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Castro Valley, CA
Students enrolled: 501
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17520 Redwood Road
Castro Valley, CA 94546

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(510) 537-0630
(510) 537-6752
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October 26, 2015
Our experience at Proctor has been a mixed bag. My son has had some very good teachers that were very dedicated and good at their job, but not well-equipped for the varying student needs. There was also a teacher that was beyond stressed out and raised her voice at the students - strangely, she was awarded teacher of the year. That same teacher said all year long that my son was meeting standards, and then the last report card of the year showed he was struggling. Very frustrating - clearly she did not have the capacity to deal with a student with special needs. We also struggled to get an IEP for my son - it took three meetings and a lot of excuses from the school staff. We were told that they weren't sure he qualified, even though he clearly qualified due to a health impairment and had documented issues. Even with an IEP in place, he has received very little support and is drowning in math. His teacher's response was to say that "he needs to memorize his times tables." There is a complete disregard for his learning difficulties. The staff all seem to CARE and the curriculum is fine, but I wouldn't say that CV schools are GREAT. If your child doesn't fit the mold, he or she will have difficulties at this school and will likely struggle with self-esteem. Additionally, like all CA schools, this one struggles with finances, so science is limited to 2x a week and funded by fundraising. This year Safeway stopped helping fund the school, so parents are asked to make up the difference. For science! And the class count this year (4th grade) jumped from 28 students per class to 35. So, again, this school is just your average CA school and yet you pay a premium to live in CV.

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January 31, 2015
Unlike the parent on the review before me, I APPRECIATE the fact that my rambunctious son is held accountable for his behavior. I can't be with him 24/7 and I am quite aware that although smart and lovable, he isn't an angel all the time. I think the teachers have been fair and I support them 100%. The teachers and staff put in a great deal of time planning lessons and activities for the children. I am impressed with the group of parents who volunteer and the school leadership is always willing to listen. I have volunteered in my children's rooms every year and I see how difficult the job truly is. After one hour, I leave exhausted and have to go home and take a nap!

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December 13, 2014
Not a good school for boys that aren't girl like. I know that sounds confusing but rough housing, sports, being active is pretty much prohibited at this school. I wish they would look at how Chabot Elementary treats boys. I have had 3 boys go through this school. 2 of them are now thriving after they got out of there. My son in kindergarten was accused of being a racist which later on was proven that it was an issue with the parents of the adopted child not my son. Later on he made a boyish joke towards a girl and because of that joke he had the police called on him. One of my other sons was tormented by a girl and he basically got told that he better be nicer to her and maybe she will be nicer to him. He didn't even want her around him. She would hit or kick him and go tell that he was being mean to her. The punishment is always to take away their recess no matter what. Worst thing you can possibly ever do to a boy for acting up in class. Go make him run for 30 min. Come on your educators boys need to let out energy. Stop treating the boys like girls.

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September 08, 2014
Proctor School has a very dedicated staff -all the way from the classroom, the from office, administration as well as support staff. I am very thankful my child had an opportunity to attend this school from K-5. Staff is currently very involved in trying new strategies and implementing common core standards. We love Proctor!

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May 27, 2014
Proctor Elementary is a good school overall. The school needs improvement with teachers though. My daughter has been at the school since kindergarten and has had 2 below par teachers. Your child might receive a good teacher or they may not. My child is starting middle school in August and is failing math.

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April 04, 2011
awesome school just graduated last year and i still visit because i miss this school

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no rating
October 04, 2009
Proctor is a very supportive community school that brings many parents into cooperative relationships with the teachers and principal to create a truly fun learning environment for the children and good community relations that span several generations now.

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May 15, 2009
I have been part of Proctor's community for 5 years now. I can honestly say that I have never seen such a hard working staff. When I drive home from work at 6:00 pm, there are still many teachers still at work. My children have learned so much and have had a marvelous time with all the activies Proctor offers. I am also impressed with the amount of parents who regularly volunteer. My family loves Proctor Elementary!

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May 06, 2009
Contrary to the first poster there are FOUR special needs classes to deal with kids with disabilities or learning disorders. There is an onsite reading specialist and the level of dedication in the teaching staff is by far and away superb. I have two sons who are well behaved in and out of the class therefore possibly they have had a different experience than a kid who's sub-par behavior is justified as 'simply being a boy.' The parents need to begin upping their monetary donations to the school so we can continue our K-3 Science program(the only one in Castro Valley!) and our computer lab instruction. Both of these areas are incredibly interesting to my now 3rd and 1st grade sons. We have had warm and fuzzy teachers who have taught their socks off!

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September 14, 2008
This school is a great school. Lots of parent involvement. Teachers are very caring and even principle is very involved.

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August 20, 2008
This school is excelent i just graduated and am sad i`m leaving. There teachers are great and they have a nice clean ,safe campus .It is great for boys and girls . They also have lots of fun activities .the test scores are good to ,the only thing i didn`t like was the principal for 2008 I liked Mrs. Lilak better ,but she`s ok i guess .Mrs. Kerener and Ms. Rainey are mt absolute favorite teachers there great and i had a great 6 years at Proctor and i hope it stays the same for all the people who enter the schhol . Have fun at Proctor Elementary School !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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no rating
February 24, 2008
Summary: If you have a girl I recommend this school if you have an active 'boy' this school will destroy him and any creavitivity or competitive spirit he has. Your child will need excellent social and political skills to survive this school. Nerds and creative thinking are strongly discouraged. Pros: Good for girls, Hard working teachers, Concerned principal (much better than lillick), lots of academics, very structured, lots of parent involvement Cons: Bad school for boys (or kids who don t fit into the mold), shoot first ask questions later type of attitude of staff, not enough running or playing for boys, not equipped to handle special needs children (don t fit proctor form), too many kids per class 30+, putting first graders and Kindergartens together is a bad idea, parents have too much power, school promotes tattling rather than trying to work out situations between individuals.

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May 25, 2006
This School is great! The level of parent involement is Wonderful! The Teachers really care and encourage parent involvement in every aspect. They are really there for your Child and to help him/her acheive Greatness in School. They provide Science and Music for Minors program even to Kindergarten. I love this School for my son. We even kept him back a year for K, due to his age, and the experince of it has been wonderful! I know he will do Great in his School years to come.

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May 20, 2006
Excellent (almost rural) location; clean; academically challenging; 'education through art' program; involved parents

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May 09, 2006
Parents are involved in social events but it is often a fight to get them to really work for educational programs. The music program is small and art program has disappeared.

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February 01, 2006
This is a great school with nice big playyard and great teachers

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no rating
June 23, 2005
Nice class ratio and teachers are very comitted.

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November 21, 2003
After 5 years at Proctor School, I couldn t be more pleased. My two children have both blossomed in the creative and nurturing environment of this school. This is hardly a surprise given the lengths the teachers go to insure high-quality education and the remarkable amount of parental involvement. The excellent curriculum is complemented by numerous field trips, student assemblies, and art, science, and sports activities. The students enjoy their own vegetable and flower gardens, 10 acres with modern play equipment, and extra classes in science and poetry. And although we may not all always agree that test scores are the best measure of success, Proctor s scores are outstanding. Put it all together, and you have one great school.

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November 21, 2003
My children have been at Proctor School for over three years now. The school has been great! I have found the teachers to be outstanding. I believe they are of the highest quality and have always made me feel there was a partnership in educating our children. Having one of the largest student bodies in the district, its environment is not for everyone. Proctor has a great emphasis on science and technology which my children have benefited significantly from. I would like more emphasis placed on after-school enrichment programs. For the size of the student body it has less then I would have expected. Parent involvement is sporadic but the PTA is very active. Proctor s campus is in need of some repair. There are not enough bathrooms for the kids and a deteriorating hillside near the play structure are the most visible issues. I believe Proctor has been an outstanding choice and have not hesitated in recommend it to parents who have asked. I strongly believe that Proctor s excellent reputation in the district is well founded.

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June 22, 2003
My child's teacher was not able to function if there were any distractions in the classroom. Consequently, the teacher did a fair amount of yelling and was extremely heavy handed in disciplining 5 and 6 year olds. The kindergarten classroom was neither friendly nor a postive first experience to elementary school. I met with the principal and teacher regarding my child's unhappiness in class and neither were helpful in troubleshooting problems. Proctor School is mainly for students who can adapt and conform to the adult-focused environment. Proctor has a reputation as a 'top school' in the district but was a huge disappointment in my opinion. I rated Proctor poorly because: --too much focus on the needs/wants of the adults (teachers and parents) and not on the best interest of the kids --principal (although a nice person) was totally ineffective in dealing with problems --parent organization perceived to have much power that was an inbalance to the school's organization --lots of students, but with few bathrooms and cramped (and unfriendly) cafeteria situation I think Proctor was very stressful for my child and that is why I chose to remove my child from this school.

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Proctor Elementary School
17520 Redwood Road, Castro Valley, CA  94546
(510) 537-0630
Last modified Proctor 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.
Proctor Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top