I'm a mom of 3. One of my children graduated Sunol Glen two years ago and is a high school sophomore now. One is still at the school. I have a 3rd who is not yet school aged. We actually live in Pleasanton, which is one of the 'best' school systems in the Bay area. People move to our town just to attend the schools. However, my kids attend Sunol Glen. I'm very hard to please when it comes to my kids education and in the 7 years we have been a Sunol Glen family, I've always felt my kids were getting a great education in the best environment. The new Prinicipal is awesome, we are lucky to have her. Anyone who is unhappy with Sunol Glen, I will say this: No one is forcing you to keep your kids there, so you can always feel free to pull them out.
We love this school! I too, was part of the Mission school district's test oriented culture. After watching almost every aspect of creativity and fun taken from my children's education I began searching for a private school. One that supported the whole child with science and math as well as art and music in a supportive environment. Someone told me to check out SG. The first time I went to visit was the day of the Halloween parade. Imagine my surprise as all celebrations at my children's current school had been eliminated. I have only one very happy child there now, my older daughter graduated last year. Her amazing academic and social experience at Sunol Glen's middle school allowed her entrance to a top rated college prep school only taking 1 in 4 applicants. I attribute this to the great teachers, supportive staff and excellent leadership of Mrs. Barns!
Grades K through 3 are split classes (K/1 and 2/3). Next year they plan on a 4/5 class. Composite classes only work for one grade level in each group. I think this is a horrible mistake for Sunol Glen. I am glad my children are not affected by this change. I would have pulled them from the school.
This school is an amazing place for students to thrive and become well-rounded, respectful and amazing students. I am in classes on a daily basis and I can tell you all our teachers are unbelievable. The new multi-age program was the vision of our K-3 teachers with Mrs. Rad at the forefront. I think it is amazing that the prinicipal listened to the teachers and supported their plan for our students. My children have been at Sunol Glen for over 5 years and I can tell you that I won't want them anywhere else. This school still has Instructional Aides, Music, Art, Computers and prep time for our teachers. All these things have been cut from the neighboring schools. Please start looking at all Sunol Glen has to offer as well as observe in the actual classrooms. Parents should stop listening to the misinformation and gossip spread on the playground!
This is only the first week of school!! Sorry to hear that the parent below is not giving the multi-age classes a chance! Clarification: The teachers wanted the multi-age program and the principal supported them. This school is amazing. I have been in some of the multi-age rooms this week and they are wonderful, The principal is fabulous and parents need to stop the gossip and slander. If you observe the classes, all students are thriving and learning.
By the end of the school year I was sick of the school and driving to it but my two little ones were near tears on the last day of school. It is summer time and I miss everyone there...the parents, teachers, office people, the kids etc. There is a definite community to the school that would be hard to find in another ps school. It is family. For my 5 sweet timid girls it has been perfect. 2 of of my five once timid girls are now very outspoken confident girls.For my oldest son it was great until about last year or so. I don't know what the deal is....recent school changes, family changes, adolescent changes, personality issues who knows? Upside: All six of my kids attend the school. Downside: No one else is commuting from Castro Valley/San Ramon with a vehicle large enough to fit 7 kids.
Sadly this school has taken a turn for the worse since the new Principle has come on board. It seems that many parents are unhappy and feel frustrated with the new direction and poor choices.
Sunol Glen is a wonderful school! The staff is very knowlegable and caring about children. The Principal is always available and is student-centered in all her decisions. Most of the students are from other districts due to the parents having discovered what a great school Sunol Glen is. My children love their teachers and the Principal! I definitely recommend Sunol Glen School.
I am a parent of a kinder student and I am happy with the school as of now. Although the class seems rushed my child is learning a lot. Mrs. Rad is wonderful with the kids and I can't wait for my younger child to be in her class! I am unhappy with the lack of communication among the parents. It is ridiculous that there is so many problems because of parent gossip! I do understand that this would be a problem with most schools but I thought going to a small school would cut back on gossip... I was wrong. Also the fact that parents are ganging up on the principle is horrible. Especially because most of the kids are transfers... if you don't like it go back to your home school!
The new direction of Sunol Glen and numerous new hires, most with little teaching experience, has hurt the school over the past two years. Sunol needs to refocus on their former strong core academic teaching, such as writing, reading and arithmetic. This is what made Sunol Glen a great school. Sadly, I can no longer recommend it as an excellent school.
Sunol Glen is a wonderful school . My child is an interdistrict transfer form Fremont's test driven unfriendly schools. We are beginning our 2nd year. Sunol's caring and friendly atmosphere, coupled with small class sizes and high academic standards, is exactly what a good school should be.
Small school.Very nice teachers.Very friendly place for children to be in.Good academic program.
Wonderful school, caring teachers, administration/staff and principal. Where everyone knows everyone and students and parents work with administration/ teachers/principal to make it better!
This small school has a talented and caring staff who cares deeply about the educational success of each student. The parent participation is superb and adds greatly to the excellence of the school.
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