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K-5
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Lafayette, CA
Students enrolled: 459

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3301 Springhill Road
Lafayette, CA 94549

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(925) 927-3580
(925) 283-3675
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August 20, 2014
After three years of painful flux, the Principal has departed Springhill. The interim Principal will be Mr G - the district psychologist. He used to be the school psychologist at Springhill prior to his district position, so he knows the school, families and staff. This is a great step in the right direction for the school. Let's hope the new principal is a thoughtful choice. This is a committed group of parents and volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2014
The overall academic quality of Springhill Elementary School has declined over the past four years as evidenced by decreasing standardized test scores in comparison to other local Lamorinda public schools. Our class sizes have increased significantly over this time and student need has grown without an adjustment in campus resources. Many children in need are under served. The current principal has successfully reduced parental involvement during school hours as well as field trips in some grades. School problems are minimized or not communicated to parents. Quality, experienced teachers and staff are leaving and the school community morale has declined. The committed community of parents are more hesitant and less willing to get involved because of the principal's philosophical differences, lack of leadership and collaboration, and investment in quality education.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2014
We have two children at Springhill, one entering 1st grade, and the other entering 3rd grade. We've found the teachers to be very professional and engaged. We receive regular communication from the teachers and administrators with respect to goings on at the school - programs, special days, calendar, etc. There's quite a bit of parent involved, both on the organizational front, as well as volunteering for events, and helping the teachers. The school is clean, and the facilities are well maintained. There is a before/after care center adjacent to the school propery, which many of the children attend (ourselves included from next year). The setting of the school is picturesque, as it backs up to the Briones State Park - the kids can see the cows grazing on the other side of the fence. There's also a large garden area at the back of the property. On the downside, the homework is somewhat hit or miss - there seams to be less emphasis on homework at this school than we're accostomed to, having recently moved to the area from out of state. Overall, we're pleased with the school, and our kids feel safe/happy there.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2014
We have been at this school for the past 2 years and love it. My kids are getting a balanced education and preparing to be bett r citizens, not just robots who can take tests but can navigate through the world based on their experiences at school.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2014
The mantra here in Lafayette is " Lafayette schools are the best in the State and the Nation". They are NOT. At all. All you have to do is look at the Standardized test scores and school rankings. Maybe people just assume if they pay outrageous prices for homes that the schools must be great in the area. A bad and erroneous assumption.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2014
School test scores reflect high socioeconomic demographic, not quality of school (and are lower than other schools in area). Current principal is unhelpful and not well-liked by either parents or teachers. School is special ed hub for district but doesn't have necessary resources to serve the numbers of students who are referred here, and if you have a kid with a milder learning disability they are unlikely to be well-served, nor are gifted students. Some excellent teachers, but also some fairly awful and mediocre teachers who should be removed. Current principal is trying to cut back on field trips and opportunities for parent volunteers in school, aside from fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
You will find that people from the Lafayette area think Lafayette schools are great. If you move here from other parts of the country you may find like I did that Springhill is good but definitely not great. You only need to look at the Standards test scores to see that Springhill is not up to par with other schools in the area. Also Springhill was rated a 10 on this website and recently dropped to a 9. It does not appear that this school is striving for academic excellence. Because of Proposition 13 that was passed decades ago the property taxes just aren't enough to fund all that the schools need. Every parent is asked for money at the beginning of the year and there are fundraisers throughout the year to help pay for things that should be standard in a school. Thankfully they do have a lot of parents willing to volunteer. Also my child has had excellent teachers. That is probably the only reason we are still there.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2014
Be aware that if you are moving here from back East, these schools will likely be very mediocre compared to what you are probably used to. I have found this to be true in speaking with many parents from out of state. Parents are asked for frequent donations, bus service is several hundred dollars extra, differentiation basically doesn't exist (but LOTS OF LIP SERVICE DOES!!!!!) if your child is well above average, and for my son who was set to start speech back east, he was considered "normal" in this district. The lack of money really shows in the school systems here. We gave up after we were encouraged to work on math at home, and after the teacher was just really horrible in general. Like I was told before moving here, "California schools are California good."

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
My scoring is relative to other comparable schools in Moraga, Orinda, and Lafayette. I have four kids two of which just completed 6 years at Springhill and two of which are still there. Positives -Some very good, motivated, inspiring and experienced teachers -A great community of parents -Art and music program funded by LPIE -New science specialist former 2nd grade teacher - very good! Negatives -Star test scores are consistently lower than all comparable public elementary schools in surrounding area. -Too many poor/medicore teachers. In 5 years my daughter has had 2 bad teachers. That's one too many. Hard to get rid of b/c of tenure. -Principal lacks leadership and vision. Not inspiring, an administrator, doesn't command respect of teachers or parents, and has failed to communicate and execute on vision for school. -Principal's new teacher selection has had mixed results over last 3 years. A couple good ones but a few bad one's as well. Lafayette should be able to attract the best every time! -Almost all teachers give lip service to differentiation -Lack of consistency and collaboration between teachers within same grade and between grades -Lacks strong academic focus.

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
We have been at Springhill for 5 years and have many more to go. We've loved our time here but I feel that it is changing since Bruce left. My children are receiving a good education, but it could be better. Public schools are so focused on state test scores they, have a difficult time offering much in the way of differentiated learning. Springhill could do a much better job at challenging students who excel or the boys who often need to "move" to learn.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2011
Good school. Front office personnel could be more helpful and friendlier to incoming parents. Otherwise a good experience.

- submitted by a parent
December 30, 2010
This is a stellar school with amazingly dedicated teachers, a beautiful campus and terrific parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2009
We have been very pleased with Springhill--it is a wonderful school with a small town community feeling. Bruce Wodhams, the principal takes the time to get to know the children and parents and that makes a difference. Great quality education--we are pleased.

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
Both my kids who are now teens had their start in the loving, attentive atmosphere of Springhill. They both reminisce about their favorite teachers there. I couldn't have been happier with what this school and the involved parents gave to my kids (who happen to be excelling in all their studies--thank you Springhill.)

- submitted by a parent
April 22, 2009
Springhill has a community of parents and teachers sincerely and completely dedicated to the growth of every student. Kids don't slip by or exist under the radar here because it is a smaller school. The education here is absolutely the best for our children and I feel grateful that they can enjoy learning in such a quality environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 03, 2009
The teachers are incredible & the most supportive and invloved parent community that I have seen anywhere. The extra curricular programs include chess & foreign language!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
burned out principal, entitled, tenured teachers and aggressive soccer moms make this school an unhealthy choice for most kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2008
Excellent teachers coupled with A LOT of parent involvement make this our top rated school- better than our previous private school!

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
Nice friendly environment. Faculty seems concerned about budget and what they can really offer students. Drive to get families involved, which usually not a problem. Gifted kids sent to other location, good place for kids needing basic instruction.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2005
My son was a kinergartner this year at Springhill. He thoroughlt enjoyed his learning experience and I could not be more satisfied with his exposure to so many different things. Science classes, computer labs, days at the library as well as the needed outside playtime.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2005
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March 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
The parents at Springhill school are extremely involved. It's a small school, so it's easy to get to know the other parents and everyone is very welcoming and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
January 19, 2004
Springhill is an outstanding school all the way around. Excellent teachers and intensive community involvement make it work.

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Springhill Elementary School
3301 Springhill Road, Lafayette, CA  94549
(925) 927-3580
Last modified Springhill Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Springhill Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top