Unsatisfactory on most levels. The office staff is sub-par the principal is a joke. The very first PTA meeting was entirely in Spanish which would have been fine except that there was no translation to English at all. The lack of enthusiasm in the principal's voice alone should have been a red flag to me that the passion necessary to run an exceptional school was lacking entirely. If she is not excited about her school how can others be???
Richard Henry Dana Elementary School is a public elementary school in Dana Point. The principal of Richard Henry Dana Elementary School is Christina Portillo, whose e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. 412 children attend Richard Henry Dana Elementary School and identify mostly as Unspecified, Hispanic, and Multiracial. 59% of the Richard Henry Dana Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 76% of the 412 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Richard Henry Dana Elementary School is 18:1. Richard Henry Dana Exceptional Needs School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.5%||0.3%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0%||52468%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||76%||19%|
|Limited English proficiency||59%||12%|
What shame such a wonderful neihborhood has such a poorly ran school. My children went there last year and it was a bad experience. The two main problems are the principal and the lack of parent involvement. The lack of communication from administration was frustrating to parents AND teachers. Mrs. Paradise Mr. Scholl and Mrs Fiorenza are FANTASTIC teachers and if it were not for them we would have left long ago. Thankfully my kids will be at a new school next year.
I was a teacher at R.H. Dana ENF a special education program adjacent to RH Dana. I had the opportunity to work with staff and students there for integration activities with my students. I saw a very rich environment which did well to meet the needs of the different cultures represented there. The teachers there had very creative methods of instruction including a reading lab that allowed for some of my students to be able to participate with their peers. The music program was awesome and it really gave students interested in the arts the opportunity to participate and express themselves through the music. There were also a variety of extracurricular activities to provide enrichment activities for all atudents.
R.H. Dana Elementary has a great team of teachers staff and parents. Both of my children have thrived there!
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