"Our school is best known for community involvement and academic achievement."
Students enrolled 702
Hours 8:45 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Betsy Fitch
Transportation options None
District Oak Grove Elementary School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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410 Sautner Dr.
San Jose, CA 95123

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(408) 226-0462
(408) 224-3279
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4 stars
Based on 41 ratings

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August 12, 2014
Im a student at taylor school (6th grade) over all the school is great and they have nice teachers. Its jsut that the food there is a bit unappetizing and they can work to make the bathrooms less smelly.

- submitted by a community member
June 22, 2014
The principal appears to only be here to build her resume so that she can move on to to bigger and better things, and godspeed to her. The followthrough and communication coming out of this place is laughable. Problems that start at the district level are magnified here by the school's poor management and the teachers' apathy.

- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2014
All though the principal is great, I am very dissapointed with teachers. Noone cares to teach children right from wrong. One kid steals lunch from another, and when other children complain to teacher, the answer they get is "I didn't see it, so I won't do anything about it"...REALLY? Teacher doesn't check kid's homework and let's them grade their own work, or gives a few kids in the classroom candy to check other kid's work. How is that possbile? After submitting a semester of daily summaries, where you can clearly see child's impovement in penmanship and content, teacher returns work back with a sticky note, on which it says C- and states that there are dates of mising work. Not one summary is marked. This is the WORST teacher I have dealt with, and I wasn't happy with previous year's teachers. Principal should really find decent teachers. Bullying is rampant, and bullies get away with it all the time. Looking to transfer my child in to another school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2013
I love teaching at Taylor School. It has a wonderful sense of community and strong parent involvement. I love keeping backpacks outside the classrooms. It helps keep classrooms tidy and safe for students to work and move around. My students' lunches are only stored outside when the weather is mild or cool, otherwise we bring them inside. I love Taylor so much my child attends here also! I am confident he will learn to be a strong, kind, intelligent young man who will love to learn because of his experience at Taylor.

- submitted by a teacher
August 22, 2013
My son likes Taylor school very much. I like the teaching method and curriculum which is apt for the kids. Academic wise, i'm satisfied. There are couple of things I want to make a note of. Just because Taylor school building is old, it has the dungeon smell once you get into the building. My son got allergies which he didn't have it before. These kids are spending six hours a day in this same environment which can develop their allergies which can lead to asthma. The next one is, the kids are placing their backpacks along with their lunch boxes outside the building. The lunch has been kept outside for 3.5 hours under the sun. This can spoil their food. Poor kids, they have to eat this lunch anyways without even realizing it. I hope, the management should take some action to prevent the kids from getting sick/diseases.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2013
Taylor school is a wonderful place for children to learn and grow. The staff and students continually collaborate with the intention of doing what's best for the students. Filled with gratitude for this community.

- submitted by a teacher
July 10, 2013
School is undergoing a change in PTA board with continued focus on community and parent involvement. All teachers I have interacted with have been kind and open to discussing my questions. My child can't wait till school is back in session.

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2013
This is a great school and would like to stay in this district, because it is one of the better neighborhoods in San Jose. My oldest was here last year and currently my youngest go to this wonderful school. So far the teachers I've met are very nice and also I can tell they are good at what they do. My sister has had a bad experience with the school secretary,but I think the secretary is a bit grumpy at times I admit. That's the least of my worries because everything else is good so far. I really do hope we stay in this area for a while. Also, the principal is wonderful!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2012
Such a great school, tons of parent involvement. My kindergarten loves it. So glad we have Taylor as our home school.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2012
My son was in Kindergarten this past year. When comparing to other elementary schools in this district, this school deserves 4 stars but overall I would give it a 3. The API score is great but there is a lack of parental involvement in the kindergarten and little communication between the parents and teachers. All of the parents who are involved are in the upper grades and they are really just the same parents who do everything. I was hoping for more of a community that we could be a part of but that probably won't happen here. All of the midweek school events were poorly attended which left me disappointed. As for the curriculum, it was okay but my son became bored very quickly.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
Taylor is a great school both academically and socially for the children that go there. I went there, my son, and now my daughter. All of her teachers have been very welcoming and she has really learned so much in the last couple of years at Taylor. The extra programs that are offered are great too. The only thing I would like to see is the principal play a bigger role and participate more with the kids. Give them incentives and more rewards.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
The kids love to learn. we have fantastic teachers that help our children to shine. we have lots of extra programs that the kids can participate in

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 20, 2009
What a great accomplishment Taylor school has made. Students, staff, and parents can all take pride in our efforts. We should all be very proud of our school and everyone in it! Let's keep up the great work, and hope for a year that is just as great, if not better!!

- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
I love the school. My children used to go to challenger school. I found Taylor more balanced, academically as well as socially.

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March 31, 2009
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August 21, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2008
I went to Taylor and my childern have gone and is still going and its a wonderful school with great teachers and great parents who make the extra programs provided happen for the childern. I feel the new principal needs to provide more outlets for rewarding all the hard work the students do and needs to be more involved and more encouraging.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
The new principal who took over last year does not recognize the student's individual achievements in the school newsletter like the previous principal. I feel the children all miss seeing this in print. Academic achievements are not publicly acknowledged by this principal. The 2007-2008 school year hasn't started out any better, with some unusual math level placement.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2007
I have a kindergartner currently attending Taylor and had seriously considered a local private school for my son. We deiced to give public school a try and found Taylor Elementary to be an excellent choice thus far. I am very involved in the volunteer programs within the school so I have been able to get a close look at the quality of instruction, child safety issues and technology offered at the school. Although some of the extracurricular activities and technology advancements are fairly new to Taylor (including an art program slated to start next fall) I am very impressed with the quality of teachers, administration, and programs that Taylor offers. I would highly recommend Taylor to any inquiring parents considering public school.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2007
Taylor School has seen some improvement in discipline over the last year, thanks to new principal. However, school needs improvement in other areas. Some opportunities for afterschool programs but cost money and are very limited in scope (art and dance programs). Some strong experienced teachers in grades K-4. Parent involvement is pretty good but PTA is controlled by small group of parents with their own agenda.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
My husband and I are very pleased with Taylor. My daughter, who could not read when starting Kindergarten, was added to the accelerated reading program 1/2 through the school year. Between recess, and the various extra activities [such as] back to school night, open house, science/technology night, book fairs, the walk-a-thon, ice cream social, the Olympics, and the various spirit days, not to mention the field trips and charity fundraisers, I think my daughter receives a well rounded elementary school experience. I look forward to the next 6 years with Taylor, and we can not wait to enroll our son.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
Quality is good, but no heart. Extra curricular activites, what are those? They existt as long as your pocket book does. Parent involvement is good, but anything can stand for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2007
I really don't recommend Taylor school. This school ranks very high when it comes to test scores, but there really isn't any involvement when it comes to the students. 3 out of the 4 teachers that my son has had have been terrible. This school needs to learn how to challenge these kids and be involved with them as children.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2006
Taylor has been a great school. The teacher my son had this year (3rd grade) had great communication with me this year which I believe helps.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2006
This school is awesome! The teachers are so into the students! The students could read in kinder! I was amazed at the outcome!

- submitted by a parent
June 01, 2006
This school has excellent parent involvement, from the Taylor Olympics to the PTA support. I would like to see more extracurricular activities such as structured music and art programs.

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2006
We had our children attend a school is Morgan Hill, which had wonderful creativity, made learning fun and relaxing, but their test scores were not as good as Taylors school. So when we relocated to San Jose. Attaing good test scores filters from the teachers to the students and this makes an absence of love of learning, a great stress level for the children. I would prefer to go to a lowered testing score for a school , because they instill the love of learning. The teachers are free to be much more creative. I do not blame the teachers at Taylor school. I blame the stress the district places on the school and altimately on the children.

- submitted by a parent
January 13, 2006
My husband and I are very displeased with the outcome of our daughters teacher and lack of support by the principal. We are not the only parents who feel that our concerns are being ignored by the school. Also, the bathrooms in this school are very dirty and there is hardly soap in any of the soap dispensers, nor toilet paper at avail. The schools API scores are high, but the needs of the students/parents concerns aren't.Also the bathrooms are not monitored in means of children doing whatever in there.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
I have two very different children and the teachers and principal at Taylor have done an outstanding job meeting both of their needs over the last few years. I sometimes feel the closing of other schools in the area took a toll on the overall education for the children at Taylor once the additional children were added to the school.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2005
My daugter just started Kindergarten there and I am very impressed with the school and the staff.

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November 02, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
My Daughter was in First grade last year and unfortunately, her teacher had a family emergency and was away for most of the year. She had a substitute teacher the entire year. We noticed that she had difficulty reading without sounding out the words. We were disappointed with how the school managed this.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
My kids are getting a great education and feel no pressure...Homework isn't overdone, lots of parent involvement. We are very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2005
Experienced, well liked teachers. Students are well prepared for a difficult middle school.

- submitted by a teacher
June 03, 2005
I have had my 2 kids in Taylor for the past 2 years. My 2 daughters love it there, especially the principle.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2005
This school is focused on test scores. Books and worksheets, very little hands on learning. Teachers are comfortable sharing that they manage the classroom by intimidation. Use of archaic diciplinary techniques, ie, Children write 50 times, 'I will not forget my homework.' Outer facility clean and neat with exception of children's restrooms which rarely have soap in dispensers and often have footprints on the toilet seats and paper strewn about. Bathroom time is not monitored. Teachers raise their voices to children. Teachers seem very stressed. Though test scores are high, the school has an eerie feeling as if it is too quiet given there are hundreds of children present in an open forum. (Open classrooms are joined by common hallway.) Little art or music. Bribes used to motivate children, ie. candy or extra recess time. Emotional development is rather sterile but test scores are high. Principal seems to support this environment.

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2005
Taylor is overall a great school but there are a couple things and people that need to get under control. In the last 4 years, I have had 2 teachers make non-professional comments with little discipline and one teacher especially has been a challenge. Aside from that, I have been happy with the continued activities and education my child has received.

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- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2004
My son is in 4th grade now, and he has been at Taylor since Kindergarten. Even when I moved, I requested for my son to remain at Taylor. I am very, very pleased with the school, its teaching staff and the pricipal, who is just a wonderful, energetic and dedicated person. They are all very dedicated and concerned with the children, their learning and their well-being. My son has had a lot of problems, but the teachers and the principal, Ms Kachiroubas, along with the school psychologist (isn't that great?!), have always helped. They never gave up. Thank you Ms. Joehnck, I am so glad my son had you in 2nd grade, even if they say that you are a tough teacher, you are the best thing that could have happened to him; and thank you Ms. Ross, Ms. McDonald, Ms. Bissonette and Ms. Gong-Guy!

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February 18, 2004
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Taylor (Bertha) Elementary School
410 Sautner Dr., San Jose, CA  95123
(408) 226-0462
Last modified Taylor (Bertha) Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades PK-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Taylor (Bertha) Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top