case at most schools. Also, in response to an older post--yes, the coach STILL plays inappropriate music for the kids. No music complaint from my kids, but I'm not too thrilled about it. Overall, I'm not impressed with this school's ability to provide a high quality level of education. We do live in a low socio- economic area, so I'm not too surprised. If you look up the numbers, you will surely see a correlation. However, numbers aside, it really is up to the parents' involvement and the will of each individual student to make sure that they are college bound and ready.

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2013
We were so sorry to hear that the current principal, Mr. Hannah, is going to another school next year. I haven't had much contact with him but he always seems pleasant and cheerful and is always out and about the campus. Our main complaint would be how childish and rude some of the parent club women are as well as a handful of teachers. They are not inviting at all. While the teachers seem like they are all, for the most part, well trained and dedicated to teaching, it seems there is a lot of strife at Onaga. People are wary of each other and prone to negativitiy. I do hope that the situation will improve with a new principal or if Mr. Hannah gets to stay he will get people to act more professionally. It is not healthy for children to be around such mean spirited and catty adults. A friend who subs at most of the elementary schools in the basin says that Onaga is the coldest place she has worked at and teachers and parent helpers don't think twice about mud slinging each other. Perhaps if the staff could read what the public thinks about them, they will act more professionally around their job.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2012
While I don't get an opportunity to visit the school as much as I'd like, my granddaughter is very happy and loves going to school. That says a lot about the school when kids like being there. I hear about the unhappiness of the teachers but I'm not hearing it from my granddauhgter or her friends. Onaga continues to still be the best school on the west end of the valley.

- submitted by a community member
April 05, 2012
It's nice to see some new life being breathed into Onaga. This is our last year here and we were ready to home school our kids. The teachers seem to be putting more consistent effort into academics but still lack in making school a fun place to be. The worst part of Onaga is how staff treat each other. If you sit in the office or work in the workroom for any length of time, it's pretty awfull what is said about certain teachers. I don't get it because the ones who get dragged down the most are great teachers and kind, quiet people. So, I can't give Onaga 5 stars or even 4 when there is no visible compassion or kindness towards everyone who works there. They need a lesson on professionalism and keep their mouth shut when parents are around. Maybe character counts isn't just for kids? We hope to see continued improvement in Onaga. It used to be a great school.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2011
My two sons have just promoted from Onaga elementary. They have attended the school since kindergarten. The teachers, staff and administration have always been great. Very easy to talk to and work with. I have always been very active in helping the teachers and participating with the parent group. My children thrieved there. My advice to all parents who want their children to do good at Onaga is get involved. Help out in their class and also with the parent group. Even a few minutes every week help alot. Just wanted to thank the teachers, staff and administration for giving my sons a great educational experience. Keep up the great work!

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2010
My children have attended this school for a few years now and I am not impressed at all. We have always heard wonderful things about this school, yet have not seen what all the hype is about. My children have been blessed with excellent teachers, however the class sizes are completely out of control. There is no way possible the children can be held accountable for their actions with class sizes so large. The front office has been rude off and on and we have had trouble with bullying of one of our children with nothing being done for days about it, and even then it never stopped. The PE class plays completely inappropriate music and I was appalled to hear what was played and danced to at the talent show which was all approved by the staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2010
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January 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 05, 2010
We are a Military Family that moves a lot. We were told of this school before moving to the area and have had a great experience. This is a wonderful school with great teachers and staff.

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January 05, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2010
Well l would have disagree with you totally on this one.. l came from another Country and was so helped by the front office ladies with opened arms...My children love this school and have excelled greatly... Thanks to the offices Ladies that enjoy helping me out when ever l have had an issue. We have enjoyed the last 2yrs here and will be sad when we leave... We have only 1 month left and it's going very fast...

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August 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2009
Their mission is to enable all students to develop to their full social and academic potential within a safe, supportive, engaging and respectful learning environment.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2009
Wow! I am sorry to hear about the last parents post, trouble with bullies. I wonder if you have spoken to administration? I have 3 children/students at Onaga and have in the past had issues with bullying, when I brought it to administrations attention the issue was dealt with immediately! That day the children/bullies were pulled in and the bullying did stop. I have found that you must advocate, advocate, advpcate for your children. This is really bothering that a first grader would be so traumatized that she would not want to go to school. You may want to contact the district as there is supposed to be a no tolerance on bullying, and with good reason!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2009
We have had a lot of trouble with this school and bullies! They seem to 'lose' blue cards and medical paperwork. We are actually having to transfer our 1st grader to another school because she is afraid to go to school.

- submitted by a parent
December 19, 2008
My children attend Onaga and it's by far the best school they've ever attended. Their teachers are 'fun' 'cool' 'nice' my other son's teacher is a mad scientist who loves to teach his students to reach for the stars. Excellent is the only way to describe Onaga Elementary, it's staff and school spirit!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 11, 2008
This school is awesome, i went there for six year and every year was more exciting, fun, memrable. i wish i had never left not only were all my teachers mrs.farmer , Mrs Ludwick . Mrs.Prestridge , Mrs.Schameborn, Mrs.Morris Mrs.buckles and last but cernently not last Mrs. Osharrow careing and helpful the taught us that learning can be fun. There teaching skills at this school are amazing and im glad i was part of that school.

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May 26, 2008
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February 13, 2008
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April 20, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2006
Onaga Elementary School is a good school overall. The academic programs are available. They do have an after school GATE program for gifted students, as well as tutoring for students that need extra help. Right now they have a very active PTA. They focus on raising money to support the extra needs of the school. They have many really fun activities that you can enjoy woth you children; father/daughter dance, mother/son Bingo night. All of Morongo Basin School District has switched to a new grading system using numbers, trimester intervals, awards (like Honor Roll) only at the end of the year. I am not fond of any of these changes, the number grades are based on mastering everything a student would need to know by the end of the year. It is very confusing and not as rewarding for parents and students. The administration is very easy to talk to.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2006
This is an outstanding school with strong leadership. It couldn't get any better.

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August 18, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
We were new to the school last year and found things we both liked and disliked. The days are very structured from beginning to end with good control over the students which was good. I especially liked the way the students were dismissed at the end of the day, in a very organised, supervised fashion. Would like to see more time given to the arts; music, art etc. There was a lot of time allotted for P.E and not for music or art. It would be nice if children in this age group were given the opportunity to explore more in these areas.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
My family and I relocated from Atlanta to Yucca Valley Ca. I have a six year old son who attended an very elite A BEKA based private school in Atlanta. I searched for a comparable school in the Morongo school district and Onaga Elementary was the best school, by far. My son has been at Onaga for 6 months, and my husband and I who are advocates of higher learning, are very please to date.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2004
Great communcation from school about my child. Small class size is a great help also.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2004
We had heard so many wonderful things about Onaga but have yet to experience that wonder. All I've experienced so far from volunteering there once a week is the backstabbing that goes on among the teachers. Neither administrator seems to care about the integrity of the staff. The teaching staff seems to be very experienced but little effort is put into the kids with the exception of about 5 teachers...and a few of them are treated rudely by their peers. The staff at Onaga should truly try to live up to their reputation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 17, 2004
A great school academicly speaking. My child reads at 1.5 grade levels above her own, and enjoys it! My child hates to miss school for any reason, she has attended ONES for 4 years now and I'm hoping that the school can improve on communication with parents, extracurricular activities and student safty. I have to take her to school everyday due to the lack of supervision at bus stops and on the bus. When I contacted them they did nothing and it's just going to get worse if they don't take action.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2004
This school could be something really special but it seems people are only interested in test scores. I don't see teachers very enthusiastic - a few seem to carry the load for the rest. You rarely see the principal or vice principal other than in problem situations. It is almost as if having students there is a bother. Maybe this school needs some fresh air, new teachers to spike up the 'has beens'. Too bad, it could be great.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2003
I am sad to say that my child no longer attends Onaga Elementary School. This school has left such a lasting impression on my child and me. I have never see teacher care so much about their student's learning or the Principal give so much to see to the success of all the student at Onaga. Most time parents get caught up in the politics of school and forget what school is all about. Melanie Sweet knows. School is a safe place where children's minds grow to become our future leaders. The school's test scores show it and I know it. There is a lack of extracurricular activities due to the lack of parent involvement. The school is thus far the best school my child has attended and my child would be lucky if any other school will compare.

- submitted by a parent
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Onaga Elementary School
58001 Onaga, Yucca Valley, CA  92284
(760) 369-6333
Last modified Onaga Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Onaga Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top