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921 Fox Lane
San Jose, CA 95131

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September 17, 2014
My daughter started kindergarten here. She loved her class and her teacher Ms.Chambers. she is a great teacher i must say. Then she was moved to combo class of grade 1 and grade 2 with Ms.Lao as her teacher.needless to say that she is learning alot and having a fantastic academic year. We love the school. I gave 1 less star because of no transport facility to our residential area.other than that its a great school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2014
Part I: In all fairness to this school.I think most of the 1 star reviews 3 yrs ago are from the same upset individual who written all of the internet. We started at this school with a mind set of all the bad reviews you have been reading all over the internet. We tried everything to not attend this school by transferring to Milpitas for 1 yr and then came back because Milpitas was full. I was very negative at first about this school until I gotten to know the teachers and gotten more involve with classroom and the school. I think this school has lost of potentials and all administrators have all intensions to change/ improve this school.The core problem falls in the lack of parent involvements. It is often full house during any school events while it is always the same very few parents that shows to any task oriented mtgs or committees including the PTA. So 1 parent volunteer would end up doing what normally would be assigned to 5 people.You also have school teachers and staffs often doing tasks that would normally be fulfilled by the PTA and/or parent volunteers. I also work full time and is a one person with 2 children at night .So I make and/ steel time to help so can you.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
School lacks the educational commitment from teachers that really want to teach. Our teacher just stamps an excellent on homework, child doesn't know if they undertand the concept. it would be great to focus on what they are learning rather than their effort.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
This school is very well kept. So far happy with the interaction between the kids and parents seem involved. Hope to see the quality of education continue to rise and test scores improve at this school. Hopefully it will be reflected in the new API scores.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2013
OMG, The principal and D.O. office are NEVER available. What happened to Principal Livingstone? He was awesome. Time will tell what happens from here with the new Principal.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2012
Having problems paying for my children lunches. Dropped my children off at 8:00. Cafeteria was closed, went to the District Office and it was closed. The School Office was the only one open to help me. Not a good feeling school starts at 8:15 you would think both of theese should be open to help parents.

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2011
I would rate this school as one of the worse schools I've ever encountered, it is required that my daughter attend this school because of the way they zoned the school district. The principal has changed twice with the current principal being extremely incompetent, uninvolved, and unaware of what is going on at the school the majority of the time. The children have no manners, bad language and seem to have no structure or morals that are taught in their home. The teachers however I can honestly say are superb. I will be sending my child to private school next year.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
My kid and we love this school. Now looking at the significant progress and increasing API targets, I am proud to say that my son is going to one of the upgoing and competitive schools in Bay area. Great School, Teachers, Staff and Management. They are introducing innovative ways and constantly seeking out & implementing new approaches to boost their API scores every year. Sure to hit 900 API soon! Go Orchard Go!!!!!!

- submitted by a parent
April 05, 2011
My kid goes to this school and the school's staff has been really innovative in introducing new ways to improve their test scores every year. We see dramatic improvement year by year. All Teachers are very nice and they listen to the parents and kids issues and get them addressed appropriately. Just now I read below in one of the reviews, I too believe that school's API growth rate is going to hit 900 within 2 yrs. Also from my below review this is my suggestion, If we see any issues with any of the other kid's bad behavior and which you might think might impact your kid, do not hesitate to communicate the same with the staff, they are friendly and they will get it addressed ASAP. It might be the kid's issue and not the school, teachers or admin staff and all the staff are very friendly to get any minor issue addressed quickly.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
This school is not a very good school lots of kids with no manners.Students justsay bad words and affect the little 1st and 2nd graders.I've heard a 1st grader saying inappropriate words which the 8th graders say. Not a very good school but there are very nice teachers.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2011
This school is growing great. I am proud to see the amazing growth in Test Scores & Stats growing every year. I am living in this school district from 5 yrs and every year its growth rate is amazing. I am sure this school's API growth rate is going to hit 900 within 2 yrs. Good luck to the school and the management. With all the management's and teacher's hardwork, hitting this above mentioned API rate should be easy to happen.

- submitted by a community member
January 19, 2011
I so do not agree with anything that was said below. The staff there has always been helpful and great to work with. Not sure what this person is talking about Oakland moving into the area. I find this very offensive, my children atened Orchard School from Kinder to 8th grade, with no problems. Orchard school is not a racial school it is very diverse. As a parent you can not leave it all up to the school, you need to know what is going on with your child at every moment. Be involed with them in their schol work and know what they are doing after school. My children never feared going to school, they never wanted to miss school. They kepted in touch with some staff members who made a lasting impression on them. I think the peson who wrote this has some other issues going on and should look into the mirror and fix those problems first before attacking Orchard School. As a parent take some responsibility for your child's education. Orchard is a great school and this is a great community. Please I encourage you if you live in Orchard District bring your children here you will not regret your decision.

- submitted by a community member
September 13, 2010
My daughter attended Kindergarten at Orchard and just started 1st grade this year. Her Kindergarten teacher was WONDERFUL! Very patient and caring. The kids learned sight words and had weekly spelling tests during the second half of the school year. I was very pleased with my daughter's progress. She loves going to school! Her first grade teacher seems nice. We will hear more about her teaching plans this week during their open house.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2010
Orchard School is not a school that I wanted my children to attend. Since it is the only school in our district and they will not let you transfer we are stuck for a bit. The office staff are not friendly, to busy in a person's business, and are not educated as to what is going on. The school itself does not have a school nurse and calls you to determine if your child is sick. The teachers that I have encountered barely speak english and the school is floating under the radar. The Board of Education should shut this school down!

- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2010
This school is the worst school I've ever been to.My daughter tried to buy her cap and gown from the office. She asked them whether or not she could buy the tassel separately and they said "yes" it would be $5.And when my daughter came back with the money they said that they wouldn't let her buy the tassel separately. My daughter tried to explain that the staff told her it was ok but they denies ever saying anything about it. I am utterly outraged! The office staff should all be fired.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 06, 2010
Orchard School has gone in a new direction with the new leadership of the Principle Mr. Livingstone. He seems like a very nice man and working on bringing up the schools test scores. His office staff is very freindly and helpfull. The teachers have very positive attitudes towards the students and parents. Orchard School is looking very good. Love the solar pannels that should really help out with the school budget. God Bless the new school board.

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November 18, 2009
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October 27, 2009
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June 10, 2009
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no rating June 10, 2009
I am very dissapointed at how much disorder there is with the office staff. I have called on several to find out about the functions going on at the school just to find out they 'dont know when it's going to be' on several occassions. Mr Yee seems like a nice man but when push comes to shove and you really need him to participate his mind seems to be elsewhere even though he's sitting right in front of me as a parent. Three times in a row. Worst of all the rule about parents reporting to the office before entering the school makes a wonderful sign on many windows. I have yet to see this be enforced. At any given moment there are plenty of adults & I assume other parents walking around my childrens school! This strips away any security I feel about the safety of kids at school.

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July 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
July 25, 2008
I think the school has the potential to be great! The Principal & staff don't seem to be consistant with the consiquiences & this definitly has an effect on the students. I believe the staff are underpaid & do not have the proper supplies to teach to the best of their ability. Though I must agree with 1 of the parents, Mr. Yee, the principal does meet & greet every morning, though he is not esily accesible. He always seems, 'too busy.'. However a wonderful man, as well as Mr.Peoples, a great man! My hats off to him for wearing so many hats. He not only has an a big open heart, he has open eyes to watch our childrens every move, an open mind to deal with conflicts & remeber every students name & open arms to comfort them until we the parent can get there. He makes Orchard!

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October 29, 2007
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June 29, 2007
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June 15, 2007
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- submitted by a student
June 11, 2007
We have been at Orchard for 4 years now hoping that the promise of 'getting better' happens. I am very disappointed. I am moving my children across town for next fall. There are no set rules that the staff goes by. I do like the pricipal and Mr. Peoples, they really care about the kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
Orchard school has been real good to my two Children, They seem to love their school a great deal, we wish there could be more extracurricular activity oppertunity sent home to know what is actully offered. The level of parent involvement will improve a great deal if there was more time in advance given to those parents who work. I would love to involve myself as well if I was given the oppertunity as a working Mother. And My heart goes out to Mr. Peebles, He is one great Teacher and is an inspiration to me and my Children. He truely cares about the students.

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August 22, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2006
The nice thing about this school is that the principle greets the children and parents every morning at the school entrance. This shows that the principle cares about the school and the children. The teacher quality is ok. The school is on the track of getting better.

- submitted by a parent
February 18, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
January 17, 2006
I have two children at Orchard and I have been pleased with the education they have received. The boys enjoy school and have made many good friends. Their teachers love their craft and give constructive feedback about my children's educational progress. The school facility is new and there are additions planned for 2007. A new gymnasium, sports fields, and K-3 play areas. The superintendent and principal are friendly and put the children first. Because it is a one school district, they can focus all of their time and financial resource on the success of Orchard. There is an Early Learning Center for infants and school age care for older kids. My boys have been here for 7 years and will finish K-8 at Orchard.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
Great School. World class education here at Orchard. Think of Orchard as the school to world class Trumps of the future. Nothing but the best is here at Orchard School. Over 100 prime classrooms and over 200 falculty members superior to none unlike any other.

- submitted by a administrator
no rating October 18, 2005
In the last couple years I have seen this school do better with all their students. It's quite impressive, the teachers seem more attuned.

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October 09, 2005
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September 23, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
September 19, 2005
I think now we have a very strong principal and superintentand at Orchard, prior years were very bad, but we stuck it out, and I very pleased what Bradly Yee is doing with Orchard School. My child is in her fifth year of attendance at Orchard, and I would be happy for her to finish out until high school there. I know many of the staff there and students and parents. We are definately cllimbing, lets keep trekking up.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2005
High quality of academic programs. Good Availability of music, art, sports and other lots of extracurricular activities. High Level of parent involvement.

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June 13, 2005
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February 23, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
My experience up to year 2003-2004 has been positive overall. There is a brand new school that everyone can be proud of. From what I can see they also have brand new text books. Since the new facility was opened, every child has been issued new unused text books for use in class and second one for home in all core subjects. This achievement alone is amazing and it still amazes me, and we will use them with great respect. My son was a 6th grader, first year middle school. For him this year was very rewarding, having to work harder, and do things beyond what he thought he could do. By the efforts of three fabulous teachers he was lucky to have. He achieved the most success thus far. To Orchard Staff Thank you,

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December 10, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2004
I have to thank our great Leader Mr.Yee for stepping up to a big plate last year and taking charge of our school. He has made the oldest school district in the county the best place to attend. He looks out for our childrens education and how to improve it. No more about the bitter past, it's all about the future.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2004
Orchard school is the greatest. On June 6th, they had a community flea market that was a hit.They have a great school board that isnt afraid to meet with parents and teachers. New gym, playground, and theater are in the works to be built. Orchard is on the rise and will contiue to stay there as far as I'm concern. When other schools are in a budget crisis, what other school district you know that in less than 2 years bring the defeict down from 2.3 million in 02 to 15k in 04. Every grade at the school went on a field trip to Oakland, San fran, Gilroy and Vallejo. Plus the addition of a new preschool in the coming months will definitly set them apart from the other schools in the area. I also heard plans of a High School in the District because of the enronomus growth. Go.orchard.school... Ya!

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2004
This year with Mr. Yee as our Principal, Orchard School has made a complete 360 degree turn around. He is not only a great leader he has motivated students, teachers, parents and the entire community including surrounding businesses to get involved with our childrens education. My son started Kindergarten at the old Orchard location and is now graduating 8th grade from the new and improved Orchard School. We can't keep looking back on how the school was! We need to focus on the future. My other son is now in 2nd grade and loves to go to school everyday. He tells me Mr. Yee is the 2nd nicest guy in the world next to his dad. What an impact he has. I gave him a high 5! He seems to achieve his goals and in return our kids benifit from it.

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May 22, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2004
I was once a student at Orchard back when they were on Gish road, although it was a small school, I had a great time there. When it came time to put my daughter into school I was very hesitant, in fact I tried out private school first for Kindergarten but later enrolled her for first grade at Orchard. I agree the administration was awful, the office staff is rude. It was awful to go through so many principals and superintendants, but the teachers she has had have been outstanding, I got much better results with her first grade teacher than I did with her teacher at a private school. Now after 3 years I can honestly say that we have improved so much. Mr. Yee has done a great job this year, I just hope we can stick with this one.

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2004
It's been such a nice experience being part of Orchard family. We arrived 7 months ago from another country and we are simply amazed! We have heard that the school was very bad before Mr. Yee (principal) arrived. Now with everyones' efforts our school is growing and our comments are always wellcomed. Every month we have 'coffee with the Principal' where he is more than happy to hear from us and he always has interesting topics for us. There's also, another monthly meeting with hispanic families (meal provided) where we are heard aobut our concerns and regrets. The weekly news letter, helps us to mark in our calendars special activities. The all staff members, want us to be a big family and encourage us to be involved in our kids development. You can breath friendship and love at Orchard.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2004
I understand that Orchard School have had problems in the past but in this year (2004) we have found just good quality and excellent education for our two kids. We came from Mexico and my kids did not know any English, just in 5 months they have learned the language and improved their skills in all the levels. All personnel begining with the principal work hard every day to help kids and parents/guardians to get the best for our families. We highly recommend Orchard School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 29, 2004
In response to the comment regarding API scores of Orchard, the school has shown vast improvements in this area. API results ( available at the California Department of Education website (http://www.cde.ca.gov) state that Orchard School meet the criteria in all areas needed to qualify for growth status. Many other schools in the county did not. Further, the 2002-2003 target growth number set by the state for Orchard (7) was met and surpassed. The score was 37. The entire Orchard community helped the school increase it's base score from 666 to 697. Data is usefull, but is more useful when it is properly interpreted.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2004
I'm more than disappointed with the quality of Orchard School, particularly with its teachers. As a single school district the district is an island. The teaching staff have become numb to the educational changes required of the 21st century. The board has built a new school, changed its superintendent numerous times as well as the principal and yet the teachers when confronted with a continously low API the teachers blame high power electric lines, poisened water at the previous site or just dumb kids (what can you expect from trailer parks). All of the above are actual quotes from teachers that I've spoken too.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2003
I am a parent of 3 children attending Orchard. For the 6 years previous it has been a mess. I mean a mess. However, this year (2003) it looks as if we might have a little hope. The new principal Mr. Yee is exceptional. I just hope we don't lose him now. Most of the teaching staff are very dedicated and professional and always have been. Let's keep our fingers crossed, everyone!

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
My number one concern as most parents is my childs education. Receiving progress reports is one way to let us know how our child is doing prior to the reoprt card at the end of the Trimester.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2003
I am not a parent im a student going into the 7th grade. I have been at orchard for 8 years, ever since kindergarden. My sister and brother have also gone to Orchard School and they are now 22 and turning 25. Orchard School is a very good school even though we gone though rough times, but the teachers always make you feel confident in yourself. This school year is going to be much better. So what if we change our principals every year?? If you dont like orchard then don't be mean about it. Like I Learned, 'if you dont have anything nice to say, then dont say it.'

- submitted by a former student
August 15, 2003
I am a student at Orchard School.I've been at Ochard for 8 year.Ever scince I came here teachers are very helpful.They incourage me to do thigs I've would of never done.They help me through all my problems, even if it not about school.Ochard has alwas made me feel safe. even though we change principals every year doesn't mean its a bad school... We've go through many things in the past, but that doesn't mean you can judge for those thing that have happened. I'm going into the 7th grade and for me Orchard School has been like a 2nd home.=) {Special thanks to all that staff at Orchard} Buh Bye!!!

- submitted by a community member
August 14, 2003
I am very unhappy with the quality of education my children received. My children have suffered an acedemic loss in high school due to poor education received in their elementary grades at Orchard. Many of the teachers are just not properly trained and some have just been there too long and have lost the the special quality teachers need to motivate and encourage their students. I have one young child whom I refuse to allow to suffer the inadequate education my older children received at this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2003
I am very excited about the new changes at Orchard School. There are many many positive changes happening and it has turned into a very inviting place for the srudent and parent community.

- submitted by a parent
August 09, 2003
For Kindergarden you cant find a better school or staff. The Early Learning Center is the best pre-school I have seen after raising two generations of kids. The parents are involved and committed and the school listens. We are looking forward to 1st grade 2003.

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Orchard Elementary School
921 Fox Lane, San Jose, CA  95131
(408) 944-0397
Last modified Orchard Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 5 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Orchard Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 58 reviews. Top