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About This School

Brook Knoll Elementary School is a public elementary school in Santa Cruz. The principal of Brook Knoll Elementary School is Phil Menchaca, whose e-mail is pmenchaca@santacruz.k12.ca.us. 596 children attend Brook Knoll Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 3% of the Brook Knoll Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 10% of the 596 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Brook Knoll Elementary School is 20:1. Holy Cross School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 76% 82%
Multiracial 7% %
Asian 7% 5%
Unspecified 6% 5%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 0.9%
Filipino 1% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 2502%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 8%
Limited English proficiency 3% 2%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    We are pleased with the culture and curriculum at Brook Knoll. The PTA support is amazing raising enough to provide supplemental classes like music and art. The teachers we've had keep the kids interested and looking forward to school.

  • (12 months ago)

    I attended Brook Knoll from 1st through 6th grade - that was way back when...After having children of my own my two eldest sons when to schools in PVUSD where not only are the schools overcrowded but the teachers are overwhelmed and/or under equiped to deal with the students. Moving back to the Scotts Valley area was a great relief and while we were living in Round Rock Texas for a couple of year we found what an excellent school can offer. Returning in 2010 we've been more than pleased with what Brook Knoll offers our third son who is now in the fifth grade. All of his teachers (2nd - present) have been incredible putting in long hours making sure our son is challenged and that he learns to his highest potential. The teachers we've had are creative and vibrant as are all of the aids and volunteers. The parent involvement at this school is greater than any local school we've looked into and it is not because they have to it is because they want to. Go Eagles! BK Rocks!

  • (1 year ago)

    Highly disappointed with this school. We bought our first home here in SV in 2008 with the theory that our 3 kids would go all the way through the "blue ribbon" SV school system. After 3 years at this school we are DONE. Pulling our two out and heading to a local private school. The teachers here are burnt out and just waiting on their retirement. They need some new young progressive thinking teachers with fresh ideas. The children are suffering from lack of new teaching styles (we've witnessed TONS of worksheets from K-2nd - the very age these kids should be learning outside or through creative ways) learning or extra support. This school used to be 'the great little place to be' when I was growing up and went here. Class size is 30-34 kids. Parent involvement is good but it's relied upon since the class sizes are so high. So you've got parents that don't know anything about education (and imagine their patience level) teaching your kids. Oh and don't be fooled by the "high" test scores!

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been so disappointed with this school. We moved to the area with high hopes but our experience has been very similar to the low reviews stated here. The ratio is 30-32 1. There IS lots of parent involvement; however that is only as good as the teacher is at supporting the parents. Many of the parents are under skilled and speak unkindly to the kids. The aid is really under skilled. We have heard her say things like the class is the worst she has seen and she actually tells some of the kids they are bad. Our son told us this a number of times and we were doubtful an educated adult would use such language. Sadly we've witnessed it first hand. In addition to the lacking social emotional support the cirriculum is so boring. There are LOTS of worksheets and very little interesting projects that offer creative outlets. We may have just gotten the less inspired teacher in the first grade but we have noticed all the teachers are under tremendous stress with the numbers. It's such a shame.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is an amazing school with a very committed staff and community. The teachers work long hours to make the learning relevant and meaningful for the students. The parents and teachers work together to create the best learning environment possible on limited dollars. The community is dedicated to finding the resources necessary to make up for the lack of state and federal funding. Children blossom and believe that learning is a life long goal. My student loves her teacher and feels safe and supported in every aspect of her education. Bravo Brook Knoll!

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is why academic tenure should be eliminated. Most of the teachers at this school spend more time complaining than helping kids. Teachers say horrible things about students/parents/staff talk on their cell phones during class (my child knew everything about a teacher's divorce because she spoke to her lawyer on the phone during class) yell at students and talk publically about how they are only there waiting for their retirement. However the teachers' union is incredibly strong and therefore no discipline is handed out. The teachers campaign for who they want on the school board because they want control. The teachers have "run out" a superintendent and principal who dared to speak up against their unprofessional behavior. Parents who speak up against the poor behavior by teacher watch helplessly as their child get bullied by the teacher. So parents sit silently by because they know they cannot rid the school of these miserable and mean teachers due to tenure. The only reason that this school is high performing is the parents who work with their children at home. If BK wants to be a "Bully Free" school it needs to start with the teachers!

  • (4 years ago)

    As a past parent I thought the teachers were excellent.

  • (4 years ago)

    We love Brook Knoll! We could not be happier with this school. My children are excited about learning and come home happy every day. The teachers embrace the children in a positive way and understand kids need to be kids! Learning is interesting and creative to help engage the children. The Principal and staff are terrific. We went to another school for three years where we only saw the Principal at back to school night. I have seen Ms. Frandle in the classrooms walking around campus working the car line and at back to school night. The PTA seems very organized and the parent involvement is excellent. I have never seen so many parents wanting to volunteer in the classroom and help outside the class (the way it should be)! Love this school!

  • (4 years ago)

    We have the best teachers caring families and hard working kids. As a team we create an environment where learning and being your best are celebrated and being kind to others is a way of life. Brook Knoll Rocks!

  • (4 years ago)

    Brook Knoll is a positive happy and caring environment to work and learn in. Our principal is encouraging and understanding with students parents and staff members. She constantly makes everyone feel like they can make a giant difference despite cut backs layoffs and long hours. The custodial and support staff teachers students parents and community members work together to keep the grounds filled with trees flowers and interactive gardens. The PTA helps keep the arts library and other programs in place. Students learn academics the arts as well as how to successfully interact with others. When you walk on campus and into a classrooms be ready to see people smiling laughing pondering and being encouraged to engage in creative thinking.

  • (4 years ago)

    Brook Knoll is a wonderful school of students parents teachers and staff that strive for excellence academically and personally!

  • (4 years ago)

    Brook Knoll is a school that works together for the good of children. It has a FANTASTIC principal and staff - one that cares about the academic social emotional and physical well-being of children. It also has an extremely supportive and responsive parent community.

  • (6 years ago)

    Parent involvement it outstanding staff is top notch. We have had 4 kids go through this school. No its not a private school but for a public school it is an outstanding environment.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has been a huge disappointment. Both my kindergartner and first grader have regressed socially and academically. This school does not deal well with either academically bright or academically challenged students and places labels on them. Parent involvement is amazing. Most teachers are good however they still teach to the test and not to the whole child. Parents need to stay in touch with the teachers to see how their children are doing.

  • (8 years ago)

    If you send your child to this school you must ask at the beginning of the year what are the academic performance targets request a parent/teacher conference after every report card and ask them for a written record of available resources and referrals to them. You will have to be the expert or you will not get help. You will have to be the team leader.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent API scores. The students are required to work hard and the level of parent involvement helps the kids to meet the high standards set by Brook Knoll.

  • (9 years ago)

    After just one year at Brook Knoll Elementary we couldn't begin to be more impressed. The principal teachers and staff not only know and recognize the children as individuals but know what it takes to ensure a learning environment filled with respect creativity and an overall love of learning. Parent and community involvement is outstanding allowing lower adult student ratios as well as the ability to save programs such as art music theater life lab field trips counselling etc. Extracuricular activities include classes in science spanish cooking and chess just to name a few. The academic programs are outstanding and all children are ensured success through additional help whenever it is needed. This is a school that truely teaches to each child rather than to the masses. We love it here!

  • (9 years ago)

    The principal teachers staff parents and students all work together to provide a nurturing school community at Brook Knoll. Academic standards are high but the teamwork and support recognize the individual strengths of each child and encourage each child to do his/her individual best. Despite California's lack of public school funding Brook Knoll has maintained music programs art programs its library field trips and a full enriching curriculum. The teachers staff and principal are all fabulous! I can't say enough about how pleased my children and I are with this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has a strong academic program.It does not spend very much time on art and music however.Great parent involvment!

  • (10 years ago)

    My children have spent K-3 and K-1 at Brook Knoll. The staff is top notch. I am extremely impressed with Principal Frandle's ability to know each and every student not only by name but also by interests and siblings. I can firmly say that the Scotts Valley School is the most student centered school district my children have attended. The overall committment to the students is apparent from the central office staff to the crossing guards and Yard Duty.

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