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K-6
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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 913

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4121 Mackin Woods Lane
San Jose, CA 95135

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(408) 223-4883
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October 10, 2014
Not much diversity of students. The front office ladies are not very welcoming. They represent the school and first thing you see so they should smile and be a bit friendlier. Most teachers love their job and go above and beyond to make school fun for their students. Not much of an award system. No math awards, improvement awards or even award ceremony to motivate children. There is the Pizza Hut coupon deal or San Jose shark reading program for reading and some teacher will give a prize if AR goals are met. That's if the teacher does not just pick one student to recognize even though all others worked just as hard. Lack of spirit days. Not even a day were all student where a motsumoto shirt OF THE SAME DESIGN to show school spirit. Each class has a different designed shirt they wear diffrent days of the week. Some of the colors of the shirts and designs I think are done by students? Kids cannot use the libaray computers before or after school. No school plays or performances have occurred since my kids have attended. No Thanksgiving or Christmas performances for parents to attend. It's a zoo before and after school picking up your child. Pedistrians beware.

- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2014
Welcome to a high performing school in the South Bay. Yes, every student here need to roll up their sleeves and really work. If that means they need to have tutors, so be it. The bar is high! If that is not for you or your kids, then this school is not for you. Also this school is quite traditional, so if your child will not thrive in that kind of environment then this school will not be a good match. The teachers for the most part are really good. I appreciate teachers that push students to work. Yes, this school not not very diverse but that's what happens when the surounding neighborhood is mostly Asian. That is probably the driving factor to its api scores. Culturally, Asian parents have high expectations from their children, for the most part, they deliver. Principle Shreman is very caring, but of course he has also has certain expectations from his students and parents. Unfortunately, this school could use more parent volunteers. But the parents that do volunteer are amazing! They really try to make the school a "balanced " school with school activities. All in all a great school.

- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2014
DISCRIMINATORY SCHOOL!!! The school engages in discriminatory behavior. If you bring up concerns, they are simply dismissed without conducting the appropriate investigation. Had a lot of hope from this school. But as concerns of unfair behavior towards some students by the teachers was brought up, the concerns were simply dismissed without investigating. Consequently, I would question if this school deserves our tax dollars and donations. Very poor experience so far. Hoping they can still remedy the concerns we have brought up.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2014
principle sherman is rude and should have been a policeman instead of a principle, everyone at this school is asian or indian and its really disappointing in the lack of diversity the pick up and drop off situation is a disaster, don't come here unless you live walking distance because you will be waiting in a mile long line , this is an elitist school so the api scores are that because the parents are either tutor providing and/or one parent is home full time household my kids teacher was very nice very concerned although i don't believe she was a parent i did not like that i believe that only a parent can empathize with other parents concerning a child's learning, principal sherman will videotape you upon dropping or picking up your child there is no parking to park you car and take you child to school, you will have to arrive 30 minutes early in order to bring you child to school with out waiting in a 180 car pile up the street crossgaurds are inept and do not know what they are doing and they take matters into their own hands such as knock on your window to let you know what you are doing wrong or jump in front of your car to not let you pass by and they will harass. aviod this

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2013
The teaching here is pretty nice, though some of the teachers do just throw homework at the kids. But the most pathetic thing is the office staff! They are so RUDE! Once I went to the office after school waiting for my parent. I started doing my homework and the secretary just started yelling at me. I just said " I can do my homework!"(I had talked to my mom on the phone and she said she would be there to pick me up. So she called up my teacher and my teacher told her and she just scowled at me and sat down! Very rude people!

- submitted by a community member
May 27, 2013
The teachers makes 20% effort and the remaining 80% is students plus their parents. Don't be fooled by the high api scores.Some teachers don't do anything other than gossip and shop online while sitting in the class. The district is negotiating the contract so the teachers are bitter, working to the contract, come around 7:45 and leave at 2:30 Pm.Some teachers can be actually seen talking on their cell phone , standing in the shade while they are on yard duty !! There are some teachers who are sincere towards their work but its like a drop in a bucket! Their API is higher because parents are made to teach and supplement through tons of homework !

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2013
Excellent school. The teachers care so much about the kids and go the extra mile to ensure that each child is accommodated. Top notch education always looking for way to keep the parents involved in our kid's success. They communicate very well. We receive updates each week via a individualized breakdown on each assignment and test/quiz grade. They are on top of their grading and never let anything fall behind. Weekly newsletter points out important dates and items specific to child's class. This school from k-6 are really involved with each student and their success. Even with a school of this size all of the teachers and staff know every student and have a singular focus towards offering a 1st class experience for all. Many parents are involved in the school through PTA and other organizations that help to shape the future of the school to meet everyone's needs. Very welcoming for new families and encourage involvement from the beginning to make this the best elementary school in the South Bay!

- submitted by a parent
May 08, 2013
Teaching is so horrible! Too many drama as what my child said to me! Also, some lunch lady cannot give my son lunch because of "low balance of money"! How are they going to eat? They're going to starve!

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2012
The teaching here is ridiculous! You better have a stay at home mom or dad. The teachers just throws the homework at students even if he/she doesnt' understand. Not all kids learn at the same rate. Some might understand quickly and some might have a difficult time. Shouldn't every child understand the material that is being taught in school? Not get sent home with materials and have you as a parent teaches them. What if your family have both working parents? Not every household has a stay at home mom/dad. On top of that providing a roof and food for your family, you have to come home and teach your kids. Another concerns is the amount of homework given to students. Enough is enough! Do not overload the students just because some parents feel the work isn't enough for their child. You do not boost the amount of homework just because some parents thinks that their child have too much free time at home. Like I said, every student learns at their own rate. This schools only pushes students to pass the STAR test for a higher ratings. That means ALOT OF STRESS for the STUDENTS AND PARENTS! If your child doesn't do well, its the parents fault! They do not care!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
When we were shopping for a house in 1997, we looked at Cupertino and Fremont and Evergreen. We chose Evergreen because we thought the area has a good mix of all races and the schools were just perfect: not too competitive but not too easy. However, Evergreen schools these days no longer have a good mix of student population. More Asian, especially Indian and Chinese have moved in. These two groups make up about 70% of the student population at Matsumoto. The school is focusing on academic performance, just like other schools in Cupertino or Fremont. Matsumoto school's API is getting higher and higher every year. The students have a heavy load of homework. Teachers routinely give homework on the weekend. I kids should be able to have fun on the weekend. Weekend should be reserved for church, for music, for sport, for birthday parties,... NOT for doing homework. I hope Matsumoto teachers and the principal realize that the kids and the parents do not want homework on the weekend.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2011
Aside from having a high API score, parents at Matsumoto are very happy with the leadership of the current principal, Mr. Sherman. Students having excellent academic performance is wonderful but what really matters is the genuine concern and care Mr. Sherman gives to all the students. My child is now in middle school but I still have nephews and nieces who attend Matsumoto. My nephew has challenges, school does not come easy for him, but with Mr. Sherman and his team's support, my nephew is doing very well! Mr. Sherman genuinely only wants what is best for all the students. As a parent, he has always shown warmth and goes an extra mile for whoever needs help. Thank you Mr. Sherman! Keep up the great work! Our community is so lucky to have you!

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June 10, 2009
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March 30, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2009
Great school. My two kids go to this school and I am very happy with the curriculum and teaching staff.

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January 30, 2009
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January 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2008
this is a really good school.my daughter has been learning alot.they also have fun activities and the students really enjoy and learn here

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September 05, 2008
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- submitted by a student
no rating January 19, 2008
My son has been in this school for 3 years now and TM has done wonder to him! He is confident and positive about school. Very caring principal, good teachers and admin. They are making it the best it can be! Though PTA is struggling for parental support, it's not the problem of the school - it's the parents!

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2007
My daughter has attended TME, for the past two years and I have to admit that she has had a better year this year as apposed to last year, but I honestly feel that they, the school teachers, suffer from lack of Staff development and this show in the way that they teach our children.

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September 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 29, 2007
I have had three children attend this school and I am sorely disappointed in this school's performance. In my experience with this school, many teachers do not teach the material enough, rather they rely on parents to teach the children the concepts at home. Also, there is a profound communication problem between parents and most teachers. When any issues arise, the teachers do not communicate the difficulties the child is having until it is far too late. There are a small handful of teachers that truly live up to the expectations of a school with this reputation, but the rest just fall down flat. The music program available is fantastic, but it is only because of the generosity and willingness of the volunteer music teacher to donate her time and personal resources to this program. Once her children have graduated or moved on, so will the entire music program.

- submitted by a parent
June 27, 2007
My child's 6th grade teacher has focused on writing and reading, math and social studies, sports and art projects and occasionally involved parents as needed. My child's grades improved overall since she was in this class. My other child's 3rd grade teacher also did a fantastic job in informing parents how their child progressed by doing weekly progress reports. Overall, the school has done a fine job with reading/writing. In math, school can teach simpler techniques in solving a math problem. The classroom text books have a very lengthy problem solving techniques. The science program can get a boost, although school encourages it. Parking/Driveway has been and nutrition services have been an issue. The education students get, the standards the teachers/principal have set to achieve high standard goals, overcome the minor drawbacks like parking and nutrition services.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2007
Highly dependent on teacher. Some teachers encourage students to participate in optional programs(Reflections, Young Authors, Science Fair, Student newspaper, Math contests). Some do not even respond to parent queries about these. Homework: Some grade it with useful comments. Some just don t return it. Some adapt it as year goes by or some kids move faster. Parent volunteers in classroom: Some welcome, some discourage till parent opts out. Using free resources: example: onlineintervention.com some use it. Some refuse to. Reading levels: Some evaluate students periodically, so kid can pick appropriate books. Some lump the whole class in 1 level for the whole year. Communicating: Some teacher have a detailed weekly newsletter Some monthly, some not at all. My wife looks after kids afterschool ( same grade, different rooms) Can see the progress kids make with a good teacher, and how they regress with a not so good one.

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November 28, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
September 18, 2006
Matsumoto teachers,Principal and staff work in unison to make this school one of the top rated schools in this area. Teachers work hard to motivate the kids to excel above and beyond their capacity. This years test scores shows the results of the teachers and students involment in their education. Parents and PTA's involvement in the school is surely an added point for our school's outstanding results. Matsumoto is the only school in the Evergreen school district that has an in school music lessons for the whole school which is taught by a parent volunteer (Mrs Hawker)surely is the icing on the delicious cake that Matsumoto offers to its student body.

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May 08, 2006
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April 17, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2006
Good academic programs. Very poor parent participation. No accelerated programs for kids who are ahead.

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March 03, 2006
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February 09, 2006
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February 04, 2006
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November 04, 2005
Good student pool. Some teacher is better than other.

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October 24, 2005
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October 02, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 24, 2005
What a wonderful school to send my kids to. We love this school. Teachers are great!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 22, 2005
Its a wonderful school. One of the top rated elementaries in the area.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2005
Its the best school I would ever send my children to

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August 04, 2005
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July 16, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 10, 2005
Strong academics in an academically-oriented neighborhood. High standards of behavior. Ethnically and linguistically diverse. Active PTA and Student Council. Large parent volunteer base. Kindergarten curriculum incorporates parent volunteers. Many other teachers use volunteers in and out of the classroom. Incredible volunteer music teacher adds much-needed element to the school. Could use more art, although the curriculum is already quite full and teachers would need financial and volunteer support. Principal has a hands-on style. Teachers are enthusiastic and caring.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 10, 2005
We have a very active PTA that sponsors Family Math Night, Choir, Book Club and Multicultural Night. Our principal is wonderful and very supportive.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2005
Our daughter is a kindergarden student at Matsumoto. The academic program is very good. My daughter already knows how to read beginner books. She can recognize numbers up to 100 and can do simple addition and subtraction. Minimal parental involvement.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
I am very happy to have my son at this school. My son's teachers have been great. There is a very high level parent interest and participation. The school also offers good quality extracurricular activities.

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February 13, 2005
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January 20, 2005
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September 14, 2004
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August 18, 2004
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July 15, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2004
Matsumoto is a great school. The teachers are wonderful and put students needs first. The parent-teacher relationship is very important.

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
I have been fairly pleased with Matsumoto. The teachers do well, especially with the class sizes. I am not pleased with the lack of art, music, foreign language and other subjects as compared to schools in other states. Parent involvement could be better utilized. The teachers I have met seem imaginative and resourceful (I have 4 children enrolled). I think the teachers need more support. I have not been able to meet the principle.

- submitted by a parent
March 02, 2004
My son has been going to this school for the last 4 years. I am extremely happy with teachers and academic quality of education. Extracurricular activity needs to be improved.

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2004
My daughter started in 1st grade this year. I am very impressed. I was concerned moving her from private school. But her teacher Ms. Douglas is doing a great job with her. My daughter always feels challenged and hence does great due to all the extra activities that the teacher does in class. The school does need to improve on security/parking.

- submitted by a parent
January 21, 2004
My Son started in KG this academic year. Though we had second thoughts on sending him to a public school, he is doing quite well. I am impressed most on the quality of the teachers. Ms. Madsen is a great teacher. Parking, security are the two issues that could be improved.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2003
My son has started going to KG in Mrs. Grant's class - she is an excellent teacher with lots of experience. Her gentle yet firm style complements the tender love and caring that goes with learning in the first year of schoool. My child has been at the school for about 3 months - he is enjoying himself a lot. In general, high parent participation seems to exist and more is encouraged by the school via PTA. This is reflected by the close relationship of the teacher with many parents. My concerns about safety are generic - the school seems to be holding more students than it was designed for. It seems too easy to move around the school without being challenged. Better monitoring and control of security is definitely needed. Initially we were unsure about our decision to go with public instead of private school, but so far, we have been happy with the quality of education at Matsumoto Elementary.

- submitted by a parent
November 20, 2003
Matsumoto is a great school in Evergreen valley. My daughter started Kindergarten this year and she loves going to school every morning. Teacher's and school staff are very helpful and resourceful. I suggest the school enhance its value by introducing extracurricular activities and advanced classes from Kindergarten.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2003
Parking lot should b enhanced. Parking the car on hte road and crossing might be risky. After/before care location is not in the convenient location. This facility should be have every day plan for the kids, which should be useful for their curriculam.

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Tom Matsumoto Elementary School
4121 Mackin Woods Lane, San Jose, CA  95135
(408) 223-4873
Last modified Tom Matsumoto 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.
Tom Matsumoto Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top