Students enrolled 89
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School leader Diane Prystas
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10300 Ainsworth Drive
Cupertino, CA 95014

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3 stars
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October 29, 2013
My child started kindergarten in August of this year and my experience with her teacher and the staff has been very positive. I can see that the people who work here genuinely care about the children and strive to do their best in providing a good environment that fosters learning. I am impressed by the learning opportunities beyond the usual curriculum: art, computer, PE classes are just some examples (for kindergarteners, no less!) Many of these special classes are possible from the support of the PTO which also illustrate the involvement of parents. I help out once a week in the class and have observed first hand how well my daughter's teacher works with the individual child as well as with the group as a whole. I personally think teaching can be incredibly rewarding but challenging as well and I have great respect for what teachers strive to do each day. My take on it is that we as parents are the most important influence on our children and are their primary teachers. Their teachers at school are important partners and teamwork is the key to a happy child who loves school. So far, I am glad to report that my daughter loves her school and her teacher!

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2012
I am not sure why the school has been getting such awful reviews in the last year. Apparently people didn't like Mrs. Franklin. There is a new principal and it's too early to tell what she will do for the school. Stevens Creek is a really good school with many fine teachers and programs for students. No school is perfect. Parents who think a school can do everything for their children are going to be disappointed. Stevens Creek works with the help of the parent community. If you're not happy with the school then get involved and don't just complain. You can make a huge difference.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2012
It's hard to believe how CUSD has kept Vivian Franklin still employed! The parent and the student community at Stevens Creek are absolutely disgusted and annoyed with her, her punitive methods, harsh, indifferent attitude and autocratic rule. All this has factored in to bring this school down to rocks.... Most of the good teachers who were earlier there with the previous principal have left and those who are currently continuing also laugh and mutter at Vivian Franklin's back. Everybody is dissatisfied shows through when one is in the campus. Being a parent of two kids in this school I have seen all of these things happening in front of my eyes, but just tolerated and kept quite so that my kids are not targeted.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2012
We have been with this school for long time putting a few kids thru elementary school. I pleased to say this is our last year at Stevens Creek. It has been a shame how the school has gone from an absolutely loving and yet high standard environment to what it has become today. As a part working in high tech in the valley, where leadership makes or breaks companies, I think that is what it has done to Stevens Creek. Ms. Franklin may have the best intentions in mind, but her style does not work for today's environment. The only saving grace for school i the few good teachers left from the old days.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2012
Principle Vivian Franklin is HORRIBLE Has control issues. Unable to make it in adult work place, so chose to work with children. Facility is outdated and run down

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2012
This school stinks. I am one of the students at this school writing this review. This is anonymus. I hate this school. They spend too much of their money on technology. Every classroom has at least 1 I-pad and now they have a mobile I-pad lab. The money should be spent on useful programs for students who need a challenge, like the GATE program. I am one of those students.I will not say who I am. This school needs to change the way it uses its money. I am glad I am going to a different school next year.

- submitted by a community member
March 20, 2012
should this school be the babysitter center not the shcool since children at these ages as well older ages have great ability to learn by themselves & set guildline , rules for their peer to follow. they r more comfortable at their own age// these days these teachers & principlal think schools r build & create 4 them , they should be constantly reminded as little rude child they r here to baby sit not need to teach & children & parents teach & they learn more from parents & peers

- submitted by a community member
December 04, 2011
I do not recommend this school. The principal is a bully who prances around in a miniskirt and high heels yelling at parents through a megaphone. She will call you up and harass you for money when donations are optional. Hey, public school is public, duh. Not everyone is rich. The kids who thrive are taught everything by their parents before they enter the classroom. So if you are not from a culture where that is the norm get ready for a world of hurt!!!! If so many parents have to get a tutor, hey that's an indication something is wrong with the curriculum. I love my teachers and I know they try with so many kids. Many of the parents I've talked to have children who are not thriving at this school. The music program is great if you are not one of the kids runnIng out of the class crying. I see a lot of criticism and zero 'one on one' teaching with my child. Don't believe the hype, people. Cupertino is not the answer and Stevens Creek has been such a disappointment. All I can do is get a tutor like all the other moms. Don't even think about asking for help from the principal, she is mean. Good luck! Oh, and my kid doesn't know how to do a proper push-up or sit-up! Gosh! Omg.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 12, 2010
It provides a caring and nurturing environment for the children and is a welcoming institution for the parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 06, 2010
Teacher with great passion, incl great music and PE programs that kids love!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2010
My children had exceptionally good experiences in learning at this school and they had terrific after school programs also.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 26, 2010
It is a great school to be in .Very positive environment and good quality of education as a whole not just curriculum .

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2009
We feel very fortunate to have our children at Stevens Creek. Intelligent, devoted teachers, safe learning environment, high standards, great support programs, and involved parents. We are also happy with the Principal. Her style is to allow minimal disruption, and the kids respect her. I think she is doing a great job.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2009
A great school with great principal, teachers and involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2009
Mrs. Franklin is a wonderful, dedicated principal who works really hard to make Stevens Creek one of the best in CUSD. She has great leadership skills and her emphasis on rules and discipline policy makes it a positive, safe environment for the students. I feel really sorry to her because a small group of parents are attacking her personally by bringing up some unreasonable issues and spreading the rumors around the campus. I fully support her and would definitely want parents to stop posting comments about how she is verses the previous principal. Mrs. Franklin is by far the best principal that I've ever met!

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April 06, 2009
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April 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
I really like the school. Every principal tries to make the school best. I disagree with previous reviewer on principal being rude. Overall I portray it as discipline and how to organize the kids. I also liked how they are trying for different things - was impressed by the science fair this time.

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February 06, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating February 02, 2009
The new principal is extremely rude in her interactions with parents and portrays negative leadership skills. The school used to be much more better both academically and socially during Vidmar's time. Surely this pricipal lacks vision, positive leadership skills and communication.Its time for Stevens Creek to have a new principal or a change.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2009
Stevens Creek is a great school with dedicated teachers and parents. While the principal may have ruffled some feathers after moving from Regnart, she had some big shoes to fill- Patti Vidmar's. This school excels because of the parental involvement and the great and caring teachers. It is unfortunate that the previous reviewer cites a lack of leadership skills based on personality differences with the principal. CUSD sets the bar high when it comes to achievement. Stevens Creek remains up there with the best, and API scores have improved each year since 2006. The Superstars are well prepared for Kennedy Middle School, one of the highest achieving schools around. Go, Superstars!

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2008
Vivian Franklin, the new principal totally without leadership skills resulting in an extremely negative attitude by the staff and teachers. Worse, she is hiring techers with her same cold, uncaring attitude which makes for ineffective instruction. It is so bad there, I'm pulling my kids out of this school at first opportunity.

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October 01, 2008
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July 23, 2008
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May 22, 2008
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January 04, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 03, 2008
I agree with the recent reviews. There is certainly some issues with leadership by the new principal. Also some teachers for the younger kids are not upto the mark. My daughter's teacher is always precoocupied with her own personal matters. It was not like this a few years ago when my son went to the school. It used to be good school then with the previous principal and teachers much more engaged.

- submitted by a parent
December 29, 2007
I am not very happy with this school. My child teacher does not pay any attention to the students. The pricipal also seems to be clueless as to what is going on.

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December 04, 2007
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October 05, 2007
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- submitted by a teacher
October 01, 2007
Parental involvement is the only reason for this school to thrive now with few good teachers.The new principal lacks vision [and] has poor leadership skills.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2007
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September 11, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2007
My kids have been at Stevens Creek for almost three years. Not all the teachers are not up to standard, but last year was the worst. My son was kicked accidentally by one of the classmate at his nose and had lots of bleeding. He had to go to the office. But I was not informed. I only noticed that when he got home with bloody sneakers and shirt.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 07, 2007
My children attended this school for last 3 years.Some Teachers are rude and stern.I felt they use harsh language to communicate with both students and parents.If they could handle the students with with more love and empathy, and be compassionate to them and respectful to the parents they would do better justice to their profession.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 06, 2007
Stevens Creek Elementary is definitely not comparable upto the standards of cupertino union district schools.Scores are low, staff is lousy (few of them).I had my son attending this school in 2006 in grade1.I would not recomend this school to anybody though.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2006
I am a big fan of Stevens Creek. I have 2 daughters attending, and they each have different academic needs. My oldest has a learning disability, which, once diagnosed, was immediately addressed with additional tutoring and modifications to the classroom environment which make it possible for her to perform to her highest capabilities. She is happy with her teacher, tutors, and classmates. My youngest is an academic high achiever, who needs to be challenged and rewarded in order to continue at the same gifted level in higher grades (she is currently in Kindergarten). Her teacher recognizes this, and provides just the right amount of additional academic challenge, as well as a lot of great coaching on social skills. Their STAR scores, already very high, improved drastically. Big thumbs up to Stevens Creek!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2006
My daughter is is kindergarden now. We just moved. Her previous Montessori school challenged her a lot more. I don't think she's learning much in her current class.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 17, 2006
The office is friendly and patient.

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November 09, 2005
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November 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2005
I have an 8 year-old entering 3rd grade and a 5 year-old entering Kindergarden at Stevens Creek. I am so happy to have both my girls attending this school! My eldest had ADD, which makes focusing in the classroom very difficult. The principal and teachers have been wonderful to work with as we jointly put together a plan to assure my daughter can learn to the best of her ability. My youngest daughter cannot wait to begin Kindergarden because of all the positive activities she has seen her older sister involved in. I highly praise the principal's leadership during the 04/05 school year. I support Stevens Creek 100% and feel very lucky to have my kids attending the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 08, 2005
Stevens Creek School is a wonderful school, with involvement from all parties. Kids are always smiling because they are happy and learning. Parents and teachers organize successful events such as Pumpkin Panic, Walkathon, Spirit Days, Talent Shows, etc. I love this school!

- submitted by a teacher
June 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2005
Our family (two kids at Stevens Creek now) loves the school, especially the Living History Days.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
The STAR tests place our school in the top 3% in the state. I currently have one child in the fourth grade. My older daughter, now in high school, also attended. All of my experiences with Stevens Creek have been positive. The teachers of my children have done a terrific job. My daughter was very well prepared for Kennedy Middle School (a CA distinguished school) and Monte Vista High (listed in NewsWeek's top 100 schools in the country). Despite her dyslexia, she has maintained straight A's in both junior and senior high against her normal peers. Without the outstanding early training she received at Stevens Creek, this would not have been possible. I feel incredibly lucky to have this caliber of public education available to my children.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My son's special needs have been well addressed at Stevens Creek School. I have always found the teachers and principal effective, interested, and cordial. The City of Cupertino is very diverse, as the best and brightest in the world come to work here. Stevens Creek has done a terrific job in creating a climate where all feel welcome. It's history program is exemplary. As a Christian and a Republican, I am saddened by the recent controvery brought about by our evangelical teacher, and I am in complete support of our principal's actions in protecting our children against him. Please know that the Declaration of Independence is taught in its entirety by all 5th grade teachers, and the press on this subject has been completely false. For more info, see http://www.StevensCreekParents.org.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My three children have attended Stevens Creek and have received a first rate education. Parents and teachers work cooperatively together to create a nuturing environment where children can learn. Our kids were well prepared for success at the middle school level as well as at Monta Vista High School, ranked in the nations top 100 high schools by Newsweek magazine.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Stevens Creek is a model of tolerance and inclusiveness in an extremely diverse community. The STAR scores speak for themselves regarding the excellence of the curriculum relative to other CA schools. Our principal has shown exceptional leadership in protecting our children during the unwarrented attack by the Alliance Defense Fund. And for the record, even the ADF admits the Declaration was never banned, and was recently sent home from court with their tails between their legs.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My son, who is now at Monta Vista (one of the nation's top ten high schools), went to this school and was taught History through our amazing program of Living History Days. The kind of love of history that program fostered in him, should be replicated in kids all over this country. And, yes, the Declaration continues to be taught, IN ITS ENTIRETY, not in selected excerpts which is what the complaining teacher wanted to do. I have two girls at the school now, and have often cried with cordial envy of the children there. I wish with all my heart I had had the kind of education my children are receiving at this school.Those who wrote negatively about it should come and talk to some us who DO have children here. When a teen reads history books for fun, you know someone taught him well! Stevens Creek did!

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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
I have 2 children enrolled in Stevens Creek School. I've found this school to be an outstanding community of teachers, staff, students and involved parents. Funding from the state of California to the Cupertino Union School District (the district Stevens Creek is part of) is among the absolute lowest in the State. The parents, teachers and staff work very hard to ensure adequate funding is in place for the 'extras' (which I consider essentials) to be maintained. I am most impressed with the level of commitment of the faculty. Very available, very hard working, very committed to ensuring students are learning the material. The school's high test scores are the result of this teacher commitment to the students learning. There is flexibility of the teachers to ensure the students learn - children do not all learn the same way, at the saem time - and the teachers deal with this.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
The school is more concerned about making automatons out of the children than developing understanding and knowledge. Teacher's do not 'teach to the child' but fall back on what is convenient to them. Unique learning styles are not valued. One teacher was inflicting his version of religion on the children on a daily basis. Overall a horrendous experience.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
December 14, 2004
It is unfortunate that this forum is being used to air misinformed grievances. The teaching of the Declaration of Independence has not been banned. The over-sensualized media has created a lynch mob fury by distorting the facts. Let's not lose sight of the real facts. This is a wonderful school with outstanding teachers.

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December 09, 2004
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December 02, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2004
Any principal or administrator who forbids dissemination, to students, of our country's founding documents, i.e. The Declaration of Independence and The Constitution of the United States among others lacks not only a spine but a functioning brain as well. Totally unacceptable.

- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2004
Http://www.Gopusa.Com/news/2004/november/1125_declaration_bannedp.Shtm america's children need to be taught truth in its entirety and then now to reason within it Thumbs down on this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 24, 2004
Any school that would restrict teaching of the basics of this countries founding principles needs to be challenged by the parents to the administration as to just what knowledge the leadership of this school has when it comes to the core of this country. By disallowing The Constitution of the United States to be 'barred' from the teaching materials you violate the basic premise of the whole thing. Get a reality check people!

- submitted by a parent
November 24, 2004
What do you think I should say about an American school refusing to teach the Declaration of Independence?

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July 01, 2004
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Stevens Creek Elementary School
10300 Ainsworth Drive, Cupertino, CA  95014
(408) 245-3312
Last modified Stevens Creek 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.
Stevens Creek Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 68 reviews.