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About This School

Marian Bergeson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Laguna Niguel. The principal of Marian Bergeson Elementary School is Barbara Scholl, whose e-mail is bscholl@capousd.org. 605 students attend Marian Bergeson Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 11% of the Marian Bergeson Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 16% of the 605 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Marian Bergeson Elementary School is 20:1. Laguna Niguel Montessori Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
    • Video film production
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Cheerleading
    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
White, non-Hispanic 63% 65%
Filipino 4% 2%
Unspecified 3% 8%
Hispanic 20% 19%
Asian 10% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 52468%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16% 19%
Limited English proficiency 11% 12%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    After being at this school for 5 years I feel the Mandarin Immersion program has divided the school and will be looking for a different school for my younger daughter. The teachers and principal are amazing and have all been at the school for many years. It is going to be heartbreaking when the teachers lose their positions as the Immersion program is pretty much taking over the school

  • (5 months ago)

    We recently moved to Laguna Niguel and are new to Bergeson. My son attended an excellent private Christian school before moving here and we were very hesitant on sending him to the local public school. I'm so thankful that we decided on Bergeson. It has been a wonderful transition. Bergeson strives for excellence. Bergeson families are so kind friendly caring and very outgoing. We adore our sons kindergarten teacher. I highly recommend this wonderful school.

  • (5 months ago)

    My child is in the Mandarin Immersion Program at Marian Bergeson and I am thrilled with the program. The teachers admin as well as PTA do an incredible job and I couldn't be happier about the education that my child is getting. We feel lucky to be here.

  • (5 months ago)

    Great school! My daught rs are attending this school and we really love it. We had a issue at the beginning of a kindergarten with placing the kids with second language in one class but in the end we became great friends. We really love it!

  • (5 months ago)

    I have children in the Mandarin Immersion Program and am very happy with their education. I am impressed with how quickly they are learning the language. The teachers are great and the parents are very involved. Because this is a school of choice program every family that is in the Mandarin program is choosing to be there and wants to make the program successful. I just wish that this and all schools in Capo had better funding.

  • (10 months ago)

    This is not a very good school and I do not recommend it. If you are looking for education they do not have much to offer. They do not understand how to tailor needs for different students. We had to pull our son out of the school because he didn't want to go. His teachers would "yell" at students in front of parents!! The classroom was not clean and they even found mice in it (I was informed by another parent on the mice issue). One teacher threatened my son and physically grabbed him and forced him to write down rules. We had no choice but go to the district. Now my son is in another school and had no issue at all. He is excelling and is happy to go to school everyday!

  • (10 months ago)

    Marian Bergeson Elementary School is an awesome elementary school with fantastic teachers & Principal great parent participation and wonderful kids!

  • (11 months ago)

    My 3 children are Bergeson Bulldogs and are proud of it. Even when they are in middle school they still wear their Bergeson t-shirts with pride. Each teacher that my 3 children have had teaches a high level of academics and has helped my children to love learning. They recieved a great foundational education which has helped them through in older years. The principal Barbara Scholl is a fantastic motivator. She has created a positive and happy climate which is infectious. Children love coming to school for a variety of reasons. We are Bergeson School fans!

  • (1 year ago)

    In Fall 2012 the Mandarin Immersion Program (http //www.friendsofmip.com) started at Bergeson. We took the leap had our child enter the program and are very happy with it. The level of commitment of the teachers principal and parents is outstanding. It is a lot of effort to initiate something like this -- but there is a real sense of shared commitment and involvement. Everyone including partner programs by the YMCA and others have been very supportive of the program and the children. It is unfortunate that the apparent quality of this school is not reflected in some aspects of the external appearance (which might deter some from considering this school). However our experience with the people of Bergeson has been outstanding.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been racking my brain trying to decide what school to send my son to Kindergarten. We have looked into private schools which can be extremely costly. Which we have already started saving for his college. We live directly across the street from Bergeson and after researching Local schools I was pleasantly surprised to find that Laguna Niguel's Marian Bergeson Elementary School is among the few public elementary schools in California to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Critera Evaluation Rating of 8 out of 10. Also scored 891 out of 1000 For The Academic Performance Index (API) system is based on year-over-year test score performance through a two-year cycle for The Base score is for the first year and the Growth score is for the second year for 2011-2012. The only complaint I hear is the gridlock traffic getting in to pick-up your child -- but I can walk!! - So I'm excited to enroll my son next year!

  • (3 years ago)

    We had 2 kids go through Bergeson our second one finished in June. This is an outstanding school. We have friends with kids the same age that are at private schools and academically they're not even close. If you have the opportunity to send your child to this school take advantage of it. The only down side is the drop off traffic in the mornings... But overall it's an outstanding school with great teachers and a great learning environment. Also the GATE program is fantastic here as well!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and principal are committed to continuous improvement and find new ways to motivate the student body. School pride and parent involvement are the keys to a great experience at Bergeson.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are great -- they really go that extra mile to make sure their kids are learning in an engaging environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    The School might not look like much from the outside but the teachers parents and administration show the heart of a champion. The education and school spirit are awesome.

  • (4 years ago)

    Teachers are caring qualified and dedicated. We have 1 geandchild that graduated and 1 attending. Excellent education.

  • (4 years ago)

    It takes a villiage and the entire school is like one big family! The best education possible is always first & foremost for all the children.

  • (4 years ago)

    The close knit warm caring community of people. The great PTA and Foundation that work tirelessly for the benefit of our school and kids. The great teachers principal and staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    In addition to teaching the academic requirements Bergeson staff is extremely dedicated to helping our kids develop into good human beings through the Character Counts program. They don't just want our kids to be smart they want them to understand what it means to have strong character. They excel and doing both!

  • (4 years ago)

    Fabulous teachers principal and PTA! The kids are proud to be Bergeson students.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers and principal are hard-working and dedicated to giving our children a quality education despite severe state budget cuts.

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