Students enrolled 800
School leader Lisa Atlas

Contact this school

1590 Dry Creek Road
San Jose, CA 95125

School website
(408) 535-6213
(408) 448-2507
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Booksin Elementary School address.

4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

Let others know what you
think about this school

February 12, 2014
Very disappointed with Booksin this year. Current principal is more concerned with sweeping issues under the rug than dealing with teachers and parents with problem students. Can only hope for a change next year. Will take up issues with Superintendent and Police.

- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2013
Booksin is a superlative public school due to the excellent teachers and the wonderful parent community which supports them! This is our 10th year and last year at Booksin and we are sad to move on, but the school has provide strong academic preparation and a great sense of community. Standout teachers include Mrs. Medina and Ms. Trefero - kudos to them for their hard work and ability to instill a love of learning in our kids!

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
We recently moved to Willow Glen and my kid was coming from a highly regarded and expensive private school before coming to Booksin. The teacher this year at Booksin, Miss Trefero, is as good as any at the private school. She's really helped to relieve my worries about the class size. And Ms.Atlas, the principal, is just great. She's on top of things, knows the public school and education system, and seems very, very dedicated to her job. So far so good!

- submitted by a parent
May 20, 2013
This school is wonderful! My child is in kinder so this is only our first year but it has been amazing. The parent involvement is nothing like I have seen before! The principal is new & seems to have the children's best interests in mind. Nearly every morning, I see her walking around campus & talking to the students. There are so many great programs offered, as the previous post states. Cornerstone was one of my favorites. I have no real complaints about Booksin. Our first year there has been a great experience!

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2011
We have attended Booksin for 6 years now and I must express how happy we have been with the qualified teachers and the outpouring of parent volunteers. Booksin has an Art Vista program, Accelerated Reading program, Cornerstone Reading and talented parents who want to see the children strive in an academic environment. Booksin puts homework responsibility on both the children and their parents. You will be held accountable if your child does not take education seriously. We love Booksin Elementary and are sad this is our last year.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2011
My son has been attending Booksin for 2 years now and I can t say enough good things about this school. The administration, teachers and kids together form a very strong community and a wonderful environment for the kids to learn and grow. The teachers are great and the parent involvement is outstanding. There are a number of extra programs like cornerstone, art vista and mastery reading that the kids benefit greatly from. The after-school Y-care program is also great. We will be moving from to the East Bay next year and will greatly miss Booskin.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
Booksin continues to be fundamentally sound place for our kids to get an education. We all wish it had more for gifted students, and frankly we supplement our kids with some schooling at the Russian School of Mathematics. The teachers care, they help our kids get some more advanced work to do, they have great fundamentals programs for math and reading, and have done some nice things with the science fair efforts to make this an exceptional example of what a public educational system can do.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2010
This school has great parent participation at every level from the classroom, to arts and afterschool events. We have three children in this school and are very happy here.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 30, 2010
Not recommended for gifted kids. The teachers don't know how to deal with gifted kids. They won't help them to progress. Most likely they become averaged kids after spend 6 years in this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2010
Great, great school. We have been there 6 yrs with 2 children. The teachers aren't their for a paycheck, they 100% care about the kids. The community is super strong...I stopped in the classroom this year and there were 4 volunteer parents working inside! There are now 30 kids in a class b/c of budget cuts (boo!) but with 5 adults in the classroom, the ratio was 1 adult for 5 kids!!

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2009
We were privileged to have two children attend Booksin K-5. We couldn't have found a better school academically (either public or private) or a more active, committed community. Despite its large size, Booksin consistently strives to attend to each student's needs and provide the tools required for success. Parent volunteerism is incredible - from raising money for the school to providing daily reading help, Booksin parents step up to plate and always deliver! The BEST elementary school in San Jose BAR NONE!!

- submitted by a parent
March 25, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating February 13, 2009
We were new to the school this year. It is very welcoming and my children's teachers have been outstanding. I would highly recommend the school if you are moving into the area.

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
School still stresses test scores and volume over quality of learning. My daughter has been in the school since K-4th and loves it. However, will have to point out the over zealous parents driving their kids hard vs. how well they are retaining the knowledge that they are learning. Overall a great school but still has room for improvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
This school is absolutely fabulous. There are wonderful teachers, a very strong parent group and a fantastic new principal! The school offers many during and after school activities, such as, a garden program(run by volunteer parents), student council(teacher and students work to improve school spirit and do community projects), cornerstone kids (teachers run this group to build Lifeskills of all students), Mellow Monday (teacher run library program), Fun Fridays (parents set up arts, crafts and activities for students to do during Friday lunch) and of course Booksin's fantastic parents organize and put on the most amazing fundraiser the Walk-a-Thon! Teachers and Parents at this school go above and beyond any other school in the area.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
April 09, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
November 19, 2007
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating September 05, 2007
Booksin is outstanding. My daughter loves her teacher and the extra programs that are well funded by the parent support organization. Parent involvement is phenomenal. In her class there are 2-4 parents volunteer every day (at least 17 parents contribute a significant amount weekly). The curriculum is standardized but how it is taught looks to be equally as challenging as the private schools we visited. Her teacher is highly dedicated and really challenges the kids with difficult but fun projects/ homework. The kids in her class are well behaved/well adjusted and interested in learning. The facilities are better then any private school in the area. Located in a quite, affluent, safe neighborhood, it has new library, computer lab, playground equipment and some new class rooms. There is a wonderful sports field, park with beautiful redwood trees and an area for class rooms to do gardening projects. We love Booksin.

- submitted by a parent
May 29, 2007
Our daughter loves this school. She has adored each teacher she has had so far. The academics are good, but I wish the curriculum had room for a foreign language. At least it is now available as an extra curricular activity (Spanish, French and Italian). Chess, Science and Art are also available after school.

- submitted by a parent
November 12, 2006
Booksin is a great school which is part of a very, very large district which is socio-economically diverse and under financed. That means that in order to make Booksin the wonderful school that it is, the parents have become the driving force behind the school's excellence. The number of parent volunteers is phenomenal - the annual Walk-A-Thon which raises the money for the numerous extras the kids receive is almost solely parent driven. The vast majority of the teachers are excellent. The school is well maintained and safe. My kids love their school and we are very pleased with the education they are receiving.

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2006
After transferring from another school in the district to Booskin, we couldn't believe the difference. It took awhile for our children to adjust to the higher demands. The teachers are experienced and ask a lot of the students. Most rise to the occasion. Parents volunteer in every classroom. Children who are behind get the help they need. Children who are ahead are challenged. This public school is more like a private school than any other in San Jose.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 24, 2006
Great school, great teachers, only public school that is on par with private schools in education.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2006
High parent involvement, music and performances available and outstanding, excellant academic performance! My kids have loved their teachers every year!

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2006
We have had a wonderful experience with our first year's child at Booksin. She is enrolled in a K/1 combination class that has been thoroughly enjoyable with a wonderful teacher.

- submitted by a teacher
January 21, 2006
Both my daughters attended Booksin from kindergarten through 5th grade and are now in middle school in another district ('05-'06) They left Booksin socially and academically well prepared for middle school. Extracurricular activities include student council, show choir, and project cornerstone. Afterschool childcare is available through the YMCA. Booksin students have the highest test scores of any SJUSD elementary school. The high expectations of the staff and families at Booksin will challenge any student. Homework demands were reasonable. This is an exceptional school for high achieving students whose families are supportive and involved. Most families volunteer. The Booksin parent-teacher group supports technology, music, and arts programs. Most classrooms have 4-6 computers. Teachers have laptops and communicate through email. Teachers are experienced. New teachers are mentored by those who have been at Booksin for years. The environment is clean and safe. Everyday is a good day at Booksin!

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2006
The best thing about this school is parent involvement. I have two children here and the teacher standard has ranged between terrible (2) average (1) to very good (2). The principal is a bureaucrat and not interested in parents opinions - in fact, she can be very dismissive. The school changed teaching hours at the beginning of 2005, notifying parents less than two weeks before school started that the finishing time would be 1.42pm - very inconvenient for working parents. This is ostensibly due to bus timetables, yet other local schools (Willow Glen Elementary) made no such adjustments. With the reduction hours in the school day, a large number of parents are unhappy and there seems to be extra pressure on teachers and students. We are considering placing our children elsewhere.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2005
Excellent parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Good school, but way to traditional for my hands on learner. Not a school for your 'outside the box' learners.

- submitted by a parent
May 17, 2005
The climate of this school has changed dramatically in the past three years. My child has encountered bullying numerous times in the past three years. Before that, there was never any problem of this sort. The administration seems to be ineffective in stopping it. Academically, the school is great, but it has been an emotional nightmare for my child.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
Booksin is one of the top elementary schools in the San Jose Unified School District. The parents are very invovled, raising over 100k each year with an all day, festive walk-athon. The money funds a full time music teacher and computer lab instructor. Parents also volunteer in the classroom for Booksin's own 'Mastery Reading Program'. Each day, a parent volunteer listens to each child read a few pages and checks for comprehension.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2005
Strong parent involvement supported by the teachers and priciple make Booksin an excellent school. My daughter(5th) and son(k) both attend the school. We have had nothing but good experiences. My only criticism is that the parent organization, BESCA, spends the significant sum it raises annually on the computer lab where the kids learn to push the mouse around, but no money is spent on teaching a second langauge, when research shows that these years are the best for language acquisition. But the good news is that some of the money goes to an excellent music teacher. All in all, no regrets. Mu daughter is thriving and it looks like my son will, too.

- submitted by a parent
no rating March 31, 2005
Both our daughters have attended Booksin (one still in 1st grade, other graduated). The teachers, staff and parents at this school are incredible.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2005
Booksin school is not just a school, it is a community. The teachers are wonderful. They have music and computer programs, which the children enjoy.

- submitted by a parent
January 22, 2005
Great neighborhood, good community involvement.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2004
I picked this school for my daughter as it has a reputation as being one of the top schools in our City. We've been here going on 3 years and I am satisfied though I don't feel she's as challenged this year in 2nd grade as I would like. Overall I feel it's a good school with lots of parent participation.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2004
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a former student
July 27, 2004
I have had two daughters in Booksin -- one already through and the other still there. In general the teachers are very fine and skilled at bringing out the best in the children. Some teachers are not as skilled at dealing with discipline problems and tend to lower their expectations of a student when these problems become consistent. The new principal will be a good influence on some of these marginal teachers and should help bring the general quality of the teaching staff even higher. The parents in the school tend to be very active in fund-raising and special school activities. The school is a safe place for the children also.

- submitted by a parent
July 04, 2004
My son was properly identified by this school's teachers as ADHD which is now controlled by medication. He went from a student at risk to the top of his class and has tested into the GATE program. His teacher had him on 3rd grade materials half way through the 2nd grade year. He is now a great reader and has started multiplication at the end of 2nd grade year. Great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 24, 2004
A family member recently raved about Booksin. She loved the teachers and the parent participation was a plus. Sounds like this school is worth checking out!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Great school, teachers, principal and student environment.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
This is really wonderful school with a lot of support from the parents. Their involvement helps to fund and support all of the enriching activities at Booksin. The teachers are overall very caring and dedicated. I couldn't hope to find a better school.

- submitted by a parent
Need help choosing a school? We can help »

Media Gallery

Media missing

Uh oh! No photos. This frame will look much better when you upload photos »

Ratings help families find and compare schools. Families should also use other factors when choosing a school.

937

Facebook


Nearby homes for sale

     

Last modified: October 28, 2014

Sign up for email updates

Connect with us

Translate this web page

About GreatSchools

Our mission is to help millions of parents get a great education for their kids. GreatSchools.org is an independent nonprofit and the leading national source of school information for families.


GreatSchools.org 1999 Harrison Street, Suite 1100, Oakland, CA 94612

©1998-2014 GreatSchools.org All Rights Reserved. GreatSchools is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization | Ad Choices

Booksin Elementary School
1590 Dry Creek Road, San Jose, CA  95125
(408) 535-6213
Last modified Booksin Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Booksin Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 44 reviews. Top