My son has been going to Williams since Kindergarten. He is now in 3rd grade. I cannot say enough great things about Williams. The current principal is fantastic. Last year my son's 2nd grade teacher hosted an event "Flashlight Reading". She invited all the parents to bring a flashlight to class on a Friday, and read to their child under the flashlight. At the beginning of the event, the teacher has all the parents in one room talking to them about how important it is to read to the kids, while the students are in another room adjacent and the principal was playing guitar for the kids. This is just one of the many events I have seen the principal being involved in and genuinely enjoyed spending time w the students. The teachers my son has had the last few years are genuinely interested and cared for the students. Even though there are 30 students in class, but the teachers are very experienced and they all managed to know my son as an individual and work w us the parents as a team to help my son grow in the areas where he needs encouragement. The Wins foundation organized by the parents is amazing. They provide excellent support for the school.
Continuing from last review. and they all seem to consider the Williams kids the "smart" ones. So basically, the academics focus works. As long as your kid has friends, hobbies, and some extra-curricular activities [Try Drama or Yearbook], you should be fine. -Teachers Generally good or great. Some bad and some awesome, like any other school. They try their best to teach kids while still doing fun things. -Food This is the worst part of Williams. Seriously. Everything with a bun is soggy [like, falling apart soggy], meat's burnt, snacks are stale, everything's tasteless [and if not, it tastes like cardboard, glue, or various other non-food substances] and whole grain. The fruits and vegetables are okay, if only because they are hard to mess up. Nothing sugary whatsoever. The focus on "healthy" has ruined hot lunch. If you can, pack lunch. Seriously. -Overall: Good, but not great. Horrible food. Lots of academics [and Common Core doesn't help, eurgh]. Don't sign your kid up for math camp. 4/5. -Former student
The families at Williams are very serious about their children's education. There are high expectations on these kids and because of that the Williams students are going to do well and be successful. Sounds good, right? Well, they aren't learning it in their classrooms at Williams. Instead, parents are spending hours after school teaching what should be taught in the classroom, but class size is so huge it isn't possible. Parents are also hiring private tutors, and sending their kids to academic summer schools & camps. The teachers are as good and bad as at any school. Thanks to Williams Wins Foundation there is loads of fundraising to help support extra curriculum activities, but anything other than strong academics is really an after thought. I am disappointed that Williams kids are already under immense pressure & an intense academic culture. Aren't there plenty of years for that? There is no love for learning going on at Williams, no creativity and no passion at this school. I was drawn to the high API score but I wish I had explored other options too. I have heard great things about Graystone, Simonds, & Los Alamitos, which all have high APIs but more focus on the whole child.
Great school. Lots of fun activities. Great teachers and programs, needs lots of parent involvement.
Some teachers are great, but there are a few (especially in higher grades, 3rd and up) that are horrible. Those teachers have not taught at Williams for a long time and bring inappropriate teaching styles to an otherwise great school.
Great teachers, excellent programs, structured environment, very involved parents, higher standards all around. Not a school for you if you are just looking for a daycare.
Great enrichment programs, amazing staff, parents volunteer a lot, art program, high scores
The leadership is not approachable & has no understanding whatsoever. However most of the staff is excellent.
The teachers are great - the students and cultures that demand more academics are removing the childlike feeling from the school. They need to be more well rounded. They will get more out of life if they had more time to play, be creative and not spend all waking hours doing homework.
I have two children that attend, a second grader and a fifth grader. The teachers for the most part are fantastic..and even the strict or 'grumpy' ones are still very approachable compared to other schools. The principle is the main drawback as she is very unaccessable. She seems logical and has good ideas but when you have a complaint...good luck getting any response from her. On the upside the artwork is fabulous! Music has never taken off but most have their children in private lessons after school anyways. Most of the teachers have their own 'plays' or musicals that they do every year anyways...but there is no school play which would be nice to have.
I found the teachers are extremely helpful, caring, loving and dedicated. We met great teachers that went above and beyond to help the kids with special need. Parents involvement also contributes to the success of the school. Very diversified culture and very fun environment for the kids.
Very happy with this school. Both of my kids are attend school from K-5th grade. A lot of parent involved. Academic and activities are quite balance well. Teacher are very nice and very helpful
Good parental involvement. Teachers are caring, and helpful and very nice. Pretty High academic standards.
Teachers are top notch. Also, school caves into pressure from cultures in school demanding top academics that sacrifice the well rounded child.
Both of my kids attended this school from K-5. In 5th grade. I would pick my daughter up and she would be crying every day not wanting to return to school. I switched her to another school and she had the best experience. Now in highschool, my son ALSO said he HATED Williams. The staff and teachers are GREAT but if you're not from the Almaden area, you're not 'in'. The kids AND the parents have their own cliques. Made me feel like I was back in high school again. I put in 100's of hours, staying almost all day, every day. All kids deserve to get the best education. They don't deserve to be made to feel less then because we're less fortunate.
Williams School is totally focused on academics. The entire curriculum and pace, is oriented around the API's, and requiring a high level of parent involvement. While this has resulted in the highest API scores in San Jose, there needs to be more balance on the development side, and extracurricular activities. There doesn't seem to be a lot of support for children who are falling behind or who have special needs. Because of the high API scores, families from other countries/cultures, where education is their highest priority, are being drawn into the area. Most are pushing for even more focus on academics. The school should not respond to these requests for more academics, and strive to provide more balance, so we develop well-rounded, non-stressed out, children.
Good parental involvement. Teachers are caring, and helpful. High academic standards. The downside is there is a lot of homework.
My kids go to this school and I think this is the best school in SJUSD. In general, most teachers are well qualified, but I see some inconsistencies between classes of same grade. This is the only thing I think need to be improved.
Williams is a high performing school with active parent involvement.Music, Art, and sports are tailored to fit into the curriculum and the quality of programs is excellent!
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