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School leader Olanrewaju Ajayi

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5855 Olinda Road
El Sobrante, CA 94803

(510) 243-2100
(510) 223-4514
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4 stars
Based on 33 ratings

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October 08, 2013
We are new to the school this year with a child in kindergarten and first grade. Our children love their teachers! Although it is early in the year we are happy so far with the teachers. Our concerns include: lack of arts and music; way too much homework (12 pages in one week); and lack of inclusiveness for diverse families. When we approached the teacher regarding inclusiveness she was receptive and immediately made some changes. There is a very active welcoming parent community. We are happy to have a quality school within walking distance.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
After years of rumors surrounding a possible closure, Olinda has achieved "Distinguished School" status, which confirms what so many Olinda families have known all along; we have an amazing community that provides an excellent environment for students to start out their educational journey.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
Olinda Elementary is a good school. My son is in the 1st grate. His new teacher is well organized and caring. The after school program is improving. There are art, music, dance, science and chess for his grade and the fees are reasonalbe---thanks for the parents' involvment.

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2013
My child was in Mrs. Barrios' transitional kindergarten class and she was the very best teacher any of my children had!! She really is a loving concerned teacher. Olinda is very lucky to have her. The principal loves the children and does not let the parents push her around. Thank you Olinda for taking care of our children!

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
This is a great school with great teachers. We moved in the area when my daughter was in 2nd grade and now she is finishing her 4th grade. During these 3 years, Olinda exceeds my expectations in all areas. Teachers care about their students and students love coming to the class everyday. We are hoping that it will continue to be the exceptional school that it is and always will be. Thanks so much to Mrs. Velez, Mr. Royce, and Mrs. Haydari

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
Olinda Elementary is a gem in the school district. Thanks to the City of Richmond who had the foresight and commitment to keep such a great institution open, Olinda is around to be recognized as a Ca. Distinguished school this year (and I bet for many years to come). My daughter has had many amazing teachers - not all the time, but enough to make a difference. The new principal seems very experienced and focused, and I'm excited to see how well the school would do under her leadership.

- submitted by a parent
March 30, 2012
Olinda is a 2012 California Distinguished. The community involvement, parent participation, great leadership, and outstanding teachers ensure an outstanding education for our children. Congratulations to all!

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2012
Great school my son goes there and he is happy, teacher are great and parents envolment in school is also grat

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2012
School needs to post not only positive but negative reviews. Someone is deleting all negative reviews. This school needs to get its act together and stop making itself look perfect. It isd nowhere near that. There are many schools in this district that quietly do what they are supposed to do...and they do it legally...STOP deleting negative reviews. That certainly tells parents something about your lack of honesty and other essential values teachers should have. Shame on you.

- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2011
I am responding to the post on 11-19 about dysfunctionality. We've had principals leave because the state budget cut threatened their job, retired, took a lesser commute job with another district. We probably missed out on principals wanting to keep a career join us because of the closure threat a few years ago. This turnover does allow potential handpicking by teachers to fall through the cracks due to transition, but I doubt this is exclusive to Olinda. The district could do a better job managing principal transitions to make sure this doesn't happen. Despite constant changing of principals, and the parent's claim of ethnic profiling, Olinda stayed within the top 5 schools in our district, never dropped below 827 in API and are 1 of 2 final candidates for CA distinguished school award in our district this year. To qualify, a school has to meet overall API, and also sub-group growth. And ethnic is a sub-group. So not only should you think twice but maybe ask three times before you dismiss a potentially good education for your child by not choosing Olinda.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2010
This is a great school. When I brought my 5 year old daughter to kinder class last August 2009, she knows nothing, one reason is because she didn't attend a pre-school. As of this time (Jan, 2010), she could read, write sentences, count up to 120, count backwards, count by 10's and she could do her Math (addition) without any help. Congrats to Mrs. Lau. Thank you. What you have done to my daughter is amazing. Thank you very muc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
We have been at Olinda for 4 years. Overall we are very pleased with the school - especially given the district it is in. The student population is very diverse - both in ethnicity and social economic status. The parents are involved, bringing many programs (in and after class) to campus over the last 3 years. There were science, art, music, & international languages; arranged by parent volunteers and partially subsidized by donations. We had 3 principals in 3 years, but now there's finally stability. If we could just get the District to recognize and value how Olinda helps to provide quality education to all, we would be doing better as a district.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2009
Terrific parental involvement and excellent teachers make it an excellent place for kids to learn and the test scores reflect that. Unfortunately, the decision making at the district level has not always been the best. However, as long as the West Contra Costa School Districts keeps in mind the fact the their primary job is to provide an outstanding education to children, Olinda will continue to be an outstanding school.

- submitted by a parent
January 30, 2009
Excellent school. Teachers who care about their students. Parents who care about their childrens education. Students who love coming to class everyday. The discipline at the school is above average and the kids really enjoy learning and just being where they are. Scores reflect all of the above positive things about this school. We had checked out at least 4 private schools in the area and found Olinda to exceed in every part of our childs education. We are hoping that it will continue to be the exceptional school that it is and always will be. We are proud to have our child attend Olinda.

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August 18, 2008
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May 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2007
Had problems last year when my son was in the fourth grade and pulled him out, sent him to another school for a few months. Now, we are back, have the greatest teacher ever (Mr. Kresch) and are totally satisfied! Olinda remains a great school!! And, I had my doubts... Jona Boothe-Aguirre

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 07, 2007
This is our first year at Olinda. I have been very pleasantly pleased. The parent involvement is great. The PTA is strong and very involved with the school. They provide binders for the children to keep them organized, after school activities funded by the PTA such as art and many other things. The teachers and other staff are very friendly and our experience so far has been wonderful. My son transfered from Murphy Elem where he had attended since kindergarden and we were afraid the change would be hard. It has been quite differant, my fifth grader is happy to get up in the morning and go to school, He enjoys his teacher and children attending. Everything has been totally positive. I would have transfered him many years ago if I would have know how much better he would like it. Thank-you to Olinda school.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2007
Olinda Elementary is a wonderful school that has a sense of community. Parent involvement is high and the children are all exposed to a wide variety of cultures because the school is very diverse. The PTA is strong and the children seem to be very happy. The teachers are also caring and make sure to let you know how your child is progressing. Overall I am very happy and my 1st grader is very happy in this school.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2007
Olinda is a great school. Parent involvement is great in the kindergarten classes. My son has experienced an abundant amount of science, music and art through parent volunteers, and organizations sought out through the school and PTA. Mrs. Velez, my son's kindergarten teacher is very caring and involved with the children, and not just the test scores. The school is clean, safe, and the students are respectful and proud of their school.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2007
If you want your kid to be a statistic then send them here. Otherwise for basic r's send your children somewhere else.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2006
Olinda has a strong community of parents this year with a PTA board that has incredible vision. It is an excellent school with good leadership and focused teachers with a no-nonsense approach.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
Academic programs are good. Not much extracurriculars. The level of parent involvement is not high and maybe less than 10% of total number of kids.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2006
This school is focused on schools test scores instead of focusing on the child. Overall a very tough school on normal active boy.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2006
Used to be better. Scores are high but morale is low. Too much focus on state tests to the point of making kids and parents crazy.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2006
Olinda is the second best school in the whole Contra Costa County Unified District. Check out there API! There's a lot of parent participation. The school is small and that is what makes it special! The principal and the teachers are great! Another plus is that Olinda students wear uniforms! The students are very proud of there school!

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2006
As a result of the NCLB Act, there is little time to focus on anything other than Language Arts and Math. The availability of music, art, and other extracurriculars are near non-existent and up to the discetion of the respective teachers, depending on time. The teacher for my child is having a difficult time with the class itself which, in turn, makes the experience a poor one for the entire class. Intimidation and ridicule are tactics used by a few teachers, who are protected by the principal. Parent involvement rests upon a handful.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2005
Aug 2005 became first in WCCUSD to have uniforms. Very strong parent support; PTA and SSC District is considering making Olinda K-8; decision expected by Jan 2006. Very well run neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2005
My daughter is in Kindergarten at Olinda and I find it to be a great school. She loves going to school. The principal and staff are terrific. The children are well disciplined and the kids are happy. It is located in a nice neighborhood and there is a high number of parent involvement in the school. It feels like a family environment. I am very happy with this school. Olinda is also one of the top rated schools in the district.

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2004
Olinda is a great school! It is currently the 3rd best school in West Contra Costa County. The school has lots of parents participation which makes this school very special. It also ranked number 1 for Best Attendance. The teachers are great and the students take pride in there school! This is a very wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
June 26, 2004
Overall Olinda is good school, but lacking in parent involvement. The student body is diverse and from varied ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. The principal from 03-04 has helped improve the school in many directions. The teachers are dedicated and experienced. Overall I am glad my child was a student there.

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2003
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Olinda Elementary School
5855 Olinda Road, El Sobrante, CA  94803
(510) 243-2100
Last modified Olinda Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Olinda Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 35 reviews. Top