All three of my children attend Mandarin Oaks. We have been so pleased with the teachers and their attention to the educational needs of each of our children. The school administration has been highly accessible to us as parents. The PTA works hard to raise money for those things outside of the annual school budget. I highly recommend Mandarin Oaks to any parents of elementary aged children.
The administration makes themselves available to parents and takes our concerns seriously. Each of the administrators is approachable, kind, and concerned for our children individually. I especially appreciate the care of one administrator, who took the time to check on my daughter during the day when she didn't win a student council election.
The teachers and administration do a great job applying the county's character education program. They recognize Students of the Month for their character. They celebrate the students' victories and reinforce positive behavior.
I think it is a fair and balanced amount of work. My children probably spend 30 minutes Mon-Thurs practicing what they did in class. We read together for at least 30 minutes each night, as well, which they are asked to do.