SAN JUAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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31642 EL CAMINO REAL
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, CA 92675
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Phone: 949-493-4533
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 5
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: Capistrano Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 27:1
  • Students/Grade: 123.3
  • Number Students: 740
  • Number Teachers: 27
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5051
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Silvia Pule
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • 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 (17 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (22 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-31
    "SJE is a wonderful School. I read the "drama queen" review and felt it was completely wrong, thus my follow up post. To explain, SJE is a split community school. Half of the kids are locals and the other half are all around the district. It is a Dual Immersion School, for Spanish Speakers to learn English and English Learners to learn Spanish. The Principle, Silvia Pule is awesome! Each teacher we have had has been exceptional. The program is more challenging because its mainly Spanish for my kids all day long. Math is in Spanish, History, etc - all in Spanish. They have a great music program and active parents who want to be involved. I've found it amazing that each teacher has been such a great fit for each of our children. I wouldn't change it. This school is not for everyone, only those who want a challenging and stimulating education environment. If your child has dissolute issues and doesn't do homework or the parents are too busy to get involved with the school/child, then this is not for them. A Dad with 4 kids who have gone to SJE."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-03-19
    "My Daughter goes to this school. She is the only white child out of 34 kids in a fifth grade class. Wh had been to another school in the district and had gone throught a pretty bad bullying incident with 12 girls. I thought that San Juan would be a caring and nice, safe place for my daughter. It turned out to be the worst decision of my life. All of the hispanic children are truly horrible to my daughter, they tease her, yell obsenities in Spanish to her, they shout: " We hate Germans", to her, they refuse to sit with her at lunch, they come up to her and say you have NO friends, then they whisper to her "We are gonna tell on you" and they say this over and over. This has gone on everyday all day for six months. When after six months I did finally complain, the teacher whose name I will not mention told my daughter your Mother is a " Drama Queen". I fear everyday my daughter will be hurt by the 34 kids in her class. I have no support by the teacher, principal or the administration in general. This is the public school system. The principal, teachers and people in the office all gain up on the parents if they complaim. So basically I have no where to turn."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-12-12
    "My daughter is in 1st grade at SJES and we love it. The API scores are above the state mandated 800, and growing. My daughter also did two years of preschool on this site as well in a bilingual setting. I think she would be bored in an English only school. She loves her teachers and is one of the top in her class. Her math skills are great! Love it here!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-05-19
    "This school is truly amazing. Traditionally, children involved in dual immersion will tend to have lower test scores in the beginning years, but by high school they end up far more advanced (on average) than their peers. My husband was involved in Spanish immersion when he was young, and every single person from his class went on to gain professional degrees (doctor's, dentists, lawyers, etc). Learning a second language is very beneficial, and will give your student an advantage when applying to colleges. With regards to San Juan, my husband initially had to talk me into going with this alternative education route, but I could not be happier. Senora Pule is outstanding. She is always out on the campus speaking with parents and children. The students love her, and she very strongly emphasizes building good character, integrity, community involvement, and every other good characteristic you would hope your child could develop. The teachers are highly qualified and provide challenging curriculum. Parents are very friendly and work hard to help the school in every way they can. I love that my children can still experience culture and diversity on a daily basis."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2011-05-19
    "Teachers at San Juan are wonderful. The bilingual experience is so unique. In Kinder., they speak only Spanish to the students (except for the one hour a day they go to another teacher for English class). Each year, they increase the amount of English spoken and decrease Spanish until they are getting about 50/50 (correct me if I am wrong on this). We worried about sending our son to Kindergarten in general, because he could already read, write, add, subtract, etc. We thought he would be bored and act out as a result of this. Fortunately, we found San Juan, which challenges him on a daily basis because he is learning a new language in addition to being taught the Kindergarten basics. Curriculum is amazing -- within the first 3 months he could read and write in Spanish, understand almost everything the teacher said, and could speak using small phrases. These little children pick up the Spanish so quickly! And their accents sound authentic, because they are learning at such a young age. I love running into people who speak Spanish and watching my young son speak with them. They look so surprised every time. San Juan is a great school. You won't be disappointed."
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