My kids have been in the school since it opened 8 years ago so we have gone through both the elementary and middle schools. Fantastic teachers along the way. They have had many opportunities to connect with teachers and create a sense of community they would not have had in a bigger school. Their individual test scores and academic achievements have been stellar. We don't worry about the school test scores as a group. There are too many variables which contribute to high and low scoring. We all embrace and appreciate the socioeconomic and ethnic diversity. Music and arts program could use attention.
I've been going to this school since it opened, and it's my last year at DC. Although I will admit that it's not perfect, it is not as bad as others are making it out to be! If you are judging a school based on test scores and certain students' behavior, I can't try to change your opinion. But I can tell you that not every kid at school is a good test taker, and not every kid acts like a saint every second of the school day! Especially at our age, parents, peers, and other adults can't expect perfect, smiling students in class every morning. Everyone slips up, and you can't blame that on Don Callejon alone. So for those who don't like the middle school because of rumors they've heard, I will tell you, it's going to be like that at every middle school you go to, and will only get worse in high school. If anything, this diverse school prepares kids for the real world more than any charter or private school.
I have 4 boys attending DCS from K to middle school. The teachers are great, they actually care about their students and teaching. They communicate with you. We as parents have to be involved in our kids education, and ask questions or any concerns you may have, and reach out to teachers. They are great at getting back to you with and will address them as need be. Glad to see the API score go up..
This school is full of politics and egos of few people...... Most of the kids once their parents realize how bad their standard is move to the Magnolia Charter School or move to private schools...
Glad to see the API score go up. As much as Hans Barber is missed, we welcome Ms. Martinez and the strong educational background she brings to DCS. Go Cubs!
Great news to see the API go up .It is a very good school with very modern facilities and excellent teachers.Hoping to see the middle school score go up too. It will happen when we believe in the teachers at middle school level and encourage our kids to excel in academics .If the entire fifth grade move up the middle school this is bound to happen.Why move kids somewhere else when you have great school in your community.
I have seen the good and bad in this school and have read some of the negative opinions on the school and I think they are valid if you focused on the academics of middle school which are lacking. You can look at the breakdown of the scores. For some students and parents which aren't concerned about it, it works out fine but for some parents and students, alternatives such as charter or private schools fulfilled their needs better.
Okay school. The facilities are good, but bullying is a problem here and needs to be prevented.
After thirty years of teaching experience, I'm glad that I landed at Don Callejon! This K-12 school is a real community with teachers and staff at all levels working together to ensure the best possible education for a diverse group of students. Many of the upper and lower grades form partnerships work together four or five times a year. Administration strives to create positive atmosphere where both safety and success are emphasized. Teachers make themselves available to help students during lunches and after school. We provide enrichment with leadership, yearbook, orchestra, drama club, Odyssey of the Mind, Spanish, karate, Chess Club, and Reading Circles. Children at Callejon also benefit from having a very active parent and community support group that pays for such things as arts education, field trips, software licensing, video licensing, technology for the classrooms, and extra staff to monitor recess play. I am very proud to wear my Callejon Cubs staff t-shirt!
Don Callejon is far from Perfect. The Elementary classes are pretty good, on par with other Santa Clara elementary schools. (Which are all pretty good) However, the big downside to this school are the middle school grades. Students are disrespectful, and many of the teachers don't seem to care. Issues of bullying are ignored by the administrative staff which seems to lack the courage to do what needs to be done. If you have a choice in Middle Schools, I suggest you look to Buchser. (Cabrillo and Peterson are also better alternatives.) Please note, I have experience working at each of these schools.
Wow! The only thing my parents deprived me of by taking me out of this horrible middle school is bullying, humiliation and not learning anything. Going to the new charter is the best thing they have ever done for me. I have fun and look forward to going to school now. I also am actually being taught something now. Callejon teachers are fine but they waste half of the day dealing with students who do not care about learning or behaving. I fit in at Magnolia and do not have to worry about bullying, drugs and inappropriate behavior. I guess I am deprived not learning about those things instead of what I should be learning at school. This is part of the problem at callejon a few kids are treated better than the rest because of who their parents are. Even us kids know it. So I apologize for my parents not making you happy and thinking about my education and safety instead of you and your child. Because this is what we are suppose to do at Callejon, make things more comfortable for Rivermark children at every other students expense.
I agree with much of what has been said about the negatives about the school. For those parents who have stayed in middle school, I can only ask that you really look at it objectively instead of saying it subjectively that the middle school will get better and the truth is that it won't. Standards have dropped shockingly from their elementary levels, look at the API scores and star test scores for those level and you can see it there. It is unfortunate but the comments about favoritism is shockingly ttrue where administration and teachers do not take actions against certain parents and certain parents are chummy with parents because that puts any teacher in a tough position when they have to chastise or punish those parents' kids.
This school started off on a great note with parent & community enthusiasm to build a great K-8. However, somehow over the last year or so its lost the vision to arrogance, cliques and head-in-the-sand mentality. The teachers threw up their hands with additional kids in the classes due to budget cuts and make this an excuse for doing the bare minimum. The Principal & staff have a "take-it-or-leave-it" stance to feedback growing out of the boundary war which led them to believe they were the only good school in Santa Clara. Now that most of the involved parents & high performing kids are leaving for Magnolia Charter, they hopefully will wake up & smell the coffee. A lot of bullying by kids and also by a small coterie of "insider parents" make this school a hotbed of politics and the very antithesis of a community building school that traditional public schools have been.
This school is not by any means ideal. The school is too open. Any random people can walk around. Teachers .. well we've only seen the kindergarten .. horrible! We took are child out of that school QUICK
I am a parent of a middle schooler, as well as a high schooler who attended middle school here. Callejon is a fabulous school with teachers and administrators who go out of their way to help students excel in both academic and extra curricular endeavors. The K-8 environment is excellent and allows middle schoolers to feel good about being a role model.
This school has just gotten worse the last few years. Rezoning has done nothing but make it that way. The blatant favoritism for certain parents and students is stopping, and will continue to stop the school from reaching the possible potential it once had. Better to send your middle school child to Magnolia. This site might be new and shiny but it is broken and probably cannot be fixed until the district wakes up and makes major changes and makes it clear it is a public school and does not belong to a few individuals. But that will never happen, so this school will continue to decline. 30+ students in the course of 7 weeks leaving a middle school of only 370 makes it clear this school is broken and needs major fixing.
If you only care about new building then you should send your child to this school, but if you really care about your child's future and his eduction then this school is not a good place for him. One evidence of the school standard and worst environment is that most parents of the 5th grade kids decided to move their kids out of this school and send them to nearby charter school. Even the former school PTA president move their kids to that charter school. Bullying issues are common place at this school.
School run by a select group of parents. The same parents allowed to bully and talk bad about other parents in front of kids during school time without consequences. If you don't live at the correct address you and your child will be treated like you do not belong. It's why many are leaving and sending their children to the new charter school, where education and safety of the kids is important and not neighborhood boundaries or personal politics.
Bad school ever this teachers didn't teach my son who is in 7th grade. Don't give homework and teacher. The whole middle school is a fail.
I am a parent of a 1st grade student in this school. My son is much happier in this school than his previous private school. He is challenged in school on a regular basis. He is progressing extremely well in DCS. Parents who, also, live in the Rivermark Community that sends their kids to private schools should take a second look at this school.This school is doing lots of things to improve the quality of the education, re-zoning was a big part of it. Since the re-zoning grades K-5 is rated 10. In a short few years this school should be a 10 overall. The school is going through a filtering process. We have looked at schools in Cupertino, Palo Alto, which has great schools, DCS's quality of education is no different. Parents in Rivermark should take time to checkout the school yourselves, ask the teachers questions, ask the principle questions then compare with what you are currently getting in the private school. Bottom line, our son went to a private school and now he is in DCS with excellent progress. He is able to do more now than his previous classmates who is currently in the private school. The reviews about politics is silly, were you zoned out? Sorry?
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