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!
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.
Good school, but way to traditional for my hands on learner. Not a school for your 'outside the box' learners.
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.
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.
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.
Both our daughters have attended Booksin (one still in 1st grade, other graduated). The teachers, staff and parents at this school are incredible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
I have enjoyed all aspects of this school in the three years I've been with it. I couldn't have asked for a better public school.
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