55 out of 10GreatSchools

Palmquist Elementary School

Oceanside, CA
  • Public
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  • Grades K-5
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  • Enrollment: 611


Palmquist Elementary School
1999 California Street
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 901-8500
Palmquist Elementary School is located in Oceanside, CA and serves grades K-5.It received a GreatSchool rating of 5 out of 10
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Native American
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Reviews11 Reviews

This is a difficult review for me. I really do like my child's teacher. I feel that she's doing the best she can with the limited resources she has. It's the overall structure of the school and the many troubling (and expensive!) programs that they implement that are the problem.First, the kindergarten half-day schedule really and truly is detrimental to the health and learning of children stuck in the PM class. They are forced to change their schedule drastically on Wednesdays and it's jarring for my child that strives with consistency. Second, this school really pushes the Accelerated Reading (AR) program. There is plenty of evidence that the AR program doesn't encourage literacy. Instead of letting children explore reading and develop a natural love of it, it gamifys reading; instead of reading for joy, they read for cheap trinkets. Also, the AR program only allows children to read at their tested level. This really limits the books available to kids and, again, works to take the joy our of it. It's also a very expensive program.Third, this school utilizes Class Dojo as a behavior tracker. It would be one thing if this was done in private, but it is done with clip charts displayed at the front of the class. Only a few months into the school year and my child already labels kids as "the bad kid" or "the one always in trouble because his clip is always in red." This is troubling. Again, there is plenty of evidence that Class Dojo used in this way increases anxiety and doesn't do anything to change unwanted behavior long term. Third, despite the mounds of evidence that Nancy Regan's "just say no" program was ineffective at best, Palmquist still hangs on to Red Ribbon Week and abstinence-only education. They also use stigmatizing language like, "On Tuesdays, wear neon to show that you're to bright to use drugs!" The thing is, intelligence doesn't have anything to do with drug use. My brother had his Masters in psychology and his MFT liscence and still passed from a poly drug overdose. Many of my friends send their kids to schools that have turned Red Ribbon Week into an anti-bullying week. It would be great if Palmquist could do the same. I have other issues with Palmquist; but for the sake of brevity, I won't expand on them. I feel that a STEM school ought to do more to follow the evidence. I do like my daughter's teacher, though.
We just finished our first year of TK and had the BEST year! My son’s teacher Mrs. Flanagan went so far above and beyond for the students. She made learning fun, while challenging. Was very willing to let parents come and help, and hosted lots of special occasions where we were invited! My son is now entering Kindergarten and able to read on his own and already working on addition! Beyond that, they have an exceptional after school program called PREP where students can take fun classes like Dance, Musical Theater or Mad Science (The selection changes every semester). It’s a great way for kids to make friends out of their classes and try something new without the huge commitment these activities usually take.There are also lots of events the school puts together for Halloween, Valentines Day, movie nights, etc. to bring the school together and create community! Palmquist is a safe, fun, and encouraging school. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it and can’t wait for the next 10 years ahead with my 3 kids!
Great school. I have very high expectations of the education, but I did not get discouraged by rank number 6, since I have heard only positive reviews. The School is newly remodeled ,the principal worked hard to turn this school into a distinguished CA school. School has a STEM-E program and is a leading school in Zero Waste Program. Palmquist is absolutely sought after school in our community. Parent`s are often choosing this school as their school of choice.
After one year at Palmquist I cannot sing its praises enough. Stellar programs & staff. We came from another school in the district that looks like it now has the same API score (835) but Palmquist stands out in many ways. iPads immediately got my son more engaged in learning. They encourage and incentivize reading with a well tuned AR (Advance Reading) program. Their STEM-E distinction isn't some bogus status they've bestowed on themselves either. Science, Technology, Engineering, Math AND Environment are subject matter I've seen injected not only in the classroom but into everything from a field trip to Mission San Juan Capistrano to required Science fair projects. Students, staff and stand-out parents run an amazing ZeroWaste program. They recycle like I've never seen before, they compost and they have an INCREDIBLE garden! They even sell some of their produce to the cafeteria and sometimes put a cart out on Wednesdays to sell produce to parents. The 8-week long "prep" after school programs include things like piano and guitar lessons to Lego engineering, aquaponics, ceramics, art, hula, karate, tennis, football and even etiquette class.Excellent elementary school environment!
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