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About This School

Taylor (Bertha) Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Taylor (Bertha) Elementary School is Betsy Fitch and can be contacted at bfitch@ogsd.k12.ca.us. 702 children attend Taylor (Bertha) Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Black, non-Hispanic. 22% of the Taylor (Bertha) Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 21% of the 702 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Taylor (Bertha) Elementary School is 22:1. Santa Teresa Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Cheerleading
    • Football
    • Gymnastics
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 36% 21%
Asian 34% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
Filipino 3% 4%
Unspecified 3% 3%
Hispanic 25% 46%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.6% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 11505%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.9%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 45%
Limited English proficiency 22% 31%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    All though the principal is great I am very dissapointed with teachers. Noone cares to teach children right from wrong. One kid steals lunch from another and when other children complain to teacher the answer they get is "I didn't see it so I won't do anything about it"...REALLY? Teacher doesn't check kid's homework and let's them grade their own work or gives a few kids in the classroom candy to check other kid's work. How is that possbile? After submitting a semester of daily summaries where you can clearly see child's impovement in penmanship and content teacher returns work back with a sticky note on which it says C- and states that there are dates of mising work. Not one summary is marked. This is the WORST teacher I have dealt with and I wasn't happy with previous year's teachers. Principal should really find decent teachers. Bullying is rampant and bullies get away with it all the time. Looking to transfer my child in to another school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I love teaching at Taylor School. It has a wonderful sense of community and strong parent involvement. I love keeping backpacks outside the classrooms. It helps keep classrooms tidy and safe for students to work and move around. My students' lunches are only stored outside when the weather is mild or cool otherwise we bring them inside. I love Taylor so much my child attends here also! I am confident he will learn to be a strong kind intelligent young man who will love to learn because of his experience at Taylor.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son likes Taylor school very much. I like the teaching method and curriculum which is apt for the kids. Academic wise i'm satisfied. There are couple of things I want to make a note of. Just because Taylor school building is old it has the dungeon smell once you get into the building. My son got allergies which he didn't have it before. These kids are spending six hours a day in this same environment which can develop their allergies which can lead to asthma. The next one is the kids are placing their backpacks along with their lunch boxes outside the building. The lunch has been kept outside for 3.5 hours under the sun. This can spoil their food. Poor kids they have to eat this lunch anyways without even realizing it. I hope the management should take some action to prevent the kids from getting sick/diseases.

  • (1 year ago)

    Taylor school is a wonderful place for children to learn and grow. The staff and students continually collaborate with the intention of doing what's best for the students. Filled with gratitude for this community.

  • (1 year ago)

    School is undergoing a change in PTA board with continued focus on community and parent involvement. All teachers I have interacted with have been kind and open to discussing my questions. My child can't wait till school is back in session.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great school and would like to stay in this district because it is one of the better neighborhoods in San Jose. My oldest was here last year and currently my youngest go to this wonderful school. So far the teachers I've met are very nice and also I can tell they are good at what they do. My sister has had a bad experience with the school secretary but I think the secretary is a bit grumpy at times I admit. That's the least of my worries because everything else is good so far. I really do hope we stay in this area for a while. Also the principal is wonderful!

  • (1 year ago)

    We just moved to San Jose within the last year and couldn't be happier with having our daughter in Bertha Taylor. The neighborhood and community is safe and welcoming and the school itself has been both nurturing and challenging. The wraparound daycare right at the school is staffed by an attentive and caring staff.

  • (2 years ago)

    Such a great school tons of parent involvement. My kindergarten loves it. So glad we have Taylor as our home school.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son was in Kindergarten this past year. When comparing to other elementary schools in this district this school deserves 4 stars but overall I would give it a 3. The API score is great but there is a lack of parental involvement in the kindergarten and little communication between the parents and teachers. All of the parents who are involved are in the upper grades and they are really just the same parents who do everything. I was hoping for more of a community that we could be a part of but that probably won't happen here. All of the midweek school events were poorly attended which left me disappointed. As for the curriculum it was okay but my son became bored very quickly.

  • (4 years ago)

    Taylor is a great school both academically and socially for the children that go there. I went there my son and now my daughter. All of her teachers have been very welcoming and she has really learned so much in the last couple of years at Taylor. The extra programs that are offered are great too. The only thing I would like to see is the principal play a bigger role and participate more with the kids. Give them incentives and more rewards.

  • (4 years ago)

    The kids love to learn. we have fantastic teachers that help our children to shine. we have lots of extra programs that the kids can participate in

  • (5 years ago)

    What a great accomplishment Taylor school has made. Students staff and parents can all take pride in our efforts. We should all be very proud of our school and everyone in it! Let's keep up the great work and hope for a year that is just as great if not better!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the school. My children used to go to challenger school. I found Taylor more balanced academically as well as socially.

  • (6 years ago)

    I went to Taylor and my childern have gone and is still going and its a wonderful school with great teachers and great parents who make the extra programs provided happen for the childern. I feel the new principal needs to provide more outlets for rewarding all the hard work the students do and needs to be more involved and more encouraging.

  • (6 years ago)

    The new principal who took over last year does not recognize the student's individual achievements in the school newsletter like the previous principal. I feel the children all miss seeing this in print. Academic achievements are not publicly acknowledged by this principal. The 2007-2008 school year hasn't started out any better with some unusual math level placement.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have a kindergartner currently attending Taylor and had seriously considered a local private school for my son. We deiced to give public school a try and found Taylor Elementary to be an excellent choice thus far. I am very involved in the volunteer programs within the school so I have been able to get a close look at the quality of instruction child safety issues and technology offered at the school. Although some of the extracurricular activities and technology advancements are fairly new to Taylor (including an art program slated to start next fall) I am very impressed with the quality of teachers administration and programs that Taylor offers. I would highly recommend Taylor to any inquiring parents considering public school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Taylor School has seen some improvement in discipline over the last year thanks to new principal. However school needs improvement in other areas. Some opportunities for afterschool programs but cost money and are very limited in scope (art and dance programs). Some strong experienced teachers in grades K-4. Parent involvement is pretty good but PTA is controlled by small group of parents with their own agenda.

  • (7 years ago)

    My husband and I are very pleased with Taylor. My daughter who could not read when starting Kindergarten was added to the accelerated reading program 1/2 through the school year. Between recess and the various extra activities [such as] back to school night open house science/technology night book fairs the walk-a-thon ice cream social the Olympics and the various spirit days not to mention the field trips and charity fundraisers I think my daughter receives a well rounded elementary school experience. I look forward to the next 6 years with Taylor and we can not wait to enroll our son.

  • (7 years ago)

    Quality is good but no heart. Extra curricular activites what are those? They existt as long as your pocket book does. Parent involvement is good but anything can stand for improvement.

  • (7 years ago)

    I really don't recommend Taylor school. This school ranks very high when it comes to test scores but there really isn't any involvement when it comes to the students. 3 out of the 4 teachers that my son has had have been terrible. This school needs to learn how to challenge these kids and be involved with them as children.

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