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Milpitas, CA
Students enrolled: 660

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1585 Fallen Leaf Drive
Milpitas, CA 95035

(408) 635-2882
(408) 635-2887
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Develops empathy: Agree
May 28, 2015
I think they can do better on this aspect since sometimes I have heard teachers talk to their students in an irritated tone.

- submitted by a parent

May 12, 2015
I so glad to see Zanker catching up with the times. There seems to be a shift from the tired traditional ways of teaching toward more innovation, technology and creativity. There still remains some teachers that need to retire but it is very exciting to see Zanker aligned with the community it serves. The Common Core seems very intimidating and difficult. I just hope my child's teachers can help me help him along the way.

- submitted by a parent

February 04, 2015
Ms Lee, the new principal, should get on-the-job training somewhere else. I don't quite understand how the district can send someone so unqualified to Zanker. What used to be a good school is not really bad. I cannot wait for the end of this school year to pull my kids out. Now, the old good teachers are either not motivated or planning to or already moved out. Did you guys meet any of the new teachers? Most of the new ones are rude probably thanks to the new culture of Ms Lee. Most of the good programs (setup by the good old principal) are now changed and gone. Principal is rude, culture is rude, new teachers looks like high school kids. So Sad.

- submitted by a parent

May 30, 2014
We were very excited about this school when we first moved here, as all indications pointed toward it being excellent. However, we have been sorely disappointed with the promised differentiation and the lack of academic challenge.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2014
Both my kids go to Zanker and they absolutely love it. I love Mrs Kim. She is funny, great teacher and challenges each student in their own way. Ms. Cohen is also very nice to students. I can not comment on the principal as a parent. I wish though there was more opportunity to participate as a parent in extra curricular activities. The school needs to invest in that. But overall I would give 4.5 starts to the experience.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2014
Zanker school is circling the drain... so sad they've brought over sub-par staff (principal, teachers) from Russell.

- submitted by a teacher

March 31, 2014
Excellent teachers like Ms. Cohen and a great principal Ms. Lee. I don't understand the negative reviews.

- submitted by a parent

October 24, 2013
I miss Mrs. Doi!! I agree that I have to give the new principal a chance but dont like the changes. I do however love all the teachers Mrs Ballenger, Mrs, Spanegal and Mrs Cheung are all awesome. I havent had experience with the other teachers but am sure also have great teaching skills and ethics. 3 star because I would like to see more parent involvement and extra curricular activities ( I know sadly due to budget cuts) I also see many parents smoking while walking to school and that does not set good examples to other children. 3 star because I wish friday fun still existed :(

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2013
The school was great before Miss doi retired. Everything was organized and it was about our children . The new principal is rude and wears inappropriate clothing she has no experience and no business at all working in this school. I wound'nt be supprise if parents are going to start pulling their kids out of this school and staff and teachers are going to quit cause of her. Mr. Superintendent if you care about our kids not just saving money and kissing someone's you know what, get rid of her and find someone more qualified to do the job. Be more understanding on what our school needs and don't be selfish. A lot of things was change, that's ok. Make sure our kids are happy. I wouldn't donate my time and money to this principal at all. Parents has the power to get her fired stick together call the district make a complaint or file a petition to get her out of our school. We where 9.5 ratings before, now 7.

- submitted by a parent

September 25, 2013
Can not agree more with the most recent negative reviews about Zanker elementary and the new principle . As a parent, I am also very disappointed this year with the new principle came to Zanker. Still hard to understand and get used to her style. Also feel she may not have enough experience for the young kids education and can not see her passion either on how to make Zanker better. Do miss the former principle Mrs. Doi and she really cared about the kids from her heart and has done an excellent job to keep good communication with parents as well.

- submitted by a parent

September 20, 2013
I am really concerned for Zanker School. The new principal is making the school a very bad environment. She is very immature, money hungry & heartless. Parents please do not donate money to the school so she can use it for herself. I know some parents are upset with the staff but the principal is making them do things they do not want to do. If parents care for their children you should complain to Milpitas school district. Remember is school staff isn't happy the children aren't happy .

- submitted by a community member

September 20, 2013
Pearl Zanker used to have a wonderful principal who really cared for staff & students. This year we got a new young principal who is trying to move up the latter & to look good infront of the superintendent which she is friends with. She is not working for the children but for herself. She also has no experience with young children at all, (that's why she needs help from a retired principal from Curtner Elementary. She is not a good influence on the children with the way she dresses & her 10inch high heals . This is a elementry school not a fashion show . Please if anyone has complaints go to the school board, & write petitions.

- submitted by a teacher

August 24, 2013
I have my kid in this school and it was a great experience for the whole family, the teachers and all the staff at this school they are great people and really profesionals, we will have this school always in our hearts Alejandro

- submitted by a parent

August 24, 2013
My both kids attended Perl Zanker school. They really enjoyed school environment and teachers. In KG both kids had Mrs. Belanger, she is very good with kids and pretty dynamic. She really put lots of effort to get kids ready for next level while having fun throughout the school year. I worked as a volunteer for sometime in Mrs. Belanger's class and I do admire her teaching technique. She does have lots of patience and really knows how to work with kids.

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2011
school is excellent . It is not linked to the API scores shown .the campus looks so new and clean . Teachers are great . the morning assembly , birthday wishes and uniforms makes it more like a British school . kids get the feel of going to school here .Parents are happy too.Very disciplined, wish it goes on.

- submitted by a parent

June 03, 2011
An absolutely amazing school! Its rating doesn't do it justice - it should be a 10! But its API scores should be considered along with the fact that it's situated in a middle class mixed neighborhood. The principal is very experienced and has done a good job of building a core of committed and experienced teaching staff that does an extremely commendable job of keeping a strong focus on academics. A nice mix of extra-curricular activities like Run For Fun, Young Author's Faire, Young Artist's Faire and more. Good discipline with a strictly enforced dress code.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2010
Awesome schoold, teachers. The kids love it here.

- submitted by a parent

November 09, 2008
My daughter has been at Zanker since Kindergarten and is now in the third grade. Mrs Doi is an incredibly motivated and motivating principal who is very involved with both students and staff. Academic excellence is clearly the focus at Zanker and this is translated with the challenging programs that the teachers provide. I want to point out Ms. Chen as a great example of a teacher who challenges her students to achieve academic excellence in her class.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 09, 2008
My daughter is in the 1st grade. I love this school. The school has high quality teachers, provides each child with plenty of attention and chanllenge. The child has the opportunity to advance way beyond their grade level.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 07, 2008
Fantastic! Safe environment and challenging curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
November 01, 2007
This school has a wonderfully dedicated principal and excellent teachers. The school also continues to improve in API scores each year. My daughter is now in the second grade and all her teachers were great. I could not be more happy having my child go to this public school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
October 13, 2007
Very happy with the KG and 1st grade teacher MS. Bada

- submitted by a parent

May 27, 2004
Zanker is a wonderful school for children to be in. Every child is truly valued and also encouraged to do their best. The teachers are highly skilled and they help each child to bring out the best in them. Their GATE and Special Education program is great. Safety and Discipline are top priority here. They have a lot of fun and extracurricular activities that the children look forward to. The School and PTA newsletters keep parents updated on all events in the school. Zanker is a California Distinguished School!

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2004
This school is good about education, students, school staff, and more, and especially with award from state of california for performance, improvement for this year. When you read the test results and the scoring the state has given this school, you feel proud to belong here.

- submitted by a parent

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Pearl Zanker Elementary School
1585 Fallen Leaf Drive, Milpitas, CA  95035
(408) 635-2882
Last modified Pearl Zanker Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Pearl Zanker Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 29 reviews. Top