Not very happy with this school. Thing is, as a parent, generally for you the school is as good as the teacher your child gets. But still after some years you can rate the school. Teachers complain a lot about kids and send them to office or take away their recess as a punishment over benign things esp. in K, 1st and 2nd grades. If your child is not Caucasian, independent and a typical child then you might face problems (e.g. most of the teachers are white and don't appreciate cultural differences). Teachers are also quick to label kids saying they have learning disability and use that argument to get extra help in the classroom for themselves. Some teachers don't want to do anything extra to help the child who might be having difficulties. If your child was in special education even for minor things then it is a reflex to send him back there as general education staff (principal included) don't want to deal with such kids. As parents you don't know what goes in the classroom so you have to go by what the teacher says and if there is no trust then it is a downward spiral. I wish teachers made teaching more interesting so that kids don't find it boring and tiring.
My daughter attended this school for one year and we were so sad to leave, but work transferred us to our next adventure. I absolutely LOVED our experience with Golden View; I have to give a big shout out to Mrs. Burgermeister; she literally made my daughter's 1st grade year the absolute best and has left a lasting impression. She is extremely talented at balancing rules, learning, yet a soft comfort to the kids who need a little extra kindness. She taught my daughter that "you can be beautiful on the inside AND the outside!" My daughter was always challenged in her work, and if she didn't understand something right away, Mrs. B always took the time to give her a little extra help. She was constantly being encouraged to read books at her level and comprehend what the books were saying. The principal was always visible and had care and concern for the kids and their safety. I felt like I could talk to her at any time.
This is an awesome school. We moved to San Ramon from Cupertino last year and in the beginning I was concerned about the schools. This school exceeded all my expectations and some more. The school is academically equivalent or better to any of the top Cupertino schools without the intense pressure. The teachers, the principal, the admin staff are very involved and helpful. I wish we had moved to San Ramon earlier!
The job sharing teachers in third grade this academic year did not complete even the reduced common core standard. I am surprised that with two teachers they could do wonders but they couldn't. School field trip was cancelled for this class. Few class fun activities and art activities got reduced. They both were very unorganized. They were behind compared to other third grade teachers in all subjects right from 1st trimester. It would have been nice if there is any feedback mechanism for parents to give feedback on such low performing teachers in such good schools. Unfortunately there is no such mechanism that exist to provide such feedback. As a parent, if I grade their teaching, I would rank them as 2 (1 is least effective; 2 is less effective and .....5 consistently very effective). My rating is based on my own experience with these two teachers.
We were directed to Golden View because our home school was full and I am so happy it was full because this school is great. My daughter loves going here. I love the way they structure homework here. My daughter is challenged adequately and not pushed too hard as in some other schools in San Ramon. They have fun here and still achieve very high scores. The PTA is great and very involved, they organize tons of social events which I love. Great school, great teachers, great students and great parents.
Very hard working and dedicated teachers. My kids teacher is a role model to my kid. All the staff and teachers are very attentive and respond back immediately. Not only is the school academically superior, but they also have great art, music and PE program. We are very happy with this school
This school is one of the originals. The teachers go above and beyond daily! The district wide TK program was written by one of our very own teachers. It's a small town community and everyone looks out for the kids.
Mrs. Burgermeister is an excellent teacher! Consider yourself lucky if your kid is assigned to her.
Golden View is a great school for helping shape well rounded students.
Great school. Previous parent commented on the fundraising money and not seeing any improvements. The money donated goes to pay for teachers, teacher support, materials and many other necessities that, unfortunately, our state does not provide the funds for. My three kids all do extremely well at Golden View. I feel fortunate they are there!! New principal and office staff are doing terrific! Others who complain should perhaps attend school in Oakland for a year. (thoguh Oakland does get a lot more state fundugg than we do!)
Below average. We donated the full amount but never see any improvement. We wonder where did they spend the money? I just can't say enough. I am sending my child to another school.
My first child graduated from golden view and the second is there already. We have had our share of very good teachers and very mediocre teachers. They are very proud of things just standard, which is in other word just average and again mediocre. Challanging students is often talked about, but not practiced. Some office staff can improve their manners. We also lack a lot of activities other schools offer, such as forth and fifth grade camps.
Our children have been attending Golden View for several years. We absolutely love the school. I am surprised to read the negative feedback left by others and wonder if there is more to their stories. I have worked in school districts around the country and feel Golden View goes above and beyond in many areas. I know many families who move to the Golden View area just due to the school; or if they live in another San Ramon neighborhood, they petition to get into Golden View. The teachers range from very good to exceptional. We miss our principal who passed away in 2005. So far I am impressed with the new principal who was just hired. The curriculum seems flexible enough to work with children at different levels. My daughter is in the gifted program and is challenged constantly! We love Golden View!
Horrible experience! I will never send my children to a public school again. They teach to the lowest level in the classromm while the average and above students sit around bored.
My daughter has spent one year at Golden View. The teachers and staff have been very supportive. I feel it's a great environment in a good community. I have no negative comments -- we are very happy with Golden View!
overall good school. I feel the ciriculum can be improved to support more of a reading and writing emphasis. Writing skills are overlooked in early grades. I feel my 4th grade daughter has not been guided properly to learn the necessary writing skills a fourth grader should know. High teacher turnover and using substitues for an entire year I feel has jeopardized the education quality. Science class and program can be improved. Staff is strict, Unfortunately they loss their principal and are in a transition phase. Good computer lab but is taught by volunteer parents. Addditional help for kids struggling is scarce. Teachers could be more receptive to those who need extra help. I have enjoyed my time there but have struggled to find anything extraordinary about the staff and teachers and the ciriculum.
I believe Golden View to be one of the top schools is a very strong academic area. Parent participation levels are extraordinary and the school benefits directly by the involvement. There is an excellent Art program, as well as Physical education, science, music and computer programs. Overall, an excellent school.
My K daughter has enjoyed her time here. Teachers are helpful and available to discuss any issues. The facilities are great, area is great and office support staff have been very helpful.
It amazes me that in such a high income area that the school would not be an 'A' school. Supposedly this is comparable to the Lamorinda school district and I find that extremely hard to believe given the % of this school. Much more emphasis could be on staffing appropriately and not having an entire Wednesday focused on play activity rather then reading and writing. This school is in great need of approvement in testing and teachers taking responsibilty for teaching the children what they need to know.
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