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665 Wool Creek Drive
San Jose, CA 95112

(408) 283-6086
(408) 938-3260
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April 10, 2015
My first daughter stays here from 2nd grade to 5th grade so far, most teachers are nice, Mrs. Cordes is an excellent teacher. She is a well-organized teacher, my daughter learned so well and they have about 6-7 field trips in many places. My daughter even got California star test perfect score 600 in math 2013. My second daughter is in 1st grade right now, I find she learns very well too. Ms. Wang is very kind and sweet, Mrs. Volpes always gives them very interesting projects to do, the projects help kids independent thinking and train them to search information from Internet and present their projects to whole class. In English language development and Math classes, they will separate students level into 2-4 different levels so high level students will learn more and basic level students will enhance their fundation. In overall, Shirakawa may be not a perfect school for facilities but most teachers are nice. In my home area, the district provides school bus and free breakfast/brunch. That's very convenient for me, I don't need to drop or pick up kids, and the bus stop just in front corner, all Neighberhood drop the kids to bus stop at the same time so it's safe.

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September 15, 2014
My son goes here. He is in 7th Grade and has Mrs.Rinde, Mr.Heerdegen, and Ms.Lee. I am overwhelmed by how helpful and dedicated these teachers are. They post all homework online and update their grades and assignments daily. They even do home visits. This is a great school.

- submitted by a parent

November 12, 2013
My child started out here three years ago and its just been one problem after another. Out of those three years we have had only One great teacher. His first teacher wouldn't always teach in english! Bring her kid to class and it wasn't to "help" out. Now for his thrid year we a ten year teacher who tells kids "you'll be your mothers problem in ten mins." Who doesn't care about her students anymore and just gives them packets of easy "busy work". There a new principal, compared to last one there is NO leadership or involvement. If it wasn't for her front staff the school would fall apart. Those two wonderful at least. Don't send your child here if actually care about what kind of education they are getting.

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August 09, 2013
I think you guys should know that this is a really great school. The teachers push the students to succeed while having fun. One of my favorite teachers are Miss Ly. Although people say she's very strict, she can also be fun. People like her make great teachers. A lot of her students get 600s on STAR tests. She works VERY hard.. Months before STAR Tests or any other big tests like benchmarks, she uses her free time to help us study. In the morning, she'd come in early to review for us. During lunch, instead of eating, she'd be helping us review. After school, if you need any help, Miss Ly will always be there for you. Also, Miss Ly is a GREAT teacher. Sure she may give us a lot of homework sometimes, but that's good. I've been having Miss Ly for 5th, 7th and 8th grade. Thanks Miss Ly! We love you and we miss you! There are also other really great teachers out there too. Ms Roberts is very caring and sweet. I had her for 4th grade. :) Actually, all of the teachers are great. Not only the teachers, but the students and principal. The students are VERY welcoming to new students. Best school ever. I'm now a freshman in high school and I miss Shirakawa a lot. haha.

- submitted by a community member

March 27, 2013
I been here since kindergarten I love this school! Staff members, students,more are friendly! Recommended !!!!

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December 13, 2012
My two kids had stayed in Challenger School since preschool, then I transferred them to Shirakawa school when they entered 2nd / 3rd grade. my kids love Shirakawa school right away. The school has lots of activities, even field trips. Teachers and principal are very dedicated to their work. School bus drivers and office administrators are very friendly. They have created a fair, safe and encouraging environment for kids. We are very satisfied with this school.

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September 11, 2012
This School is rising every year under the guidance of dedicated principal and hardworking teachers. I am glad that my son is going here.The school performance in last CST test has improved a lot which showed their dedication and hard work. This year i am noticing that teachers here are trying to find new and creative ways to teach the children the math and English subjects which according to me is quite commendable. I am particularly impress with their math curriculum and activities. They have well- balanced homework for students. The school encourages parent involvement. I am the parent who is very much involved in my child education. It is very important for every parents to focus on their child education at home and work with them at home, then your child will do well in school. We send our children to school to educate and its we the parent have to mentor them at home. And encourage them to do well in their studies. The onus is not just on teachers only to educate our child but on us too at home.

- submitted by a parent

September 04, 2012
Can you tell which comments were written by 8th graders who were held to higher standards than they were used to? Don't let a few snotty kids who didn't like their 8th grade teacher be the few reviews you read. I have worked here for 5 years and we have a dedicated staff, a strong principal, and 98% of the students are awesome. Yes, we are understaffed and need more parent involvement, but I would enroll my student here without hesitation.

- submitted by a teacher

June 28, 2012
i've been there for 3 years and oh god it sucked. if your looking for a school with a viarity of kids just turn around and leave.if you go to a diffrent school give your self a pat on the back.kids are mean and some teachers don't give a cracker about kids

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September 01, 2011
This school is overall good compares to other Franklin-Mckinely schools in terms of studies,ambience and location wise. What i like most that i am seeing steady improvement in my kid's performance in Maths and Language.The principal and teachers are very approachable too if you have concern relating to your child educational development needs.

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August 05, 2011
My son's teacher was so dedicated to helping him do his very best. The principle helped make this school safe for my son.

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May 06, 2011
WORST SCHOOL EVER! its awful!!! not recommended! all work and no play! mean and rude teachers! BOOOO!!

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October 11, 2010
This school is best among other san jose public school so they say. This is my son's first public school experience.He goes to second grade and his class constantly emphasis on maths and reading curriculam. Also new principal seems actually very dedicated and approchable towards the betterment of school progress.

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August 16, 2010
I must say I feel lucky to be attending such a superior school. Last year my son was in kindergarten. I was nervous for him due to the fact that my son was in a daycare/ preschool that had no real foundation for reading and writing. My son went into that class unable to write his alphabet, his name, or read. His teacher took the time to notice his strengths and weaknesses. She showed superb teaching skills and took my son from ground zero to an acheiver. His teacher would send home honest updates on his progress each week, every time we had parent teacher conferences it was the same- pure honesty and helpful advise of different resources to better my childs education based on his own level of learning. I am pleased knowing my child has a better understanding of what a teacher should be, a true mentor.

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March 26, 2010
The staff is knowlegable and fair. Most of the teachers enjoy being there teaching the kids. I help out a lot and even the upper grade kids seem to like their teachers and enjoy class (as much as most kids seem to).

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October 15, 2009
the teachers are passionate, the students are alive, spirited and seem to enjoy the staff and campus.

- submitted by a community member

August 09, 2009
I wish this school had music class. I was hoping my son would continue practicing trumpet in band, but when I asked, they had discontinued music classes. Very disappointing!!!

- submitted by a parent

October 16, 2006
This school is very nice outside ! If your child doesn't have any special needs,it seem ok ,but when your child is in special needs it really is terrible.They don't have enough services and don't care much about how to help your child.

- submitted by a parent

March 19, 2006
Has good sports program and some parent involvement.

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March 02, 2006
Shirakawa school has many extracurricular activities. They provide after school sessions, GATE programs, some sports, and contests. Some teachers may focus more in language, science, math or social studies. The staff of Shirakawa are big on safety. Their discipline is also great. Shirakawa focuses more on how kids could be involved in their school more than adults. They emphasize on students independence.

- submitted by a student

September 22, 2005
In my experience I do not agree with the teacher's reward method.

- submitted by a parent

June 22, 2005
I must say, Shirakawa Elementary School has over met any expectations I had for a Kindergarten school. Starting into Kindergarten, my son has had to face some difficult situations; homelessness, loss of father, no steady routine, etc., I was worried about him. But I have to give it to the Principal Pat Perez, she listens and instantly takes action. She listened to me, we had a meeting with his teacher and decided to change his class and attendance time, all of which lead to almost instant progress. She offered me contact information for counseling, etc. but did not interfere or overstep her grounds on pushing me into anything. His teacher Mr. Tim Garcia was an exceptional kindergarten teacher. I had alot on my plate but with the suppport of the staff at Shirakawa, my son passed and got to participate in the graduation ceremony receiving a diploma and everything.

- submitted by a parent

March 31, 2005
There's a focus on the full subject when the kids learn a subject. There's music classes during school and there used to be music in classes as early as Kindergarten each week that has great detail. For several years, the same teacher ran an orchestra at the school. Opportunities for sports seem to be in the Junior High level. Parent involvement is great at the Back to School nights and learning programs, and low in the classroom and other activities on a day-to-day basis. In the past, there was more parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
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Shirakawa (George, Sr.) Elementary School
665 Wool Creek Drive, San Jose, CA  95112
(408) 283-6086
Last modified Shirakawa (George, Sr.) Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Shirakawa (George, Sr.) Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 28 reviews. Top