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About This School

Anderson (Alex) Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Anderson (Alex) Elementary School is Tamara Unck and can be contacted at tunck@ogsd.k12.ca.us. 617 students go to Anderson (Alex) Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 39% of the Anderson (Alex) Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 55% of the 617 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Anderson (Alex) Elementary School is 21:1. Miner (George) Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 46% 46%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 6%
Filipino 3% 4%
Asian 29% 19%
Unspecified 2% 3%
Multiracial 2% %
White, non-Hispanic 18% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 11505%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 45%
Limited English proficiency 39% 31%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    They promote and reward students for positive behavior such as being safe academic respectful and kind which they refer to as B.A.R.K. which ties into their school mantra. The principal is very interactive with the children and the staff is awesome

  • (10 months ago)

    Alex Anderson Elementary School is an awesome school. From the first day of school the staff principal and Home and School Club are warm and welcoming. I love the fact that they focus on positive behavior while helping the kids show school pride with what they call B.A.R.K. (Be safe Academic Respectful and Kind ). The staff and faculty are constantly looking for this behavior and reinforcing it by handing out B.A.R.K. slips when they see it. The students then in turn in their BARK slips to their classroom dog houses. This is where the teachers then pull out 2 class winners weekly and/or daily classroom prize winners. It is refreshing to see the behavior on the positive versus focusing on the negative. The Home and School Club goes out of their way to make sure every parent and student feels welcomed and appreciated. If Anderson were to win this I would love to see a big push on technology we are in great need of a computer lab to help our kids keep up with the community in Silicon Valley.

  • (10 months ago)

    I am giving Alex Anderson Elementary School a four start rating. This isn't because their test scores are exemplary but because the faculty and staff and it's supporters are. They are located in a tough community. There is very little parental commitment and support. This is not due to lack of want but social and economic challenges. The Alex Anderson staff does dynamic things and accomplishes a great deal with what little they receive. The Home and School Connection (their PTA) work endless hours to improve the life of these children and support the faculty and administration. I am no longer at Anderson but I feel this school and it's supporters deserve a huge shot in the arm and a little recognition. That is why I am choosing to nominate Alex Anderson Elementary School and ring a loud bell in their honor instead of my child's current school. Thank you for the opportunity to speak out on their behalf!

  • (11 months ago)

    Anderson is a hidden Jem. The staff is amazing . The teachers are caring and didicated . I am so blessed to have such a great school in my neighborhood.

  • (2 years ago)

    Anderson is getting a new Principal this 2012-2013 School year and has a Home & School Club with the board in place for parent involvement. The teacher's and staff remain the BEST assets. Since this school is one of only a few in this district that has Special Day Classes in addition to ESL learners our API is affected yet still up in the high 700's which shows what a awesome job they do. If you are a involved parent in any way your student will have GREAT success and if not luckily our teachers care.

  • (3 years ago)

    Anderson is a very nurturing school The entire staff have one thing in common the children are their first priority. The principal is by far the best principal I have come in contact with. Overall GREAT SCHOOL!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff is amazing and cares for all students. A very positive place to be! The kids are great but parent involvement could be better.

  • (5 years ago)

    i am not happy with the faculty at the school. there is no support or positiveness at all. I am looking forward to transferring my child to another school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My boy just entered the kindergarten. His teacher is wonderful. The new principal is awesome. Hope that during this year Andreson school will increase API scores and will get better rating. Really good school with a winnig team !

  • (5 years ago)

    My son just joined the kindergarten. His teacher is wonderful. The new principal is awesome. Hope that during this year Andreson school will increase API scores and will get better rating. Really good school with a winnig team !

  • (7 years ago)

    Several of the parents/teachers lack respect for the children. The Principal only listens but not hears what you have to say.

  • (8 years ago)

    All 3 of my children have attended or are currently attending Anderson. All 3 are GATE students and we've had great years at Anderson. There's a couple of teachers I'll request my children not get but they've always been very accomodating to my request. 2 of my kids were in the Merger Community and I'm sorry they've discontinued the program before my 2nd could complete it and my 3rd could have a chance to begin it. However I understand and my kids are still excelling in their learning. The office staff is also quite wonderful. The ladies (Georgia Luanne Irene etc.)are always very kind and willing to help the parents and the students. They rock!

  • (8 years ago)

    My sone goes to grade 1 and his tacher is very good.

  • (9 years ago)

    The academic programs are some of the best around teachers are involved and caring and spend time with their students to ensure understanding of the lessons. The principal is very involved with the teachers classes and students. She provided a stamp club and other lunchtime opportunities for students and brought a lot of student support by bringing science camp student council peacebuilders and interactive assemblies to our school. Our school encourages all students to excel and wants to see the arts and sciences continue to be important as the students also learn and meet standards set by the state. I am very happy that my child attends Anderson and have heard the same from most parents. It is a positive safe and exciting place for my child to learn.

  • (9 years ago)

    Anderson is well organized and provides a wonderful learning environment for students. The teachers are familiar with all of the students in attendance. I found it easy to work with the teachers and the principle has been most understanding and proactive in the school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am happy with the quality of the teachers in this school. My son has made steady progress in all areas of academia.

  • (10 years ago)

    The teachers and staff at Alex Anderson work hard to help all students meet the state standards and still make school a safe and fun place to be. Parents are asked to be active participants in their children's education and I have always felt welcome and an important part of my child's educational success. Teachers are highly qualified and teach the new standards so that our children will succeed in future years. The Principal is actively involved on a daily basis and I have seen her in classrooms almost every day. Safety is also a priority at Anderson. Outside doors are kept locked and recesses are adequately covered. Teachers and the principal also help before and after school with the traffic so that students may arrive and depart safely. My children are aware of the rules in the classroom and the school and we feel that positive behavior is a priority at Anderson. This year they are using the Peace Builders Program and will focus on positive and preventative alternatives to use when disagreements occur. We will be practicing them at home as well.I am glad my children are attending Anderson and know that they will be well-prepared for Junior High when they leave.

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