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K-5
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Livermore, CA
Students enrolled: 726

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391 Ontario Drive
Livermore, CA 94550

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(925) 606-4750
(925) 606-3330
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May 16, 2014
Why doesn't the principal interact with the children? We came from private school back east and the principal knew all the children. It was like a family.

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2014
Great school! Only complaint I have and I have heard from other parents is that the principal is not very active with the kids. I have never seen her come out in the morning or after school to see the kids. No involvement.

- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2013
I absolutely love this school! The teachers and staff are all VERY caring and compassionate towards the children. All the programs the school offers children are amazing. The only reason I did not give it a 5 star rating is because of the current principal. Getting her to follow through with a problem is like pulling teeth. She seems more concerned with all her meetings than getting to know the children. Like I said before, I love, love, love this school, and the only thing I would change would be the principal.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2013
My daughter is having a terrific experience at Smith. She is learning a great deal and thoroughly enjoying herself.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
Hard working and caring teachers and staff. New principal to the school is student centered and supports programs. The PTO continues to work hard at providing extra activities and strong support for programs. The new "goal-setting conferences" were interesting and somewhat useful. Still don't know if we'll miss participating in the Report Card Conferences. School needs more quality and interesting activities for advanced/GATE students.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2012
I am so impressed with this school! There are lots of extra-curricular activities for students. The principal, teachers, aides, duties really work as a team to ensure students receive a good education as well enforcing rules, guidance, etc. There is a strong anti-bullying policy enforced. Parents are active in volunteering. The campus is gated and has beautiful grounds. As a parent and teacher, I am so happy my children are attending this school.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2012
Love Smith School! From the tremendous parent involvement to the amazing teachers, I can't imagine a better school for my 2 kids. The State has put a lot of pressure on schools and kids have to learn more at an earlier age these days. If a child is struggling, I have witnessed teachers partnering with the parents to help even devoting their own time after school if necessary. I was surprised at some of the comments by previous reviewers, but at Smith, parents are seen as partners in the academic process. We have great community and parental support as well from all socio-economic classes, which is necessary with shrinking budgets and increasing pressure to achieve. "It takes a village" as they say and that is what you get at Smith. Caring faculty, a principal that knows most kids by name and a group of parents that feel committed to making our school an amazing place to be.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2012
Smith 10 years ago (Mr. Vernoy as principal) did not have snobs and cliques. We have noticed this changed through the years as we had our oldest who attended Smith and youngest is currently attending. Although, we ignore these snobs and cliques. We care about our kids education and success. Smith is a great school and teachers are very helpful. Great fundraising activities, social events and programs available for the kids. Wonderful PTA members. Mrs. Nathanson really cares about our the kids and the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2010
Not sure where that last reviewer is coming from. I have never encountered any rude staff or teachers. Kids who struggle are given help. If your child isn't being helped, then find out why not, rather than say the whole school is against you. The community around Smith has several neighborhoods of various socio-economic backgrounds, from apartment living to people renting smaller homes, to owners of modest to elaborate homes. All of us contribute to the school whether in time or money...I know people in all of the various neighborhoods who help out, and are friendly with each other. There are certainly a few snobs and cliques, but I suspect you would encounter that almost anywhere. The majority of us care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2010
Teachers are not interested in teaching children that may struggle with some subjects. Office staff are often rude to parents. The community surrounding the school is snotty and many parents are rude to families they see as being 'inferior' and of 'lower class' than they are. Facilities are nice, but can't make up for the fact that teachers and staff don't communicate with parents, and the snobbery of the surrounding community is sometimes unbearable.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2010
Emma Smith goes above and beyond to provide my child an excellent education. The teachers, principal, office team and parent volunteers work cohesively to intelligently provide programs that will have the most impact on our children's learning. Without these extra programs, Smith would still be a good school...but the programs are what make it a great school! Go Cougars!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 05, 2010
It is the best community for people from all backgrounds. We have parents working harder than ever to make ends meet, where the state keeps cutting. As one parent said, 'Our children are only as strong as those they swim with' as she marches off to start a Latino out reach program. The teachers and administration are always working above and beyond to make our school the best place for the children who attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
It has great parent involvement!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 07, 2009
I love Emma Smith Elementary for its caring teachers. They keep life on campus 'light' because they know how hard the kids work all day and how much pressure they put on themselves. Life is tough for kids these days. This faculty prepares them for real life (NOT for the 'reality' that television portrays). Keeping it GREAT! Smith Elementary!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2009
The parent involvement is great!!!!! My daughter loves this school .........

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 28, 2009
they have the best teachers! They care, they are fun and they are all about the students!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 23, 2009
I love Emma C. Smith Elementary because we have a Faculty of Teachers who really care about the students. They are always willing to have Parents come in and volunteer. They participate in Holidays with the children often dressing up and performing skits. They also attend our biggest school fundraiser and donate their time to help raise funds to be used through our PTA. Ina addition to our Teachers our Principal is very accessible and is always mingling with the children. She is approachable and fun! The school is remodeled and takes pride in keeping clean with fresh flowers planted, decorations for Red Ribbon Week, Holidays and Seasons. It is a full sense of community when you walk on to campus! We are very lucky to have such a wonderful school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
great teachers, great community support!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2009
This school has the best facilities and teachers that our grandchild has ever had!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
We transferred to Smith from a very academic private school in the East Bay and were very apprehensive about the change. Would our girls regress academically, not fit in, loose their love for learning. We were so worried we were making a big mistake and one of the most important things to us is our children's education. Well, two years later we couldn't be happier. The girls have done wonderfully and their test scores are great. But most importantly, they love going to school. Everyone welcomed them with open arms, the kids and teachers have been wonderful and the PTA is off the charts. In fact the PTA and the devoted teachers are what make this school such a great learning institution. They have turned a school into a real community that cares about the children. Can't thank them enough!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Smith is a great school because teachers and parents are very supportive. My daughter loves AR(Accelerated Reader) program. Principle Mrs. Nathanson is always fun with kids.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Awesome parent participation...

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Emma C. Smith has the best sense of community. The school is very well rounded and looks out for not only the best interest of the kids but the entire community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Emma C. Smith has outstanding teachers. There is a lot of parent support and volunteers that keep our programs running to benefit our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 21, 2009
Smith does an great job of getting children excited about learning. My child loves to go to school everyday.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
The parents and teachers are wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Fabulous school with fabulous teachers and staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
It provides my children with best education I have ever seen as a former educator. The teachers, parents, and PTA work hard to provide so many enrichment programs for all the children and really do a great job in bringing the community together. I wouldn't want my children anywhere else.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
The school has phenomenal support from parents, and parents and teachers work together very closely to provide an outstanding education for the kids. The Smith community loves the school so much they willingly provide support both through their time and money. The teachers are very approachable and care tremendously about the students!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Great teachers, students and parents. Phenomenal programs and the the best elementary school in Livermore. Programs like Sunshine Math, Math Olympiads, Junior Achievement, GATE. Smith is the best. Go Cougars Go!!!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
Smith is a wonderful school! Great teachers, staff, and parent volunteers!

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
Great teachers who are patient, fun, encouraging! Great principal! Great kids who love to learn, are respectful, kind and are good to each other. Wonderful fundraisers that allow so many extras!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2009
wonderful teachers and parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
We have the best teachers and the best parents working together for our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
Great parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
I love the cohesive staff, parents and community that always come together for the best interest of the children. All aspects of the Smith community work in a harmonious manner. It makes it a positive place to be around.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 19, 2009
The best family atmosphere. Teachers and the principal are very involved! Love Smith!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Smith is a wonderful place to build the foundation for a great life for our kids. They get to learn in a loving and nurturing environment surrounded by staff, teachers and parents who care. Despite lack of state funding through creative efforts and a lot of volunteers we have managed to offer our kids a variety of experiences including Breakfast Book Club, Sunshine Math, Math Olypiads, Crusin Cougars Mileage Club, Young Authors Publishing Program, FAME and Art with Eddy. Our staff and teachers have implented new programs and new ways to help our kids learn and our API jumped 24 points for 2009 to break the 900 mark. We have kids who care and particpate through our Box Tops Program, Recycling, Student Council and the new peer mentoring program we started last year. We have an amazing community and my child has been blessed to be part of it.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The education that the children receive is first rate. The parent participation is amazing. The children love going to school and our teachers are the best in the nation!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Smith is great. This is my 10th year with a child in the school and it has gotten only better over the years. We have great teachers, tons of volunteer parents, a very active PTA and a beautiful new school. To top it all our API reached over 900. Our school song says it right: Smith school you are the best, you are better than the rest!! Go Cougars, GO cougars go!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Smith Elementary School's amazing teachers, staff and administration AND the outstanding parental involvement create a perfect environment for a quality education. The California Budget crisis has impacted all schools in the state and has thus caused some programs to be eliminated. Our teachers have made some class sacrifices, however, no teacher has jeopardized the kids' educational by oftentimes buying school supplies with their own money. Smith School is dedicated to ensure that all students receive a top quality education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I love Emma C. Smith Elementary because of the great Teachers and PTA. They really rally together to get creative about how to make up for the California deficit this year. The teachers have worked so hard and our API scores are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Fabulous PTA, fantastic parents. Incredible, dedicated teachers and staff.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great teachers, great staff, great parents, great kids, great PTA....put it all together and you have a great school. Students are receiving a quality education as proven by our recent API score!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Everyone know everybody. It is our community together raising our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The Teachers are the BEST!!! I have had 3 kids go through Smith and LOVED it!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Emma C. Smith has a great group of dedicated teachers and parents. The children a wonderful too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great community and awesome teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Awesome teachers, parents, kids!!!

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Wonderful teachers and community.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
The Principal is great, not to mention the kids and the parents and the teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Parent and Teacher actively pursuing their kids highest achievement

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The teachers are great and the parents are very involved. Smith offers several extracurricular activities (such as Math Olympiads, Spectrum of Science, Strings, Spanish, etc.) for enrichment.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Very involved students and parents.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
The faculty and staff are wonderful! Everyone is truly there for our kids~ they are the priority. And all of the parent volunteers rock!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I really appreciate the teachers and parent's involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
great school spirit! great principal and the hardest working faculty

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
My school is awsome and very family oriented>. My kids have loved their teachers and could not ask for anyting more. Go Cougars!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Amazing family particapation! P

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
I attended Smith and when it came time to raise my own kids, I came back to Livermore and chose to live near Smith. The academic preparation we received was incredible back then (my siblings and I all became doctors). As a current higher education administrator at UC Berkeley, I am impressed with what Smith offers today. Academics. Character development. Community. Go Cougars!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
It has the best teachers and parents participation.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
A superior school all around. Staff, student and parents working together to help our children learn and grow.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2009
Smith Elementary is a very community minded school. Being a part of the school is like having a really big extended family. I trust the Smith teachers and administration to take excellent care of all four of my children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 18, 2009
Great teachers and great parents

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Because the teachers, staff, and volunteers are all dedicated to educating our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
It is a place where everyone is provided a great education while being valued for their individuality and diversity.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Emma C. Smith Elementary is a great school due to it's community, teachers, staff and volunteerism. Where there are gaps in the funding, parents are there to help out. Some parents give financially, others give time, some give both...but most give something. Our children have worked very hard to break the 900 score for the API Testing from the 2008 testing period. Congrads to all for your efforts.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
Emma C. Smith Elementary School is great because the entire community works to make sure that our children have the best educational opportunities possible.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2007
I was warned many times from other people which I should have listened to. I thought I would give this school a chance because of all the great reviews. The so called pta moms are not friendly unless you are a stay home married mom like they are. The only nice people there are the ones who work in the office and some teachers.They say they want to help you if you have a special needs child when reality what you think is best for your child does not matter.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2005
After being booted from two private preschools and hating school my daughter was diagnosed with mild autism. The district tested her and put her into a Livermore Unified Public School program geared toward special needs children with communication issues. Within 6 months at age 4 they found out she had linguistic concept problems and didn't understand many words that were key fundamentals to learning. At age 5 now she is enrolled in Smith Elementary where her Brother is in first grade. She is doing wonderfully and is thriving and is learning to read and write but most importantly her behavioral issues have evaporated for the most part. She loves her teachers and leaves with a smile and comes home smiling every day. Emma C Smith School and the teachers really show pride and care about my daughter. She isn't just a number.

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September 30, 2005
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April 05, 2005
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March 11, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 10, 2004
Both of my children have gone to this school and I have been very happy with the education they have received from Smith. The teachers have been very helpful and receptive. The principal is very friendly and has an open door policy.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2004
My child has been at Smith since Kindergarten. We have wonderful teachers and a very active PTA. Instead of sending our children out fundraising we hold an annual fundraiser 'Autumn Treasures' that is for adults, it is wonderful to get together with other Smith parents and is always filled with lost of fun and laughter. I highly recommend Smith.

- submitted by a parent
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Emma C. Smith Elementary School
391 Ontario Drive, Livermore, CA  94550
(925) 606-4750
Last modified Emma C. Smith 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.
Emma C. Smith Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 77 reviews. Top