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1001 Schoolhouse Road
San Jose, CA 95138

(408) 224-2191
(408) 224-1146
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4 stars
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May 07, 2014
We have been with Ledesma for 5 years, I have 2 kids currently attending and we have not had any major issues. I love how the school is secluded in a quiet neighborhood. The fact that they have onsite daycare is a big plus for parents who work. What is keeping me from giving the school a full 5 starts is the fact that I signed up for electronic notification a few years ago. To this day, I receive everything electronic AND I still receive paper notification for both kids. I brought it to their attention a few times and gave up when nothing was changed. That is a lot of paper wasted when they constantly ask for donations and help with multiple things, paper being one of them. Overall, my kids have had a good experience at this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2014
Rita Ledesma School is a great school. I've read the mixed reviews about this school and I guess it's fair to say that it's based on independent experiences. As a mom, and social worker it does dissapoint me that anyone has had a bad experience here. My daughter is a first time Kinder and she has the most wonderful teacher. The principal is very involved and is a very genuine person. She cares about the school and the community. Yes there is a lack of parent involvement but the parents who are involved make attempts to reach out and get everyone involved, who is willing to give a little bit of their time to volunteer. I'm looking forward to the next 6 yrs my daughter will learn and grow from this school. I can't forget the secretary who is the sweetest person and always smiles even when she is having a stressful day....the school nurse is caring and patient. So I say thank you to Ledesma staff for caring about my daughters well being and making her Kindergarden year the best year!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
This is really great school, especially its location is so good that any parents would feel comfortable keeping their kid in this school. School also focuses more on academics. It is surrounded by good, very safe neighborhood and small hills. No heavy traffic passing by. I heard that school has lots of vacancies (which is rare to see in California) and so they have to get students from other neighborhood to fill up the space. I would really encourage parents to keep their kids in this school and take the advantage of such a good school.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2013
The Class size without aides ignores most kids. Ten parents are the only ones involved trying to make up for all the parents who are not involved. Too many students are getting bullied while attention is placed elsewhere by the principle.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2013
Both my children attended this school, and they have both gone on to be successful students in middle school and high school. Ledesma provided a great foundation for learning, with classes that are organized to address the levels of individual students.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2012
Rita Ledesma Learning is good. The problem with this school are the teachers not checking on their students if some of the students in their class has been bullied they never notice it even if it happens inside their classroom. Secondly some parents are extremely pushing themselves to be close to the teachers just to get & gain some extra special attention to the teacher which i think is not fair for the other students. Parents should let there child do there own work!

- submitted by a community member
September 05, 2012
We just move from cupertino school to ladesma. School n teachers are great. My 2 sons really love the school. Go ladesma!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2012
It has an unbeatable location. The safe neighborhood with no passing traffic literally embraces the school. Quiet and calm. No junior/senior high schools / commercial zone are within the neighborhood. So this keeps kids safe from any unnecessary external factors. It is surprising to see big variations in the reviews. The building is relatively new - maybe 13 years old. I went to the info session, and learned about the coursework. The coursework is more focused on the academics. I know some parents want more play time rather than academics - to me, I prefer the emphasis on academics considering the pretty low California performance compared to the national average. One disadvantage I noticed about the school is, it does not have nice big trees that serves as natural shading in the playground. So kids can easily get tanning - if you like.

- submitted by a parent
December 13, 2011
My daughter is now and is in the 6th grade and has been attending Ledesma since kindergarten. She came home on the first day, asking me to teach her addition. Boy, was I surprised. She told me she had found several students much smarter than her and wanted to improve. And so she did. First grade, she learned and memorized multiplication and division. Second grade, it was all fractions and decimals. I couldn't see why she should stay in the same grade. I tried to get her to go into 3rd grade, but she just plain refused. There was another girl, smarter than her still, and to this day, she is still trying to beat that same girl. Both of them, at age 11, are taking algebra 1, although they both know all the way up to geometry. They are straight A students, no, rather straight A+ students. A+ on every subject of their report cards. I think this is the result of a loving atmosphere, that makes them anxious to go to school everyday. Ledesma has made these two girls nearly geniuses. Also the school has a nice setting. Green grass and a good track. Easy to run on, especially during the annual Walk-A-Thon, which is very popular and the follow up carnival the same day. Ledesma is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
The new principal of this school Ms. McEntee is very pleasant, professional and nice.She always finds a way to call back the same day or the next day if you leave her a message with any kind of concern. She tries hard to resolve the issue right there and then. This school might have a better future with her leadership than the past principal.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
For the parents who are claiming that their kids went from an F from another school to an A to this school, you better check up on your children because the quality of the education that this school provides is actually very low. My daughter came from a different public school while we were living in another county. This school being in the bay area and in a nice neighborhood, we had high expectation but to our dismay the teaching quality and the education itself was below average that's why everything was so easy for her. We had another teacher analyze the school works that they are sending home with my daughter, some of the works are designed for the lower grade level that she is on.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
I am parent of a third grader at Ledesma. Reading the reviews I am saddened by the misinformation that is being shared about the principal. Raising a child in such a complex world is hard enough, so when you find a school & individuals that deeply care about students, it's like finding a diamond in the rough. Ledesma and it's WONDERFUL principal are just that to my daughter and I. She absolutely ENJOYS the school and seeing her come home happy with so much to tell me about what she learning, that's an indicator that they're doing something right. I have personally spoken with the principal and she has gone above and beyond to help us. I have seen her interact with staff, parents, & kids, and have never witnessed her act in the ways described. She treats the kids with the outmost respect, deeply cares about their learning and is willing to help in any way she can. She prioritizes the learning of kids and takes care of her community with a RUTHLESS COMPASSION that is admirable. So, my challenge is: parents get to know her...ask the children what they think, I'm sure they'd agree with me and will probably be embarrassed by their parents lies and actions on this site, I know I am!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2011
Wow, I am shocked to read the negative reviews posted by a couple of reviewers. I work closely with the principal of Ledesma and have NEVER witnessed any of the behaviors and attitudes ascribed to her. She is accessible, warm, caring, and accountable. Trying to ruin her reputation on a forum like this is unkind and shameful. My recommendation to anyone who has a problem is to simply talk with her about it. My bet is that you will find her to be the wonderful person I know her to be.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2011
The two people who wrote negative reviews regarding the principle could not be more wrong. Our kids have attended Ledesma since 2001 and it has been the best Elementary School experience we could ever dream of for them. The currentl principle is the best the school has had. Fair, honest, accessible, extremely appreciative of the partents who volunteer and always looks out for the best interest of the students. If people have a problem with the school or principle they should contact her directly to discuss the matter. She will absolutely listen and work with them. Blasting her in a forum is childish.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2010
I love Rita Ledesma Elementary great teachers! great school! great principal! my oldest son went there my daughter still goes there i can't wait for my youngest to start at Rita Ledesma . thumbs up for Rita Ledesma !

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
Both my kids attend Ledesma Elementary school. My son is now in 6th grade and has been going to Ledesma since Kindergarten. Ledesma has excellent and caring teachers. The curriculum is challenging and effective. t Parent volunteers are unified and community support is outstanding. Go Ledesma!!

- submitted by a parent
September 13, 2010
I am shocked to read a Ledesma parent saying such a negative comment about the new principal. She is the warmest and kindest person and leads the school in such a positive demeanor. The teachers are so happy because of her leadership and the school has gone up 20 points on the API. My daughter loves her and I am a very involved parent who feels she has done a great job of reaching out to the community. A+ for the Principal!!!

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April 29, 2010
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- submitted by a parent
March 17, 2010
This is such a great school for my kids. I remembered when my son moved here from other school, he couldn't read much,but it was only a month and i could see the improvement on him..Mrs. Santos is a great motivator to her class. I salute Ledesma Elementary School. All the teachers are friendly,caring and they know how to motivate each student to study harder.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2010
Great school! Our son is in kindergarten and absolutely loves it. The staff is fantastic.The facilities are clean and up to date. We feel fortunate that we are able to send him to this school!

- submitted by a parent
February 01, 2010
Ledesma is an excellent school. My kids have been there about a year now, and I have no complaints about the school itself. The facilities are beautiful, the staff is excellent, and the teachers are simply awesome. We moved into this area with a requisite being that it was in an area with a good school, and we certainly aren't disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
January 08, 2010
This school is just an excelent school because my son went from an F at his old school and now he is at an A! he is so smart now, and the staff is sooo nice! thnx ledesma!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2009
I have two children who went to Ledesma, and they both had very good experiences there. They've both gone on to be successful in academics (more so in math and science, less so in language arts). The school has a nice diversity and feels safe and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2009
This is my daughter's 2nd year at Ledesma and we have no complaints. Her kinder teacher was the Best and we know her 1st grade teacher from last year and we couldn't be happier with the teacher our daughter has this year. We hope that with the new principal things will only improve.

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February 12, 2009
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June 02, 2008
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no rating May 23, 2008
I have two daughters going here one in kinder and one in 1st grade and i have to disagree with the parent below who stated that minorities get left out. My daughters are both hispanic and have not felt any discrimination at all from staff or students. My 1st grader was struggling in her academics and the principal, teacher and entire staff did everything they could to make sure she got all the help she needed to get up to speed including pulling in outside resources. I am totally statisfied with ledesma and both of my children have grown so much from all the care and attention they have both recieved. Parental involvement is a huge key in any childs success.. so with the two supports any child can succeed at this school and any other with this kind of care.

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March 07, 2008
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- submitted by a student
February 13, 2008
This is my child's first year at Ledesma. She is in kindergarten and her teacher and the other kinder teachers are WONDERFUL with her. The children are all friends and I love the way they interact with each other. The curriculum is so advanced from when I went to school. I think it is wonderful that they learn math, reading and writing and even history. The teachers also work with the children at the level the child is at. My daughter is more advanced with her reading...so they started her reading earlier than the regular curriculum would recommend. I really like this school!

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January 28, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2007
This is my child's 2nd year and my daughter's first. i could not be more pleased. The comment of this school not taking children serious is far from reality. One of my kids went into the 2nd grade at ledesma at a kindergarten level. With the help of his teachers he was most improved student of the year. And guess what we are a minority. Besides the homes prices around the school (hahaha) i would spend a millon dollars to keep my children at ledesma. Thank you so much to all the teachers who help mold our children. It has been a joy.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
This is my child's 2nd year attending Ledesma-our first year experience was great, great teacher, hsc was very welcoming-very different from the last school we attended. This year however has been a bit rocky......conflicts with teachers to go as far as having to contact the principal. The principal-although not a warm and fuzzy individual-does in fact care for the children and takes great pride in the school since it opened. She was very concerned and sincere and apologetic-just what you need in a principal! I would say 90 % of the teachers that I have come in contact with seem sincere-while the other 10%-just aren't ment to be teachers-favortism, negative remarks, lack of better judgement, and sometimes just plain out RUDE! I know you can't judge a school by a couple of bad teachers, but teachers have to remember parents do talk and first impressions count!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2006
This school is horrible. My child attended this school for four months when I had her transferred. If you are a minority be prepared to have your child held back on there potential! This school does not take serious problems (which I can not list) serious. The school my daughter is now attending is great. the whole staff there is more involved, more friendly and a lot more helpful and push all kids 100% to there potential.

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July 15, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
April 04, 2006
My children love attending this school. My daughter was able to experience differential instruction outside of the GATE program since her teacher realized that she could handle more challenging work. With my son, his teacher realized that his study habits were affected by other influences in class. She contacted me directly to inform me that she was going to make some seat changes to help redirect his attention. The staff is truly concerned for their studens and very well qualified. The Home and School organization puts forth so much effort to have enjoyable events for the kids. Sometimes, I wish I could be back in elementary school and come here!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2006
This is a fabulous school with lots to offer students for a solid base of skills. The staff cares about all kids and respect is given to all parents and students.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2006
a great school, clean. there is also a day care next door.

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February 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 13, 2006
This is a great school. My daughter, who usually has a difficult transition time with other schools, fits in the first week !

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2006
This school is a great school across all academic areas. I have 2 children at this school. Both are doing well and have a good attitude about the school. Tteachers and principal focus on the academic needs of each child and work to bring each one along to the best of that child's ability. Parents are very supportive of the school and are very visible daily at the school.

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December 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
November 29, 2005
School suffers from too much focus on arts and crafts. It's reading program is adequate but hardly great. Math is okay, science looks promising. Near lack of any social sciences in early grades. Parent involvement made up of three groups: very active (25%), active in own child's education (25%), don't seem to care (50%). Facilities are top notch due to young age of property, and has a wonderful school library.

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2005
My son just started K at Ledesma, and so far it has been fantastic! His teacher seems very committed to her students and my son really likes her. The parent involvement in the school also seems to be very high. The carnival was run primarily by parent volunteers and there even extra parents that were looking for things to do. Everything was clearly spelled out for my husband and I and we feel very comfortable having our son attend this school.

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June 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
The teachers are excellent! Been very happy with the overall quality of the school.

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February 14, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2005
This school has excellent facilities including large play areas, black top and yard. As well as well stocked library with new computers.

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April 23, 2004
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October 06, 2003
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- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
Rita Ledesma Elementary School is a great school with experienced teachers and wonderful curriculum. I was informed about Ledesma from friends and they were right. This is a great school. The parents, teachers and principal all work well together to make it a productive and supportive environment for learning. Thank you Ledesma!!

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Ledesma (Rita) Elementary School
1001 Schoolhouse Road, San Jose, CA  95138
(408) 224-2191
Last modified Ledesma (Rita) Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Ledesma (Rita) Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 50 reviews. Top