My son's kindergarted experience was fantastic. No problems there. But since the start of 1st grade..nothing but issues. Classes are over filled teachers seem tired and not very enthusiastic about teaching. Books are ridiculously old. Homework is tedious work sheets. I don't really blame the teachers so much. I know they come with loads of experience and maybe the change to common core is straining on them. I really don't think they have support from above. My main concern right now is bullying and I am getting NO WHERE with the assistant principle unless I stay on her with constant emails. Three months now and no resolve and I get all of my information from the interventions from my son. No one from the school calls me. My son also states that when he is in the office he hears the office staff talking about other students and their parents and not in a good way. My son is extremly observant and reads people very well. He even stated "they really don't care mom...". Some of the staff does not seem to be very culturally competant or sensitive in how their actions or words may affect students of color.
Foster City Elementary School is a public elementary school in Foster City. The principal of Foster City Elementary School is David Holcombe, whose e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. 800 students go to Foster City Elementary School and identify as Hispanic, Asian, and Filipino. 21% of the Foster City Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 2% of the 800 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Foster City Elementary School is 21:1. Bright Horizon Chinese School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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I'm a student of foster city school . My first teacher was the best . My second and tird teacher is the best too . I wish I would stay in foster city school longer. ( I love foster city school! )
I have only been in Foster City for a year and this was the home school for our children. As many of the older post suggest this school lacks in diversity and education. Yes the school looks newer than most schools in the area and all of the improvements to beautify the school are great but what's a pretty school with a mediocore education? Like the early posts Many of the teachers are cold and act as though it is a chore to teach. The homework is not homework at all but just worksheets. The older students are accepting or friendly of new students at all! My children did not receive a warm welcome at all unlike when they entered other schools in the past. I can't Wait to leave ths city and this school. And I feel sorry for any "new" students that have to attend this school.
I am posting this to help prospective parents decide if this school is a good match for them. I researched many schools before choosing Foster City. I wish I had known more then. This school does not offer a "10" education. There are almost 900 students and only one principal. He has more than he can handle. The kindergarten has awesome teachers but after that there may be 1 excellent teacher per grade and 5-6 mediocre. There is no differentiated learning. All 150 students per grade are given the same work. The reading level is tested only in a "does this child meet the grade level standard" way and the child's actual reading level is never tested. There are tons of worksheets. Several of the lower grade level teachers have cold personalities. Why are they teaching if they don't like kids? There are many involved parents but the different ethnic subgroups makes the school feel less unified. The statistics listed for this school are incorrect. There is no way this school is 30% Caucasian. More like 20% and over half of those are from non-English speaking homes. If I had it to do over I would choose a smaller elementary school or go private.
Reading through these posts it's clear they are very dated. Some of the comments are true and some no longer apply. For the API scores I really assumed it would be awesome which is why I can't give it 5 stars. First off our kinder teacher was just amazing. If you are lucky to have her you should consider yourself blessed. But after that it has been hard to find the same level of teachering - it is hit or miss. Class sizes are too big and no extras - homework is too easy way too many worksheets no project based learning. But I think that is a general problem with CA schools. Large class sizes no budget "no kids left behind" and over worked/underpaid teachers. You shouldn't avoid this school for those things you will find this at all public schools. Our PTA is strong and we raise a lot of money - paying for things that get cut at other schools. Our construction is complete and looks great. There are now two drive through lanes so parking is not as big of an issue. The campus is on complete lockdown throughout the day. The kids go to bathrooms in pairs. Nice community of parents they are involved and they care. Overall good kids too.
I think it's important to realize that the slow progress in refurbishing this school isn't the teacher's fault or anyone' s for that matter. Education funds are scare everywhere and the current physical condition of this school by no means reflects the teacher's abilities to provide superior stimulation and education for our children. I think the teachers are doing an outstanding job with the tools they have to work with.
For such a top rated school I expected a lot more from the teachers but all I have experienced so far is just mediocre teaching standards. For the Kindergarten class that splits time with two teachers neither teacher is 100% committed. Both teachers are unorganized. For example there was a PJ day but neither teachers informed the class so while everyone else wore PJs this particular class was excluded. Both teachers would get dates mixed up and it causes confusion to the students and parents. When time is split between 2 teachers how does either teacher keep an accurate progress on each student? Also when the wrong report cards are sent out it makes me wonder if the homework and tests were recorded correctly for the right student to begin with. What a mess! As for the school itself it is old and needs a lot of work. All the buildings that are currently unoccupied have a faint smell of mold. On the plus side I see great parent involvement. Perhaps that is the reason the school gets such high API scores is because of what the parents do behind the scenes rather than what the students are getting from the school and the teachers.
This school has a lot of caring teachers but budget cuts and being in temporary classrooms seem to be taking its toll. Work on the refurbishment has been slow over the past 2 years with more to come. The students have crowded play areas and class sizes are mostly 30. The hardworking PTA fund many programs that have been cut by other schools.
My daughter is not getting the basics. Spelling is assigned as homework but not covered in class. There is NO small group instruction and the teacher cannot tell me what reading level my child is at. In addition reading and math strategies are not being taught. Memorize memorize. Mad Minutes are fine for practice but they are not meant to be a teaching tool. I get back my daughters homework for the week along with several "busy" papers or art work- word searches color by number etc. This is not quality learning material!! My biggest concern is SAFETY. Anyone can walk on campus and walk into a classroom. Kids have to leave the classroom and walk outside to use the bathroom and I have seen many students doing this alone. When I brought up my concerns to the office I was assured they have never had problems. Really!? I could not believe that was the response. I have never had my car broken into but I still lock the doors when I get out!! I am sure there are good teachers at this school but she does not have one and I am not willing to wait until something bad happens to a child before the administration decides that safety is important.
We're paying more for less since the new owners have purchased the school. Although the teachers do a great job after school care leaves something to be desired and is well over priced for teen aged baby sitters. As for their summer program stay away you'll get much more for less almost anywhere else we did!
My son transfered to this school in mid-fifth grade. I read all the reviews looked at test scores and the location. First the location is great but they need a crossing guard. Parents park in crosswalks and the road is a small residential road where it gets blocked easily. The curiculm is not my favorite. They do a program for math that no other school I have seen is using so if your are a transfering family it may take your child some time to learn it. My son often comes home and has no idea how to start on his homework. Now his teacher is the least favorite part of our experience at this school. She has made my son feel targeted and has implyed to him and myself that he is a liar. Always a good feeling that the teacher has your childs best interest at heart.
The teachers are the best most caring most energetic bunch I've encountered. My son loves it and he's blossoming as a student.
My daughther's been going to Foster City School since Kinder. She enjoys her time in school and abosulely loves her teachers from Kinder till 3rd grade. Ever since she was in Kinder I always volunteer to help out in her class and so I get to see first hand how her teachers dealt with the students. We have been fortunate so far that our daughter had in my opinion great educators. Every teachers has their own style and we have the end result a well-read eager enthusiastic happy and an A student daughter. We would been happy with a B because we want her to enjoy school. But so far it shows that she was always in good hands.
Our experience with Foster city elementary has been hit and miss mostly misses. My son attended the school for 3 years. His Kindergarten teacher was just ok didn't know how to deal with parents and super sensitive to comments. It was her first year of teaching so someways understandable. To this day my son counts her as his least favorite. His first grade teacher was just fantastic and we all loved her. His second grade teacher was the worst. She used to give weekly homework on Mondays and he used to finish it in an hour. Then the rest of the week he has nothing to do. My son used to love her because he used to get 'lots of free time in class to read books and talk to his friends' once he finished with his work.
FCE is as stated above average in what they expect academically. It is a large school however which makes it difficult to feel a sense of community and togetherness. The parking is a mess and I think that the school itself could use some clean up. It has a lot of garbage and weeds for such a high income area school. I would also like to see more extra curricular offered.
Foster City School is a great school! I'm a student at Foster City School and its wonderful! I have been to four schools before;but Foster City School was the best ever!
This is a great school for children who automatically excell in school. It was an unfortunate experience for both of my children as [they] are 'only' average. It just wasn't good enough although their grades were good. The principal did what she could and is very pleasant.
Good school in general. It is almost like an International School children has variety of back ground. Started providing more art program yet music program is limited.
Despite all that we hear about various issues surrounding public school education in California I have to say that the level of education offered at Foster City Elementary School is very high overall with lots of parent involvement. Also the new principal Susan Taylor is a great leader and will go out of her way to make sure that each student gets the attention they deserve.
My daughter is in kindergarten at Foster City Elementary. She has wonderful teachers and absolutetly loves school. The only complaint I have about this school is that it is very hard to park and walk your children into school.