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Pleasanton, CA
Students enrolled: 697

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7700 Highland Oaks Drive
Pleasanton, CA 94588

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(925) 426-4420
(925) 417-8987
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June 22, 2015
I have been a volunteer at this school for many years in my childrens' classrooms and have been disappointed by what I've seen. Very large class sizes at this school combined with small spaces hinder a quality learning environment. There are many great teachers at this school. However, some teachers seem frustrated by students. I have seen several teachers yelling at students and entire classes. I have seen some teachers discouraging students by embarrassing them in front of the class for asking questions! Lack of resources for students who struggle with reading is somewhat offset by parent trained volunteers (which is better than nothing, I guess). Children who excel are bored (there is no GT program), but the overall philosophy is "they'll only be bored for a few years, because they all even out by 3rd grade". My child learned nothing new last year. Literally, nothing. The new Principal (Mr. Berg) and VP (Ms. Gates) have implemented new "no running" rules at recess. No running anywhere except the grass, but have also removed soccer and tag as appropriate activities. Children are allowed to run, but no child I've ever met likes to just run for the sake of running. Children are getting less exercise and then returning to class with excess energy. Kids are allowed to shoot hoops, but not "play basketball" for fear of someone being injured. These new rules were never written or sent home to parents. Mr. Berg doesn't even seem to really like kids and is rude to parents. The yard duties are generally good, but Peter seems to have a lot more physical contact with the kids than the other yard duties. I have frequently seen him rubbing kids' shoulders, running his fingers through their hair and having K-1 girls hugging him and sitting on his lap. He gives out "good for you" coupons for apparently no reason other than being around him (these coupons are supposed to be for picking up trash or being a good citizen). Concerns brought to the attention of administrators over the years about him have been ignored.

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Teacher effectiveness: Effective
June 21, 2015
For the average student, they are mostly effective. For struggling students the lack of resources prohibits this.

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Amount of homework: Too much
June 21, 2015
Recent studies have shown that homework for K-3rd makes little to no difference in learning or test scores. These grades could have children focus on reading and math facts in lieu of homework. For grades 4-5, the homework seems just right.

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Develops grit: Disagree
June 21, 2015
For the average student, maybe. For students who excel, there aren't a whole lot of challenges thrown their way. I haven't seen any programs or projects that promote trial and error or anything that would take determination.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Neutral
June 21, 2015
Some teachers create an environment that fosters these traits, others do not. The Principal does not seem very caring toward students.

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Develops honesty: Agree
June 21, 2015
The school focuses on creating good citizens with the "good for you" coupon program. Also, they give awards for being honest, having integrity, being compassionate, etc.

- submitted by a parent

February 22, 2011
I love Lydiksen School.Great teachers, AND GREAT Principal. My son is in third grade and he has a nice teacher also gets to hatch chicks. I am glad that he is happy.Great people in the front office.They also have a fun club that is called BBC you get an awsome breakfast!!!!! Student,Parent

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September 08, 2009
I have two sons who just finished 2nd grade and the teachers they had are by far the most ideal teachers in their field. The personal attention and encouragement each student gets at this school is very empowering and boosts confidence.

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no rating
June 15, 2009
I love this school! It's a real community of parents and teachers working together.

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December 27, 2008
Excellent school !!!! My son went here from K- 2 grade. Teachers were very involved with all students. Would recommend to everyone as your first choice in this area. 100%

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May 23, 2008
I like everything about this school. Great teachers and healthy learning environment.

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June 09, 2007
Teachers are great and both the children and parents are very comfortable with the. Lot of parent involvement and extracuricular activities.Overall the best!

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May 29, 2007
All staff are caring and give their best for all students.

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no rating
June 04, 2006
Great school, just like cupertino!

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October 24, 2005
Great School!! Teachers take the time to make sure the kids are actually comprehending the material. Highly Recommend!

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2004
My daughter is first garder in Lydisken this year. We are happy with this school. The teacher quality are good. Even the parents support school too.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2003
My son is going into third grade this year and has had exceptional teachers every year, beginning with Kindergarten. Lydiksen is everything I hoped it would be.

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July 07, 2003
My fifth grader (daughter) graduated from this school and i am very happy with this school overall . I have another child (son) going to 2nd grade whom i am going to keep in this school. I would recommened to all my friends.

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Lydiksen Elementary School
7700 Highland Oaks Drive, Pleasanton, CA  94588
(925) 426-4420
Last modified Lydiksen 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.
Lydiksen Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top