« Back to compare
/ / School Profile
K-5
Public
San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 697

Contact this school

1425 Lincoln Avenue
San Jose, CA 95125

(408) 535-6265
(408) 535-6535
Nearby homes for sale
Map of Willow Glen Elementary School address.

Profile Completeness

INTERMEDIATE

Want to improve this school’s profile? You can!

All schools on GreatSchools begin with BASIC completeness, which includes important information like contact details and test scores. It’s up to the school community to take the next steps. As a parent or community member, you can share what you know with other families by writing a review or answering a few questions about what the school offers. As a school leader, you can upload photos, describe school programs, and more with an Official school profile.

The completeness meter moves to INTERMEDIATE, then ADVANCED, and finally HONOR ROLL as you complete the following: 10 or more reviews, at least 1 photo, and 9 program questions parents find helpful.

Want to improve this school's profile?
for Parents
for Schools
 
September 10, 2013
Willow Glen Elementary is a great school and our two boys (K and 3rd) really enjoy attending. The school has an excellent staff and offers quite a few extra-curricular activities such as science, chess club, art, band etc. The school has a great community and a very active PTA.

- submitted by a parent
September 08, 2012
Parent involvement is key to a good school. Just attend a PTA meeting at the school. It is full of parents that are not board members but honestly involved in the school. They have a band that started a few years ago because a parent was driven to have a hands on music program at the school. That is just one example of improvements parents have made. Teachers are exceptional because this is a school they want to be at. Why? The parent support. No test will reflect that fact.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2012
I have a first grader and a kinder here and am continually amazed by what a great school this is! Teachers, PTA, parents & families are amazing. Love our neighborhood school.

- submitted by a parent
June 13, 2012
There's not enough room to write about all the wonderful things about WGE! My daughter attended the school (now at WGMS) and my son will be entering 4th grade; both have had wonderful teachers and wonderful experiences. The school environment is safe and caring; parents and community members are involved and supportive of the school. Academics are great - love the GATE - CreaTV program. Academics are held in high standards but so are the arts - band, choir, plays, opera! I am an active PTA member - one of the BEST PTA's in the county - so supportive and creative. This school should be a 10!

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2012
WGE is a wonderful neighborhood school with 2 excellent educational stands, each with devoted, active parents: traditional English instruction and two way bilingual immersion in Spanish. The school has an exceptional number of before-school and after-school programs, like band, dance, musical theater, and TV production. The very active PTA supports additional classroom instructional time in hands-on science projects, computer instruction, art and music.

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2011
My son is in the TWBI kinder class 2011. We adore the teachers, principal and other staff like Coach Danny. The parent involvement in the school is out of this world. There are a group of dedicated parents who are at the school putting in as many hours as they would be with a full time job. The fundraising is awesome, the PTA works very hard to ensure that this school has all the resources to teach the kids the best. Schmal Science, Coach Danny, Choir, Opera, Music, Computer Lab, Math and Art Docents for each class room with access to an abundance of materials. You could not find a better and more community oriented school. WGE is really like a extended family.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2010
WGE still has a fabulous English only program too! I can't say enough great things about this school. The Parent involvement is amazing. The principal, teachers and support staff really cares. Other schools are cutting programs, but the PTA at WG makes sure we still have sports, band, choir, art, science, character building and more. Check out wgepta.org to see all that's happening!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2010
Willow Glen Elementary has an extremely caring staff. The teachers are very engaged, enthusiastic and spend individual time with the students. I love the community and parent involvement. The PTA funds a lot of programs like Art, Science and Music.

- submitted by a parent
May 06, 2010
I have a son and a daughter at Willow Glen Elementary. I have been very happy with my children's teachers over the past 4 years. The staff are committed to the kids and work extremely hard. My kids have a had a great year despite the increase in class size in the lower grades. I have seen the biggest growth in terms of parent involvement and creativity this year. This was a year where many things changed. We enhanced our Music Program this year and added a New Band Program. In addition, we have a new principal and new incentive programs for all children. We have a wonderful student council group and Recycling Program- The Green Team. This school is embraced by the community. We had the most successful fundraising year yet despite the difficult economic times. That says a lot about the strong commitment! The New PTA website is

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2010
I have two boys here and there are things we like and things we don't like. There is a core group of parents who are very involved and make great contributions. The school recently started a music program which is exciting. The physical facilities were recently renovated and a new building installed too. At the same time, we are concerned about the school's low API scores. There are challenges with 'running in place' trying to help a seemingly relatively high transient population of ethnic kids who come to the school and then leave before they master English only to leave the next generation of kids to be taught English and score low on standardized tests. It's tough for kids who are talented and looking for academic, social, and related challenges. We continually weigh options of seeking alternatives vs continuing here. At the moment, we are staying and contributing!

- submitted by a parent
March 09, 2010
My daughter started K last year in the TWBI program. We are an English only household! Now in 1st grade she is reading and writing in Spanish and LOVING it. Says she wants to be a Spanish teacher when she grows up. We are so impressed with the program. And, I am so excited that our daughter will be bilingual. I believe it improves her ability to learn in general, gives her confidence and opens the doors to a bigger and more open-minded world!

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2010
This is a great school with an amazing sense of community. Bilingual Immersion Program increases academic success, self-esteem and confidence for the future global citizens of our world.

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2010
My two children attend Willow Glen Elementary. Both boys are enrolled in the the TWBI (Two Way Bilingual Immersion) program. My eldest son was speaking Spanish fluently by the end of Kindergarten and his younger brother is following suit. Now, half way through first grade, he is reading, writing and speaking fluently in both languages (English and Spanish). I am thrilled beyond every expectation, especially since we are an English only household. I recommend the program and school to anyone.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
Both my son and daughter go to Willow Glen Elementary and we remain very pleased with the school. Two years ago the school launched a two way, Spanish bilingual immersion program (1/2 kids come from homes where Spanish is the first language & 1/2 from homes where English is the first language). My daughter is in the kindergarten program and it is fabulous. One of the Immersion teachers was named California's Teacher of the Year for two way immersion. San Jose Unified pioneered what has become the national model for teaching Spanish and English over a decade ago and they continue to expand it as it is very successful. One of the things that motivated us to do the program was that by fourth or fifth grade all the tests indicate she will be at or above grade level academically with other similar kids, PLUS SHE'LL KNOW SPANISH & ENGLISH.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 25, 2010
The best thing about kindergarten at Willow Glen Elementary is that my daughter is in the two-way bilingual immersion program. She loves learning Spanish and meeting new friends. I am amazed at how much she has learned and her first year isn't even over yet! I appreciate how the parents work together to make it a great school experience for the kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
My children are in the TWBI program. TWBI is a fully Spanish/English immersion program at Willow Glen Elementary School in San Jose. My children are in first grade and are fully biliterate and bilingual. Their teachers are beyond my wildest expectations of what an educator should be. One of our teachers was just named Bilingual Educator of the Year for the state of California. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this program and give my kids the gift of bilingual education at their local public elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 21, 2009
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2009
Excellent faculty and curriculum with a diverse student body. Best of all, the parental involvement is second to none. The new buildings and facilities are great, but the difference really shows in the involvement.

- submitted by a parent
July 22, 2008
Great Teachers who really care and want every student to succeed. Very tough principal who also aligns with the goals of the school and community.

- submitted by a parent
May 28, 2008
I am very happy with WGE! My son's first grade teacher is so good with him. She really takes the time he needs to understand projects. My son was having trouble reading, his teacher has been so on top of it and kept us updated so well that he has won to awards for most improved! They really care aout the kids at this school and it shows!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2008
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a student
October 27, 2007
I am amazed by this school. A hidden jewel. I have two children in this school and would not trade it for anything.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2007
I have one child who completed K-5 and two children curently enrolled at WGE. Our family loves the school. The children are very friendly, curtious and diverse. The teachers and staff are wonderful with the students and the parents. WGE has an amazing Accelerated Reading program that really has gotten the school excited about reading. They have music at least once a week (plus an optional choir); wonderful art, science and sensitivity docent programs; great after school programs (such as art, chess, soccer, basketball and science); and parents that really like to get involved. The principal is amazing. She is tough, but soft all at the same time. If you pay attention to test scores, the principal, teachers, staff, students and parents have really had a major roll in bringing the school's test scores up and helping the school achieve the Distinguished School Award in 2006.

- submitted by a parent
March 08, 2007
I have one child in third grade at Willow Glen Elementary and I can say, very simply, that our family loves this school. The academics are challenging and include accelerated math and reading programs. My daughter struggled with reading the first couple of years at school, but with the additional assistance of wonderful teachers and aides and the accelerated reading program, my daughter has now exceeded grade level in reading and, more importantly, enjoys reading. In addition to academics, there are numerous after school activities to be involved in and other enrichment during school hours (such as Art Docent, Science Docent, and Peacebuilder programs). The school community is very friendly, supportive, and cohesive. And the principal, teachers, aides, and staff are all very dedicated, caring, and skilled. We love our school.

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2007
Willow Glen Elementary has so much to offer. Academics is strong. Accelerated Reader is the best thing for my two girls. They love to read when they see their progress from book to book. The After School Activities are great. Often more than one activity per day to choose from. The new 2 story classroom building will be done by August. Can't wait. What an awesome school!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2006
I have had two chiildren go through Willow Glen Elementary School and I cannot say enough great things about this school. WGE provides a caring environment where academics are challenging and expectations are high. There are fantastic art, science and music programs in place, as well as many different after school programs to choose from. The school has a very active PTA that provides a wonderful feeling of community. WGE is currently in the process of adding a beautiful new building which will open Fall of 2007.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2006
My son started at WGE for 1st grade. He is now in 3rd grade. I was planning on moving last year, but the thought of him changing from this wonderful school made me ill. He has done wonderful, Mr Schibetta is the best 2nd grade teacher of all times! My son was introduced to so much variety in Math and now he has the confidence all 3rd graders should have. Thank You Willow Glen! Mr and Mrs Brown

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a staff
December 28, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2005
My kids are in fourth and second grade. The academics at the school are very strong. (Go to www.cde.ca.gov to look at demographic breakdowns of test scores to see why overall test scores do not accurately represent the school). The teachers are very experienced. The PTA is very strong. There are a lot of in-class enrichment programs (art, music, accelerated reader and math) and after-school programs (chess, karate, daycare). The school is in the heart of downtown Willow Glen and is truly a community school. I am very happy with the education my children are receiving at WGE.

- submitted by a parent
August 28, 2005
This School could use more homework assignments. Traffic at pickup and drop-off is bad. PTA is strong.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2005
This review submitted without content.


- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2004
This is such a great school, I love it , I wish my kids could still go there, but we moved out of the distric. My girls did very well at this school. They still talk about the great teachers they had like Mrs Wise!

- 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 »


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

Willow Glen Elementary School
1425 Lincoln Avenue, San Jose, CA  95125
(408) 535-6265
Last modified Willow Glen Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Willow Glen Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 36 reviews. Top