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K-6
Public
Fremont, CA
Students enrolled: 720
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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41700 Denise Street
Fremont, CA 94539

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(510) 656-2000
(510) 226-7056
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August 16, 2014
I loved how this school was predominantly minority. We moved in from another state and had no idea what to expect. The office staff were and have always been extremely helpful and kind to us. My kids blossomed during their time at this school. The biggest con is the registration process. What a pain!! They want everything and the kitchen sink before they allow entry, EVERY SINGLE YEAR! I have seen 3 different principals in 3 years. Not sure of the significance of that but it makes you wonder. Involved parents are sure to see their kids thrive especially if the kids have any special needs.

- submitted by a parent
July 13, 2014
I have children that have attended Mission Valley for the last 7 years. We have definitely seen a noticeable improvement in the atmosphere as a result of changes to the school principal in 2012. Principal Randolph has created a collaborative environment between teachers, administrators, and parents. The parent group (MVSA) has taken on more community-building activities. The teachers are also much happier with the support they receive from the office. All of these things combine to create an even better learning environment for our children. Go Beavers!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2014
1) The students are good, due to the families and parents' effort. 2) The school has programs like bands, basketball teams open to all 4th graders and above. 3) Teachers need to improve their skills to deal with talented kids, to develop their leadership, speech, and global views.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2014
This school has horrible, negative write-up system that placing a great stress on young students which is harmful on their mental health. I agree the write-up system should go away. And the sad thing is there are politics among the school teaches. I have to say we need more young teachers in this school.

- submitted by a teacher
June 15, 2013
Office Clerks are one of the worst I've ever seen. Rude, sarcastic, condescending, terrible attitude. The school itself has some good teachers and some mediocre teachers. My kid were fortunate to have had good teachers. Main reason for the high scores is because Parents with high interest in academics flock to this location. Again, be aware of the office clerks. 4 Stars for the school 1 star for the front office.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2013
There are a number of problems at this school. Many of the good reviews are by home-owners trying to prop up their home values. A number of teachers at this school have been around for a long time and are very lazy. They will not go even one tiny bit over the required curricula - because that will be "extra work". They can afford to be lazy because the asian students (the major component of this school), learn lot more from "coaching" type classes outside of school. Take out the asian students out and you will find the "true score" for this school - Caucasians, Latino's and other races - that typically don't have a culture of after school coaching, all do rather miserably at this school. Many of the incoming kids at the school, already know stuff that is going to be taught to them in class. These kids pretty much get taught nothing by the teacher - in a class of say 30 students - if 15 of them already know what is to be taught for the next 6 months, the teacher effectively now only needs to teach 15 - since 15 of them already know their p's and q's. The teachers absolutely don't do anythng to involve the 15 who are ahead and bored. Reached word limit - so can't tell you more..

- submitted by a parent
May 12, 2012
My kids used to go here. Horrible, horrible, horrible front office, attendance clerk always rude. Why can't she get a write-up?

- submitted by a community member
May 02, 2011
Mission Valley is one of the most truly caring places for children to learn. The teacher enjoy teaching and want your child to get the best education possible. Yes there is a write up system but it has taught my children to be responsible and do all of their homework. I have had may childcare children also attend Mission Valley and we all agree that it is a wonderful place to learn. Most of the complaints come from parents who want to control the teachers instead of letting them do their jobs. It has been a excellant choice for my children.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2010
If you enjoy fighting with administrators and staff, then this is the school for you.

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2009
We left Mission Valley for a number of reasons. 1) The write up system causes stress and headaches. 2) Some teachers were more negative than positive. 3) A teacher said to see the principal and the principal said to see the teacher. 4) Others schools do not have the write up system.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2008
I'm bemused by the parental obsession with standardized test scores. The tests are a poor, inefficient way to measure learning, intelligence and thinking. Thankfully, Mission Valley teachers, for the most part, don't focus on this pedestrian, rote-type learning. They are creative, dedicated and devoted to the children. They encourage the kids to be creative, innovative learners as well. I only hope those insecure parents who focus on test scores and want trophy children don't ruin this treasure of a school. Already, we see changes in approach by some teachers. And yes, people, your kids don't need extra homework. They need to have actual childhoods and to become well-rounded, thinking people. You are not raising little robots. Quit asking the teachers for extra homework and actually participate in educating your children to think.

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June 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
October 17, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 25, 2007
Yes, the write-ups can be infuriating, but my child has never gotten any that were distributed to her because of a few microscopic accidents. The teachers are terrific, but the children need themselves need to be more focused, and the parents slightly more encouraging.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
One of the reason the Mission Valley is going down in the test that they are spending less time in teaching and more in admin. As usual teachers start the academic year at a snail speed and then in the last quarter of the year they will over burden the students and parents with too many home work and week end assignments to cover district requirements. Zahir Alam

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September 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 01, 2007
The school claims to adopt an praising system. However, all that have been emphasized are trivials and small facts that leads to punitive writeups, while good behaviors, achievements, and progresses easily go unnoticed. Besides, some teaches uses writeups without consistent guidelines that causes confusions and negative feelings among students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 31, 2007
Mission Valley probably has the lowest score within Mission San Jose elementary school district at year 2007. I am surprised to find out their score has dropped 14 points compare to 2006. Mission Valley needs to change the conservative way of teaching because it is the old way of teaching. Lots of teachers in Mission Valley are too confident with their teaching styles without listen to parents suggestions and won't change base on students' learning style. I believe this is the main reason Mission Valley doesn't have an impressive improvement for the past few years. Hopefully the teachers can lower their gestures and open their eyes to see what really happening around them.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
Mission Valley is nice but still needs to improve. The whole write-ups thing is good but they give it for very little things like forgetting to bring 2 pencils! It makes me so angry when my child comes home sad that she got a write-up for not going to line fastly or raising her hand at a wrong time. But the studies are great!

- submitted by a parent
July 16, 2007
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March 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2006
The teachers / academic program and parents involvement are really good. I am very very staisfied with my kids progress. Many thanks to the Entire Staff and MVSA program for their commitment.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2006
My son was attending K class in school year 2006, and received very good care from teacher in terms of academic progress and other social skills. In addition, the class arranged some helpful activities to get the kids knowledge out of classroom. The parents provided great help in classroom. Overall, the school is great.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2006
The teachers go above and beyond to make sure each student receives a meaningful and quality education.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
The good teachers are only a handful; it's the families who raised great kids and being very supportive in accademics.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
Mission Valley is a great school. We are lucky to have an experienced teaching and administration staff. They really care about our childrens education. I am very confident that when I send my daughter to school everyday she is getting a good education.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2005
Great School. The kids will work hard there. Sometimes the rules are a little stringent with the 'letter reward' system, but overall a great place for learning. The school is highly, highly, competitive and a bright student will be 'just a number' there, considering the talent level that attends the school (and district). Principal turnover has been high (three different Principal in as many years), so rating one is not possible at this time. Parent involvement has been declining (my personal observation) over the last few years.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2005
This school is good. The api is not as high as GOMES or Mission San Jose, but I did not see the difference

- submitted by a parent
June 21, 2005
I feel the school or the school district needs to revise the 'write up procedures'. Secondly, it sadens me that the teachers send home so much homework and the schools policy is 15 minutes per year of grade.

- submitted by a parent
June 17, 2005
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May 02, 2005
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April 19, 2005
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April 02, 2005
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February 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2004
hard-working staff. dedicated principal.congenial office staff. orderly campus. attractive grounds. great test scores.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
This school needs to focus more on academia rather than on raising money.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2004
Terrific school. One of the best in the Bay Area.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2004
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- submitted by a teacher
August 17, 2004
It is very unfortunate that a few parents use this site to vent their personal frustrations with the office staff. Overall, Mission Valley is an excellent school. It's office staff is extremely efficient, despite perceptions that it is rude. The principal is outstanding and highly regarded in the community and district. Of course not all teachers teach the same. All students do not learn the same. All parents do not parent the same. All that aside, when you look at the school, its success, the students' success and happiness, it's a great school! So don't slam it here in such a public forum. Instead, be thankful to be at such a great school!

- submitted by a parent
June 07, 2004
The school has some really good teachers but, academically some classes work more than the others at the same grade level. The homework policies ( in terms of homework and extra challenge worksheets) differ from room to room and year to year at each grade level. When asked, neither the low-performing teacher nor the administration staff has any answer. But, definitely, looking atthe positive sides, the school is much better than many other worse school in the city. Till the time, the problems are solved, Be positive!

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
Mission Valley could be better in every way if we could get rid of the admin people & get some new caring loving people on board. The front office staff are hopeless, no manners whatsoever & the school district does not pay any attention. Principal is inefficeint too. Look at the ratings. Why does the school district ignore all the complaints? The new principal will be a refreshing change & hope she implements new standards like the previous principal. Ppeople who do not care about children should not be involved in a school system.

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2004
As parents we do not deserve to be treated so rude by the office staff, those ladies ought not to be around children. This is a serious problem and the problem has trickled down from the top. Too much emphasis on having high academic standards. If a child needs extra help with a subject, it is not available and parents are encouraged to move the child to another school.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2004
I have to agree with parent/s who gave opinion on Oct 2003, that Mission Valley's front office staff no doubt discourages parents from communicating on any matter. At this time the school needs to pay attention on the improvement of its customer relations service before it loses its reputation. Other than that this is great school with great teachers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 17, 2003
This school is excellent in many ways. Good students, good teachers, and good support from parents. Parent involvement has declined somewhat in the last few years, but is still very high.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 25, 2003
This is a school with good teachers and a lot of potential but is hampered by weak administration. We transfered from another school that had a lot more parent involvement. It is unfortunate that the attitudes of Mission Valley's front office staff discourages parents from contributing. The teachers are really great but the school could be a lot better if they fix the administrative staffing situation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 30, 2003
All 3 of my children are currently attending Mission Valley and I feel that the parent and staff involvement is very important to help better our children's education and Mission Valley does that.....

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2003
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Mission Valley Elementary School
41700 Denise Street, Fremont, CA  94539
(510) 656-2000
Last modified Mission Valley Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Mission Valley Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top