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K-5
Public charter
San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 680
Before care: No
After care: Yes

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102 Sonora Avenue
San Jose, CA 95110

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(408) 535-6211
(408) 535-6588
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October 21, 2014
This is my son's second year at Bachrodt, and we couldn't be happier. Both of his teachers have been friendly, kind, supportive, good at classroom discipline, and responsive to parents when they have questions. The optional after-school enrichment classes are a huge benefit, there's a good active PTA, and the principal is friendly and communicative (he's new in the last 3-4 years, so ignore the prior reviewer who complained about former principal). Like everywhere else, some parents are super involved, and others are utterly indifferent. And some teachers welcome parent help in the classroom, while others are tolerant of it. But they're all friendly, and put the students' learning as a high priority. We also love all the online reading and math apps and programs the school district (and school) use to support learning at home. Two of the three my son uses are even in Spanish, which is great. As an English household, I love how Spanish literate my son is after his first year (and yet he's learned English reading just fine as well).

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2014
The after school program of Think Together is the best and I like the fact that this school has low ratio of teacher and students. They also offer a good enrichment program but I have no idea what my kid is learning in school. I emailed asking the teacher about the schedule but I never got the reply. The school seems to care about fun and sport for kids more than academy. They really lack of communicating between teacher and parent. I wish the school communicate with parents better and offer more academic challenges for all grades.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2014
I have volunteer every day at this wonderful school. The Teachers and the Staff go above and beyond the call of duty. My children will continue to go to this school until it is time to move on. I am very proud to be a Bachrodt Eagle Parent! I am happy with my children acceleration in improvement.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2013
We have been a part of the Bachrodt community for the past 5 years, and our youngest will start Kinder next year, so we are looking forward to 6 more! My children are enrolled in the bilingual immersion program, and it is amazing how quickly and confidently they have learned a new language. The after school enrichment classes are wonderful, and all the PTA sponsored Family Events are fun and we love being involved in our school!

- submitted by a parent
October 28, 2013
Our family began this education journey the first year the Charter was implemented at Bachrodt, 2008-2009. We have watched the school grow, improve and become an amazing community of families, staff and support that maintains focus on students' best interests. As a parent, I am encouraged by the support and attention students receive. As an educator, I am thrilled with the practices and curriculum I see in the classrooms. As a family, we treasure the openness to new ideas and tough questions. My youngest will graduate from Bachrodt Charter Academy (BCA) in June 2015. We will be very sad to move on but we are confident that the kids will be well prepared for the next step in their education journey. If you have questions about the programs or activities at Bachrodt, the PTA always welcomes communication. Post to the BCA PTA facebook page anytime for more information.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2013
I have 3 kids attending Bachrodt and they have been so great with all my kids. The teachers and the principal care about the children.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2013
This school is the hidden gem of SJUSD. Our son attends Bachrodt in the two-way bilingual immersion program and we are so thrilled to be at this school. The program they have for students is nothing short of amazing. Within a month, he was coming home and speaking Spanish to us (we are an English speaking household). It's incredible. In addition to the great classroom academics, the school has a wonderful after school enrichment program run by an active and energetic PTA. In the enrichment classes, my son has been able to take art, choir, science and dance classes. He loves them all. While the school is not perfect, it gets better every day and parents are very much empowered to make drive change and enhancements. The staff is supportive and dedicated. It is a great community and we are looking forward to being a pat of the Bachrodt family as all of our children work their way through 5th grade.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2013
Bachrodt Charter Academy is truly a special place. My 3 daughters are in the Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program and I am constantly amazed by the phenomenal education they are getting. The teachers are top notch and the staff is wonderful. There is a true sense of community at the school - it is a welcoming place for students and families. It is easy to volunteer on many levels and be involved in your child's education. I could go on and on about how great the school is, but the things that sums it up for me is that my girls LOVE going to school each and every day. I think that speaks for itself!

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2013
Bachrodt is awesome! Our oldest son is in the Two-Way Bilingual Immersion program and he's thriving--academically and socially. The principal, teachers, and support staff demonstrate their enthusiasm and creativity daily. At Bachrodt there is a sense of school spirit, a real respect for diversity, and we're constantly building a college-going culture. One of the things I like most is the PTA-organized menu of after-school enrichment classes, i.e. science, robotics, cooking, art, choir, hip hop, folkloric dance, etc. This public school is rockin' and we're glad to be part of it! NOTE: The current principal of Bachrodt is Mr. Rigoberto Palacios. He's been there for a couple of years. He's smart, positive and highly esteemed among the parents and teachers. The kids also love him!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2013
I have twin sons in the 1st grade two-way immersion program at Bachrodt. Their first full year was 2012-13 kindergarten. We commute to have the opportunity of the bilingual program Bachrodt offers. I have never been so appreciative of an opportunity or experience than what my children are receiving from the faculty and staff at Bachrodt Elementary. The teaching staff are not only nurturing, but some of the most brilliant, and talented teachers I've met in my life. The principal has eyes and ears with his physical presence on campus, allowing easy access to his time for questions or needs from any of the students, parents or staff. My children are not only getting a superior academic education, they being prepared to function in a global market as well. Bachrodt is more than a school, it's our family.

- submitted by a parent
August 04, 2013
My son is entering the 3rd grade at Bachrodt and is absolutely excelling at this school. Every teacher we've had has been excellent and all are highly educated (some with multiple graduate degrees). The school is welcoming, warm, and my son has loved every class he's been in. The students are always polite when we are on the playground before school and overall it's a positive atmosphere. My son went through 2 years of speech therapy and completed his IEP requirements so no longer needs the therapy (another plus)! Overall we've been very happy at Bachrodt. Many parents get caught up in test scores and there's just so much more to the school picture than that. I should add that the current principal is outstanding and he's been at Bachrodt since the 2011-12 school year so please don't be deterred by the negative comments about the former principal, she's no longer there.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2011
I have two children with special needs. One attended the special day class for two years, and transitioned to regular classes this past year. It has been rocky at time, but the staff has worked with my son and his therapists to develop a better experience for him. My daughter also has some learning challenges, and the school put together a plan with the RSP teacher that has really helped her to be successful. Most of the teachers are great, but there are some that are perplexing; one told me that she would have quit teaching if my kid hadn't gotten an aide from the school district. Their "All Stars" After school program is free. It is, however, COMPLETELY inappropriate for special needs kids, and they make absolutely no effort at all to make accommodations. The other on-campus daycare, CDC, has no training with special needs kids, but they make an effort , and have been helpful. This baffles me because Bachrodt is a special day feeder school! The third daycare on site is excellent, but is a Spanish language immersion daycare. I would give an even better score if there were special needs after school care.

- submitted by a parent
April 14, 2011
The problem here is the principal, not the teachers. The principal walks around like she has better things to do than be at the school. She does not carry herself very professional. I think the school would be better off with someone who really cares about the success of the students and the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2010
The 2009-2010 school year was my son's first time attending school as a kindergartner. I am beyond pleased with the level of devotion this school puts out towards it's students. My son had the wonderful and patient Miss Blair.Miss Blair and a partnering kindergarten teacher went above and beyond with assisting my son with some of his academic troubles. They provided both after school and Saturday small group tutoring. With a smaller group my son flourished academically. My family and I will be forever thankful for all of their hard work and dedication. They truly made an impact and should be proud:). Another outstanding thing about Bachrodt is that they showcase the importance of college all throughout the school year. My son loved being able to wear different college shirts every Friday (such a great weekly perk for the kids). We can't wait for 1st grade!

- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2010
I am pleased that children get extra tutoring when needed to keep them up. to ,to class standards.

- submitted by a community member
no rating May 08, 2010
My Grandchildren attend this school, and as a Grandparent, I am pleased with the way they are learning, and being prepared for a higher education.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 20, 2010
This is a very caring staff who go out of there way to meet the needs of the students and offers a great cultural diversity

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
The bilingual immersion program is the best in the district! he teachers and staff are phenomenal!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
I love this school because we are working hard to try new things, we have technology and arts and bilingual programs. We are trying to think outside of the box to made a difference in the lives of our students!

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
great teachers. daughter is now fluent in two languages (spanish and english) as a first grader!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
It's a great school with dedicated teachers and progressive programs!

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2010
Bachrodt has a very diverse poopulation and allows for children of all backgrounds to succeed. Bachrodt has a open arms feeling and the children show great pride in their school and accomplishments. Bachrodt has a comfortable environment where children flourish on the high expectation, which makes this school an outstanding choice for children of all cultures.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 19, 2010
High quality teachers, excellent programs, high expectations, provides support to parents, and the school, staff, & administration strives to meet students' needs at all levels. It has a diverse population and students truly love their school. Bachrodt has a great growing parent community, and a vareity of programs for the diverse population. It offers Structured English Immersion, Two-Bilingual Immersion, as well as Special Day classes for students with special needs. Additionally, Bachrodt has taken steps to incorporate technology into classroom teaching, and offers after school arts enrichment classes at little or not cost to students. I do teach at Bachrodt, but I have had a child enrolled since Kinder. I trust my children's education to Bachrodt!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2010
ENERGY! Amazing dual immersion school with incredible teachers & staff!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
This is only the 2nd year that the school holds the charter status, but the changes are already incredible! The teachers are very dedicated, parents are very involved, and the PTA (Parents-Teachers Assoc) is very strong. The new art program, sponsored by PTA, is starting in March, there are folclorico dance classes free of charge, and there is a push for more enrichment programs. It is heartwarming to see that there is a strong commitment to continual improvement at Bachrodt! Keep it up!

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 16, 2009
Bachrodt has dedicated teachers, involved parents and challenging curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2008
I was very disappointed with the over all approach of my child education will attending this school. I was not impressed with the principal. My child has never been suspended from a school, until he attended this one. When ever I needed to speak with the principal, she would always have someone else call me back.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
My child went to this school for many years and left after the introduction of the new principal. The principal has no concern for the children and I have now found that the education at this school has been 'to the test' education. I do not fault the teachers at all, I believe they did what they were told to do. If your child is in this school, please consider that they may not be getting the best education that can be provided.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2007
Very few parents get involved here. Programs are better than the API shows for this school, so talk to the principal if you have questions. We did before selecting this school and liked what we heard. Most teachers are good - some need to leave because they yell at kids and people know it. We would like to see more with art and technology as there is not a lot of it. All Stars is a new program this principal brought in - much better than Learns was and better activities. Yard duties are nicer this year - don't yell at kids like others did.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
I have 2 childs at this school. I like the teachers and the principal listens really well. She helped with one problem and was very responsible and checked back to me. There are many after school programs that are new and very nice. The growth of the school is good - changes are happening with academics. Lots of training for all teachers. Would recommend this school for all kids, including who speak Spanish. There used to be lots of suspensions in other years - not many since there is a new principal. She expects kids to be nice, safe, and be respecting of each other.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
School had better communication with the last principal. School programs and incentives were better than they are now. Great PTA, lots of parents are involved.

- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2007
About 3 years ago I could have given this school a better review, but staff changed which changed my view on this school. A previous principal gave this school the best boost of morale and energy and school spirit. For some reason she left and went to another school. That fall we had to get use to another principal and this is where things started to change. The principals repore with the teachers, students, and parents are non-existent, at least I don't see it. Ask around with the teachers and parents before picking this school. Sorry Bachrodt.

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2007
My daughter is in the SDC preschool - she has high functioning autism. Her teacher, Ms. Lori, is wonderful and we have been very happy with the support of the staff there and the progress that she is making. Communication is wonderful and the responses to any questions or concerns we have is very prompt. Overall, my husband and I are very pleased with the district's early intervention program and our experiences have been extremely positive. I would recommend this district and Bachrodt's SDC preschool in particular, to any parent with a preschool age special needs child.

- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2006
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- submitted by a former student
March 21, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2005
My Daughter is in Pre-School. her teacher is great. but lateley they just add more kids to the class having 24:2 ratio which is not good.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2005
This school is been a example for my son, he has found here the support and the trust. Academicly I think that Mr. Hashimotto is a exeptional teacher that cares about his class and my son is been learning the best with this teacher. I also notice that when he has music class that they offer in that school my son learns positive ways and how to be a good kid and that I like it a lot. I also like the activities they do for christmas for example, they are envolved with the kids. And I also like that.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2004
Overall the school seems okay, my son has been attending since kinder, he is now in 2nd grade. It would be nice to see a music program and more field trips, my son only attended 2 in kinder and none ever since. I feel he isn't challenged enough with studies and curriculum.

- submitted by a parent
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Walter L. Bachrodt Elementary School
102 Sonora Avenue, San Jose, CA  95110
(408) 535-6211
Last modified Walter L. Bachrodt Elementary School is a Charter school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Walter L. Bachrodt Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 39 reviews. Top