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860 Cave Valley Road
Cool, CA 95614

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February 11, 2015
I have had 2 kids go to this school and have experienced some term-oil over the years, however, as things changed, I can see they are for the better. We moved here from Danville 10 years ago and both children started here from K on up. I love the added music program and love the teacher's willingness to listen to your concerns and make improvements. I feel like the curriculum is well designed and not sure how it would be much different anywhere else. Even after trying a self-study program, it became evident this school is good if not even better than a self-study environment.

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February 09, 2015
Northside is different, in so many amazing ways. The principle is very involved with students, knows most if not ALL of their names, does yard duty, lunch room duty, has interest in her students academics as well as their social lives. The staff works cohesively with each other and parents. It is truly a positive atmosphere to be in. My children are so happy we moved from another school in the district. The transition was smooth and as painless as possible, thanks to the efforts put forth by the teachers, secretary's, and principle. The school nurse is fantastic, and fantastic at her job. I could go on and on about all the amazing things Northside has to offer, a garden for students to plant and harvest, fresh fruits and veggies from said garden on the lunch menu, fun Friday's, Monday town hall meetings, the Northside song, A.R achievement awards, beautiful location, most importantly, happy, confident, educated students. I have the utmost confidence in Northside to educate and prepare my children for Jr. High.

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February 08, 2015
As a parent in a small community, I have had nothing but a positive experience with Northside since my son began there in TK and now is in the second grade. I have found there to be a lot of individual attention, they think outside the box to help achieve both academic and behavioral goals, have unique programs that I feel living in a small community can only truly provide. It's more like a small family. I do not feel there are "clicks" as previously stated, but I suppose that would be anywhere, as well as both good and bad teachers. Thus far, my son's teachers have all been exactly who he needed and have handled him well...not the easiest when it comes to behavior! Lol. As for parent involvement, I am a single working mom, but still volunteer in the am before work and love that both the staff and students have grown to know me so well... There could be more involved, but again, I think we would find that almost anywhere! My son would be devastated if I withdrew him from his NS Bears! Go Bears!

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February 06, 2015
We currently have two children attending Northside and we couldn't be happier. There are so many wonderful things about this school that are beneficial for our children, the student Garden for instance, its a hands on learning experience and they have a Harvest Feast at the end of the year where they cook food from the garden for the children, Family Math and Literacy Nights, an Accelerated Readers program. Lunches are hand made by the school, not frozen and microwaved. The school also received a California Distinguished School award for 2013/2014. We live in a small community, which makes its easy to build relationships with other parents and teachers. We've had excellent communication with the teachers our children have had so far. I'm surprised about the negative comments below when this school has so much to offer, the best thing you can do if your having an issue is to address it and/or to get involved to help make changes.

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February 06, 2015
I absolutely adore Northside!! My young son has attended since Kindergarten and I fully intend to keep him enrolled in the school and district throughout his school years. I love that the school goes above and beyond in creating an amazing learning environment that includes but is not limited to: a school garden and math and literacy nights. The school is situated in a small town which really means huge amounts of community involvement and a strong emphasis on teamwork, volunteerism and, not to be repetitive, community. The school acts as it's own support system that everyone is involved in from students and staff to volunteers and local businesses. There is solidarity in this school and the leadership ensures that the students are given the best opportunities possible and they never, ever stop pushing for even more positive changes. Furthermore, I attended Northside from K-8 long ago and can tell you firsthand that throughout the years the school environment has continued to thrive and still feels like home.

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February 06, 2015
e moved from Danville, CA (which has a very high great school rating) several years ago and joined the Northside Family in 2009. Our children have benefited greatly from the GATE offerings, garden classes, student clubs and music program. All the children seem so engaged in their unique classroom environments: weekly blue bird walks led by students and rangers, harvest of the month veggie tastings from the Northside Student Farmers, walking Wednesdays, art and the list goes on and on. Compassion is taught and modeled all over campus, from the office staff taking extra time to heal a booboo to teaching personal responsibility for poor decisions. It's not just a school, it's an inclusive extended family.

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February 06, 2015
My daughter has been going to N.S. for 3 years, i have had nothing but the best experience with the teachers whom are over the top dedicated at heart to their students. I am truly surprised by the negative comments below all though there are always going to be people who will be negative regardless of any circumstance and feel they know all.

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February 06, 2015
I feel blessed to have my children enrolled at Northside. The teachers, administration and support staff that we have interacted with have been lovely. When we moved to the area we did not plan on enrolling our children at Northside-- we were planning on private school. Years later, I am so glad we are Northside Bears! The cirriculum is challenging yet tailored to students abilities. The parent involvement is very refreshing, there are dozens of parents that devote their time and love to this school. Safety is a priority on campus-- I have the utmost confidence that my kids are safe at school. My favorite part about Northside is that the entire school has embraced our local educational opportunities. The kids work in the school garden, visit our state parks, delve into our rich local history and resources, and develop a love and respect for our community in the process. My little students love their little school and I love sending them there. I am proud to be a part of this scholastic family.

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October 15, 2014
Pretty sad that one of the first things you see when on Northside Elementary is that "Bets know for seed of change"... really?! Who proofread before submitting? No wonder why our kids can't spell or have a tough time with their academics!!! With this being a small town school many of the teacher and parents are quite "clicky" which makes for an obnoxious and juvenile example for the children.

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August 22, 2014
Northside school has some really bad administration and even worse teachers. There is very little parent involvement and the program leaves a lot to be desired. We expected a more positive, balanced experience. The bully behavior in students is reinforced by the staff and administration. If you stand outside the K class at the right (wrong) time you will hear her in there yelling at the kids! It's horrible! No child deserves to be subjected to that kind of behavior.

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August 29, 2013
We spent too many years dealing with poor teaching (only a FEW good teachers), bullying, poor administration and a terrible school board. We pulled our kids out of this district and it was the best thing we have ever done for our children.

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August 28, 2013
Northside school has some good teachers and some bad teachers. The good ones are great. The bad ones are very, very bad. Hopefully they will do the community a favor and retire since they don't have their heart in education anymore. We all remember how important having a decent teacher is and how it makes all the difference to the experience of a growing child. Good luck!

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May 16, 2013
Northside is now a K-6. It has some fantastic veteran teachers and some new ones too! The best part about Northside is the approach to community involvement. They have the Seeds of Change Program which is a school garden with it's own Farmer's Market run by the students! My student has learned so much about science, biology and math just from this experience alone. Addtionally, they have a wonderful parent volunteer group called the Dream Team with two different meeting times to accomodate parents busy schedule. All this and a solid academic approach.

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May 16, 2013
I have had the pleasure of being a parent at this school for the last 7 years. My son is in the 6th grade now. We have seen alot of positive changes throughout the years. The school continues to improve for students. There is a new parent group called the Northside Dream Team that includes, parents, staff AND students to help implement these positive changes. There are some new teachers there as well. The principal, Wendy Westsmith, is an active member of the school and not just a person sitting at a computer.

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June 03, 2011
Northside School is clearly committed to its students and community. The staff has adopted Highly Effective Teaching as a course of study during the summer which means our students learn in ways that are rigorous AND relevant and completley hands on! This year students learned hisotry through their own Renaissance Faire's, Silk Road, California History Museums and more. MIddle schoolers took the challenge of a Ropes Course and fifth and sixth grade students traveled to Muir Woods and Fort Bragg to learn about ecosystems! Great Teachers and a fabulous staff!

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December 04, 2009
I believe that Northside is an average school for the area. If parents want better they should look for a private school or get involved more. I have been involved with this school for 4 years and it's true that some teachers need to retire because they have lost their passion for the profession. On the other hand, the school district have lost a lot of funding because of the economy. I think that the school is doing the best that they can do with the resources that they have. Overall, it's a safe and well rounded school except for the extracurricular activities...

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August 22, 2009
My my, how the comments have changed over the last 4 years. That alone should tell us something. Our family has been and Northside for years and we have experienced many changes, not one for the better. The sports teams are weak and there is no staff interest in making this an experience the students will enjoy. Because of budget cuts and the lack of raises due the teachers, the teachers have lost interest in the extracuricular activities. We have discussed removing our children from Northside to put them into a more well rounded enriched school atmosphere. If you are new to the area, check the academic scores before enrolling.

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August 21, 2009
Northside School is going out of its way to improve the quality of education for its students. The vibrant, energetic new vice principal, who has strong people and communication skills, balances out the principal who has strong administrative skills. While there are a couple of teachers who need to retire, the rest are willing to put in the extra time and effort to help all the children be successful, contributing members of our society. The economic problems existing today are hard on the school, but the administration seems to take these into consideration and do the best they can. My children always feel safe at Northside, and I wouldn't change that for the complications of a big city school any day.

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no rating
June 19, 2009
Northside school has dedicated teachers, and has worked hard to engage parents and community members. Their recently revised school plan demonstrates a commitment to accountability and support for all kids. Parents are very involved and feel welcome at the school.

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no rating
June 16, 2009
As a a result of inadequate teaching; absence of leadership; weak and boring education program; weak instruction; laziness of teaching staff; absence of 21st century learning and instruction, we have removed our children from Northside. Many other caring, smart and savvy parents have done the same in order to provide their children with the education they need to be prepared for the world. The school is an embarrassment.

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no rating
January 13, 2009
The majority of teachers at Northside are narrow-minded; boring; operate under a 'status quo' mentality; often disrespect students and parents; do not have any concept of 21st Century learning and student and parent displeasure comes from the ignorance and laziness of the teachers. The administrators need to implement teacher accountability and the entire school staff need a strong lesson in fiscal accountability and overal professional integrity. The school and district is dominated by its local teachers union which negatively impacts the educational program and learning environment of the students. Parents need to constantly monitor and evaluate their children's teachers as well as their academic program since it's very weak.

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September 29, 2008
Principles do not trust their teachers abilities, micro-manage and use authoritarian power. Teachers are unhappy, bitter and have little or no respect for the Administration. The result is unhappy students who don't like school!

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August 20, 2007
Northside School is terrific. Our 2 daughters have been at Northside since Kindergarten, all the teachers have been excellent and it has made for many happy memories for our girls. They have a strong foundation on which to build their continuing education. Thank you Northside staff.

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January 18, 2005
Very Good academic programs and good parents. Teachers Organization to help the parents get involved in the school activities and to know what thier children do at school.

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January 12, 2005
They have an excellent atmosphere for parental involvement. They are strict without going overboard. Teachers truly care that the students not only understand their subjects but also enjoy learning them.

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Northside Elementary School
860 Cave Valley Road, Cool, CA  95614
(530) 333-8355
Last modified Northside Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Northside Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 27 reviews. Top