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K-5
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San Mateo, CA
Students enrolled: 460
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College Park Elementary School
Teacher effectiveness: Somewhat effective

Posted July 05, 2015
- a parent
A few teachers are absolutely wonderful. There is excessive turnover at this school, however. Many children will get a teacher who has just been hired a few weeks before the new school year has started. Good luck with that. These teachers are either clueless about classroom management or burn out from dealing with their oppressive boss. They are not mentored to learn better ways to treat and manage children and they are not supported by their boss via professional development. Result? They leave.

College Park Elementary School
Amount of homework: Too much

Posted July 05, 2015
- a parent
Homework is not assigned consistently within grade levels. It is advisable to speak to other parents in other teacher-pairings to compare who is doing what.


College Park Elementary School
Develops grit: Agree

Posted July 05, 2015
- a parent
Some of them have developed persistence, grit, and determination n order to survive this principal and those few teachers who are not in control of their anger.

College Park Elementary School
Develops respect: Strongly disagree

Posted July 05, 2015
- a parent
Absolutely not. How can this school develop respect in its students when the students are not respected? The principal and some of the teachers use fear and threats to keep kids in line. Children learn to survive so as not to fall prey.

College Park Elementary School
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree

Posted July 05, 2015
- a parent
How can this school develop compassion, caring, and empathy when the principal and some of the teachers do not model these behaviors? These individuals use fear and threats to keep kids in line. Children learn to survive so as not to fall prey.


College Park Elementary School
Develops honesty: Strongly disagree

Posted July 05, 2015
- a parent
How can this school develop honesty, integrity, and fairness when the principal and some of the teachers do not model these values? These individuals use fear and threats to keep kids in line. Children learn to survive so as not to fall prey.

College Park Elementary School 3

Posted June 22, 2015
- a parent
I agree with the comments from others who believe the school's success has come more as a result of the parents than anything the school has done. The vast majority of the student population are from educated, professional families who are very involved in the daily lives of the students as well as provide many additional enrichment activities (afterschool programs, athletics, music, tutoring, additional language help, etc.). This is naturally going to have an influence on the performance of the kids, and reflect well on the school, regardless of the quality of the school. Pros: - The parent community is great and tries to be very involved. Without them, many of the educational opportunities at the schools (art and science in particular) would suffer - The kids get a good foundation in Mandarin. (I'm simply looking for my child to be able to converse and communicate in Mandarin, not be completely fluent) - For a Chinese immersion, there's a fair (not great, but fair) diversity of the student body Cons: - There's not a lot of support for physical activity for the kids. Kids are asked to come to school in the morning and be quiet and stand still while waiting for classes to start, because the noise of their playing will disturb the teachers preparing in the morning. - During the school tour, we were told about all the great facilities the school has, including the amphitheater, which I don't believe is ever actually used by the kids. - Parents are asked to perform a large number of activities which I believe should be performed by the teachers. One significant example for me is that the parents are asked to grade the kids' homework.

College Park Elementary School
Develops respect: Neutral

Posted June 22, 2015
- a parent
I agree with the comment from May 22. The school demands respect more though intimidating the kids than through teaching the kid about respect and what really means.


College Park Elementary School 2

Posted June 18, 2015
- a parent
The reviews posted on May 22, 2015 are spot on. Talk to most parents or teachers one-on-one and you will hear the same comments. This is one unprincipled principal, who governs by fear, threats, intimidation, and manipulation of students and teachers. The exiting district superintendent ignored the groundswell of complaints, but we hope her successor has more integrity and finally deals with thiis bully.

College Park Elementary School
Develops grit: Neutral

Posted May 22, 2015
- a teacher
The Mandarin curriculum here is not consistent. I do not believe it is encouraging students to be persistent.

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College Park Elementary School
715-A Indian Avenue, San Mateo, CA  94401
(650) 312-7691
Last modified College Park 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.
College Park Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top