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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 422

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280 Martinvale Lane
San Jose, CA 95119

(408) 226-3370
(408) 224-8506
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July 15, 2015
The principal is awful doesn't interact with the parents or students. If you can get a district transfer do it. Some teachers are great others not that great.

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2015
My two kids started kindergarten this year and I am very happy with this school. Mrs Butera, Mrs. Nilson, and Mrs Jimenez are wonderful teachers. They use various strategies to teach curriculum. Kids get math homework, English reading for every night. In addition to the work done in the class enrichment opportunities are available through their online resources "Dream Box" and " Raz kids". Before my kids started Baldwin I was bit skeptical about this school because of its rating but I am very happy. Principal Mrs.Millner is also very approachable and nice.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2015
Echoing the concerns about the principal and the overpopulation. I have twins, both in the same TK class. We've been having lots of issues with the TK teacher & concerns are not being addressed by the principal or the district. 1. TK has so many kids that teacher can't keep up & is forced to resort to reacting to bad behavior rather than promoting good behavior. 2. The nursing staff can't/won't deliver first aid or even help with a simple bathroom accident. 3. There are many security & safety concerns failing to be addressed by the principal as well -- bathroom policy (kids getting locked outside during class), what to do in the event of a shooter on campus, etc 4. Our kids are backsliding and the TK teacher is encouraging it. Son is told to use right hand to write, even though he's left-handed (illegal). Daughter is told she can't read well (she's at a 1st grade level, she just gets lazy in class). More issues than this, but I've hit the character limit. This school is not a great place for younger children to spend their days. It seems that the issues we've experienced aren't as pronounced for some of the older classes. I'll be glad when my kids start at Ledesma next year.

- submitted by a parent

August 26, 2014
This school is overpopulated and the teachers are put in a very difficult position. The School principal does not have a plan and does not care about parents concerns.. The school's web page has no current information and phones always send you to voice mail. This school is the worst school in the Distric. Avoid it.

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June 05, 2013
I moved my son from a private school to Baldwin last Fall. He's in 2nd grade. He has had the best teacher so far here at Baldwin. Very helpful, guides the students well towards high academic goals, very creative and hard-working. She has spent so much time with my son after school to make sure he turns in his work. My son isn't the easiest kid to work with. He doesn't like doing worksheets. Over time, with his teacher's help and diligence, my son turned around and improved academically. My son has focus issues so he's not the easiest kid to work with. His teacher really went above and beyond in communicating our son's progress to us. We're very lucky to have found such a caring teacher, his principal and the community overall. The school really appreciates parent's involvement. The home school club is also a very helpful set of parents working together to continue improving the school. I have never gotten this from the private schools. I hope more and more parents get involved with their kids.

- submitted by a parent

May 14, 2013
This school doesn't have the staff or budget to teach children. Each year I donate $500 or more in supplies. I don't mind the buying of supplies but my daughter falls more and more behind each year. Classes are chaos with almost 30 students per class and no aids. The principle's solution to this is uniforms because normal clothes distract children. I hate switching my daughter's school but it has to be done. "Julia Baldwin students are bound for college." But only if they don't need any extra help with learning.

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February 28, 2013
My child's kindergarten teacher is awesome! Not only does the teacher make sure children are ready academically, but also helps them make good decisions. I was told that the teachers do Positive Behavior Intervention Support. She was reading at level one before November. My child's teacher is patient with the different children's stage of development and abilities. I have observed other teachers and they are consistent with their expectations. I watched an assembly today and saw the principal encourage respect, responsibility and safety in between students groups' transitions. I am glad my child is here. They even have a preschool starting at age 3. Some afterschool activities include Young Rembrandts for grades 1-6, the Academy for children who need support with literacy, and ballet folklorico for the Cinco de Mayo festival. I was told the school has a basketball team in the spring. We are proud to be a Panther family! After school activity buses are available if the child is regularly bussed into school. The school staff, including the school secretary, health clerk and yard duty is amazing! There is a home and school club, site council, Latino and Koffee Klatch for parents.

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December 16, 2012
Baldwin is a very good school with caring and supportive staff. My son has been attending this school since kindergarten and is now in third grade. He simply loves it !

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September 15, 2011
Read the review below and feel compelled to respond. First, it's a South San Jose School, not Los Gatos or Campbell were money flows freely, but where ethnic minorities can barely make their mortgages and do not, often, contribute to their child's education . Ever heard the phrase "Focus Student"? If you feel the school needs more money, make a financial contribution to your child's classroom and make a difference. If you feel the school needs supplies, donate supplies to your child's classroom and make a difference. How about donating your time in the class and on the playground. Now we're talking. Takes very little effort to complain. Takes more effort to become involved/engaged and this is what really matters. A parent who is actively involved at school is demonstrating to their child the importance of education; they're leading by example. Do ALL parents know the standards for their child progressing to the next grade level and are they actively involved in their child reaching this level? If you are not aware of these standards and are not actively working with your child's teacher on them at every grade level, you are on a long/difficult trip w/ an unknown destination!

- submitted by a parent

September 13, 2011
I was excited for my son to go to Baldwin. Unfortunately that excitement turned to disappointment after he started. We liked his teacher but she has 28 students and no teachers aid. We felt like we were going back wards from what we had in his preschool. He was bored. The majority of his class mates did not know the alphabet, numbers or how to write their names. I blame the parents for that but in a class of almost 30 students he was not getting the attention we wanted him to get. It seems like this school is stuck in a rut. They need new ideas to bring in funds, supplies, and get some teachers aids for goodness sakes. The teacher student ratio is just sad IMHO. I think they need to look at the "Charter School" models for ideas on how to better run this school more efficiently. We felt compelled to remove him from this school and place him some where that was going to give him the attention and stimulation he craved and that is exactly what we did. I know of 3 other parents from his class who felt the same and believe me this is a toned down review. Sorry Baldwin there is much room for improvement.

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March 05, 2010
My son is attending Kindergarten here. I love their lesson plans, my son started level 20 books in just 4 months. Teachers are very helpful and the principal is always cheerfl.

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May 12, 2009
My daughter is in her second year of attendance at the special education pre-school program. I can not express to you the patience, inteligence and love that these teachers give every day. When my daughter first came to baldwin(3yrs old) she was saying very few words and could not follow simple directions or even tell me if she was a girl or a boy! Within 6 months of being in the program, she was clearly communicating more and I was finally able to get to know the little girl that was just waiting to come out. She still has some work to do, but I can not imagine where we would be without this school. The spirit of this school, from the secretary all the way up to the principal, is pure love. Thank you Baldwin!

- submitted by a parent

October 10, 2008
I have four children ranging in age from 6-20. I have never been more impressed with a school! The principal is wonderful, helpful, firm, but super friendly. It's evident in how many student love to come up to her and give her a hug. The teachers really do care and the parents are getting more and more involved.

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May 27, 2008
My son is in the Pre-K at Baldwin. It has been amazing the changes I've seen in him. His speech has improved as well as his social skills and behavoir. It's amazing and I would definately recommend this school to other parents.

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no rating
July 27, 2007
This school has excellent programs for its students. I have seen Baldwin change over the years. I have had 3 children attend Baldwin from K-6. I currently have 2 children attending Baldwin this year. I am glad that they attend this school, however I do not agree with how the new principal Mrs. Wright runs the school. I think she is taking out the fun my children had at this school. A lot of old Baldwin traditions were stopped due to what Mrs. Wright believed. All in all, I am really proud to have my students attend Baldwin. I just hope we can get those test scores up.

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February 02, 2007
I have two children that go to Baldwin one is in Kindergarten and one in 1st grade.Baldwin is a school where the children come first. The children are encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The entire staff works hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal, my kids teachers, front office secretary are wonderful with my children, its a blessing to have you all here with our children. She is a great example of a leader. Thank you for all the great support the staff has given my family.

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January 11, 2005
My son started Kindergarten this year at Baldwin. I am happy to report that all of the K teacher's here are great! Eventhough he just turned, 5 he is already reading. I look forward to his continued success.

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July 13, 2004
Julia Baldwin is a large school where children are kept safe. The principal is warm and friendly. The student population is quite diverse. The connection with students' families is not as strong as it could be. Overall, there is strong community involvement.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
December 01, 2003
I am disappointed to hear that Baldwin's API score has declined from last year's, especially since 90% of all schools improved.

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September 21, 2003
I currently have a child at Baldwin and another who attended k through 6th. For the most part I have been extremely happy with the school programs (like music and science fairs) and delighted with the teachers. Ms. Ross, the current principal, was an excellent addition to the school. Ms. Ross is firm but kind with the students and responsive, helpful, and friendly with parents. One thing that I'd like to see change is the 'common dress' concept. The children are forced to wear over priced and often undurable dress. The rules keep adding more color options which makes the common dress much less distinctive than uniforms. What is the point if they don't look common any longer? Also, as another parent mentioned, I am unhappy with the limited playground use, as my daughter is in the upper grades now. She tells me that upper graders can no longer use the playground equipment, which we find terribly unfair. I'm also unhappy with the lunch staff as I feel they rush children too quickly as they're eating.

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September 11, 2003
I have been very happy with Baldwin. My children have always had wonderful, dedicated and caring teachers. The one thing I dislike about the school is having the primary grade and upper grade students alternate use of the one playground structure. Children should have a playground to play on everyday, not just every other day!

- submitted by a parent

April 17, 2003
Regarding leadership development, the Principal and teachers do an excellent job. The fun activities promote self confidence, mind development, and human potential.

- submitted by a community member

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Baldwin (Julia) Elementary School
280 Martinvale Lane, San Jose, CA  95119
(408) 226-3370
Last modified Baldwin (Julia) Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Baldwin (Julia) Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 37 reviews. Top