Millikin Elementary is an overall fantastic school, with teachers and parents that care and support each other in a way that encourages the education and growth of each and every student in attendance. With an excellent staff; from the principal and teachers, all the way down to the janitors, Millikin is an example of how the model of one elementary school could turn California's education system around if only it's principals and examples would be followed by the rest of the state. One warning however, if (as a parent) you are not prepared or willing to be extremely involved in extracurricular school activities, both from a volunteer and homework perspective, than this school is NOT for you! If, on the other-hand you find that that sort of thing is your cup-of-tea, than I would encourage you to throw your hat in the proverbial lottery... your child will thank you for it and you would be hard-pressed to do better! Best of luck, Proud parent of two Millikin kids
This school is the best in Bay area. Discipline and Education wise.Staffs and Teachers are try their best effort for their students.
Excellent school in the Bay Area. The teachers are excellent, very helpful and giving good guidance to the kids.
This school is consistently rated as one of the top elementary schools in California, so if your child can win the school lottery, consider them very lucky. I know that by the time my daughter graduates Millikin, she will be well-prepared for any middle school because her school is laying a strong foundation in her most formulative years. I'll have to admit that I questioned whether she would be able to adjust to Kindergarten at Millikin, but so far, she seems to really like her teacher and made lots of friends already. In addition, she was academically prepared for Kindergarten, and socially well-adjusted, so I believe those things helped her adjust quickly. If you are not able to help your child with nightly homework (which I heard can get pretty intense during the higher grades) and academic progress in general AND volunteer some of your time to help the school, Millikin is probably not the right choice for you.
We are new in Santa Clara, California and our son just turn 3 this year. We got real good review about this school. We are going to try our luck for sure. All you parents where are you planning to send your kids for Middle school or where have you enrolled already. I need some info for middle school and high school. Where do I find it ? Thanks.
I just graduated from Millikin last year. I went to a private school. Millikin made school easy for me. I have been given the highest honors. Millikin is truly a great school!!!!!
Not all the kids will fit to their system. Think about your kid before enroll. Score aren't everything about their life.
It is a top school that really focusses on overall development of the child.
I just read one of the reviews from a parent that said that Millikin has all the best kids so cannot be judged as an excellent school in comparison with other schools. Enrollment at Millikin is open to ALL students who live in the Santa Clara School District. Selection is random and students of all ability levels are accepted. Students are NOT turned away due to learning differences or disabilities. I have witnessed this first hand. The new principal, Dr. Rhodes-Stanford, has been an advocate for special needs students. Currently, special needs students (including autistic students) are taught with accommodations at Millikin. This is an excellent school in every way!
Actually, I'm a former student. Although the teachers may seem strict the first few years, when you get used to the process...it leads to great success. The discipline there is really awesome!
The teachers are too Strict and children get in trouble without getting their side of the story heard
First of all, it is difficult to rate or review a school objectively. For most parents, they have real experience of only one school. In our case, it is Millikin. My daughter is currently in 4th grade and my younger son will start KG in Millikin in September 2008. Our experience with our daughter in the1st 5 years at Millikin has been nothing short of spectacular. The school discipline, parent involvement in all aspects, extra curricular activities, focus on academics and principal/ teachers expecting high standards makes this such a good school. This is the reason why Millikin is the top 3 schools in the state of California consistenly and often times #1, the other two being Faria and Portal in Cupertino School District. The current principal Mrs. Stanford has brought additional focus on extra curricular activities like drama and arts which makes it funner.
While many parents rave about this school, it should be noted that its demograhpics do not represent the rest of Santa Clara and that achievement tests are given before students are admitted. I have trouble recognizing this school as a great school when they only accept the top kids. When kids are not performing to their high standards, they are encouraged to leave the program.
I have my child in 2nd grade. I feel that Millikin can get more out of kids for math. My child needs to be challenged more at home since he is not challenged in school. Even the spellings can be a little more interesting then whats been done and given. Overall its a great school, tachers are vey experienced.Most of the kids know more than what they have been doing at school.....hence feel that they are capable of doing much more at school too.
Millikin is a special program school in Santa Clara. When compared to my neighbor's kid (also in Santa Clara), the progresses and varities (in kindergarten) are quite obvious. Millikin's kindergarteners have more homeworks everyday and have regular computer and science labs. Parents are required to volunte at least 10 hours per year.
My daughter is 5th grader in Millikin. It is an exellent school, with very high academic standards. Homework is required every day starting kindergarten. Math, science, reading, English, social studies are presented on the very high level. This school is not for everybody. Some parents may say it's too overloading and too stressful, but in my opinion this is the way proper school should be.(I grew up in Russia). In scores it is the best school in CA.
After the arrival of the new principal, things seem to ease a little. That means things are not as 'strict' or 'by the book' as it used to be. Still, very challenging academically. Due to district's budget cuts, Millikin now has a staggered half-day Kindergarten program that many parents have been very concerned about - in fact, Kindergarteners are not as well 'adkusted' as those of the previous classes this year.
Very high quality method of teaching. Basic skills being taught in Math, Science and English. Most students are smart and hardworking. I think the success of this school is due to parent participation in school activities and another factor is the high level of education of the parents.
Great school academically. The principal is in her first year and is flying 'under the rador' for now. Very tight school community as well.
The school has great acedemic program. Parents are expected to participate in the student school work.
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