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Livermore, CA

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1001 Elaine Avenue
Livermore, CA 94550

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(925) 606-4738
(925) 606-3349
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March 24, 2015
We were new to Joe Michell this school year. Our children had been attending a local private school, and we were a little nervous about the transition to public. We could not be happier. The teachers at Joe Michell are excellent, the community has been welcoming and we are very excited about the blossoming International Baccalaureate program. Even my youngest comes home talking about what a principled inquirer (two of the IB traits) he was that day. The principal, Dr. Lembo, has a truly unique vision for the school that has her students' best interests in mind. My children are happy socially and academically, and we're looking forward to growing with the school.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2015
As with any school, in any district, parents can make or break the school. One parent can start complaining to another parent and from there it escalates. When everybody joins together in a positive fashion wonderful things happen. I believe this is going to happen with Michell. There is new energy. Don't wear your feeling on your sleeve, change happens , embrace it.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2015
I have no idea what the last two parents are talking about as far as Michell wanting it title one status and if you are certain social status you are not accepted. I am one of many Ivy league Graduates that has my daughter there and it is a wonderful school. The Academics in Junior high are great as my child get a well rounded IB education that is not taught at our districted school that only allows one elective. My daughter has a great group of friends from all social economic class and parts of Livermore. Yes, we live on the south side in a million dollar house but no one holds it against us. I think the last two parents really need to examine why they feel that way and if that is the kind of values they want to pass on to their children.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2015
I agree with the last reviewer. The school has a chip on its shoulder and a weird cult mentality about title 1. All students and parents that are not title 1 are not welcome. If you are thinking of this school as a option because you didn't get into the charter school - don't! It is not academic in the least and the after school programs are things like parasol decorating classes! It is a really weak school with weak leadership. They need to bring in new everybody and make it a school the district can actually be proud of instead of the media charade they are playing.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2015
I really like what the IB program has to offer. I think the middle school still has a way to go to be competitive with the other schools in the city but I know it will get there. The K-5 teachers are fantastic! Currently parent participation is down due in part by new PTO leadership. Things are not being done in an appropriate manner. Hopefully this will rectify itself over time.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2014
This school is really on the right track with taking in the IB program and the change in leadership. I wouldn't have my kid at any other school in Livermore.

- submitted by a parent
December 17, 2014
Joe Michell is an absolutely wonderful school, with teachers, principal and staff that are second to none! You can tell they all truly care about the children of Joe Michell. We are so lucky to have this gem!

- submitted by a parent
August 07, 2014
I am very thankful and happy to work at Joe Michell! Mrs. Lembo is a wonderful principal and she truly cares for the children, the families, and all of the staff members. Joe Michell is always looking for creative ways to keep up with the technological advances and keep learning fun and engaging. The staff is collaborative and very inviting. I feel the school and community is my "home away from home" and I'm proud to be a part of the school.

- submitted by a teacher
April 28, 2014
Joe Michell is a great school for parents and students wanting to creatively learn and be critical learners. The faculty is outstanding and they support and recognize each child for their achievements. Our daughter is excelling at Joe Michell thanks to her wonderful teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I have two daughters that go to Joe Michell and I absolutely love the school. I really like the new principal, she has really been a positive addition to our school. My daughters feel safe and comfortable. They have had good experiences with the teachers and the staff at the school. If I ever have any issues or need to check in with their teachers or their principal, they have been very responsive. My daughters Kindergarten teacher from the previous year has checked in on my daughter was adjusting to her new teacher and I find that very comforting. One of my daughters was diagnosed with ADHD and the school staff and principle met with me to make sure this coming year is better for her academically and that she gets the support she needs. I love how they are involved. As parents, we need to be involved in our children's education and communicate with their teachers and/or principle as needed. I also find the after school enrichment classes and the runners club great for the students.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2013
Have had a great experience at the school real community feeling. My child has really enjoyed all aspects of school.

- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2013
Great teachers! Must say that my child is very happy at Michell I have seen the learning curve sky rocket this year. I wanted to share what a great experience we are having with the staff and Ms. Lembo (principal) she has been very professional, caring and very involved. I am also very excited to hear that Michell is pending on an IB program that will start in the near future...

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2012
New Principal and I really like her and her vision for the school. She has listened to my concerns about the middle school and already has made changes for the better in the first week of school! My child is happy there and comments on how the principal has visited their class several times in the first week and has asked what they would like to see changed as well. I love the small school/class size too.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2012
Thank you LVJUSD for listening to the parents of Joe Michell. I have two children that go to JMS. I have always loved the fact that the school is small, the parent involvement is great and the teachers are amazing. However, I was really stuggling to stay at this school this coming year because of the Principal from last year. The new Principal (Mrs. Lembo) is already so involved. It is refreshing. She has great attitude, is responsive to parent inquiries, has great ideas on how to grow JMS and you can tell she is committed to Joe Michell and the students. We are staying and can't wait to see where Joe MIchell soars to. What exciting times!

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
6th grade orientation yesterday went very smooth, well organized and with the staff on hand to personally greet & meet each family was very nice. The new Principal Laura Lembo provided a one-on-one orientation. She addressed all my sons questions & concerns thus eliminated any anxieties associated with starting a new school . I am sorry to hear about the incidents in the past with the old principal and thank you to those families who speak out and share your personal experiences.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
I too had many concerns regarding the principal (Angela) and the way my son was treated by the "yard duty" personnel. Which is very unfortunate because we had an absolutely amazing experiences with the teachers on campus. My son was involved in altercations before school and at lunch (where he was punched) - and I did not find out from Angela (despite the boys being sent to the office to be interviewed by her). My son's teacher advised me what had occurred before class started for the day. My son was very intimidated by this other child - and I found it appalling that Angela kept both boys in the room while asking each child their version of what had happened. My son was too intimidated to speak up in front of the other child. Angela told me that because my son did not defend himself he too would receive detention. Angela definitely lacks some experience in child psychology.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2012
So glad that I am not the only one who feels this way about angela ulrich. She has torn my son down emotionally. Has not returned any of my phone calls concerning my child being slapped in the face on her campus and has said inappropriate things to my son like this is the reason no one wants to come to your birthday party. I caught her one day after school with another staff member yelling at my son in the office in front of everyone has he balled his eyes out. Extremely unprofessional and she is a down right bully!!! Do not send your children to this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2012
Agree with previous parent. Can the school district listen to the parents and teachers. While our family thinks Mrs. Ehrlich is a nice person she is not getting the job done. She rarely returns phone calls, doesn't follow through on important action items, doesn't support her teachers which is huge since they are taking care of our children during the day. Please LVJUSD listen to the parents and teachers and get someone in here that works with parents, students, teachers and the PTO to institute long-standing programs and leadership for our future (the children)!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2011
It pains me to not give Joe Michell School five stars, but I can't in good faith. The reason is solely because of the Principal. She is horrible!!! She gives the impression she is involved and that she is there for the students. However, she is no where to be found except for when District personnel are on site. On a very positive note, however, the parents and teachers at Joe Michell are simply amazing and the most dedicated group of individuals. That is why it's hard not to give Joe Michell five stars because on every other account the school is GREAT. Lose the Principal, get a real leader that works with the teachers, parents and is there for the students.... and Joe Michell will be one of Livermore's most desired public schools. Really!

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2011
I am a mother of a 1st grader who attended kindergarten there. I am so pleased with how much he learned as well as how much my son grew socially and the confidence he has. This great school helped that. He was chellenged yet reinforced postively when he learned new things. Parent involvement is key and Joe Michell has and promoted that. I do feel the administrateive office lacks warmth sometimes but they're not there to make me feel warm and fuzzy. Like the kinder detention. Yes, it is harsh for little ones but its goal was to have every child there on time. Nothing wrong with that. I much rather have their intentions be good and their delivery need a little help then the opposite. Any issue I had was taken into consideration quickly and solved. Overall a great school. Wer'e happy we are back and plan to continue his educationa there until 8th grade.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
My son has been at JM for 2 years now. It has by far been a stressful and underwhelming experience for us as parents and my son. The school does not deal well with children that have special needs. I was told to medicate my son and that there was nothing the school could do to help. He did not qualify for the programs for assistance the principal said because he wasn't recommended by the school for them. There was no one at the school that specialized in dealing with children with is specific problem and he became a target. The principal is not friendly as I have spoken with her a number of times. There have been many incidents that I was not contacted at all, and she never has a good reason. Her people skills are truly lacking and I cannot wait until she is replaced. I do however LOVE his teacher and she has been amazing in keeping me informed on my sons progress. I can tell she really cares and I am grateful for her.

- submitted by a parent
December 09, 2010
The middle school teachers this year are OUTSTANDING. Really professional people who really know how to think outside of the box and care about the kids. They actually communicate and work with the parents (almost non-existent with most middle school teachers). For parents who think their child would do better in a small middle school environment -- about 60 kids in each grade vs 260 -- where they won't slip through the cracks, Joe Michell is the place to be. Like other reviewers have mentioned, the principal is not the best administrator. She is obsessed with assessments (practically every month!), does not know how to handle discipline, doesn't return phone calls or emails, meets with children dispensing punishments without notifying parents, and has very little to offer any student with special needs. She's been known to single out and students and families that she doesn't like, and numerous complaints have been filed with the district office. GOOD NEWS is that she rarely has any interaction with middle school anyway.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2010
Joe Michell has excellent teachers who really care about their students. Unfortunately, the principal is more insterested (like most administrators these days) in high test scores than anything else. This results in teachers having to spend far too much time "teaching to the test." Sure, that is what gets our schools money these days, but is it right? My other problem with the principal is her Rules and Regulations attitude and policies. Who ever heard of giving a kindergartener lunchtime detention because their parent got them to school late? What is that supposed to teach the child? Other than the principal, it's a great school The teachers are wonderful, the kids and other parents and wonderful and participate and there's a nice sense of community there.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2010
In conjunction with the previous reviews, my son too has a little bit of special needs, nothing major but because of the business-like environment, it drove him crazy. The enforcement of the rules were like that of a police-like state. I know other parents feel the opposite, which leads me to believe he was singled out. He is now in a traditional elementary where teachers and principals care about him and encourage him, he's little special needs are almost nonexistent and most importantly, he feels cared about. I can name the numerous atrocities that happen to my son at Mitchell, but I will reserve it to say, we are happy that me moved him and he is happy in another school that is encouraging, caring, compassionate, and most of all where they teach him.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
Don't send your kids to Joe Mitchell if you have a child with special needs. The principal is not willing to make any accommodations and she does not care about kids with disabilities or kids with emotional and behavioral challenges.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
I agree w/the previous review. The principal is very 'businesslike' and can seem strict. I rarely see her smile or act friendly towards the kids. However, I think overall the school is good and they have made lots of academic improvements in recent years.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 12, 2010
The school is terrible. The principal is very mean to our kids. I feel very sad for my beautiful boy who is attending the school. We will enroll him in another school next Fall.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 25, 2009
Joe Michell is still Livermore's best kept secret. The Parent involvement and the close net community make it a wonderful place to be. The teachers are wonderful and the new principal is outstanding! I think it is finally returning to the awesome school that it had been many years ago. I am once again proud to be part of this small amazing school. Thanks for letting it shine again!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
I love the small community feel- that everyone cares about all the children.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2008
The school has gotten 100 % better since Mrs Urlich became principal. I am much more comfortable with knowing my kids are learning and if they are having issues they will be addressed.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2008
Great elementary school! Friendly, approachable teachers and fantastic principle!

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2008
2008 marks my son's fourth year at Michell. I am very pleased with the Teachers, Principal and Staff.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2007
Joe Michell is a great school. The staff and teachers are wonderful. My daughter is in 1st grade and she is thriving academically and socially. Many parents are very involved and always willing to volunteer. We are very blessed to have found such a awesome school.

- submitted by a parent
April 21, 2007
Excellent academic standards, dedicated teacher, and above all, a great principal. Highly recommended school.

- submitted by a parent
May 13, 2006
The principal has revitalized the academic standards of this school. Several teachers who were burnt out and unwilling to change their views of education left. New, fully charged and motivated teachers came on. The result is a sense of unity among the staff, a single-minded purpose for educating the students. It really makes a difference! Neighboring schools have huge boasting egos, which is easy when the student base is rich, white, with half the parents 'stay home moms' able to whip up fundraisers to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Money buys cool stuff. However, Michell has a diverse population including both low and high income families, and still the kids thrive! I am impressed by the challenged 'c' student who becomes an 'a' student, over the kid who has everything going for him and brags about his great report card. Likewise, I am impressed by Michell.

- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2006
Joe Michell Elementary is the smallest school in the Livermore School District, and school environment is like a close-knit neighboorhood school, where everyone knows you and your children. The staff is truly top-notch! The teachers are professional, effective, fun, and full of enthusiastic energy. Students are taught at their level: the ones needing extra help get it, and the advanced ones soar. The Blended Services Language program (where children are grouped by reading level, not age or grade) is fantastic. Both my boys have greatly excelled at this school, and I have very high expectations. There are schools that boast more money, more 'bells and whistles'. But what it comes down to is kids really learning and growing in a caring place. That is what Joe Michell is all about, and the test scores prove everything I've stated!

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
Great community environment where or whole family feels welcomed.

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2004
I am a grandparent of a student at this school. I volunteer one full day each week in her class. I have done this for several years. These teachers always appreciate any help they can get. Michell is a caring community for any student to be involved in. There are many volunteers such as myself that believe Michell is more than a school to these kids. My own children attended Michell and grown to become productive people in this community and are sending their child to the same school! I think that says a lot about Michell. -P. Andersen

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
The teachers more than want you there! And there are many parent volunteers! I have been on the PTA/PTO board for the last 5 years. There are always parents ready to help. Many of our students have both parents working or come from bilingual families. In those cases they may not be able to help out with tutoring or helping out in class. If there is something that needs addressing at the school parents should contact a PTO member or the school office. We can't help you if we don't know what the problem might be!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2004
We have been at this school for 6 years and feel that the school teaches to the state standards but not beyond! Very little parent involvement and teachers really don't want you there.

- submitted by a parent

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Joe Michell
1001 Elaine Avenue, Livermore, CA  94550
(925) 606-4738
Last modified Joe Michell is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Joe Michell Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews. Top