88 out of 10GreatSchools

Santa Margarita Elementary School

Oceanside, CA
  • Public
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  • Grades K-8
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  • Enrollment: 568


Santa Margarita Elementary School
1 Carnes Road
Oceanside, CA 92058
(760) 901-7900
Santa Margarita Elementary School is located in Oceanside, CA and serves grades K-8.It received a GreatSchool rating of 8 out of 10
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Pacific Islander
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Reviews7 Reviews

I really did like this school, of course they can always improve on things such as like the food...but school lunch has never been good in the first place. And there were a couple of problems I remember the school had, like I remember that it became kind of broke at one point, and we lost a lot of staff (My P.E. teacher somehow became my yearbook teacher) due to a drop in surveys that funded us. I don't remember any other problems that we had other than that in the earlier years, but I know for a fact that they handled that crisis very well. The PTSA took a huge part in that, sold stuff after school, a lot of merchandise. And I don't think anyone ever talked about it just the students did sometimes , but we saw North Terrace as a rival sometimes. Honestly this school doesn't suck. But that was my experience with it. They did a pretty good job, I hope they keep going at it. :)
I wanted so badly to love this school. Instead it was a nightmare filled with my son suffering and facing setbacks. This school year they consistently used the excuse that they were facing set backs due to full staff change out. From the get go they failed even the most simple of tasks such as class assignments. They opted on fully integrated for special needs but couldn't provide aides. Instead of bringing that to the parents attention they instead provided an aide for morning drop off for good face. About five weeks in I discovered that aide was only available here and there.
My first grader has had an excellent experience at Santa Margarita. The entire staff is professional and very dedicated. The admin staff and teachers are very open to communication with parents. I can only speak for 1st grade, but the class sizes are around 20 students in each of the 5 classes. Homework comes home 1x/week and includes worksheet activity and 20min of online language arts and online math that is tailored to the individual child's level. The school promotes health and wellness in the cafeteria and with a running club before school that is open to all students. As a standard 1x/week they get PE, library, and STEAM. There is no Art or Music instruction for lower grades. This is a GREAT school because the leadership and individual teachers continuously try to find ways to challenge students academically , promote character values, and have fun at school assemblies and at school dress up days and holiday celebrations involving student creativity.
First of all, some of this information is outdated. 1. This school is K-7 and is adding 8th grade next year. 2. The average class size is no where near 21. In fact, it's over 30. And we'll over 30 in many. Last year was our first year here, and I was mortified by the class sizes. I feel like we were very lucky and both of our children had great teachers, both who were used to teaching in CA with these huge classes. We are moving soon, and I guess we'll see when we get where we're going if our kids are behind. The experiences we've had at this school have all been good. I honestly believe it takes a special person to be. Teacher, but it takes a saint to put yourself in front of a class of more than 30 elementary school children.
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