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William G. Paden Elementary School is a public elementary school in Alameda. The principal of William G. Paden Elementary School is Tom Rust, whose e-mail is trust@alameda.k12.ca.us. 361 students attend William G. Paden Elementary School and identify as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander. 35% of the William G. Paden Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 46% of the 361 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at William G. Paden Elementary School is 16:1. Nea Community Learning Center School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Computer arts
  • Languages Taught

    • Japanese
  • Sports

    • Lacrosse

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 38% 33%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 31%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 10372%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 12%
Filipino 13% 9%
Hispanic 13% 12%
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Multiracial 0.8% %
Unspecified 0.6% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46% 32%
Limited English proficiency 35% 23%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    Our daughter started K at Paden a couple months ago. I am a teacher so I took the school search seriously. We looked into several Alameda elementary schools and talked to a lot of people before deciding on Paden. I even attended a PTA meeting at the end of the last year. I was immediately impressed by the diversity of the parents involved in the PTA. The PTA raises funds for teacher to use in classrooms and larger expenditures like computers keeps a school garden supplies docents to teach supplemental art classes puts on community events and so much more. There is a very dedicated core of parents and they manage to get nearly everyone involved in something. The teachers are a diverse group in age experience and teaching style. I was really happy to see some men on an elementary school teaching staff. My daughter is in an afterschool program where she interacts with students at all grade levels. The community is truly welcoming and caring. The principal seems very solid. She appears to be supportive of her staff. I see her interacting kindly with students in all grades. She seems to know everyone parents and students.

  • (8 months ago)

    We enrolled our daughter in kindergarten at Paden our neighborhood school this year after searching diligently last year at a variety of Alameda schools. Our family is very happy with the positive school environment and experience so far. Paden is full of dedicated and capable teachers and has a wonderful principle who is very involved supportive and exemplifies the good life skills that is at the core of Paden's school philosophy. Parents are involved friendly and work hard to make a great community for the kids. It is a diverse school ethnically and socioeconomically and strikes me as the Bay Area at its best. I am very happy with Paden and my daughter's opportunity for academic and personal growth at the school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is my child's second year at Paden and we are very pleased with the school. The teachers and principal are very involved but as anywhere (I suspect) you will get the best involvement and support if you actively ask for it. The school is very diverse both culturally and economically and there is more transition of students (2 to 4) in out of the classes as the family situation of some children changes and they move into or from the area than you might see at some schools. We like this - diversity is why we chose to live in Alameda in the first place - but parents should be aware that it is TRUE diversity in culture home language and financial means. Paden relies a lot on parent involvement so some classes may be more enriched than others based on the ability and desire of parents for that class to volunteer. The principal has worked very hard to develop a sense of community and shared responsibility among the children. To sum up GREAT school for your child if you have the desire and energy to be involved with the school. If you want the faculty/administration to take care of everything for you they don't have the resources.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love the diversity of the school. Our children are growing up with understanding of many different cultures and people. The teachers are good and after a rather bumpy start the principal Ms. Barr has found her footing. Curriculum has strengthened over the past year or two and new work has started on shoring up school culture which takes special attention with such a diverse population. There are many adults who really care for the students. As with many schools there is a core of involved parents working to bring other parents into volunteering. Overall we are happy here.

  • (1 year ago)

    Each parent's perspective is important. When I have brought issues to Ms. Barr attention I found her to respond in a thoughtful methodical manner. Sometimes I did not get the answer I wanted but then I realized she also needs to balance the needs of the children in the class room and the needs of an entire school. Change takes time. And in the two years that she has been at Paden she has been an effective administrator as seen in the physical changes in the school; has sought to support and partner with parents as seen through School SMARTS; and her in formal meetings with parents on the school yard after morning ceremony. Paden is a pretty great place for kids to learn and is made up of committed parents caring dedicated fabulous teachers and a strong principal.

  • (1 year ago)

    I thought I would like this school but the principal Katherine Barr has to be the rudest and most inconsiderate person I have ever met in my life. She is condescending and speaks to me as if I'm one of her elementary school students. I'm not sure if she's just prejudice or just a naturally rude individual. Speaking with her is exhausting and I wish she would be replaced.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter is in a special needs class and the program is great for her. The atmosphere at the school is inclusive and welcoming and I love the focus on good values. The principal even came to my daughter's IEP.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our experience with Paden has been very positive. The Principal enthusiastically leads a morning ceremony each day where kids teachers and parents gather on the schoolyard to hear announcements and to start the day in a positive way. This is just one example of how Paden fosters a real community feel. There is a strong group of involved parents who really work to make the school a better place. I highly recommend it!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter just started at Paden this Fall. So far we have been very pleased by the quality of the teachers and the participation of the parents. The Principal is enthusiastic and really seems to care about the school and the welfare of the kids and his staff. I highly recommend Paden!

  • (6 years ago)

    We had excellent teachers at this school and an overall great experience. There was a bad scare one year we had a really horrible teacher that was getting shuttled around the district. We pulled my son out for that year and went to Lum. A very good school as well. This teacher was an anomoly to an otherwise perfect elementary expeereience. That being said there is one teacher theere to be avoided but otherwise great teachers and staff and an active parent involvemnt

  • (7 years ago)

    Very good elementary school with combined first/kindergarten classrooms. P.E. Music and after-school enrichment offers are also good features.

  • (8 years ago)

    This's my daughter's second year to paden. Most teachers are nice and patient to students. Principal is an enthusiatic person with high caliber in leading the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Paden has a wonderful curriculum. Parent involvement is very high. They have a full time music teacher! They offer enrichment classes for afterschool. The school focuses on community and life skills.

  • (10 years ago)

    Paden has attracted students from all over Alameda since it re-opened over 10 years ago. I was impressed with its focus on child development and core values (such as responsibility friendship cooperation etc) that are built into the curriculum. It has a very supportive group of parents and an active PTA that creates a wide variety of after school enrichment programs for students and raises money for interesting field trips and assemblies. It's location is spectacular with wonderful views of the Bay from the attractive playground. Parents are also obtaining grants to expand the Bay Trail and create a park area and observation deck next to the school. The students are ethnically diverse and the teachers are experienced and accessible. The Principal Ms. Goodwin is the best principal I've ever met. She not only knows all the students (and their families) by name but treats everyone with respect and fairness. She is firm but kind while reinforcing core values. She is present and available and has her finger on the pulse of the school at all times. Judy Goodwin is a marvel!

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