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10500 Ann Arbor Avenue
Cupertino, CA 95014

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(408) 252-5414
(408) 996-9725
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August 25, 2013
wonderful school in Cupertino. my child loves his school very much. teachers are very very good

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
One of the best in Cupertino. My kid likes to go there (which is more important for me)

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2013
I came here for kindergarten in maybe 2004, I believe, but I moved out of the city for the rest of my elementary years and now I'm going to high school. I had Mrs. Valentine and I absolutely loved her! I had great friends over there and I liked the school itself. I don't know if its the same anymore because its been almost 10 years since I was there but from my experience, I liked it very much.

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2013
As a parent I am satisfied with my kid accadamic perforformance and teacher because fortunately this year my kid get areally very good teacher, but I am worried about next year. Committed Parents volunteering is really good support for school but so much volunteer involment effect the equal opportunity for every kid especially in extra curricular activity eg. most of the volunteer kids get selected for theater despite of lottery system. Some of the long term volunteer parent take decision behalf of you that you are available or not certain activity.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
All classrooms for a grade do not seem to follow same homework packets.All Classrooms for a grade teach diff chapters and are not in sync mostly. Kids are not allowed to take their Math/Science text books home unlike other schools . Parents do not know what chapters are there in store for the year..whether teacher is finishing all chapters for the year. Last yr one of the teachers in 3rd grade rushed up the other chapters like dvision, fractions, probabilty in the last 1.5 month..spent most of the yr teaching multiplication. For a few years we have been getting the CA Math homework ,classwork books home at the end of the yr with a some pages torn out of it and worked during the yr. What is the use of giving that book home at the end of the yr ? Parents go in search of extra books, extra classes, register online for various math sites for the child to practice despite 4 Math books provided per child and GG gets the API. Last year in apr, his classroom had not done fractions, measurements, probability .For the last couple of months his teacher has been giving only 1 ..rarely 2 sheets of math for the whole week. Cupertino schools are a hype!! Principal was sent this mail..no reply :(

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
Excellent school and teachers. Parent participation provides support for any gaps that might exist. My child has been going to this school for the past 2 years and we have been fortunate to have really good teachers who go above and beyond. I regularly volunteer at the school so it is easy to stay informed with the school activities and better understand how your child is performing. The teachers are easy to approach and pretty responsive even when contacted via emails.

- submitted by a parent
July 31, 2012
I am as a parent very satisfied with this school. The teachers take that extra effort to make sure all kids are at grade level. I regularly volunteer and have seen the teachers up close. They not only help academically but also take time to help students with art,sports and theater. As in any school there will be very good and media ore teachers but this school stands out for its great teachers on whole and very good and committed volunteers. Kids from this school are definitely instilled good manners which is way more important than only academics. They also have a wonderful music program. On the whole it is a school with a lot of happy kids who love to go tot school.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2012
I think the school in cupertino are over rated, and so is Garden Gate. So the only real beneficiaries are the home owners renting their houses or the apartment communities who charge a premium due to cupertino school district. What matters is how good a teach your kid gets, Our son has been going to Garden gate for the past 3 years - All of the 3 years we were not fortunate to see good teacher, the teachers were average and one was really below average. The only thing positive is that the Parent involvement is very high, so many gaps in school activities are fulfilled by volunteering parents. The education system in california is really broken, the school infrastructure is pathetic.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2011
As a teacher at Garden Gate, I have to say that I love our school, our kids, and our parent community because I feel that we all work together to make our school wonderful. I love coming to school everyday because I work with a group of teachers who give their all for the amazing students they work with each and every day. Have a wonderful day!

- submitted by a teacher
October 24, 2011
This is a school where parents did a lot of efforts in helping their kids to achieve, not the teachers. There were other families we know complaining about the teachers.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2010
My kid is in this school from 3 years. Teachers are very nice, principal is exceptional , active, and kind. I have been helping in class room and seen teachers very closely, they work very hard toward well being of kid in all aspects. My kid is happy , encouraged, accepted hear. What else i can ask for? project cornerstone, drama,music,PE, volunteers,safety are major plus...list goes on . Be involved, don't just drop off.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2010
Teachers are great , PTA is great, My son loves it. Parents and teachers work together to achieve the same goal. that is good education.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2010
Most of the teachers are wonderful. There is NO favoritism at all. They are involved, and are very friendly. My child's 5th grade teacher Mrs.Hastings was excellent. The principal is very involved. She makes sure the kids have fun, while learning. The campus is clean, and the school itself looked inviting.

- submitted by a parent
December 22, 2009
This is a school where parents did a lot of efforts in helping their kids to achieve, not the teachers. I moved my son out of this school after 2 years of trying. We were not alone. There were other families we know complaining about the teachers. They are not the ones you ask for help. They gave you only one choice: retaining your child if they show the sign not being able to make 4 sentences structures or not being able to do addition and subtraction in kindergarten.

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August 02, 2009
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April 10, 2009
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April 02, 2009
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February 25, 2009
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- submitted by a student
January 16, 2009
This school is a good school because it has balanced homework, there is a garden in the back of the school, the teachers explain thouroughly and tests are every 3-5 weeks.

- submitted by a student
December 03, 2008
This school is really good and encourage all the parents to get involved in as many ways they can. Most of the teachers are dedicated. At the same time, it is parents pressure that makes the student get more smart. Some teachers even have partiality and they encourage the child they like and discourage the child they are not fond of. Sounds weird, but very true. submitted by a parent.

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November 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2008
Great school with wonderful teachers and lots of extra curricular activities. As parents we are given lots of opportunities to involve ourselves with school activities and above all the school is basically parent friendly.

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September 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2008
We are transferring out of this school.Extremely unhappy with this school. The quality of teachers varies from great to abysmal that its the luck of the draw what kind of education your kids get in this school. Any school is only as good as the principal .Our experience was horrible. Submitted by a parent

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August 14, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2008
I love the teachers and the programs at the school. My son is happy (K and 1st) and my daughter will be in K this fall. I would like to see more parent involvement on school wide events such as the book fair, etc. - it's always the same handful of parents. There are very few American families. I am enjoying getting to know the Indian culture more - the families are lovely, but there is a cultural gap which we cannot ignore. I would like to see more diversity in my child's school, but it is what it is. I'm just glad that the families value education - sometimes too much, though. I know there are kids who are under a lot of pressure. I am not going to send my child to school all day and then to tutoring. He needs to be a kid and play too.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2008
It's a good school overall. Qualified, experienced teachers, dedicated principal, typical campus with buildings and trailer-look-like classrooms. It's academically oriented but enjoys music, art, exercise, and special science programs. Like with any school, if the kind of teacher you get matches your expectations and needs, you strike gold. I have been in the school one year, and I find that the teacher my kid had was excellent in many aspects, but I could have used somebody more organized, more communicative, more motivating, less forgetful. Maybe if the teacher was more open/demanding to have parents volunteer, or if she could have had an assistant more than once a week or so. The curriculum is extensive, teachers have little time & no help. Parents are very competitive, poor drivers, poor pedestrians . Kids need to learn to keep their campus clean. There is no garden. Tests almost everyday. Many kids go to Kumon.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 11, 2008
My 2 sons (who are average students) have been going here for 3 years. We love this school (especially the principal). Last school year, there was a combo 2nd/3rd classroom for the first part of school. Once openings in the 3rd classes were available, all 3rd graders were moved from the combo class. The first day that these 3rd graders went to their new 3rd-grade class, Ms. Wood (principal) sought out each 3rd-grader and asked him/her how was their first day in the new class. I was impressed! Also, with about 600 kids, Ms. Wood makes it a goal to look at each student's progress report once during the year and adds her comments. Due to a strong PTA, teacher, and principal involvement, monthly family fun nights are held allowing students/teachers/parents to interact in a fun environment. Aside from two teachers, the teachers are awesome and teach concepts in creative ways.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2007
My son goes to this school along with many children staying in valley green apartments. The principal is very whimsical and lacks vision. There is too much favoritism.

- submitted by a parent
June 20, 2007
I have a mixed experience about this school.It would be wrong to say that this school is not good.But parent involvement has definately set up high standards and expectations academically.Many teachers with more empathy and experience with children are very great guides in this school.But if your child is a slow learner the scene changes dramatically.He is constantly compared with his smart peers.Some new and inexperienced teachers definately have less patience with such kids.So a great school for parents with great kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2006
Garden Gate is an excellent elementary school when it comes to academics and extra curricular activites. This school has been doing extremely well on API scores every year. My son went there for all his elementary school years and he had a blast. They kept him academically challenged all along. Also, due to good district funding they get to host many extra curricular activites. Overall a great school that we miss a lot.

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April 23, 2006
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April 01, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2006
The Teachers in this school are very helpful, Good PTA and Good Leadership from the Ms Wood the principal. Not much emphasis on extracurricular activities, more academic structure.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2006
Good School but could focus more on academics. Strong Asian influence.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
Our daughter was accepted after we moved here. She was challenged by the school's ongoing academic programs and also by peers to maintain a high quality of standard. Good Music program, GATE program and diverse PTA involvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2006
This is our first year in this school and I am not thrilled. My child is not challenged in the class (especially in math)- they mostly cover the previous' year material. It's a bit better in the reading/language area. The teacher barely sends any information home and the newsletters we get from her contain obvious spelling and grammatic errors. The homework is totally irrelevant to the material being covered in school and often contains topics the kids did not learn yet. Moreover, the homework is not even graded. Children are often given the tasks they obviously cannot do on their own (in the homework or in the book reports). There are very few all-school social activities and those present are not interesting for the kids. I am seriously considering finding another school after this year.

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February 05, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I moved from Fremont to Garden Gate for my daughter's school and I am glad I did it. This school is excellent and the attitude of teachers is what makes it great. My daughter is 2nd Grade and her teacher Mrs. Amarnath is the best I have seen in schools around US. She makes sure to go above and beyond the regular Academics. I also see parents volunteering (including Principal Woods herself) to improve on every aspect. My daughter is glad to be part of Garden Gate extended family.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2006
I find Garden Gate to be an excellent school. The academic programs are well suited to fulfil all the needs of students coming from various backgrounds. Other than great programs for music and art(SPECTRA), students are encouraged to stay fit with lunch laps, which is a program initiated by motivated teachers. Parent involvement is encouraged and appreciated in this school. That brings parents closer to their child as well as to the child's teacher.

- submitted by a parent
December 18, 2005
The lower-grade teachers my two have had are awesome. Upper grade teachers don't seem to be very patient. The kids at this school have very involved parents and are precious and well mannered, but it seems the teachers/school are spoiled because of this. My oldest has ADHD, and both of her last two teachers here have not known how to work with it at all, and my daughter has suffered greatly from it. Get your ducks in gear and know how to deal with impatient and rude teachers if you are coming here with an imperfect child. The kids and the parent involvement are the only reason why this school is superb. The incredible, well-mannered kids and their families have kept us here despite the teachers.

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October 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
It is a great school.Both my children had a great learning experience here.The teachers are very friendly. The office secreatries are very friendly and very helpful.There is a very great parent involvement in this school. I was amazed at the amount of parent volunteers when I used to visit the school.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2005
My daughter is in 1st grade now and she has been going to this school since Kindergarten. We have a very good experience with this school. The quality of teachers is excellent and they have very good academic programs emphasizing both the pure academics (reading, math, writing) as well as extr curricular and social activities. It is a very cosmopolitan environment as well so that students get exposed to various cultures around the world. The level of parent participation is excellent.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2005
Quality of academic programs - Very good and teachers are very dedicated Level of parent involvement - Provide good opportunity to involve parents.

- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2005
I think this school have academic skills.They have good art clasess.And also they gives you an apportunity to do class work. Thats good for students.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
This is a great school for overall development of kids. The teacher in first grade for my son was awesome. The kid felt very comfortable and happy being around the teacher. We liked the outdoor field trips and activities in theatre. My son loved going to this school. Parent.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 27, 2005
Both my children have gone to ANLC since they were 5 years old. ANLC is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and I will miss seeing her everyday as my daughter graduates this year. Thank you ANLC for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world!

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August 22, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
I switched my kids (son 2nd grade & daughter k) to garden gate last year. I totally disagree with partens who complaint of partiality. My involvement with the school has been very very low. I do not see the kids beeing shown any partiality all. In fact coming from other schools I am elated with the kind of impartiality shown in this school. The teacher my son had is very young inspite of which she is one of the best I have seen. The effort and sincerity shown by school staff is exceptional. Both carriculam and extracurricular activities are appropriately emphasised. My only complaint is the folks at the office desk happen to be unfriendly. This does not bother me too much since I keep my interaction with them to a minimum.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
The academic programs are good. I am still not satisfied with some of the teachers there. I transfered my kid to a private school.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2005
The school has good rating because of the parent's involvement. The teachers don't really teach well. Most of the teachers stick to their favorite kids only.I did'nt like this school.

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June 13, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
June 08, 2005
One of the Great schools, Excellent Teachers. Curriculum is superb.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
Garden gate is an excellent school that has improved tremendously over the last few years. The teachers are by far very well versed and have been teaching for years. My children love it there.

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May 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2005
Very good school. Great Children and great teachers. The only problem is seems the school district doesn't have enough funding.

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February 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2005
Garden Gate is a very good school. This school has lots of good teachers, but this school is not perfect. Once in a while the teachers overreact to the students. This is a good school, but not a perfect one.

- submitted by a former student
January 06, 2005
This is one of the best school in Cupertino. They have the Gate program which enrichments to highly capable students.

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December 30, 2004
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December 16, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2004
A great school, excellent teachers who care about their students. My son has so far attended K-2 and we have been very pleased to be part of this school.

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November 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 06, 2004
I was surprised and shocked the way the school conducted its affairs - my kid did kindergarten in this school and I promptly pulled out next year. There were 6 sections for kindergarten and only the first two had regular teacher - rest of the sections, including my kid's had only trainees/ part time teacher. Worst in my kids case - the class was conducted by a parent one day, as there was no teacher. Surprised that the school is part of the Cupertino School district and still has such standards. Partiality is rampant - if the kid's mom could hang over with the teacher/school, the kid gets all benefits - good books, regular training with spelling words etc etc. If you do not know that, then absolutely nothing. The schools scores excellent marks - thanks to the efforts of the parents. Put the school in a diff area, then no scores!

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
My son currently goes to Garden Gate in Kindergarden. And I think the school is absolutely wonderful! My son has made remarkable progress academically, yet the learning is never boring. There are so many activities, such as field trips and music programs, that make learning a fun thing. Everyday he is looking forward to going to school, and he misses school so much during recess that going back to school becomes an incentive for him to behave! Garden Gate is the best!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2004
I am a student at Garden Gate school and I think the staff and teachers are very invovled with the students. Many extra-cirrular activies occur quite often. Today we had Colonial Market Day. I think this school is fun and educational at the same time. All teachers are working very hard with the students helping them, and making them have a good time while they are there. I think Garden Gate Elementary is the best school I ever went to!

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March 23, 2004
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December 11, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2003
We miss Garden Gate! Teachers are great, all activities to cover curriculum are very effective. This school has a lot of new and young teachers who are very innovative and not tired of their profession yet.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2003
This is second year of schooling for my son in this and I see a remarkable growth in his IQ/activities. Great school and excellant principal. Kudos!

- submitted by a parent
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Garden Gate Elementary School
10500 Ann Arbor Avenue, Cupertino, CA  95014
(408) 252-5414
Last modified Garden Gate 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.
Garden Gate Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 74 reviews. Top