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K-6
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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 798
 

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2220 Woodbury Lane
San Jose, CA 95121

(408) 532-2150
(408) 532-2165
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March 27, 2015
The school is nice but the principal is not. She needs to be replaced. McClintock is not a very friendly principal until she is replace it is best too look at other better school in the area

- submitted by a community member

January 19, 2015
JFS is a wonderful school - I have 2 children attending since KG and we could not be happier. The teachers are wonderful and care about the kids. The facility is new and clean. The new principal, Mrs. McClintock is much more approachable and involved. I wish there was more after school enrichment provided through school, especially established programs such as Math Olympiad which are currently parent-run. My boys enjoy their time at school and have made wonderful friends.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2013
My two children attended JFS under three different principals. Overall we had good experience at JFS for all these years. I would have given 5 starts if they did not have the disputes between the district and the teacher union. In 2013, because of this it was evident the level of school/teachers' efforts dropped significantly in every aspect. I know this is a district wise problem, but students (and parents) should not be penalized.

- submitted by a parent

August 30, 2013
James Franklin Smith Elementary School continues to improve its test scores so it's puzzling to hear that the teachers are doing less work or somehow letting the students down. The contract issue is a district-wide issue and will be resolved once the district makes a good faith offer to the teachers. Happy teachers= happy students. Teachers earn every penny they get, and in my opinion are underpaid!

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August 20, 2013
My second child is about to start JFS tomorrow as a kindergartner. I look back to the 4 years my daughter has gone to the school and I am glad we chose JFS. 1. The PTA is very involved. 2. The teachers go the extra mile. 3. The new principal is very approachable. Generally a really good school. I wish the PTA would take a more active role in disseminating information about the after school offerings but I wouldn't hold that against them.

- submitted by a parent

April 13, 2013
I love this school! I am in 6th grade with a wonderful teacher and principal! This school is totally safe! I don't even want to leave!

- submitted by a community member

March 22, 2010
My child has been going to JFS for the past two years. It has been a wonderful experience for us. Outstanding staff, very active PTA, overall a fantastic place. Facilities (computers, reading material, art etc) are very good. PTA is very active. We sent our child to a private school earlier and are very happy to have moved her to JFS.

- submitted by a parent

February 11, 2010
Both of my children attended JF Smith School from Kindergarten thru 6th grade. I remember Will Ector, who was a wonderful principal but only there to get the then new school up and running (he is now a district leader). The current principal Mr. Hodgins is kind and wise and a fantastic school leader. He is involved with his staff and the students; he is ever present, whether at dismissal time DAILY or at school special events. His attention to detail and strong vision of quality for JF Smith has kept it a bright spot on the somewhat dismal array of educational facilities. Every time I listen to other parents lamenting over their child's school I am deeply grateful that we found JF Smith. Of course the other factors in the success of JF Smith are the great teachers and very involved and supportive PTA.

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2009
The school is great, the teacher is very good & professional. The facility is very modern. Thanks to PTA support.. I'm not sure about the principal, I think the previous one, Mr. Ector is much better. However, they should change the school secretary. Try as much as possible not to interact with her. She is just a rude & intimidating person

- submitted by a parent

July 24, 2009
I am 6th grade mother. I love this school and the way it is organized. The principal is very nice. He always participates to all events and get close and greeting to every one. He is a great principal.

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January 03, 2008
I'm a parent of 3rd grader.. I think the school is great, all of the teacher is really caring and paying attention to all of their students.

- submitted by a parent

May 07, 2007
i am a sixth-grader at this school. I think that it was better when the first principal, Mr. Ector, was there. It has been very fun there, and the sixth grade teachers teach A LOT.

- submitted by a student

June 17, 2006
This school is a great school. My daughter loves it. Principal Hodgin is very involved and coordinates a lot of great activities. The teachers are very professional and helpful to the children. The facility is new and very modern.

- submitted by a parent

June 13, 2006
My kids have been going to this school since the beginning. I think this is a very good school and the teachers really care. The student scores are high.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2006
The school is constructive and disclipline. The academic programs are diversed and set according to each individual students. Although public, the school's student to faculty ratio is great compared to other schools. There are some great extracurricular activities and the level of parent involvement is substantial.

- submitted by a parent

February 27, 2006
My son has been in this school for 5 years. He really enjoys it. He got a very strong skills for each grade he went.I truly appreciate the principal, teachers and staff at this school.

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December 10, 2005
This school provides a quality education for its students. I have been pleased with both the calibur of its teachers and the positive atmosphere of the school environment.

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October 01, 2005
Excellent school for being only a couple years old. The staff is highest quality and the students are all very academic oriented.

- submitted by a parent
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September 24, 2005
We loved sending our kids to this school. I highly commend this school

- submitted by a parent

September 21, 2005
Its a wonderful school. I highly recommend this school.

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2005
My daughter has attended this school for past year and half, The principal, Mr. Hector is a very involved principal in different aspects of the school. He is very approachable by parents. However, I had asked my childs' a teacher questions and she replied w/ I am too busy right now, will address later, and never did. The teacher was good overall but felt hat she could do better explanations on homework assignments. My child liked to go to school every day, she was very fond of her teachers.

- submitted by a parent

November 03, 2004
Very active parent involvement by a small minority of the school make everything happen. These select few are owed much to there efforst, not unlike most public schools.

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October 14, 2004
My two kids spend 2-3 hours/day on homework and they are learning at a fastest pace without loosing any interest in learning. All the students are completing to be better together and learning seen to be fun with my children s. The teachers and the principal have done a great job in motivating their students.

- submitted by a parent

July 06, 2004
This school is unbelievable! One reason is the principle, Mr. Ector. The next reason is the support of the teachers and parents. James Franklin School should be the model for all other schools to strive to be like. I could tell many stories on how the school went the extra mile for my child and my neighbor s children.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2004
I have seen a tremendous improvement of my son at all level since he attends JFS school. I was so impressed with the extened help from teachers,staffs, priciple and our parents involvements. I would like to say thank you to everyone to provide our kids a high quality of educcation.

- submitted by a parent

February 23, 2004
During the past 8 years, all 3 of my children have attended Evergreen District schools led by Principal Will Ector. His personal involvement in the students' lives goes well beyond professional courtesy. Each student is made to feel as though they are an important part of the school family. The teaching and office staff follow Mr. Ector's example by giving of their personal time to show interest in all students, nurturing their personal growth as well as promoting their academic growth. The overwhelming parental involvement and support really reflects a feeling of 'community' here at James F. Smith School. What better education could be available to any child, than here at JFS.

- submitted by a parent

December 09, 2003
I have three kids at JFS and the teachers and principal are completely dedicated to quality education and social development. Prior to joining JFS we were paying $20K per year for private school and we were recieving half the education. Keep up the great job!

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2003
I have sent my three children to two schools in the Evergreen school district over a period of eight years with Will Ector serving as principal at both. I cannot think of a finer man to have worked with, exceeding our expectations everyday!

- submitted by a parent

September 10, 2003
My daughter attends JFS this year as a kindergartener. She enjoys every moment spent at the school. Mr. Althof is a wonderful teacher.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2003
This is a top notch school program, I am from Iowa, where they take education very seriously, like a religion, the same quality goes on at JF Smith, It starts from the top, with Principal Ector and his staff, I highly recommend this school to anyone. My son has learned alot and looks forward to attending classes everyday.

- submitted by a parent

June 19, 2003
I think James Franklin Smith is a great elementary school in Evergreen district. I am so glad that my daughter have been enrolled in this school. I would suggest this school can expand to 8th grade because this is a great school and they don't have to transfer to other middle school.

- submitted by a community member

June 19, 2003
There is great support and discipline, as well as academic/moral greatness at JF Smith. I highly recommend anyone to attend that school. The principal, Mr. Ector, is exceptional -- he knows each student by name.

- submitted by a community member

June 19, 2003
In the school year of 2001-2002, Tan had a great learning opportunity. JFS in my opinion ranks highest in all areas, including top principal (Mr. Ector) leadership and top teacher (Mr. Conway) quality. Student safety and discipline are always of high focus.

- submitted by a community member

May 30, 2003
JFS is a wonderful School I cannot say enough good stuff for the experience I have for the last 2 years. Anita was very lucky to have a Teacher like Mr. James A. Conway and Mr. Will Ector as a Principal . Wish you all the Best for years to come. Regards D Sachdeva

- submitted by a community member

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James Franklin Smith Elementary School
2220 Woodbury Lane, San Jose, CA  95121
(408) 532-2150
Last modified James Franklin Smith Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
James Franklin Smith Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 51 reviews. Top