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Heidi Swingley

Yulupa Elementary School8

Santa Rosa, CA | Sonoma County

October 6, 2013

This school it's great. They have well organized system. Their staff is very committed with their students education, not only academically but also with their social development. Their curriculum include art and dance. They offer a variety of after school programs.

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July 17, 2013

Very unhappy with school. It runs like a prison, mostly to the benefit of the adults and not the children - very organized and filled with rules, which if broken result in punishments. It's a beautiful school where children are not allowed free play. For the last 1 1/2 years they were redoing the field (don't ask me why) children were not allowed to run free at all. Can you imagine your 5-9 year old walking everywhere 6.5 hours a day? Then in April when track was done, they can only run in one direction! A huge field is available but only for "organized ball sports." No tag of any kind. Small sloped triangular area with a tree is for running/follow the leader - not realistic. This is typical of attitude running through school. 3rd graders are encouraged to report other kids running and "breaking" rules. As opposed to catching kids being good/kind (like what happens at Strawberry), a "Lord of the Flies" environment is created. Are students safe? Physically, yes, but emotionally, students can't bloom and explore, a necessity of childhood. Academically - basic lock step teaching to the test. Little creative/critical thinking activities. Reputation based on scores, "look."

Submitted by a parent

May 29, 2013

I love Yulupa School, My daughter is about to finish first grade and will definitely return next year. The staff is great and excellent teachers.

Submitted by a parent

June 1, 2011

i love this school, anne in the office is amazing. so far the teachers my daughter has had are amazing. my son will be entering kindergarden this following year and we are very excited to be apart of this school for another 4 years.

Submitted by a parent

March 11, 2011

My daughter got accepted to go to this school and I can't me more excited for her to get into this school and district. Dealing with the bureaucracy of Santa Rosa City district was a complete nightmare and I have a complete opposite feeling about this school within Bennet Valley district. After taking the tour, I was overwhelming impressed and I toured almost every school in Santa Rosa. A true blessing!

Submitted by a parent

April 22, 2010

because my daughters teacher pays close attention to her students and was able to notice my daughter had a difficult time concentrating and is helping us by fixing the problem early.

Submitted by a parent

March 22, 2010

Yulupa is a first rate school. The teachers are wonderful, the academics are top notch, and the best part is the community and parent involvement. Despite education cutbacks, there is no lack in support for art and music education.

Submitted by a parent

May 10, 2008

Yulupa rocks!! Great community to bring your child up in! Teachers and staff are excellent!

Submitted by a parent

June 13, 2007

I was worried about placing my son in school because I didn't know how his experience would be, but the teacher really took care of him and I saw his academic, and social development increase at a high speed. He never complained about his teacher. The school as a whole is really friendly, professional and overall well run. Parents are really involved, and the staff made sure my son had what he needed to do good. I recommend this school very much. There is tons of extra curricular activities and they offer a good mix of academics (art, math, reading, writing)

Submitted by a parent

June 2, 2007

I love Yulupa School! My daughter is now going into 1st grade. She has had a wonderful experience at Yulupa. Every time I help at an event or celebration I am always so impressed by the teachers and staff. Everyone is so involved in making sure our children get the best education and I am so grateful. My daughter has grown so much and it is wonderful to see her enjoy school. I want to personally thank all the teachers, staff and parent helpers for all that you do. I am a parent helper myself and enjoy every minute of it! Keep up the great work.

Submitted by a parent

April 15, 2007

The Bennet Valley School District with two schools namely Yulupa and Strawberry have been ideal institutions for my children. I have one who went to both and is in seventh grade and one is in second grade now. The PTA raises money for the music, dance and art lessons . Excellent administrators,teachers and parent volunteers make this a wonderful district to entrust the education of your child to.

Submitted by a parent

June 16, 2006

great teachers and academic programs. Parents are very involved.

Submitted by a parent

April 28, 2006

My son is now in second grade at Yulupa Elementary in Bennett Valley. We are very happy with this school.There are only 2 schools in this district with Yulupa being for K-3 and Strawberry for 4-6. The Superintendent and the two principles take pride in this school district and take care of the schools very well. Yulupa School is situated in a quiet upper middle class residential area with lots of parks and meadows around it. The school has large playgrounds and is well kept. Volunteer Parent Helpers are invited to come into the classrooms every day. The parent association (APT) organizes many special events and makes arts and music programs available to all students. Afternoon activities are offered through the Parks and Recreation department (currently: science, piano, chess etc.). Excellent afternoon reading programs and onsite YMCA before and after school care with summer, winter and spring camps.

Submitted by a parent

February 24, 2004

Teachers and staff are excellent. Great parent involvement in all activities. Concerns are for learning, child safety and well being in a pleasant environment designed for a maximum learning experience.

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