School Details

North Shoreview Elementary School

1301 Cypress Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94401
(650) 312-7588
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-8 336 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

77%
66%
56%
81%
75%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
58%
46%
80%
76%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
70%
65%
79%
74%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
68%
60%
72%
72%
65%
56%
69%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
71%
60%
74%
65%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
71%
60%
75%
58%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
40%
50%
92%
64%
57%
74%
63%
52%
84%
72%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 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 Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

North Shoreview Elementary School is a public middle school in San Mateo. The principal of North Shoreview Elementary School is Phyllis Harrison. 336 students attend North Shoreview Elementary School and identify as Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander; Filipino; and White, non-Hispanic. 25% of the North Shoreview Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 33% of the 336 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at North Shoreview Elementary School is 19:1. St. Matthew's Episcopal Day School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Japanese

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 6% 11198%
Filipino 4% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 34% 32%
Hispanic 33% 30%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Asian 14% 21%
Unspecified 12% 7%
Pacific Islander 11% 3%
Multiracial 10% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33% 30%
Limited English proficiency 25% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Both of my children have thrived at NSM. The teachers are excellent there are a variety of after school programs available and the parent community is committed (and fun to be around). The principal works with the PTA resulting in consistently strong leadership of programs and philosophy. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else!

  • (2 years ago)

    We are so happy to have our son at NSM. The teachers are wonderful and the montessori apporach allows them to really get to know the kids and how to challenge and engage them. What the kids learn is so well rounded. They sing act cook garden and do art and PE and learn geography starting in kindergarten. They learn how to communicate solve problems in multiple ways and care about and respect other people and cultures. All this and they learn the academics that are required and expected too.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a parent of two students. This is a wonderful school full of caring teachers parents and staff. It is small and cozy....like a small town.

  • (5 years ago)

    Simply because the teachers give so much and really care about the children.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a public Montessori! Kids get individualized attention can choose their jobs and they love it! It makes all the difference. My daughter is soooo excited about school she just finds it fascinating. The teachers are very committed to sharing their knowledge with kids and parents volunteer for a few hours every month.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have had a wonderful experience at North Shoreview Montessori so far. This is our eighth year at the school - we have a 3rd grader and a seventh grader and both are thriving in the Montessori environment. In our experience the teachers are very caring and responsive overall as far as providing extra challenges to our children when they needed to be pushed a little more. The culture of local and global responsibility goes hand in hand with the personal life and social skills they learn at NSMS. Lots of dedicated families along with a terrific staff make it a not only a great place of learning but also a place where the students feel valued.

  • (5 years ago)

    School with the most caring and qualified Montessori teachers in the world!

  • (5 years ago)

    Northshoreview has taught my son about social responsibility from caring about the earth to learning about other cultures and people emphisizing on world peace. These are things that are necessary in todays world . Along with an excellent montessori education the school encourages children to ask questions and be leaders not just sit back and be passive learners. My son loves his school and has a great love for learning that was encouraged by Northshoreview.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a great community with a good academic program taking individual differences into consideration. We love being a part of North Shoreview!

  • (5 years ago)

    I now have a fourth and second grader at North Shoreview and I am very happy about their Montessori education. I feel the staff cares about each child individually. I also appreciate the exceptional parents who give their time and energy. This makes this school very special.

  • (6 years ago)

    North Shoreview Montessori is a hidden gem. The community is small and tight-knit and the principal teachers and classroom aides know all the kids by name. Parent involvement is strong - although like many schools there are a smaller number of parents who do the majority of the work. I'm impressed with how many dads take leaderships roles at NSM as well. Thanks to the Montessori environment kids work at their own levels - and there are huge ranges in every classroom. My kids are challenged daily. Lots of ESL families and while I would like to see more interactions between the English speaking/ESL families the school offers many events to build community. The population is changing to be more families interested in Montessori not just because it is the school in their neighborhood. Test scores do not show all the amazing learning taking place.

  • (7 years ago)

    We like the emphasis on social skills and creating a sense of community. Friday morning gatherings are a highlight of the week for kids and those parents who can attend and school potlucks and other social events are well-attended. The teachers we have worked with are dedicated and wonderful and since they are all Montessori-trained as well as certified they have more education and experience than average. The Montessori program also helps the kids to learn how to work independently and allows them to work at whatever level they are comfortable at rather than keeping the whole class working on the same thing.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great teachers. Lots of rich learning taking place.

  • (8 years ago)

    We love this school our oldest child attended it from k-5 and our other children are still there. Great Montessori program which allows children to work at their pace in all areas. Recently increased options for art and music classes and won a magnet school award. Wonderful community events and lots of parent participation.

  • (8 years ago)

    We love our school! The teachers are extremely caring and talented. The addition of Montessori instruction to regular educational practices enhance the learning experience. There is a music instructor and art teacher on staff to provide specialized weekly instruction beyond the regular classroom to each student. Parent involvement is very high. Each family is asked to provide at least 30 hours of volunteer time each year. Most volunteer much more. The PTA plans many activities to build a sense of community and provides funding to allow for more staff including classroom aides and a technology expert to lead the computer lab. There are also many parents who work on our school beautification committee and help classrooms with planting gardens and general upkeep. Our school recieved a Federal Magnet School Grant which has enabled it to purchase new computers for every classroom update the computer lab and provide fine arts instruction.

  • (9 years ago)

    Our family has been extremely impressed with this school. The school is a winner because it has great leadership which starts with a top notch principal and attentive staff. The Friday morning gatherings with pledges to Earth and the USA along with positive message songs really spell out the uniqueness of this diverse school and how teachers can start to teach acceptance and positive behavior that helps others and our world at a very impressionable age. I had my doubts about what 'montessori' teaching is but after seeing how well it has worked for our daughter we look forward to the rest of kids experiencing this type of learning which disciplines kids to work together learn at their pace and share some great learning tools.

  • (11 years ago)

    K-3 teachers work to promote self image and work with children at their ability level and encourage students to use their abilities to the utmost. They are responsive to parents and maintain a high level of communication. This is not true for 4-5 teachers where children are discouraged from working above grade level. Response to requests on the part of several parents for a meeting with teacher and principal was unsatisfactory.

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