Chabot Elementary school has declined steadily under the current principal's leadership - lack of leadership, in fact. Academic rigor is missing, there is no accountability, and the prinicpal simply ignores situations that put children at emotional risk. It's a shame.
This is our sixth year at Chabot! Chabot offers high quality academic programs and an abundance of extracurricular ('enrichment') classes to all students throughout the school week. Parents are very involved (through the PTA and otherwise). They help provide for enrichment programs and after school classes, and they support teachers by volunteering and donating basic supplies (copy paper, paper towels, etc.), which teachers must obtain on their own! Chabot is a safe and positive learning environment, however, I think the administration's response to major discipline problems is weak. The new administration (2nd year) has shown great enthusiasm. Thus, we have had some concern about the degree to which our child's teachers are being fairly and equally treated and supported by the administration. The teachers and families are undoubtedly what makes Chabot so great!
This is a wonderful school with high academic standards and an ethnically diverse student body. A school with both of these characteristics are difficult to find. Great principal, great teachers, highly involved parents, and sweet kids, what a blessing! Our son loves going to kindergarten. I hope the Chabot community will send their kids to Claremont Middle School and bring it up to the standards of Chabot. All it'll take are a critical mass of Chabot families banding together and doing the great things they done at the middle school. Then truly, Rockridge will become a great place for families to live in.
This is a large elementary school with an impressive PTA, diverse student body, and a really involved new principal (2005).
I sent both of my children to Chabot & they both attended until the Fall of 2003, when we moved to Ohio. I always found Chabot to have an outstanding curriculum, helpful staff, and fabulous afterschool programs. It wasn't until my children attended the schools out here in Columbus that I realized just how superior the school really was! My son who is 1yr younger than most of his classmates, immediately shined when he got to his new school. His teachers were most impressed with his readiness and methods of absorbing information, as they were collectively taught to him by his former teachers. They loved, as did I, the Adventure Time program on school grounds. I can tell you now, there hasn't been a program as impressive as that one.
Our child is graduating from Chabot this year. On balance, he's had a very good experience at the school. The quality of teaching, with one exception, has been very good, the teachers fairly experienced and quite supportive. There are a fair amount of extracurricular activities, in part because of a very active parent community. The student body is wonderfully diverse, and there is a great sense of community about the school. I would recommend it with a good deal of enthusiasm.
The strengths of Chabot Elementary reside in its community: sweet, bright children and committed, energetic parents behind a strong PTA. The weakness, in my opinion, is the school's curriculum. As part of the Oakland Unified School District, Chabot adheres to the Open Court language arts program which has proven, in our experience, too inflexible to accommodate both advanced learners and late readers. Rather than giving children materials appropriate to their individual levels, this program requires that all students read the same materials at the same time. In other areas, Chabot seems right on track, but the school falters in language arts in the early years.
A lot of people love this school. I would use caution, however, for a lot of reasons. The selection process for the music program is arbitrary. My daughter's teacher was never available for discussion and never responded to email. Unbelievable! Since she has transfered, she has been placed in the GATE program--go figure.
This is the best school my daughter has ever attended. The teachers are wonderful! The principal is involved. There are after school programs. There is at least a 98% PTA involvement.
Chabot has an extremely high level of parent involvement. That is one of the many strong points about this excellent school. The parents are constantly keeping watch over the teachers, therefore the teachers have an inherent pressure to perform/teach well. Music, art, P.E., and gardening are among some of the extracurricular activities. The one weak point about the school is that they don't have a real program that caters to the GATE kids. It is up to the parents to challenge the GATE kids at home. They need to work on this aspect.
Our two daughters attend Chabot and love it. We are impressed with the quality of teachers and the incredible parent involvement. Many people have moved their kids from private school to Chabot and have had a better experience at Chabot. We feel very lucky to be part of such a down-to-earth, diverse and inclusive community.
Chabot is an example of public school at it's finest. The teachers, principal, and parents make this school one of the best on Oakland.
Chabot is an amazing School. The PTA is awesome and the involvment of families make it a wonderful community. We are in 5th grade this year and it just seems to get better and better. We will miss this school when we go!
Great afterschool program options for a fee. Music and art and foreign languages offered during and after school. Wonderful gardening program too. On-site afterschool care offered by Adventure Time. Active PTA with high level of parent involvement.
My grandaughter graduated the 5th grade in June 2005. Chabot has been the best school so far for her. Great parent interaction. Teachers are loving and very involved with each student. School is small, quaint and in a respectable, quiet residential neighborhood. Classroom activities are fun, making learning easy.
Lots of good parent involvement, which leads to availability of music, art, and sports opportunities. Academics are top-notch, with lots of the kids performing above grade level. There is also the GATE program for academically gifted kids, which starts in 3rd grade. Wonderful staff, wonderful principal, great kids and parents.
My daughter joined Chabot mid year of first grade. We have found it to be a wonderful, enriching environment. The principal is very hands on, knows every child by name and knows her way around the school district. Parent involvement is huge, raising over $150,000 per year to provide music, arts, computer and a garden program, as well as an after school enrichment program. There is little turnover of teachers. We feel very fortunate to be a part of the Chabot family.
Super academics, excellent and very committed staff - but what really makes this school fantastic is the diverse staudent and parent body.
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