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About This School

Fiesta Gardens International Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Mateo. The principal of Fiesta Gardens International Elementary School is Varina Williams, who can be contacted at vwilliams@smfc.k12.ca.us. 490 children attend Fiesta Gardens International Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic, Unspecified, and Multiracial. 41% of the Fiesta Gardens International Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 52% of the 490 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Fiesta Gardens International Elementary School is 18:1. Parkside Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

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

    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 73% 30%
Unspecified 6% 7%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 3% 21%
White, non-Hispanic 20% 32%
Filipino 2% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 3%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 11198%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52% 30%
Limited English proficiency 41% 26%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I used to be at this school for 4 years sadly i moved before my 5th year. I remembering loving this school. The teachers are super advanced and very polite and nice and you will not find any other teachers and principal who will pay more attention the students than this school.

  • (8 months ago)

    Fiesta Gardens Intl School is an extraordinary school. We feel incredibly fortunate that our kids are able to attend a dual-immersion language school from which fifth graders graduate fully bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English -- and it's a public school! The teachers have received advanced training the campus is wonderful and one of my favorite things about the school is the common dress policy which allows the students to focus on what's important. Fiesta Gardens Intl School hosts numerous colorful events throughout the year which celebrate the multi-cultural focus of the school -- our favorite is Fiesta Hispana the food is nearly all home made and is awesome! While it's true that having your kids enrolled in a bilingual immersion school requires a little extra work on behalf of the students families and faculty we've found that these groups at Fiesta Gardens are united in the conviction that speaking two languages and promoting appreciation of various cultures is a must-have for the next generation. And I have seen first-hand how this creates a unique community at Fiesta Gardens that continues well beyond the primary years.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son's experience at Fiesta Gardens has been wonderful! Even though there are 490+ students I always felt that the entire staff was looking out for his well-being. I was routinely told about things that had happened at school from teachers who hadn't even had him as a student. The teaching staff works together to provide the best education for all students. Under the pricipal's strong leadership I think the staff is moving in the right direction. While the upper grades have larger class sizes I do not feel that either of my kids' teachers are at all "mechanical or sarcarstic". They care deeply about the job they do and it shows.

  • (2 years ago)

    I think this school is excellent. I have a 3rd grader who loves the school and the teachers. She understands and speaks Spanish with no help from home because we only speak English.I would recommend this school to everyone. I am very satisfied with the teachers and staff at Fiesta Gardens!!

  • (2 years ago)

    Overall a great school that feels like a true community. Teachers at the lower elementary grades (K 1st) are great but higher grades are weaker. I've heard 5th grade teachers are awesome but have no personal experience. The school has a VERY diverse population and many of the incoming students have little or no preschool experience. The low API score of the school reflects that. Teaching can be a little mechanical and uninspired especially in math and science however kids are truly bilingual by the time they graduate. School desperately lacks money and there are no after school enrichment activities offered. Parental involvement is very lopsided with 10% of the parents (usually the non-minority ones) doing 90% of the volunteering

  • (3 years ago)

    I have great respect for the teachers and principal at this school. The do an excellent job of putting out well rounded kind children. I have had 2 children graduate from this program both bilingual both good students throughout middle and high school and both remain very close friends with friends from their FGIS class all caring good kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    Amazing teachers and staff great parent involvement our school is like a private school with the energy of a co-op school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My first year here and I am already sold. What an incredible dual-language program promoting bi-literacy in Spanish and English and helping its bright and brilliant students reach new heights! Teachers staff and especially administration are dedicated and passionate; it makes all the difference.

  • (4 years ago)

    Because it is multi-cultural. Because the teachers are great. Because parents and teachers have stong bonds.

  • (4 years ago)

    Fiesta Gardens is an amazing school. My kids love it there!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love my son's teacher and the parents. It is a great school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Fiesta Gardens has an amazing parent volunteer community who strive to help the teachers and staff provide the kids with the best education possible. Our principal is the best! She has actually learned ALL 470+ kids names! And cares deeply about each child's education. We love Fiesta Gardens dedicated educators staff parents and kids! It takes a village after all!

  • (4 years ago)

    Fiesta Gardens has such a great community of parents Teachers and kids. We are fortunate to have our children at a school where they are receiving such a wonderful bilingual education.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school with a warm and nurturing atmosphere. The children are learning a respect for others and different cultures as well another language Each class even has a garden they care for on the school grounds.

  • (4 years ago)

    It has a wonderful community where parents and teachers work closely to create a great learning environment.

  • (4 years ago)

    Our family moved to San Mateo specifically to have our kids attend the spanish/english program provided by Fiesta Gardens! We are very happy with the bilingual education our kids have received and esp. love the wonderful community the staff and parents have created!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a very good experience with this school all my 3 daughters have being in this school my older daughter is going to a private college she is a very good student with a bright future.

  • (4 years ago)

    The school has given my daughter the opportunity to lear Spanish since kindergarden and she is fully bilingual the teachers are very helpful and they care for the children

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm very happy with this school the teachers are excellent and it feels very safe students are polite it just feels good to have my children in a safe environment school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Fiesta Gardens has dedicated teachers a principal that provides strong leadership and a very supportive parent community. Both of my children are thriving as they head toward becoming both bilingual & biliterate. Selecting Fiesta Gardens has been one of the best decisions my husband & I have made for our children - such a gift knowing 2 languages coming from an English only speaking home.

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