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School leader Kari Ito
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545 East Cheyenne Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94087

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4 stars
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September 24, 2014
This school is not equipped to conduct TK classes. The TK teachers at Nimitz seem inexperienced and lack the know-how of dealing with 4-5 year olds. We are surprised with school's liberal policies when it comes to physical bullying. There's a lot of hitting and pushing in all 3 TK classrooms that the school does not wish to acknowledge. Its sad that Nimitz was chosen as one of the TK centers.

- submitted by a parent
June 22, 2014
This is a response to "A parent " who talked about the bullying problem in March 2014. Your situation is not alone. We used to attend Nimitz and chose to leave when the school didn't deal with the situation quickly and fairly. The situation lasted for more than 6 months and still wasn't dealt efficiently. My kid was miserable during that whole year. I should have pulled him out sooner! I think you did the right thing to pull your kid out of there abruptly! We transferred to another public school. Let me tell you this, not every school deals with the bullying situation the same way. After transferring to the new school only for a month, I knew my son will be safe in that environment. Whenever there was teasing or bullying, the teacher will call out both parties and also "all" (no kidding) the bystanders and witnesses to make sure the situation is clearly understood. When dealt this way, all students knew no one can be immured of punishment for being a bully and all students will feel safe. In my experience, Nimitz didn't deal with it this way. The principal at the new school is absolutely wonderful. I couldn't have asked for a better one!

- submitted by a parent
March 06, 2014
My son has always enjoyed learning here. Teachers are kind, dedicated, and creative. However, in 1st grade, my son was physically bullied by his friend multiple times. The kid and his parents were given warnings under the table but that was it. Although physical bullying stopped, this kid turned hostile - he made nasty comments and even threats to my son. The other kids were clueless as to what happened. We reported him again but it didn't help. Worse yet, more kids including my son's friends joined in the teasing as if showing off. After months, my son was so frustrated that he did not want to go to school anymore. So we left abruptly. To be fair, this problem may not be unique at Nimitz. Because of large class size and shorter school days, there is little room for character education. Kids could be picking up values from the corrupted media. And when something happens, the school's response is indifferent, inadequate, ineffective, and invisible. We moved the kids to a small Christian school. He liked God's rules and appreciates daily behavior checks. After our bad experience at Nimitz, all is not lost. We learnt to be very appreciative of a positive learning environment.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2014
This School is Very Good.My son likes it very much.They focused on reading.teacher is very good.Take care of every single child.

- submitted by a parent
November 26, 2013
This is a great school.The kids do their reading, writing, and arithmetic, while also not skimping on coordination development, science, art, and creativity.

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2013
Nimitz is a fantastic school. The teachers are awesome, very involved and caring. The academics are focused on.They have Raz -Kids for reading, Step into Writing, reading groups (RTI), The new principal and asst. principal are doing a great job. Extra Curricular activities like Running Club, PE, Music, Art, Library, Field trips, etc and After school programs like Fun on the Run, and others offered by Cupertino Parks and Recreations The diversity is celebrated in this school. PTA organizes Movie Nights, Science nights, Halloween, Multi-cultural Holiday celebrations, Walkathons, Bake Sale etc. My daughter has been here since K and is very happy.

- submitted by a parent
January 10, 2013
In my experience with schools that rank ten thye fully meet the childs academic growth with the parent and do not complain about communication or delay to respond to parent communication. My first experience and my daughters first experiemce with a school below ten has proven to be less then that ten for many reasons other then what the district tells you when your neighborhood school is full. My daughters neighborhood school is a ten but she can t go becasue it is full. I can tell tje difference big time between eight and ten schools.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
The school staff doesn't care for the kids education........all they think about is the money they're getting from the state, they don't care if you transfer your kids to different school they know that NO SCHOOL accepts Inter-district transfer. Cupertino district still getting paid even though my kids are in a different school.

- submitted by a parent
September 05, 2012
School Staff not very helpful, Inconsiderate of parent Concern. I wish I lived in a different district so my children can go to a nicer school.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2012
My son will enter the 4th grade now. All teachers he had are very professional, dedicated and caring. I do not know if all the schools in our district have the RTI program in language arts. Nimitz school runs it for 3 years now, and I love this approach. There are 3 levels at which Language Arts are taught. Children who need more help are placed in smaller groups and get more attention to learn to read better. The stronger students are also grouped together, so the can advance faster and have more challenging projects. I am also impressed with the ways and level that Math and Science are taught. Please do not judge this school solely on the test scores. The school serves a diverse community and it is an ELD center as well.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2012
i went there in the 60s oh them were the days it was smaller then but what a blast i had as a child there, if only we could turn back time, i have not seen it years but glad it is still there one day i do plan to visit it again

- submitted by a community member
February 27, 2012
I am happy with the performance of my second grader son. Teachers are great , putting lot of efforts and hard work. Principal is easily reachable and helpful. could not ask for more. as already one parent said do not go after API scores. i have a friend with a daughter going to 5 star school ;; she says syllabus and study are the same only difference is Nimitz has more non English speaking kids compared to a 5 star school which brings the rating down otherwise a good school.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2012
Nimitz is a wonderful school ! We have lived in many areas in the Bay areas including some of the best schools around. But Nimitz is top on the list. There are too many good things to say about this school. The principal, the teachers, the open and friendly cultures, the list can get long once you get to know the school.... We had a wonderful year in Nimitz. Parents should look beyond API score and find out what the true values reside in the school.

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2011
We ended up at Nimitz because Stocklmeir was too full. But we couldn't be happier! Stocklmeir has almost twice as many students (20 kindergarten classrooms vs Nimitz 2 or 3 kindergarten classrooms!). The principle is really great, he had been a teacher for over 25 years, and he does a great job of getting the kids involved in school and excited about school. They have a lot of fun events like several movie nights, Halloween Haunted House, school dances, and science fairs! I really like their approach to reading and writing in First Grade, they separate the kids into 3 tier groups, that way everyone is at the same level within those classes and by the end of the year every student is at grade level or above. My daughter is so happy there and I am so impressed with how fast she learned to read and write and she is excited to go to school every morning-which says alot!

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2011
This is a great school. My daughter is in kindergarten. Mrs. Burke, Mr. Horn and Mr. Morwood are excellent, dream teachers. I couldn't be happier with the teachers. Class sizes are unfortunately very large these days in any school (28-29 kids), but this is the same in all the neighboring schools despite what this website indicates (21-22 kids). We belong to Stocklmeir school, but are seriously thinking of staying at Nimitz next year because we've had a great experience.

- submitted by a parent
January 15, 2011
The kindergarten is outstanding. The kids do their reading, writing, and arithmetic, while also not skimping on coordination development, science, art, and creativity. The teachers are skilled, energetic, and enthusiastic -- they make controlling a class of 30 look easy and fun. This kindergarten is following the most advanced child development/teaching model, and doing a great job setting their kids up for academic success.

- submitted by a parent
April 03, 2010
I can not say enough of Nimitz school. My daughter attended Nimitz for Kinder garden. Principle is very involved and hands on. Teachers are absolutely dedicated. Teachers bring tons of energy and roll model to class room. You will not see teachers rushing out of classroom during break. Instead, you will see teachers catching ball and interacting with kids. School itself has many activities even for kindergardeners- running club, music class, field trips and daily book bags. I am surprised to see 7 rating for Nimitz. It should be one of the top rated school.

- submitted by a parent
March 16, 2010
NImitz is a great school. My kids have been going to this school since Kindergarten. The teachers have mastery over the subject matter, they do challenge the kids in various ways. They have 'running club' that keeps the kids interested in physical fitness. The new Principal (Russ Ottey) is very hands on and invloved in all the school activities. The PTA is very creative and comes up with good ideas for raising funds and bringing a lot of educational entertainment to the school.

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November 22, 2009
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May 02, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
no rating September 12, 2008
My daughter is current;y in the 2nd grade at Nimitz and has shown tremendous progress in all areas of her studies. The teachers, principal and staff at Nimitz are caring and very accomodating. I and my daughter love Nimitz!

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May 06, 2008
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March 27, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
March 26, 2008
This school has a great 'no stress' environment and wonderful caring staff however the education level is low and the school community changes frequently because part of it made of English Learners students (ELD) that leave to their home schools as soon as they master the language and out of the ELD program. I agree with one of the other parent writing that this school does not prepare the students for the district's high level of education and middle school's demands.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 23, 2008
I'm very impressed with Nimitz, and am grateful my son goes to school there. Dale Jones, the principal is very involved throughout the school, and all the teachers & staff make you feel right at home.The environment here reminds me of when I was in elementary, back in 'the good ole days' when I woke up looking forward to going to school. Thank you for making learning fun!

- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2007
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- submitted by a student
August 20, 2007
Nimitz is a good school. There are music, art, and sports programs available and it is very diverse there. The staff is wonderful and they have a principal like no other. However, 5th graders aren't prepared to go into middle school after attending a school such as Nimitz. My child was laid back in 5th grade, and the teachers never showed him how difficult middle school was. Therefore, he went from 4's and 5's in Elementary school to C's and D's in middle school. Instead, we had to monitor him into getting back on track, instead of his 5th grade teacher preparing him.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
Our son has attended Nimitz since Fall 2004 when he entered the 1st grade. He enjoys going to Nimitz and continues to flourish because every teacher has recognized his self-motivation and has challenged him to improve his language, math, and teamwork skills, to name a few. The entire staff from the teachers, to the GLC and office, to the principal are truly dedicated teaching professionals helping develop and care for our future. There are great after school enrichment classes like cooking and iMovie production. A good number of parents participate in activities like the PTA, being a classroom volunteer or trip chaperone. The school population is a melting pot of cultures representing the diverse community we live in, and has partnered with Apple and DeAnza College where employees volunteer time to make Nimitz a richer school. Yes, we hope the school community can stabilize, but overall we are happy with Nimitz.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 26, 2007
Nimitz is a good school. The primary drawback at Nimitz is a high student turnover rate. The principal puts forth an extraordinary effort to establish community among the families. There are music, art and sports programs available, but they are poorly funded. The best solution for Nimitz is for local homeowners to send their children to the school instead of transferring to West Valley, Montclaire, or one of the other Cupertino magnet schools. That would stabilize the demographic and bring in more money.

- submitted by a parent
February 20, 2006
my son has made a good group friends whom are diverse which is good in opening a child's mind. the principal and office staff is great but some teacher's should be more considerable.

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November 04, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2005
This school is the lowest ranked of the Cupertino schools. The reason is that it's a transient school with heavy turnover of both families and teachers. The leadership is adequate as the Principal has outstanding vision for the school, but has two major problems. 1) As mentioned, the school seems to be a dumping ground for spill over from other schools, has heavy turnover rate, and lower income/non-english speaking kids. 2) The parents do not interact with each other and this is pretty pathetic. Parental interaction is the worst that I have seen in the entire country and I've lived everywhere. Very sad. The result is very little parental involvement in the school. Kids suffer, relationships hard to establish.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2005
I am a teacher at the school. My daughter is enrolled in one of the more well known schools in the district. In comparing the two schools I have found that Nimitz provides more opportunities for children to grow as learners. The principal brings a fun child centered approach to education.

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August 09, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
Despite having lower scores wrt to other Cupertino Elementary schools, Nimitz has an excellent teaching staff, they got a new principal last year who has shown significant improvement in the school. And best of all my daughter simply loves this school.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
Wonderful school! My daughter has had a wonderful experience with her Teacher and her subs and the school does a great job getting the students to care about the importance of education. This year was a landmark in her education and I credit Nimitz for it.

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April 26, 2005
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February 17, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
December 02, 2004
I only have one word to discribe my daughters' experience at Nimitz: Wonderful!!!

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May 06, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 05, 2004
In the 3 years that my kids have attended Nimitz Elementary it has been nothing but great! The teachers and staff are knowledgable and friendly.

- submitted by a parent
May 04, 2004
I think Nimitz Elementary is a wonderfull school. My daughter has been going there since kindergarden and is now in 3rd grade. Her father and his sister also attended Nimitz. Mr. Kalb is a great Principal and really cares about his students and teachers. I've been to other elementary school events and Nimitz wins hands down. Thank You.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2004
Both my daughters love this school. They are in Nimitz for the past two years. They love their teachers. Teachers, who have taught them both were very loving, caring and very hardworking. I think there should be more homework given for higher classes i.e. 4th and the 5th grades. The homework packet is not enough for the higher grades. The principal strives hard to keep the scores high for the school in star test by preparing the students through the help of his teachers. On the whole it is a great school to be in. My children just love their Nimitz elementary school.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2004
My children loved it and received an excellent education. Never had a uncaring teacher there

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
My daughter attended 2-5th grades at Nimitz and loved it. She had great teachers and got an above average public school experience. This was a really exceptional school.

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Chester W. Nimitz Elementary School
545 East Cheyenne Drive, Sunnyvale, CA  94087
(408) 736-2180
Last modified Chester W. Nimitz Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 8 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Chester W. Nimitz Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 45 reviews. Top