Students enrolled 562
School leader Wendy Holmes
Transportation options Yes
District Albany City Unified
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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920 Talbot Avenue
Albany, CA 94706

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(510) 558-3700
(510) 559-6516
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4 stars
Based on 19 ratings

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August 16, 2010
Great school with caring teachers and staff. The principal has always been very responsive to issues related to our son. The school does a great job at conflict mediation, though lacks resources for proper yard supervision. Cornell has a strong community due in part to regularly planed community building events. Class size could be a little smaller and while the school has done a great job at offering extracurricular programs on campus, school/donation-based enrichment programs are at risk of being cut and quality of programs by outside organizations is not always great. But, a good option. Big plus: this is a very LGBT-friendly school with a solid LGBT parents group. Kudos.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 22, 2010
Cornell is a neighborhood, community, public school where kids and family come together from the walking school bus, school garden planted and harvested by students/families and fund and fun raising events. Many of the families at the school are also local business owners that support the school and community. The principal is 120% committed to the students and the PTA has helped cover the gaps left by the state edu budget crisis. I see more and more families who have moved to Albany from San Francisco, Berkeley and around the world to be part of this high functioning public school.

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2009
The time, energy, and heart that the staff consistently provides their students and families makes Cornell incomparable

- submitted by a community member
September 29, 2009
The community involvement and the dedication of the teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Great teachers and strong curriculum. A wonderful bunch of students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Cornell is a wonderful school with a warm and welcoming community. The parents really work with the teachers and vice versa. We have an excellent principal and a very strong, committed staff. I am so happy my child attends Cornell school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
Cornell elementary school was recommended to us by friends in Israel, and was the reason we decided to live in Albany. The school welcomed us into its community, and within weeks we had wonderful friends of all ages. The school s ESL program made our children s transition enjoyable, the curriculum was rich and the teachers were more committed than we had ever experienced before. Above all, the prevailing spirit of multicultural acceptance was awe inspiring. We spent three wonderful years at the Cornell school before returning to Israel. Please excuse my sentimentality, but for me the great promise of the American constitution is manifested in this school, which is as a great source of inspiration in our troubled land.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
Cornell has a unique atmosphere which completely bewitched us when we had the pleasure of sending our kids there. The ability of the staff to provide the kids with a great education, even if they are non-native speakers (as mine were) is truly estounding. We met some incredible teachers whose devotion enriched our lives in lots of different ways. What a great school!

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2009
Cornell school is made up of not only hard working students, but hard working teachers as well.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 27, 2009
The laughter, the team work, the process and the product.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
Cornell has the most outstanding, dedicated teachers!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2009
Our sense of community is extraordinary, across the board. We have very high standards for children's intellectual, ethical and social development, and we all support each other with an unparalleled level of commitment, care and professionalism. It's a very happy place to be. It makes me want to be here.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 26, 2009
Cornell Elementary is awesome because of the incredibly gifited, caring and dedicated staff. I have twins in 4th grade at Cornell and we have loved every teacher we've had so far.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
Dedicated and caring teachers. A wonderful student body. Cornell School embodies a genuine community and family spirit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 26, 2009
A great school with wonderful staff who care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Great staff and committed parents who continue to fight for our kids' education despite all the government cuts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Cornel is a fantastic shool. Great community of kids, parents and teachers. No boundries and the sky is the limit.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Cornell Elementary has the absolute best teachers and students :)

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
It's a great school with a lot of great teachers

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
I love the teaching staff and the diversity of the school

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
I went to Cornell School, my mom went to Cornell School, and now I have the honor of sending my daughter there. No other school I know of offers such a richness of students, staff, and programs. Not only is my child getting the best in reading, writing, and arithmatic, but she is also learning how to be a good citizen, person, and friend and how to love learning and to appreciate others for being different

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Cornell School is a tight community of teachers, admin staff, families, and students who work together to provide the best learning experience for children. The teachers are excellent professionally and personally, and they make every effort to reach out to all the student families, paying special attention to detail and making sure every child uses his or her full potential. I love Cornell!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
Diversity, zero tolerance for bullying, student leadership, green, enrichment activities, parent involvement, incredible teachers and staff, edible garden cared for by students, salad bar at lunch, community building events, conflict manager program, nutritional leader program, walk-to-school program, great library, student music performances, clean school grounds,

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
I love the community of families at Cornell School.

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
Cornell Elementary is a wonderful school with an amazing principal and caring teachers and staff. We had three elementary schools to choose from in Albany and, while I'm sure the other two are fine schools as well, we feel we chose the best school for our daughter. We've just started our second year here and could not be happier.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 24, 2009
The teachers are great. It really is a community, and the kids learn to be kind and reaspectful toward each other. The student body is very diverse, which enriches everyone's experience.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
It's a great school with a caring staff, a welcoming attitude and an excellent attitude toward teaching and learning.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2009
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- submitted by a student
June 10, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
My son is in kindergarten. The teachers are unparalleled, extremely experienced and skilled. The PTA is very strong. All grade levels get supplementary music. Don't know much yet about other extracurriculars, but so far our experience with kindergarten has been superior.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
I have found since my son started K in Cornell that he has enjoyed the exposure to a wide and diverse student population, quality acedemic programs and curriculum, and has had the benefit of a secure and nurturing environment!

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2006
My son is in Kathy Evans' afternoon kindergarten class, and made the transition from preschool seamlessly. Kindergarteners have homework at Cornell, but it's a very positive experience for him and for us parents. The two experienced teachers in his class share about 20 students between them, and have part-time assistants. They focus on handwriting (the 'without tears' program, which solves a lot of the problems I had instructing him at home), number sense (basic to math), music (he is always humming a tune from school), and reading. Before Kindergarten, he was learning specific words, but now he sounds them out and takes on new texts all the time. The school day is short for Kindergarten, and I wish that he could have the level of attention and stimulation he gets there for a few hours more per day. Principal Kelly-Thomas is well-liked and the office staff is helpful.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2005
Great school. Outstanding teachers. Strong principal. Good families. Couldn't ask for a better place for your child.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2004
I have graduated more than one child from Cornell, and they both attended k-5. While there is high parent involvement, and some outstanding teachers, the biggest hurdle I encountered was a lack of any gifted education. Any other issue was adressed, such as English learning, speech therapy, etc., but if your child has the 'disability' of being gifted(even when tested on the outside)you are on your own. In many ways they are taught that mediocre is fine, depending of course on the teacher and the atmosphere of the classroom, which is often determined by the troublemakers in the class. The principal is not at all sympathetic in regards to this issue. We love Albany, but after so many years,I am tired of having to homeschool (in addition to their school work)to make up for what they lack.

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2004
Overall, Cornell is an excellent school, despite some unusual challenges. Because of its close proximity to UC Berkeley's housing for visiting scholars and families, about 1 in 4 children are English-learners. Though this is the state average, it is still difficult to maintain the highest test scores and teach advanced classes with so many students struggling to understand the language. Cornell succeeds on all counts by actively mainstreaming English-learners, pairing up children in a buddy system, and using the appreciation of different cultures in the classroom as part of the curriculum. The benefit to native English speakers is an increased global awareness of other points of view, religions, customs, and styles of interaction. Cornell has one of the highest advancement rates for English-learners! A tight-knit PTA and a sense of school family, community events like the Halloween parade and Summer Silly Olympics, provide a positive and memorable Elementary School experience.

- submitted by a parent
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Cornell Elementary School
920 Talbot Avenue, Albany, CA  94706
(510) 558-3700
Last modified Cornell Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Cornell Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top