School Details

Parkside Elementary School

1685 Eisenhower Street, San Mateo, CA 94402
(650) 312-7575
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 415 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

56%
66%
56%
56%
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

29%
58%
46%
35%
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

36%
70%
65%
51%
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

51%
68%
60%
59%
72%
65%
53%
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

Parkside Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Mateo. The principal of Parkside Elementary School is Lynn Gurnee. 415 students attend Parkside Elementary School and identify mostly as Pacific Islander, Filipino, and Multiracial. 32% of the Parkside Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 55% of the 415 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Parkside Elementary School is 18:1. Albion H. Horrall Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Pacific Islander 9% 3%
Filipino 7% 4%
Multiracial 6% %
Hispanic 38% 30%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 22% 32%
Asian 16% 21%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 15% 11198%
Unspecified 14% 7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 30%
Limited English proficiency 32% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    The Montessori program is wonderful as much as it can be while also conforming to state requirements but be aware that it is only a section of the school and the rest is a traditional program. Most of the reviews below are for the Montessori program. The Montessori teachers are fantastic for the most part. Unfortunately Parkside suffers from a total lack of leadership on the part of the new principal. Hopes were high but she turned out to be worse than useless in terms of leadership skills ignoring and denying problems despite numerous complaints and proving herself aggressively ineffective during the recent upheaval over uniting the school under one program. If the Montessori program relocates to another school as planned Parkside will just be a crummy neighborhood school with few resources low parent involvement bad test scores and a scary and unsafe playground atmosphere where cursing is constant and play is very aggressive.

  • (11 months ago)

    Montessori is awesome! There seems to be huge interest in school "rating" which I think is important but doesn't necessarily reflect the knowledge of every child. Parkside is a diverse school with many kids who's first language is not English. Eventually they too will catch up but in the meantime it probably does affect our "testing" and/or overall "score." I believe the Montessori program has enough drive and passion (both teachers and parents) to guide the children through great academic success. The children are motivated confident and happy just as this method of teaching encourages.

  • (1 year ago)

    The only reason I'm giving this school 2 stars is because of the teachers. There really are some great teachers here. The leadership of the school however is completely unequipped to competently do the job at hand. A severe lack of supervision occurs on the playground daily resulting in mis-treatment and bullying of many children in this school. The administration has absolutely no incentive or interest in correcting this problem. In fact they are so completely out of touch with what goes on outside they deny any problem even exists despite multiple reports.

  • (1 year ago)

    Have two boys in the Montessori program at Parkside... fantastic! Teachers are great and the community involvement is very good.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son and daughter are enrolled in the Parkside Montessori program and would refer any friends and family here for the following reasons 1.) Teachers are truly dedicated to each student's success. Struggling students get the help they need and advanced students are challenged. An excellent balance ideal for all students. 2.) Parent involvement. Never have I seen so many parents from all backgrounds so involved in programs and events than here at Parkside. No matter their socio-economic background parents love volunteering here and find great pleasure in doing so. 3.) The new principal Ms. Fukumoto is the epitomy of an excellent school leader. She cares about the students faculty and success of Parkside School. The previous principle always had one foot out the door and could not care less about Parkside. Ms. Fukumoto is a 180-degree turnaround for the school and we are truly honored to have her as our fearless leader.

  • (2 years ago)

    Parkside is truly a great school a secret treasure of San Mateo. The Montessori program is truly special and has been an excellent experience for both of my children. They are both really excelling in it. Both the Montessori and regular track teachers are extreemly dedicated. There is a new pricipal this year who is also very motivated and dedicated to providing a great environment for our kids to succeed in. Don't only look at test scores to judge.

  • (4 years ago)

    Very passionate teachers involved parents second time around and still a great school.

  • (4 years ago)

    I absolutely love the school and everything about it from the helpful front office and passionate teachers to the abundance of energetically-involved parents. I went to Parkside myself as a young child and carry with me many fond memories of those innocent days. I would highly recommend this school to all my friends.

  • (4 years ago)

    The Montessori program is awsome!

  • (5 years ago)

    Parkside is wonderful because the teachers here are truly committed to making sure all students learn including special eduction students.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff at Parkside is the greatest! They truly care for their students and it shows. My children rave about school and constantly recap the events of the day and share how much they've learned. They never want to be late or absent.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school good community great staff great support staff

  • (5 years ago)

    Parkside rocks! It emphasizes reading and writing as well as providing a challenging yet encouraging environment for children to learn and grow.

  • (5 years ago)

    I attended Parkside School in the early 70's and all three of my children have and or are currently attending. The Montessori program is an exceptional program and is a real asset to the school district. The teachers at parkside are dedicated and have helped my children get ready for middle school High School and one of my children that has just started at UC Davis with a 5.0 grade point average. I am very proud of the teachers past and present that have helped guide my children to do their very best in school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love that my son is able to attend a public elementary school with a Montessori track within it! It's the best of both worlds. His teacher Ms. Pickard encouraged the class to volunteer at the Coastside Cleanup this past Saturday. They are learning not only about math and reading but also what it means to be good citizens!

  • (5 years ago)

    Parent community awesome caring teachers Montessori program but mainly how many parents pull together to help raise money for the school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The parent teacher student spirit of our school is wonderfull. GO TIGERS!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great and involved community motivated and caring staff excellent education. Kids (and I got 3 enrolled in Parkside) just love going to school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the spirit and the teachers the school works hard on earning money they have a great volunteer group.

  • (5 years ago)

    Scores of Montessori magnet 'Parkside Montessori' are combined with neighborhood 'Parkside Elementary' which shares the same campus. Please separate for a fair look at Parkside Montessori Elementary magnet school. We are very pleased with the Montessori education for our son who started in K and is now in 1st grade he is an eager independent learner who loves learning and his school. When I volunteer in the class I can see the dedication of the teacher and the eagerness of students to learn. With Montessori there is the ability to exceed grade level in different areas if certain concepts are mastered. For example up to 3rd grade materials are are available to 1st graders if a student is excelling in particular areas like reading or math. Having year-round keeps up the pace of learning as well. Thumbs up! 10.

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