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19200 Phil Lane
Cupertino, CA 95014

(408) 252-3103
(408) 253-2213
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June 09, 2014
Sedgwick USED to be a decent school. The main problem is the poor quality of teachers. Out all of my child's elementary school years, she had been put in a classroom with such bad teachers, year after year. I honestly wondered if they knew what they were doing half the time. Many times I feel like the teachers are really lazy. I visited my child's class one day and shocked by the way the teacher was treating one of her students. It resulted in the child going outside and crying. My child also receives unfair and biased treatment. My child is not perfect, but when there were problems, the administrative staff only listened to one side of the situations. Even after it was proven that my child was innocent, I never even heard one single apology from the student, teacher, and staffs. Also, teachers are there to set a good example for students. When they say something or promise the child something, that promise should be kept. Never has my child been so disappointed when that promise was broken. I really think the district should come in and set Sedgwick straight again. Incredibly disappointed in the teachers selection and administrative staffs.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2014
I had two kids attend this school. When my first daughter went, I thought that it was a great school. However, when my younger child attended, it seemed that the school's quality from teachers, to staff, to basically everything downgraded quite a lot. Maybe my child was unlucky and received the not so good teachers, but still quite upset with how the school treats my child. Overall, I am quite disappointed with the staff of this school, especially my child's past teachers. He/She is now a fifth grader and I honestly can't wait for them to get out of this school. Sometimes it seems like the staff looks down on my child and a lot of the times favor other students. Again, I am glad I have no more kids to put in this school. The quality of Sedgwick has gone way down the drain.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
I have four kids, three are older and in college and high school. My youngest just started kindergarten here and I am happy to know that most of the teachers are still here. The school/teachers does a great job creating a fun and creative way of teaching that instills the importance of learning. Compared to the other schools in the area, I am happy to know that the children are not stressed out or pushed into the 3 R's without the joys. My older kids enjoyed going to school everyday and even going to school after school for the social activities such as Ice Cream Social, Reading Nite, Movie Nite and going to the Scholastic Book booth. They created a great foundation for the love of learning and reading that prepared them for junior high, high school and college. I am glad that my youngest is enrolled here and look forward to a new/old experience at Sedgwick. PS. I could not list all the names of the caring teachers, the list would be long but a couple of them stands out Miss Choi, Ms. Gubler, Ms. Lin and Miss Yamamoto.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
my son studies here , i am very happy the way teachers teach and work on kids.

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August 14, 2013
My daughter has been going to this school for a year now and we really liked her 2nd grade teacher. She was very kind, caring and had a great attitude with the children. I volunteered almost every week and was very to see my girl enjoy learning.

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July 18, 2013
I have to agree with lot of parents that the front office is very snooty. The teacher are not at all accommodating ...u will meet them once a year. But I have to say overall the school is good.The environment is very positive for kids.they enforce discipline in kids.

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February 15, 2013
I agree with the posting about mean staff at Sedgwick. Tracy never puts a smile on her face and I have come to the office multiple times for multiple reasons. NEVER SMILE! The new principal provides poor leadership and ruins the good reputation for Sedgwick. I moved to Sedgwick this year because of the good rating but have been very disappointed at the adminstration and quality of teachers. Our family will definitely move to a another school next school year!

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2013
I'm not sure if the school staff is posting positive reviews of themselves here, but I can confirm the earlier posts who say the office staff is mean. They are almost like bullies, but to believe it, you have to see it for yourselves. I didn't believe it until I visited this week.

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January 29, 2013
This is a great neighborhood school. People are friendly. Tracy in the office is very personable and goes out of her way to identify each and every student and parent by name. She will stop anything to help. Always a welcoming face. The principal is new and seems to have a good relationship with the students. Mrs. Wang is always friendly and available.

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January 29, 2013
I agree with the comment below regarding the new principal. I have tried to reach her several times but her front office staff is always giving excuses for her. She does not respond to emails or phone calls. She is zero help when it comes to listening to the parents. She has created a very antagonistic environment.

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January 08, 2013
***Front office staff are unfriendly and rude. Sedgwick is an adequate school with satisfactory teachers who are competent. If you have a chance, do ask to observe in the classroom. After doing so, I realized that the high academics are not because of teacher ability but because of the student's and family's high regard for academics. Overall, the school is diverse and gives a balanced education. The worst part of the experience would be the office staff. Whenever I interact with Tracy and Viviana I always get a very upset look from them, frowning, bad attitude (like I am bothering them for being in the office and need to ask a question). I always try to be polite, but they are always very snappy and sharky. I went in there with a friend of mine and I had not made mention of the staff to her before. She was also shocked at the "rude customer service". She said it was worse than being at the DMV. As parents, tax payers and interested parties, we deserve to be treated with kindness and caring. The front office staff are the face of the school. Right now the school has a very ugly face. I would like to see cheery, happy people replace these employees.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2013
I agree that the front office staff is very rude and unprofessional. My first experience with Sedgwick was speaking with the office staff and they were so rude and unfriendly that they almost had me in tears. The high scores at this school seem to be more because of parent involvement and/or because the children attended a better school before hand. My child's teacher cares only about following the curriculum to the letter. She does not want to give extra help to children who are struggling and certainly does not want to do anything to challenge students that are a head of the grade curriculum. If your child is right on track for their grade level then the school could be passable. If your child needs help or is more advanced then other children at the same grade then do not send your child here. They will not be challenged. Unfortunately the Principal is new and offered zero help.

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2013
Our child has been in Sedgwick Elementary for a year now and we are very happy here. We were looking for a school that focuses on developing well-rounded and well-balanced, independent, and "whole" student, and yet still must have high academic achievements. So far this seems to be just the right school for us. We attended and enjoyed many of the school activities such as international food festival, ice-scream socials, picnics, movie nights, and met many parents and our kid's friends as well. We like the clean, safe, very family-friendly, and very walkable neighborhoods in this whole area. The community is well educated and reasonably diverse, with parents who care about their children's development. The teachers at the school are experienced, patient, and friendly, and the kids are happy there.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2012
This school has a bad community. Some teachers are nice, but be careful, a teacher who is a first grader teacher is designing and not be trusted.

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September 08, 2012
Sedwick has been a great school for my daughters. The PTA works so hard to make sure that the kids have a wonderful music, computer and PE program. My daughters second grade teachers was fantastic with great focus on science, reading and math. The science projects were very engaging and my daughter has grown to love it. The K teachers work as a team to teach our kids and have a great program. Great community all around.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2012
I have 3 kids attending Sedgwick for more than a year now. I am totally agree that Sedgwick is doing the right thing for our kids. The eldest boy is naughty, active and sometimes got into troubles. The principle and teachers helped us to discipline him in a fair and effective way. He now improved a lot. He is responsible and knew to take care of himself. He even woke up very early by himself and made to the soccer team and is extremely happy. Their soccer coaches are the best I've ever seen, 2 women teachers ^_^. My daughter and the other K boy love their teachers and school too. They are on the quite and smart side so not many troubles so far. Not all of the teachers will do things the way you'd like but overall the environment here is positive and ambitious. You can see their test score improvements year over year. Maybe next semester they will be in top as other schools in CUSD. Cheers!

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2011
Mrs. Stokes a new principle at Sedgwick is awesome! All of the teachers my sons have had over past three years were exceptional. I was a parent volunteer who witnessed hours of classroom teaching that I base my opinion on. They have clubs, my son was in a computer club for an entire year mrs Sing is computer lab instructor really creative educational games. IEP teacher Mrs Husting helped my son greatly with his LD. Amanda Boyce the Title 1 instructor is the most caring & patient of all the staff. There is a CDC program on campus with a fun & caring staff as well. Sedgwick School also has 2 pick up & drop off areas that are very helpful for the busy parent. There are a lot of patent volunteers who contribute weekly. Many activities that involve family and instill in the kids a great sense of community. It's what the students & parents contribute to the school that makes a real difference:)

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2011
Some Sedgwick teachers have a problem teaching boys. My son went to Sedgwick for 6 years (K - 5). All of his teachers were women. Two of them seemed to have a basic problem with teaching my son. After multiple meetings with each (these were different years) I concluded that they were unwilling or unable to deal with boys in their classrooms. If you have a son that is shy or withdrawn, then he might do fine at Sedgwick. At least he would be the kind of student that some of the teachers seem to desire. If your son is a normal boy, then watch out! You are going to have trouble. I don t know how they relate to girls. My suspicion is that very few girls get the kind of negative treatment they give to some boys. Other than that, this seems to be a good school.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2011
My son has been in Sedgwick school for 3 years. Overall, I am very satisfied with the school; my son is very happy as well. He has very good academic results and his teachers were all very nice and caring. Compared to other Cupertino schools, this school has slightly lower API scores as Sedgwick school has more diversity among students regarding their social and ethnic backgrounds, which is great. I highly recommend this school to everybody.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
I sent my kindergardener reluctantly thinking that there are better schools in Cupertino that Sedgwick. After being in school for even less than a year now, I wouldn't switch the school even if I had a choice. The teachers are very friendly, hard working and approachable. They are quick to respond which has helped us work with our child in ways that is effective for her. We also love the fact that the focus is improve the school for the children and to expose them to different things in a fun manner. In partnership with Discovery museum, they had a science fair last week that was really fun for the kids and the parents. They are working on getting new computers and doing fund raising in really fun creative ways. I can't wait for my second child to go to this school!

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
Both of my daughters go to this school. They love their teachers. The teachers are very committed to student success. I would recommend this school to everybody.

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March 20, 2010
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September 14, 2009
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September 10, 2009
The principal Lisa Hickey was very unwelcoming to our daughter who needed extra help.

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June 27, 2009
My daughter loved going to school everyday. She just finished Kinder and I loved their program!

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May 10, 2009
This school is small. And every teachers know every kids. Very nice,and friendly. I love this school.

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no rating October 18, 2007
I love this school we have after school clubs and great teachers. I have been here for three years and I always love going to school!

- submitted by a student
August 07, 2007
My children have been at Sedgwick for 5 years and we have loved the great diversity of the student body. The teachers have been responsive to students' needs and always available for conferences. The turnover is low. Last year there were only 2 new teachers and I think only 1 new teacher this coming year. I feel very comfortable with my children here getting a full education - a nice balance of academics and developing character and skills to work well with peers. Parent volunteers often run clubs and there are programs for GATE students.

- submitted by a parent
July 18, 2007
My daughter finished Kindergarten this year. I am very happy with the school and her teachers.

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April 08, 2007
We just moved to the neighborhood because of the high quality of the district(as we've heard of it). But as my child started the school I soon realized that this is only a high achieving school and it doesn't welocme the kids who are new and needs an extra help.Since this is the end of the year, they assessed him as below their benchmarks and didn't offer a positive solution. As a result me and my child are facing hard time from the management, at the same time principal is inaccessible. I feel like to go for an alternate programme.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2007
My son has been enrolled in the YCC special educaion preschool program at Sedgwick. The teachers are great -- really passionate, skilled, and approachable. My son, who is socially challenged, loves going to school and is making friends there. But the school uses old-school teaching techniques and is not very resourceful for alternative treatments/methods that are proven to be much more effective. The class size is sort of big for children with special needs. However, those are probably true with all public school districts. Pairing the YCC program with some intensive private one-on-one intervention works really well for us.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2006
the current principal, ms hickey is very inaccessable as a parent. at the school functions, she is happier walking around and will barely talk to the parents. she is not warm and approachable. the school is quite cold. back to school night does not include the children. i am upset that we had a half hour performance at the end of the year, that was thrown together by the music volunteer. this school, though great in academics is quite cold and unapproachable. my child's teachers were incredible. if it were not for them i would not have stayed. very few opportunities to volunteer outside of the classroom.

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June 29, 2006
My daughter went to this school last year for First grade program. The teacher was fantastic - right balance of academics and general overall growth. The teacher emphasised original thiking and creative learning in every facet of all concepts (either math or spelling). Glad that my daughter went to this school!!

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May 28, 2006
Sedgwick has very good special education program. My child really benefited from the program. The teacher was dedicated and promptly updated us about child's progress.

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May 23, 2006
This is a high achiving school, that unfourtunantly dose not cater to the children who need the extra help.

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May 10, 2006
I am very happy with Sedgwick!

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March 03, 2006
Overall, good school. Strong work ethic - perhaps too much for a Preschooler

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February 06, 2006
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January 12, 2006
My daughter is attending kindergarden and it has been an extremely positive experience

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January 12, 2006
The teachers and staff have meet all of the needs of my son. We were blessed to have been with such as school. Sedgwick's standards on education, safety, and wellbeing are outstanding.

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November 29, 2005
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October 17, 2005
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September 19, 2005
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June 27, 2005
The academic programs at this school are good compared to other districts. Many parents are non native english speakers so the parent involvement is somewhat interesting.

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March 31, 2005
My son receives special education services and his education at Sedgwick has been awful. The general education teacher is not experienced with learning disabilities and the resource specialists aren't great either. I guess it is true that high achieving public schools cater to high achieving students. The rest are left in the dust.

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February 17, 2005
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February 21, 2004
I have 3 kids at Sedgwick. After spending 3 months at the best private school in Beijing, I truely appreciate Sedgwick. The new teachers have bought youth, vigor, and new ideas to a core of caring, experienced teachers. The ethnic mix makes Sedgwick more interesting than other Cupertino schools. My kids are happier, learning more, and developing skills. Keep up the good work, Sedgwick.

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January 19, 2004
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January 05, 2004
Two of my children attended Sedgwick from 1998 through 2003. I was blessed with an awesome Kindergarten teacher, my third grade child reads easily and can easily decode fifth to sixth grade words, which I point to the wonderful phonic & whole word language skills developed at such a young age. Both girls had a wonderful 1st grade and 3rd grade teachers who instilled in them awesome study skills and moral team building. They now attend another school and their teachers praise the teachers before them for preparing them for the upper elementary education.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2003
My child is a former student who had a very tough time at this school dealing with the poor behavioral standards that seemed to be accepted at Sedgwick. I saw and heard racial slurs and bullying ignored by teachers and administrators. Those being taunted or bullied were told that that's just the way the world is. These behaviors occurred in the classroom as well as on the playground, making it very difficult for students to focus on their work.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2003
Teacher turnover is very high, school lacks experienced teachers. Class control not up to the mark. Only positive thing about the school is the potpourri of ethnic makeup. This school really needs better/responsive management and needs to attract and retain good teachers.

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D. J. Sedgwick Elementary School
19200 Phil Lane, Cupertino, CA  95014
(408) 252-3103
Last modified D. J. Sedgwick Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
D. J. Sedgwick Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 55 reviews. Top