School Details

San Mateo Park Elementary School

161 Clark Drive, San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 312-7577
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 452 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

43%
66%
56%
54%
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

44%
58%
46%
58%
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

57%
70%
65%
64%
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

38%
68%
60%
32%
72%
65%
28%
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

About this school

San Mateo Park Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Mateo. The principal of San Mateo Park Elementary School is Bob Abaya. 452 students go to San Mateo Park Elementary School and are mostly Unspecified, Filipino, and Hispanic. 36% of the San Mateo Park Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 43% of the 452 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at San Mateo Park Elementary School is 19:1. South Hillsborough School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 8% 7%
Filipino 6% 4%
Hispanic 47% 30%
Multiracial 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 33% 32%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Pacific Islander 2% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 11198%
Asian 12% 21%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 30%
Limited English proficiency 36% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    One of Park school's strengths is the dedication of the parents and community. I've worked alongside some amazingly smart talented and generous parents at Park. They have inspired me to give my time to help make our school and community a better place. I know my children have benefited from this community spirit and can only believe the rest of the kids have as well. Instead of complaining & criticizing these relatively few parents who are giving tirelessly to help your child's school become a better learning environment come join them. It takes a village! My 1st grader is confident happy has loads of friends in class is above grade level in math reading chapter books excited about participating in the upcoming Science Fair and learning about solids liquids & gases in the Park science lab. Rock'n'roll people.

  • (1 year ago)

    I forgot to add a few other things. I am a teacher and I am very proud that my children go to a school where parents have chosen to send their children to a school that is open to anyone regardless of ability or income religion or physical characteristic. Some will look at the number that Great Schools has assigned this school and decide that it is a "bad" school. Parents like me who volunteer in classes who talk to the teachers and students and administrators know that there is a lot of growth in students that can't be summed up in a single number. Any statistician can tell you that as can my high school Statistics students. I AM REALLY PROUD OF THESE STUDENTS AND TEACHERS!

  • (2 years ago)

    Park school is very diverse which also means we have kids from different economic levels and kids with different languages at home. This might explain the test scores. My 2 kids as well as their friends have always done well on their tests. They are comfortable mixing with all the kids and have learned about other cultures through the school and things like International Day there. They love their teachers and want to go to Park school so that is why we are there even though we could send them to a private school. We feel the kids here do not run around feeling entitled like at some other schools. The principal will email you back that day or set up a time to meet with you if you are interested in attending this school. We also now have great after school enrichment classes at our school.

  • (2 years ago)

    It is great to see all the support for the community school. It does sound like Park has a very good principal and teachers. Are the test scores explainable in some way? While unfortunate that tests scores determine a school ranking it does give me pause when considering the school for my children. I would appreciate a real assessment of the challenges the school and its staff face in this regard and how they are being addressed. Thanks.

  • (2 years ago)

    I feel very fortunate that Park School is our neighborhood school. Over the last few years the school has added programs to help the early grades meet and exceed reading standards and developed teachers in each grade in the STEM approach. In 2011-2012 over 400 individuals volunteers including a number of people who have no children in school but want to help through one of our reading programs "Reading Partners". The Foundation and PTA work together to support the school and have funded a number of areas including the computer lab the science lab and our two great PE teachers. We also introduced diverse after school enrichment program last year that focuses on academics arts and athletics.

  • (2 years ago)

    Loving San Mateo Park... I went as far as moving into a home that would allow my children to attend Park. My family has a total of 4 children going to Park ranging from 1st-4th so we still have a few years left there. My sibling is one of the "regular" volunteers she also is a liaison between the English and Spanish speaking parents I do what I can seeing as though I work long hours and all the way in the FiDi. But with that being said I do volunteer for Full Bloom and do foot work out here in the downtown San Francisco area. I m very happy with my children s education and how they love attending Park. Mr. Abaya is a wonderful Principal. Whenever I need him to look into any issues with my 2 children he's only an e-mail away he's very quick to respond and responds with great detail which makes it easy for me to go home and talk everything out with my kid's. Their teachers have also been GREAT!! So to the person(s) with the negative comment(s) shame on you...

  • (2 years ago)

    The principal is great. If there is a problem it is addressed. The teachers Do great with what they have to work with. All Schools have way too many kids for one teacher to give the needed attention to. But with that being said the teachers have always Worked with me and my child. If there is a special need that needs to be taken care of they listen and do there best to deal with the situation. All in all San Mateo park has been great. My son can't wait to start back at school tomorrow. Looking forward to another great year! And for a school To be great parent participation is key! Go Park School!

  • (2 years ago)

    Park has been a great choice for us. I have 2 children currently attending and both are enthusiastic readers! We as a family have made many great friends and Park events are always fun! That said you do get what you put in so if you've had a less than stellar experience perhaps you can examine your level of involvement and see if there is a way for you to improve the perceived shortcomings.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have three kids all of whom either currently attend Park or have attended Park and have nothing but postive things to say! Mr. Abaya and the staff are nothing short of amazing! Yes it is diverse but that is a strength and not a weakness! From Walk A Jog to the Science Fair to Full Bloom to the 5th Grade Rockerty program this is a great place and I'm proud to be a part of it!

  • (2 years ago)

    We love Park School! - Our son has been at San Mateo Park School for since Kindergarten and he's getting ready to start the 4th Grade. He has flourished in this diverse environment and is learning that people / families are different not everyone has what the next person has looks like the next person and that's okay. This is a great school that is made up of parents who care about the education that their children are receiving and do what they can to help out. That said I do wish more parents would get involved... I can't imagine what an impact it would make if we had 100% parent participation... A small group makes a difference right now it would be mind boggling if we could get more. The bottom line is that this is a great little school we have teachers who care a principal who works hard to make this the best place it can be and many parents and students who are proud to be involved with Park School.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have 2 children who attend San Mateo Park School and I have had nothing but positive experiences with this school. Both my children are above average readers and all of their teachers have challenged their reading skills and they both love going to school. They continue to be challenged and their love of learning grows every year. I couldn't ask for better teachers or anything more for my children's education.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughters are at Park schooll and i just can say great things about the teachers all of them. Iam happy and my children are happy to come to schooll every day. And working with this great rich diverse community is fantastic.

  • (2 years ago)

    I can only echo and repeat what many of the other great reviews have said about Park. What an amazing diverse community. My children (and our family!) have made great friends at Park and enjoy going to school everyday. The teachers are extremely caring individuals and outstanding educators! And I don't think you can find a more enthusiastic dedicated principal! I love how our principal knows the name of every child on campus and the children all know him! Park is a very positive environment that I feel confident sending my children to every day!

  • (2 years ago)

    We love Park School! All three of our kids have attended Park. It is a wonderful learning environment where in addition to our extraordinary Math and Science curriculum our children also learn about diversity fairness and pitching-in. We are a welcoming community of tenacious families engaging teachers and clever kids. Come see for yourself!

  • (2 years ago)

    We own a home in San Mateo Park and send our children here as do three of our Park neighbors so disregard anyone who states "nobody" in the Park goes here. That is nonsense. Park has great teachers and many really nice kids. The moms and dads are refreshingly unpretentious and friendly. Unfortunately the parent population is pretty apathetic about pitching in and it's the same 25 people who do all the volunteer work at the entire school year after year. Park is currently the only neighborhood school serving North Central San Mateo since College Park went all-magnet 3 years ago so it is overwhelmed with a lot of kids that would otherwise be spread throughout two schools and it's scores reflect that in the recent drop from a 7 point school to a 3. Its not race its poverty that makes kids disadvantaged. The district needs to help Park somehow whether it's by allowing it to take in more magnet transfer kids providing ESL support or more special ed classes for the kids who are really struggling; but the general feeling is that we are just being swept under the rug.

  • (2 years ago)

    Please note that the person who wrote the negative review that starts "This school is a joke " is someone who frequently criticizes the diverse student population at Park. Our diversity is our strength! --That writer is an angry and unfortunately bigoted person. Park School rocks.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school has one of the most beautiful clean well maintained campuses in the district. The teachers are friendly fair and hardworking and truly care about their students. The office staff are organized and does a good job of keeping the community informed of school activities. There are many after school activities. THIS SCHOOL IS NOT A JOKE!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is a joke! No one who owns homes close sends their kids to this school. The district should revoke state money and divide their share to schools in SM who need it and deserve it.

  • (2 years ago)

    Apart from being low rated this school is controlled by bunch of PTAs who use their power for the privilege of their own kids. The teachers show favoritism to the kids due to which the neglected kids suffer from inferior complex. Their is one PTA who shows her fake politeness when she collects money for teachers which I wonder does not even reach them. Her daughter who is in first grade uses her mothers power to bully the other kids in the class. Principle is very good however he needs to watch all these and correct them.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have never encountered a principal as involved with the students their well being the parent relationships that have been built not only during the easy times but an honorable man who takes time to find a solution at the most difficult times. Mr. Bob Abaya is a true leader that long after he's gone into retirement years to come I'm hoping! The impact he's made will be still felt with the children he's worked with the staff he's cultivated and the parents he's never stop listening to. Outstanding on going education with Reading Partners speech counseling and such. Excellent teachers office employees parent volunteers and a top notch P.E. Teacher Mr. Charlie. He really gets out there and motivates the kids!

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