PALOMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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42940 VIA RAMI
TEMECULA, CA 92592
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Phone: 951-302-5165
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 8
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Preschool - 6th Grade
  • District: Temecula Valley Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 28:1
  • Students/Grade: 87.5
  • Number Students: 700
  • Number Teachers: 25
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5523
  • Poverty Level: 16 - 29.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Ms Katherine Johnson
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • 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
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (31 ratings)
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    School Reviews (27 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-15
    "In response to the teacher review below: shame on your grammar and shame on you for taking a defensive and reactive position rather promoting a proactive, problem-solving environment. You should be encouraging parents to seek solutions. As a parent who is dissatisfied with the quality of teaching and the favoritism of some parents and their children over others I can honestly say you've just put yet another nail in the coffin of Paloma Elementary. Way to set an example. Where should the shame really be pointed?"
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-12
    "I just have to respond to the last review posted in regards to Mrs. Gradstein. Mrs. Gradstein is an amazing administrator. Yes, it is her first year and she is doing an fabulous job. She welcomes all new families with giant smiles and a welcoming heart. She has quickly learned so many of our student names and recognizes each and everyone (students and staff) for any accomplishment, small or large. She has had to take on this school with many cut backs from the state and has made adjustments in order to make our school fun and successful even though so much has been taken. She has brought in many new fun and exciting programs for our children so that the impact of the cut backs are minimal if even felt at all. I have been a part of Paloma for many years. I have seen many changes. Never have I never experianced a bad one. I know first hand that the only difference in Paloma since Mrs. Gradstein has taken over our school are only positive ones. I am angry for someone to express an opionon about someone they do not even really know and are quick to judge just because of change. Shame on you. I know first hand that all the staff I am involved with are very happy with Mrs. Gradstein."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-12-11
    "Paloma was once a wonderful school when under Mrs. Johnson. There is a new principal, Mrs. Gradstein, as of Aug 2013. Mrs. Gradstein is also a first year ever principal. Her leadership has drastically changed the school for the worse. She doesn't make an effort to get to know the students by name or even acknowledge students who say "hi" to her. She is an authoritarian "do as I say because i am the principal" leader which creates unhappy staff, students and parents. She lacks the interest to listen to others and form collaborations which has elicited many of the long time PTA volunteers to want to step down. Staff has expressed exasperation and wanting to quit their jobs. Students have been put under undue stress by her changing many of their traditions and school rules. Mrs. Gradstein is not very welcoming to parents and has created as many roadblocks as possible. Students need to see the adults at their school demonstrate by their actions the words they are promoting. Mrs. Gradstein fails to demonstrate true care and concern for being "student-centered" because the students are not feeling that they are considered or heard."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-03-17
    "I felt compelled to respond to the last reviewer. There are some things I don t think some parents understand. In our state there is zero money for the schools. Schools fundraise so that the students can have those wonderful extra programs and activities such as art programs and dances. At Paloma we have a group proactive parents who work hard to keep these programs and run the activities. It wouldn't be a small group of people doing so if more parents were involved and helped. I am new to the school and have always found everyone to be warm, friendly and welcoming. I love my Child s teacher and I think the principal really cares for the students. I think more parents need to be proactive in their children s education and if you don t like something then join the PTA and/or go to meetings. Make your voice heard. It easy to do nothing and complain. Overall, my child is very happy at Paloma and I think it is a positive learning environment with wonderful teachers."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-01-16
    "Laser beam focus on test scores. If your student is at grade level they will get very little attention because all they care about is bringing up the lower students. Sadly the best teachers left in the most recent round of layoffs. Principal came about 4 yrs ago and one by one took away all the enriching programs and activities to focus more on testing. A lot of fundraising which happens all the time and is run by a small group of women who can be clique-y. The new "Sixth Grade Academy" is concerning because those students might be very behind when they get to middle school. The information being taught there does not seem to be at the same level of what students get at the regular middle school. Also if you have an advanced student they will not get pre-algebra in 6th grade like they will at the middle school, which sets them off to be behind by a year for math and science in high school because they will be missing pre-reqs. Overall feeling of school is very closed off and unfriendly. Staff morale seems low."
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