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K-5
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Dublin, CA
Students enrolled: 713
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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5301 Hibernia Drive
Dublin, CA 94568

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(925) 803-4444
(925) 556-3488
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June 08, 2014
No school is perfect, but Dougherty comes pretty close. With all the changes/challenges that are happening with common core, the teachers here have been doing a great job with the transition! Yes it is unfortunate that tests are not sent home, but this is a district wide policy that teachers at all schools were told to follow. Our child's teacher shared this information with all of the parents at Back to School Night. Whenever a test was coming up she always sent home a reminder ahead of time. She also sent home the test scores so we knew how our child did. If there was ever any concern about grades all we had to do was ask her if we could see the test. We went over the test with our child in the classroom after school and it was no problem at all. The teachers at Dougherty truly do all they can to help our children succeed. We are extremely lucky to live in Dublin and have access to so many great schools. It's a great city no matter what part you live in!

- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2014
Dougherty elementary school is a great place to be for our kids , the teachers are awesome , the staff is really friendly and helpfull , and most of all this school has got the greatest principal of all time . I have 2 girls , my first one graduated from Dougherty last year and she is doing great in middle school . My second daughter is in Kindergarden and I can't believe how quickly she starts reading and writing by her self . Thanks to her great teacher . Thank you Mr. Nelson , you made this school one of the greatest school in our area.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
Very disappointed in this school. All class work is kept in lock and key. Any tests that are completed are kept under lock and key. We have to make an appointment to see the work but we cannot take it home. In my day, tests and work went home. My parents would show me what I did wrong and would have me retake the test and see if I could do any better. We do not know anything other than a score. We cannot even work with our child/children as we do not know what they need work on. I got a tutor for my child and she asks what parts does my child need help in and I cannot tell her. I am paying money hoping that the tutor is working on the stuff my child needs help on. How can our children improve if we cannot see the results of papers, tests, math, science until the end of the semester. It is a nightmare.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2014
Both my children attended this school, as a whole experience we liked the teachers and administration, nothing is perfect but my kids got a great education and life experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2014
The principal Mr. Nelson is outstanding. He is very energetic and very nice to kids. He has brought great activities for the students in school. The teachers are great !! Only issue is with the staff in the school office who are very rude.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
My school has a great principal that does great activities for the students and the surrounding community. I really like the running Dolphins program to encourage running at an early age.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2013
I would have rated the school five stars but didn't because my son's 5th grade teacher, Mrs. Molzen wasn't very good. She was absent multiple times which had a detrimental impact on the students. This resulted in her rushing at the end and finishing the syllabus just a few days before the STAR test. Additionally, she seems sometimes unfair in her grading. If the school wants to keep the high standard and continue to impress with increasing API scores, some changes need to be done and teachers need to be more highly qualified.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2012
Pleased with progress after kdgn and 1st grade. School selected as one of the Distinguished Schools. Reserving opinion this year. Some changes, some concerns--time will tell .

- submitted by a community member
August 13, 2012
My son went to Dougherty only for kindergarten. So my opinion is only for a year and should not have the same weight of other opinions. My son was assigned to a classroom with a teacher with two great defficiencies. First, she wasn't a nurturing teacher. Second, she had the habit of speaking very fast. She had some other good qualities, but the two problems above can make a lot of damage in a K-student, especially when English is not the language spoken at home. We tried to fix this issue by bringing it to the attention of the principal, who clearly took the position of the teacher. That's fine, that's her job. What really bothers me of the whole thing is that the burden of the proof was placed on us. No follow ups about the teacher's peformance. No performance improvement plan for the teacher, despite the fact that she, in my opinion, is not the best qualified teacher for that age range. Maybe for older kids. I didn't get the feeling that the school's community is as strong as others. Best of the school: the extended day care program has very commited and nurturing teachers. Thanks to Mrs. Colleen, Miss Kathie and Miss Amy.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2012
The new principal is a tyrant. She is uncooperative and is forcing great teachers to leave Dougherty. She does not get along with the parents and despite being a so called advocate of anti-bullying policies is herself a BIG BULLY that treats her staff like.... well, a bully! Unless this changes Dougherty and the children there will have a questionable future. Concerned Parent.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
my son completed k-5 here and is at Fallon. All the 6 teachers we had here were super dedicated. Awesome parent community. Fallon front desk has been very helpful to me just like the folks at dougherty.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2010
One of our kids is a K-5 graduate of Dougherty and the other is still at Dougherty. This is a school that has a very enthusiastic principal, dedicated teachers (you can see teachers come by on weekends/holidays for class preparation). There is a very active parent community both at the classroom level and at the school level. The school has seen its API stats reach new levels - it is one of the top schools by API scores in the trivalley area.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2010
Where to begin...Dougherty is a high achieving school. If your child is strong academically, then I think Dougherty is a good school. If your child has any problems with learning, Dougherty will not be a good fit. This school caters to the higher functioning children. The school offers minimal service to the students that really need help. It is very disappointing that you have to pull teeth to get any type of help.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2010
Regular education at this school is good. If your child needs any type of special ed service, this school is not a good choice.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2008
The administer Mrs. Yvonne Jacquez is very helpful. She is very nice to everyone. This is the first year my daughter come to this school transfer from another school. The teacher here are great. Fallon front desk has a attitude. Helpless!

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2008
Great school. Great teacher. I can not think a better place for my son.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2008
My son has been in Dougherty s Kindergartner program for the past two semesters. I am very happy with the teacher s quality here. They are well trained and prepared. They know how to discipline and challenge the kids and organize the classroom in a very creative way. For example, during Thanksgiving, kids got dressed up in very simple and creative costumes made from paper as Indians or Pilgrims, pretended having dinner together. I love the homework pocket my son brings back every week. It is always very interesting, well related to what he has learned from the classroom and also challenges him at the right level. Compare to some other enrichment program, surprisingly my son always refer to his main classroom as always has some interesting stuff to do, never get bored.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2007
I have my son going to this school for the past 4 years.I wish the school is more academic and I am disappointed that the API of the school is not really going up as one would expect. The 4th/5th grade kids have lot of potential but are not being pushed to their level best.Teachers are reluctant to do this. School definetely needs to do more academic (in Science, Math and English)related stuff.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
This is my daughter's second year at this school. I have 3 kids and have had many different school related experiences - both private and public. This is one of the best experiences we've had so far. The teacher we have this year is outstanding. It took her 2 weeks to understand exactly what my child's specific academic needs are and it is clear that she understands and treats the kids as individuals. Parents are also very involved at this school and I like the Arts and PE programs.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
My husband and I debated between private schools and public schools - we struck gold when we gave Dougherty a try. It is the perfect size school (smaller for the elementary level) and has a layout that promotes parent interaction (as is event by the smiles and hellos you get everyday dropping off your child at school). The quality and enthusiasm of the teachers and staff is outstanding. They are dedicated to assisting each student succeed - which is not an easy task because needs differ so greatly. One look at the consistently high test scores and you can see this school is succeeding with their children. The PFC is very generous with their time. Many parents donate time and money in support of the classroom needs and in providing many extracurricular activities at the school (Fall Festival, Science Program, SouleShoppe, etc.)

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2007
Dougherty seems to be good academically for those children that are average to aove. Not so much for those kids that might be lagging. You have to have an individual teacher that takes an interest as opposed to the overall school itself. Parents have to dig deeply to find out what's available for those children.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2007
We love Dougherty Elementary school. This is my son's second year (he's in grade 1)and the school, teachers, atmosphere and culture are all awesome ... really great school.. I have only praises for this school. Thank you.

- submitted by a parent
February 02, 2007
This is the third year for my son at Dougherty. I have nothing but praises for the dedicated teaching staff. With a strong PFC staff, and increasing number of Parent Volunteers, Dougherty can only get better. My son enjoys going to school and am happy to have found this school, which is one of the top school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2006
Both of my kids have gone to Dougherty. What a fabulous school, with amazing teachers. I could not ask for a better place to educate my kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 14, 2006
A good school, very helpful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
Dougherty Elementary is a very good school. I like the way the teachers challenge the kids. The school has a very good library, and computer facility. 60-70% of the parents volunteer thier time, for diffrent actviites in the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2005
Great school with dedicated teachers and amazing number of parent volunteers. My son enjoyed his Kidergarten last year and eager to start his 1st grade.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2005
Avoid this school. All your child will learn is the test answers so this school can get more funding.

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2005
This is a great school. My childs kindergarten class was reading at the grade 1 level before christmas.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2005
We have just moved into the area and have picked our new home based on the high performing Dougherty Elementary. We have been happy with our son's education, and have nothing but praise for the teaching team.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2005
My daughter has been attending Dougherty for last 4 years. I would rate the school as one of the top. It has good parental involvement, excellent teachers. At the 4/5th grade level, teachers could push the students more. But overall, very good school.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2005
Two of my daughters have attended Dougherty Elementary school and I have been very happy with the quality of the educational program they offer as well as the quality of the teachers in the school. Children are encouraged to do their best without being overly pushed. The school campus is always well kept and provides a nice environment for the children to learn. Another point that adds to the success of the school is parent involvement in the school, and the parent participation is reasonablly high at Dougherty.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
Dougherty Elementary ROCKS! Highly trained and dedicated faculty and staff, involved parents, supportive community, and high caliber students....makes this school 'best in class' when compared to similar schools. Dougherty is always looking to raise the bar be it acedemics, student activities, enrichment programs....it is constantly striving to excell and exceed standards. Dougherty Elementary IS the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2005
Dougherty Elementary School is one of the best school in city od dublin. Its a well rounded program includes Math reading, science and social studies. Children get hands on experiences through different field trips. All the teachers are highly qualified in their field and are very nurturing. The facility is very spacious.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2004
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James Dougherty Elementary School
5301 Hibernia Drive, Dublin, CA  94568
(925) 803-4444
Last modified James Dougherty 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.
James Dougherty Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top