Attended the kindergarden tour. One of the classrooms was filled with puppets and stuffed animals 3000+. Not cute, little kids like puppets, but suffocating and scary. About 1/3 of the classroom was taken over by the dusty animals leaving very little space for the children. A one in four chance that my child would end up in that class was enough for us to decide to move to a different school.
This is very good school in great neighborhood but the biggest problem is with school principal. She is very arrogant and unprofessional and very biased. Because of her behavior, some residents sold their house and moved to different school district. Some of the teachers here are very educated and they are great in teaching. I think if they change the principal, this school could be the best school in Santa Clara..
We liked the infrastructur,teachers,the overall curriculum,the effort of each and every staff member.
Our daughter is going to this schoolfrom last 2 years.We have seen the sincerity,patience and hard work of all the teachers.They create an atmosphere in the class that encourages all the students to study and understand the curriculum better.
They do social study projects practically so that students can go through a hands on experience. They encourage students to participate in all extra curricular activities International day,sports,art exhibition, young author contest etc.
Overall we have a very good experience in this school.
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..