Both my kids go to this school and I'm extremely happy with it. I'd personally would like them to have more challenging home works, I can't complain as the school work and play time is so balanced and their performance had been rated very high on independent tests. My son; for example; had been reading books ( such as Diary of a Wimpy kid ) which is rated for 9+ kids by summer after second grade.
They learn it every day of their school days. They even learned to be compassionate to little bugs. Comparing with what we learnt when I was young, they're leaps and bound ahead of me when I was their age.
Millikin is a great school! My son has been at this school for three years and has learned so much, it's astonishing. I have seen some of the work pages from other schools and homework assignments and it doesn't compare. Parents please keep in mind that you will need to help your kids with their homework, you will need to sit next to them and guide them. If you can't do this for your kids on a nightly basis (except for Friday's) this is not the school for you. One more thing, I am not on a work Visa, nor a software engineer, nor do I want to live in Cupertino.
This school has great test scores but its basically a school for the kids of software engineers who are here on work visas. The demographics in this school are one dimensional. Most of the kids go to cram schools after regular school so of course test scores are going to be high. Few of them live in the neighborhood, they clog up the streets by commuting from the other side of town. This is not a normal school, it is a school for the people who want to live in Cupertino but cant afford it. I don't understand why this is a public school, it does nothing for the local community. it should be funded by Google or Oracle.
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