We've been here 4 years now and I think it's a warm. loving school with some great teachers and a nice community feel. However there are some weak teachers who have little incentive to do better. There seems to be a strong focus on fundraising (which obviously is important) but focus towards improving the school academically is seriously lacking. Unfortunately it's one of the weakest schools in the LGUSD (academically) where little is done to challenge the stronger kids. My children are very happy socially at the school and have made many great friends but are coasting academically.
Daves Avenue Elementary School is a public elementary school in Monte Sereno. The principal of Daves Avenue Elementary School is Kit Bragg, whose e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org. 577 children attend Daves Avenue Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 4% of the Daves Avenue Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 577 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Daves Avenue Elementary School is 18:1. Los Gatos-Saratoga Juhsd Adult Education Program is one of the nearest elementary schools.
- Ceramics sculpture
- Computer arts
- Drawing painting
- Theater drama
- Martial arts self defense
- P.E. classes
|Native American or Native Alaskan||0.9%||0.3%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||0%||%|
|Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program||3%||3%|
|Limited English proficiency||4%||3%|
It's true Daves is doing much better now than three years ago but there still are issues that are not entirely the fault of the school itself. Tenure (a few teachers could use an incentive to be a better teacher) the district has a laundry list of items it requires the H&SC to fund each year (ok not require but who wants their child to not have essential services found at one of the other LG schools - reading specialist health clerk) fundraising is still is a major focus school is increasing in size increase of assessments (more teaching/test/common core) and in addition to a host of fundraising activity the district would like you to donate $600 per child to the district educational fund. So problems at Daves seems more systemic now. Oh and yes all the cluster of positive comments posted 8/26 where the direct result of an aggressive campaign of mommies sending a request for parents to write positive reviews via my neighborhood email. The individual mom who started it went as far as calling GS to ask them to remove some of them. Thank goodness they didn't holistic reviews are important whether they are positive or not it's an individual snapshot of whats going on.
Daves is a wonderful community filled with teachers staff and parents that actually care. To read some of the reviews here you would think that parental involvement is a bad thing. Everyone benefits from the incredible level of parental involvement even the children of those who cannot or choose not to participate themselves. If you care to get to know people it is a very welcoming community. And just to focus on what's important here my kids love it and are learning.
We've been at Daves for 5 years now and have been very happy. We feel lucky to have this as our neighborhood school and couldn't ask for a better community to reside in!
My husband and his 3 siblings went to this school in the 1960's and 1970's. It was a goal for him to have his own children go to this school and a main reason we bought our house. We have several friends who also grew up here and whose children are 2nd generation Dave's. It definitely is a draw and well regarded by those who have lived in Los Gatos for decades. Los Gatos is no longer a "small town" like it was then but this school maintains that small town feeling. It's strange to see the negative reviews about the home and school club. These are volunteer positions and the people on the board work hard to raise funds to benefit all the students not just their own! People like to complain and criticize while they can remain anonymous..this is so unproductive. Thank god we at least have 1/3 of the families that are willing to donate their time and money to improve Dave's or it wouldn't be the great school it is!
Our family has had a very positive experience at Dave s Ave Elementary. The teachers and staff have been excellent challenging our children educationally and also teaching social responsibility. The Dave s community has been very supportive and provided funds that have allowed art music and technology to remain part of the curriculum. The volunteers work extremely hard for ALL of the children.
Some things in Daves haven t changed especially favoritism by some teachers and manipulation by big wigs. A reviewer writes Favoritism is big here 2011-12 class roster has many H&SC "big wigs" and the children of Daves teachers in the strong teacher's class. Still the same! Another review says Your child will likely do better if - You volunteer a lot and build up warm relationship with teachers. Luckily this year we are in a class with no bigwigs it s heaven! Teacher is much stronger academically. No need to flatter or give gift cards because everyone is treated equally no favoritism. Bigwigs think that because they give big bucks or volunteer a lot they can grab the best opportunities for their own kids. Is this parental involvement or parental interference? So far we have given to HSC & LGEF but this year we will give direct to school. If HSC wants 100% participation they need to stop their exclusionary games. Should give 1 star for all the politics but giving 4 because if you stay out of the politics you will find a great school. There are lots of wonderful parents and teachers who don t play this game. And yes the positive changes are huge! Great job Mr. Bragg!
When I first saw all the negative reviews I was horrified. However after a year at Daves I can say that many of the issues raised are things of the past. Some reviews have been written before the new Principal took over. Others are by parents who haven t seen change come fast enough. However we must understand that Public Schools are like the Titanic they can t turn around in a jiffy. The good news is that Daves has seen the iceberg and has already changed course. And the shift to Common Core is slowly bringing about rigorous academic standards. To summarise what Daves has to its credit a)Excellent facilities and infrastructure. b)Highly involved and supportive parent community. c)Excellent communication with parents. d)Dedicated and hardworking teachers. e)Most important a visionary Principal who has been quietly bringing about far reaching changes. There is a growing feeling that things have changed for the better! After our initial worries we have enjoyed our year at Daves. My child loves the school and we now feel confident that it is back on the path to excellence.
Wow....I know everyone has an opinion and perspective based on personal experience but I am shocked and saddened by some of the horrible comments some of the previous reviewers wrote. Calling parent volunteers "trophy wife wanabees" is just petty name calling. Is that what we're teaching our children? I work full time and also volunteer . Not to advance my social standing (seriously who would have time for that?!?). I know how much time & dedication parent volunteers give to ensure an amazing place for their children to receive an education. The H&SC is constantly trying to make it easier to raise money without overwhelming parents. Their goal is to try to provide these students with the advantages of a private school education without paying 30k per year. Does anyone actually think they are fundraising because they have nothing better to do or that they want to take over the school? I won't spend any further energy on the negativity of a few and say instead that I am extremely grateful for a caring dedicated staff who are committed to our children incredible parent involvement and an unbelievable community. We are very fortunate indeed to be a part of Daves!
Daves Avenue has the potential to be a great school. It's got the cash and resources from the wealthy parents of its student body. It has a strong community of parent volunteers as well though many are trophy wife wannabes -- think "Real Housewives of Orange County" -- looking to advance their social standing rather than improve Daves' quality of education. And therein lies the problem scholastically Daves is weak but many parents don't seem to care. In fact some are delighted there is no homework citing studies suggesting homework has no benefit for elementary school kids. Yeah right. Tell that to the parents of middle school students spending hours of their free time getting tutored in math and language arts. It's shameful for such an affluent area in Silicon Valley. If the parents don't care the teachers will coast and so will the principal. The ones who get hurt are the children our kids who we hope will move on to college and get good jobs. But that's not going to happen for our kids if we raise them on this "let's play golf " attitude. Daves unfortunately is fostering this attitude by its hands-off approach to academics. It's got to step up its game.
Beautiful facility great after school activities latest technology (iPad minis for younger grades) quality field trips & lots of parent volunteers. New principal is in his second year. So far he seems to be a big improvement over the last principal. Many wonderful teachers some not so great. Not sure if all of the staff have read their mission statement "We believe that quality teaching is the greatest predictor of student success." So why are we behind other schools? I was not a fan of old principal but it is easy to point the finger at someone no longer there. I hope we don't have to wait too long for new principal to figure it out. Another mission statement "We believe in every child s capacity to learn" especially if your family is one of the LG / Monte Sereno elite (H&SC or BIG $$ donors). I'm grateful for HS&C time and school would not be what it is w/o affluent community but not everyone is treated equally. I agree with previous review that there are families with an "I'm entitled" attitude. This does not lend itself to a positive & collaborative environment. Anyone notice string of 5 star reviews on 8-26 that all sound like same person wrote them?
When parents complain about the 325/- it is NOT about the money. Rather a) Parents are totally put off by the RUDE arm twisting tactics of the HSC. b) Parents are asking why all this fund raising if the academic results are only declining? Never forget that the activities the HSC/LGEF fund are PERIPHERAL. Most of the funding still comes from the state. I have stopped reading the Wednesday wave it is all about fundraisers and social activities very little about education!!! READS LIKE A COUNTRY CLUB NEWSLETTER! HSC also floods us with emails about these making us miss the important academic stuff. We spend more time in meeting fundraiser deadlines than in getting homework done. At this rate my child will end up with an A in fundraising and an F in academics. I feel this is the main reason why the API scores are pathetic especially compared to the schools around like the Campbell Union ones. I am not writing this to be mean and nasty but in the hope that it will lead to CHANGE. Daves has an EXCELLENT principal and GREAT teachers. But it looks like there has been an HSC takeover of the school. And that could be triggering all these negative reviews.
You can give up the idea that the new principal cares about your child. And this attitude trickles down to how the school operates where priorities are and level of expectation for teachers's accountability. The school is beautiful and resourceful because of the community it is in. Home & School Club fees going up to $325 per child while the academic result is the worst among Los Gatos elementary schools. Your child will likely do better if - You volunteer a lot and build up warm relationship with teachers. So moms give up your career. And what a way to inspire your daughters. - Daily check your child's school work and get your child make up missing assignments. It is your child's or your fault! - Your child having problem to focus? Take the advice for medication! - Hiring a Daves teacher to be your child's private tutor? Why not. There is no such thing as conflict of interest. It would be the best if your child is placed in this tutor's class. Read the reviews and judge for yourself because every families has different situations. Just be prepared for what you need to do make Daves experience a very positive one for child and your family.
Dave's Avenue is a wonderful school. It is well organized and has a staff of very committed and enthusiastic teachers. I have found that the teachers are committed to their classrooms as well as to their professional growth and development. I think it's wonderful to hear the teachers talk about classes they take and how they are applying their continual learning into the classroom. The parent community is exceptional as well. There is no limit to the parent volunteers and support from this community. It's a great school to have my children go each day.
Others should know Daves is a beautiful school a hand full of good teachers and a greater bunch of not so great. I have three children at the school and a stepson who moved on to Fisher and now LGHS this fall. He required tutors to and supplemental work for the spotty education he received here. For my three children here it's hit or miss depending on the teacher and I spend 25k a year making sure they do not fall behind. I really think this school could improve if they replace most of the teachers. One horrible teacher is gone but their are others who could use some development. For reference I am a current parent and a past parent to a stepson.
Fantastic school with teacher and administration that truly cares. The families are so involved and true advocates of the children.
My daughter attended 4th and 5th grade at Daves in the early 2000's. It was a good experience for her but 5th grade was stellar. Her teacher was Ms Goie (now Ms KIngsford?). She was an enthusiastic teacher who inspired her students. My daughter got her first set of straight As with her in part because she loved her class and wanted to impress her. I can't speak to other issues that have been noted and seem to be a more recent phenomenon.
After having my 1 child attend & graduate from Blossom Hill & my 3 attend Daves Ave. I can say I have a good feel for 2 of the schools in Los Gatos. Both schools were fantastic but I have to say Daves Ave felt more like a private school less cliquey & the families more down to earth. We have had some of the most amazing teachers who really care & worked with each of my kids individual needs. To say a child should be reading by 6 or 7 is putting all children in one category. Many european schools don't start to teach their children to read until 6 or 7. We scores higher in our children's younger years but other countries pass us up by leaps and bounds in their teens. We put way too much pressure on them at such a young age that we are burning our kids out. The teachers at Daves were caring and a few were down right amazing... going above and beyond to help the ones that struggle. My kids loved going to school at Daves and were given a passion for learning. They have succeeded greatly at Fisher and LG High school so they must be learning something!
We are loving the experience as parents at Daves Avenue Elementary. Our son couldn't be more stoked and excited to do his school work. His teacher is a wonderful communicator and after teaching for over 30 years you can see her love of career choice and committment to the kids in everything she does. New principal seems great. Facility is beautiful. Many parents have commented how they like the secure "tucked in" neighborhood location vs. Blossom Hill and Van Meter on very busy streets.
Daves Avenue Elementary is top notch. The teachers have been super caring and on top of it. Our kids are thriving here among other great kids and an involved parent community. I think the new principle Kitt Bragg has been a huge asset to the school and really cares about the 'whole' student including academics and beyond.