Students enrolled 1171
School leader Denise Patton

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2021 West Alwood Street
West Covina, CA 91790

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(626) 856-1693
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4 stars
Based on 87 ratings

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November 18, 2014
i have to say, upon reading and hearing of how wonderful this school is, I was definitely interested in trying to get my child on the early enrollment wait list. having called the school and spoken to one of the staff, in hopes to reap some sort of benefit from speaking to them about early enrollment applications, i received a very disappointing response. the staff stated " there is a very long wait list, and even if you were to want to enroll early there is nothing you can do but wait until the first two weeks of January of the enrolling year , WE HAVE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WANT TO COME HERE ". I am absolutely baffled as to why a school with such high accreditation's and scores and ratings wouldn't have such a requested wait-list for enrollment. My question is, instead of making a parent feel helpless about trying to enroll their child into a "great" school, why don't you offer a little bit of more help or encouragement. For a school with such high ratings I'd have to say the "snoot" factor needs to be downplayed.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
This is our first year at SJCA and so proud and grateful to have Mrs. Carter as my son s kindergarten teacher. She is an exceptional educator my son has grown so much in her class. We are looking forward to the next 8 years and what this extraordinary school has to offer.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2013
I have been very happy with the education my kids have received from SJCA. I appreciate the time and effort the teachers put into their students. Most f the teachers that I have encountered seem to sincerely care for my children. It is obvious that the teachers are held to high level of performance from administration and are continuously re-evaluating and improving on their teaching methods. One complaint I have is my experience with a conflict resolution. I feel the principal did not thoroughly understand my issue and was not sincerely interested in supporting me. While I do feel the RSP teachers do an excellent job, the Administrator of Special Ed, Ms Vela, is rude and self righteous. She is condescending in her dealings parents and lacks compassion and understanding for parents who are coping with having a learning disabled child. The teachers shine at SJCA! The really make the school great!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2013
SJCA is one of the top schools in California with excellent leadership, exceptional teachers that motivate their students to reach their potential. Last year was our first year at the school and we are super pleased with the results we have seen in our kids academic career. We do believe that while the school does an amazing job that it would not be possible without the high parent participation in the classroom and on campus. This fact has made our experience great because we are meeting likeminded parents that have a vested interest in the success of their kids academic career. There are only a few things I think the school can do a better job at. One would be a stronger onboarding process for first time parents mainly because it's such a different system that you see in other schools. Second, I would ask that the school would solicit more parent feedback and use the data to create a better parent/student/teacher experience. Lastly, I would like to seem more emphasis on STEM through student clubs, camps or workshops. That being said, SJCA is like no other. We look forward to the next 10 years with them!

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
My two children attend SJCA and love it. I am pleased with how well they are doing academically, and how the teachers find ways to challenge them. I like the fact that all teachers work on the same curriculum, so I don't need to worry that one teacher is teaching at a more advanced level than others. I also like that they are placed in reading classes based on their skill level. Overall, I feel fortunate that my children attend this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2013
This is a charter school with some really great teachers and staff. They really challenge the kids to do their best while installing core values for their future. Admissions here is based on a lottery, sign them up once they are ready to start kinder.

- submitted by a parent
July 07, 2013
I love this school and only have one year left to attend SJCA. My experience has been wonderful and the teachers make you feel welcome. Every teacher has their own way of making you feel like you are doing great and that you should keep it up. Even if you do need to step it up a bit... But overall I will remember this school as a fun, healthy, and helpful environment for everyone. The activities that you are open to join teach you new things and add some creativity to your days at school.

- submitted by a community member
May 09, 2013
Look at the ratings!! In my opinion, best school around hands down! Teachers are awesome. Students are on top of their grades and well behaved. Principal is always finding ways to improve the school. Parents are very well involved. Way to go SJCA!! For the "Mother of the Kinder" (gave one star); PLEASE do us a favor and pull your kid and take him/her along with your sorry attitude to another school. Bye!

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2013
My daughter graduated last fall from SJCA . All nine years of elementary school were completed there. The staff (including Dr. P.) is by far the best in the WCUSD. Having our older son attend Monte Vista years ago,SJCA is light years ahead of most schools in the district. While you may not agree with everything Dr. P. does, she is trying to be fair and equitible to all parties concerned. I have even suggested to the school board that the model of sucess at SJCA should be applied district wide. EVERY child is entitled to the best education available. This is a school worthy of National recognition. 5 stars plus.....

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2012
There will always be disgruntled parents at any school. Having said that, SJCA is a wonderful school! The principal and staff do everything in their power to help students achieve. There are programs and interventions in place to help all children succeed, not just the high achievers. It's by far the best school around and anyone lucky enough to get their child enrolled should do whatever they can to help improve the school, not bring it down. Keep up the good work SJCA!

- submitted by a parent
December 24, 2012
As a mother of a kinder in San jose, I will give the lowest rating of the teacher, the principle and the staff. very unprofessional, very aggressive, impolite and very impatient, especially a temporary teacher Mr. Salazar. She kept shouting at students who don't follow her directions and complained a lot. If they don't like your child, they will do everything to kick you out of their school. Very bad experience. Please treat your students nicely. Be more patient. PLEASE, no shouting at a kinder....................

- submitted by a parent
November 30, 2012
This school is awesome! i've been trying to get my kids in for a long time. And the Principal is nice too, she doesn't talk down to you, or make you feel less than (like a lot of people in power positions do). My child was struggling and she has done everything in her power to help her!, even offered to help my other child who isn't enrolled yet. The whole atmosphere there is different from other schools I've seen. Even the parents are happy. I definitely recommend this school :)

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2012
"TREBBLE" COME ON!! Too bad you feel the way you do and gave 3 stars. BUT PLEASE do us (AND YOURSELF) a favor and go back to night school. Next time you write junk, make sure you ask for help from someone that can actually read & write and check your work. Looks like the one "not there long enough and don't know what happens at school" IS YOU!

- submitted by a parent
October 19, 2012
Best Teachers in San Jose ! Trebble Principal !. If it wasn't for these awsome teachers. San Jose won't be around. To the parents who write reviews about how excellent the Principal is. You haven't been there long enough and you don't know what happens behind those close doors. (Teachers do everything) If you don't like my comments to bad.

- submitted by a parent
October 11, 2012
Best school in the area. Best teachers and students as well. Proud to have my kids attending this school. All four on my kids are straight A students. Has to do with the curriculum the school is applying. Thank You San Jose Academy and teachers, my kids are on their way to a bright and successful future!

- submitted by a parent
September 12, 2012
This school is by far the best school in the district. The teachers are the BEST. I am proud to say all my children have attended there and came out with honors... thank you SJCA..

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2012
Beware ! The Principal, Only wants students who's GPA in very high and will find away to get rid of a stundent who is just average. So if your child is not smart . He or she won't last there. Will be pressured to leave. Principal only care's about high rating's. One thing about the teachers there they are excellent.

- submitted by a parent
February 26, 2011
My daughter is in Mrs. Henry's class and I have to say I am extremely pleased with the level of professionalism and dedication that Mrs. Henry shows! She is firm but fair and has nothing but the best interest for her/our students.. I believe that Mrs. Henry shows the core values that SJEA expects from it's teachers and students.. I have nothing but respect and kind words for all of our teachers!!!!

- submitted by a parent
December 11, 2010
San Jose Edison Academy is a first-rate school due to the leadership of a great administration team - Dr. Patton, Ms. Palos, Ms. Shiroma, Ms. Hale. All of the San Jose staff and teachers do such a tremendous job of fostering a healthy and stimulating learning environment for our children. The teachers and parents work closely together bringing out the best in all students. Additionally, parental involvement is high thanks to the most incredible PTA I have ever seen. This school is truly a wonderful place to be and we are so fortunate that our kids attend such a top notch school!

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2010
this school has a very good parent teacher communication.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 13, 2010
San Jose Edison has provided my son with a world class education. I am very grateful to all teachers and parents that make this school possible.

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March 24, 2010
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- submitted by a student
no rating February 08, 2010
SJEA is a great school! Two of my kids are in high school and are doing great. One is a Senior at I-poly and another one is at West Covina High School. Both are above the school standards thanks to the education they received at San Jose Edison. I still have two more at SJEA one in 7th grade and my baby on 5th grade. I'm very happy with the teacher and specially with the great leadership from Dr Patton; she is a wonderfull leader. Very happy and proud to have all my children at San Jose Edison Academy!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 31, 2009
i lived here all my life and i have one grandson and one daughter that graduated from this school and another daughter how is still attending and i cant thank the school enough for their dedication and passion for there individual attention my daughter is in i poly high now and it fits her well because of how they prepare her.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
Quality education kudos to SJEA!!!!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 07, 2009
SJEA is an outstanding school. It has a principal who is outgoing and had great leadership skills, dedicated teachers, and a friendly staff. Together with parents, SJEA is providing a quality education. My family is proud to be a member of the SJEA family.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 06, 2009
The teachers and parents at SJEA work as a team with the same goal of providing a excellent education for their children! We are more than a school we are a family!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
Students are the best behaved. They follow all the core values to show respect,responsibility,etc.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
San Jose Edison is a great school. I could not ask for anything more. The teachers and staff are child and family focused. You are truly working together as a team. The teachers make learning fun!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
It is a great school, the students love the school and love going to school. The staff is very nice and have upbeat attitudes toward the students and make their days enjoyable but they still learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Both my children have had the most awesome teachers you could ever wish for. They are a positive influence not only in their education but their character. Thank you staff at SJEA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
SJEA is a top performing school with teachers who care and students who love to learn!

- submitted by a parent
November 05, 2009
San Jose Edison Academy truly is what you expect a great community to be!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
At SJEA we have a sense of community where parents, staff, teachers and students are all responsible in achieving high expectations!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Our teachers are well educated all with credentials, therefor it is a reflection of our state test scores.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 05, 2009
Great School, The teachers really care and the staff is very supportive.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
My boys have learn and grown so much in the years they have attended. The staff and teachers are all wonderful. I am so proud that my boys attended such a great school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
Excellence does not begin to summarize. The teachers, students and staff are all equally wonderful and dedicated to the education and well being of every child.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
SJEA is a unique school. It has parent involved in their children's projects and makes each student involved in SLC. I am so pleased in how my children have excelled and are challenged more each day.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
The safe, clean campus...the teachers are wonderful! Although they have other students, they always work one on one with your child..very dedicated. Just check out our student's test scores! The students are dedicated like their teachers and they study virtues along with their academics. The school believes and teaches in being well rounded in every aspect of life and it shows in the students. This is the best school I have ever seen.

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
I like the class that are offered, art, music, and PE.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
I love everything about SJEA. It is a wonderful school that has so much to offer. I love there reading program. My daughter is wonderful and I have no complaints.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 04, 2009
My son's have flourished in this wonderful environment! The teachers and staff are amazing! Students are challenged on an academic level and taught values daily as part of their curriculum. We have met wonderful families and feel a great sense of community. What a great place to grow up and go to school. My boys go to school with a smile on their faces and come home excited about what they have learned. We are blessed that they have a strong fountation and love for education at such a young age! Thanks San Jose Edison Academy for all of your hard work and dedication!

- submitted by a parent
November 04, 2009
San Jose Edison Academy has proven that superior education can be achieved with dedicated teachers and parents working in unison towards common goals. We know that our children are fortunate to have this great opportunity for a premium education and work diligently to encourage growth and learning in all aspects of their education. This is truly a great school. Thanks SJEA!

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2009
As a parent, I love the consistent application of discipline, core values, and expectations from kindergarten on. I love knowing that no matter what teachers my kids have, all the kids at the school are being taught the same core subjects. I appreciate how the teachers in each grade level are on the same page with each other in terms of instruction. I love having the specialist teachers too - art, music, and physical education are important to me and I'm glad the kids are taught these subjects on a regular basis. I appreciate how hard everyone works to sustain the culture of structure, order, and success: administrators, teachers, parents, and support staff. Kudos to all!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 30, 2009
SJEA is a great school! Their staffs, teachers, volunteers, aides and students and parents are awesome! They all work together to support to help make SJEA a distinguished school as well as a National Blue Ribbon award winner for 2009.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
Teachers & staff at San Jose Edison Academy are very dedicated to their students and make sure their students have the appropriate help and tools they need to succeed! With staff & teachers like these, there's no doubt why the school is #1 !

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 29, 2009
This is a very unique school in that children are challenged and encouraged to reach goals beyond what they thought capable. The teachers are highly trained to teach to each child's needs and along with the character education program, these children become some of the most intelligent and stellar citizens of their community. I love working alongside such a compassionate staff as a team with parents who want the very, very best for their children.

- submitted by a teacher
no rating October 28, 2009
San Jose has really great teachers! Who are always willing to do what it takes to help their students succeed!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 28, 2009
Great teachers and students, very advanced technology, and more than enough equiptment.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 28, 2009
The teachers are great! Always willing to give up their free time to help the kids. Education comes first.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 26, 2009
We are a united and we are family off and on Campus We are all here for the students and they know that. We have the best staff and students and families we give our best!!!'

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 25, 2009
San Jose-Edison Academy is a perfect fit for my family! High academic expectations coupled with character development through core values have really helped my children excel and become well-rounded students. We are truly blessed to be a part of this wonderful school community!

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2009
Fantastic school! Congratulations to all staff, students, and parents on being honored with the National Blue Ribbon award! I couldn't ask for a better place to send my children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2009
I love my school because it offers students an education unlike any other. My school prepares these students for their future. The teachers and staff are always student focused and it shows not only in the state scores but in the relationships they have with each student.

- submitted by a teacher
October 24, 2009
Fantastic school! Congratulations to all staff, students, and parents on being honored with the National Blue Ribbon award! I couldn't ask for a better place to send my children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 24, 2009
Great School and excellent Teachers!

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
The teachers, support staff and administrative staff make this school the best it can be. My children have a safe and nurturing environment which has help them succeed.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 23, 2009
My school is great because of its wide open space and its great staff. The people in it are the best.

- submitted by a student
no rating October 23, 2009
The teachers are willing to go the extra mile for their students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 13, 2009
Great environment. Kids are happy, and love to learn!

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 16, 2009
San Jose is great because the teachers truly seem to care and go out of their way to keep parents involved in our kids education.

- submitted by a parent
August 18, 2009
Our oldest daughter was on a waiting list for 3 years until she was able to attend (with the help of my youngest daughter winning a spot when she entered kindergarden). My oldest is now in 7th grade and the youngest entering 4th grade. SJEA believe in sharing the responsibility in helping each student succeed by enlists the parent to take an active role in their childrens education. From the informative quarterly meetings with the teachers to asking the parents to commit in making sure that their childchildren (while at home) makes the improvement necessary to succeed in class.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2009
i started sanjose edison when i entered the 6th grade. at first it was hard because no one talked to me. then people would come up to me and talk about stuff. when i was leaving 6th grade, i noticed everyone was my friend.

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2009
Just about to have one start in first grade and another in third grade and we couldn't imagine anyone complaining about the staff or education from Edison. Thank you to all who have contributed to our childrens education. Edison is 'one big family!' Craig & Jennifer Wilson

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August 10, 2009
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August 05, 2009
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- submitted by a student
no rating August 01, 2009
The curriculum and after school activities are exemplary by far. However, the school leadership and experience of teaching staff is somewhat questionable.

- submitted by a parent
July 08, 2009
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June 19, 2009
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March 04, 2009
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- submitted by a student
February 11, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2009
Keep in mind that anyone can get on the internet and enter a rating for this school. There is a degree of animosity present from other schools in the district that don't perform as well. There would be resentment, no doubt, from parents who may not have been prepared to make a committment to their children's education. There could be eight-year-olds who were disciplined for bad behavior and decided to enter a review as a 'parent'. Hopefully, I've made my point. That being said, we actually do attend this school, and couldn't be more pleased with the exemplary education provided for our children. This school is rigorous, and if you aren't prepared to take the time and devote the attention necessary to focus on education as the primary goal in your child's life, you won't get everything possible out of this school. Teachers can't enforce a committment to education. Parents?!

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October 28, 2008
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August 26, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2008
I was a former student at SJEA and just graduated 8th grade. I was there since kinder. The school has been wonderful to me all 9 years. They encourage you to be your best and try your hardest. The teachers are very hands on and do do whatever it takes to help a student. They will always be there for you. I could even share my personal problems comfortably. The parents are always involved and know exactly what's going in their child's education. The curriculum is way ahead of what it should be. Especially in math. In 8th grade, I already completed a semester of geometry. I'm now a year and a half ahead of what I should be as a high school freshmen. SJEA has truly prepared me for high school and has pushed me so hard for the last 9 years. I will miss SJEA very much.

- submitted by a student
no rating August 12, 2008
I know it is impossible for everyone to have the same opinion. I personally have never had a problem with Administration. I would like to point out to the parent that made the comment that only Core value awards are given to parents because they check homework, donate time, etc. I must say my children have always gotten Core Value Awards and I don't volunteer due to my work schedule. I am proud to say my children attend San Jose Edison Academy.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2008
I'm happy with my child progress at San Jose Edison, I could not find a beter school for him.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2008
This is a wonderful school, almost all the teahers I met are nice and shows interest in the education of each child. I have my own children in this school and they are all doing well and motivated about school. The school is great in math and reading, also doing well in middle school science. I recommend more emphasis in elementary science subjects so the students will be knowledgeable in science from the early stage of school.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2008
I have two children who just started this year at San Jose. 6th grade and kinder. Both of my children were enrolled in private school, which was a wonderful experience in itself, the Christian foundation is no doubt worth the cost and efforts. However, to say the least the cost of private school was rising and we were unable to continue at this time. My daughter was accepted into Kinder and there was an opening for my 6th grader, which was great. It is certainly the next best thing to private school. I love the parent participation expectation and the amount of effort teachers put into daily schedules. The principle is a fine example of a true visionary and wonderful leadership abilities. She believes in the children and believes in the abilities of her staff. We need to have more opportunities like this Charter school in our communities.

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2008
This school is way above average, not only for a public school but also for a very new charter school. Normally schools under 20 years old don't do that well. But SJEA is certainly the exception! My daughter has gone from a below average student to a high achiever, because simply the school challenges her. This is exactly what private schools do; sometimes I have to remind myself that it's a charter school and not completely private.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2008
This school is awesome. The school has really nice teachers, great curriculum, an awesome principal, and cool extra curricular activities. They have very high expectations for their students there. Plus most of the students that go there are not that bad,(it's the best word I can think of.) This school brings advanced math classes, activities, such as assemblies and dances. Plus they not only award people for their academics, but for their good attitude,too. It beats and public or private school anyday.

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2007
I went to this school last year as an 8th grader and I now attend international polytechnic highschool. I am acing every class there because this school has prepped me to do so well. I love this school dearly. The teachers are nice, they have great expectations, and the whole curriculum is amazing.

- submitted by a student
December 20, 2007
Students looking for a school with great academic success, programs, classmates that motivates you,teachers,etc. should come to this school. It is Excellent. Definately a 10 out of 10. It is a great school, I dont think I would achieve as much as I did these past years if I was in another school.

- submitted by a student
December 10, 2007
The only thing i can say about San Jose Edison Academy, an A+ quality school. It's better than a private school. I hope the school district negotiate and will consider to renew the contract of this school. Without this school, all the faculty staffs and students will be homeless for the coming years. I have to give them 5 stars for excellence.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2007
We have been in this school since it opened,and we are very pleased with the results.

- submitted by a parent
October 02, 2007
A tuition free school but students learned a lot.They helped the students boost their confidence and taught a level of self discipline necessary for their personal development.They are learning the value of persistence,time management and independence.

- submitted by a community member
September 28, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
September 27, 2007
This is like a semi-private school.If your child got an 'A+' at a local public school,that will be a 'C' at San Jose Edison Academy.This school is not for everyone so if you want your child to be challenge enough this is the school to go to.They really had a lot of improvements since they moved here to a new location(Alwood st. West Covina)The office Manager is very approachable.The principal is very Professional and knows how to discipline the students.

- submitted by a community member
September 26, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2007
My 2 sons are in this school. We really like it. The principle is very aggressive. The teachers work hard with the studends and nice to our parents.

- submitted by a parent
March 23, 2007
It is a great school with good teachers.The SFA reading program is very helpful.

- submitted by a student
March 14, 2007
I love SJEA! The teachers try to help us the best they can, and they do! They teach us not like they would put a book in you face and tell you to read it, no. They always try to connect it to real-life situations. Also, they have many wonderful clubs. Besides, SJEA gotten 4 gold stars for being on the top 10 best schools in America for the last 4 years! -Marina, 7th grade

- submitted by a student
November 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
November 27, 2006
Awsome, Teachers at San Jose Edison. I could'nt have been happier with all the faculties. The Noon Aides are terrific with the responsibility of watching over all of our children. Thanks to all.

- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2006
Great School with very small classes.

- submitted by a former student
January 14, 2006
There is a great deal of rhetoric about all the programs offered, but they are really just on paper. The teaching staff is not very experienced.

- submitted by a parent
January 11, 2006
San Jose Edision is an overall good school. My daughter is in the 5th grade and she has been attending since Kinder. However, I am disappointed that Spanish was removed. I believe its very important for children to learn different languages. Also I wish the school would take action to a better healty breakfast and lunch program.

- submitted by a administrator
January 11, 2006
I had 2 children attend Edison. At first, there were many perks for the kids; extended day, Spanish class, Computers to take home etc. Every year something was cut. I then let my older son graduate and took out my younger son. Test scores are they only thing the principal is concerned about. Many teachers are great, but they only want to deal with the 'good kids'. I'm glad I got out when I did.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2005
The level of quality in this school is excellent. I first read about the Edison Project online and put my son on the waiting list for Kindergarten the year the school opened. To my disappointment, I had to wait five years for him to finally move up the waiting list. In the meantime, like many parents seeking something better for my kids, I enrolled my son at a Catholic school. There he struggled to keep up with the curriculum, which was geared towards the top 25% of the students. When he transfered to San Jose his reading abilites were assessed and he was placed in a SFA reading group in which he was consisteningly monitored in his improvements. That is what is great about this school. It takes into account every child's indiviudal needs. My younger son, who is top of his class, has also made gains with the challenging curriculm.

- submitted by a parent
November 14, 2005
This is a wonderful school.

- submitted by a former student
October 31, 2005
The acedemic programs are outstanding, I have three children who have all attended, one needing a little extra help and two who were above average, and the school met all their needs.The parent involvement is unbelieveable. The are also very well rounded. The school day is longer, which give the children more time to learn the extra, ex: Music, art and sports. There are specialty teachers for each subject, not just the teachers themselves teaching these subjects. Have always loved every minute my kids are there. San Jose Edison Parent

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
My son was one of the lucky students that won the lottery to start with San Jose Edison from 1st grade. I think it's the best public school in our town. The kids got a better education, scored better on tests and transitioned easier from one grade to the next. I'm very disappointed that the town did not approve this charter school to start a high school to finish the educational program. The principal and teachers were very accessible and easy to work with.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2005
This School Is great there is physical education, math, english, history, science, math, after school clubs, and programs for the kids. The teachers are great and they are rated the tp school in California. They were givin the edison excellance award of 4 stars out of 4 stars award.

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August 27, 2005
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August 26, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
August 25, 2005
Great school, great curriculum, great teachers!

- submitted by a parent
July 15, 2005
The very best thing I have ever done for my son! An A+ education!

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June 13, 2005
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May 11, 2005
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- submitted by a teacher
May 03, 2005
This school's academic program is wonderful if your child is a high acheiver. If not, the child will struggle and they don't offer programs to help. I wish they offered more extracurricular activities for the elementary level.

- submitted by a parent
April 26, 2005
Good programs and a really great group of young teachers. Some programs were cut due to budget cuts such as Spanish which had previously been offered to all elementary grades but over all is still a good system.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2005
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February 11, 2005
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- submitted by a student
November 23, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2004
Good School, not for everyone. Need to have alot parent involvement, challenging school.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2004
This school is very involved. Great teaching skills. Nothing wrong with it.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2004
This school is, in one word 'amazing'! I just cannot say enough positive things about it. I have never seen teachers and staff members work harder. Also, I believe the schools API scores are the highest in the district and they just received the California Distinguished School Award. They have an outstanding technology program and technology staff. It is a shame that the person who first posted had so many negative things to say, but in reality, was it really about their child's education? Perhaps that is where the problem lay. The only negative item about the school is the campus, it looks old and outdated, but that will now change since the school has relocated to a newer school. The new school will now be a much better reflection of what is going on in the inside.

- submitted by a parent
May 26, 2004
The school is excellent. The parent at the bottom who is complaining about the parents fighting and arguing, how is that the schools fault? The school does not discriminate in the people they allow to register unless there is no room & they cannot be responsible for the foul attitude and mouth other people have. The children do get disciplined when they use foul language. When there are problems that arise with parents if the principle is aware of it she addresses it quickly. There is a 10% of parents that are rude and obnoxious but you are forgetting about the other 90%. The teachers & staff are excellent. My daughter is in 1st grade & she reads at a 2nd grade level. She is also learning things kids in 3rd grade are learning & I know this because her Nana teaches 3rd at another school.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2004
I currently attend the school and am in 6th grade. The staff here is wonderful and ready to help if I need it. My teacher is very understanding and will talk to me if I have a problem. If a student needs help, my teacher will offer to tutor them. She is fantastic. She is also my writing teacher. In her class, I learn more than I expect. I have learned far more in her class than ever before! My math mentor is willing to sit down and help if anyone needs it. In, science, my teacher helps explain what we don't understand. Finally, in history, my instructor will try to guide people in the right direction. Many parents help out in controlling traffic, and watch out for trouble. Our principal provides special activities such as ASB, dances, and book fairs. My school is the best beyond reason.

- submitted by a student
no rating November 11, 2003
I have two daughters that attend this shcool, my oldest was part of the first graduating class at Edison. I find the education to be challenging, the teachers are tough but fair, the principle has always worked with us on issues. Up until this year Edison had spanish as one of their subjects and that started in 1st grade, but had to stop because of the state budget cuts. Two of my duahgters came from public schools where we thought they were doing well, until we found out how far behind they really were. Edison has helped them get up to speed. My oldest daughter went to public high school after edison and we had to move her to private high school, because even after taking some honors classes she found public high school not challenging enough. My youngest who started edison in kindergarden reads at 4th year 9 month, she is in 3rd grade. Most of the people I have met that take there kids out of this school have had issues with there kids bitching that it's too hard, they have to much home work and they want to quit. This school is not for everyone it takes alot of dicipline not just from the students but from the parents, making sure their child is getting the work done. Edison has high standards! I am a product of a private education I know how much this type of education costs.

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2003
Our son is now attending San Jose-Edison and enjoys it very much. His teacher is just the best, she is very kind and nurturing but also strict which is just what our son needed. The advantages of having a student at San Jose-Edison are overwhelming. Every student at San Jose-Edison attends music, physical education and technology classes something I have only seen in a private school. The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) has also been wonderful. Their envolvment in the school is outstanding. My younger brother has attended Son Jose-Edison since the school has opened and has also enjoyed it very much, he has spanish class and has even been able to take home a computer. There is a madatory parent-teacher confrence 3 times a school year for all students to make sure there is a complete understanding of how your student is performing in class. Which I feel is very helpful in our son's development. The staff at San Jose has been extremely helpful and is very saftey oriented. During drop off and pick up times you can usually see on adverage 10-11 teachers including Dr. Patton the school Principal helping with trafic control to make sure that the children are safe. Overall I see San Jose-Edison as being a safe nurturing enviroment for any student.

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2003
I am a current student at this school. Staff there is horrible at the front office. The teachers will treat you with respect but that can only do so much. School grounds are very dirty. Litter is everywhere. The current principal has no leadership at all and does not care about the students or parents. My overall rating for this school is a 2 out of 10.

- submitted by a former student
July 15, 2003
My son was a student here for 2 years. I finally became so frustrated and miserable I pulled him out and put him in our local public school. I've never regretted that decision. I had expected this is be a good, strong school with a good deal of parent involvement. What I discovered was that the parents and office staff here are horrible. In the 2 yrs I was there I witnessed a fist fight between 3 sets of parents (yes mom's included) at the annual uniform sale in front of the school. On the night of my son's first open house my husband saw two male parents exchange foul insults and then blows in front of their children and many other children in the area! Foul language seemed to be a normal way of speaking for most parents in front of children. The office staff is horrible. They can't answer simple questions without sacrasm or an attitude. What it came down to is the office staff just gave the overall impression that they never seemed to care very much about the students or the parents. The principal is a weak leader and should never have been given a school this size to run. It's obviously over her head. The majority of the teaching staff is inexperienced but they work hard with the kids and the ones I knew did try to get the kids to meet or exceed expectations. However these fine teachers will probably not stay in this school. They'll put in a few years for the experience (and from what I hear the pay is pretty good) and then move on to a traditional school.

- submitted by a parent
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