We have been here for several years and have lucked out with great teachers. There are some not great ones, but that is true in any school, including the "10s". We have found the teaching style fun, creative, and hooray, an acceptable amount of homework! Shame on Cupertino schools with an hour a night. Country Lane kids spend about 15 minutes, at least this has been our experience. Unfortunately the new principal is horrible. The school has gone downhill with her. She started a practice of "walking pink slips"- making children walk around the field holding a pink slip if they forgot to turn in homework. This is public shaming from the middle ages. Luckily irate parents put a stop to this. Then for last year's spelling bee when it was down to the last handful of kids she sent the entire school out of the auditorium because they were not being quite enough (after sitting for an hour). So the final spelling bee contestants who had worked so hard had no audience. She is unfriendly and does not even know how to relate to children or parents. We still love this school for what goes on in the classroom (with the right teacher that is) and our daughter has thrived and loves learning. I just hope the district wises up and gets rid of this principal.
My child attended the school for 4 years and I volunteered weekly (was in the classroom for 1-1.5-hour 3 out of 4 years).
- cultural diversity
- fairly safe
- many kids from well-educated caring families (many mothers don't work if you care about it)
- I feel that old (2010) and new (2015) Principals are both good - caring and approachable; I had multiple meetings with both
- non-education values exist "Be Safe, Be Respectful, .... " but nothing about "work hard"
- Extended care is expensive and weak for what it is as well as extra-curr activities
- Too much fundraising, too little idea how to handle money, too much waste
Now REALLY IMPORTANT stuff:
- Teaching staff is weak with exception of a few - most teachers are too young to be good, others are too old pre-retirenment and still don't know how to teach effectively, motivate, discipline (I had a meeting when Principal told the teacher that her discipline method (negative motivation) doesn't work. Nothing changed! I can understand it. Teachers are unionized. Why would she change?)
- Academics: too many computer programs that add no value (STMath is beyond bad - combination of ineffective teaching and abusive practice for kids; I didn't want my child to do it; had to teach math outside of school). No textbooks. 3rd grade homework is less than 1h/week + reading whatever book. No stable, thoughtful curriculum; every teacher, no matter how poorly educated, has power to do ... whatever
- If your child has dyslexia, autism, or ... anything non-standard, forget it! You're on your own...
The quality of education your child receives from this school will greatly be affected by the right teacher. The big problem in this school is the so called principal. It is a huge adjustment from the past beloved and very respected principal who was a strong leader. The current principal may try to "talk the talk, but can't walk the walk". She is terrible at communicating and often exhibits bully-ish attitude toward not only the children, but even to other adults. It is not anything new for her to be seen yelling or screaming. What a poor example of so called leader.
Aside from poor leadership and a principal that is not very liked (see past reviews), the experience really will be dependent on the child's teacher and the parent involvement in that particular class. And don't let the high API fool you! You will only reap what you sow, if you put forth the efforts, resources, and time into your child(ren), they will do well at ANY school!
From the education point of view, I would say you have to be lucky if your kid gets a good teacher. if not then you need to work hard for your kid to do good in academics. This school does not have many enrichment activities such as spelling bee, after school music classes, Public Speaking etc. which is very common in many schools of same potential. Also they don’t have many online subscriptions for kids to work on at home. They should invest more money into these online programs and I am sure parents will be willing to donate to support them. I also don’t see any PTA in this school though there is something called HSC.
School rank went down in recent 2015 CA test assessment ( check out schooldigger.com). This school staff needs to work hard to maintain its reputation
We moved into this neighborhood with so many doubts in mind. The neighborhood itself is a reflection of how the school is! Hands down its a happy valley!
My kidis loving it. We moved him from "private" school. .the teacher's are all very experienced and the recent addition of new school to the school district is sure to benefit Country lane. I loved the diversity and also the overall S.T.E.A.M
( Science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) program! I don't know about the api rating, I think I did a good thing researching a little bit more abt the school program!
My daughter has been at CL from Kindergarten through now 4th grade and it's been a wonderful experience. The teachers have all been great and caring. The school is very diverse with a lot of parent involvement.
My son started Kindergarten at Country Lane this year. So far we love the school and especially his teacher. The volunteer community is very active at this school, which makes things run very smoothly in the classroom and at the school. I also like the diversity of students at this school. There is a good cultural mix. Overall we love the school.
Too much concern over funding versus delivering education. Principal is not approachable. Parent volunteers are putting in too much work. Some teachers are great, esp 3rd grade. My child is happy at school so that's a positive. However they need to challenge the child in STEM education.