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.
Daves Avenue Elementary School is a public elementary school in Monte Sereno. The principal of Daves Avenue Elementary School is Susan von Felten, whose e-mail is email@example.com. 535 students attend Daves Avenue Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Daves Avenue Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 535 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Daves Avenue Elementary School is 18:1. Louise Van Meter Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.
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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.
Like any school a school is as good as it's teachers principal parents and children who are a part of it. Most part parents are involved but sometimes it feels like most of the work is done by a select few but that is to be expected in this affluent area where two parents work. Some parents and children have a sense of entitlement some teachers do too. This school is located in a district that has more money than most districts teachers are paid well with great benefits beautiful buildings technology and every Wed is a half day for teachers to do what teachers use to do after school. All the district elementary schools share the great resources. There is big pressure to donate money both to district Ed fund and your own school. This school has had fair share of problems on heels of getting rid of a non-productive principal reading problems math problems another district change in math teachers in the past needed gift cards as incentives to say help in carpool lane AM/PM. Some parents just don't realize the magnitude of deficiency until much later when it's too late and when they do they never give feedback for fear of retaliation. Not 1st choice.
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.
Fantastic school with teacher and administration that truly cares. The families are so involved and true advocates of the children.
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.
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.
Our kids are doing excellent at Daves. We have the teacher support that works well for both of our children. They are thriving and growing as students and individuals.
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!
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.
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.
I just read the previous review and I have to say I have a hard time believing it was written by a concerned parent. My kids actually go to this school and the standards there are very low. There are kids in first grade who DO NOT know the alphabet! Some can't even count to 10. This is shameful. Sure there are some kids who can read in first grade but that is believe it or not concerned parent pretty average for this age group. Yes you read that right. They should be reading by the time they're 6 or 7 and we're not talking Shakespeare or the Magna Carta. Overall the school's STAR test results are sharply LOWER from last year especially in 2nd grade and I'm sure that will be reflected in the API score due out in October. In the higher grades the pace is particularly slow and many parents wind up spending thousands on supplementing. As for the community if you're not traipsing the campus in $200 tights or driving a Lexus SUV to and from pilates classes at the Courtside Club you're considered a loser unworthy of their time. If you're looking to move into the area I'd recommend looking for a place near Blossom Hill Elementary.
I have to say that I'm shocked to see some of the negative comments about Daves Ave. Elementary. I am a Daves Ave. parent and I have taught at other public schools in various parts of the south bay and this school shines! We have a warm and caring community that supports a well-rounded education. Perhaps some parents around Los Gatos or Monte Sereno have unrealistic expectations about public school education. I loved that when my child was in kindergarten she had fun and learned about many things. No she wasn't reading at 8th grade level when she entered 1st grade but kindergarten was a very positive experience for her. That is key in getting students engaged in school. I think the staff and teachers are great. Sure there may be a teacher that a parent doesn't get along with (happens in EVERY school) but the school should not suffer with poor reviews. It is most likely a union/district issue. I love our little school and I'm proud to send my children there.
The fact that this school is in such a highly touted school district makes its mediocrity all the more galling. We moved from another state where my daughter had done K and first grade. She has been reading chapter books since she was four is very smart and loves to learn. As a second grader she came home with things to work on that she had covered in kindergarten -- she regressed. Uncharacteristically she took little pride in her work and when I pointed out that a word may not be spelt correctly she would shrug and say that it was okay because the teachers did not care! There was never homework. It is completely lacking in any rigor and the teachers and the principal essentially blew me off with a smile assurances and absolutely no follow up. Vapid vacuous etc. It is so bad that I feel that I have to put her in a private school despite philosophical problems with private education. Don't be fooled by the nice campus and all the fancy cars this is a really low par school.
As an educator and a long-time Los Gatos parent I concur that this school is seriously lacking--and even more so this year than in the past. A second grade teacher who deems Spelling to be optional--and sends it home for parents to teach. An entire school district that shuns the traditional format of math computation in lieu of a new system being touted by an east coast university (parents refer to it as fuzzy math). We have 5th graders who can't do long division--luckily I can so again I teach math--in addition to spelling. Administratively the new principal lacks any ability to step up when a problem arises. But he's worse than ineffective he appears to foster a sense of entitlement in the teachers--not at all what we need in the current system of teacher tenure that makes it difficult--if not impossible to fire a teacher with tenure. I concur that Daves used to be the premier school in the Los Gatos district but that is no longer the case. In fact with the new principal at the helm Daves now ranks at the very bottom.
As the last reviewer said " It takes a supportive parent to make a good experience for a child great. " Well I am a 100% supportive parent and sometimes that is not enough when your teacher is not properly providing positive reinforcement and help. My son who couldn't wait to come home and do his homework last year turned into an angry boy who would get upset any time I mentioned homework. It turns out his teacher in 2nd grade is yelling at the children and even told them to "shut up". I have witnessed the yelling and frustration myself on days I help out. At this point the year is completely overshadowing the wonderful 1st and Kindergarten teacher experiences that we had. I believe this school is beautiful and most of the teachers are fantastic. This two star is for the lack of response to getting a bad apple out of the bunch.
Reading the last three reviews it seems possible all are absolutely true. The most recent post 11/11 states the teacher "everybody seems to be talking about" did a good job for her kids who have since moved on to high school. That means the perspective is 6-9 yrs old. The two 8/11 posts are based on last year. Good teachers become bad teachers. Young teachers become old teachers. There has been a significant decline in the education delivered in recent years friends commenting their younger one not getting the same as their older ones did just a few years ago. Even with the same teacher. The moral of the teachers seems to decline and a few of the best ones have left. So far this year is better than last but we're considering private school as we watch our kids get bored and fall behind saying nothing is hard and material is covered very slowly. The principal wants to make is a no-stress school but the stress will come when these parents and children realize they lost 3 yrs of educational progress compared to their peers at the other public schools and maybe more when compared to private. No homework no study skills. How is that going to work in middle school?
I totally disagree with the parents who have posted here. i loved my experience with the teacher that everyone seems to be talking about.. My kids got a great education here and as they moved to high school they did better than the kids who went to other schools and they stayed out of trouble. It takes a supportive parent to make a good experience for a child great.
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