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John Muir Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of John Muir Elementary School is Robert Sherman and can be contacted at sherman_bob@cusdk8.org. 478 students go to John Muir Elementary School and identify as Asian, Hispanic, and Filipino. 31% of the John Muir Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 478 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at John Muir Elementary School is 18:1. R. I. Meyerholz Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 84% 70%
Hispanic 3% 5%
Filipino 2% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 11% 23%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 1%
Multiracial 0.7% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 18645%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Unspecified 0% 0.05%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 5%
Limited English proficiency 31% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I just moved here to portage 2months ago and my son started out Ok the teachers are Ok but they can work on the discrimination among the kids a lot better than its been because it make my kid not like coming to school and I don't like it because we are here to stay but once they work on that little situation I mention I would rate the school a B+ from my rating sincerely yours parent

  • (7 months ago)

    Amazing teachers & staff over the past 3 years 2010-2013. They have a new principal Mrs. Steele who has great energy & leadership. Vanessa Mercado the IEP instructor provides a nurturing environment for children with ADHD kindness & patience are her best qualities!!! Mrs Salas (5th grade teacher) provides an educationally challenging but fun environment which distracts the pressure of a challenging academic environment to a fun class to learn in all year long! Mrs Chu (3rd grade) teacher has a lot of experience & provides a warm & caring environment that is conducive to students learning at their own pace. I highly recommend this wonderful school. Great technology awesome PTA President Wendy Strand who organizes an amazing Harvest Festival book exchange & more!!

  • (1 year ago)

    I don't think greatschool's stats do the diversity at this school justice. It really is the most diverse school in CUSD. Yes there are more Asian and Indian students but there are also many white and Hispanic students. I love that my daughter is around diversity like this. I was a little nervous when we moved in because John Muir was the "overflow" school but I love the smaller size of the school and was happily surprised. The principle is amazing and seems to really care about and know each student. My daughter was behind in reading but her teacher has been happy to help me work with her to get her caught up. All of the parents are involved in their child's education. What a wonderful place John Muir is. I couldn't be more at ease having my daughter spend the day there.

  • (4 years ago)

    John Muir is such a wonderful place for my kids. Not only they have the loving nourishing staff but a very strong academic. Love it!

  • (4 years ago)

    this is one of the best elementary schools in the cupertino and santa clara districts. the teachers are so caring about the students they give each child individual attention . The principal is a great leader and the children find him very approachable. great team work . keep it up john muir. my grandson loves his school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers & staff really care about every student.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a parent of a student who attends John Muir and as an employee of the Cupertino Union School District I think that if you have a child going to school here you are pretty darn lucky. There are great teachers and parent support. People should feel pretty lucky to live and have their kids go to school in the CUSD.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son transferred from Collins two years ago and he is much happier in John Muir. It's a smaller school and we get to know many families in the school. We are very happy with John Muir and feel really lucky to make the right decision to transfer to the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school. We got transfer from stocklmeir elementary(worst) on purpose. Here at john muir we love the teachers principal and the office staff. This is the best school ever!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am very happy with John Muir. I truly respect the teachers. They are caring and they work hard to make learning fun. It is not easy to teach in the Cupertino district as the families here demand a lot. I think with all the pressure budget cuts etc they are doing a grand job. Yes the Principal is new but she works hard and she is very dedicated to the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    My oldest is now in High School and my youngest is about to start Grade 1 at this school. over the years I have seen a few teachers come and go and the present Principal is brand new. But this school remains IMHO the best in this area with very dedicated committed albeit sometimes exhausted & overworked(aren't we all human?) staff. Couldn't ask for a better school at the elementary level.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teachers and staff are all very caring and envolved in student needs. My child loves going to school every day. The curriculum is based on state standards.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am disappointed with the school at John Muir especially w/the some of the teachers. Sadly with so many budget cuts we are unable to hire or keep good and talented teachers. What we are left with are some teachers who don't appear to enjoy what they are doing and seem to patronize the parents. This should be a red flag for parents. Despite some of the problems parents here are dedicated and largely b/c of them our students do strive. Check this school out and see for yourself. Although there are a few wonderful teachers staff members and a hard working principal this school receives a C+ from me.

  • (9 years ago)

    Both my children go to John Muir Elementary. I am happy with the schoold so far I find that we have a tremendous set of enthusiastic parents that are involved in the school community. The teachers have been great so far.

  • (9 years ago)

    John Muir is a good school. The teachers are qualified and supportive. The curriculum is challenging. I have two children who have attended this school for two years. We are very happy.

  • (9 years ago)

    A great community but like most CUSD schools there is no standardization of what is taught. Subsequently the education received varies from classroom to classroom.

  • (10 years ago)

    John Muir is a school where children are respected listened to and cared for. It is also a school with high expectations both academically and behaviorally. The teaching staff is excellent the administrators are accessible and approachable and the parents are involved. John Muir gives 100% and gets an A+.

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