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About This School

Smiley Elementary School is a public elementary school in Redlands. The principal of Smiley Elementary School is Caroleen Cosand, whose e-mail is caroleen_cosand@redlands.k12.ca.us. 752 children attend Smiley Elementary School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 13% of the Smiley Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 49% of the 752 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Smiley Elementary School is 20:1. Redlands Playschool, Westside Campus is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Computer arts
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 6% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 40% 37%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 36% 37%
Filipino 3% 3%
Unspecified 15% 8%
Asian 13% 8%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 21381%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 50%
Limited English proficiency 13% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I have had 4 children at Smiley and the only reason I didn't send my 5th was because Redlands School District does not provide a dual-immersion program that I recently became aware of in surrounding districts. I do not hesitate to recommend this school to any neighborhood family - there is NO REASON to spend more money on private education when Redlands schools do so well - I read some of the negative comments and it appears they are commenting on specific events rather than the school - and Yes teachers do not have time to deviate very much from the California Curriculum/Text books and you can blame that on Federal NCLB - not the teacher.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am an ACTUAL parent who currently has a child at this school (have had 2 in this school). Bullying IS an issue. I've been shopping around and after the holiday break I do not plan on my child returning to Smiley. There are a lot of options out there and I'm willing to drive an extra 5 or 10 minutes to have my child in a better situation. This school is just not a good fit for my child and our family. Best of luck!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter is attending her second year at Smiley. The teacher she had for 3rd grade was AWESOME!!! She struggled with the structure of the school and learning to study from the textbook. Her previous school only used hand out because they taught to the test. After talking to her teacher he took a little extra time to work with her as did I. She did have trouble with a bully. But I worked with her and the school to stop the problems. Frankly bullying happens in all schools. It is something all schools face at one time or another. The programs at Smiley are great. We came from school that had very few programs so I don't mind the fundraising to allow my daughter to go on an extra field trip or have a school camp out family fun night etc. The staff that I have encountered have gone out of their way to help and encourage the kids. This year my daughter came home excited to tell me the school was offering free guitar lessons and she will learn gardening. Parents who have children in Smiley should be grateful to the staff and help them to encourage their kids. Not Many schools put out the extra effort that Smiley does.

  • (3 years ago)

    my grandson brought home a spelling test that he CLEARLY failed and sitting at the bottom of the test was an"A"! I think out of 10 words there were actually 3 correct. How is that passing?? that happened two times during the year.!! tHERE ARE ONLY A SELECT FEW THAT ACTUALLY CARE ABOUT THE STUDENTS!!. My Grandson's teacher has actually told him that "He don't really care". What a thing to tell your students. Communication with some of the teachers is non-exsistent. Notes go in to teachers but nothing comes back. Un-happy parent!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    If you can avoid it I wouldn't send your child to this school. There is constantly a push for fundraising activities yet it seems nothing ever improves or gets updated. The staff are lacking training and empathy for the children. A teacher even commented to me about being constrained by testing requirements and not having the room to make learning fun for the kids. Very robotic with only a couple of teachers that truly give the impression that they care about their kids. A child was curled up under a desk in the office one day in the fetal position. When I pointed it out to the office staff they rolled their eyes and just said "I know!" They can't be bothered with children needing a little extra. It could be so much more than it is and there is no desire to make anything any better. It's just sad!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is not one I would ever choose to send my child to. From bullying on the play ground to harassment from teachers and faculty I cant wait to get my child out of here. If I could home school I would and almost want to quit my job to do so. I wouldn't recommend this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Mr. Cloutier was the best teacher ever!! My daughter was in his class in 1st and 2nd grade.. I say Smiley is the best elem. school here in Redlands.

  • (6 years ago)

    My oldest just finished her 5th grade year and it was a great experience for her. I'm very happy for the five years she spent there and how that she is moving on to Cope Middle school I now have a 5 year old starting Kindergarten at Smiley.

  • (6 years ago)

    We are so blessed to have such outstanding teachers here at Smiley! It really is the best of all the Redlands schools!

  • (6 years ago)

    This was my daughter's 1st year of elementary school. She learnt a lot at Smiley and was encouraged to learn. Her teacher had some behaviorally challenging students but the teacher worked very hard to make sure nobody was left behind. Also that no student was too bored because some student's required extra attention. My daughter enjoyed her 1st year of school and is looking forward to starting grade 2 at Smiley.

  • (7 years ago)

    Mr Flynn at Smiley was the best teacher ever.. My little girl had him and my little boy.. He's very sweet to the kids and does a great job teaching them.. I would just say that if your going to be on B track and your child is going to be in first grade you would want him as your teacher.. Mr Flynn you'll always be remembered and I don't think my kids will ever stop talking about what a wonderful teacher you are.. Keep up the good work ever kid will talk about how wonderful you are always.... Tracy Valencia

  • (8 years ago)

    My children both attended Smiley from kinder through 6th grade. They had excellent teachers. Smiley is a great place to begin school! There is a good level of parental involvement from helping out in the classroom to the annual Halloween Carnival which my children and I go to every year. I highly recommend Smiley!

  • (8 years ago)

    Both my kids go to Smiley. I am very impressed by the quality of education. The teachers have constantly encouraged my kids to perform better and are also very caring.

  • (8 years ago)

    First the pluses- several of the teachers are truly exceptional especially Mr. Peplow (we love him) Mrs. Pettigrew and Mrs. Morris. The school really stresses parental involvement and has a great PTA in place. The minuses- so much parental involvement can make working parents feel left out the admin staff is very rude and distant. I think Smiley is historically a great school but I have real concerns with the direction it is headed. I plan on trying out other options next year!

  • (9 years ago)

    My son's 3rd grade experience at this school was so awful that we ended up pulling him mid-year and homeschooling him. His self esteem plummeted and he went from being top of his class in math (for 1st & 2nd grade) to getting a C. We were averaging 2-3 hours of homework a day and he came to dread school so much that he became very depressed. He also experienced bullying. I would not recomment this school to anyone.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is great for children looking for a bright and fun future. With hands on learning and fun activities your child is sure to love it. Although it is a bit old and may need some renovation.

  • (9 years ago)

    Standard academic program. Excelent music level. Very high level of parent involvement.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter has had some wonderful teachers at this school especially Mr. Peplow. Because of him my daughter is now self confidence in her reading ability and loves to do it! Smiley Elem. get's an overall B+ however Mr. Peplow get's an A+

  • (10 years ago)

    Smiley is a wonderful school that provides an excellent balance of curriculum and developmental experiences for all children. The Accelerated Reader program has helped my children become eager readers. The school has a great base of volunteers and the teachers work so hard to help the children become successful. It's a special place where everyone works so well together for the kids.

  • (10 years ago)

    Smiley has helped my son become more involved with his academics. He has more confidence with independent reading math skills and has a new interest in science. He has been at Smiley for one year and really enjoys going each morning. Great School!

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