Joaquin Miller is an exceptionally strong school with a highly engaged Principal, an active teaching staff and committed parent community. While some teachers are stronger than others (as at any school), at the high end, Joaquin Miller's teachers are truly exceptional. Indeed, on teacher both our children were lucky enough to have is the best teacher we've seen anywhere, including at private schools. The community is inclusive and generally quite nurturing. While some high achieving kids aren't as challenged as they could be in class, there is an effort underway to address this and good progress is being made. The facilities are reasonable though they lack a grass yard which would be a nice improvement. Overall, we are very grateful to be at JM and have decided to keep our children there rather than explore private school options, largely because of the commitment of the Principal and teachers and the energy of the parent body.
Tucked in the affluent Oakland Hills, Joaquin Miler Elementary is a gem. What makes Joaquin Miller Elementary a special place with some of the most impassioned teachers, a dedicated and caring principal, an active parent community, challenging academics and a culture of inclusion, quite rare for a modern-day public school--especially in Oakland, California! Families who can afford to send their children to expensive private schools choose to send them children here because of the culture and community. This is a very special place. I feel privileged to be a part of this community.
We've been a Joaquin miller family for seven years (two kids, 4 years apart). JM is a great community school, where the kids feel a real sense of home. The teachers are terrific- there's probably one or two teachers that are just average, but that's saying quite a lot for any school. Parent involvement is high with the PTA funding the kind of extra programming that is so essential and used to be standard- like the lovely library and great librarian, computer classes, and music. The after-school enrichment classes offer an incredible source of added fun and learning, plus the school is so lucky to have Adventure Time on site for its regular after care. Unfortunately AT is not able to accommodate all the families that need AT. That is an issue for some families. The quality of caring and community at JM is what makes it even more special than it's class room resources. The principal is 200% dedicated to the students and to making sure that each child feels respected and safe. I would be great if JM had updated facilities like better technology in the classrooms, but we are a California public school so that's dream, for now.
This is our third year at Joaquin Miller and we could not be more pleased with the principal, teachers and PTA/level of parent involvement we have experienced. JM is blessed with an extraordinary community of people all working together to help the students achieve but also excel. One of the things we like best about JM is the extra attention paid to the kids "at the top" as well as "on the bottom" through tutoring, PTA-sponsored teacher's aids and programs such as the after school enrichment programs which offer everything from languages such as Spanish, Mandarin and French to music instruction, public speaking , chess, science, dance, Ecology Club and Odyssey of the MInd. In addition, we boast a diverse student body that represents everything we love about Oakland! We also have a classroom of learning-disabled children whose scores are folded into the overall school's scores--so don't be fooled by how JM's scores look a little less robust than neighboring Hills schools. Joaquin Miller truly is a Great School.
This is our first year at JM, and we're really pleased. We moved from a state where funding for librarians, music programs and computer teachers, etc. is provided by the state, so coming to California was a bit of a shock for us. But we are so impressed by how the JM parent and teaching community has risen to the occasion, and through fundraising and creativity, have kept important programs alive and high quality. Our child's teacher is a gem. Our child is learning so much and loves doing it. Socially, I have found the other parents to be friendly and approachable. I'm glad we are here.
VERY involved parents, great teachers, fantastic enrichment programs offered, lovely & spacious campus
We feel very fortunate that our sons are at Joaquin Miller. It feels like everyone involved with the school, the teachers, principal and parents are all wholly committed to distinguishing JM as an exceptional school. As a consequence, the sense of community is extraordinary - parents are involved in all manner of activities and there always seems to be someone to pick up the ball and run with it. Society itself should work this way.
JM has been a great school for a long time, and our new principal is helping us make it even better. I'll be on kid #3 at Joaquin Miller next year and I can't wait for him to have the same strong teachers our other children had and to enjoy the same community-, skill- and character-building experiences.
This is a fantastic school with outstanding teachers/staff and a very active parent community. We have been happy since our oldest started 6 yrs ago and it seems that it even gets better every year.
JM has a fantastic parent community to support the teachers and students. The living history program is wonderfully rich, and helps the kids build a sense of identity while also learning about the diverse world we live in. The principal is great.
It has a thriving community of teachers, parents and students who along with a new and committed principal all contribute to a comfortable and safe environment focused on learning. and community.
Great teachers to teach, a great principal to lead and great parents to support all the children of our school. A great place to be.
JM has strong, committed teachers and staff, an outstanding principal and a highly supportive and active PTA. A highlight has been the annual living history days for each grade. We have been thrilled to be a part of the JM community.
This is a wonderful community and great teachers. Our daughter is thriving there!
JM has wonderful teachers, a commited staff and an awsome principal. We have a great PTA and a wonderful community that is very supporting.
It has great community involvement, great student body, great PTA involvement, raises a lot of money, great teachers, diversity, great cultural awareness,
The community is unmatched in joining together to support and nurture students and teachers.
Caring, effective principal who is a good listener and kind to kids-- very involved and visible. AMAZINGLY involved, effective, cohesive parent community who are always striving for more. GREAT, commited teachers. Really unique, innovative learning programs like Living History Days and African Dance for each grade level. Strong extracurriculars, music, and PE, and a friendly, small-community feel.
Great diversity, extremely devoted teachers with great retention, varied activities included in the school day as well as an amazing Enrichment program for after school for a fee. As a parent, it's my favorite place to volunteer.
My son's kindergarten teacher has been phenomenal, as good if not better than we would have expected at a private school. The parent community is very engaged.
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