Students enrolled 657
School leader Melissa Mohamed
Transportation options Yes
District San Jose Unified School District
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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1290 Kimberly Drive
San Jose, CA 95118

(408) 535-6259
(408) 723-8225
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4 stars
Based on 55 ratings

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September 26, 2013
Great principal and overall very good teachers. Parents volunteer a lot which makes it easy for the teachers to focus on teaching. My kids really enjoyed going here and I would recommend this school. They also have an outdoor science area to learn about nature and the core subjects are good.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
My son recently was promoted from this school. We had an amazing experience here. Major parent participation. The best principal by far (Melissa Mohamed) . The kids love her! The kids also love the Science teacher, Mr. Keedy. This school also has a unique outdoor classroom that kids enjoy. Make sure you tour this school and prepared to be impressed.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2013
I JUST HOPE MY 4 YEAR OLD SON QUICKLY ADJUSTS TO THIS SCHOOL AND HAS A GOOD LEARNING EXPERIENCE ALONG WITH WONDERFUL TEACHERS AND GOOD FRIENDS TO PLAY WITH. US PARENTS CAN JUST HOPE FOR THE BEST FOR OUR CHILDREN.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2013
In response to the January 28, 2013 post regarding bullying: Hacienda participates in the Project Cornerstone program, supported by the YMCA. "Project Cornerstone is committed to helping all children and teens in Silicon Valley feel valued, respected and known. Our programs and services help individuals and communities build a web of support around young people so that they grow into healthy, caring and responsible adults." This program is managed solely by parent volunteers. I do agree that bullying in various forms happens everywhere but if you are as concerned about the issue as you state then you should strongly consider getting involved in that program. The more volunteers involved, the more impact it will make. You have the opportunity to help make a difference. "It takes a village to raise a child."

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
The district and certain teachers were not qualified to work with our child who has special needs yet is high functioning. He was often accused of not trying hard enough and the school should have escalated the situation more with the district to get him what he needed. The situation was eventually unsafe. Things are better now and was great for kids who fit in... but if you have a child with special needs, be careful and keep your eyes open for the best interest of your child. I volunteered sometimes but never felt too accepted. Other parents were very close to each other and nice but it didn't go beyond that. Some parents and students were VERY supportive an understanding and loving to my child but those were few.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2013
Hacienda has a great science program and some good teachers. However, the students are not very accepting to those who look a little bit different (not due to race) from other children and the school doesn't effectively stop the bullying. It could really benefit from from teaching students how to treat others with kindness and respect even if they look different than you.

- submitted by a community member
August 20, 2012
I have a first grade student at Hacienda and so far, our experience has been outstanding. Mrs. Mohamed, the principal, is just wonderful. The kids love her; The parents love her; The teachers seem to love her. I've found the level of parental participation at the school to be incredible. No matter income or education level, working or stay/work at home parents, these parents are involved with the school, either in the classroom, on campus, or just helping with little projects they can take home. Engaged parents make for a better school. Every parent at this school had to make a decision to even apply to attend the school, and their interest in their child's education shows in the students and in the community feel of the school. I wish all schools had such engaged parents. Imagine how much better our educational system would be! Much better than the day care atmosphere that many elementary schools seem to have these days.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2012
Recycling, gardening, and preserving a healthy environment are important learning activities at Hacienda. Over the past five years, there were times where we questioned whether the teacher was correcting the homework and also that some of homework assignments were just too repetitive, so it hasn't been 'perfect'. Overall however, we and our son love the Hacienda experience. The outdoor science labs, challenging projects, class trips, Spring Flings, and music program are wonderful. Hacienda does very well comparatively on all state and federal tests, so comments about not teaching academic subjects are subjective and not borne out by Hacienda s excellent scores in language arts, mathematics and science. As far as academics, our son also isn't perfect, he is probably in the top 20% - a B or A student in most courses. Most importantly, he has developed a caring and loving personality and has many friends. The common thread I ve perceived with parents who give Hacienda the lowest grade is that they tend to be those who demand the most but contribute the least to the school. Thank you Hacienda for instilling a sense of service in our students. That s a rare quality these days.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2012
I am the parent that posted a comment a few days back regarding my son being held back in kindergarten due to his teacher giving up on him. Its sad to see someone comment that my husband and I failed to give my son the correct attention to help him complete his school work. My husband and I have always been very active in our childrens education as it is a priority in our house hold. When it comes to my child being openly mocked infront of his class as well as the principal and this teacher mocking my husband and I to our face this is not an over reaction. I am very glad that people have a great experience here but my personal experience was very hurtful. Since then my son has thrived in a new school district and is in fact a very smart student and does not require special Ed. All my son needed was a teacher that was willing to care enough about him and his future to teach him which he did not receive here. Its sad that someone felt the need to judge my family and our parenting abilities to defend this school but in fact you proved my point as to the type of people and attitude you will come across at this school.

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2012
I'm very sorry to hear that your experience here at Hacienda was so bad. My child is in the 5th grade and he has ADHD. It's a huge daily struggle that unless you have walked a mile in that parent's shoes most people can't realize. I understand your frustration. My child was so disruptive in kindergarten, I volunteered in the classroom as his personal aide everyday so that he would not impede the other kid's learning. I home schooled him through the District for 1st and 2nd grade. I love the Home Study Dept. at SJUSD. That might be a way for you to go to let his brain develop further. Raising a child like this can only be made easier if you work closely with your teacher and figure out strategies (personal aide, exercising for 1/2 hr before school, medication). It will never be easy, but I can tell you the more you are involved in his day to day learning, the more he will realize that he is smart and can do the work. As a matter of fact, children who have ADHD are usually smarter than the normal population. Their brains are just wired differently. My older son in high school (also has ADHD) repeated kindergarten twice and is doing very well. Right where he should be.

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2011
I will never forget my experiences at Hacienda. I'm now in highschool, and already decided I want to major in science. I believe that Hacienda's spectacular science program is what influenced my decision and why I'm so passionate about it. I still remember much of what I learned in those lab research and experiments inside the science classroom. We had animals like snakes, lizards, and chinchillas! The REAL fun and hands-on projects occurred in the outdoor science lab where you're surrounded by the tall redwood trees, garden beds, and chaparral while hearing water rushing from the streams into the pond. The best activity was fishing for crayfish, something I remember everyone looked forward to every year. At this school, you learn so much about the environment in which you live in including the specimens, along with how to improve our world by recycling, decomposing, and planting. The music program was fun also, I loved singing along to the songs, learning about composers and how to play different instruments. I still have pictures of all the school musicals and dance performances I've been in that helped me break out of my shell and become less shy(because you had to participate)

- submitted by a community member
September 07, 2011
Despite challenging times in public education, I have been impressed with how this school community has come together to find ways to improve the educational experience for all children enrolled at the school. Not only is the school's principal considered to be one of the finest in the district, the teachers and staff work collaboratively to implement the district and school curriculum and are known for providing strong professional support and encouragement. In addition, the school's parent-teacher organization has to be one of the school's best assets. Each year, Hacienda Involved Parents & Staff (HIPS) raise significant dollars from the school's diverse community to provide for a fulltime music and arts education program, additional science instruction, classroom technology and campus improvements. Not only is this fundraising tailored to meet the budgets of a wide range of San Jose families, the events are fun and inclusive. While this school certainly isn't perfect, Hacienda remains one of the most popular schools in San Jose Unified for a reason.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
I am very excited for my son to be entering kindergarten at Hacienda but I wish that San Jose Unified wouldn't have changed to an all day kindergarten. I feel Hacienda could help with the long days by implementing an early release day that most schools in the district have. I'm happy with the teachers,staff and programs, but feel it is too long of a day for 5 year olds.

- submitted by a parent
June 02, 2011
We have been at Hacienda for 8 years and could not be happier with the teachers and principal. I am saddened by a review that was posted that accuses Hacienda of elitist practices. Children are not excluded at this school from activities. We have scholarship programs to pay for science camp and had a few parents pay extra for end of year parties so all children could attend. The schools hands are tied by budget cuts and can only do so much. We are inundated with students that have special needs that require more attention than a teacher can possibly give without denying other students. These students are here because their parents are seeking the best possible education for them yet refuse to understand teachers cannot put aside the rest of their class for one child. The parents who volunteer at this school do so to the point of exhaustion as do the staff. This is a great school and sometimes as parents we have to understand tit is not the schools fault our child is not achieving the success we would like.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2011
I do believe that this could be a great school. It has wonderful science and music teachers, but the gap of achievement is huge. Minorities and special ed children do not receive a fair treatment. If you read the reviews you wiil read many racist remarks. I listened to them most of the time. It is a complot against minorities and special ed. children to make you feel uncomfortable so you leave. The school system is completely elitist and they will find many excuses to exclude the low income from participating in the activities which require money. As a minority parent you must work hard to nurture your children self esteem. The assumption is that because English is your second, third or fourth language you are underdeserving and ignorant. Please read the reviews, they could have a greater achievement and more money., but who wants to support an institution that does not support your needs and care less about you children. I will rather donate my time and money to more significant causes or invest on extracurricular programs.

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2011
Decided on Hacienda, even passing neighborhood school with 10 score. WHY? A unique science program/outdoor science lab/acre of 'live science'! They recycle all possible-parents volunteer even for mundane: mixing compost bins, rinse straws, etc. Music program global/thorough. Curriculum and activities done by parent volunteers during school time is well-rounded and more holistic than schools with '10' that tend to focus on test scores. ok 8 rating because I know my WHOLE child is being taught and exposed to city's socio-economics and cultural diversity!

- submitted by a parent
February 11, 2011
The principal is amazing, personable and even reads to the Kinder classes- all adore her! Tons of parent participation and family events all year. As importantly, parents very friendly,low-key, NO competitiveness among parents or hearing of overscheduled, burned-out kids-a friendly, homey vibe around campus and parents throughout the day; many kids arrive early(start @ 9am) or stay after school to play in park-like campus daily- wonderful community!!! There's a level of respect among all and I notice the kids know support staff by name, including cheery janitor who all greet happily by first name when they see him. It is hard to find all this in one school = 200 on waitlist! Side note- campus remodelled to simple mod design, calming to eye- always clean.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 01, 2010
This school is very committed to outdoor science education, math excellence, and science in general. Reading is encouraged and celebrated in a way that the students are excited about every new book they read.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2010
Our daughter is at her first year at Hacienda and we are more than pleased with every aspect of the school. Her teacher is wonderful as well as all of the staff. I have read some of the postings regarding special needs children and the lack of support from the staff. From my stand point as a parent, it is difficult enough to have 30 children in a class. If you have one or two children that then have special needs it makes it almost impossible for the teacher to work with those children and still assist the other children with their daily activities. There are schools that are designed to teach children with special needs. A school system that has been cut with budget issues and is doing the best they can with what they have, should not be faulted. Hacienda is doing a wonderful job.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2010
The teacher makes the whole difference. We LOVE, and will die for Mr. Larry Hayes. My son is autistic, and this year (3rd Grade) is the first year in 6 years at Hacienda (pre-school=2 years, 3 months attenting Special Day Class=catastrophic year, k, 1st, and 2nd) it is the first year we have felt at PEACE. Mr. Hayes is so understanding. accomodating, helpful, with it, has a natural ability with our boy. I am in HEAVEN with Mr. Hayes. He trully understand my child, and my child has blossomed under his care and teaching. I can not say enought good things about Mr. HAyes. Mrs. Mohamed, my personal therapist, and the office staff are from Heaven also. I am so please this year, and it is all BECAUSE THE TEACHER MAKES THE DIFFERENCE.

- submitted by a parent
April 02, 2010
I have two childrens in this school and me and my whole family we love it,our principal is the best,the parents in this school are really involved in any activity that we have for our kids at school...

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
Our daughter has been at Hacienda in K for 6 months. We've had enough so we're saying goodbye for many reasons. 1. School district budget cuts: yes it's all over CA, but SJUSD spends so much on reduced fee/free lunch and busing in lower economic area kids effecting class level work. 2. Kinder teacher: was not nurturing, very overwhelmed with the kids, but she was dealt a very tough class. 3. Class size: 30 kids to 1 teacher! Class rooms are tiny and the kids are squeezed in like a pack of rats in a shoe box. 4. Special needs: District not accommodating to higher special needs. Speech & memory seem ok, but 5-6 kids with issues are in her class. District has ignored letters, violence, rallies at BOE mtgs, & desperate calls for help. Principal and much of staff are great, outdoor classroom, science, & music are awesome. We'll miss the involved parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2010
My son is Autistic and I was up front about his special needs. The teacher was less than understanding about his character despite many attempts to 'educate the educators.' I tried to transition my child into this school with the least amount of impact to his self esteem. Do not go to Hacienda if your child has special needs that require catering to. It will not be a positive experience for your child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
I have two children who attend Hacienda. It is a great school with a fabulous principal. The science program is top notch, and the outdoor classroom is amazing. It really is what makes Hacienda so special. Not to mention the great music program and the overwhelming parent participation. It can be a difficult school to get into, because any child in the San Jose Unified School District can attend as long as they are chosen from the lottery that is held each year. However it is worth it, because it is a well rounded school that values it's children and their educational experience beyond workbooks and tests.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2009
Hacienda is absolutely the best school here in San Jose. The teachers and volunteers highly motivates the students in school curriculum. They are very advance and the magnet program really helps the students.

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2009
The amazing science and music programs and sense of community between staff, parents and students

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 20, 2009
What an awesome sense of community! Life-long friendships are created here!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
We have a wonderful science & music program. We are also know for our parent volunteers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
My grandson just started school this year and loves his school. It has wonderful programs in science and music and seems to be excellent all around.

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 19, 2009
Fabulous emphasis on environmental protection, incorporating science, gardening, art, as well as the academic basics - all for elementary kids!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 19, 2009
At a science magnet we have such great science teachers and a beautiful outdoor classroom with a pond full of crayfish turtles and lots of native plants and trees for the children to learn about. It's a one of a kind school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
I love that the staff and parents are dedicated to enriching the students with science, music, art, math, and reading. It is a great community to be involved in!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
Full-time music teacher, outdoor science classroom that is 1 acre in size with a pond, redwood grove and various ecosystems, caring and dedicated teachers, involved parents, dynamic and charismatic principal, awesome kids. Need I say more?

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
Hacienda is a great school because of it's science program, and Outdoor classroom. It is one of a kind. The teachers are wonderful and the music program is great too. Where are you going to be able to ride in a tule boat, go crayfishing, and learn about native plants in california.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
Great teachers, wonderful environment, great science, great group of parents who help out

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
We have spectacular parent participation that enables our school to have extra programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
The outdoor science classroom as well as the indoor with all the animals. My daughter loves her music class. We started at another school first and the parents weren't as friendly and caring. I love everything about this school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
The Music, The Science and of course The Teachers and Staff!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
I love the dedicated teachers, extensive science program, and many parent volunteer opportunities.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
A great music program, amazing science teachers, a one-acre native California garden, a passionate/uncompromising/approachable principal, dedicated teachers/staff and parents are just a few things I love about Hacienda.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
High level of involvement from the parents. A friendly, safe, and supportive environment for the children. Our son loves his school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
Fantastic programs, wonderful families, and the best staff around!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 18, 2009
Wonderful programs, great parents' involvement and dedicated principal

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
Great Teachers, Great Principal and the Science and Music classes are wonderfull. Also Parenting help is an other plus. My on is on 2nd grade and Loves Hacienda!!!!

- submitted by a parent
October 13, 2009
Our school has a great science program, an outdoor science lab complete with redwoods and lots of afterschool events or the school community. My child loves to go to school. Teachers and administrators are wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
This is the best school in San Jose. We still have art, PE, science, and music. We're better than all the other schools.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2009
Transfered my child from Reed Elm. to Hacienda with No Regret.Excellent School, Principle and Teachers are Excellent.It's safe and Bully Free. Science Class is great with hands on experience. Rated A++++++

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June 04, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating March 06, 2009
I had to add my review of Hacienda after receiving and viewing the latest reviews. My child attended Hacienda for almost 1/2 a year, split up by the summer months. In late fall I removed my child and got into our home school. I was very disgusted with the school children who attended the mid-elementary grade level. A large portion of students were from families that I must say were not the best at teaching their children how to behave nicely and act properly. There was alot of swearing and badmouthing on the playground. And bullying was definitely an issue here, which is why we finally got out. It was a shame because I do agree that the school has much to offer by way of a large and generous parent community that works to bring in great programming. If only it could become a private enterprise to segregate students.

- submitted by a parent
March 04, 2009
Excellent environment. Parents and teachers are hardworking and really committed. My son loves the school. There are many programs on top of classroom work for child s overall developments. Being an environmental science magnate I wish there was little more focus on actually teaching natural sources of energy.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2009
Hacienda is a wonderful school. As a parent, I truly appreciate the lifeskill lessons that are taught to all the students. My son always looks forward to spending time in the outdoor classroom crayfishing and gardening. I think it is also great how this school emphasizes going green and the importance of recycling.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2008
I really like my great school! The science is the best thing about the school. There is a HUMONGOUS area where we can learn while being in all the biomes of the earth! there is a redwood forest, a chapparal area (desert) even a place for us to crayfish! the teachers are great too!

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May 29, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2007
We've been at Hacienda for three years and absolutely love it. The teachers are great, but the real assets are the music program, robotics, outdoor classroom, and the parent involvement.

- submitted by a parent
June 30, 2006
A Great School with much to offer!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2006
Hacienda provides a nurturing environment for all students. The science program is first rate and the children leave with a very solid foundation in science and a love of nature. Most teachers are very dedicated and open to parental opinion but there are the usual one or two that you don't want your child to have! Overall it's a great school with high academic standards.

- submitted by a parent
May 24, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 23, 2006
The kids are motivated and love the science program in the school. My son studies in Hacienda, and he loves the music program there. The degree of parent involvement is moderate.There is scope for acccademic progress, and I would like to see higher scores among all the kids. I would say it hasnt reached its full potential yet.

- submitted by a parent
April 20, 2006
This is an absolutely fantastic school (assuming you can get in on the waiting list). The parents are very involved and the teachers really want to be there. The science program is unmatched, but so is the music and many other programs other schools simply can't do (be ready to fund raise though)

- submitted by a parent
March 29, 2006
There are several programs offered at Hacienda, from Art Vista to Music to the outddoor science classroom. The teachers are wonderful and the parent involvement is very good.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2006
My daughter has gone to this school since kindergarten and the academics along with the music/art/computer classes, it is a very well rounded curriculum. If not for this school in the District, we would have sent her to private school.

- submitted by a parent
February 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2006
Great school- caring, qualified teachers, terrific parent participation, and quality programs in music, science, and computers.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 03, 2005
We just joined this school, my twin boys seem to be very happy, it is too early to make a constructive feedback, but I know that my Sons are enjoying this positive relaxed environement. I'll be monitoring during the year and will be able to give you more feedback. George

- submitted by a parent
May 31, 2005
Hacienda is known mostly for it's great science program and outdoor classroom, but one of the greatest things going for this school is the parent involvement and the school's willingness to allow this involvement. Parents are welcome in the clasrooms to help with all sorts of assignments. It's a good way to get to know the teacher and to keep up with how your child is doing both academically and socially.

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April 08, 2005
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March 31, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2005
Nice Place... I like it alot.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
I just love Hacienda Elementary School. All three out of my four boys have gone through Hacienda and I have been pleased each and every year! Horay for Hacienda!

- submitted by a parent
February 24, 2005
Hacienda Science Magnet has been a blessing to our family. My daughter has flourished in the science program while I have found a great parent community.

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2005
Great School, Teacher to child ratio to high. Great field trips,science studies and music. Teachers are great and easy to work with.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2004
Stay away from this school if you have an autistic child. We had a negative experience at this school with our autistic son. It may or may not be a fine school otherwise, but my experience was that this school was not particularly receptive to meeting the needs of special needs children. My son has received a significantly better reception from our neighborhood school -- from the principal, teachers, parents, and children.

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August 18, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
June 19, 2004
Hacienda has been a wonderful experience for our kindergartner...Mrs. Holt is the best, although all the teachers seem professional and caring. The school is supported by an active PTA, and has the excellent YMCA on-site daycare.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2004
Child has been thru Kindergarden & 1st Grade thus far. Very satisfied with the high degree of teacher involvement in students development. Very active science program for all students. High degree of parental participation also aides in classroom and outside activities. Also, very active (and successful) fundraising activities allow the school to invest in additional equipment that otherwise would be difficult to obtain given CA Gov. Budget constraints. Very favorable experience thus far for our family.

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Hacienda Science/Environmental Magnet School
1290 Kimberly Drive, San Jose, CA  95118
(408) 535-6259
Last modified Hacienda Science/Environmental Magnet School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Hacienda Science/Environmental Magnet School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 77 reviews. Top