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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 455

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1101 Strayer Drive
San Jose, CA 95129

(408) 253-2850
(408) 366-0743
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August 13, 2015
Teacher quality is OK, some are great and some are just OK. Principal used to be good but with a new one coming on board I'm not so sure. Where did the principal who got us two awards and good test scores go? I hear of a lot of bad things happening at school district with a school full of bad teachers being sent to other schools. Dilworth is going to get some of them and I think we are losing good teachers to make space for them.

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December 18, 2014
I am a student. Our principal of 2.5 years resigned today, but left last week. I thought about this whole thing makes more sense that he is he actually an alien from outer space and the mother ship came to take him back. I hope he and his outer space aliens like us earthings.

- submitted by a community member

August 07, 2014
I have 3 kids here in 1st, 3rd and 5th. They all like Dilworth very much. They used to go to Sedgwick. Since CUSD offers the choice a year ago, so we decide to send them over. It is true that many kids go to after school programs since both of parents are working or just due to Asia culture to put more pressures on kid. My K student was obviously behind at the beginning cause most of kids seem know already. I don't feel anything bad regarding getting more peer pressures from other students. It's good to them. We like all of the 3 teachers we had last year. My kids like the principal as well. One of them even likes to speak with him when possible. He is very nice to listen and answer those silly questions from a curious boy. We didn't volunteer a lot but when we have time, it is a very nice experience and opportunity to see how your kid fits in the school when helping correct their spellings or go on a field trip. There are some special need students at Dilworth as well. I think this is very good. We are living in a relatively rich community. We can teach kids to help people with needs and care for the community. Overall, we like Dilworth very much! It's a good community.

- submitted by a parent

September 01, 2013
My daughter has been a student at Dilworth for 3 years and I am very happy with teachers/classmates. This is a neighborhood school and since enrollment has been declining they opened the boundary this year (2013-2014) to allow additional students. This has solved the problem of low enrollment (numbers had been decreasing) which had led to many combo classes in the past. The teachers we have had so far have been truly wonderful - and the kids here come from households were education is very valued. The school is also committed to helping those who need it, the teachers give out their Email/phone, and the new principal seems very engaged in helping the staff get what they need. In my view it would be hard for a child to fall through the cracks unless the child/parent are not working with the teacher. My daughter had a rough start in kindergarten since we had chosen not to "teach" reading prior to K, but working with her teacher she caught on quickly and was at level by Spring. To me the main downside is the pressure some of the parents put on their kids at a very early age and the competitiveness even in early grades.

- submitted by a parent

August 21, 2013
First I'd like to note that I was disturbed by one of the previous commenters who thinks he has exclusive rights to Dilworth since he's paying the high property prices of this area...I think it's a great thing that Dilworth has opened up to other non-neighborhood students. Hello, isn't public education supposed to educate our kids regardless of their economic background?? If you don't like that, go to private school, but don't think you deserve exclusivity because you bought a house here. Rant over. We've been happy with Dilworth; our son is happy and loves his teachers. He gets the help he needs with his speech. Overall, it's a friendly, caring school.

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July 30, 2013
There is a new principal this past school year. He does not act and look like a principal. He reminds me of the men in the movie "Men in Black". Dilworth needs strong leadership and as a kid I do not see it at all. The new school principal needs to show us improvement or students will go on a strike student .

- submitted by a community member

June 27, 2013
Dilworth is bad because it needs a a lot of improvements.1, barely any of the teachers are nice.Only 4 teachers I like in this school. Especially that some teachers are really rude. Teachers have a favorite kid in there class most of the time , and it isn't fair. Some wave off questions and accuse kids of things they didn't do. And the principal now is very snobbish and he talks to kids way different than he talks to parents (which I dislike) and always dresses in a buisness suit and tie like he's going to an office, not a school. He is also not very involved. I can tell some of the staff members dislike him. 2, the schools maintanince is bad. The bathrooms smell terrible and people write and carve things inside (which are mainly bad words) and the tanbark that they put on the playground can really hurt someone. One of the teachers got hurt because of this and so many students have too. There are cigarettes on the ground and no one bothers to put it in an ashtray.Three, most teachers only teach what they are supposed to, and have no styles of teaching or tell the students whats happening around the community and teach boring things and have no experience in other jobs. ~ 4th grader

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May 09, 2013
I am not sure why people, when asked for a school review, write about how the families around the area live nearby are like sardines. I am not sure how it matters to this content. This school is nice, there are really dedicated teachers who care about the children. My kids go here and they love it. Teachers are very friendly, answer emails when you have questions, stop by to talk to you when you have questions, provide you feedback when needed.

- submitted by a parent

May 04, 2013
I agree with the parent below me. This school loves kids that can learn on their own and does not require much attention. There are many of these kinds of children attending this school and about 30% of these students get private tutoring. The teachers/staff love this kind of students. Why? This makes their job so much easier on them. If you have kid(s) that are the ideal type, then this school is for them. This school is more like 95% Asian. My neighbor had moved their grandchildren to Devargas several years back where there is way more diversity, but low API. You cannot have it all, so take your pick of diversity with low API or no diversity and high API.

- submitted by a parent

May 01, 2013
I gave it a try few years back and it didn't work for my kid. If your kid is independent and doesn't require attention then this school will workout.

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April 30, 2013
This school along with Collins, Regnart, Lincoln, & Garden Gate is pretty much the same. I wouldn't say one is better than the other. As many parents already know California is still very much behind other states. I know the state of California set the standard of what to be taught at each grade level, but it is so slow. Kids are like sponges and my child is bore to death.

- submitted by a parent

April 07, 2013
There are no apartments in this area, but there are huge townhouses and condo complex close to the school available for purchase or rent. Families living in tight spaces like sardines packed in a can. There are at least 40% of households here with 3 generations under one roof. I think the test scores are misleading cuz only a few teachers here are good and caring. I wish we move back to India. Student

- submitted by a community member

April 02, 2013
The school ground is clean. Some students go to Kumon (waste of money) and other afterschool tutoring programs. It is approx. 90%asians.

- submitted by a parent

March 18, 2013
I don't think there is anything wrong with Combo classes. Please Dilworth keep the combo classes going. There is nothing wrong with having kids outside of our homeschool area coming into our neighborhood for school. Rancho Rinconada area of Cupertino do have many rentals just like Nimitz, and a few other Cupertino Schools, but that does not mean they are dumb kids either. I welcome all the Rancho Rinconada area of Cupertino smart kids into DIlworth only. The price of housing have nothing to do with student's intelligence. Ha ha I guess a parent below me just kick him or herself in the mouth. All the people I grew up with were lower middle income with hard working parents. Now, they are very sucessful and they do not brag either.

- submitted by a parent

January 16, 2013
Historically, Dilworth Elementary has been a good school choice for parents seeking high academic standards. Leadership and teacher quality have been good. My concern is for the future of this school. At the beginning of 2013, the district is opening up the school enrollment to students whose home school is not Dilworth. These students are predominantly coming from the Rancho Rinconada area of Cupertino. For those not familiar, this area has high apartment student population and home prices are much lower than our area. My impetus to purchase a house in the Dilworth area was for the exclusivity and high academics which we pay for heavily with each mortgage payment and biyearly tax payment. Dilworth has already implemented "combined" classes to maximize student enrollment. Quite controversial as to whether this is even legal on grounds of "equality of education", it can only be surmized that with the influx of Rancho Rinconada students added from Sedgwick Elementary, more and more students will have to suffer the "combined" class. We parents, should stand against the tactics being employed by the district/school. Save Dilworth for local students and no to Combo classes!

- submitted by a parent

March 17, 2010
My daughter has been at this school for a year now - I moved from a private school and am very very happy - the teachers are very experienced and involved . My daughter loves school and I find the method of teaching leaves concepts well grounded ! Excellent School!!!

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April 08, 2009
Dilworth is a very good school. My son has been with the school for few year and so far are very happy with the teachers and classmates.

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May 02, 2008
awesome. And free!!!!!!!!

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August 17, 2007
Dilworth is a great school with very resposible and well rounded teachers and staff. This is a very friendly school - the staff go the extra step to take care of our kids, the teachers are easy to get a hold of and schedule time with. Overall, we are very happy with out daughter's schooling for last 5 years. This year, we were very happy with our son's very full and rounded kindergarten experience.

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February 21, 2006
This is a very friendly school with great teachers and staffs. The principal is very personable and hands on. Due to her leadership, test scores have risen for the school. There is a lot of parent involvement. Great school for my chidlren!

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February 18, 2006
Dilworth is a great school.

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September 15, 2005
Very nice school. Good teachers and Principle. My son is going there for last 3 years and we are extemely happy.

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February 04, 2004
This is the best school my kids been so far. Dilworth has excellent academic and Extracurricular involvement for kids. Techers take individual interest in kids and maintain excellent communication with the parents.

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Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School
1101 Strayer Drive, San Jose, CA  95129
(408) 253-2850
Last modified Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 32 reviews. Top