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  • Louise Van Meter Elementary School10

    Los Gatos, CA | Santa Clara County

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    January 12, 2014


    The school is NOT as good as others at the same score level. Kids are not learning at their best. They teach kids across the whole grade the same material (teacher using the same material and the same homework). There is no individual things that they would do for the kids. If your kids are more advance in math, expect he/she will get super bored at their math class. My kids finish their math work early, and end up reading their books during math class. Express several times to the teacher (I am not the only parents complaining). They do not foster kids at their levels, which is very disappointing to me (seen this for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade)..At the end of the 5th grade, the kids might be just leveled to the middle. The exploding in housing development will just make things worse. I could not believe that people will pay the high housing price for this school now. The new principle, not impressed. We missed the old Principle very much. She is kind and caring about kids. Greeting every kids in the morning and know their names.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 23, 2013


    This school has suffered as the town council has allowed the town of Los Gatos to build sprawling subdivisions in every spare spot of land anywhere in town. A school that was originaly built for about 400 students now accommodates almost 700 students and the building isn't done and there are no new schools on the horizon. All this and we have a new principal who is no Roseanne Adona. She doesn't know the names of the students and cannot deal with any kind of crisis or conflict. Lacking leadership and guidance the weaker teachers are doing even worse than they did before. The teachers that excel and care about children always do great - hope that you get one of those great dedicated teachers and not one of those who is just phoning it in. The teachers who are just in it for the paycheck (which isn't exactly minimum wage) don't want to do any extra work and aren't afraid to throw around their attitude, take it out on the students, or gossip about you behind your back. Compare the curriculum to Saratoga next door. Our kids funnel into the same high school district shouldn't the elementary districts have similar curriculums? Numbers aren't the whole story.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 28, 2013


    The 2011 reported student body was 634, it's grown since then with new housing developments. New principal, the one who knew everyone by name retired. Not expecting anything dramatic to improve as new principal is near end of her career, probably looking to coast into retirement. With her and the upper admin, not expecting any new academic focus areas. Teachers are friendly, most are fine, but this isn't a top district. Now the schools are large and the system is strained, board and Sup focus on construction not academics or kids.

    Submitted by a parent

    October 4, 2013


    Great school. We liked our every year at LVM. Principle knows each student by name, meet and greet students when they come to school. We were really lucky. Unfortunately Fisher is not even nearly the same.

    Submitted by a parent

    September 7, 2013


    I must disagree with the last review, my daughter and son both attend Van Meter. Daughter in third grade and has attended since kinder, she has never had a class size larger than 22, my sons kinder class was the largest I'd seen to date at 24. That being said, I have never seen or known of children that are so excited about learning, I feel very lucky, and happy with my choice to buy a home here 4 years ago.

    Submitted by a parent

    August 27, 2013


    Sorry your numbers and statistics are drastically outdated. Enrollment is 770 with class sizes closer to 28.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 24, 2010


    I went through this school and it was the most friendly, loving, caring environment imaginable.

    August 27, 2010


    Principle of our school one more time showed how meticulous and prompt she's by posting all the information that us, the parents, need for the upcoming school year in the school's website way before the rest of the schools in the district. Luckily a very small percent of the parents still think school is just to hang out rather than an academic place for learning and studying. The teachers, the principle and rest of the very devoted parents are making miracles in terms of creating the productive, family like atmosphere.

    Submitted by a parent

    May 25, 2010


    This was our first year at LVM and what a year! I have a gifted son who is also a challenge to work with as he is intense and somewhat anxious. Let me tell you, Mrs. Adona, Mr. Gerken and the resource folks have been fantastic! They allowed my son to attend above grade level classes and have been fabulous about working with me for his school year next year. I can't think of a better school with better teachers that actually care if your child is successful. Bravo!

    Submitted by a parent

    May 25, 2010


    Biggest problem is the parents. The teachers we have had so far have been great and have really encouraged our daughter, who has excelled. The previous review is totally off base. Do some parents give gifts? As far as I know only in class wide gift baskets or certificates, and I have never seen any favors done as a result.

    Submitted by a parent

    February 25, 2010


    extremely disappointing environment.. academically curriculum is okay. The teachers are biased and extremely political.. big time gift exchange and favors done to rich kids/parents in exchange to the Nordstorm gift cards which are concealed as teacher's birthday presents. The principal does not take any specific interest in kids problems if a parent raises a question. Something's cooking big in this elementary school, I have yet to discover.

    Submitted by a parent

    November 3, 2009


    Excellent star testing scores, amazing principal, organic foods for lunch, and amazing parent volunteers!

    Submitted by a parent

    February 10, 2009


    This school is unparalleled in the areas of quality and dedication of teachers plus parent involvement. Top it off with an outstanding principal and you have 'Van Meter'!

    Submitted by a parent

    September 4, 2008


    We love the quality of education at LVM. We have a forth grader and a kindergarten student. Rosanne Adonna and the teachers are completely committed and supported by a lot of parents who are fortunate enough to be able to volunteer on campus and in the classrooms.

    Submitted by a parent

    July 28, 2008


    I have two children going to LVM - We love the school. I would like to see more done with advanced students. Even for fee advanced placement classes would be ok. My oldest used to score very high in math and reading but has since lost a lot of interest in both. We have an outside tutor but since he is forced to learn at the class place he really does retain a lot. - still a great school with very good teachers - Go Bulldogs!

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