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1847 Newell Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94595

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March 20, 2013
Dorris-Eaton school prepares the students for high school and life. The high schools in the area always comment how the Dorris-Eaton students excel and are usually the top students in their high school.

- submitted by a community member
November 28, 2012
Dorris Eaton is not a great school. I went there for five years and graduated in 2004. From the get go, the school does encourage good academics, but the teachers fail to realize that the students don't have the knowledge prior. Everyone is expected to magically attain skills that they do not have and therefore require tutoring which can be expensive in addition to the high tuition cost. Education aside, the school teaches no real world skills. Their sports program is abysmal, though Mr. Rush, the coach, did what he could with what he had. Once graduated, students do not have real world experience and are basically thrown to the wolves in high school. I had a hard time my freshman year of high school, but became more adjusted after a while. While the school may try to prepare students for the rigors of a difficult private high school or excellent college education, it teaches few social skills and offers no real world advice. A parent would be better off finding a decent public school.

- submitted by a community member
October 25, 2012
Dorris-Eaton was honestly the best investment my parents could have made for me. I had a challenging, yet nurturing environment full of talented students and teachers. Yes, it was difficult for some of the kids to keep up, but for me it was perfect because I really needed the challenging academic environment. Not only did I learn impeccable writing skills and other academic tools I use to this day, but I was in a place where manners and respect were expected. Some of my best friends today are those I met my first day of DES elementary school twelve years ago. If it wasn't for Dorris-Eaton, I don't think I would have ever had the foundation to get me to where I am today: at one of the top 10 universities in the country! Thanks for everything. :)

- submitted by a community member
April 13, 2012
My son attends DE since Kindergarten; he enjoys and loves DE very much. My friends are asking me that is the school perfect? Well, it is not. But think about the option that I have in my school district; I don t think my son can thrive if I enroll him into public school. They also ask me: Are the teachers perfect? I told them No. Not really. However, the majority of them are wonderful and caring teachers. The teachers did not put the pressure or stress on the kids. It comes from their parents. Finally they ask me: "Are the kids competitive? Yes. Kids are competitive with each other, but this happens at any top notch public or private school. But the good thing is the kids respect each other and themselves. If you want your child to be success or well academically prepared, I believe DE is a right choice.

- submitted by a parent
February 29, 2012
The students at The Dorris-Eaton School do keep up with the pace which allows for excellence. While some students do have private tutors, it is because they want to as they have a desire to achieve beyond that which they do in the school day. The Dorris-Eaton School does an excellent job of educating the students and has for over 50 years as demonstrated by the admission to the finest high schools and universities in the United States.

- submitted by a community member
April 01, 2011
Although the school teaches at a high standard, most students are not able to keep up with the pace. Parents spent many hours teaching their child at home. In addition, many students have private tutors or are in other learning programs after school. The school itself does a poor job of educating the student.

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2011
Highest Academic School in the East Bay.- If you are going for academics this is the place. Son was an average student in San Ramon Unified. In Dorris Eaton he still is an average student. The difference is the material is much more accelerated. 70% of the 7th graders at DE are taking Algrebra including mine. DE's Language Arts program is where they truly excel spending 12, not 5 classes a week on English.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2010
The results speak for themselves: Fact 1: The average 8th Grader at Dorris-Eaton has an SAT score higher than those of the average college bound 12th grade senior at all area public high schools and most private high schools. Fact 2: 2010 high school acceptances from Dorris-Eaton: College Preparatory School 12, Head Royce 6, Bentley 4, Athenian 2, Cate 1, Asia Pacific International School 1, Harker 1, Jewish Community High School 1, Thacker 1, Del La Salle 2, St. Josephs 2 Fact 3: Nearly all of Dorris-Eaton grads go to the top USNews ranked colleges/universities - most on academic scholarships.

- submitted by a parent
December 10, 2009
The teachers are the only reason why this school is what it is. Your child will be more than prepared for highschool, period. On the other hand, the administration is usually unresponsive. The headmaster is rarely seen by the students, and gives the same old speech every quarter of the year. Also, the faculty can be unreasonably strict - one time when a kid forgot his blazer, he was kicked out of a school assembly and the parent was forced to drive to school to bring him it. It feels like sometimes the teachers are more like disciplinarians than they are teachers.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2008
The school's physical site is very sterile, but the size of the field is fantastic. Many books are quite old, and the school is for profit and the primary focus of the Administration is to enroll new students. We found that the school was not a good fit for our family, and it may not be for you if your child does not conform easily to rigorous rules. Many teachers are loving, but some are stuck in the dark ages.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2008
Dorris-Eaton is the best of the best. I lived on the East Coast and so high quality private schools are prolific. Out here it is hard to find an academic school where kids learn at an extremely high level and each student can reach his or her potential. They set the bar high, but give your child the tools to reach it.

- submitted by a parent
March 31, 2008
Dorris Eaton is a highly academically oriented elementary and middle school. The parents and the kids are very motivated and the teachers push the kids to excel academically. Students are open and friendly and not overly competitive with one another despite the inherent pressure in a school of this type.

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November 03, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2006
Excellent prep-school for college-bound kids. Very diverse student body. A safe,polite,challenging, traditional learning school. A very safe & trusting environment to learn in. We looked at a lot of schools that would be challenging enough for our child. We feel we made an excellent choice. We tried a less-expensive church-based school but they did not provide the challenge our child needed.

- submitted by a parent
January 31, 2006
High quality academic program. School facilities do not include gym or cafeteria. After school program such as crafts or chess is sponsored and managed by the parents association. Teacher quality excellent in some grades while not so good in others.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2005
The preschool has been wonderful. Our child has learned so much in two years it is unbelievable. So satisfied with it we are thinking of going to the main school when we have great public schools nearby. Teachers are firm but understanding and allow the children to be creative.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2005
Excellent school with a strong focus on academics. Very caring teachers, small class sizes, motivated kids, involved parents, (sometimes overly so!). Can be intense for less academic kids. Great music and art classes all through elementary which gives it an edge over public schools. Extracurricular sports and interhouse activities in middle school. Lots of charity events, etc. help foster values in fairly affluent group of students.

- submitted by a teacher
August 24, 2005
I went to DES for three years during junior high and I am now a sophomore in high school. The teaching staff is fantastic, although a few are rather unorthodox in their methods. The academics are quite rigorous but with the right amount of effort, the results can be extremely rewarding. However, I think that the administration could benefit from listening to the students' concerns- the headmaster sometimes seems to have no regards for our problems. Sports-wise, I played volleyball and we won first place in our tournament in 2003. Football and basketball games are fun to attend, and the majority of students participate in at least one sport. The level of parental involvement is high, sometimes almost too high. Overall, Dorris Eaton is a top-notch school, with just a few minor glitches. I completely recommend that you send your children here.

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July 06, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2005
Our daughter attended a private religious school & was bored & didn't want to go to school. We thought she was not challenged, so we moved her the next year to Dorris-Eaton. What a difference! Love the smaller school & more individual attention, great core learning program. Our daughter has done great there! Nice cross mix of students & cultural diversity (more than our public school has). Our daughter has developed excellent writting skills, speaks Spanish now, and has developed great self-estem skills.Math program is very impressive & agressive. Dorris-Eaton school is a very safe environment. It reminds us of the type of school we went to as kids. Love having the kids in uniforms, saves us many headaches. Parents can get involved thru the parent's club & room parents. We looked at many schools & felt DE was the best! We feel she is getting a very solid education!

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May 19, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2005
Wonderful students and teachers. Top notch program.

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February 10, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
This school is very small. If you are looking for a school with extremely strong academics and structure- this is your school. The sports program is terrible and all grades only have a 45 minute P.E. once a week. There are no sports teams, occasionally a boys basketball or football team but it is almsot always cancelled. The school is tiny with only 34 in the eighth grade. I am currently going there and in the eight grade and I find it to be stressful and the uniforms are terrible. They are too strict and I am always cold in the school skirt which we are required to wear.

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November 20, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
May 19, 2004
My daughter is a student at D-E. I am impressed with the high caliber of the curriculum and teaching. I feel that this school is most suitable for 'gifted' students who may otherwise not receive the individualized attention or challenge they require in a public school setting. The standards for conduct and academic performance are very high. It is a very competitive school. Anyone considering D-E should carefully consider their child's temperment, since the academic rigor is not suitable to all children. Students at D-E receive a more comprehensive, well-rounded curriculum than at public schools with teacher that specialize in these areas: Spanish, Social Studies, Art, Music. I only wish the administration would make a greater effort to communicate with parents. The school leadership does not convey a friendly or open attitude, perhaps because of it's private/elitist status. But considering the high tuition, it's definitely a turn-off.

- submitted by a parent
February 16, 2004
I am a current student at DES. I started in fifth grade and am loving my education. The teachers teach higher order thinking skills and use fun classroom activities such as debates to teach concepts not found in many schools. With small class sizes and a great, diverse student body, DES is a great school!

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January 29, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
January 04, 2004
My children were unhappy in public school. My daughter started at Dorris-Eaton in 4th grade. The teachers are wonderful and the children and parents are kind and involved.

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The School is recognized locally as well as nationally for its academic excellence. In small, moderately structured classes, where politeness and consideration are the norm, students engage in learning activities in a focused manner. Public speaking, critical and creative thinking as well as organizational and study skills are taught at every grade level. The K-8 curriculum emphasizes reading/literature, writing, grammar, mathematics, science, and history. Foreign language, computer science, art, music, and physical education are integral components of the program. Junior high students are encouraged to participate in the after school competitive sports program.

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Dorris-Eaton School, The
1847 Newell Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA  94595
(925) 933-5225
Last modified Dorris-Eaton School, The is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Dorris-Eaton School, The Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 30 reviews.