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K-5
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Sunnyvale, CA
Students enrolled: 602
Before care: No
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1054 Carson Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94086

(408) 522-8267
(408) 522-8308
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November 15, 2014
Vargas is a vibrant community of learners. students and teachers alike. The science focused school produces children who ask questions, seek answers and produce results. The many additional programs that Vargas offers include Playworks-teaching cooperative play , Starting Arts-creating well balanced children, and Reading Partners-strengthening our academic foundations. Overall, Vargas provides a strong start for students on the path to Sunnyvale Middle and Homestead High School.

- submitted by a teacher
November 11, 2014
Vargas is an amazing school. It is filled with teachers and staff that care about the "whole" child. Mrs. Grasty is a principal that meets the needs of students and families in our community. She is committed to our school, students, and staff. I wouldn't want to be any other place. This is truly a place where ALL children can go to grow.

- submitted by a teacher
November 07, 2014
Vargas is a thriving, enriching school that has helped my daughter perform 3 grade levels above her current grade in both math and reading. She is in 5th grade and already coding, doing algebra and physics. The Vargas staff is talented, dedicated and innovative.

- submitted by a parent
November 07, 2014
I am a parent of a 2nd grader at Vargas. My daughter has been coming here since preschool. They have excellent teachers and an excellent principal who takes the time out of her busy schedule to meet with parents who have questions or concerns! Vargas is a science and math based school, but they do not lose focus on other subjects as well and I am so thankful for that! My daughter uses science in her everyday life, whether she's walking to and from school or just playing in the park. She is always looking at life through scientific eyes. It is fact that young women lose interest in science and math around 3rd grade, with Vargas focusing on science and math they are helping change these statistics. I thank the teachers here at Vargas for molding our children into future DR's and researchers.

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2014
Vargas is an incredible school community. The teachers work hard to meet the needs of all students. Teachers pull small groups multiple times throughout the day to push high academic students to the next level and to reteach concepts students are struggling with. Vargas has several programs to enhance student learning like Playworks, Reading Partners, Starting Arts, and Kids Learning After School. In the last two years, Vargas has emphasized a focus on science in all grade levels. Students are actively engaged in experiments and creating their own inquiries. I am proud to be a member in this community.

- submitted by a teacher
October 20, 2014
Great School! My two kids are very excited to go to school every day. We moved from good schools in the East Coast and my boys said they love the new environment. The teachers are great. I have met some of them and they always care about the children and wanted to go for the extra mile! Vargas is getting better and better. Most of parents are high-tech workers and their children are well-educated. Not to mention, one of my children is going to Sunnyvale Middle, which is also in the same school district.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2013
The school year has gotten off to a great start! It was nice to see nearly every student adhere to the uniform policy. The vast majority of parents are overjoyed. I do think it's unfortunate that some parents are putting their children in the mindset of not following rules. Using your child as a way to 'prove a point' is irresponsible parenting. Making your kid go to school without the uniform puts their child in the uncomfortable position of being different from his peers. As you mature, you find this to be a good quality however for your child, not so much. I really hope the principal finds the courage to ignore the nay-sayers and enforce the uniform policy otherwise, what would have been the point of working so hard to get this policy implemented. Please respect the majority choice of the parents. Let's put the focus back to learning, come to school ready, and that means being in uniform. So far so good, Vargas has gained 33 points in API score.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2013
I was expecting negative experience at the time that my kid moved to Vargas last year because of many negative reviews and not that good community rating. However, with more time, I have to admit that Vargas is not a bad school at all. It has dedicated teachers and principle, and it has wonderful kids as well. I am very disappointed at the accusation against PTA. I would like to see all parents coming out to volunteer their time just like every PTA member does. Please pay respect to other parent s hard work, and make your own contribution as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 19, 2013
A response to "PTA Board are Bullies and work against the system" I'm a parent and also a member of the PTA at Vargas. Whoever wrote the review is absolutely irresponsible and reckless. The current PTA members are dedicated parents who made sacrifices in their life so they can support the school and all of the children who attends the school. The current members are not associated with the past administration that was involved with the embezzlement of the fund. On the contrary, the current PTA members stepped up to replace the previous administration and were able to raise sufficient funding after it was stolen to support the children at Vargas. I will not hide behind my review and will be at the PTA meetings to let the members know who wrote this posting and I'll be more than happy to address the false accusation of the current PTA Board at Vargas. I'm positive that all current PTA members will support me with this accurate review.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2013
PTA Board members our Bullies and work against the system. Current President and board are still part of the last one that stole from the kids. The PTA continues to act as though they control the parents interest but actually control only their own. No one wants to volunteer because the way they run things. Volunteer leadership should be respected not abused and used for personal gains. This is the current way this board works. Don't agree step away from their organization.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2013
the front desk staff is super rude. I went to the school's office in hope of getting information about enrolling my child in the school but the front desk lady (with a big build) was not nice. she did not give clear information but when i asked questions, she scolded me to show her frustration that i asked questions. Every question I asked has been deferred to school's website. I wonder what is her responsibility as a front desk clerk? Before visiting the school office, I was so sure that i would give public school a trial by enrolling my child there. I walked out of the office and determined that the staff did not treat me as a potential parent at the school with respect. How are they going to educate and take good care of my little one? Private school it is! the director at the CDC next door is a lot nicer and helpful in spending time explaining about activities and programs at the CDC.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2012
My son has been coming here for over a year now. The district gave a new principal that is great, had made sure that most of the teachers are pretty good, and the new PTA is reasonable good. They are trying to help Vargas. The problem is that there is no an interested community to build on. It is really hard to find parents that care about their kids education, so few people is up against a big wall of problems. Among all the problems the principal is up against, the latest PTA was secretive and wasted most of the kids money. Then, the little bit that was left got stolen. So the new PTA is trying to restore morale, trust and bring family participation, but is almost impossible. I see how teachers have to tell parents that it would help if they try to connect with their kids, read together and get involved in their day by day life. Apparently, it had to be said, but is not enough, they still don't do it. If the community is not involved in this, the test scores are not going to improve.

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2011
I am a parent who has a student that currently attends Vargas, my child really loves his teacher who is kind to all the children, but I am more worried about the low level work they hand out to the students what worries me the most is the people they hire to watch the students during recess, they dont even watch the students they just sit on there butts andtalk to eachother. They are also VERY rude and yell at all the kids for no reason. the office doesnt care when you put in a complaint about the issue because they are low staffed! they just dont care about your kids!

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2011
I had my daughter at this school. It sucks. My daughter's first grade teacher was very negative from the start. Didnt give my daughter a chance. I asked about the KLAS and how I can put her in that after school program and they said it was full already. KLAS is for kids to do their homework or get help in other subjects. When I passed by there all the kids were playing around. They abuse this program and use it as an after school daycare. My daughter goes to a way better school. I regret taking her to this school from the start. Everyone has their own opinion.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2011
My first experience with Vargas,all I can say is grandaughter's Kinder teacher was great.My grandaughter did not go to preschool and she came out learning SO much. The dress code was wishy washy, the lice alerts were way too many. I feel the school needs more direction and leadership. Need to also do a website like Ellis does, keep parents posted via web. Time to update and keep up with the times..

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2011
I'm guessing the person below me IS on the PTA. Or they probably are the person everyone is complaining about.

- submitted by a community member
June 10, 2011
From an exsetensial view I think the parents and leadership of Vargas would be honored to have a leader with a PHD from Stanford. Having a leader in the school that knows what it takes to be successful in education is an invaluable resource. The fact that a parent with credentials as impressive as the current PTA presidents has taken much of their personal time to guide the school toward success should be applauded. I think parents, faculty, and leadership would want to support success instead of settling for comfortable mediocrity that seems to be supported by many of these posts.

- submitted by a community member
May 18, 2011
This school has some great teachers. However, the PTA is most horrible. The PTA president thinks that she owns the school. She screams at the principles in front of the students. Her kid is "my mom is the president of PTA" type. She drove away many good parents from involvement as if she was afraid that they would outshine her. She labelled the school a "Ghetto" and her entourage is a bunch of "YES" people. The teachers behind her are all brainless and have no common sense. It's a no wonder this school is forever in "PI" status having these kinds of teachers around!

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2011
I was a student at Vargas Elementary School now I am a first year college student. I had a good experience at the school but my good experience at the school turn for the worst when I went to the 5th grade, the teacher (who is still a teacher on the campus and is female.) I got was very mean to me in the form of tell me to stay after when the other would go play at recess then calling me very mean names for almost a full school year.

- submitted by a community member
February 17, 2011
This school has very dedicated and highly committed teachers, but the new lleadership at this school is worrisome. I would think twice before sending my child back to this school. Many families have already left because of the new leadership. What an unfortunate circumstance to happen to a school that is so full of promise and discovery.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2010
I wished I'd interviewed the faculty before moving my child to this school. After the fact, I'd learned from friends that when they'd interviewed the principal told them that they would not want their own family members at this school! Although my child's last two teachers were very good, my child felt many of the kids were "bad" and feared that ignoring them was not an option. I agree with a previous posting stating the faculty being passive and the lack of concern over students' behavior. I've heard that the school has a disciplinary game plan for next year.

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 03, 2010
Vargas is a great school. The teachers and the principle are wonderful. The students are amazing! :)

- submitted by a parent
March 03, 2010
I have a child in this school and I am most disappointed in the lack of concern the school gives to the students behavior. It seems the teachers in the lower grades spend more than enough of their time trying to converse with children who do not know how to speak English. My opinion is that the teachers and adm. staff have a passive attitude.

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2008
The school is very good the teachers give personalised atttention to student's Progress. and we wildin new school

- submitted by a parent
August 27, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2006
My son went to Vargas from K-2. It was a heartbreak. I agree with a previous post about non-english speaking students setting the pace for the class. He was unstimulated and pretty anonymous. My daughter was there for kindergarden only, thank goodness. I've met a few parents from Vargas and we've all agreed that the school is mediocre at best.

- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2006
My 2 kids have been in this school for the past 4 years. The school neither encourage nor support bright kids.

- submitted by a parent
June 08, 2006
Just an ok school. Good teachers though.

- submitted by a parent
June 06, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 11, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2006
The school is very good the teachers give personalised atttention to student's Progress. School does not have suffient funds

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2006
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- submitted by a administrator
March 27, 2006
Good school, excellent teachers

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2006
Overall a great school with excellent teachers.

- submitted by a parent
January 20, 2006
Wish this school truly supported smart kids. Focus less on the Spanish speakers and look at your English speakers.

- submitted by a parent
December 16, 2005
'Both my children have gone to vargas since they were 5 years old. Vargas is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and i will miss seeing her everyday as my daughter graduates this year. Thank you anlc for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world! ' very good academic performance. Teachers are really very friendly,hard working and suppotive. I think they reeally made my son smarter

- submitted by a parent
October 27, 2005
Vargas is a wonderful school for all children. With a caring and supportive staff, this school is among one of the best I have seen.

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2005
This is an incredible school brimming with caring and devoted staff. The teachers and administration are continually striving towards improving the learning experiences of all their students.

- submitted by a teacher
July 17, 2005
Vargas is becoming a better school but lacks parent involvement at some times. Positive point is the introduction of uniforms in 2004. Teachers are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2005
Vargas school is a great place to be if you count only on the teachers. However, a great many times the teachers are hindered by the lack of English proficiency in their Hispanic students. My child is going into 3rd grade and was severely bored last year as she couldn't progress past the pace set by these students. The amount and difficulty of homework was at a lower level than homework I've seen from other schools within Sunnyvale. I believe the principal should focus more on the whole school population and not on a specific group. Parent involvement of ALL parents is needed to support a school. As I mentioned before, the teachers and staff are excellent . I have no complaint there. As for the uniforms, I wish it was enforced more as not everyone follows the policy. It has changed the climate for the better.

- submitted by a parent
June 04, 2005
The school was good. The teacher gave extra time to my child.

- submitted by a parent
May 07, 2005
The teachers at Vargas really encouraged my child to try her best when learning to perfect her reading and grammer. The principle knows every student on a first name basis. However, the surrounding area by the school wasn't always that safe.

- submitted by a parent
April 12, 2005
Vargas has great parent involvement. Parents and teachers working together for the benefit of the students. My daughter adores her teachers. Mahalo to Mrs. Raser and Mrs. Morgan.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2005
My child has attended Vargas since kindergarten and the first years were great. However, the 2nd half has been way below expectation. The principal is mainly interested in having kids wear uniforms but unfortunately that is not helping the academic level. It's hard to be challenged academically when homework is minimal and it is so easy to get good grades. A multi-ethnic school is great from a lot of points of view but academically this school is at a very low level. This is reflected in the API scores but the real problem is in the classroom. Students who are doing well and could go much farther aren't receiving any extra stimulation. My child is bored at school and despite my intervention has not received extra work or stimulation. Rather than focusing so much time and energy on uniforms, the principal should work on strategies to bring the academic level up.

- submitted by a parent
January 12, 2005
School has just implemented uniform. It is a good thing.

- submitted by a parent
January 09, 2005
i think this school has some good teachers and some not so. a good teacher is k-2 teacher ms. huntzinger.

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2004
My son is with Ms. Ghieler this year. He has achieved far more than I had hoped for out of First Grade. He enjoys reading and does so by himself. His math skills are great, he is doing algebra. Ms. Ghieler lets the child explore their learning abilities. I have volunteered in their classroom and have found her to be a stern teacher which the children respond to. I hope the rest of his academic years will include more teachers like Ms. Ghieler.

- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2004
My daughter is Kindergarten at K2 with Ms. Huntzinger. She is the best. She is energetic, enthusiastic, a sincere and caring person. Her teaching method is excellant. She is the asset for all we parents and fo the school as well.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2003
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Vargas Elementary School
1054 Carson Drive, Sunnyvale, CA  94086
(408) 522-8267
Last modified Vargas Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Vargas Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top