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About This School

Cragmont Elementary School is a public elementary school in Berkeley. The principal of Cragmont Elementary School is Evelyn Tamandong-Bradley, who can be contacted at 418 students go to Cragmont Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 17% of the Cragmont Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 40% of the 418 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cragmont Elementary School is 16:1. Oxford Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • Soccer
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 5% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 36% 31%
Hispanic 27% 17%
Black, non-Hispanic 19% 26%
Unspecified 19% 19%
Multiracial 13% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Filipino 0.3% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 9479%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40% 39%
Limited English proficiency 17% 13%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Cragmont Elementary has been a very good school in most aspects. The issue that we have is that the office administrator is an obstructionist petty not even handed and feared by many parents. We had to take our child out of school for a week of vacation last year. Our child performs at a very high level (GATE program etc) and this vacation was educational. The admin refused to give us an independent study packet and threatened that we'd likely receive two truancy letters (we received one). Later in the year we found out that two other families took their children out of school for longer vacations and they were given independent study packets and never received truancy letters!? Both of these families are friendly with the admin. Although our child is not often absent this year the admin has asked for doctor's notes. We feel like we are being harassed (legal counsel?)! Other parents fear the admin because she imposes trivial rules and behaves like a petty bureaucrat instead of acting as a facilitator. Although we are quite active in the school we certainly won't miss this aspect of an otherwise great school. The admin has really colored our years spent here.

  • (2 years ago)

    The principal's dishonesty and lack of clarity in communications with parents and other community members trickles down through teachers and staff. Teachers are for the most part very good but lack of oversight has brought the teaching quality way down over the past few years. Students are experiencing much more bullying and lack of respect from both fellow students and surprisingly staff members. We couldn't keep our children there for both our sanity and their well-being and were fortunate to be able to transfer both to another school at the same time.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two children at Cragmont and I have been very happy with it. We have had excellent teachers and I know that it has the highest parent participation of almost any Berkeley school. I think the principal is very good. I've found her very responsive. Cragmont does have some challenges. We have the one of the biggest "learning gaps" of any school in California so despite the great teachers they are dealing with such diversity in the classroom that it would be hard for any one teacher to address all individual needs. I love the families and the community here. Unfortunately there is a small but loud minority of very entitled parents who spend more time complaining than they do supporting the school/teachers. But despite the small group of nasty parents the rest of us love the school!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers we've had so far are attentive and caring w/the children. Great view and big open play areas.

  • (4 years ago)

    It has a great garden program where children sample fresh (like pulled right out of the soil) vegetables and fruits and learn to love them! They have a great dance program art as well as a strong academics program with many layers of assistance for struggling students. The library is gorgeous the whole school has a fantastic view of the San Francisco Bay and the teachers... They are these fantastic human beings that do a job so good I can't even imagine how they do it! motivating struggling students pushing the high achieving ones and mediating all the interpersonal issues. I am so happy with this school!

  • (4 years ago)

    I'd just like to say that Cragmont was my first choice and my son got in. So it always worth a try. My son is both gifted and Talented (determined by STARS testing) and at the same time lower incomed. So how can ther focus on 1 vs. the other when some children are both. Cragmont is a great school coming from the mother of a 5th grader who started in kindergarten. Helping the lower income is great because a lot of them are brilliant.

  • (7 years ago)

    Yes this may be a great school but don't be fooled. It's still the same BUSD lottery system so if you're lucky and you chose Cragmont as your 1st choice you'll get in. I have heard many parents complain they did put Cragmont as their first choice and didn't get in . We all wonder if the Supreme Court judgment that schools can't have racial quotas as a means of admitting students will change things but doubtful.

  • (8 years ago)

    WOnderful School. Very involved parents. Our two kids both went there for all of elementary and the dedication to enrichment was great.

  • (8 years ago)

    The teachers are very dedicated and they can provide a good classroom experience. But there are too many children in fourth and fifth grade classes. And we were disappointed in the lack of opportunities for advanced/gifted kids. The school's focus is on helping lowest-income families first.

  • (8 years ago)

    Cragmont has an excellent principal and an amazing facility. The teachers are strong and dedicated. It is however rather large and at times overwhelming.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have the most experience with the Two-Way Immersion (Spanish) program. I am impressed. I am also impressed (as is my son) with the non-in-class offerings such as pull-out art dance library sports and music all taught by specialists.

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