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About This School

Tom Matsumoto Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Tom Matsumoto Elementary School is James Sherman, who can be contacted at jsherman@eesd.org. 843 children attend Tom Matsumoto Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 15% of the Tom Matsumoto Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 4% of the 843 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Tom Matsumoto Elementary School is 21:1. Carolyn A. Clark Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Mandarin
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Crew
    • Fencing
    • Field hockey
    • Football
    • Golf
    • Martial arts self defense
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Tennis
    • Track
    • Volleyball
    • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 89% 45%
White, non-Hispanic 5% 9%
Filipino 4% 9%
Hispanic 4% 32%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 3%
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.9%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 13349%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Unspecified 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4% 28%
Limited English proficiency 15% 28%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    The teaching here is pretty nice though some of the teachers do just throw homework at the kids. But the most pathetic thing is the office staff! They are so RUDE! Once I went to the office after school waiting for my parent. I started doing my homework and the secretary just started yelling at me. I just said " I can do my homework!"(I had talked to my mom on the phone and she said she would be there to pick me up. So she called up my teacher and my teacher told her and she just scowled at me and sat down! Very rude people!

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers makes 20% effort and the remaining 80% is students plus their parents. Don't be fooled by the high api scores.Some teachers don't do anything other than gossip and shop online while sitting in the class. The district is negotiating the contract so the teachers are bitter working to the contract come around 7 45 and leave at 2 30 Pm.Some teachers can be actually seen talking on their cell phone standing in the shade while they are on yard duty !! There are some teachers who are sincere towards their work but its like a drop in a bucket! Their API is higher because parents are made to teach and supplement through tons of homework !

  • (1 year ago)

    Excellent school. The teachers care so much about the kids and go the extra mile to ensure that each child is accommodated. Top notch education always looking for way to keep the parents involved in our kid's success. They communicate very well. We receive updates each week via a individualized breakdown on each assignment and test/quiz grade. They are on top of their grading and never let anything fall behind. Weekly newsletter points out important dates and items specific to child's class. This school from k-6 are really involved with each student and their success. Even with a school of this size all of the teachers and staff know every student and have a singular focus towards offering a 1st class experience for all. Many parents are involved in the school through PTA and other organizations that help to shape the future of the school to meet everyone's needs. Very welcoming for new families and encourage involvement from the beginning to make this the best elementary school in the South Bay!

  • (1 year ago)

    Teaching is so horrible! Too many drama as what my child said to me! Also some lunch lady cannot give my son lunch because of "low balance of money"! How are they going to eat? They're going to starve!

  • (2 years ago)

    The teaching here is ridiculous! You better have a stay at home mom or dad. The teachers just throws the homework at students even if he/she doesnt' understand. Not all kids learn at the same rate. Some might understand quickly and some might have a difficult time. Shouldn't every child understand the material that is being taught in school? Not get sent home with materials and have you as a parent teaches them. What if your family have both working parents? Not every household has a stay at home mom/dad. On top of that providing a roof and food for your family you have to come home and teach your kids. Another concerns is the amount of homework given to students. Enough is enough! Do not overload the students just because some parents feel the work isn't enough for their child. You do not boost the amount of homework just because some parents thinks that their child have too much free time at home. Like I said every student learns at their own rate. This schools only pushes students to pass the STAR test for a higher ratings. That means ALOT OF STRESS for the STUDENTS AND PARENTS! If your child doesn't do well its the parents fault! They do not care!

  • (2 years ago)

    When we were shopping for a house in 1997 we looked at Cupertino and Fremont and Evergreen. We chose Evergreen because we thought the area has a good mix of all races and the schools were just perfect not too competitive but not too easy. However Evergreen schools these days no longer have a good mix of student population. More Asian especially Indian and Chinese have moved in. These two groups make up about 70% of the student population at Matsumoto. The school is focusing on academic performance just like other schools in Cupertino or Fremont. Matsumoto school's API is getting higher and higher every year. The students have a heavy load of homework. Teachers routinely give homework on the weekend. I kids should be able to have fun on the weekend. Weekend should be reserved for church for music for sport for birthday parties ... NOT for doing homework. I hope Matsumoto teachers and the principal realize that the kids and the parents do not want homework on the weekend.

  • (2 years ago)

    Aside from having a high API score parents at Matsumoto are very happy with the leadership of the current principal Mr. Sherman. Students having excellent academic performance is wonderful but what really matters is the genuine concern and care Mr. Sherman gives to all the students. My child is now in middle school but I still have nephews and nieces who attend Matsumoto. My nephew has challenges school does not come easy for him but with Mr. Sherman and his team's support my nephew is doing very well! Mr. Sherman genuinely only wants what is best for all the students. As a parent he has always shown warmth and goes an extra mile for whoever needs help. Thank you Mr. Sherman! Keep up the great work! Our community is so lucky to have you!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school. My two kids go to this school and I am very happy with the curriculum and teaching staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    this is a really good school.my daughter has been learning alot.they also have fun activities and the students really enjoy and learn here

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has been in this school for 3 years now and TM has done wonder to him! He is confident and positive about school. Very caring principal good teachers and admin. They are making it the best it can be! Though PTA is struggling for parental support it's not the problem of the school - it's the parents!

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter has attended TME for the past two years and I have to admit that she has had a better year this year as apposed to last year but I honestly feel that they the school teachers suffer from lack of Staff development and this show in the way that they teach our children.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had three children attend this school and I am sorely disappointed in this school's performance. In my experience with this school many teachers do not teach the material enough rather they rely on parents to teach the children the concepts at home. Also there is a profound communication problem between parents and most teachers. When any issues arise the teachers do not communicate the difficulties the child is having until it is far too late. There are a small handful of teachers that truly live up to the expectations of a school with this reputation but the rest just fall down flat. The music program available is fantastic but it is only because of the generosity and willingness of the volunteer music teacher to donate her time and personal resources to this program. Once her children have graduated or moved on so will the entire music program.

  • (7 years ago)

    My child's 6th grade teacher has focused on writing and reading math and social studies sports and art projects and occasionally involved parents as needed. My child's grades improved overall since she was in this class. My other child's 3rd grade teacher also did a fantastic job in informing parents how their child progressed by doing weekly progress reports. Overall the school has done a fine job with reading/writing. In math school can teach simpler techniques in solving a math problem. The classroom text books have a very lengthy problem solving techniques. The science program can get a boost although school encourages it. Parking/Driveway has been and nutrition services have been an issue. The education students get the standards the teachers/principal have set to achieve high standard goals overcome the minor drawbacks like parking and nutrition services.

  • (7 years ago)

    Highly dependent on teacher. Some teachers encourage students to participate in optional programs(Reflections Young Authors Science Fair Student newspaper Math contests). Some do not even respond to parent queries about these. Homework Some grade it with useful comments. Some just don t return it. Some adapt it as year goes by or some kids move faster. Parent volunteers in classroom Some welcome some discourage till parent opts out. Using free resources example onlineintervention.com some use it. Some refuse to. Reading levels Some evaluate students periodically so kid can pick appropriate books. Some lump the whole class in 1 level for the whole year. Communicating Some teacher have a detailed weekly newsletter Some monthly some not at all. My wife looks after kids afterschool ( same grade different rooms) Can see the progress kids make with a good teacher and how they regress with a not so good one.

  • (7 years ago)

    Matsumoto teachers Principal and staff work in unison to make this school one of the top rated schools in this area. Teachers work hard to motivate the kids to excel above and beyond their capacity. This years test scores shows the results of the teachers and students involment in their education. Parents and PTA's involvement in the school is surely an added point for our school's outstanding results. Matsumoto is the only school in the Evergreen school district that has an in school music lessons for the whole school which is taught by a parent volunteer (Mrs Hawker)surely is the icing on the delicious cake that Matsumoto offers to its student body.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good academic programs. Very poor parent participation. No accelerated programs for kids who are ahead.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good student pool. Some teacher is better than other.

  • (8 years ago)

    What a wonderful school to send my kids to. We love this school. Teachers are great!

  • (8 years ago)

    Its a wonderful school. One of the top rated elementaries in the area.

  • (8 years ago)

    Its the best school I would ever send my children to

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