Keith Rushing

Carmel River Elementary School10

Carmel, CA | Monterey County

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November 23, 2014


My grandson is blessed to have the best team of teachers I have ever seen. I was an educator for 30 years and have never experienced such a high level of positivity and support for students.

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October 4, 2014


I am not giving this school a rating. I agree with the previous person's comment. The principal does not treat newcomers well.

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October 1, 2014


My family had to move a few times during my daughter's elementary school, and Carmel River School is the worst school we had ever seen. Bulling and favoritism are big issues at school. Principal Jay Marden has an attitude "take it or leave it". The school counselor Veronica Craft is not familiar with Ethical Standards for American School Counselors. We had to visit family phycologist after Veronica Craft 'talked' to her. Overall, the school environment is not healthy. There are so many schools around there which are much better in terms of environment, academic achievements and quality of teaching.

Submitted by a parent

May 25, 2013


River School is beyond amazing in all aspects. The fair, and intelligent leadership of Principal Jay Marden sets the tone of the school. Teachers are incredible! My child has computer lab, music, PE twice a week (although wish it was 5 days), science, and Spanish. There is a real sense of community between the parents and a lot of involvement. Could not be better. I have one child that went from kinder through 5th and my second is on her way to third grade.

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February 2, 2012


I am a student at River School and this is my 2nd year here after moving from another city. I came here at the beginning of 3rd grade. The education is great and people are very welcoming. Overall the school is great but WAY to much homework. In my experience some of the homework assignments are more difficult than what we do in school.

June 27, 2011


We have traveled all over the U.S./overseas, due to my job, and found Carmel River Elementary School to be top-notch in every aspect. The school truly focuses on building fundamental skill and provides an atmosphere of learning and enrichment. Excellent support from the community and PTA to enable students to experience extracurricular activities, which are truly out-of-this world! By far, one of the best elementary school in California and the U.S.

Submitted by a parent

October 25, 2010


This school is fantastic it thoroughly deserves the great reputation. The principal is very fair and approachable. The teachers are extremely good. However, the parents are very disappointing, to borrow a phrase from a previous review "the club-like, cliquish social atmosphere" makes this school a very difficult environment to be in.

Submitted by a parent

April 21, 2010


I appreciate this school because the Administration and staff are sensitive to the needs of their students AND their families.

April 21, 2010


Quality of education is really high, teachers are great, kids do great academically and on tests, bullying is minimal.

Submitted by a parent

April 21, 2010


As a grandparent and retired educator, I really appreciate the efforts and follow through of the staff for the benefit of all families.

April 21, 2010


demands high achievement and recognizes the importance of parental involvement

Submitted by a parent

January 17, 2010


While Carmel River School may be the best public elementary school in Monterey county, that is really not saying much. This school pales in comparison to schools we have dealt with in other states. The school is clearly overcrowded and understaffed. While it may achieve above average test scores, this is at the expense of creative expression and flexibility in the curriculum. As people below have noted, some of the tenured faculty are extremely poor educators. The administration is rigid. There is no dedicated indoor place to eat lunch. Many classes are taught in trailers. The 90 or so kindergartners are often supervised by a single adult during the lunch break.

Submitted by a parent

November 19, 2008


carmel river school is a great school my kids get wonderful education .I think the best teachers are Mr.T,Ms.Block,Mrs.Marsh,Mrs.Esaka and Mrs.Osorio .

Submitted by a parent

June 25, 2008


Overall, Carmel River School achieves high academic scores for its pupils, which is the main objective of the Principal. Therefore, he does not feel the need to cater to the special needs of above average students, even if they are demotivated by the curriculum. The quality of the teaching at this school is highly variable, from excellent to extremely poor. One of the biggest problems is the Principal's unflagging support for even the weakest members of his staff, and the staffs awareness of their unassailable positions. The words, thoughts and actions of the parents are not treated with respect by the administration or the teaching staff, even at the District level. Like it or lump it would be an accurate description of the policies of this school.

Submitted by a parent

March 2, 2008


River School is a good school, but far from perfect. The principal himself told me that 99 percent of academic performance is attributable to demographics, which is why the state groups schools as they do into categories for comparison. The numbers do suggest that the school is doing well, even within its category. However, judging by how quickly the teacher suggested holding our daughter back when she fell behind and how quickly that changed when she caught back up a few weeks later it seems that the focus is on the numbers to the exclusion of focusing on the kids. Thankfully, there is strong participation by the parents. One of the parents is usually in the classroom as an aide to help during the day. The PTA is also very active, and has raised a fair amount of money for improvements and extras. Basically, it s as good as you can expect but not as good as you might hope. And unless you can spare about $16,000/yr for Stevenson School, you really can t find an alternative. As a personal note, I think the lunches are an absolute crime. You could buy a healthier lunch at McDonald s for the same price. Furthermore, there isn t even a decent place indoors for the kids to eat lunch. My daughter has lost her lunch to seagulls more than once.

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