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About This School

Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School is Joanne Matala, who can be contacted at 457 children attend Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 11% of the Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 0.9% of the 457 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School is 21:1. D. J. Sedgwick Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Video film production
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 91% 70%
White, non-Hispanic 7% 23%
Hispanic 0.9% 5%
Filipino 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 18645%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 1%
Unspecified 0% 0.05%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 0.9% 5%
Limited English proficiency 11% 10%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been a student at Dilworth for 3 years and I am very happy with teachers/classmates. This is a neighborhood school and since enrollment has been declining they opened the boundary this year (2013-2014) to allow additional students. This has solved the problem of low enrollment (numbers had been decreasing) which had led to many combo classes in the past. The teachers we have had so far have been truly wonderful - and the kids here come from households were education is very valued. The school is also committed to helping those who need it the teachers give out their Email/phone and the new principal seems very engaged in helping the staff get what they need. In my view it would be hard for a child to fall through the cracks unless the child/parent are not working with the teacher. My daughter had a rough start in kindergarten since we had chosen not to "teach" reading prior to K but working with her teacher she caught on quickly and was at level by Spring. To me the main downside is the pressure some of the parents put on their kids at a very early age and the competitiveness even in early grades.

  • (1 year ago)

    First I'd like to note that I was disturbed by one of the previous commenters who thinks he has exclusive rights to Dilworth since he's paying the high property prices of this area...I think it's a great thing that Dilworth has opened up to other non-neighborhood students. Hello isn't public education supposed to educate our kids regardless of their economic background?? If you don't like that go to private school but don't think you deserve exclusivity because you bought a house here. Rant over. We've been happy with Dilworth; our son is happy and loves his teachers. He gets the help he needs with his speech. Overall it's a friendly caring school.

  • (1 year ago)

    There is a new principal this past school year. He does not act and look like a principal. He reminds me of the men in the movie "Men in Black". Dilworth needs strong leadership and as a kid I do not see it at all. The new school principal needs to show us improvement or students will go on a strike student .

  • (1 year ago)

    Dilworth is bad because it needs a a lot of improvements.1 barely any of the teachers are nice.Only 4 teachers I like in this school. Especially that some teachers are really rude. Teachers have a favorite kid in there class most of the time and it isn't fair. Some wave off questions and accuse kids of things they didn't do. And the principal now is very snobbish and he talks to kids way different than he talks to parents (which I dislike) and always dresses in a buisness suit and tie like he's going to an office not a school. He is also not very involved. I can tell some of the staff members dislike him. 2 the schools maintanince is bad. The bathrooms smell terrible and people write and carve things inside (which are mainly bad words) and the tanbark that they put on the playground can really hurt someone. One of the teachers got hurt because of this and so many students have too. There are cigarettes on the ground and no one bothers to put it in an ashtray.Three most teachers only teach what they are supposed to and have no styles of teaching or tell the students whats happening around the community and teach boring things and have no experience in other jobs. ~ 4th grader

  • (1 year ago)

    I am not sure why people when asked for a school review write about how the families around the area live nearby are like sardines. I am not sure how it matters to this content. This school is nice there are really dedicated teachers who care about the children. My kids go here and they love it. Teachers are very friendly answer emails when you have questions stop by to talk to you when you have questions provide you feedback when needed.

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree with the parent below me. This school loves kids that can learn on their own and does not require much attention. There are many of these kinds of children attending this school and about 30% of these students get private tutoring. The teachers/staff love this kind of students. Why? This makes their job so much easier on them. If you have kid(s) that are the ideal type then this school is for them. This school is more like 95% Asian. My neighbor had moved their grandchildren to Devargas several years back where there is way more diversity but low API. You cannot have it all so take your pick of diversity with low API or no diversity and high API.

  • (1 year ago)

    I gave it a try few years back and it didn't work for my kid. If your kid is independent and doesn't require attention then this school will workout.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school along with Collins Regnart Lincoln & Garden Gate is pretty much the same. I wouldn't say one is better than the other. As many parents already know California is still very much behind other states. I know the state of California set the standard of what to be taught at each grade level but it is so slow. Kids are like sponges and my child is bore to death.

  • (1 year ago)

    There are no apartments in this area but there are huge townhouses and condo complex close to the school available for purchase or rent. Families living in tight spaces like sardines packed in a can. There are at least 40% of households here with 3 generations under one roof. I think the test scores are misleading cuz only a few teachers here are good and caring. I wish we move back to India. Student

  • (1 year ago)

    The school ground is clean. Some students go to Kumon (waste of money) and other afterschool tutoring programs. It is approx. 90%asians.

  • (1 year ago)

    I don't think there is anything wrong with Combo classes. Please Dilworth keep the combo classes going. There is nothing wrong with having kids outside of our homeschool area coming into our neighborhood for school. Rancho Rinconada area of Cupertino do have many rentals just like Nimitz and a few other Cupertino Schools but that does not mean they are dumb kids either. I welcome all the Rancho Rinconada area of Cupertino smart kids into DIlworth only. The price of housing have nothing to do with student's intelligence. Ha ha I guess a parent below me just kick him or herself in the mouth. All the people I grew up with were lower middle income with hard working parents. Now they are very sucessful and they do not brag either.

  • (1 year ago)

    Historically Dilworth Elementary has been a good school choice for parents seeking high academic standards. Leadership and teacher quality have been good. My concern is for the future of this school. At the beginning of 2013 the district is opening up the school enrollment to students whose home school is not Dilworth. These students are predominantly coming from the Rancho Rinconada area of Cupertino. For those not familiar this area has high apartment student population and home prices are much lower than our area. My impetus to purchase a house in the Dilworth area was for the exclusivity and high academics which we pay for heavily with each mortgage payment and biyearly tax payment. Dilworth has already implemented "combined" classes to maximize student enrollment. Quite controversial as to whether this is even legal on grounds of "equality of education" it can only be surmized that with the influx of Rancho Rinconada students added from Sedgwick Elementary more and more students will have to suffer the "combined" class. We parents should stand against the tactics being employed by the district/school. Save Dilworth for local students and no to Combo classes!

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter has been at this school for a year now - I moved from a private school and am very very happy - the teachers are very experienced and involved . My daughter loves school and I find the method of teaching leaves concepts well grounded ! Excellent School!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Dilworth is a very good school. My son has been with the school for few year and so far are very happy with the teachers and classmates.

  • (6 years ago)

    awesome. And free!!!!!!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    Dilworth is a great school with very resposible and well rounded teachers and staff. This is a very friendly school - the staff go the extra step to take care of our kids the teachers are easy to get a hold of and schedule time with. Overall we are very happy with out daughter's schooling for last 5 years. This year we were very happy with our son's very full and rounded kindergarten experience.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a very friendly school with great teachers and staffs. The principal is very personable and hands on. Due to her leadership test scores have risen for the school. There is a lot of parent involvement. Great school for my chidlren!

  • (8 years ago)

    Dilworth is a great school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Very nice school. Good teachers and Principle. My son is going there for last 3 years and we are extemely happy.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is the best school my kids been so far. Dilworth has excellent academic and Extracurricular involvement for kids. Techers take individual interest in kids and maintain excellent communication with the parents.

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