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21201 Independent School Road
Castro Valley, CA 94552

(510) 537-9558
(510) 537-9591
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Develops honesty: Strongly agree
July 19, 2015
Values are core to the curriculum with awards given to those who model good behavior.

- submitted by a student

July 19, 2015
Fantastic leadership and staff, high parent involvement, excellent PTA, top quality after school program (Adventure Time). There does appear to be an emerging issue related to higher needs kids coming in from outside the area. These kids are placing extra demands on the teachers, straining their ability to maintain the existing high standards.

- submitted by a student
Teacher effectiveness: Very effective
July 19, 2015
Fantastic principle, faculty, and parents. There are some emerging challenges associated with higher needs students coming in from outside the area.

- submitted by a student

July 17, 2014
Independent is an excellent school with wonderful principal, caring teachers and outstanding PTA. I'm so happy that I chose this school for my daughter.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2010
Having been at private schools previously, it was an easy transition for my children to acclimate to Independent Elementary last year. The teachers I've had the honor to work with in my children's education, the other families we've met, and the after school program associated with the school are all of the highest quality. It is a wonderful community of teachers and families that provides a well rounded environment for the children to grow and mature in. Definitely didn't expect to find this level of quality and sense of community in a public school. Such a happy surprise!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 11, 2010
The community is amazing at Independent elementary. The staff have always made us feel as though we are truly, all one big family. The teachers genuinely care about their students and the families of their students. The teachers guide the children through their academic adventures with love, intellect and compassion. I love the school so much that I am now earning my teaching credential and doing my field work at Independent. This school cares about all of us, they deserve to be appreciated.

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2009
This is a great school. Teachers are great. They definitely assist and foster the growth of each students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
January 27, 2009
My son is a new student at Independent. His teacher Mrs Hanson is GREAT!. She is a natural. The principal is great leader and most of all my son loves going to school there.

- submitted by a parent

January 19, 2009
Both of my children are students at Independent and they love it!!! The teachers are great and know how to chanllenge the students while encouraging their individual strengths and fostering growth when it comes to their weaknesses. The principal is friendly and is always available.

- submitted by a parent

December 05, 2008
Teachers are expectacular. They are open minded and very caring.

- submitted by a parent

September 18, 2008
Great School, great teachers, fine principle. My kids are thriving there.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2007
Excellent school with diverse student body, dedicated teachers, excellent principal, and very involved parents. Bullying is not tolerated. Respect is rewarded. Diversity is expected and celebrated.

- submitted by a parent

August 10, 2005
This is a great school with an extremely dedicated staff.

- submitted by a teacher

November 27, 2004
I've heard nothing but great things about Independent!

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2003
My daughter attended private school for the first 4 years of school and I really thought I was getting the best education and school environment. For a couple of reasons we switch to public school, spefically, Independent Elementary. I can't believe the change in my childs teaching quality and activities offered to her at Independent. Independent has excellent parent participation, thereby, offering extra programs that other schools in the district can't offer. I'm able to meet with the teacher as often I need to on a moments notice. I get honest straight forward feedback from the teachers. My daughter senses that her well-being, academically and overall are the utmost concern of the school and she's much more happy here than she ever was at the private school. Because of the environment and mission of the school I'm more involved in her learning and in helping at the school than I ever was before.

- submitted by a community member
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Independent Elementary School
21201 Independent School Road, Castro Valley, CA  94552
(510) 537-9558
Last modified Independent Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Independent Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 25 reviews. Top