CHRISTA MCAULIFFE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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3701 KELTON DR
OCEANSIDE, CA 92056
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Phone: 760-722-8357
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 7
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: Oceanside Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 30:1
  • Students/Grade: 133.3
  • Number Students: 800
  • Number Teachers: 26
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5608
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Betsy Wilcox
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (44 ratings)
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    School Reviews (45 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-27
    "This is an okay school that should be excellent. It's not the principal as others have said here. A principal really has no control. It's all the school district. Teachers here seem to just want kids to be conformists and follow orders. There are some exceptions - Mrs. Hendricks, Mr. Cohen are phenomenal who treat students as individuals instead of robots. The Kindergarten teachers are also first rate! There is definitely a focus on fundraising here - It's one thing after another. I hope there is proper oversight of all the money that goes through that PTA."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-03
    "This is an outstanding community centered school. All the adults on campus including the principal, teachers and parent volunteers are centered on what's important - the well-being of our children. My children are thriving at this great school, thank you."
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    Posted 2013-09-21
    "Not a family friendly school any more. The principal has been there 3 years and is gone often, which is good. She has managed to single handedly alienate many families. Test scores have plummeted. No longer are there motivational incentives for the children. The principal's attitude is "My way or the highway." It seems as if she's trying to erase any trace of the previous principal's successes in running the school, hence the school is declining in quality staff, morale, and team work attitude it used to have. I know many parents have complained to the district, but they don't seem to listen. This school used to be as good as Ivey Ranch, no longer the case. Cannot wait to have my children out of there. Many teachers that have been there before this principal are wonderful, but they are leaving."
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    Posted 2013-08-18
    "FOLLOW UP to JUNE 6, 2011 review "just completed kindergarten..." Looking back, we were probably just very happy with the kindergarten program - they are, and continue to be, a well oiled machine! Since then, however; we have become increasingly dissatisfied. When we arrived in 2010, CM was an 8, today a 7. Our opinion regarding the principle has completely flipped: "not awesome" is more appropriate - entirely agreeing with the "my way or the highway" and similar comments made by others. Could this attitude be affecting moral among the staff and subsequently test scores among the students? Time will tell. As various PTA parents have "5 STARS & AWESOME!!!" posted, there is much to celebrate here aside from the principle and declining test scores. The PTA has done well to keep parents involved and informed and there is strong parental support . The teachers are good; and most do very well with what they've got to work with. That said, we didn't come here for "fine" "ok" or even "good". We came here for "great", which appears to be slipping away. Therefore, it is our opinion a change is needed soon or we're headed for a 6... which for us, is unacceptable."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-18
    "Agree 100% with review posted April 5, 2013. Quality for this school has dropped significantly since Principal Gleisberg left and Principal Wilcox started. As long as your child is compliant with their rules and expectations 100% of the time (which frankly, are NOT realistic for overcrowded classrooms populated with the occasional bright, spirited child) and has a quiet and meek personality, he/she will do just fine here. But if your child has special needs - whether a learning disorder, physical needs, or they are highly intelligent/sensitive/spirited - forget it. Do your child(ren) a favor and enroll somewhere where they will be valued for their individuality. I have had a child at this school for 7 years now and am extremely disappointed with how my child was treated this past year. The focus has shifted from caring about kids/families to caring about rigid rule enforcement. Communication between the teacher/principal and parents is lacking. Parents are not given needed information regarding new policies - but we are bombarded with almost daily phone calls and flyers about fundraisers. After 2 years of this, I am fed up and am looking for a new school for my child."
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