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K-5
Public district
San Mateo, CA
Students enrolled: 269
 

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300 28th Avenue
San Mateo, CA 94403

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(650) 312-7551
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February 18, 2014
I have one child in Beresford and one ready to start there next year. The staff has been teaching there for many years, which means they really know the kids and the families. The school practices the Lifeskills, which raises the kids self-esteem and awarenes. The teachers are all HET trained. We have art, Spanish and PE, all paid through the PTA. We have a music teacher for our upper grades, a computer lab that provides our kids with opportunity, and all grades receive educational field trips. Our school has the best student/teacher ratio with small reading intruction/PE flip. This way our kids get the best personal instruction in the district. We are lucky to be part of such a great school!

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February 17, 2014
My kids (kindergarten and 4th) and I absolutely love Beresford Elementary! We love the staff, the programs they offer (i.e. art, spanish, monthly life skills, and the after school enrichment classes), and especially the families and amazing PTA leadership!! we also love it's cultural diversity, community and family involvement and warmth!!

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February 16, 2014
We have two kids at Beresford, kindergarten and 3rd grade. Could not be happier with our choice as the school is one big family. Our kids know each and every teacher by name and would not be surprised if they know the majority of the parents by name. The school is run so well in regards to academics as well as life skills in general.

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February 15, 2014
Beresford is a good school. The smallest in the district which means some challenges, but some real bonus' too. Beresford is the only school I'm aware of to offer Spanish lessons to English only speakers in the district. They also offer a PE/Reading flip to ensure small group focused instruction, and an ever changing and diverse enrichment program. The PTA are amazing. A small, but totally dedicated and passionate group who ensure the school stays on track culturally and financially by running many events and activities for the benefit of students, families and the community at large. Like most schools Beresford could do with more parent engagement from those outside the PTA to ensure its continued success. The teachers are committed, most have been on staff for many years, and remain determined to create and provide a good learning foundation. In reality an '8' school for sure!

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July 18, 2012
My son has been at Beresford for the past 2 years and loves it. The only complaint is that there are 24 students per class (grade 1/2) and it makes it difficult for the teacher to provde any additional assistance when needed. In addition, several of the kids are ESL and that slows down the overall level of classroom progress. No grass area for the kids to play - only cement. All in all, I recommend this school and my son loved his teachers and the friends he made.

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September 24, 2011
Beresford has been a truly wonderful school for both of my children. The Principal and teachers think carefully about everything they do and work exceptionally well together. The PTA/parents are quite involved and it seems like each year gets better - we now have a computer lab, a student garden, an after-school enrichment program, Spanish taught DURING school 4 days a week, and excellent incorporation of the Lifeskills. Way to go Beresford!

- submitted by a parent

July 12, 2011
k-3 was very positive at Beresford, however 4th grade was awful. My child was put in a terrible split class. When I went to the principal she did not even want to listen to me, she was no help at all. My child's self esteem suffered.

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July 12, 2011
Beresford school is a great neighborhood school. My son had a great year and a great teacher. I was on campus a lot and it was so nice to be greeted by passing teachers and the Principle would stop and say good morning. Beresford teaches the LifeSkills system which I highly recommend to all schools and it's great to see them follow them. The PTA continues to be a strong presence with involvement and making things happen to support the school and their education. Great work Beresford!

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July 11, 2011
Terrific neighborhood school. The Principal is fantastic and the PTA has really stepped things up. This school is great and getting even better. My daughter has really enjoyed it here and had an incredible kindergarten year.

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April 18, 2011
Beresford is a wonderful school - nice, small size and caring environment. Fantastic principal and teachers and a lot of parents that really care about the school and have put a lot of effort into helping to make it the outstanding school that it is today. I believe that this is the only non-immersion elementary school in San Mateo that has Spanish as part of the curriculum (4 days a week). If you live in the neighborhood, you should definitely come check out Beresford.

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April 12, 2011
In third grade now and she is looking forward to 4th grade, with the same enthusiasm as her first day of kindergarden. She has had amazing, caring teachers, who recognize her potential and work with her to keep her interested in learning and loving it.

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February 23, 2011
Great school teachers are amazing!! I just love it! They have added a new garden, computer lab, and its just amazing!!

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June 21, 2010
We have had a great experience with Beresford this year for our third grader. I think the teachers and the principal are involved and care about each student. I really appreciate the small friendly community at Beresford.

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June 14, 2010
I think that the school has really gone downhill!! The principal has taken the school in the wrong direction. I have decided not to send my children back for the 2010/2011 school year.

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April 29, 2010
As a second year parent and with an incoming kindergartener I'm excited and proud to see the wonderful changes, enhancements and improvements to our school grounds, the addition of enrichment programs this year and involvement of parents. The parent community has grown stronger and the teachers are amazingly talented, involved and caring - having a positive teaching outlook!

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March 27, 2010
Beresford is an amazing small learning community with faculty and staff that truly cares about each individual child. The teachers work hard to ensure the success of every student despite all of the recent budget cuts. This year they have implemented many different enrichment afterschool activities and any child would be lucky to be able to attend this amazing school!

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September 26, 2009
Love the teachers there! They have to deal with a diverse group of kids and make sure all of them learn, that is hard!

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September 22, 2009
Beresford is an excellent school. Great education. Teachers are outstanding as professionals and mentors for children as they are forming their characters.

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September 17, 2009
Beresford is a wonderful, small learning community with teachers who care about their students, who know the curriculum, and teach to high standards for all.

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September 16, 2009
Beresford is a wonderful, small (~250 students), ethnically diverse public school in northern CA. We have great teachers, a great principal, great students and a great community. We are all working hard together to make our school a place where all kids can excel; in the last 6-months we have added a new computer lab, a new math program, and an after-school enrichment program. 40% of our students are English Language Learners and 50.2% are socio-economically disadvantaged, yet we have been able to improve our test scores every year for the past 5 years. The cuts to California s education funding and the related cutbacks by our School District have had a severe impact on my kids' school. Even core staffing and school supplies have been cut back, yet we find ourselves in real need of a part-time Technology Teacher, aids in the classrooms, and funding for our art program.

- submitted by a community member

September 16, 2009
Great teachers, who really have the passion to teach. Making this a wonderful place for kids to learn.

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September 16, 2009
Beresford has great teachers & staff!

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September 16, 2009
It is a school that is improving every year!!! Great staff...great teachers...great administration!!!

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September 16, 2009
The teachers here are passionate about their commitment in educating the young minds of America's future.

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September 16, 2009
I love the community feeling here with everyone caring about each other and the kids!

- submitted by a teacher

September 16, 2009
Beresford is such a welcoming environment for students and their parents. The teachers are thoroughly engaging and devote a great part of their heart and energy towards making their student's education truly exceptional.

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September 15, 2009
I love the tight knit community that Beresford has established. It is a great place to come to every morning.

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September 15, 2009
We love Beresford Elementary because of their focus on teaching core life skills starting in Kindergarten.

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September 15, 2009
Beresford Elementary School is an outstanding public school, serving the children of San Mateo California. It's leadership is exemplary; the Principal Alicia Rodgers Heneghan understands the important role of public education in strengthening the community in which it serves.

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September 15, 2009
Beresford is a small neighborhood school. The daily teachings and use of the life skills are obvious in the staff and students. I have been involved in other elementary schools in my community and this school I would choose over all others any time! The kids are nice and the teachers/staff know each child by name. The teachers know what they are doing and are happy to be at school, which makes the kids want to be there too.

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September 15, 2009
Every single teacher is a rock star! The principal is an angel on earth! Thank you!

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September 15, 2009
The small community feeling and the collaborative teacher nature! I love that the teachers support one another on a daily basis and are willing to help their colleagues problem solve and are always willing to either give or accept advice.

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September 15, 2009
The principal & faculty are great here, they really take the time to get to know all the students.

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September 15, 2009
full of wonderful teachers

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September 15, 2009
My two grand daughters love it, their friends and their teachers

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September 15, 2009
It is my grandson's school, clean, great programs, wonderful teachers that really care about their students and their neighborhood and the environment

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September 15, 2009
Small but tight knit school with fabulous Principal and amazing teachers and staff.

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September 14, 2009
Beresford is a small, tightly knit community of caring teachers, adorable students and active parents. The teachers and support staff are smart, efficient and truely care about what they do. Everyone knows that teaching is a labor of love and does not make anyone wealthy. Beresford consists of people with Master's degrees in various fields, yet they stay at this school because they love it. All parent participation is welcomed and appreciated. Everyone is approachable and helpful. Though we love to buy a house elsewhere, we are stying put because of the fabulous school system that our children are in.

- submitted by a parent

September 14, 2009
Beresford is a small school with a great principal and great teachers. Parents are very involved. The campus is newer than most San mateo schools. They are one of two schools with ITI instruction which incorporates lifeskills into all curriculum.

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September 14, 2009
Beresford is a small school and has a great community feeling. Teachers and staff are wonderful and caring. Test scores have improved dramatically over the past few years due to the dedication of everyone at the school.

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September 14, 2009
Intimate, small school environment with dedicated group of teachers.

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September 14, 2009
Beresford is an awesome small school. We successfully transferred our children into the school and have been delighted with all aspects of the school, from the principal, to the teachers and staff, to the parents and kids. Educational test scores have been improving steadily - but they are not the only aspect that influences a primary school experience. In addition to test scores, the general learning environment, not to mention the attitudes of the parents, teachers and students has a huge impact on what a child learns and experiences day-to-day. The school has embraced its diverse population, and the teachers work very hard to provide an excellent educational experience tailored to each child in a supportive and caring atmosphere. In addition, there is a very positive feeling on the playground, in the classroom, and at school events. Parents are quite active in supporting the school, helping out in classrooms, organizing activities, and promoting the benefits of the school. Over the last three years, we have been pleased to see that the school is already attracting more interest and commitment from the community. It's a great small school - we feel very lucky to have our kids in such a wonderful place.

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September 14, 2009
Love it because it is small! The children get the attention they need and deserve...Great school.

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September 14, 2009
I love the teachers, students, administrators, and the PTA!

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September 14, 2009
Beresford is the epitiome of a small school with great teachers and parents working together to give their children the best possible education and elementary experience. I would highly recommend this school to anybody.

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September 14, 2009
A small school known from its amount of kids..but they say sometimes the best things come in small packages. Beresford is not only a school, but it is also considerd a family to our community. Great teachers, staff, and greatest of all..the education. I love having my child attend Beresford and having her be part of such a great giving family.

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September 14, 2009
Small intimate school.My son has been there since K. WE LOVE IT!

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September 14, 2009
The smaller school, great staff at all levels, and the year-round schedule.

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September 14, 2009
It offers so many opportunities to children, especially with the diversity of the student body.

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September 14, 2009
Great staff that are amazing with our children. Small intimate school that is very value oriented.

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December 26, 2007
Beresford is a small, but powerful school. Parents and teachers work together to offer a wonderful school experience for kids. In additon to a sound academic program taught by highly qualified and dedicated teachers, there are a variety of supplemental programs including fine arts and an after school homework club. Nightime community events include a back to school BBQ, two math nights, a talent show, sock hop and art show displaying student work. Since Beresford has gone year round in 2006, courses are offered to students who need support during intersessions. I had two students who recently graduated from Beresford and though there had been many changes in administration, the school has been fortunate to have found a truly gifted and dedicated principal during the past few years. If test scores are an indication, last year Beresford's rose to just under 800.

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April 29, 2006
An excellent small school community. All teachers work together to interweave their curriculum affording the child the best opportunity to experience a seemless learning curve. (I.T.I.)Integrated Thematic Instruction, incorporates subject learning through ALL medium (arts, spelling, language, science, mathmatics,especially...LifeSkills/LifelongGuidelines, etc.) which allows thorough comprehension. Since it's reopening in 1998 we've had children continuously enrolled at Beresford.

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January 23, 2006
Beresford is a small community school with respect for all of their students. The principal is great, and the teachers are excellent. The ITI (Integrated Thematic Instruction) approach is based on current scientific research about the ways children learn best - in a safe environment with hands-on 'being there' experiences. Because of changing demographics and the fact that Beresford has not traditionally taught to the test, their test scores are lower than average in the district, but these scores do not reflect the quality of education or the positive experience that children have at Beresford.

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August 30, 2005
Nice community school. In the 5 years that my child attended there were 3 different principals. While it's nice to be in a smaller school there drawbacks, such as combination classes.

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August 16, 2005
All three of my children graduted from Beresford. They all received a quality education and I would do it all over again, given the opportunity. Their Lifeskills program helps all children become better citizens.

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April 04, 2005
My daughter is in 2nd grade at Beresford, and my son will begin kindergarten in the Fall. I have been consistently impressed with the teaching staff at Beresford, and the ITI program, with its emphasis on promoting the use of important Lifeskills (e.g. perseverence, initiative, cooperation), makes for a very positive, constructive learning environment. The school's one of the smallest in the district (~245 students), which makes for a very intimate, comfortable atmosphere at the school. I have been frustrated by the test scores, which I feel reflect the rate of turnover and the demographics of the student population rather than the teaching quality. There isn't a teacher at the school that I would not feel good about my children. The new principal this year is a huge improvement over the previous principal, and I think she's going to be a real asset to the school. I recommend visiting the school.

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March 16, 2005
has a lot of good activities .

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December 17, 2004
Since they got the new principal I have really noticed the great changes.

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May 13, 2004
Two of my children have been fortunate enough to go to Beresford. They both have had wonderful teachers (Ms. Weddle & Mrs. Haley) that love what they do. Between the Teachers and the Parent participation, my children have received a excellent and well rounded Elementary school experience.

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May 12, 2004
Beresford is special,because it's a small school with dedicated teachers,caring staff and some involved parents who all go above and beyond the call of duty. If you're not familiar with Integrated Thematic Instruction(ITI),please go to the website kovalik. com/overview.htm, where you can get information about the teaching style of Beresford. It provides a nuturing,pressure-free environment for kids to learn and understand things according to a bigger picture. My son had three of our excellent teachers and we love them! Our test scores don't reflect what the kids learned (due to change in leadership and a high mobility rate among students). I'm impressed with what my son has learned this year and I compared it to where private schools are-we're not lower performing!

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April 26, 2004
Words cannot express how much Beresford Elementary and its teachers have contributed to my daughter's education and personal development. My daughter looks forward to school, being with her teacher and learning new things because as she words it 'My teacher makes learning fun'. All of her teachers have truely cared about my daughter, her well being and the knowledge she has obtained. My daughter's current teacher, Mrs. Haley, relates to my daughter and the other students in a way that amazes me. She is passionate about her job and loves what she does. This is apparent by the way she interacts with her students, the parents and her fellow teachers. I highly recommend, without any reservations, Beresford Elementary School, Mrs. Haley and Mrs. Hudson.

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April 25, 2004
Yes! they do have a jar of candy which is called 'the guessing jar' This jar is a unique and exciting tool that their teacher uses to help promote the use of mathematical skills. My daughter who has always been less that enthusiastic about math has thrived in her current class, which in part, has something to do with the innovated learning techniques. Not only does she help them learn about the basics, she teaches them to enjoy life and to have respect and self awareness of themselves and of their peers. My daughter and I have enjoyed each and every year that she has been attending Beresford. She has grown into a bright, intelligent, loving and understanding young lady. She has taken the life skills and applied them to her everyday life with the guidance and care of the wonderful staff at Beresford.

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April 18, 2004
My children have been a part of Beresford since it reopened in 1998. The teaching and administrative staff are terrific. Though we have had inconsistency with our leadership (different principals every two years, the school has moved forward due to its strong teachers, PTA, and parent community. The students share a sense of pride in their school.

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March 18, 2004
My childs 3rd & 4th grade class, the teacher has a huge jar of candy which she keeps on her desk and the children eat this candy during class. My child does not focus as well as she use to. Also the teacher forgets to ask to turn in homework and there doesn't seem to be much importance in arriving on time not even for the teacher. Not to mention that the 3rd grade class had a Field Trip to Monterrey Bay Aquarum and parents drove the children down there and back, unfortunatly the car my daughter went in had 5 children and only 2 seat belts, I found this out on the return.

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Beresford Elementary School
300 28th Avenue, San Mateo, CA  94403
(650) 312-7551
Last modified Beresford 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.
Beresford Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 48 reviews. Top