My son has been going to Cubberley since Kindergarten. He is now in 2nd grade and improving so much. My son has a learning disability and this school, counselor, teachers and resources staff have been nothing but a blessing. I am not sure where all the not so favorable comments are coming from, but I can say this very much so is a school with major parent and teacher involvement.
I toiled between sending my child to Cubberley or to a different school in a highly rated school district on permit. Where has fundraising money gone? Many classrooms have no AC/heat and kids came dragging out of kinder dripping with sweat during the heat wavel. Others are correct about the organized groups for playground time. They have balls, a small structure, a sandbox that's been closed recently due to feces, and jump ropes. No tricycles, hula hoops, balance boards, etc. Kids can't just play. There's no library time for Kinders. The playground for the other lower grades is limited to one slide, one small climber, basketball courts, and monkey bars. Compared to other schools I've seen in poor neighborhoods, this school's facilities are dilapidated. There's no technology in the classrooms, no overhead projector, screens, computers, tablets, etc. Old wooden furniture in okay condition, somewhat quaint, and in decent repair, but the halls filled with extra furniture making for a very messy state. The kids aftercare is super though! The "valet" drop-off is great. The curriculum also seems far to simple for any child who has had a decent amount of preschooling.
We have been at Cubberley for a half a decade & have seen this school go from a Great School to an average school. This school's strength used to come from the past principal. The current principal, Mrs. Jarels, has been here 3 years now and most parents you talk to will say they are disappointed with her overall performance. She does not reach out to the kids, is not outwardly friendly toward parents, does not show her presence enough outside of her office, does not speak at all assemblies, is lax in upholding the dress code. And, most importantly, does not treat her job with enthusiasm. The school counselor isn't the most friendly, personable person either. I must say Susan does a wonderful job as secretary! The one strength this school has is the high parent involvement. The parents are vocal and try to direct the principal when necessary. In fairness, Jarels is responsive when approached by a group of parents on an issue. The PTA does a good job to support the school, though the meetings are usually the same small group of parents --the PTA meeting attendance has dwindled over the past 3 years. I'm not sure why this school does not have a rating. It used to.
We have 2 daughters at Cubberley and have found that it is a nice and supportive environment that also maintains very high standards (and similar high expectations of its students academically). Sure, we all miss Mr. Navia, the last Principal, but the culture here is strong and aside from a few 'quit but forgot to leave' teachers that one is likely to find anywhere, the quality of the teaching staff is very high. Kudos to probably the best teacher we've ever met, Mr. Heath (6th Grade Accelerated)!
I also attended the open house and I was really disappointed with the way they handled things. The school counseler was the only one to speak. The princiaple didnt say anything. They have too many excuses for why they do things differently then the only schools. EX: kinder is only part day because they found that the kids learn just as much in a short day than they do a long day. But, they have only 15 mins to be kids. The rest of the day is work work work for these kids. Oh and there 15 mins of (PE is what they said) is organized play. The kinders are in groups by color and they are ASSIGNED to activity. They do not have free choice. REASON: we were told because if they are not assigned they get bored and end up doing nothing. NOT IMPRESSED!!
If I could give Cubberly less than 1 star I would. I was so dissapointed with Cubberly. I felt my son was in no way prepared for High School when he left here. We loved the science teacher, but the rest of the staff left alot to be desired. Too many fundraisers, and not all the students get to participate in what they are raising money for. My child was there middle school and never got to have a single elective.
I just attended the Open House today at Cubberly and I am extremely pleased with this school. I am hoping to enroll my son in September and I am debating whether to enroll him at our home school which is Cubberly or persuing another amazing school (Patrick Henry) with a dual immersion Spanish program. Very tough choice. Both schools seem pretty fantastic. I would appreciate hearing from other parents on these two schools.
All 3 of my children have attended Cubberley. The teachers and staff are always helpful and accommodating. Even though all 3 kids were at different levels, they were placed into appropriate classes. Many wonderful memories were made here. I recommend it highly!
My daughter is a kindergartener at Cubberley, and she's had a great year. I like how well-rounded the curriculum is. The kids get the basics, but also do art and science projects. There are many dedicated parent volunteers, and older kids also volunteer in the classroom. My only complaint is that it seems like all the fund-raisers and special events involve junk food.
All the staff care about your childs education. Teachers are always in contact with you by phone or email for good or bad news. They say that the bad news run faster then good news but not in this school.
The successful environment that the students at Cubberley participate in, is a direct correlation from the hard work and dedication the teachers provide for their students. My child has been attending Cubberley since the 1st grade, and there is no other school I would want for her. She has been provided the top educational experience and has grown academically and socially while attending this school site. The are teachers committed to the overall educational growth of their students. As an educator myself, I have continued to watch their state test scores increase annually. Additionally, with Cubberley being a K-8 campus, I believe that the transition will be a fantastic one for all students. I want to take a moment to personally thank the entire staff for not only ensuring that my child has received a quality education, but the entire student body has as well. Great Job Cubberley!
This month, our school received the very prestigious Pyramid Award for the fifth consecutive year! We received this award for meeting all of our academic growth targets along with API goals and the Annual Yearly Progress goals! Our current API score is 873, a 28-point gain from last year!! Our students are learning and the staff is working hard to meet all of our standards.
Cubberley is an excellent school! I have never met a more dedicated group of teachers and staff. EVERYONE is concerned about students and never hesitate to provide their resources, time, and expertise to help students achieve academic success. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this 'Cubberley Family.'
I do not feel this school is all it's cracked up to be. For one, having studied the test scores over the years it's evident that the elementary is carrying the middle school. Why is it that the 6-8th grade scores are so poor? They are the same kids who went there in elementary. The principals need to worry more about what's going on in the classroom and less about socializing with staff and parents. It greatly disappoints me that I'll have to move my daughter for middle school, possibly even 5th. Test scores do not give the whole picture, but with students like the ones Cubberley gets, the scores should be better. The kids deserve the same education others are getting just a few miles up the road.
This school has great kids and fun teachers that make my children's learning fun and exciting! Although this school is in desperate need of money that doesn't stop them from teaching to their fullest
This is a phenomenal school. My husband and I purchased a home in our neighborhood because it is within 'Cubberley' boundaries. As far as fundraising goes - PTA has no choice but to fundraise all the time. The amount of money a school receives from the State is coorelated to the number of students a school has on free/reduced rate lunches. To put it bluntly... Cubberley does not have very many of these students, and the State does not send Cubberley as much money as schools in lower socio-economic areas. Without fundraising money, Cubberley would not be able to provide the extras we as parents have all come to expect from the schools we send out children to. With regard to the rigor at Cubberley - I am very pleased. When my children leave Cubberley, I know they will be well prepared for high school and whatever lies ahead of them.
I love Cubberley! I have been at the school for 9 years and I am constantly impressed by the teachers, the staff and parent support. They truly care about kids and the family atmosphere of caring is undeniable. I would highly recommend this school to friends and neighbors.
I am so happy to be at Cubberley. There is a reason why this school has earned the National Blue Ribbon Award and the California Distinguished School Award three times. The culture and atmosphere of the school is student centered and the staff and parents work so hard together!
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