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K-5
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San Bruno, CA
Students enrolled: 256
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201 North Balboa Way
San Bruno, CA 94066

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(650) 624-3150
(650) 875-9308
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January 22, 2015
The teachers at El Crystal are amazing my husband and I could not be happier. All of the teachers are extremely helpful especially when it comes to questions concerning curriculum. Also, the Principal is very active with the students, teachers, and families, you can find him leading the kids every morning in the pledge of allegiance, running kickball games with the kids or meeting with teachers. The STEM curriculum is always forward thinking fun and hands on. The families are very involved and the PTA provides so many family activities to make sure the community is strong.

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January 20, 2015
Wouldn't send my child anywhere else !!! I am thrilled to be part of this community and being a STEM School is the biggest plus!! Why pay private. My child has learned so much . Started in kindergarten with ms Moores and now in first grade with mrs Pence excellent teachers . The whole staff is loving carrying and committed . I would rate this school a 10 if I could . Don't look any further El Crystal is outstanding

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2015
If I could give El Crystal six stars, I would! This school is amazing, and I am often surprised that it's a public school. The programs they have are fantastic. This school is the only school in our district that has a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program. I wasn't sure what that meant, until my kids were (literally) hands deep into it. The program calls for a strong collaboration and hands on learning, which helps the kids to learn and grow. With the recent Common Core standards introduced, it was a fairly seamless transition for this school, since they had successful implementation of this type of learning environment. This school is small and I love that. It has more of a family feel to it, and there are teachers that greet me by name that I don't even know. Somehow, they know all students and families. The staff is amazing, they genuinely love the kids. It doesn't seem that this is just a job to them. Homework is encouraged to send in online. It gets my kids excited to do homework and the technology aspect of it prepares them better for middle school, high school and the work force. My only regret is that we didn't find this little gem sooner!!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2015
El Crystal is one GREAT school for your child to attend. The staff is amazing: competent, trustful, engaging teachers with effective teaching styles (we were in Ms. Mooers K class last year, and are currently with Ms. Pence, both AMAZING). When our daughter, an ESL student, learned to read and write within 2-3 months last year, we couldn't be happier. We see her progress every day. Good lunches too. The principal and the office manager are very approachable, helpful, and pleasant with parents. Upon moving to San Bruno from San Francisco last year, we were considering a private school, but El Crystal became everything (and more) we were hoping for, for our child. And did I mention that they have STEM program integrated in curriculum?!.. 6 STARS, HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2015
I attended school in one of the world's top 5 public systems, and I can say with certainty that because of the stem focused curriculum, my kindergartener is learning concepts I didn't know about until the fifth and sixth grades. I am routinely impressed with his knowledge of scientific inquiry and his exposure to critical thinking even in kindergarten! They have a music program, physical education, and they have somehow instilled in my son a love of reading. His teacher, Ms. Mooers, also ensures kindergarten is fun and has plenty of creative projects for them. I have had the opportunity to observe the class frequently because el crystal school encourages parent involvement. It's also within walking distance and is a fantastic, diverse and tight knit community school. We checked out multiple private schools as well, as we were willing to pay top dollar for a quality education, but we have this and more at el crystal school. The money we are saving we are able to put towards many extracurricular activities such as basketball camps, additional music lessons and towards his college fund. Very thrilled with this school!

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2015
My child just started Kindergarten at El Crystal this year and has had tremendous improvement already in his reading skills and writing. His teacher is fabulous! She really connects with the children. The staff is wonderful and so far we are loving it here and feel it is a great fit for our child. The STEM program is a great method of teaching, we can always emphasize more on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics! Technology alone will be a major part in all of our kids futures!

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2015
We transferred from another public school 2 years ago....my children weren't getting enough science or social studies or technology. They are so happy here! I am happy too with the sense of community I feel. The best part is the teachers are younger and are willing to experiment with new ways of teaching....not the same old--read, write, listen, regurgitate. My kids are involved and engaged. Most lessons combine writing, reading, internet research, math and science. They really are able to put all those items into lesson. Loving it here!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2010
my 3 kids go to el crystal and its a great school oh and if anybody is reading this dont look on google because it needs to be updated on the map the teachers there are exellent the principle is keeping the school strong and there is a contest that they just one for 10,000 $ so there still deciding on how to spend

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no rating September 15, 2009
El Crystal School Is a cool school. It got the distinguished award for the school.. GO WILDCATS.

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March 07, 2008
My daughter went to El Crystal, we were very happy. The principal and staff were great, it is a small school community like a family, everyone knows your children. The PTA is strong, many school activities and an excellent art program. El Crystal was an awesome experience, we were sad to move on.

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January 03, 2008
Both my children attended this school -- it's a small school, so you and your kids are not a number here; the principal and the teachers know EVERYBODY by name. It was a bit less the case with my second child because there was a lot of teacher turnover (retirements, young teachers moving/starting a family, etc.), but it was still very friendly and close-knit. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer, and the principal and teachers are very welcoming and appreciative. A jewel of a school!

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June 04, 2007
I love this school family. This is a school where the principal knows every kid. That is very important to me. Very strong PTA and lots of PTA events to raise money for the kids needs.

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April 16, 2007
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August 26, 2006
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June 15, 2006
Love the school. Parents are well involved and children seem really happy.

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March 21, 2006
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February 11, 2006
Very friendly, small, close-knit school. Children well-behaved. Like most public schools, the curriculm lacks in Arts and Music, but we supplement with private classes on the weekends.

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March 02, 2005
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El Crystal Elementary School
201 North Balboa Way, San Bruno, CA  94066
(650) 624-3150
Last modified El Crystal Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
El Crystal Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 22 reviews. Top