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Monte Sereno, CA
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17770 Daves Avenue
Monte Sereno, CA 95030

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April 26, 2015
Daves Ave is a lovely community school with high parental involvement. It's a nurturing environment and the kids seem to be happy there. There is a strong emphasis on funding but there needs to be as the money isn't coming from elsewhere. Without local money, we wouldn't have the extra academic support or access to classroom technology. My biggest issue with the school is on the academic side. I don't feel it's challenging enough or that there's support or processes in place for the stronger students. Kids of all levels should be challenged so they are constantly learning and developing which would also reduce boredom in class and improve behavior. Some of the teachers are also lacking in either motivation or attitude or incentive or plain 'ole ability and can really let their students down where's others really go the extra mile. Unfortunately it's pure luck whether you'll get a good or bad teacher so you've got to keep your fingers crossed each year. A bad teacher wastes a year of learning and can set kids back significantly.

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April 03, 2015
In regards to the community, I couldn t not agree more with the other parents talking about the annoying and disturbing aggressive fund raising ways. This is seriously worse than the hardselling callers we all find annoying. There has not been ONE single time we had to go for a concert, a presentation, holiday event that we have not been asked to give money. Worse than that is that after the initial couple of (school year) months, the H&SC starts targeting parents who haven t made the voluntary donation..amount per child, and it peaks around Christmas where they use the Name and Shame technique through the weekly newsletter that is emailed to everyone as well as published on the web. If you do pay, you do get (among other privileges) a book with other kids contact details to arrange playdates. If not, you don t, so no playdates for the kids who s parents cannot spare the donation . Disgusting as well as discriminating and racist! And of course its the amount you give! You get to be on the top of the list so we all know who gave more and the winner gets a parking space too! With his name in big red writing! Its Showtime! And then its the Yukons :)

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January 23, 2015
It's true Daves is doing much better now than three years ago but there still are issues that are not entirely the fault of the school itself. Tenure (a few teachers could use an incentive to be a better teacher), the district has a laundry list of items it requires the H&SC to fund each year (ok not require but who wants their child to not have essential services found at one of the other LG schools - reading specialist, health clerk), fundraising is still is a major focus, school is increasing in size, increase of assessments (more teaching/test/common core), and in addition to a host of fundraising activity the district would like you to donate $600 per child to the district educational fund. So problems at Daves seems more systemic now. Oh and yes all the cluster of positive comments posted 8/26 where the direct result of an aggressive campaign of mommies sending a request for parents to write positive reviews via my neighborhood email. The individual mom who started it went as far as calling GS to ask them to remove some of them. Thank goodness they didn't, holistic reviews are important whether they are positive or not, it's an individual snapshot of whats going on.

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September 05, 2014
Daves is a wonderful community filled with teachers, staff and parents that actually care. To read some of the reviews here, you would think that parental involvement is a bad thing. Everyone benefits from the incredible level of parental involvement, even the children of those who cannot or choose not to participate themselves. If you care to get to know people, it is a very welcoming community. And, just to focus on what's important here: my kids love it and are learning.

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September 03, 2014
We've been at Daves for 5 years now, and have been very happy. We feel lucky to have this as our neighborhood school, and couldn't ask for a better community to reside in!

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August 27, 2014
My husband and his 3 siblings went to this school in the 1960's and 1970's. It was a goal for him to have his own children go to this school, and a main reason we bought our house. We have several friends who also grew up here and whose children are 2nd generation Dave's. It definitely is a draw and well regarded by those who have lived in Los Gatos for decades. Los Gatos is no longer a "small town" like it was then, but this school maintains that small town feeling. It's strange to see the negative reviews about the home and school club. These are volunteer positions and the people on the board work hard to raise funds to benefit all the students, not just their own! People like to complain and criticize while they can remain anonymous..this is so unproductive. Thank god we at least have 1/3 of the families that are willing to donate their time and money to improve Dave's or it wouldn't be the great school it is!

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August 27, 2014
Our family has had a very positive experience at Dave s Ave Elementary. The teachers and staff have been excellent challenging our children educationally and also teaching social responsibility. The Dave s community has been very supportive and provided funds that have allowed art, music, and technology to remain part of the curriculum. The volunteers work extremely hard for ALL of the children.

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August 26, 2014
Some things in Daves haven t changed especially favoritism by some teachers and manipulation by big wigs. A reviewer writes Favoritism is big here, 2011-12 class roster has many H&SC "big wigs" and the children of Daves teachers in the strong teacher's class. Still the same! Another review says Your child will likely do better if - You volunteer a lot and build up warm relationship with teachers. Luckily this year we are in a class with no bigwigs it s heaven! Teacher is much stronger academically. No need to flatter or give gift cards because everyone is treated equally, no favoritism. Bigwigs think that because they give big bucks or volunteer a lot, they can grab the best opportunities for their own kids. Is this parental involvement or parental interference? So far we have given to HSC & LGEF but this year we will give direct to school. If HSC wants 100% participation, they need to stop their exclusionary games. Should give 1 star for all the politics, but giving 4 because if you stay out of the politics, you will find a great school. There are lots of wonderful parents and teachers who don t play this game. And yes, the positive changes are huge! Great job Mr. Bragg!

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July 08, 2014
When I first saw all the negative reviews, I was horrified. However, after a year at Daves, I can say that many of the issues raised are things of the past. Some reviews have been written before the new Principal took over. Others are by parents who haven t seen change come fast enough. However, we must understand that Public Schools are like the Titanic, they can t turn around in a jiffy. The good news is that Daves has seen the iceberg and has already changed course. And the shift to Common Core is slowly bringing about rigorous academic standards. To summarise what Daves has to its credit a)Excellent facilities and infrastructure. b)Highly involved and supportive parent community. c)Excellent communication with parents. d)Dedicated and hardworking teachers. e)Most important, a visionary Principal who has been quietly bringing about far reaching changes. There is a growing feeling that things have changed for the better! After our initial worries, we have enjoyed our year at Daves. My child loves the school, and we now feel confident that it is back on the path to excellence.

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June 23, 2014
Wow....I know everyone has an opinion and perspective based on personal experience, but I am shocked and saddened by some of the horrible comments some of the previous reviewers wrote. Calling parent volunteers "trophy wife wanabees" is just petty name calling. Is that what we're teaching our children? I work full time and also volunteer . Not to advance my social standing (seriously, who would have time for that?!?). I know how much time & dedication parent volunteers give to ensure an amazing place for their children to receive an education. The H&SC is constantly trying to make it easier to raise money without overwhelming parents. Their goal is to try to provide these students with the advantages of a private school education without paying 30k per year. Does anyone actually think they are fundraising because they have nothing better to do or that they want to take over the school? I won't spend any further energy on the negativity of a few and say instead that I am extremely grateful for a caring, dedicated staff who are committed to our children, incredible parent involvement and an unbelievable community. We are very fortunate indeed to be a part of Daves!

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December 26, 2013
Daves Avenue has the potential to be a great school. It's got the cash and resources from the wealthy parents of its student body. It has a strong community of parent volunteers as well, though many are trophy wife wannabes -- think "Real Housewives of Orange County" -- looking to advance their social standing rather than improve Daves' quality of education. And therein lies the problem: scholastically, Daves is weak, but many parents don't seem to care. In fact, some are delighted there is no homework, citing studies suggesting homework has no benefit for elementary school kids. Yeah, right. Tell that to the parents of middle school students spending hours of their free time getting tutored in math and language arts. It's shameful for such an affluent area in Silicon Valley. If the parents don't care, the teachers will coast and so will the principal. The ones who get hurt are the children, our kids, who we hope will move on to college and get good jobs. But that's not going to happen for our kids if we raise them on this "let's play golf " attitude. Daves, unfortunately, is fostering this attitude by its hands-off approach to academics. It's got to step up its game.

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November 03, 2013
Beautiful facility, great after school activities, latest technology (iPad minis for younger grades), quality field trips, & lots of parent volunteers. New principal is in his second year. So far he seems to be a big improvement over the last principal. Many wonderful teachers, some not so great. Not sure if all of the staff have read their mission statement: "We believe that quality teaching is the greatest predictor of student success." So why are we behind other schools? I was not a fan of old principal, but it is easy to point the finger at someone no longer there. I hope we don't have to wait too long for new principal to figure it out. Another mission statement "We believe in every child s capacity to learn" especially if your family is one of the LG / Monte Sereno elite (H&SC or BIG $$ donors). I'm grateful for HS&C time and school would not be what it is w/o affluent community but not everyone is treated equally. I agree with previous review that there are families with an "I'm entitled" attitude. This does not lend itself to a positive & collaborative environment. Anyone notice string of 5 star reviews on 8-26 that all sound like same person wrote them?

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October 05, 2013
When parents complain about the 325/- it is NOT about the money. Rather a) Parents are totally put off by the RUDE, arm twisting tactics of the HSC. b) Parents are asking, why all this fund raising if the academic results are only declining? Never forget that the activities the HSC/LGEF fund are PERIPHERAL. Most of the funding still comes from the state. I have stopped reading the Wednesday wave, it is all about fundraisers and social activities, very little about education!!! READS LIKE A COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER! HSC also floods us with emails about these, making us miss the important, academic stuff. We spend more time in meeting fundraiser deadlines than in getting homework done. At this rate my child will end up with an A in fundraising and an F in academics. I feel this is the main reason why the API scores are pathetic, especially compared to the schools around, like the Campbell Union ones. I am not writing this to be mean and nasty, but in the hope that it will lead to CHANGE. Daves has an EXCELLENT principal and GREAT teachers. But it looks like there has been an HSC takeover of the school. And that could be triggering all these negative reviews.

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September 05, 2013
You can give up the idea that the new principal cares about your child. And this attitude trickles down to how the school operates, where priorities are, and level of expectation for teachers's accountability. The school is beautiful and resourceful because of the community it is in. Home & School Club fees going up to $325 per child while the academic result is the worst among Los Gatos elementary schools. Your child will likely do better if: - You volunteer a lot and build up warm relationship with teachers. So moms, give up your career. And what a way to inspire your daughters. - Daily check your child's school work and get your child make up missing assignments. It is your child's or your fault! - Your child having problem to focus? Take the advice for medication! - Hiring a Daves teacher to be your child's private tutor? Why not. There is no such thing as conflict of interest. It would be the best if your child is placed in this tutor's class. Read the reviews and judge for yourself because every families has different situations. Just be prepared for what you need to do make Daves experience a very positive one for child and your family.

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August 27, 2013
Fantastic school with teacher and administration that truly cares. The families are so involved and true advocates of the children.

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August 27, 2013
Others should know Daves is a beautiful school, a hand full of good teachers and a greater bunch of not so great. I have three children at the school and a stepson who moved on to Fisher and now LGHS this fall. He required tutors to and supplemental work for the spotty education he received here. For my three children here, it's hit or miss depending on the teacher and I spend 25k a year making sure they do not fall behind. I really think this school could improve if they replace most of the teachers. One horrible teacher is gone but their are others who could use some development. For reference I am a current parent and a past parent to a stepson.

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August 27, 2013
Dave's Avenue is a wonderful school. It is well organized and has a staff of very committed and enthusiastic teachers. I have found that the teachers are committed to their classrooms as well as to their professional growth and development. I think it's wonderful to hear the teachers talk about classes they take and how they are applying their continual learning into the classroom. The parent community is exceptional, as well. There is no limit to the parent volunteers and support from this community. It's a great school to have my children go each day.

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August 26, 2013
Daves Avenue Elementary is top notch. The teachers have been super caring and on top of it. Our kids are thriving here among other great kids and an involved parent community. I think the new principle, Kitt Bragg, has been a huge asset to the school and really cares about the 'whole' student including academics and beyond.

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August 26, 2013
My daughter attended 4th and 5th grade at Daves in the early 2000's. It was a good experience for her, but 5th grade was stellar. Her teacher was Ms Goie (now Ms KIngsford?). She was an enthusiastic teacher who inspired her students. My daughter got her first set of straight As with her, in part because she loved her class and wanted to impress her. I can't speak to other issues that have been noted and seem to be a more recent phenomenon.

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August 26, 2013
We are loving the experience as parents at Daves Avenue Elementary. Our son couldn't be more stoked and excited to do his school work. His teacher is a wonderful communicator, and after teaching for over 30 years you can see her love of career choice and committment to the kids in everything she does. New principal seems great. Facility is beautiful. Many parents have commented how they like the secure "tucked in" neighborhood location vs. Blossom Hill and Van Meter on very busy streets.

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August 26, 2013
Our kids are doing excellent at Daves. We have the teacher support that works well for both of our children. They are thriving and growing as students and individuals.

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August 26, 2013
After having my 1 child attend & graduate from Blossom Hill & my 3 attend Daves Ave. I can say I have a good feel for 2 of the schools in Los Gatos. Both schools were fantastic but I have to say Daves Ave felt more like a private school, less cliquey & the families more down to earth. We have had some of the most amazing teachers who really care & worked with each of my kids individual needs. To say a child should be reading by 6 or 7 is putting all children in one category. Many european schools don't start to teach their children to read until 6 or 7. We scores higher in our children's younger years, but other countries pass us up by leaps and bounds in their teens. We put way too much pressure on them at such a young age that we are burning our kids out. The teachers at Daves were caring and a few were down right amazing... going above and beyond to help the ones that struggle. My kids loved going to school at Daves and were given a passion for learning. They have succeeded greatly at Fisher and LG High school so they must be learning something!

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August 25, 2013
I just read the previous review, and I have to say I have a hard time believing it was written by a concerned parent. My kids actually go to this school, and the standards there are very low. There are kids in first grade who DO NOT know the alphabet! Some can't even count to 10. This is shameful. Sure, there are some kids who can read in first grade, but that is, believe it or not concerned parent, pretty average for this age group. Yes, you read that right. They should be reading by the time they're 6 or 7, and we're not talking Shakespeare or the Magna Carta. Overall, the school's STAR test results are sharply LOWER from last year, especially in 2nd grade, and I'm sure that will be reflected in the API score, due out in October. In the higher grades, the pace is particularly slow, and many parents wind up spending thousands on supplementing. As for the community, if you're not traipsing the campus in $200 tights or driving a Lexus SUV to and from pilates classes at the Courtside Club, you're considered a loser, unworthy of their time. If you're looking to move into the area, I'd recommend looking for a place near Blossom Hill Elementary.

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August 21, 2013
I have to say that I'm shocked to see some of the negative comments about Daves Ave. Elementary. I am a Daves Ave. parent, and I have taught at other public schools in various parts of the south bay, and this school shines! We have a warm and caring community, that supports a well-rounded education. Perhaps some parents around Los Gatos or Monte Sereno have unrealistic expectations about public school education. I loved that when my child was in kindergarten, she had fun and learned about many things. No, she wasn't reading at 8th grade level when she entered 1st grade, but kindergarten was a very positive experience for her. That is key in getting students engaged in school. I think the staff and teachers are great. Sure there may be a teacher that a parent doesn't get along with (happens in EVERY school), but the school should not suffer with poor reviews. It is most likely a union/district issue. I love our little school, and I'm proud to send my children there.

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August 15, 2013
The fact that this school is in such a highly touted school district makes its mediocrity all the more galling. We moved from another state, where my daughter had done K and first grade. She has been reading chapter books since she was four, is very smart and loves to learn. As a second grader, she came home with things to work on that she had covered in kindergarten -- she regressed. Uncharacteristically, she took little pride in her work, and when I pointed out that a word may not be spelt correctly, she would shrug and say that it was okay because the teachers did not care! There was never homework. It is completely lacking in any rigor, and the teachers and the principal essentially blew me off with a smile, assurances and absolutely no follow up. Vapid, vacuous, etc. It is so bad, that I feel that I have to put her in a private school despite philosophical problems with private education. Don't be fooled by the nice campus and all the fancy cars, this is a really low par school.

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December 07, 2011
As the last reviewer said, " It takes a supportive parent to make a good experience for a child great. " Well, I am a 100% supportive parent and sometimes that is not enough when your teacher is not properly providing positive reinforcement and help. My son who couldn't wait to come home and do his homework last year turned into an angry boy who would get upset any time I mentioned homework. It turns out his teacher in 2nd grade is yelling at the children and even told them to "shut up". I have witnessed the yelling and frustration myself on days I help out. At this point the year is completely overshadowing the wonderful 1st and Kindergarten teacher experiences that we had. I believe this school is beautiful and most of the teachers are fantastic. This two star is for the lack of response to getting a bad apple out of the bunch.

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November 23, 2011
Reading the last three reviews, it seems possible all are absolutely true. The most recent post, 11/11, states the teacher "everybody seems to be talking about" did a good job for her kids, who have since moved on to high school. That means the perspective is 6-9 yrs old. The two 8/11 posts are based on last year. Good teachers become bad teachers. Young teachers become old teachers. There has been a significant decline in the education delivered in recent years, friends commenting their younger one not getting the same as their older ones did just a few years ago. Even with the same teacher. The moral of the teachers seems to decline, and a few of the best ones have left. So far this year is better than last, but we're considering private school as we watch our kids get bored and fall behind, saying nothing is hard and material is covered very slowly. The principal wants to make is a no-stress school, but the stress will come when these parents and children realize they lost 3 yrs of educational progress compared to their peers at the other public schools, and maybe more when compared to private. No homework, no study skills. How is that going to work in middle school?

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November 03, 2011
I totally disagree with the parents who have posted here. i loved my experience with the teacher that everyone seems to be talking about.. My kids got a great education here and as they moved to high school they did better than the kids who went to other schools and they stayed out of trouble. It takes a supportive parent to make a good experience for a child great.

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August 22, 2011
Beautiful school but problems. Most of my daughter's friends left Daves to attend private school after a horrible 2010-11 third grade year. With few exceptions, third grade is weak here. At the beginning of my daughter's third grade year, all of the teachers echoed, we will not do timed multiplication test (fuzzy math instead) homework will not be corrected and thirty minutes a day she would have independent reading of any book of choice. Parents made frequent visits to principal complaining about academics and discipline issues. Some parents made complaints to superintendent after realizing their child was behind Blossom and Van Meter 3rd grade. The solution to the problem, excellent example for the need to reform tenure policy, the principal swapped a target problem teacher to 2nd grade with a strong 2nd grade teacher to 3rd. Favoritism is big here, 2011-12 class roster has many H&SC "big wigs" and the children of Daves teachers in the strong teacher's class. Job share another issue here, my daughter had this experience of lack of consistency between two teaching & discipline styles of the two teachers. After spending $$ for tutors last year, my preschooler will go to private

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October 03, 2009
Did a great job of emotional support when I had to enroll my granddaughter at the school after the death of my daughter

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January 06, 2009
We need to think about how to retain highly educated and devoted teachers. Many teachers have been at Daves Avenue for years. How does the principal plan on retaining the highly qualified teachers (or not making them so sick that they have to retire) that you have? A superficial air and disrespect for the highly educated and underpaid caregiver is a fact. Good luck!

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January 05, 2009
3 out of 4 teachers have been great. The principal is not helpful. She's a politician. While I'm sure H&SC has some friendly people, it is not friendly to me. All about the tasks, not the people. I know 3 families who have left the area this month because of it's lack of community.

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December 04, 2008
I have to disagree with the early opinion of the Home and School Club. I am a new member to the club and was a little nervous not really knowing any of the other members. But I was welcomed in immediately and my thoughts were listened to as if I had been attending meetings for years. It is not easy doing the jobs these ladies do, but they do them for the kids, the school and the community and for that I am thankful. The H&SC is one of the many reasons I am glad my kids go to Dave's.

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no rating
May 08, 2008
he home and school club is an exclusive group for type A, uber-moms and so I'm trying to separate that from my overall review. We've had 2 exceptional teachers and 2 pretty good. The principal has been quick to help me when needed. The admin. isn't great, but is that really important? The school is new, beautiful.

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no rating
November 29, 2007
Fantastic teachers ... needs more structure on the paper side (a guideline for parents how the different envelopes work incl. homework. your child can miss out on things (e.g. homework) if you don't know the system

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no rating
June 12, 2006
The administrative assistant who answered the phone when I called to get information on how to go about viewing the campus was so rude. I asked what they reccomend I do to view the school since we were not in the area during the tour dates. She said 'We don't reccomend you do anything'. I asked if we could come by during school hours and she said'I guess'. This woman was so unwilling to be of any assistance or give even a hint of useful information. Needless to say Daves just went from number 1 on my list to the last.

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February 22, 2006
Great teachers, but the admin. staff leaves a bit to be desired.

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August 11, 2003
I have a little girl who is starting third grade this year and one more who will attend in 2005. And I couldnt be more happier with this schools performance. The teachers, parents and princapal are all perfect, I know that might be a bold statement but I have seen alot of schools in and around this valley and Daves stands in a class by itself. Other schools should follow there lead.

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Daves Avenue Elementary School
17770 Daves Avenue, Monte Sereno, CA  95030
(408) 335-2200
Last modified Daves Avenue 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.
Daves Avenue Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top