School Details

Sandpiper Elementary School

801 Redwood Shores Parkway, Redwood City, CA 94065
(650) 631-5510
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 490 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

82%
84%
56%
85%
89%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
74%
46%
94%
84%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
86%
65%
93%
87%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
81%
60%
96%
84%
65%
86%
82%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Belmont-Redwood Shores Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sandpiper Elementary School is a public elementary school in Redwood City. The principal of Sandpiper Elementary School is Linda McDaniel and can be contacted at lmcdaniel@brssd.org. 490 students go to Sandpiper Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 4% of the Sandpiper Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 490 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Sandpiper Elementary School is 20:1. Arbor Bay School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 6% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 49% 53%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 2%
Asian 39% 23%
Filipino 3% 3%
Multiracial 2% %
Unspecified 13% 9%
Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 3380%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 5%
Limited English proficiency 4% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to Sandpaper starting in the third grade and I did not enjoy my experience there. I had trouble making friends. There are many cliques. The academic program was very challenging which was the one redeeming quality for the school. The teachers were okay. Some were better than others. The start of the new SDC there turned out to be a complete disaster. My sister was enrolled in said class and it was one mess after another. For two years the administration couldn't be bothered to hire a qualified teacher and had an aid as an "Emergency Substitute". The principal didn't welcome the class or even acknowledge they were there. The new class was pretty much invisible. At the end of the year the PTA forgot her entire class from the yearbook.

  • (2 years ago)

    Pretty good. Strong PTA. PTA seems to be driven by "select few" families. Environment is clean. Professional staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff and parents are amazing here. My two daughters are thriving.

  • (4 years ago)

    With high test scores and an API of more than 900 I am worried that our students are performing too high. Do you think I am kidding? High test scores and a highly stressful academic environment go hand=-in-hand. We don't want our kids throwing themselves on the train tracks like five Palo Alto students did these last 8 months do we? Be happy. Take your children for weekend car trips. Enjoy family life.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sandpiper teachers are excellent (especially my daughter's second grade teacher!)..some better and more committed to challenging the kids than the others. I would prefer though that the teachers not always cater to the lowest common denominator and try to break kids into groups such that they are challenged and do better in the company of their peers. I would also like to echo another parent's sentiments..in this they lack a good enrichment program like spelling bee mathletics drama or choir club. This would not only be a great way for PTA or school force to raise money in this time of recession but would also make our kids smarter and well-rounded in preparation for middle school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sandpiper is a great school with a very involved PTA. Since parents here couch kids out of school extensively for your kid to keep up you need to do the same or you will be left out!

  • (5 years ago)

    This is our 7th year at Sandpiper and we have seen it go through many changes over the years. Some were hard such as the growth and transition of three Principals but others have been very positive. Test scores continue to be impressive despite funding woes. The Principal is progressive and encourages new programs and technology use. The teachers are a bit set in their ways but an influx of new teachers has brought some innovation. And the PTA is a well oiled machine. Not everything is roses but overall it's been a great experience and our kids left/will leave well prepared for Ralston.

  • (5 years ago)

    Sandpiper remains an excellent school dispite some of the recent changes. I agree that the overcrowding has had a negative impact on the school. Parent involvement and community/school culture has suffered due to this situation. The once warm atmosphere where the principal and school secretary knew all of the children's names has been replaced by new staff who may be efficient but lack the personal skills and warmth that are so necessary in an elementary school setting. Some of the sweet traditions that my oldest child enjoyed at this school (and endeared it to our family) have gone by the wayside. Test scores do not tell the whole story.

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved here in the spring and my daughter starts third grade here towards the end of the school year. The teacher went above and beyond to create a welcome environment for my child. The academic standards are very good. We came from another 'API 10' school in another district and the pace and workload there didn't even compare to the expectations here. The only criticism I have is the lack of extracurriculars. It would be nice to have a drama club or perhaps a choir.

  • (6 years ago)

    The school is well maintained but severly over crowded. We are new to the school and have encountered an odd mix of situations. The test scores are so high because some sections of the community hire after hours tutoring ect. It is a close nit community but is very seperated by its differences such as nationality ect. Some of the parents told me that they are citizens of America but they do not consider themselves American. Other groups are very affluent and have a big voice in the community. I long for a school that leaves all that behind and binds with true respect and sense of belonging together. I have encounter mediocre teachers that feel they are the 'cats meow' when actually the scores are due to children being driven to excess by parents tutoring and teachers teaching to the API test.

  • (6 years ago)

    As 7th year parents at Sandpiper we can attest to the fact that this school keeps getting better and better! Our daughter (3rd grade) is privileged to have a fantastic teacher who teaches with spirit warmth and creativity and recognizes many times a day that each child is special. In the midst of the state budget crisis and the cuts that our district and all others across the state are dealing with we must remember that Sandpiper has an phenomenal top-notch staff and a parent community who would stop at nothing to ensure Sandpiper remains a superior school. Our children have and are still an receiving an excellent well-rounded education here.

  • (7 years ago)

    The principal teachers and staffs are excellent!

  • (7 years ago)

    My Daughter has attended Sandpiper school for the last three years - we couldn't be happier! She loves going to school and seems to enjoy the learning process. All of her teachers have been outstanding! The parents in the Sandpiper community seem to understand that a great school doesn't just happen - parent involvement is high and financial donations help support PTA run activities and extracurricular activities. The principle is outstanding - a true leader and is very supportive of the teachers. Redwood Shores has a real small town feel and having our children attend the local school has made us feel even more connected to our community and neighbors.

  • (7 years ago)

    My daughter was in the first class of Redwood Shores kindergartners to attend Nesbit Elementary in Belmont due to the over enrollment issue in the fall of 2005. I was very pleasantly surprised with how quickly the principal teachers and staff adjusted to this major adjustment--the Redwood Shores kindergartners nearly doubled the student population at Nesbit! At the time the school had 4 Sandpiper teachers and 3 Nesbit teachers and I have heard nothing but positive things about ALL of the teachers and their classrooms. This year we are at Sandpiper for the first time and I couldn't be more pleased. The principal teachers school environment and parent involvement is unbelievable! We have taken an after school enrichment classes and there are many more to try art language piano science. A second school has been approved to be built and a library is under construction--it is GREAT community!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have been a Sandpiper parent since 2001 with two children currently at the school (5th and 2nd grades). I couldn't be more pleased with the education my children have received at Sandpiper. The faculty is committed and excellent; the principal is strong; the parent involvement is stellar; and the academics are traditional yet creative. While much effort goes into fundraising by both the PTA and the district's foundation most parents feel we could still be offering more enrichment opportunities. The new dedicated 4th/5th grade science teacher has made a big difference although he is working with handouts -- there is no funding for science textbooks. Our son enjoys the after-school 'music mentor' program for individual instrument study. While classes are large in 4th and 5th grades (30 students) the teachers are strong in control and are still able to give individual attention. All in all a great neighborhood school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Sandpiper is a big bubble. High test scores only because of very high parent involvement and not because of average teacher quality.

  • (8 years ago)

    Sandpiper emits an aura of excellence (it looks so clean kids and families are so nice PTA is so strong) but in reality it is in crisis academically. This is a district of great mediocrity (or worse).

  • (8 years ago)

    We are very impressed with this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Sandpiper is the best performing public elementary school in the school district of Belmont-Redwood Shores with the support of actively involved parents. It is located at an affluent and safe area. K-grade is no longer housed in this school starting 2005 as they have been moved to the lowest performing school in the district. This brings into question the motive of the district's superintendent. In addition the school board has gradually been molded to consist of only supporters of the superintendent. Hopefully the politicians will not make decisions for their own gain at the expense of the children's education.

  • (9 years ago)

    Sandpiper is one of the shining stars in the Belmont-Redwood Shores school district and it continues to improve yearly. A new principal joined the school mid-2005 after the former principal was reassigned to a neighboring school. Extracurricular activities include music and field trips sponsored by donations from area businesses and parents. The parent demographics are highly educated most with graduate and post-graduate degrees and stay-at-home parents who are actively involved in helping the school and its staff.

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