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Joaquin Miller Elementary School9

Burbank, CA | Los Angeles County

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June 7, 2013


Our daughter just graduated from Miller Elementary. Since kindergarten to 5th grade we can't say anything but excellent words towards principal, teacher and staff. This school became home for our child. The principal gathered talented teacher, the teacher love kids and love to teach. 35 students out of 150 received presidential academic award this year. Excellent school!

Submitted by a parent

June 4, 2013


Miller has outstanding teachers and a committed and devoted Principal and support staff. There are multiple opportunities for after-school enrichment classes and a concerted effort to provide as many small-group learning environments as possible within each classroom.

Submitted by a parent

November 15, 2012


My response is to the negative comments below... Schools NEED parents. Burbank does have great schools, the finger should be pointed at parents in Burbank instead. I agree, the office staff can be short, the PTA can be stronger and the crossing guard does yell. Parents need to start participating!!! I've communicated with our teachers through email since Kindergarten. I've dealt with the school office on numerous occassions. I agree that needs improving. But, I was there for my child and reminded them I appreciate their attention. I got it! Crossing guard can be snippy, but it all boils down to the parents. There is a drop off- do you use it? Have you noticed those dropping off in the middle of the street, in alley ways or in front of kindergarten gate (stopping the law abiding drivers) ??? There is a PTA (parent/teacher/association) are you a memeber? Usually there are only about 8 parents in these meetings, there are about 800 kids in the school. If you're so curious as to whom is caring for YOUR CHILD majority of the day... Schedule a meeting or better yet VOLUNTEER in their classes. YOU're not the victim, these kids are - Bad habits start at home.

Submitted by a parent

November 13, 2012


I moved to Burbank partly due to the fact that they have great schools. So you can see why after only having my daughter in this school for 3 and a half months I am disappointed to say I will be trying to transfer her as soon as I can. Mainly because the staff is so unorganized and rude that it makes me wonder how they treat the kids. Even the crossing guard spends every morning yelling at parents to the point that I try and avoid crossing the street because it's such an uncomfortable environment. The fact that the school allows these people to represent them is what drives me to believe this isn't the best fit for my child. I have only met her teacher once so far, but at least I hear she's nice. Thank goodness. When it comes to the learning, I think my daughter is learning a great deal. However, with lack of communication I won't know how things are going until I meet the teacher for only the second time during parent teacher conferences.

Submitted by a parent

March 7, 2012


Such a great school.My daughter is attending Kindergarten now.I'm so pleased with teacher Mrs. Diana Pelayo.She is very professional and attentive. After school programs good planed, children getting all support learning English as a second language.There is math and reading support too. The Principal of the school ,Mrs. Judy Hession is amazing,how she is managing and dealing with everything! She have nice support to work with - teahers,school staff .Happy and thankful for everyone working in this school.Children -is our future.

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September 27, 2011


My daughter attended kindergarten at Miller and is now a 1st-grader there. The teachers are great and they do implement a strong and well-balanced academic program. My dissatisfaction comes from the support staff. They can be downright crude at times (the school nurse especially) and I have witnessed their antagonistic and patronizing attitude towards other parents. The cross-guard employed there would not hesitate to yell at parents from across the street! I mentioned this during a casual conversation with the current principal and apparently, she thinks that some parents deserve this kind of treatment. She also mentioned that as a rule, if she knows the parent that's a bad sign. I thought schools are supposed to encourage communication and parent participation, but I guess that is an outdated idea. Food for thought.

Submitted by a parent

March 4, 2011


I love Miller school. It's the best school. My son attended K-5 and love every single minute of it. Teachers and staffs are very nice and kind.

Submitted by a parent

April 18, 2010


The 6 rating (April 2010) does not accurately reflect the quality of this school. My daughter attended K-5 and loved every minute of it. She also thrived academically and socially thanks to the great teachers and the positive environment fostered by the principal. PTA and Booster clubs are strong and provide the additional funding lacking from the state for art, music, family events and educational 'extras' like assemblies and science camp. We loved this school and will always have fond memories to cherish.

Submitted by a parent

October 1, 2009


Joaquin Miller is a great school, a diamond in the rough. From the Principal, Judy Hession, who is involved at all levels, to the teachers who are caring and passionate about their role, to the cleanliness and order of the school. It's all great. We moved from private school to Miller and couldn't be happier. And our newest excitement is our 1st grader is using on-line learning for reading and math as part of her nightly homework. I love that today's technology is being used as a teaching tool. My hat goes off to the Principal and staff at Miller. Thank you!

Submitted by a parent

May 23, 2007


We moved to Burbank last year and I had my doubts about the public schools here. Luckily, Miller proved to be a pleasant surprise, and now I find myself looking for a home in this area, so I don't have to move my kids. The teachers I have met are so involved and so thorough and appreciative of the parent involvement, which is another reason I love this school. The API score moved up to 8 last year and I don't see it stopping. Everyone here is so committed that there is only one way to go and that's to the top.

Submitted by a parent

May 2, 2007


I have a second grader here and a Kindergartner here and I could not be happier. Both teachers, Mrs. Martinez and Mr. Spence are really good teachers and fine people. As are the other teachers I have met here. The parent involvement, PTA and Booster Club are like none I have ever seen. I was recruited! Great energy here and a very ethnically diverse enrollment.

Submitted by a parent

June 29, 2006


Our daughter had the most extraordinary kindergarten teacher -- Mrs. Martinez. She really engendered a love of learning in her -- not easy as our daughter was really turned off to academics from pre-K -- and gave her extra help where needed. As a volunteer, I got to know all the kindergarten teachers and they are all remarkable. I only wish we were able to continue at this fine school, but we're moving! All staff are highly committed to the kids and there's a solid group of parents who are active in the PTA and who are trying to develop more after-school enrichment activites.

Submitted by a parent

June 2, 2006


Miller Elementary has the greatest teaching staff. I highly reccommend sending your child to this school.

Submitted by a parent

April 29, 2006


A fairly high quality education with a very multi_cultural population. Teachers are for the most part engaging and involved in their teaching. Many exceptional staff memmers.

Submitted by a parent

January 6, 2006


Two of my children have been going to Miller since Kindergarten. Overall, I'm very happy with the school. Out of 8 teachers my girls have had, only 2 were lackluster. If your child is assigned a teacher you don't like, there's nothing you can do about it. However, dispite those two teachers (and the subsequent year each daughter had to deal with them), the other teachers have been very enthusiastic and care about their jobs. They really seem to enjoy teaching the kids. Overall my daughters have had a very positive experience at Miller Elementary.

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