Trace is a very good school. It has a lot of programs that the children can get into, also the arts program is great! Teachers are caring and very involved. The parent help and participation is inspiring and am happy to be a part of.
Thank you to my son's second grade teacher Ms. Canote!
She is very structured and organized which is great to have for a 2nd grader that needs to know what they should be doing at all times. She has helped my 2nd grader excel and allows him to work beyond his grade level in certain activities and keeps him challenged. He has only received his first report card and is pulling in majority 3's and some 2's, which is at or above grade level. He had some issues focusing last year and I truly believe a lot of his growth is due to Ms. Canote's style of teaching. You rock Ms. Canote!
Wow - the Trace arts program is incredible. Our child just entered 3rd grade and is now eligible for the before/after school arts electives. One can choose up to 3 from drama, strings orchestra, band or choir! I wonder if any other public elementary school in CA offers this?! Given the new dynamic principal, Ms Rodriguez, and the growing interest in the two-way bilingual program (was it a lottery again this year to get into the Spanish program?), Trace is a great place to be at in 2015!
As a parent who has had three children in this school under different principals I can say that the current administration is severely lacking in any kind of administrative, social, and/or problem solving skills of any kind. The principal Mrs. Rocha is very rude, defensive, and does not have the skills to run a school this size. As a fellow Hispanic it is quite embarrassing. Mr. Lee is beyond horrible and doesn't even remember circumstances that happened the day before. I have had very negative interactions with this administration and they are dismissive of parent's concerns. On a positive note the PTO is great, the parents that are involved are a good support to each other as well as the teachers. Most of the teachers at Trace are dedicated and do try their best under below average circumstances. I am definitely considering moving my child to a different school.
Have been fairly happy with the school. Class sizes are ridiculous. 30 of any grade per teacher is a recipe for failure. I have no idea why the ratio on this site is listed at 18 per teacher. Spelling and grammar mistakes are common and seem to be completely overlooked by staff. Definitely have to figure out what teachers are good. Principal is not well received by parents and her staff which has resulted in favorite teachers ditching Trace for other schools.
The year is 2014. The school is great if you are a Spanish speaker. This is not really a Rose Garden / Shasta Hanchett neighborhood school. High percentages of the students either comes from the Luther Burbank areas or are bused from downtown San Jose area. The Principal's lack of fluency in the English language has limit her involvements and participations with the school activities. She is more comfortable and thus immersed herself with the Spanish speaking community. The current year also saw some significant changes in the upper grade. The 5th. grade teachers decided to change the curricula such that the students no longer has a home room. They will be asked to move from classroom to classroom for different subjects. This was done for the sole purposed of alleviating the inconvenience on each teacher to prepare materials for the entire 5 subjects. This way each teacher has only to prepare 2 to 3 subjects only, placing the inconvenience on the students who have to go from classroom to classroom in order to take the different subjects.
What a disappointment this school has been. The principal would sweep any important issues under the rug, saying they are not a concern of the Trace Families, when they very well were. They was very little communication, and their weekly phone calls consistently hung up on me. When there was paper communications, it wasn't in english, making it really hard to sign permission slips. Fortunately we will not be returning to the school.