School Details

Sakamoto Elementary School

6280 Shadelands Drive, San Jose, CA 95123
(408) 227-3411
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 597 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

68%
61%
56%
78%
68%
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
  • Oak Grove Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
53%
46%
86%
71%
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
  • Oak Grove Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
69%
65%
79%
70%
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
  • Oak Grove Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
65%
60%
88%
63%
65%
70%
54%
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
  • Oak Grove Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
62%
60%
75%
55%
55%

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
  • Oak Grove Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sakamoto Elementary School is a public middle school in San Jose. The principal of Sakamoto Elementary School is Jenay Kiddoo and can be contacted at jkiddoo@ogsd.k12.ca.us. 597 children attend Sakamoto Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 15% of the Sakamoto Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 17% of the 597 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sakamoto Elementary School is 21:1. Apostles Lutheran is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 37% 21%
Filipino 3% 4%
Hispanic 27% 46%
Asian 20% 19%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 11505%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.9%
Unspecified 0.5% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17% 45%
Limited English proficiency 15% 31%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    my grandson has been at this school k to 4th grade. It is a challenging academic school one of the most sought after if you are fortunate to live in this district. recently my grandson was enrolled in a low income low test ratio school due to parents who would rather see their kid pass math with out learning the fundamentals . Now it's time to teach parents that they are only hurting their child by telling him he can't graduate on Sakamotos high standards ! It's sad to see that parents would take this route just to get their kid to the next grade with out learning what will be needed for his future! is this what education is about now? less parenting time to spend on homework rather than push a kid to their highest capabilities if given the opty. It's a shame to waste a school voted 9 out of 10 that makes sure the kids are educated not just taking up a seat to a school voted #3 with no test results to show ! every teacher knows every student in Sakamoto the front desk lady is wonderful knows each student by name and the parents. yes Sakamoto is tuff it's why parents strive to be in this district.

  • (11 months ago)

    My son is finishing his 5th grade year. We've been a Sakamoto family since 2010. (2nd grade). The most solid thing about this school is it's administrative staff. The "front desk" woman mentioned in the previous review is neither rude nor inattentive. She has a great sense of humor. She is what makes this school tick like a fine Swiss watch while she continuously adapts to te principa'ls revolving door! Moving on The PTO is productively connected and the newly appointed board is promising in both the brains and community brawn! The teaching staff is a cohesive team. I've witness camaraderie in the classroom and out. The voted upon parent funded programs (by way of PTO) have had a hiccup this year and communicative efforts have fallen short but the job is getting done and I have a lot of faith in the new board. Kids are happy! School is safe. Parent drivers can be poopy! But that happens at all schools!

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is currently enrolled in the kindergarten and we are very happy with his teacher and the curriculum they teach. The homework is challenging and he is learning a lot. It's been a joy to see him learn to read too. The only gripe I have is with the elderly front desk woman. She has been unnecessarily rude and I don't appreciate her giving people attitude including me. She makes asking simple questions difficult and is not very approachable. I wish someone would talk to her. few interaction I had with the elderly front desk woman who always seems to have an attitude and is rude. It's almost impossible to ask questions with her without some sort of unnecessary tone and annoyance. Other than that so far so good!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is an amazing school. Everyone from the office staff to the teachers are just great. Due to bad experience at her previous school my daughter was very apprehensive about starting a new school she enjoys going to school again )

  • (1 year ago)

    All I got to say is great school great teachers and principal. My boys love going to Sakamoto.

  • (3 years ago)

    Sakamoto has one of the best Parent Teacher (PTO) Organizations around. They are very proactive and have a great working relationship with the teachers and principal. As a result the school has an amazing amount of extra support. My kids have been on the receiving end of this support with a new computer lab Science Program PE Program Art Program. It is diverse and offers the children a very well rounded experience both academically and socially. As a professional with a Master's Degree who is VERY connected to my children's long term academic success I am very pleased with the foundation my children receive here.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sakamoto is a great school because so many of the parents participate in helping make the school a great place for the kids to learn.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter started kindergarten this year and has had such a positive experience. She has a wonderful teacher good friends and the parents I have met have all been friendly and helpful. I have had an even better experience than expected sending her to this school!

  • (6 years ago)

    My child has been at his school since K and she is now in 5th grade. She has had a great experience so far. Every teacher has been able to give her extra challenging work to meet her needs. The school also has a great art program for the lower grades 1st to 3rd ran by parent volunteers and a visual performing arts program ran by professionals for the upper grades 4rd to 6th. For extra curricular activities they offer Spanish (extra cost) Music Matters (extra cost) and for the upper grades they offer chorus no cost ( 4rd to 8th grades) and for 6th grade they offer Band no cost. We also have a good Gate program ( thanks to parent involvement) The teachers are caring and interested to see the students succeed. This year we have a P.E. teacher that is exciting!

  • (6 years ago)

    There seems to be a revolving door as far as principals are concerned. There have been four in the past six years. The climate of the school is totally dependant on the principal so it changes each time there is a new principal.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son joined the school in the 3rd grade and now is in the 5th grade. The teachers are able to give individual attention and give incremental classwork to students who are capable of doing more than the class average. This type of distinction helped my kid to keep moving up in his reading/writing/math skills instead of just getting stuck in what the whole class is doing. Currently my son is a 5th/6th combo class and he is all excited to be with higher grade kids and is confident that he is going to be learning more this year with his teachers and fellow 6th grade students. I am very happy with our school choice. The Gate program is satisfactory but is currently limited due to funds availability and parent volunteer efforts ( I am culprit too I could not volunteer yet). Great school overall.

  • (8 years ago)

    My son is in 5th grade and joined Sakamoto in the 2nd grade from private school. Good solid school- excellent teachers good community involvement and a safe nourishing and positive environment with good parental involvement.

  • (9 years ago)

    We are in our second year (1st grade) at Sakamoto and have been very please with the school and the teachers. We would recommend the school highly. Physical education is a weak point that is true but the academics are more important to us and their scores remain quite high for a public school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Sakamoto is a great learning enviroment. The teachers really care about the students success. GATE activities are great - the parents and home & school club have worked together to provide a wonderful creative learning enviroment.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son is a 3rd grade student at Sakomoto. We've been happy with the school so far. There could be improvements but overall I think Sakomoto is a bit above average in most areas.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son went to Sakamoto for Kindergarden. It was a good experience in general. I like the program designed by the teacher although at K level the goals were not all that clear. One of the things I found missing is a focus on excellence. At K level this is probably not as important as helping the children develop social skills to fit in. My son wanted more structured activities. He was a little confused about what he was suppoed to do to be 'best'. I think other kids seem to enjoy the less structured setting. I guess it depends on the personality of the child.

  • (10 years ago)

    Quality of academics is above average level of parent involvement is above average. Extracurricular activities needs improvement.

  • (10 years ago)

    My child has been at Sakamoto since First grade and is now going into Third. He has loved it there and has had a very positive experience so far. We have been very pleased with his teachers as well as the academic curriculum at this school. I would highly reccomend this school to anyone I know.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is a very nice school my son was in kindergarten and I was very pleased with what he learned. I had some concerned and they were handled in a very good manner. The teacher was excellent. There was a lot of parents involvement.

  • (11 years ago)

    I am not a parent but I am a student. I go to this school. I have seen alot of things at this school about 80% or 70% of them are nice. There is not alot of p.e in my class if we ever have it we only have it at least 3 to 4 times a month. I think we should have more p.e and nicer teachers.

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