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Union City, CA
Students enrolled: 878

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1959 Sunsprite Drive
Union City, CA 94587

(510) 475-3982
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Map of Tom Kitayama Elementary School address.

May 31, 2015
It's really great school and great staff.my kid lern so many things here like speaking and maxima words in pre kg.

- submitted by a community member

March 13, 2015
The 2014-15 school year is the second year my son is enrolled at Kitayama elementary school who is now in kindergarten. His TK (transitional kindergarten) teacher was Mrs. Smith. She is very devoted to her students. This is also true with his current teacher, Ms. Teruya. My only concern is that the teachers are not pleased with their contracts or the lack thereof which was explained to the letter they sent out to parents, will ultimately impact students. I hope this gets resolved soon. There are no sure winners in this situation, just guaranteed losers, which are the students.

- submitted by a parent

September 19, 2014
The staff, teachers, and parents are very involved in the school. I'm so glad my child is attending Tom Kitayama Elementary School, and I can't wait for my second one to join next year. Go Bears!

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2014
This school is one of the best school i have ever seen am so excited my sons are in this school can't. Wait for this school year teacher's. Are the best in teaching haven't seen. teachers that are so focused with ur children like they do here keep up the good work i give this school a 5 star super happy with all staff in these school starting from the office to all the teachers. :)

- submitted by a parent

May 26, 2014
In kitayama the teachers make kids good learning almost every day. Also after school if you can not pick them up you can sign up for kidsfirst and they can do homework there

- submitted by a community member

August 29, 2013
Tom Kitayama school has been my home school since it opened. Through the years we have had change every year and yet through it all the staff, students,& families consistently work together to provide a terrific learning environment with successful students!

- submitted by a teacher

August 05, 2011
This school has helped me excel in my learning in many ways.They a great dedicated staff the loves what they do,and they care about the kids.They push kids to do their best and only their best.The parent community is also very good the parents are always helping out and participating,and they are always there to help.The community is great,and you will never be left out because the students are very nice.Overall,a very nice school that offers a lot of great things for the parents and students.

- submitted by a community member

August 16, 2010
The school is friendly and the principal, Ms. Metzinger, is outstanding. She is truly concerned with the students and their learning and strives to make their experience the best. I love this school, the staff and the principal!

- submitted by a parent

May 25, 2010
Very good school in so many ways teachers are dedicated and committed to the kids. You can feel the good energy there. Ms. Metzinger is an excellent principal she waits in the crosswalk and welcomes students and parents. I love the place! I wish it went up to 7th grade.

- submitted by a parent
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September 19, 2009
I have 2 kids that are studying 3rd grade in this school. They have started with 2nd grade in this school and they absolutely love it. I am very happy with the quality of teaching. I am also pleasantly surprised with teachers' prompt replies to emails. The school also has an excellent PE and music program. Overall, I am absolutely happy with the school. Go bears!

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2009
Great leadership and a wonderful experience for the students. Parent involvement is high and the dedication to students is impressive.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2007
I have 2 kids - my son attended this school and my daughter currently goes to the school. The staff and teachers are very caring and really do show that they want the best for your kids. The teachers keep a great line of open communication. My son learned a lot and really enjoyed going to this school - he actually got into the GATE program. Go Bears!

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2007
My son has been a student at Kitayama since Kindergaren. I have been really blessed to have had all great teachers. My son is now going to the 4th grade. I would like to thank all of the wonderful teachers . You all have been a great influence in our lives, but I must give a special thank you to Ms. Foster. She really took time out to help my son in a area that he was lacking ,and didn' t have much confidence in (reading). I know Ms.Foster has moved on ,but I wanted her to know we appreciate her and her colleagues.

- submitted by a parent

August 08, 2006
I have 2 children that attend Kitayama and have had two very different experiences. I have a child that is a very capable student and a special needs child. With my first child, she is a very good student and had great teaching. All of her teachers were very good and seemed to really care about her learning. She has now graduated to 6th grade. However, my other child who has ADHD has been treated very different. I feel that the teachers she has had except for one have seen the problems she has but instead of addressing her issues, they have pushed her along to the next grade. I have also had problems with the administration as far as principal and vice principals to provide my child with the things that are necessary for her to learn. This is very disappointing.

- submitted by a teacher

March 05, 2006
The staff at Kitayama overall is very good, but not excellent. There are many teachers who do a great job, but others who are just average. Therefore, the level of academics varies too. Like all schools in this district, they are required to take music, P.E., and science as additional classes. The level of parent involvement is decent, but could be better. It's always the same parents helping out. The best thing aout this school is its location. It's nestled in the center of a new housing development. The homes are very nice and neughborhood is very safe. Ironically, however, many of the kids who live in these homes attend private schools, not Kitayama. So Kitayama's scores aren't as good as they could be if they actually had more of the neighborhood kids attending. Still, if you look at the other schools in this district, it's one of the better schools.

- submitted by a parent

November 01, 2005
Both my kids go to this school, and they have a wonderful group of staff and administrators, who are very dedicated.

- submitted by a parent

April 15, 2005
This school has an exceptional staff. The teachers are extremely involved in their teaching. The students seem to really enjoy learning. I can't say enough good things about this school. I have absolutly no complaints!

- submitted by a parent

November 08, 2004
We've found that the teachers we have experienced at Kitayama Elementary are caring, knowledgeable, devoted, and capable. Most provide good communication with the parents, and provide a positive learning environment for the children. We've been generally happy with the overall quality of the school and teachers, and are glad we switched to Kitayama Elementary from our private school. The availability of a GATE program is a definite positive over the private school we left, which did not have a mechanism to challenge students that were able to handle more advanced or indepth concepts. Teachers also emphasize and teach the importance of being respectful of others. This emphasis on 'core values' is a very positive aspect of Kitayama Elementary.

- submitted by a parent

May 03, 2004
Kitayama school is somewhat like going to a private school, very clean and really involved with every kids need. My 2 kids go to this school since the school first opened and I really wish the school have a middle school, too. Anyway, keep it up being one of the best schools here in Union City.

- submitted by a parent

March 09, 2004
School staff needs training in dealing with parents and students in custody situations, and remain unbias. Overall Kitayama is a very safe school, with an enriching curriculum.

- submitted by a parent

August 25, 2003
Great school- very clean and new. The teachers are excellent! My son has been going to this school for two years now, and both of his past teachers have been awesome- they are very committed to providing the kids with quality education, and they truly care about each and every child in their class. I think they go above and beyond their job requirements on a daily basis. Teacher/parent communication is excellent, and parent involvement is very high. I think this is a great school all around.

- submitted by a parent

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Tom Kitayama Elementary School
1959 Sunsprite Drive, Union City, CA  94587
(510) 475-3982
Last modified Tom Kitayama Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 6 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Tom Kitayama Elementary School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 24 reviews. Top