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Aspen Elementary School is a public elementary school in Thousand Oaks. The principal of Aspen Elementary School is Amie Mills, whose e-mail is amills@conejo.k12.ca.us. 445 students go to Aspen Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Asian. 7% of the Aspen Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 19% of the 445 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Aspen Elementary School is 19:1. Bethany Christian School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 73% 65%
Unspecified 6% 3%
Asian 4% 9%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 18% 20%
Filipino 0.9% 1%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.3%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 20707%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 16%
Limited English proficiency 7% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    When my son was in Kindergarten he was diagnosed with ADHD and we also learned after taking him to a neuropsychologist that he had an overall memory learning difference. We decided to school choice our son and were granted permission for him to attend Aspen Elementary after his Kindergarten year. We are so very happy we did this and our son has come a long way. Aspen has an excellent resource staff and we have had a very positive experience with all his primary classroom teachers that have worked to make a comfortable learning environment for our son. We looked at most all the schools in our district and found that they either didn't have the right mentality or culture to teach my son because they were either too focused on Star Testing results or their were too many children that needed equal or more help in their regular classroom setting. Aspen has proven to be the best choice for us and I would recommend this school for any child in the CVUSD that is raising a child with ADD or LD issues.

  • (1 year ago)

    I'm so excited about this coming year at Aspen. There are a lot of new people at the school but still some "old-timers" too. My son always looks forward to school and seeing his yard duty friends. I can't think of a better place for him to learn. Thank you Aspen staff and vonunteers for making my childs school life great

  • (1 year ago)

    Not a great school I had my children there for only one year We moved from Seattle wa. And it look like a good school I was very disappointed now there at acacia and I couldn't be happier !!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I school choice my daughters to Aspen because I am so impressed by the faculty and quality of education at this school. My daughters are in 1st and 5th grade. Every teacher we have had has an obvious love of teaching and for the children. I also appreciate how involved the families get in the education of our children.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love Aspen! We had our child at a private school so that is our comparison. Aspen hands down is far better in every area than the private school we moved from. The teachers are concerned and give great feedback on progress. The principal knows all the children by name and they love her. She is a terrific administrator and has always been quite friendly to us despite some things I've read on prior reviews. The academics are wonderful. There is high degree of parent involvement in planning events and fund raising in order that the children get extra programs like dance science etc. and computer equipment. Now for the bonus. Our child wakes up excited to go to school. We are very happy here!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been involved at Aspen for 35 years+!! My two now adult children thrived at Aspen and my daughter is now a School Psychologist. My son has his own business and is the father of our three grandchildren all of whom were at Aspen last year in grades 1 2 and 5. I teased my then 4th grade grandson about going from Aspen directly to college and he said that he had so many great teachers at Aspen that he wouldn't want to miss any. He will begin 6th Grade on August 29th reading at above a 12th grade level and skipping 6th grade math at Redwood MS going into 7th grade math directly from Aspen. His male 5th grade teacher was wonderful challenging his students every single day. My then 1st grade grandson left 1st grade reading at a 5th grade level. All three grandchildren love school and Aspen. I have been helping first-graders at Aspen who are having difficulty reading for the past two years and can't wait to start again this year. (It's "pay back " time for me !!. The office staff is very friendly and courteous to all. If you're tempted to blame teachers for problems at Aspen try reading to your child at home and having them read to you. That works wonders !!

  • (2 years ago)

    We joined the Aspen community in 2004 and continue to be VERY happy with every aspect of the school! My children have all received an above average experience with exceptional teachers and two wonderful principals. The elementary school experience is what you make of it as in any situation in your life so don't sit back get involved and make it a great experience for your entire family! When we moved to Thousand Oaks in 2004 we were all very excited for our neighborhood school and what it would offer our children. The teachers & specialists are fantastic the techology offered to the children is impressive and providing programs to the students continues to be a top priority! We are so pleased that Aspen continues to only have two main fundraisers each year to help support the specialists and technology and eco programs. We couldn't be happier with our elementarty school and we look foward to many more wonderful years as our "baby" starts kindergarten this fall!

  • (2 years ago)

    Reflecting as my daughter begins her 5th and final year at Aspen I look back and so pleased that I made the decision to move her to Aspen from another school in the area. School is a place for learning not only for students but for the teachers faculty principal and parents. My daughter's journey has been a difficult one given the fact that she has learning disabilities; however through the years I have experienced a sense of 'teamwork' and 'community' from the principal and the teachers in supporting her success and growth. Every faculty member on campus greets my daughter by name. My daughter knows she can always visit the principal or front office staff whether she is having a bad day or just wants to say 'hi!' We learn as we grow... No one is perfect but the fact that the Aspen staff led by the principal continues to learn alongside the students? THAT is what makes Aspen a GREAT school. As well the PFA works tirelessly to assure the students have phys ed arts music dance and the latest technology - even in the harsh reality of budget cuts. My daughter will graduate from Aspen this year ~ sad to be leaving ~ but well-prepared for the next phase of her journey!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school has the attitude of Westlake without the money. Parents speed through the neighborhood park poorly and make rude gestures to the crossing gaurd. Altercations right there in front of the school have also been very embarassing to watch. Great school to go to if you need to join a cliquey gossip crowd you can learn everything you need to know about whats going on at this school just by standing near one of these crowds its really shameful. Proof in point I heard about this website when I overheard it walking past the gossip crowd apparently it's causing quite a stir between parents that are still locked in to the school for various reasons and very frustrated with the lacking current principal. The parking spot for the principal is regularly empty during school hours that certainly cant be helping the school or staff. In spite of the obvious tensions of parents there the kids appear to be happy and possibly otherwise oblivious. There are tons of fundraisers on any given week and the school campus is kept in top condition no trash blowing around which is nice for the neighborhood.

  • (2 years ago)

    I would not send my child back to Aspen. The mass exodus of parents and students several years ago after the current principal started spoke volumes. A quick look at statewide testing scores to also see how Aspen has been slipping the last few years in unndeniable. The previous reviews all touch on two correct things #1 the principal does not live up to her responsibilities at Aspen and #2 the parents have to work extra hard to compensate. There are unfortuntely not enough characters allowed to write a full review and it is unfortunate that many parents are stuck there with little they can do but the bottom line is that all the great parents in the world cannot overcompensate for the poor job the principal does.The lack of interest she shows at school functions and the lack of engagement to other parents and children is glaringly obvious.I have been at many schools and dealt with many personel and none of them fall anywhere near as short and it's a shame for the whole school in general.The parents and students and their teachers shouldn't have to suffer under poor leadership.Morale is the lowest at that school that I have ever seen.Send your children elsewhere sorry to say.

  • (2 years ago)

    Aspen is a good school with great teachers & staff & has an excellent parental volunteering core. Unfortunately (For the children parents & staff) I am sad to say that Aspen simply is not the school it once was. The current Pricipal is consistently disengaged from parents & staff (From personal & shared experience) & exhibits poor team building within the regime there. It is a shame that the vast majority of great teachers there may not be able to reach their full potential because of the environment the Principal creates the same environment touched on in a prior thread. To say that the Principal excels within the school is quite simply not true & does a great diservise to those looking for genuine feedback regarding schooling options for their children. If you are looking for a school with a parental volunteer organization that is second to none look no further. If however the importance of a Principal's involvement at a school for the growth & a positive environment for those she interacts with are important I unfortunatley cannot in good faith recomend Aspen. This school is a mere shell of what it once was under previous leadership & what it could easily be again.

  • (2 years ago)

    Aspen is a small community school with outstanding teachers that evolve and provoke our kids minds. We are proud to be part of the pfa and enjoy all the school does. It is unfortuante and very sad to see a couple of the poor reviews on this sight. I would urge anybody considering the school to take a tour and meet some of the great faculty -hey we have yard duties and caretakers that could make you change your mind!!

  • (2 years ago)

    I think it's typical that the majority of parents who are happy with the school don't think about coming to this website while the few who are disgruntled get on here and grunt. Sure any school has its issues and all schools have to deal with a lot of challenges but my family's experience overall has been very good my kids are at the top of the testing charts and as an involved parent I am on a first name basis with all the teachers and principal. The only eye rolling I have seen has been done in jest. When you volunteer at the school a lot you see what the principal and teachers do all day and how much they invest in each kid there. It's an exhausting job. And as far as being hounded for money...wow. A school I guess is supposed to have the quality of a private school yet on a continually reduced state budget without doing fundraisers? Without fundraisers and the volunteers who run them the quality of any school would be hit extremely hard. Stop complaining jump in and be part of the solution. It takes a village.

  • (2 years ago)

    When I read the poor reviews I wondered if we were talking about the same school and principal. I disagree! My now 7th grade child attended Aspen since we moved here in her 1st grade year. She flourished and is now a straight A student in honors classes at the middle school. She was more than prepared! My son has been through Jr K and Kinder so far. We are extremely pleased at the quality of the education he is receiving. I am heavily involved with volunteering and I see first hand the hard work and dedication of the staff. Our principal is dedicated hard-working and VERY FRIENDLY. She spends countless hours supporting our events and is not above any task. I believe she is doing everything in her power give Aspen students every advantage. Our hard working PFA group is amazing. This all volunteer group has raised funds to support our teachers and help them keep our kids on the cutting edge of learning and technology. We are blessed to be here. I agree with the parent who suggested it's the grumblers that bother to post. I guess the rest of us are too busy giving our time to make things better. When I saw this I had to set the record straight. Aspen Rocks!

  • (2 years ago)

    It must be said I believe the school would do much better with a new principle. Principals are the patriarchs of the school. I remember the principles I had growing up. l loved them because they engaged me and had an interest. And yes I feared them a tad. I have approached the principal many times as a parent for a simple "Hello how are you?" and was flat out ignored. She made eye contact then quickly moved along as if she did not see or hear me. Trust me I have made my self annoyingly obvious and never have I gotten a mere "Hello". Is this someone that I want as a leader for my children's education? A "Good Morning" or "Good Afternoon" is all I ask. Have I mentioned how she roles her eyes at award assemblies and thinks no one can see her? If she can't engage the parents on a social bases how can she engage students in an effective educational manner? Please CVSD give Aspen a well spoken & dedicated principle who loves his/her job. One who gets everyone excited about teaching learning and school spirit. We are paying these people in this position over 100K. Lets make it worth our tax dollars and hire someone that has passion respect & and excitement!

  • (2 years ago)

    Wish we'd left this school years ago. Couldnt be happier we are gone. My kids were not able to live up to their full potential at this school. Two of my children had their lifetime love of learning destroyed while attending Aspen. Many of the teachers are bullies not only to the children but the parents as well. The staff and parents were not welcoming to our family. The school was constantly hounding us for money to support all of their extra programs. Aspen's GATE program was a joke. My above average children got dumber every school year because they had to wait for the rest of their class to finish their work so they could move on. If you have above average kids- skip this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    Aspen has a wonderful faculty and an incredible amount of parent involvement. Their extracurricular activities especially chorus are almost professional level. A lovely warm and safe learning environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    Aspen is a public school that acknowledges the benefits of dance art and music programs.Their special education program allows every student to be successful.

  • (8 years ago)

    The involvement of parents and personnel at this public school makes it a top-notch choice. Nearly all of the teachers hold master's degrees and challenge the kids with interesting curriculum. However my third grader did seem a little light-handed on the homework for the entire year though it may have been just that particular teacher. The principal is excellent and very involved with reading motivational programs. Overall I give the school an A.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school wonderful teachers overall a very enthusiastic learning environment. My two girls love Aspen and so do my husband and I. The staff is very professional and really interested in the welfare and academic progress of the students. I have met many like-minded parents-people willing to go the extra mile for the benefit of the children. This school offers a variety of on-site extracurricular activities which is very convenient. The school also offers special education classes. This is a really great school!

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