Students enrolled 742
School leader Jammie Behrendt

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225 Clifford Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94062

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4 stars
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October 06, 2014
As a parent and teacher at this school, I agree that parents and teachers work closely together to make a difference in the students achievement and attitudes, especially in the lower grades (K-5). However, I believe that the upper grades (6-8) have been neglected greatly. First, these grade levels are the leaders of the school, yet they don't seem to know it or act like it. Perhaps, a student activities coordinator could help by teaching leadership to 8th graders. Other ideas may include: a campus beautification project, mandatory community service hours, volunteering, etc. If we put these upper grades into positions of leadership and let them say announcements in the morning, let them take charge of fundraisers for the school, put them in a position where the lower grades look up to them, see them as role models; I believe they would rise to the occasion and WOW us! It's about time for parents and PTO to take a back seat and show the 6-8th graders how to lead the school, be responsible for and take care of the school and everyone in it. We can't count on Administration to be consistent and reliable, so let's look to the students, our future!!

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2014
Clifford is a good school for some kids. They really need to stop the segregation of the children and stop making special request for the parents who make the most noise. Moms need to get it together and stop putting their issues onto the children who carry it to the classroom. Save the drama for off campus events.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
I am a teacher at this school. I love the special family/community feel we have! We have amazing parents that do so much for our students! I am very lucky to work here!

- submitted by a teacher
April 02, 2014
I have an amazing Son finishing 8th grade. He earned his early education at an amazing private school named Woodland School in Portola Valley. Our family went thru some changes which made it important that he go to our neighborhood school. Ever since he transitioned to Clifford, he has learned the value of applying himself. He is now on honor roll again and has acquired an incredible since of self. He has good relationships with the teachers at Clifford. We have really enjoyed what Clifford has added to Spencer's life and he became a leader there. The school went thru several changes while we were there and the children always came first! We leave soon and I'm sure as Spencer heads to high school with confidence, it is due in part to Clifford's influence.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2013
Clifford can be a great public school. BUt if you really want your child be be challenged and be taught well i recommend a private school. My son used to complain how the learning environment is loud and obnoxious, and it is very hard for the middle school teachers to control their class

- submitted by a parent
May 15, 2013
My child is in 1st grade and has been doing well ever since he started at Clifford in Kindergarten. I do think my child's teacher puts too much emphasis on cursive-ish handwriting (teaching the kids to write with curly letters that are a little more like cursive than print, but still print.) The goal of this, to my understanding, is to make it easier to learn cursive, but in a world where they will type or dictate for most of their communication, it seems more effort than it's worth. I have no criticism of the math curriculum - my child has been doing extremely well there, but I do think the spelling words haven't been quite as challenging as they could be. As a working parent, my child also attends before and after school care, and the staff is terrific. They really care about the kids, and although I feel guilty for not being able to pick up my child earlier, I know my child is in good hands.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2012
I had some serious doubts about Clifford after a long love affair with this school but this year, with our new Principle and Assistant Principle, I have new found appreciation. My son is in 8th grade and last year had some serious challenges but with some major changes, the buzz on campus is positive and full of opportunities to learn. My 3rd grader is enjoying her class and has taken on a whole new ownership of her achievements. I could't ask for a better learning environment! She is on a waiting list for NS but it would be very hard for me to move her away since Clifford is back on track.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2012
There is a great sense of community at Clifford School. My kids have been attending Clifford for the past 8 years and they love it.

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2012
We have are having a wonderful experience at Clifford. Our teachers have been excellent and the adminstration fair. There is a great sense of community at Clifford, with the parents and the kids. The kids are getting a well rounded education with slices of real life every day. Very positive experience!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
During the 7 years I have been teaching at Clifford and my children have been attending, I have experienced an amazing sense of community from the parents, teachers, and school staff. Making the choice to have our children attend Clifford instead of the San Carlos school they were designated to attend wasn't easy. However, this many years later, we are pleased with our decision to do so as our children have been well educated and are very well rounded. Currently, there are 6 teachers and staff members who have their children attending Clifford, and over the past 20 years there have been many more. This in itself speaks to the character of this fine school.

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2012
As a Parent and Substitute Teacher for the Redwood City School District, I choose to work at Clifford above all other schools. The inclusiveness of staff and collaborative nature of administrators and parents have made this school a wonderful place for both staff and students. The sense of community on campus as well as the "family feel" of this K-8 is unlike any other. I don't understand why anyone in this neighborhood would choose to send their child anywhere else!

- submitted by a teacher
April 26, 2012
Have no fear sending your children to Clifford! It is a fabulous and well-rounded school. We have had a terrific experience there. The school has a richly diverse student population. The administration is responsive and fair. The teachers are dedicated and skilled.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2012
While my children have been at Clifford for the past 6 years I have seen what a fantastic education my children are getting. Based on my childrens' high scoring on the state's standardized testing, I feel the academics at Clifford are great. Equally important are the home lessons that are reinforced at school such as dignity, respect and awareness of others talents despite their differences. It is important to my wife and I that that our children are taught in an environment that supports those values. Another great aspect of Clifford is the amazing Parent-Teacher Organization that has supported interests from PE & Sciene to Theatre. I can't ask for a better overall school experience for my family. GO CLIFFORD!

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2012
This First Rate school is a highly academic, community oriented and diverse K-8 school that offers countless opportunities to be creatively educated and enriched. As a parent at the school for more than 5 years, I have worked in the classrooms of my children and have experienced first hand the dedication, creativity, openness and excellent academic knowledge of the teachers. These teachers are skilled in working with children at all academic levels and work with them to achieve higher scores no matter where they start from. Clifford has numerous after school programs from Reading, Math and Music to Chess, Gardening and Art. Clifford's vibrant Parent-Teacher Organization funds the PE & Science programs as well as many community building events especially important since all the recent budget cuts. The teachers, administration and families embrace and celebrate the diversity at our school on many levels which is apparent in the way the children play with one another. We are truly thankful to have our family educated at this wonderful school.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2012
I have been very happy with my kids teachers and instruction. Great supprt from most parents

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2011
Clifford School is an excellent example of what a top-notch community school looks like. The highly qualified, dedicated, and caring teachers keep the best interests of students in mind, providing education to meet their needs and raise them to the next level and beyond. Parents are encouraged to actively participate in the classroom and in various schoolwide activities. Administrators and staff are always happy to answer questions. It also has a very diverse student population with a wide range of ethnicities, religions, and socioeconomic backgrounds- which are all welcomed and embraced. The administration always fairly addresses any issues. Even though class sizes have increased (everywhere, not just Clifford) additional support is provided where it is needed. The dedication to making Clifford a welcoming, positive educational environment truly makes it a great place to be!

- submitted by a community member
March 09, 2011
Clifford is a good school. It is not however the best choice that I made for my child. I have read what most parents say about how great it is and how the teachers are dedicated...how many of these opinions are coming from Hispanic families? I feel like for the most part, if you are Hispanic, you are categorized as non english speaker, and as not being able to contribute to the school. We are all from different social classes, and from different backgrounds. The school, which is made up of parents, teachers, aides, vice principle and principle, should learn to embrace. Just because a family is not able to contribute money wise, does not mean we do not support the school. Is this what we are teaching our children? Our children are a clear reflection of who we are...we should ALL REMEMBER THAT!!!!

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2010
I only put 4 stars because of the district's decision to raise classroom size. With the district raising the classroom size to 30 in the lower grades (including kindergarten!), it must not be easy - but you'd never know it - the quality of teaching and positive attitude of the staff never waivers! Clifford's sense of community and commitment to teaching the "whole child" is amazing! The teachers are devoted and the parents club is phenomenal. I'm lucky to have received a transfer to get my child in.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2010
Clifford school is an excellent learning environment that not only support the many academic, but social needs of the students. Not only does it have wonderful extra curricular activities for it's incredibly diverse population, but it's very clear that the staff loves the students through all the work they do for them. I LOVE Clifford School!!

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2010
We have been at Clifford for 6 years and have had three children there. Like any institution or business, there are strengths and weaknesses. If you know what you are looking for, Clifford can be an exceptional choice. As one of the parents stated, if you truly have a gifted child, then you may want to look for alternatives. But even if your child is an above average child, they will receive a quality education. While there may be a few bad apples, most of the teachers are wonderful and they all have a positive and caring attitude. I am not sure why people think the administration is not responsive. I found if you are involved and participate (which every parent should do) the administration has been more than helpful and caring. In fact I can't imagine a school with a more caring and FAIR administration. They treat everyone as equals.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 19, 2010
Clifford is a dedicated community of parents, students, teachers, staff, and administrators. I am lucky to be a part of this community.

- submitted by a teacher
May 18, 2010
Clifford has an entire community of volunteers that help from everything from in class to the school garden to art projects, etc. We love our school

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
It's a warm, loving community and the wonderful teachers have prepared our kids with strong academics and enriching extras, too!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
It has a great team of parents, teachers and volunteers. From Art in Action to sports to our school garden and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
The parent and teacher community, the diversity of the student population and that our school represents a slice of America.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 18, 2010
The teachers are amazing but the energy amongst the kids and the synergy between the parents & the school as a whole is what is so apparent at our school!

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2010
My child has been to this school and he has learned so many good thigs and some of h

- submitted by a parent
September 20, 2009
The leadership of this school is very weak, unresponsive to parents and unskilled in communication and relationships. About half the teachers are great but there are many poor performing teachers and nothing is done about it. The administration is not open to change and mediocrity is accepted. My experience here has been nothing but disappointing and sad.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
We have awesome teachers and administrative staff who are totally dedicated to our kids. The programs are outstanding and our PTA rocks! The only thing I could possibly say our school needs is more money, but I have no complaints aside from that. Everyone works so hard and I consider it a privilege to take my kids to Clifford. I love to work as a teacher's helper in my children's classes because I get to see how great our school is first hand.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2009
So, the school is not perfect, but I do not think that I would want my child taught in a setting where perfection is expected when they are learning new skills. There is a range in teacher skill level, but that's true in any profession and Clifford's least effective instructors are still pretty good. The support and responsiveness from administration has always been there when we've needed it, in spite of some of the comments posted on the site. The parent volunteer community is great at Clifford - very active and engaged. The few individual parents with the sense of entitlement and anxiety that their children's school does not keep up with the schools in neighboring San Carlos are in the minority - but they sure can make a lot of annoying noise!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating May 07, 2009
I do not understand why so many parents think Clifford is a great school. (I hear this from parents at the school and via websites like this one.) What is this based on? Academically, Clifford falls well below the academics of neighboring San Carlos Schools. While parents happily embrace the ethnic diversity of the school it should also be made clear that, using my child s classroom as an example, more than 50% of the kids come from homes where English is not spoken. This means that these kids require additional help. I m not opposed to additional help for kids who need it but it should not be at the expense of kids who need and want to be challenged academically. As we all know, schools depend on donations from parents to help with extracurricular activities. At Clifford, with such diverse socio-economic backgrounds, the donations per capita do not come close to the per capita donations in neighboring schools. Additionally, there is a significant problem with the school s leadership. The principal lacks any enthusiasm and is absolutely unresponsive to inquiries from parents. When issues arise he shirks all responsibility and deflects things to the teachers who are often powerless to make critical decisions. I for one cannot wait to get my children out of Clifford.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
We will be at Clifford nearly 20 years with our three children. The teacher quality varies from a few poor instructors to many fantastic instructors (what school doesn't). Principal and administration is rather weak and ambivalent. Parent club is fantastic and volunteerism inspired. The school is one of the better primary school in Redwood City. We are happy our kids attend this school. However, to get the best of the institution, you need to volunteer and be a strong advocate for your student. Otherwise, they can fall between the cracks. Common sense for all schools.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2008
Overall we have felt comfortable in this school (3 kids, grades K-4). The teachers are caring and the academics good in light of the high percentage of English Language Learners attending. This is not a place for gifted children. This can be a good place for mainstreamed special education students with regard to student and teacher acceptance and support. It is a common refrain on campus that administration is fairly unresponsive to parent /teacher/student concerns in general. We have found this to be true enough.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
For the past three years my son has nothing but the best quality environment for him to thrive. The teachers, staff and parents are all on the same page to help children be happy confident children. We couldn't be more happy! Not that we weren't challenged by the thought of other schools but now we are sure we found the school for all three children.

- submitted by a parent
July 20, 2005
Clifford is a very carring environment. Many of the teacher (the majority) are very good, well trained and enthusiastic. As with many schools in California, Clifford has suffered from shrinking budgets. This problem is successfully countered by a very active Parents Group (similar to a PTA) which has been able to maintain extracurricular activities such as music, drama, sports, computer labs etc. A parcel tax was defeated (by a very close margin) in late 2004 that would have put things in better financial order. It is expected that a new measure will be introduced in 2005 to shore up funding issues.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2005
Clifford school is on the Redwood City/San Carlos border. The school goes from k to 8th grade and has the standard summer vacation. The school is a magnate school that specializes in Marine technology. The school shares social events with Roy Cloud and Northstar, two of Redwood City's most popular public schools.

- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2005
Clifford is a great school with wonderful teachers that have been around for years. Clifford has a close community where parents and staff get along very well. Many of the staff have had their own children and grandchildren attend Clifford. The teachers do a good job teaching to many different levels. There is a lot of singing and art in Kindergarten and 1st grade. There is a marine science emphasis with a dedicated science teacher for the lower grades. There is very strong parent support that provides a lot of extras around the school. Volunteers are welcome and encouraged in the classroom. The downside is that money is lacking at the school so that some of the extras that used to be provided for by the district/state have gone away. Parents continue to try to pay for extras or do extra volunteer hours to make up the difference in staffing.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
October 01, 2004
Teacher quality varies from grade to grade.

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Clifford Elementary School
225 Clifford Avenue, Redwood City, CA  94062
(650) 366-8011
Last modified Clifford Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Clifford Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 41 reviews. Top