School Details

Windrush School

1800 Elm St, El Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 970-7580

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-8 259 students 9 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Windrush School is a private middle school in El Cerrito. The principal of Windrush School is Ms. Ilana Kaufman. 259 students attend Windrush School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. The ratio of students to teachers at Windrush School is 9:1. St. John The Baptist is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish


  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 62% %
Hispanic 16% %
Black, non-Hispanic 13% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Very disappointed in the troubles that the School is currently facing due to lack of control on behalf of Administration and elected Trustees. Infact some Trustees just bailed and pulled their own kids out of the School and put them into Prospect Sierra when they knew insider information about the School's financial difficulties. The lack of planning or transparency on management decisions have left the entire Windrush community with a lack of confidence in the Trustees and the Administration. How disappointing to have trusted what we thought were good people who had good intentions for the safety of our children. They were only looking out for themselves.

  • (3 years ago)

    Windrush used to be a great school until it ran into financial difficulties. The 35 year old school led by Ilana Kaufman recently defaulted on a bond which led to the school turning over its property (buildings) to the bank. The school is now in receivership. This is a very sad time for our school.

  • (3 years ago)

    WOW and MAGICAL are my favorite words to describe what goes on at Windrush. It is amazing to see how turned on my children are already just after three weeks. I have two boys a kindergartner and 5th grader at Windrush. The LOVE it! The staff is fabulous ALL OF THEM! They practice differentiated learning which engages each child from were they are. They work with you to understand how your child learns to adapt the environment to work for him/her. They have an active integrated approach to learning which means lots of movement and subjects being taught are threaded through out all of their classes. They also make the content relevant to the children s world keeping the youth s interest. They are quick to identify and address emotional issues that may be getting in the way of your child learning. The campus is gorgeous and large providing ample space for the children. They have a beautiful library gym Spanish class art studio music room computer lab playgrounds a large field and more. It is incredibly diverse and eco-friendly too! They offer organic lunches and farm boxes of mostly organic local fruit and vegetables every week. Amazing School!

  • (3 years ago)

    We have two "lifers" at Windrush (6th & 8th) and cannot overstate our enthusiasm for the school. Our kids have thrived learned stretched and accomplished there. Outstanding teachers high quality academics deep and broad experiences and a very diverse school community. Our eldest is heading to high school confident and well-prepared.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are so happy with Windrush School! Our son has the most wonderful teachers. Everyday we see him growing socially emotionally academically and in general he is so happy to go to school. A parent could not ask for more.

  • (4 years ago)

    We are thrilled to send our son to Windrush. He has really connected with his classmates and teachers and he looks forward to school every day.

  • (4 years ago)

    Note that this review is for Windrush Middle School. (Our child began attendance at Windrush in 6th Grade). Windrush M.S. has been a very positive experience for our kid. Academically Windrush M.S. has extremely strong math and English programs; as well as high-level science social studies and Spanish. As an integral component the teachers are FABULOUS. They are very knowledgeable about their subject areas truly care about the students and teach in a way that inspires learning. At Windrush M.S. there are a variety of electives offered each trimester. These have been fun for our child and allow exposure to areas such as animation leadership drama robotics. We also like the fact that there is a P.E. program (something many schools no longer offer). In addition the social awareness aspect of the Windrush curriculum is much appreciated.

  • (4 years ago)

    My step-daughter attends this school. She is in 6th grade and loves it! She is getting great grades and becoming more independent (in a good way). As a co-parent I am very impressed with the staff and teachers. They are caring and communicative.

  • (4 years ago)

    Windrush is a wonderful progressive school multicultural hand-on with a small student body and a diverse curriculum. They are practicing 'green' methods of operation have a liberal scholarship policy and encourage kids to thrive and explore life!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I truly love this school sensitive but responsible attitude towards its students. Eco-friendly and instills a sense of community in the kids.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child thrives in Windrush's hollistic aproach. AS he entered Kindergarten we were a bit worried about the transition from a small number of children to a larger venue as our child could be shy. Well we no longer worry. Windrush made the transition seemless and had small student to teacher ratios (9-1!). Plus by allowing the two kindergarten classes join together for certain activities (reccess lunch movement Spanish etc.) and with their wonderful after school program our child has blossomed in self-confidence. Windrush has a pledge to include diversity in their school -- both ethnic and social-class -- and their tuition assistance program is the only way we could have ever gotten our child in. The only quibble I have with Windrush is the lack of hot lunches. They don't have a kitchen or cafeteria but that's not enough to knock a full star off. Let's say 4.5.

  • (5 years ago)

    Windrush has been a good school for my daughter but i am taking here out to go to king for 8th grade. I feel that a privet school can not do as much for her and by then with all the small clases the kids are tierd of each other.

  • (6 years ago)

    Windrush School has it all - great teachers challenging academics as well as engaging art music and afterschool programs. The small classes and beautiful campus are also nice. With new construction they will have a larger library and middle school too!

  • (8 years ago)

    Windrush is a great place for a gifted child -- no teaching to the test so creativity and independent thinking encouraged. Windrush has just hired a fantastic new head of school who will be heading up the school next year. Windrush has a great school community. Although there are some exceptions most kids there seem to love it.

  • (8 years ago)

    Windrush needs a bigger library

  • (9 years ago)

    Windrush School has a great academic program and a strict disciplinary policy.

  • (9 years ago)

    Worth the expense. Definitely liberal left-wing thinkers.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a developmental school with a rich arts and music curriculum. The developmental approach tries to instill a love of learning. The great consequence is that on the whole the students love coming to school. This school is not for those traditionalists who like to validate their child's academic progress with test scores.

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