SANTIAGO HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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29 CHRISTAMON W
IRVINE, CA 92620
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Phone: 949-936-6000
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Irvine Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 21:1
  • Students/Grade: 91.4
  • Number Students: 640
  • Number Teachers: 30
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5143
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 134
  • Principal: Mr Corey Pace
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (24 ratings)
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    School Reviews (21 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-29
    "The principal is not only unresponsive to issue and concerns that parents have, but plays favoritism with PTA parents and teachers as well. Bullying has become a major issue - even parents had to file police report b/c principal is useless. Every year the school gets new, inexperienced teachers and they turn over every year, basically experimenting on the students and using students to train the new teachers. Upper grades are pretty much "independent studies" because the teachers (old & new) are incompetent; some just pass out works/projects that are due even before the lesson was taught; no writing program whatsoever. Last year, 5th grade teachers were losing students' works on a weekly basis (since week 2) and giving out zeros instead of looking for them. 6th grade teachers are jokes - teachers @ SVMS already know that they have to bring the incoming kids up to level because the teachers are of "low caliber". Many families have already left and more start to leave once their kids go thru upper grades. 1 PK teacher is known for getting "physical" with kids and the district already had to intervene by transferring 1 student, on top of other complaints."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-26
    "I have been a parent at Santiago Hills for 11 years. I have seen 4 principal come and go. Over the years the school has continuously improved. The leadership of the current principal is beyond compare. He puts the children first. This year has seen significant change and is taking some time for adjustment with many new staff members. However, the children are still thriving. The amount of new staff is due to retirement, illness, and significant school growth. Yes, the school has a great APPAS program. Acceptance to this program is done at the district level. The principal and APPAS teachers do not have a say in this matter. I have written this in response to the angry, disgruntled person who wrote the review below. I have been actively involved in the PTA at Santiago Hills and have never been shown favoritism and that includes my child not being accepted into the APPAS program. He simply did not get in because his test scores and grades were not as strong as the 34 students that were accepted into Santiago Hills 4th grade APPAS program."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-25
    "To the parent below me. I just moved here from private school and I think you need to check your facts. The teachers are excellent and Mr. Pace is a wonderful principal. I had a terrible principal at the private school and he knew that and knows how I watch over everything and he is still easy to talk with and supportive."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-25
    "Don't come to this school unless your child is accepted to APAAS. As the previous reviews, no academic advancement/challenge for advanced kids. The teacher and the principal don't care about them since they believe APAAS already covers smart children enough. Homework and projects in this school are not efficient since most teachers are lazy to think better for children. Even an APAAS teacher used the same questions with ones in previous years, so that my neighborhood made their child memorize several paragraphs for the test. Principal C, please check your writings with your children before you send them out to the parents. After reading several emails from you, my older one who used be in this school sincerely recommends you to attend Mrs. Manchester's class to learn how to write."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-02
    "I have been a long time parent here. SH used to be great, but now it has one of the highest teacher turnover rate. New principal brought many new teachers who are nice but academically incompetent, and many good teachers, old and new, don't stay because principal is on power trip and acts like a dictator. Principal is so incompetent the district had to do a survey - not in other schools. API and STAR scores lowest in SH history and are sliding down a steep slope, while the school is going drastically downhill. School has strange policies not found in other schools, such as room reps needing teacher approval and school sends "supervisors" to supervise volunteer parents, who are in clear view of teachers. Many long-time PTA committee members quit due to low morale and because they can't stand the principal. PTA activities are virtually none compared to before. School culture is based on sycophantism and flattery, not merit system as it used to be. No academic advancement/challenge for smart kids but only praise for mediocrity. School is so problematic the district has already intervened on several occasions."
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