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About This School

Juniper Elementary School is a public elementary school in Hesperia. The principal of Juniper Elementary School is Stephanie Poindexter, whose e-mail is stephanie.poindexter@hesperia.org. 670 students attend Juniper Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 33% of the Juniper Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 75% of the 670 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Juniper Elementary School is 21:1. Laverne Elementary Preparatory Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Lacrosse
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 68% 56%
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 21% 30%
Multiracial 2% %
Unspecified 1% 3%
Asian 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 23343%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.5%
Filipino 0.8% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75% 57%
Limited English proficiency 33% 23%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Excuses excuses excuses. Nothing gets fixed and everyone ignores your concerns. Sad to say nothing seems to have changed since the 08/20/10 posting Anyone who praises this school is blind! The front office is ususally short and act like you are bothering them. The teachers and their cruddy curriculum prefer to send schoolwork home than teach it in class. The communication between teacher and parent is close to non-existent. Our child went there for K through 1st grade and we are currentl looking for a different alternative to this public menace. Parents of younger grade kids need to be warned; your child will lose his/her recess if they use the restroom too many times! Our public school sytem needs to be reformed from the ground up! Almost forgot to mention that Juniper and most schools are way to concerned with their test scores and the kids get stressed out and are told "if you don't do well on your state test score then you won't move on to the next grade level." Just awful!

  • (4 years ago)

    Both of my children have attended Juniper since kindergarten. My sons are currently in honors classes which I attribute to the wonderful foundation that was established when they attended Juniper. The teachers were always very good to communicate any concerns or achievements. The office staff has always been so helpful and kind. I feel that my children were academically challenged and a sense of responsibility instilled within them. It upsets me to hear how some parents feel that it's okay to say untrue things about such a wonderful school just because their child wasn't allowed to use the bathroom every minute!

  • (4 years ago)

    Anyone who praises this school is blind! The front office is ususally short and act like you are bothering them. The teachers and their cruddy curriculum prefer to send schoolwork home than teach it in class. The communication between teacher and parent is close to non-existent. Our child went there for K through 1st grade and we are currentl looking for a different alternative to this public menace. Parents of younger grade kids need to be warned; your child will lose his/her recess if they use the restroom too many times! Our public school sytem needs to be reformed from the ground up! Almost forgot to mention that Juniper and most schools are way to concerned with their test scores and the kids get stressed out and are told "if you don't do well on your state test score then you won't move on to the next grade level." Just awful!

  • (4 years ago)

    I beleive this school is not great but ok. Also I think instead of calling people should actually go to the office and see what type of attitudes you get when you see someone face to face.Its worked for me and they always seem to co-operate with me.If you feel that theres no parent/teacher interaction then why do they have parent/teacher meetings like back to school night and such sorts.Maybe people should actually go instead of just looking at the flyer that your kid brings home. As far as programs geeting 'the plug' pulled thank the governor for that.The prinicipal does need to improve and she should deffinately worry about the schoold appearance more then her own.Everytime I see that lady it seems like shes looking at a mirror.

  • (5 years ago)

    This was a good school a few years ago. Now they seem to be making one bad decision after another. They latest bad change was making pickup procedures a night mare.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is more about keeping up appearances than actually teaching our kids. I am glad to be moving my child from the area and out of this school

  • (5 years ago)

    Love the teacher hate the staff. I've had bad attitude issues with everyone on the administrative staff. Turns out the teacher is part of the county and the rest of the school is district.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think that Juniper is a wonderful school. The staff is great and always friendly. Mrs. Poindexter and Mrs. Hernandez are wonderful administrators. Keep up the great work!

  • (6 years ago)

    Juniper is a wonderful school! The Principal & Vice Principal are great and the teaching teams are awesome! I love this school and feel blessed my children are enrolled here.

  • (6 years ago)

    Juniper Elementary School is a great school in some areas but in others they need to improve. My Daughter has just graduated from Juniper. She has been going there from Kindergarden to sixth grade and she has had excellent teachers but whenever she would get sick the office would always send her back to class! Usually she would be sick with strep throat or tonselitice and there were rarely times that the office called us and when they did it was to tell us that she had gotten an award. They need to listen to our children more when they say they are sick.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has attended Juniper since K and is now in grade 5. I long for the days of organization and proper and timely communication with parents. It seems that the principal is only concerned with the appearance of things on the surface rather than maintaining high expectations for all.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has attended Juniper for a few years. The only positive thing that I can say is that the Teachers are exceptional. Not once have I worried about my sons grades or where he currently was compared to where he needed to be. Teachers have gone out of their way to send home extra work and books when needed and even alternatives to teaching him. I whole heartedly agree with previous comments about the principal Mrs. Poindexter and the current office staff. Very few messages that I've left are answered. When I've gone into the office to get answers the staff is always unorganized and have been short on more than one occasion. The teachers definitely deserve 5 stars while the principal and support they have behind them leaves a lot to be desired.

  • (6 years ago)

    All three of my children attended Juniper since grade K now my last child is graduating this year. If I have to rate any one things as excellent it would be the teacher's they are all the best you could have. I have had some ups and downs at times with some teachers but no school system is perfect. Anyone who says that Juniper's teachings are going down is Wrong! I never expected that my children would become honor students and I know it all has to do with the way they are being taught at Juniper. The Principal is something I am worried about when we call her the phone message states that she will call you back at her earliest convenience. I always got a call back from Mrs. Bergen but never from Mrs. Poindexter.I ended up talking with the Vice Principal Mrs.Hernandez She is wonderful! Thanks Juniper teacher's!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have some concerns about Juniper both as an educator and as a parent. First I would say that the staff in the office is highly disorganized and ineffective. The office it self is messy and often times the staff are speaking on their cell phones and eating while trying to help parents. Second the school looks messy and old. Perhaps and new paint job and trash detail. Third the manner in which the parents pick up the children is dangerous and an accident waiting to happen. Finally the staff may treat the parents a certain way; however as a staff member the staff may not be as nice parents beware.

  • (9 years ago)

    Juniper is an excellent school. They have high test scores and even higher standards. Parent involvment is high. The school and its staff treat everyone as family. We are moving and are defintely going to miss this wonderful school.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child attended this school and I have to say that over the years it has gotten worse. The principal is not fair.

  • (10 years ago)

    It is so sad to see how this once great school has gone down the drain. All they care about is their all important test scores! I agree that testing is important but when children are being taught nothing but how to take a test how objective are those star tests? If you have an concern or problem you can speak with the principal or v.p. and be told what you want to hear with little or no follow up basically a complete waste of your time. The teachers my children have had for the most part are incredible but due to change in administration there is little or no communication with parents. I agree that many parents have the same concerns as being voiced here. My children will not attend this school next year.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am extremely satisfied with my sons progress. He is a kindergartener going on to first grade next school year. He has excelled above and beyond my expectations this school year. His teacher and aid have been nothing but supportive. I am anxiously awaiting next school year and hope that we continue to have a positive learning experience at Juniper Elementary.

  • (10 years ago)

    My child is just graduating from Juniper Elementary. I was very pleased with the quality of education received. My child was challenged and grew tremendously in his reading and math skills. Juniper earned it's recent state award and the students achievements show in the high API score for the area.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have 2 children that will be graduating from Juniper at the end of the school year. They have attended this school from Kindergarten. I was very pleased with the schools faculty and the method in which it was ran while Mrs Bergen was the principal there but now the school has fallen dramatically. Its very sad to see how the focus has gone from the children and their individual performance to the school and its overall performance with the state and its testing results.

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