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About This School

Peters Canyon Elementary School is a public elementary school in Tustin. The principal of Peters Canyon Elementary School is Gerry Aust and can be contacted at gaust@tustin.k12.ca.us. 630 children attend Peters Canyon Elementary School and identify as Unspecified; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 13% of the Peters Canyon Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 4% of the 630 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Peters Canyon Elementary School is 21:1. Ladera Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes
    • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 7% 4%
Multiracial 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 49% 34%
Asian 33% 15%
Filipino 3% 2%
Hispanic 12% 42%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 23504%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 36%
Limited English proficiency 13% 25%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    This is an amazing school! It is like a private school among the public schools in every way! Learning is always exciting and "right on" to meet the needs of each student. The teachers are truly amazing and dedicated and the whole community comes together to support our school.

  • (3 months ago)

    The parents in charge run the school. Work is all completed with parents help and grading is by the book. Can get this anywhere. P.S. Takes a lot of gifts to teachers to get through the year.

  • (8 months ago)

    it's a very good school grades 1-3 but after that things start to go downhill. Some teachers can be flat out insulting and rude to students and when my daughter was in 3rd grade here Mrs. Cameron told both my daughter and me that she was so bad at math she needed a doctor. (So unprofessional). Some teachers are moody and play favoritism-namely Salazar-but most of the staff are very good at what they do. Plenty of activities given but the math department has little patience with slow learners.

  • (2 years ago)

    I can't comment too much but I can only speak from what I have experienced so far. My daughter has attended for about 3 months. It has been amazing! The work is definitely challenging and my daughter loves that. She is in Kinder now also the teacher Mrs. Lemos is great! She truly is the best and when I email her she takes a day or less to reply. She loves working together with the parents and for what I have seen cares about the kids a lot. My daughter absolutely loves her and comes home so happy each day. The teacher isn't strict but I would say from what I have heard from my daughter she is firm. This keeps the kids on their toes. They take a lot of pictures at all the events and class parties. I feel so far that every parent is involved we all try to do something to be a part of the class and help out. Nothing really that I can complain about so far. My husband did point one thing out though he said it seems like everything in the front office is too easy. They allow almost anyone to come in to a class as long as they sign in and get a visitor badge. No I.D. required no questions asked. This scares him a bit and it has me thinking maybe they could improve on that.

  • (3 years ago)

    School seems to have dropped off this year. Old Principal quit. PTO dollars are being spent on PE not education. The Principal in waiting who is teaching a class barely spends any time in the class and seems more concerned with her career and getting the Principals job. There is an amazing support group in place from the parents and the front office staff. School should be back to the high level next year with an experienced full time principal in place.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have had three kids attend PCE and all have been stellar experiences. They have excellent extra-curricular activities like Outdoor Ed Lazy W Ranch Math Olympiad choir and plenty of others. In addition the have a strong focus on academics and the teachers take a personal interest in our students. Parents are very involved in the school. The office staff is helpful and care about the students.

  • (3 years ago)

    WORST school ever!! Moved to Newport Beach and met several families who have also attended and agree. My children fell behind due to a very turbulent divorce. Completely disgusted and highly disappointed with the staffs inability to help families in crisis. Had several meetings where I was told there was nothing 'extra' they would do in order to help and I was to do more at home. NOTE TURBULENT DIVORCE(not to mention I only had them 50% of the time). My girls dreaded school. They now attend NEWPORT COAST ELEMENTARY. A true example of and outstanding school. Their method of teaching is outside the box and all they do is 'extra'.(ALL within school hrs.) Not only did they catch up within the first year...they LOVE school and LOVE to learn. Peters Canyon staff needs to take a field trip to NCE and take notes!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has it all--amazing kids teachers & parents. A terrific community using all the latest resources to create life-long learners.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an excellent public school which functions as a private school. I would highly recommend this community rich school. Parents are asked to become a part of their child's education in many instances. Some parents would rather not invest their time in their children and those kids suffer. All in all a terrific community school and group of teachers.

  • (8 years ago)

    The academic program is very very good and the children seem to be able to keep up with the high expectation. It is very competitive even at the lower grades. The extracurricular programs seem limited. The parent involvement is high.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is an outstanding school. Technology is emphasized in all classrooms and there is a lot of support from the families and community. Extracurricular activities are abundant and the quality is excellent.

  • (8 years ago)

    Very hoity-toity school. My son came home with a request for either money or extra supplies every week. Curriculum wise it's great. The pto does an excellent job raising money (go figure) and uses those funds to purchase new computers and books. Peters canyon has won a few awards for excellence while my son was attending. The curriculum is not well rounded. The teachers should spend more time educating instead of participating in pto sponsored activities. Yes it does make school fun but at what expense? Dealing with the other parents is a horror. A lot are snobby and expect more than they deserve. The teachers take a while to get back to parents regarding any in school concerns. But hey they have a great school website.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has very high standards but sometimes I felt the 'teach to the test' impulse was a little too strong. Overall though I was very pleased with the level of instruction and the teachers themselves.

  • (10 years ago)

    If your child is in special education this is not the school or school district to be in. At one point they actually took their classroom away and tried to fit all of the special education students in a resource room. Tustin USD does not care about special education! Go to orange school district! Also my son went to the on campus after school care facility broke his arm they didnt call me for an hour. He had to have surgery! we didnt stay at that school for long or in the district for that matter. It is nearly impossible to get a hold of the special education admins. They never call you back!

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