44 out of 10GreatSchools

Nichols Elementary School

Oceanside, CA
  • Public
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  • Grades K-5
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  • Enrollment: 616


Nichols Elementary School
4250 Old Grove Road
Oceanside, CA 92057
(760) 901-7400
Nichols Elementary School is located in Oceanside, CA and serves grades K-5.It received a GreatSchool rating of 4 out of 10
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Reviews28 Reviews

From private to public schools. 2016/2017No stability! My child’s 5th grade year was anything but stable. His classroom had at least 4 to 5 different substitute teachers after his teacher went out for surgery, and that’s not including the school based resource teacher and principal. On his second trimester progress report, there was not a teacher who could really evaluate what his progress has been, and what areas he may need improvement in, because the different teachers were not there long enough to get a since of what each child could do/or not do. During his promotion ceremony, the students in other 5th grade classes had an award given to each student for meeting all standards. Each student who met the standards had their names called, and they stood up. Not one of my child’s classmates, nor my child, names were called. It was clear to see from the audience’s perspective that the students who received awards were sitting on the right side all had consistency in their classrooms. So, if the students on the left did not receive awards, did they not meet the standards, and if that is the case, are they ready to be promoted? All I can say is where ever these students go to school for their 6th grade year, I hope their 4th grade year of learning will hold up in 6th grade because they lost a whole year, and now it’s time to catch up.Shame on you Principal
The education and staff here has been of high value and my kindergartener has learned many good things and advanced greatly this year. With that said, the approved reading needs to be looked at. My child has brought home books used as social conditioning tools that are meant to desensitize towards homosexuality. I prefer to teach my 6 year old about such things at a later date and it is not right that the school would purposely allow this. I will be complaining to the district tomorrow.
Our experience with Nichols Elementary has been pretty good! I think you get out of it, what you put in! There are many families that may not have the time to put in the extra time needed to bring their little one up to state standards, or whatever it may be. I have volunteered as much as possible and this dramatically helped the students move along. Last year one of the first-grade classes had gotten further than they ever had with their sight words (only 2 out of 24) did not complete the very last list of words (which were now 2nd-grade words); but with another week of school, they likely ALL would have done it! It makes a difference the amount of time and energy put into the children. There are many more demands and requirements expected of today's children than when I was in school, which now requires more work. Nichols Elementary is a school that may have more non-English speaking (as their first language) and lower-incomed families which will skew the scores. But I don't think this should be a measure to redirect your child if you live within this school district. Ms. Galloway (the principal) is very conscious of the scores and levels that all the children are at. She is striving to raise them every trimester. Communications are improving between parent and teacher, and school staff and parents. The environment at the school is very goal oriented, forward thinking, character building, respectful, a place of great learning and opportunity to enrich different aspects of every child's life. Take a walk-through of the school, talk with parents that have children attending, then decide. Numbers are just that numbers. What makes a person successful in life, isn't always the number.
My son absolutely loves going here. His teachers have been engaged and caring. My son and I work after school on homework, and we do extra, but his teachers have definitely helped him along, and he has been doing great.
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