NORTHWOOD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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28 CARSON
IRVINE, CA 92620
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Phone: 949-936-5950
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Irvine Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 78.6
  • Number Students: 550
  • Number Teachers: 30
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5143
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 200
  • Principal: Mr Stuart Payne
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
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  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (28 ratings)
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    School Reviews (21 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-05-05
    "I read the list of the 2014 Blue Ribbon schools and was NOT surprised to see that Northwood did not make the list. Dr. Payne is thoughtful, forward thinking leader, but there is much to be desired from the staff, parents, and students. My child's teacher is sarcastic with her class and barely acknowledges me when I volunteer in class. The parents are very cliquey and really do overgift. Even first year teachers will have a student teacher, so the kids really don't understand the material. The master teacher then has to reteach the lesson. The children are from both an older, affluent neighborhood in Irvine and low income housing. This combination helps form a schism in the school. Most Northwood students are spoiled, often curse and are just plain rude and entitled. The parking and pick up procedure is torturous at best. Most follow the rules, but the ones who don't really make it difficult for everyone else. I have moved my children to Stonegate and am very happy. It is much better than Northwood."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-07
    "My child is in 5th grade this year and probably has the worst teacher in the entire school. This teacher is new and used to be super nice when she was an aid. Her whole attitude has completely changed since she has become a teacher(permanent position) and is so overwhelmed by all the work she has to do. The principal is good and cares for the students, but I think he needs to pay more attention to who he is hiring and should not allow the teachers to yell and scream at the students."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-07-08
    "My child has been attending attending Northwood since Kindergarten and now in the 6th grade. From my experience, there has always been great parent/teacher partnership. The principal is very attentive. It is true the upper grade teachers do not require the volunteers that the lower grades do, but I don't think it is because they are intentionally trying to distance themselves from parents. Overall, my child's experience throughout has been a very positive one."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-12-19
    "I agree with the review from Aug 15,2011. Now 1 1/2 years later same story regarding excessive gift-giving parents and some overly involved parents that make it difficult for others to volunteer. Education system is good. My first child attended with the previous principal and now 2nd child with Dr.Payne. Big difference and better change. My only negative here is the parents volunteers has to be fair. By gift giving parents taking over the power and getting less chance for others to take part. If one parent is a room parent for once class for one child, give the chance to others for other classes instead of the same parent for both of his/her children classroom mom. I have been in the PTA before and last year and this year the main PTA members needs to be changed. We had great PTAs for last so many years."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-05-12
    "I went to Northwood Elementary School from 1995-1997. The teachers are great and sincerely care about how well you perform. They develop relationships with parents and their students. I still keep in touch with them from time to time."
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