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K-5
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San Mateo, CA
Students enrolled: 626

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600 Alameda De Las Pulgas
San Mateo, CA 94402

(650) 312-7511
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April 17, 2014
This school is amazing. Parents are too much involve in school activities, fund raising for school to get extra activities to make kids smart.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2014
Baywood has been amazing for our family. My son is excelling above and beyond the CORE the teachers and administration always keep us informed with all the activities both for the students and the parents. I believe the negative comments seem to all point to money not the actual education Baywood is providing if those people are not pleased there is a way to transfer to another school and should do so. We look forward to our youngest to join the TK program and benefit as his brother did from this amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
As a parent at this school for many years I believe that most families are happy with the experience and education offered at Baywood, but do not feel the need to review the school online. I think it is important to note that people with negative comments are more likely to share their dissatisfaction on Great Schools than those that are pleased with the experience at their respective schools. Our family has found Baywood to offer an excellent education with-in a wonderful community, and our children are thriving.

- submitted by a parent
February 12, 2014
I have not liked this school from the the very beginning but unfortunately it wasn't up to me to send my child here. This school is only about money but I have yet to see what they do with it because it sure isn't going to improve the school.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
Wonderful School! We are on our third year at Baywood and are very happy to be part of a great community. The teachers are innovative, compassionate and appear to truly love their jobs. The principal is caring and experienced, and appears dedicated to making Baywood the best school it can be. Like any school, there are many fundraisers, but because of these, Baywood provides programs that other schools might not. For example, PTA funds provide daily PE class, music teachers, librarian, teacher s aides and many great programs like the Science Fair, Arts & Science Day, Talent Show and others. I may not be able to participate in every fundraiser, but I know a little can go a long way. Also, there are many opportunities for differentiated learning and reduced class sizes through use of aides, volunteers and split-class time at PE, library and computer. I read a previous review about teachers not confirming the pick-up of the kindergarteners. Not the case in my experience. Each student is released only when the teacher makes eye contact with the parent. The school is very safe. Our children are confident, happy, thriving and they love Baywood what more could I ask for?

- submitted by a parent
September 10, 2013
Our child is attending this school as it was rated a 10 of 10, but falls way short of that. Makes you wonder if its all the money they collect from parents for the public school to even stay open.school site even says each student contribution $800. Really. Must be nice to be rich, which I am not. No parking lot, no playing before or after school, rules after rules, only one play structure for the entire school and its only to be used for K during thier break. Homework is not not very well as they ask you to make things for the kids and its a month long homework book with no set pages to work on. My child learned most of the book and homework items in Pre-K. Teachers and staff don't seem very friendly and no one even confirmed parents when they let the kids out after school, best of all when asked best way to drop off and pick up, use the drop off lane or walk. Most parents just drop the kids off and leave.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2012
Its only improved since I went there. Its great in that you get to go with and make friends with kids in YOUR OWN neighborhood. Beautiful old school in a district where parents care and children work hard. While parents of OTHER areas want to bus their kids all the way over here, its great that kids can instead walk to their OWN neighborhood schools. GO BAYWOOD!!!

- submitted by a community member
November 04, 2011
I have been a part of the Baywood Community for 5 years now. My two sons have made great friends and our Cub Scout den is diverse. The test scores of my sons are very high and I love the ability to volunteer in the classroom and enjoy seeing other fathers and mothers volunteering lots of time for their children's education. The annual fundraising auction raises a lot of money and is tons of fun.

- submitted by a parent
October 03, 2010
Wow----18 of the recent glowing reviews were written on or around 10/13-15, 2009. What- did everyone sit down and do them together?? Just asking.....

- submitted by a community member
April 21, 2010
Excellent administration that cares. Lots of parental involvement. Get's about 16,000 hours of parent volunteer time per year. PTA raises over $200,000 per year for programs. Great.

- submitted by a parent
March 10, 2010
The teachers are not only experienced and highly competent, they also care about each student individually and are responsive to parents' concerns about their child's progress. The Lifeskills program seemed corny to me at first, but I have become a huge fan after seeing how Lifeskills have enabled my son to handle challenging new situations with confidence. There does seem to be some tension between parents of different socioeconomic backgrounds, but it does not seem to be intentional. Perhaps it is just awkward for some people to be outside their comfort zone when interacting with someone from a very different background. Even the students seem to clump with others from similar backgrounds. The school and each class do solicit donations rather frequently, but the funds appear to be well spent on enhancing students' educational experience. The on-site after school care is excellent. This school is probably as good as it gets.

- submitted by a parent
November 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
It's not just a school, it's a village! I'm part of a large family of sharp and funny folk who don't mind working l-o-n-g hours for our very stimulating young sponges. I don't have a job here, I have a daily adventure! And...out of a 20 school district, we have the highest state test scores! (Plus a great Mac computer Lab!)

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 15, 2009
Baywood has awesome teachers that meet the needs of all students. The school has as so many opportunities for volunteering that all parents can find a way to contribute to the school community.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 15, 2009
It teaches more than academics - my daughter is learning to respect herself, her friends and the environment

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 14, 2009
It takes a village and Baywood is just that village...parents, students, teachers and support staff are all very committed to supporting, encouraging and engaging the whole child.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 13, 2009
Baywood has a wonderful family community both for the students and the parents

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Baywood rocks! Great teachers, strong school administration, and an engaged and committed community

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Baywood Elementary School isn't just a school it is a wonderful community of families and Educators who work together to ensure that our kids have access to the best public education in Northern California.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Baywood is the absolute best school. They employ the most knowledgeable and caring teachers and go above and beyond the call of duty to educate our children!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Baywood provides the support and nurturing our children deserve! The comittment of the teachers and the families are a winning combination!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Baywood has an amazing parent community and teaching staff. Their hard work and creativity makes it possible for the children to experience innovative programs.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The sense of community - with staff, parents, and kids all working together.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Excellent staff that really gives 110% plus their hearts! Very caring school that strives for excellence in everything they do.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Great parent community -- outstanding teachers! Very commitment of the administrative staff to the children and the teachers is unsurpassed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
We have a strong sense of community, wonderful academics and a terrific staff!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The teachers are outstanding and the parent participation is key - The parents run a variety of fund raisers so that the school can provide aids, art, PE, music and computers to the kids. A great community

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
The quality of education through teachers who have given their all-out support to ensure that Baywood produces students ready to face the challenges that life has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Baywood is a great environment for kids to learn, play and socialize - all very important to growing up healthy and wise.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
This school has an amazing community feel to it, and the curriculum and programs offered to the kids make them well-rounded and prepared for challenging academics in middle school and beyond... I am so pleased my daughter attends Baywood!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 05, 2009
You can always tell a great school by how they treat the children with the most challenges. Baywood is the type of school that treats all children--especially those with challenges-- with dignity, respect, kindness and commitment to their overall education. I continue to be impressed year after year with the amazing staff, programing and community that is Baywood.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2009
Great dedicated teachers and very active parents. The only two complaints I have are that the admin is grouchy and should retire. The second complaint is the lack of funding at this school...they constantly ask parents for money because the district keeps taking more and more away from the school. Parents had to donate erasers, table cleaner, paper towels, books, you name it...basics. We've reached an all time low in education funding. If it weren't for the parents donations and numerous volunteer hours, Baywood wouldn't survive.

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
June 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2009
A neighborhood community school where over 140 parents volunteer on Arts & Science Day - yes, time and/or money put in through parent involvement makes this school above par. GATE kids are invited to College Park for 4/5 grades - cannot compare oranges with apples - as far as neighborhood public school goes, this is one of the best schools around as long as the community supports it.

- submitted by a parent
April 28, 2009
Baywood is an excellent all-around elementary school. The faculty and staff truly care about education and developing well-rounded students. And the parental involvement and support of the school is exceptional.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
Our son's experience at Baywood was highly disappointing. The major surprise was the way the school 'plays the game'. Test scores they promote do not reflect whether the needs of children are being met. After 4 years, we learned that classroom assignments are based on parental influence rather than student needs that are communicated by teachers. Students like our son, who is on the higher end of the curve, were not given any consideration...leading to a bored student who required private tutoring in order to stay on track. All this was left behind when we transferred to another public school: College Park...no tutoring needed, and an engaged and happy student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 25, 2008
This school is highly overrated. The principle needs to move on. Lots of favoritism in this school. If you are part of the 'in' crowd you are golden. If not, you are branded as an outsider. The parent group discrminates against working parents. We thought this was a great school til we went to a new one. We are not looing in the rearview mirror. There is life beyond Baywood and it is a good one.

- submitted by a parent
May 22, 2008
The school has built its academic reputation on strong teachers during key grades and parent involvement at all grade levels. Besides the financial contributions, many parents spend an unbelievable amount of time in the classes especially at the younger ages when struggling kids are identified and given one on one attention. The school has somewhat of a clique environment among the volunteering parents but it translates to a culture of competitive involvement. I cannot volunteer that much due to work but appreciate the efforts of others. The diverse student body and out of classroom activities (science fair, art shows, family math, field trips, etc.) help keep the day to day focus on education rather than test scores which I find refreshing.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2007
Baywood has great teachers and excellent academics. My only complaints are the lack of responsiveness of the principal and the attitude of her admin.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2007
I posted once here when our daughter was in first grade. Her kindergarten and first grade teachers were excellent. There is some truth to the comments below about elitism and favoritism at the school. There is a clique of stay at home moms who run the PTA and all of the fundraisers and who appear to get preferential treatment from the principal in classroom assignments for their kids. It can result in working, single, or less-well-off moms feeling left out. On the other hand, the parental involvement in other areas is really nice. The science fair is the best I've ever seen, the family math nights, and playground supervision are outstanding. There is no bullying or fighting, and overall there is a great, supportive atmosphere for the kids. 4 out of 5.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2007
Mrs. Day is an AWESOME principal & has put together a top notch staff. HEAVY parental involvement - many stay at home parents help at the school. Lots of 'techie' parents - biotech and high-tech professionals who volunteer time to teach the kids. Where else can a 5th grader dissect a shark, build a trebuchet, or make rockets, in after school programs? This is a good, fun, community that takes pride enriching the lives of it's children.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2007
Baywood is extremely overrated and elitist. This sends the wrong message to parents and kids about how you get a good education or get ahead in life.

- submitted by a parent
September 02, 2005
Baywood is a school with a high level of parental involvement. This involvement is focused primarily, but not exclusively, on fundraising, and the extra funds raised provide additional teachers, physical education, music, dance force, and art. The quality of teaching is very good.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2005
I have always wanted to go to baywood when I was little. It is really a good school with lots of charm and character. I loved their summer program there.

- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2005
Baywood's level of parent involvement is nearly smothering. While some find this to be a wonderful thing, I felt consistently pressured by the PTA to contribute. My daughter is middle income and the school is overwhelmingly comprised of wealthy folks, many of whom only have one working parent. The costant requests for money and the 'awards' to parents that gave large amounts felt elitist and exclusionary. My daughter experience a split teacher class with one being wonderful, caring and inspirational with the other being inflexible, demanding and often loading too much on the overtaxed kids. I felt the principal was there in theory, but her mind was always on district issues and not of the student's and parents. There are other good schools in the close vicinity, Sunnybrae and Laurel.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2005
Both of my children went to Baywood School and it was a great school for both of them and they both had very different needs. Baywood is fantastic for children that have learning disabilities also. Their Resource Specialist Program (RSP) was a great program for our son and the 4th/5th grade combination class that he had was the only teacher there that allowed students to stay in the classroom environment and have the RSP teacher come in and work with all the children that needed their help. We found pulling our son out to go work in the RSP room gave him a safe haven there but definitely helped him get the tools he needed to go back & work in the classroom. When he arrived at Baywood in Feb. of 1st grade he had some major struggles and the school totally worked with him and helped him through it all.

- submitted by a parent
February 28, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 20, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
February 06, 2005
Excellent, caring school. Under siege financially by school district which wants it to support other schools in district. Kindergarten line up is a must if you want a space.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2005
High level of parent involvement, almost functions like a private school within the public sector. From fund-raising to music, art & enrichment programs, this school has a record of supplementing via hands-on parental support as well as voluntary donations to reinstate programs that cutbacks would have otherwise eliminated altogether.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2004
Our daughter is now in first grade at Baywood. We have been very satisfied with the school thus far. There is a 20-1 teacher/student ratio through grade 3, lots of 'extras' supplied by PTA funds (to which you are expected to contribute) like dance, music, P.E., etc., and a very involved group of parents. There was a parent volunteer in the classroom every single day of my daughter's kindergarten year. My only complaint is that the principal seems somewhat detached and tends to leave the school secretary in charge for much of the day. However, for a public school, it is very good and certainly one of the best on the Peninsula.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2004
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Baywood Elementary School
600 Alameda De Las Pulgas, San Mateo, CA  94402
(650) 312-7511
Last modified Baywood 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.
Baywood Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 56 reviews. Top