Phillips Brooks School

2245 Avy Avenue, Menlo Park, CA 94025
(650) 854-4545

(out of 10)

Private Grades K-5 227 students 10 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Phillips Brooks School is a private elementary school in Menlo Park. The principal of Phillips Brooks School is Mr. Scott Erickson and can be contacted at 227 students attend Phillips Brooks School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. The student to teacher ratio at Phillips Brooks School is 10:1. La Entrada Middle School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 65% %
Multiracial 20% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 13% %
Asian 10% %
Black, non-Hispanic 1% %
Hispanic 0.9% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    The combination of top flight academics balanced with a strong social emotional learning curriculum are excellent. Children thrive here.

  • (1 year ago)

    PBS is an excellent school. We had one child graduate in 2012 and our next graduates in 2016. A few negative reviews exist below about preparation for middle school and they are grossly exaggerated. Our eldest went to one of the best and most academically challenging middle schools without receiving any outside tutoring. Was the middle school transition hard? Yes but it is always hard as middle school is one of the biggest transitions personally and academically for children. His academic foundation was there and his exceptional character education led him to have no social issues from the start. If you research the negative perception about middle school preparation you will see that PBS kids thrive in their new schools. They are also often the kids that become school leaders due to the school's emphasis on creating kind and empathic children. Harvard Business Review recently had an entire magazine on the connection between success and emotional intelligence. The public schools in the area are strong academically yet they pay very little attention to collaboration and creativity which are critical 21st century skills. Go visit the school and decide for yourself how it feels!

  • (1 year ago)

    We had four children start at PBS one graduate and removed the other three after patiently waiting for meaningful change. PBS draws on the the relocation crowd (which we were) and provides some of the best Marketing spin in Silicon Valley. Academics and curriculum are below public school standard teachers are over appreciated and under achievers. Children succeed because of after school endeavors tutoring and enrichment elsewhere. Administration is focused on fund raising and definitely not on the healthy development of the child. If your family provides "commitment" (read funding) your child is given free reign on anti-social behavior. Four children (~over 8 years of time) and not one of them can name a teacher or administrator that had an influence in their life. Tutoring for academics and Therapy for bullying are required. Private school options are limited but your children will suffer if you attend PBS.

  • (1 year ago)

    We were drawn to PBS in part because of the strong stated commitment to a "no mean kids" philosophy and concerns about potential bullying of our daughter. We found the commitment to be largely illusory - in large part because of intense snobbery and clique-ishness among the mothers which was reflected in even the youngest of the children. Efforts to engage the administration on the issue went nowhere. The facility is wonderful the teachers were very good but we pulled out daughter out after third grade. She (now a highschool sophomore) views it as a very mean place.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is absolutely amazing I have yet to find a school like it. Kids are taught to become kind appreciative understanding and accepting. Not only do they develop into great people they discover a true love of learning and curiousity. They become like family with their classmates and have friendships that last a lifetime. Every teacher is a standout. My child (now a senior in high school) has learned all of her most important lessons form this school. She remembers everything from her teachers from Shakespeare in 1st grade yosemite trip in 5th to the Indian bazaar and family Fridays. This developmental age of preK to 5th is crucial to child development. If you can get your child into PBS they absolutely must go there!!

  • (2 years ago)

    All of our kids attend/attended PBS and we are very satisfied with our experience. The kids are happy to go to school everyday and we have met the nicest parents there who have become our very good friends. Every teachers knows your child and really cares about their development as a learner inside and outside the classroom. Our oldest is a recent grdauate and was accpeted into great middle schools. He placed into honors math and made honor roll so I really disagree with the person who wrote that negative review. These kids are very well prepared and most importantly PBS taught them to love learning. His middle school teachers just reported how engaged and curious he is and how kind he is. PBS is doing a great job and if you haven't met the new head he is REALLY great.

  • (2 years ago)

    It s not easy to choose a school. We wondered when oldest started preschool at PBS what the parent population would be like and with some great public schools around about the investment. But the ELC was magical our child loved it and we made family friendships right away. It was an easy decision to continue and send our second there too. Over the years our kids have blossomed there. Somehow the school integrates compassion good communication and respect for others into the kids daily experience. It s true there isn t as much homework in early grades as other schools (I see this as a gift) but in later grades their skills ramp fast as kids have benefited from a deliberate curriculum designed to encourage critical thinking imagination & collaboration. Scott Erickson & Erik Carlson are smart and forward-looking. The environment is nurturing & teachers/specialists are deeply invested in the kids. Tamara Dibble is a stand out; igniting a passion for music in the kids. As with every school you have to seek out relationships in the parent body that work for you; you get out what you seek out. In our experience PBS is exceptional and we could not be making a better investment.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have three children at Phillips Brooks and have been pleased with the program all the way from preschool through fifth grade. Every step of the way the children at PBS learn to follow where their curiosity leads them to respect themselves and their fellow classmates and to push the boundaries of what they think they already know. My children have become creative writers enthusiastic mathematicians budding musicians and so much more. Phillips Brooks is a very special place where children are happy to go to school and sad to leave when they graduate!

  • (2 years ago)

    Our family could not be more pleased with Phillips Brooks. With all due respect to the person who wrote the negative review I strongly disagree with the assertion that graduates are not academically prepared. Our child graduated from PBS last year was admitted to a very selective school and felt completely prepared for her new academically rigorous middle school environment. But more important to us than how she performed in any individual subject is the fact that at PBS our child learned how to become a lifelong learner. She learned how to think critically ask questions and present her ideas clearly -- all in a safe kind and supportive environment. We are incredibly grateful to the school.

  • (2 years ago)

    We were in PBS for 4 1/2 years before I moved my daughter to La Entrada. I wish I had made this move much earlier. When my daughter started La Entrada we were shocked how far she was behind academically. It took quite some tutoring to get her caught up. I do hope that the new principal at PBS will make some serious changes so kids will have an easier time adjusting to Middle School. Most PBS kids are not prepared at all. Another concern is that in the following grades 3rd 4th and 5th grade they have one really great teacher and one teacher that really shouldn't be there anymore.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two children who attend PBS. Without a doubt I feel blessed to have them at the school. PBS thoughtfully balances social/emotional education with a strong academic program that encourages children to participate in the learning process at their own developmental pace. Our oldest child is approaching graduation and we are terribly sad he will be leaving such a supportive and professional educational setting. The school is in phenomenal hands with the new head. Dr. Erickson is intelligent kind personable and forward thinking. PBS is a leader of best educational practices in elementary education and will continue to be under Dr. Erickson's guidance.

  • (4 years ago)

    My oldest graduated from PBS I would not put my second child in this school that tells you a lot !! Last principal was a total disaster ! Hope this new guy will bring the old PBS back like the days of Mrs. Passi ! Don't be fooled by the list where PBS claimed where graduates go most graduates from PBS did not get into their first choice middle schools unless they have a sibiling in that particular middle school. Academic acceleration in PBS are not recommended 4th grade teachers do not even know formula on how to calculate the area of a circle ! Unless you are ready to donate a library to the middle school like Menlo or CSUS or have a sibling in those schools chances of your kid getting into those schools are slim ! I will not pay $30K so my kids can learn ABC..... - parent of a former PBS grad.

  • (5 years ago)

    Phillips Brooks is an OUTSTANDING and harmonious blend of learning community support creativity love of learning nurturing and academics. My child has been at PBS for 5 years and I could not be more impressed with the education and sense of community my child has received. THANK YOU PBS.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child has only been at PBS for about 4 months but I'm extremely impressed with the project based curriculum and enthusiasm and dedication of the teachers and administration. My son comes home very happy every day and every time I visit the classroom or events I can really see how skilled and loved the teachers are. Also something like 80% of graduates get into the 1st choice secondary school (typically Menlo Castilleja Woodside Priory Crystal Springs etc.) so they must be doing something right ) I will say it is way too expensive and many of the parents are fairly wealthy... more than I would have expected. I also don't think many of the parents are particularly friendly but I'm also new to the school so hopefully that will change over time.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great curriculum. bright students and very environmentally conscious!!

  • (9 years ago)

    PBS was a disappointment to us. The principal does not support parents well and doesn't get to know the children in upper grades unless necessary. Teachers have mixed abilities - excellent physical education teachers who really care excellent art teachers - but both leaving in 2006 excellent French & Spanish teachers. Some classroom teachers are mediocre. Without administration support to parents on classroom management issues school fails to meet needs of students in our opinion. Plenty of chances for parental involvement. Nice parents & kids. This is not an academically rigorous school. Diversity is not well addressed. Expensive school for mediocre experience.

  • (9 years ago)

    As a parent of children at this school I cannot speak more highly of the education my children are recieving. They have acquired wonderful attributes such as the 'kind kid' policy the school supports along with a conciensous approach to learning and an inclusive aproach to sports.They have embraced the world languages programe with enthusiasm and enjoy the arts computer and science programs.The school is about to embark on a substantial refit which will enhance the curriculum enormously.A sector the school needs to adress ( and I believe this will be possible with additional rooms planned) is the need for on site tutoring and support for some challenged children.

  • (9 years ago)

    PBS school provides a wonderful mix of a progressive curriculum that helps each child achieve his or her potential with more traditional values that place a high premium on community service and teaching kindness. The faculty is smart knowledable accessible and loving. The parent community is friendly and involved. We have had a great experience at PBS.

  • (9 years ago)

    PBS's focus on excellent academics and character development has been a great fit for us. The teachers stay abreast of cutting edge academic practice through the school's amazing faculty professioanl development program and the constructivist approach has really supported self-motivation and joy in my daughter. I haver known many children who have graduated from Phillips brooks and they are all among the brightest innovative thinkers and kind and compasssionate kids around. I give great crfedit to the PBS faculty for nurturing this in them. My daughter is well on her way to becoming just this kind of child. The icing on the cake for us has been the atention to home/school partnerships. I feel that the teachers really know my child care about her and that we are working together in her best interest. Come and see this school. I know that you wsill be as thrilled as I am.

  • (9 years ago)

    My children are alumni of this school. As they've become adults I even more appreciate what Phillips Brooks gave them. While the academic program is strong the emphasis on teaching students to love learning to be critical thinkers to make the right decisions in hard situations and to be kind is what matters. Students are given confidence to take risks and extend themselves. The School has a great communication program. This school has a great focus on what kind of people these children become and I see Phillips Brooks in my adult children all the time. They have continued to be learners and more importantly are good kind adults who are successful in their chosen fields of work.

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