Students enrolled 620
School leader Michelle Dimas
District Union Elementary

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1755 Gilda Way
San Jose, CA 95124

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(408) 356-2126
(408) 358-9807
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4 stars
Based on 34 ratings

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June 14, 2013
Amazing teachers and principal! My family moved away 2 years ago, and we miss it very much.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2012
Excellent public school all round, probably one of the best around. Even though my son has left Noddin, Noddin has been and will always be his #1 school. That says a lot, doesn't it?

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2012
Very strong overall. Very high API scores and yet an extremely diverse school population, with all income levels and a more or less even balance of US and Asian and Mexican, Persian and European immigrant families. Some of the principal's detractors here don't recognize that to get such results in this kind of social milieu, a school principal has to be strong and at times single-minded, without accommodating every parent's wishes. There are things we'd like to see more of, but we're realistic about the state of California public school budgets and about the limits of what's possible with such a wildly diverse school population, but it's preferable to a homogenous, upper middle-class bubble environment. Our kids will be well-prepared for any social environment they encounter, and their basic educational skills are rock-solid. Kudos to Noddin's leadership and teachers.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2011
Noddin is an excellent school. My son has been attending this school since the 2nd grade. The teachers and the principal are very dedicated to bring out the best in the students. I would highly recommend this school to any prospective parents.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2011
Noddin is very good elementary school and has been exceeding expectations year over year. I am simply amazed to see the kind of parents involvement, school has. It is like small community supported by dedicated teachers and parents. Principal is really great at her work and continues to raise bar and challenge. She is very convincing and know what's best for kids, which is her highest priority. It is her leadership and something new she initiated 2 years back, which has paid of as steep jump (38 points) in API which is unheard of, for a school which is already in 900 range.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2011
Noddin is an outstanding school. The principal has very high standards, and is constantly challenging the teachers and students to do their very best. What I admire about the principal is that she is so passionate about the students , and wants them to have not only the very best education possible, but life experiences as well. I have read some of the criticisms of the principal, which I totally disagree with. I find her compassionate, approachable and a person who is never satisfied with things the way they are. She encourages students, teachers and parents to think "outside the box". Noddin has achieved very high test scores well over 900 consistently for the past few years. This year they scored 941!

- submitted by a parent
January 07, 2011
I have known the Principal since 1979 when she was an elementary school teacher in Salinas. What amazed me was how the students loved her and were so excited to learn. I have never known another teacher who could motivate the students so well. Judging by other reviews saying how excited the Noddin children are to learn, the principal has bought that passion with her and instilled it throughout the school.

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2010
Noddin is an excellent elementary school. What makes it so are the teachers, who are all very dedicated and capable. I have had three children who have gone there, and they all have enjoyed all of thier teachers. The only drawback is the tyrant of a principal they currently have. She treats parents with little to no respect and is frequently very offensive. If you can steer clear of her, though, the shool is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2010
Very good and getting better. The principal is extremely dedicated and is known for pioneering intelligent approaches that are resisted by most schools in the area, such as putting the kids into different levels for reading class. In addition there's been a big influx of well-educated families into the neighborhood. Combine these forces with dedicated, hardworking teachers and you can see why the API scores have risen above 900 and are expected to keep rising.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2010
Excellent school, its my daughters first year at Noddin and she loves it, the teacher's are great and the principal is really involved with both teachers and kids.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2008
Always looking to improve in all areas of students education and environment

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
I have two children at Noddin (3rd and 5th grade) and Noddin is the only school that they have attended. My two older children (20 and 19) went to 3 different elementary schools each in two different states. No school that my older children attented even come close to the excellence at Noddin. teachers

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2008
Below review, page two. The teachers at Noddin are the people who make the biggest difference. Special Kudos to Mrs. Tully (the best ever), Mrs. Reinke, Miss Boring, Mrs. Felice and Mrs. Bartz. If you live in this neighborhood, you are doing you kids a great disservice if they don't attend Noddin.

- submitted by a parent
January 06, 2008
I just finished a rating of Noddin School, and I think my head took a break. There are two errors in my response: (1) I am not the parent, I am the grandparent of my Noddin child. The teacher who I praised was not Mrs. Senini (although she too is excellent), it was Ms. Jane Reinke. Can this be corrected - please! My grandson entered 3rd grade barely able to read at 1st grade level, and at school year end he was reading 3rd grade level and loving it. No one can ask any more of a teacher.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
I transferred my children in the 2nd and 4th grade to Noddin. It is our neighborhood school and has always done well by state and federal standards. But, I was more concerned with the social and emotional well being of my children. So I was concerned that a school with 630 students would be too overwhelming and that my children would be lost in the crowd. It turns out the small school we were at they were lost. At Noddin both of them have thrived. The teachers here are very impressive, tenured, passionate, understanding, patient, and parents themselves. I can't believe I deprived my children of this wonderful school for the last 4 years. And the community is fantastic too!

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2006
The current principal leaves alot to be desired!

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2006
Really nothing

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May 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2006
School has good academics and parent involvement is wonderful. Extacurriculars such as after-school science programs, languages, etc have disappeared. Music is largely contained to chorus.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2005
Home and School club activities are great. As with all of the schools in this small district, teaching quality is very high...why waste money on private school when you have such great public schools in your neighborhood?

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August 17, 2005
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July 08, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
April 27, 2005
This school has no peer in the public school system. By far the best elementary school I've ever had the privilege to experience. On a scale of 1 to 10, this school is a 25!!!

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2005
We have been part of this school for 2 years and this year I have not been as impressed with the cirriculm. I feel like they are not challenging the students to their full potential and the classrooms are so crowded with kids that it is interferring with the learning enviroment. However, the school has many involved parents and offers afterschool activities for a small fee. I feel like the school is not providing a solid foundation for the higher grade education and we will most likely not be returning next year!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2005
My kids loved their teachers at this school. Great atmosphere.

- submitted by a parent
February 07, 2005
This is our first year at Noddin and my son has the most wonderful teacher, Mrs. Tully. I have come to know that all of the teachers here are wonderful with the children as well.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2005
We like the commitment of the teachers and the attitude of the parents. The staff is very helpful. The facilities, while not everything we could ask for are more than adequate. It is disappointing that there is no music or art programs in the curriculum. There are extra curricular music and art programs (and drama) that families must pay for.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2004
My two sons attended Noddin Elementary from k-5th and it was a wonderful school. All the teachers were very educated and the Principal was always very helpful. They have a great RSP program for kids with ADHD. The school has been awarded the states blue ribbon for a school of excellence in the last 5 years. This school gets all families involved so the school has a lot of support and funding from lots of fundraising events. I would recommend this school for your elementary children, if you live by Los Gatos/Blossom Hill area!

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
California may rank 48th in terms of per student funding, but the quality of teachers at Noddin more than compensate for that weakness. I have been incredibly impressed with the skills of the teachers. My daughter's K teacher connects with each child and engages them in fascinating activities. My daughter comes home each day excited about what she has learned. We entered public school with trepidation but, thanks to dedicated teachers, we have great confidence in the education she is getting at Noddin.

- submitted by a parent
May 03, 2004
I am so impressed at the comprehensive and balanced approach to learning at Noddin, carried out so smoothly. The richness of the teachers vision they deliver so skillfully is greatly enhanced by the parent participation, more so than I've perceived at other local schools. Ms. Stark's wonderful leadership has brought a clear direction of growth, planted firmly in present commonsense best practices with a very insightful thrust into developing the needed resources for tomorrow.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2004
This is a great school. My child has some learning disabilities and the teacher works really hard with her in the class and goes an extra mile to help her at home as well. The principal is understanding and very recently organized a Talent show for all the Noddin kids which was well received by the parents. I really appreciate all the hard work done by the teachers and the volunteers. Noddin Rocks!

- submitted by a parent
January 27, 2004
We love Noddin. Great parent teacher communication. Tons of parent volunteers and support. Mrs. Stark is very involved in the needs of the children and has much commpassion for their safety and well being.

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Noddin Elementary School
1755 Gilda Way, San Jose, CA  95124
(408) 356-2126
Last modified Noddin Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Noddin Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 34 reviews. Top