School Details

Williams Elementary School

1150 Rajkovich Way, San Jose, CA 95120
(408) 535-6196
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 713 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

95%
57%
56%
93%
63%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • San Jose Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
51%
46%
92%
69%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • San Jose Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
68%
65%
92%
75%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • San Jose Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
67%
60%
90%
64%
65%
92%
58%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • San Jose Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Williams Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Williams Elementary School is Devin Blizzard and can be contacted at dblizzard@sjusd.org. 713 students attend Williams Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial, Hispanic, and Asian. 16% of the Williams Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 3% of the 713 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Williams Elementary School is 21:1. Graystone Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 7% %
Hispanic 6% 52%
Asian 50% 13%
White, non-Hispanic 36% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 3%
Filipino 0.3% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.8%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.6%
Unspecified 0.1% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 48%
Limited English proficiency 16% 27%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    My son has been going to Williams since Kindergarten. He is now in 3rd grade. I cannot say enough great things about Williams. The current principal is fantastic. Last year my son's 2nd grade teacher hosted an event "Flashlight Reading". She invited all the parents to bring a flashlight to class on a Friday and read to their child under the flashlight. At the beginning of the event the teacher has all the parents in one room talking to them about how important it is to read to the kids while the students are in another room adjacent and the principal was playing guitar for the kids. This is just one of the many events I have seen the principal being involved in and genuinely enjoyed spending time w the students. The teachers my son has had the last few years are genuinely interested and cared for the students. Even though there are 30 students in class but the teachers are very experienced and they all managed to know my son as an individual and work w us the parents as a team to help my son grow in the areas where he needs encouragement. The Wins foundation organized by the parents is amazing. They provide excellent support for the school.

  • (10 months ago)

    Continuing from last review. and they all seem to consider the Williams kids the "smart" ones. So basically the academics focus works. As long as your kid has friends hobbies and some extra-curricular activities [Try Drama or Yearbook] you should be fine. -Teachers Generally good or great. Some bad and some awesome like any other school. They try their best to teach kids while still doing fun things. -Food This is the worst part of Williams. Seriously. Everything with a bun is soggy [like falling apart soggy] meat's burnt snacks are stale everything's tasteless [and if not it tastes like cardboard glue or various other non-food substances] and whole grain. The fruits and vegetables are okay if only because they are hard to mess up. Nothing sugary whatsoever. The focus on "healthy" has ruined hot lunch. If you can pack lunch. Seriously. -Overall Good but not great. Horrible food. Lots of academics [and Common Core doesn't help eurgh]. Don't sign your kid up for math camp. 4/5. -Former student

  • (10 months ago)

    The families at Williams are very serious about their children's education. There are high expectations on these kids and because of that the Williams students are going to do well and be successful. Sounds good right? Well they aren't learning it in their classrooms at Williams. Instead parents are spending hours after school teaching what should be taught in the classroom but class size is so huge it isn't possible. Parents are also hiring private tutors and sending their kids to academic summer schools & camps. The teachers are as good and bad as at any school. Thanks to Williams Wins Foundation there is loads of fundraising to help support extra curriculum activities but anything other than strong academics is really an after thought. I am disappointed that Williams kids are already under immense pressure & an intense academic culture. Aren't there plenty of years for that? There is no love for learning going on at Williams no creativity and no passion at this school. I was drawn to the high API score but I wish I had explored other options too. I have heard great things about Graystone Simonds & Los Alamitos which all have high APIs but more focus on the whole child.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school. Lots of fun activities. Great teachers and programs needs lots of parent involvement.

  • (4 years ago)

    Some teachers are great but there are a few (especially in higher grades 3rd and up) that are horrible. Those teachers have not taught at Williams for a long time and bring inappropriate teaching styles to an otherwise great school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers excellent programs structured environment very involved parents higher standards all around. Not a school for you if you are just looking for a daycare.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers and a superb lunch time activity program.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great enrichment programs amazing staff parents volunteer a lot art program high scores

  • (5 years ago)

    The leadership is not approachable & has no understanding whatsoever. However most of the staff is excellent.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers are great - the students and cultures that demand more academics are removing the childlike feeling from the school. They need to be more well rounded. They will get more out of life if they had more time to play be creative and not spend all waking hours doing homework.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children that attend a second grader and a fifth grader. The teachers for the most part are fantastic..and even the strict or 'grumpy' ones are still very approachable compared to other schools. The principle is the main drawback as she is very unaccessable. She seems logical and has good ideas but when you have a complaint...good luck getting any response from her. On the upside the artwork is fabulous! Music has never taken off but most have their children in private lessons after school anyways. Most of the teachers have their own 'plays' or musicals that they do every year anyways...but there is no school play which would be nice to have.

  • (7 years ago)

    I found the teachers are extremely helpful caring loving and dedicated. We met great teachers that went above and beyond to help the kids with special need. Parents involvement also contributes to the success of the school. Very diversified culture and very fun environment for the kids.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very happy with this school. Both of my kids are attend school from K-5th grade. A lot of parent involved. Academic and activities are quite balance well. Teacher are very nice and very helpful

  • (7 years ago)

    Good parental involvement. Teachers are caring and helpful and very nice. Pretty High academic standards.

  • (7 years ago)

    Teachers are top notch. Also school caves into pressure from cultures in school demanding top academics that sacrifice the well rounded child.

  • (7 years ago)

    Both of my kids attended this school from K-5. In 5th grade. I would pick my daughter up and she would be crying every day not wanting to return to school. I switched her to another school and she had the best experience. Now in highschool my son ALSO said he HATED Williams. The staff and teachers are GREAT but if you're not from the Almaden area you're not 'in'. The kids AND the parents have their own cliques. Made me feel like I was back in high school again. I put in 100's of hours staying almost all day every day. All kids deserve to get the best education. They don't deserve to be made to feel less then because we're less fortunate.

  • (8 years ago)

    Williams School is totally focused on academics. The entire curriculum and pace is oriented around the API's and requiring a high level of parent involvement. While this has resulted in the highest API scores in San Jose there needs to be more balance on the development side and extracurricular activities. There doesn't seem to be a lot of support for children who are falling behind or who have special needs. Because of the high API scores families from other countries/cultures where education is their highest priority are being drawn into the area. Most are pushing for even more focus on academics. The school should not respond to these requests for more academics and strive to provide more balance so we develop well-rounded non-stressed out children.

  • (9 years ago)

    Good parental involvement. Teachers are caring and helpful. High academic standards. The downside is there is a lot of homework.

  • (9 years ago)

    My kids go to this school and I think this is the best school in SJUSD. In general most teachers are well qualified but I see some inconsistencies between classes of same grade. This is the only thing I think need to be improved.

  • (9 years ago)

    Williams is a high performing school with active parent involvement.Music Art and sports are tailored to fit into the curriculum and the quality of programs is excellent!

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