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School leader Erica Gilbert

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801 Redwood Shores Parkway
Redwood City, CA 94065

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4 stars
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June 23, 2013
I went to Sandpaper starting in the third grade, and I did not enjoy my experience there. I had trouble making friends. There are many cliques. The academic program was very challenging, which was the one redeeming quality for the school. The teachers were okay. Some were better than others. The start of the new SDC there turned out to be a complete disaster. My sister was enrolled in said class, and it was one mess after another. For two years the administration couldn't be bothered to hire a qualified teacher, and had an aid as an "Emergency Substitute". The principal didn't welcome the class, or even acknowledge they were there. The new class was pretty much invisible. At the end of the year, the PTA forgot her entire class from the yearbook.

- submitted by a community member
April 18, 2012
Pretty good. Strong PTA. PTA seems to be driven by "select few" families. Environment is clean. Professional staff.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
With high test scores and an API of more than 900, I am worried that our students are performing too high. Do you think I am kidding? High test scores and a highly stressful academic environment go hand=-in-hand. We don't want our kids throwing themselves on the train tracks like five Palo Alto students did these last 8 months, do we? Be happy. Take your children for weekend car trips. Enjoy family life.

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
The staff and parents are amazing here. My two daughters are thriving.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2010
Sandpiper teachers are excellent, (especially my daughter's second grade teacher!)..some better and more committed to challenging the kids than the others. I would prefer though that the teachers not always cater to the lowest common denominator and try to break kids into groups, such that they are challenged and do better in the company of their peers. I would also like to echo another parent's sentiments..in this they lack a good enrichment program like spelling bee, mathletics, drama or choir club. This would not only be a great way for PTA or school force to raise money in this time of recession, but would also make our kids smarter and well-rounded in preparation for middle school.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
Sandpiper is a great school with a very involved PTA. Since parents here couch kids out of school extensively, for your kid to keep up you need to do the same, or you will be left out!

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 12, 2009
This is our 7th year at Sandpiper and we have seen it go through many changes over the years. Some were hard, such as the growth and transition of three Principals, but others have been very positive. Test scores continue to be impressive despite funding woes. The Principal is progressive and encourages new programs and technology use. The teachers are a bit set in their ways, but an influx of new teachers has brought some innovation. And the PTA is a well oiled machine. Not everything is roses but overall it's been a great experience and our kids left/will leave well prepared for Ralston.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2009
Sandpiper remains an excellent school dispite some of the recent changes. I agree that the overcrowding has had a negative impact on the school. Parent involvement and community/school culture has suffered due to this situation. The once warm atmosphere, where the principal and school secretary knew all of the children's names, has been replaced by new staff who may be efficient, but lack the personal skills and warmth that are so necessary in an elementary school setting. Some of the sweet traditions that my oldest child enjoyed at this school (and endeared it to our family) have gone by the wayside. Test scores do not tell the whole story.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2009
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January 02, 2009
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October 02, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
We moved here in the spring and my daughter starts third grade here towards the end of the school year. The teacher went above and beyond to create a welcome environment for my child. The academic standards are very good. We came from another 'API 10' school in another district and the pace and workload there didn't even compare to the expectations here. The only criticism I have is the lack of extracurriculars. It would be nice to have a drama club or perhaps a choir.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2008
The school is well maintained but severly over crowded. We are new to the school and have encountered an odd mix of situations. The test scores are so high because some sections of the community hire after hours tutoring ect. It is a close nit community but is very seperated by its differences, such as nationality ect. Some of the parents told me that they are citizens of America but they do not consider themselves American. Other groups are very affluent and have a big voice in the community. I long for a school that leaves all that behind and binds with true respect and sense of belonging together. I have encounter mediocre teachers that feel they are the 'cats meow' when actually the scores are due to children being driven to excess by parents, tutoring and teachers teaching to the API test.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2008
As 7th year parents at Sandpiper, we can attest to the fact that this school keeps getting better and better! Our daughter (3rd grade) is privileged to have a fantastic teacher who teaches with spirit, warmth and creativity and recognizes many times a day that each child is special. In the midst of the state budget crisis and the cuts that our district, and all others across the state, are dealing with, we must remember that Sandpiper has an phenomenal, top-notch staff and a parent community who would stop at nothing to ensure Sandpiper remains a superior school. Our children have and are still an receiving an excellent, well-rounded education here.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 01, 2007
The principal, teachers, and staffs are excellent!

- submitted by a student
April 08, 2007
My Daughter has attended Sandpiper school for the last three years - we couldn't be happier! She loves going to school and seems to enjoy the learning process. All of her teachers have been outstanding! The parents in the Sandpiper community seem to understand that a great school doesn't just happen - parent involvement is high and financial donations help support PTA run activities and extracurricular activities. The principle is outstanding - a true leader and is very supportive of the teachers. Redwood Shores has a real small town feel and having our children attend the local school has made us feel even more connected to our community and neighbors.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2007
My daughter was in the first class of Redwood Shores kindergartners to attend Nesbit Elementary in Belmont due to the over enrollment issue in the fall of 2005. I was very pleasantly surprised with how quickly the principal, teachers and staff adjusted to this major adjustment--the Redwood Shores kindergartners nearly doubled the student population at Nesbit! At the time, the school had 4 Sandpiper teachers, and 3 Nesbit teachers and I have heard nothing but positive things about ALL of the teachers and their classrooms. This year we are at Sandpiper for the first time, and I couldn't be more pleased. The principal, teachers, school environment and parent involvement is unbelievable! We have taken an after school enrichment classes, and there are many more to try: art, language, piano science. A second school has been approved to be built, and a library is under construction--it is GREAT community!

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2007
I have been a Sandpiper parent since 2001 with two children currently at the school (5th and 2nd grades). I couldn't be more pleased with the education my children have received at Sandpiper. The faculty is committed and excellent; the principal is strong; the parent involvement is stellar; and the academics are traditional yet creative. While much effort goes into fundraising by both the PTA and the district's foundation, most parents feel we could still be offering more enrichment opportunities. The new dedicated 4th/5th grade science teacher has made a big difference, although he is working with handouts -- there is no funding for science textbooks. Our son enjoys the after-school 'music mentor' program for individual instrument study. While classes are large in 4th and 5th grades (30 students), the teachers are strong, in control and are still able to give individual attention. All in all, a great neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2006
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- submitted by a teacher
July 14, 2006
Sandpiper is a big bubble. High test scores only because of very high parent involvement and not because of average teacher quality.

- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2006
Sandpiper emits an aura of excellence (it looks so clean, kids and families are so nice, PTA is so strong) but in reality it is in crisis academically. This is a district of great mediocrity (or worse).

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2006
We are very impressed with this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2006
Sandpiper is the best performing public elementary school in the school district of Belmont-Redwood Shores, with the support of actively involved parents. It is located at an affluent and safe area. K-grade is no longer housed in this school starting 2005, as they have been moved to the lowest performing school in the district. This brings into question the motive of the district's superintendent. In addition, the school board has gradually been molded to consist of only supporters of the superintendent. Hopefully, the politicians will not make decisions for their own gain at the expense of the children's education.

- submitted by a parent
November 15, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2005
Sandpiper is one of the shining stars in the Belmont-Redwood Shores school district, and it continues to improve yearly. A new principal joined the school mid-2005, after the former principal was reassigned to a neighboring school. Extracurricular activities include music and field trips sponsored by donations from area businesses and parents. The parent demographics are highly educated, most with graduate and post-graduate degrees and stay-at-home parents, who are actively involved in helping the school and its staff.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
Overall curriculum is good but there should be more focus on art and music development.

- submitted by a teacher
August 16, 2005
This is a wonderful little neighborhood school. The site is clean and well maintained. The entire faculty is professional and very experienced. There are two downsides: 1) the school is quite full, meaning class sizes are typically on the high end 2) parking / drop off is horrible! So plan on walking if you are close enough!

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April 29, 2005
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March 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2005
Good attempt made to provide 'extra' activities. Since the school is located in a fairly affluent neighborhood, fundraising efforts are extensive.

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January 27, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 21, 2004
Sandpiper has recently announced a change in leadership (principal) effective in January 2005. The current principal who has run Sandpiper since 1997 is being transferred to another school and a nationwide search is being conducted for the position. Although this should not affect the quality of the teachers at Sandpiper, it appears it may affect teacher and parent morale. Many question the wisdom of the District in this decision. It has been very demoralizing to the school population.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2004
The parent involvement is extremely high with many fun, exciting, and educational activities sponsored by our Parent. The partnership between the school and the parents is wonderful. The science program needs work. They simply have not provided the necessary tools for this program. Although the partnership between parents and school is good, this school is not prepared for children that fluctuate with grade average. They have programs that are provided for children with lower and higher grade average, but nothing in between. I believe this school is committed to education.

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May 30, 2004
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Sandpiper Elementary School
801 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA  94065
(650) 631-5510
Last modified Sandpiper Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Sandpiper Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 38 reviews. Top