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About This School

Williams Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Williams Elementary School is Karen Heverling. 704 students go to Williams Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian, Hispanic, and Multiracial. 14% of the Williams Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 3% of the 704 students here get reduced lunch prices. 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
Asian 52% 13%
Hispanic 5% 52%
Multiracial 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 38% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 3%
Unspecified 1% 2%
Filipino 0.6% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 33271%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.8%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 48%
Limited English proficiency 14% 27%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (2 years ago)

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

  • (3 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.

  • (4 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.

  • (4 years ago)

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

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers and a superb lunch time activity program.

  • (4 years ago)

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

  • (5 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.

  • (5 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.

  • (6 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.

  • (6 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

  • (6 years ago)

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

  • (6 years ago)

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

  • (6 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.

  • (7 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.

  • (8 years ago)

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

  • (8 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.

  • (8 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!

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school. I have my kids here since kindergarten and the teachers are very good and approachable.

  • (8 years ago)

    Hard working dedicated staff and parent group. Very involved parent teacher association.

  • (8 years ago)

    Williams students consistently score high on tests in fact it seems to be a main goal of the school. The PTA is involved in funding music and arts which benefits the older students the most. Parent involvement is critical to the school. Families are required to put in 40 volunteer hours a year. It really shows what a benefit this is.

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