I love Escalona! One of my daughter's graduated from this school and I have a 2nd grader attending here now. I do understand why the kids would be scared to approach Mrs. Lytle the principal at the school as most kids are scared of her but she runs a tight ship and this is why the school is how it is run orderly and scoring high. We actually like that our girls are a bit intimidated by their principal! They show respect for authority and it is a must in kids lives. She has never been rude to us as parents and is very approachable. As much as my girls have been scared of her it has never been to the point that they fear speaking to her. Of course the school is not perfect and with the exception of one or two teachers my girls have flourished and learned from the wonderful educators here. Very thankful for most of the teachers here and the office staff! We feel very lucky to be a part of this wonderful school!
Escalona Elementary School is a public elementary school in Santa Fe Springs. The principal of Escalona Elementary School is Bonita Cadra-Lytle and can be contacted at email@example.com. 536 children attend Escalona Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic, Filipino, and Asian. 2% of the Escalona Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 50% of the 536 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Escalona Elementary School is 20:1. La Pluma Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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I could not be more unhappy with this school. The principle is not friendly and welcoming to parents or students. My daughter will not even approach the principle when she feels there is a problem that she would like to speak out on because the principle has time and time again made the children feel they are not important and speaks down to them. There are some good teachers but if you are unlucky and get one of the "not so great" ones your child will have a miserable year as mine did. My son was made to stay in school with headaches and was afraid to tell the teacher he didn't feel good out of fear of her yelling at him. He once vomited in his mouth because he didn't want to get yelled at by the teacher for telling her he wasn't feeling good. Absolutely ridiculous! It is very unfortunate because the school has the potential to be really great as the academics seem to be on point. The only real problem is the staff.
My wife and I love this school and high level of academic progress we have seen in our children. Most of the teachers are very engaged with the parents and while the principal is tough she seems to be really appreciated by the students.
I feel this school could do much better. There is a lack of comunication and I am disappointed in how discipline is handled.
This year my son has a wonderful teacher Mr. Brown. My son is enjoying school much more this year and learning so much. It's nice to have a teacher who enjoys teaching the kids and helping them with the learning process and not always "teaching to pass the state tests". It would be great if parents could request the teacher that best fits their child's learning style each year. This year my son has a great match!
The after school homework club is a great idea. My daughter is also enjoy all the extra singing dancing and cheerleading activities this year. Her Teacher Mr. Brown is fabulous.
Great school. My sons both went to Escalona from K to 5th and had wonderful and enruching experiences.
My daughter has attended this school for three years and will be entering into her fourth year there. The teachers are the best especially Mrs. Kalina. Most are caring and continue to have great communication with the parents. Administration teachers and parents are very involved during school time as well as in the many extra activities after school I love the family nights. I am extremely happy with all aspects of this school.
I have a new student this year at Escalona and we have been very pleased with her growth and her caring teacher. I agree with the last review; the office staff can be very aloof many times and I feel too busy to want to help you. The teachers are wonderful though we are looking forward to next year.
The teachers are highly qualified &caring; the PTA puts on great programs; the office staff is sometimes helpful others aloof; the principal is inconsistent; right now all the construction is creating some chaos but the teaching staff is handling it swiftly while downplaying their exhaustion. they are true professionals that hangle all that comes their way with dignity!
I currently have one alumni (now in 7th) and one child at Escalona and am very pleased with our experience here. The stellar teachers are very caring and kind yet maintain a structured classroom environment. There seems to be an unusually high percentage of higher ed. degrees among the teaching staff. My daughter's current teacher has a Master's from Biola University and is currently working on a PhD. My husband and I love this community and we are proud to say our child attends Escalona. She absolutely raves about her teachers and love them dearly.
I currently have two kids at Escalona and a third who will start soon. I have been very happy with the school. The principal is great. She is firm and matter of fact but at the same time seems to be able to nuture the student's needs. The teachers are great and really committed to their students. The new literacy program seems to be working well and the students raised the API score last year by more than 40 points. The PTA is active and constantly trying to improve the school and the student experience. Overall Escalona is a great school!
I have to disagree with the principal review. My experience as a parent has been somewhat negative. When asked questions regarding the school academics she does not provide clear answers.
I disagree with the comment regarding the principal Ms. Lytle. Her tough approach scares the little ones and she manages to alienate the parents. The teachers however are dedicated warm and caring! The curriculum is weak compared to what we saw in my child's private school. But the teachers create a positive learning environment and my children really enjoy learning new things as a result. The PTA organized some really fun events last year.
I am very disappointed with this school. The teachers that I have had are unprofessional and do not motivate the children. I'm currently in the process of transferring my children to another school.
Escalona School is meeting my expectations. The new principal is doing a great job and in my opinion making the right decisions. The P.T.A. this year is doing a great job in trying to create additional activities that involve the families. I would like to see the fundraisers done differently. It's difficult to sell wrapping paper when the entire school district is selling it at the same time.
I disagree with the statement posted on Feb (2005). My son has been at Escalona for two years now and I have volunteered on a number of occasions both years. As matter of fact the teachers have given us parents nothing but praise for how much our envolvment in the classroom helps them throughout the year. They encourage it 110%. I do think that more after school programs need to be incorporated. Last year they had Chess classes available.
Many of the teachers prefer not to have parents volunteer in their classrooms. I feel that there is lack a information being sent to parents about what the children are during in the classrooms. Each year seems to be repeatitive in their classrooms crafts and activities. More ideas needs to be introduced to children who are beginning a new grade levels.