It is the students and parents that are responsible for the good grades. The teachers put 20%. I think about 80% of the students coming to these schools (CUSD) are from either educated parents or parents that have higher academic standards. They all clustered in either Fremont Mission San Jose Sub district of Fremont unified school Distric or CUSD. This is the reason why the API are much higher than the other surrounding public school districts. These schools however cannot turn around any students and make them smart. I am saying this so some of the parents don't get the wrong idea and pay high rent or high price for homes here will get too disappointed. Most of the steller students are born that way.
In response to the family moving from Brazil, Lincoln Elementary is an excellent school with superb teachers who really care about your children. Unfortunately, the front office staff does not reflect that same warmth. I'm so sorry that your initial conversation with one of the secretaries had to be your first impression of the school. I'm sure the office staff is very efficient, but they can be curt to the point of being unfriendly. I'm sorry you were not treated with more respect.
My third child is graduating this year. All my kids had positive experiences with many teachers over the past 14 years. The school provides the kids with excellent start in academic and personal development. Prepares them well to middle school and beyond.
This is in response to the people moving from Brazil. Cupertino Union School District has an excellent ELD program, but it's only run at certain schools, and Lincoln Elementary is not one of them. Your students go to a great class clustered to help them learn English to a proficient level and they provide transportation from Lincoln to the alternate school. It's not than English learners are "welcome' at Lincoln, the school district provides the English learner curriculum at other sites. Good luck! Hope you find what you need somewhere. Lincoln is a very popular school and they are full in half of the grades anyway with wait lists for people who want to attend and live in the area.
We are moving from Brazil to California and I'm trying to find a school for my kids before renting or buying a house. So, I've just talked to a lady over the phone and, unfortunately, my impression of this school couldn't be worse! Differently from secretaries of other schools,this one was not willing to help at all and sent me a clear message that my kids, who are not proficient in English, are not welcome there. I know that this is just one person over the phone, and I'm sure that the staff there can be more friendly, but it takes just one rotten apple to send the wrong message...
I like the very balanced reviews on this school. Really appreciate people taking the time to add such useful information.
Excellent 5th grade teacher, love the school and the office staff is extremely helpful. My children enjoy going to this school.
So disappointing...Cupertino schools have such a fine reputation so we expected much more. There is a lack of coummunication on the part of the principal and there is definitely a lack of understanding toward students with special needs. The principal and some of the teachers need to be more willing to discuss issues with parents and to problem solve.
Terrible environment! The teachers program these students like robots. It's horrible. My 7th grade son gets less homework than my 5th grade daughter. It's as if they expect everyone to drop what their doing and do math. I hate it. And to those just joining, don't. The 4th and 5th graders get out half an hour later, so you will have to wait til' 3:30 to go home.The only upside is that there is a decent curriculum.
Great Environment! GREAT teachers... Very helpful, loving, caring, supportive... and I can go on :) Excellent Curriculum3
Great teachers, students, curriculum and above all great study environment
great school, the teachers (at least three who I know) are caring, respectful, and well organized. My kid loves them. weakness? not really. but if want to be really picky, traffic is bad dropping off/picking up, building is old too - academic wise, a little weak comparing with some good schools in east coast, but here in CA, top notch.
Caring teachers, Parents and teachers come together to create an environment that's fun as well as educational.
My son is autistic who is attending Lincoln. The teacher for the SDC, Ms. Fujikawa, is the best teacher I have never met. Her well structured class is a total success. If you have a mild autistic child, this is the place.
Best of the best school. My only issue is with traffic to drop and pick children.
Our experience with Lincoln has been fantastic. Great teachers, extremely dedicated, hard working, and well organized. They really know how to keep the advanced students motivated and learning new things. Someone else commented about instrumental music not being available. Maybe not the traditional boring band class, but there is a super music program that is international in focus and gives students hands-on experience with a huge variety of different musical traditions -- Hawaiian, Balinese Gamelan, Chinese, Indian, to name a few. There is also extracurricular music (band) but yes, not as a class. Great parents although they are busy people, generally not a lot of extra parent activities.
The school lacks on teacher quality and their enthusiasm to drive overall developemnt of children. The school principal needs to get more involved in order to justify a rating of 10.Parents involment is also lacking.
Sadly, Lincoln did not provide instrumental music. If it had I would have given it a 5/5 hands down.
Parents participation is not great. School has good atmosphere for overall development. Only Cupertino Elem where we find a better mix of ethnicity.
Parents are easily misled by the great scores. Again, it is true that the school does not do enough to promote students' overall development. The teachers are nice, but some of them are not doing their jobs.
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