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About This School

Bijou Community School is a public elementary school in South Lake Tahoe. The principal of Bijou Community School is Karen Gillis-Tinlin, whose e-mail is ktinlin@ltusd.org. 493 students attend Bijou Community School and are mostly Hispanic, Unspecified, and Filipino. 66% of the Bijou Community School students have "limited English proficiency." 85% of the 493 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Bijou Community School is 16:1. St. Theresa School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 77% 38%
Unspecified 3% 3%
Filipino 2% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 19% 52%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 0.9%
Multiracial 1% %
Asian 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 3858%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85% 53%
Limited English proficiency 66% 24%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent! Parent involvement through the Spanish Immersion Program has really helped this school. Test Scores are rising!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter went to this school for a very short period of time. Most of the students that go here are based on "certain locations" There is a large population of Hispanic children who go there. Her classes were not productive since children had to have bilingual explanations therefore wasted most of her time waiting than learning. Lake Tahoe unified school district is horrible in general. The city does not put any money towards the school system unless they are going to St. Theresa's catholic school (which I decided to enroll her to) or the science magnet school in Meyers. The sad part is if you happen to live in a certain area in Tahoe your child might have to go to this school. Take your child to Sierra House instead. They have a waiting list. I recommend the environmental magnet school but if you are looking for something close by sierra house is prob the best. Tahoe valley elementary is a dirt school DO NOT take your child there. Their faculty do not give much interest and there are no extra curricular activities.

  • (3 years ago)

    Bijou school is a great school if your of hispanic origin. breakfast and lunch will be provided free bussing and your kids and they will have free run of the school with very little consequences. If your caucasion it's a different standard. I witnessed hispanic kids taking all the food for breakfast they wanted. Meanwhile a little caucasion girl wanted an extra milk but she couldn't have one. At recess before school I witnessed hispanic kids flat out punching each other with a supervisor present there were no consequences. The same thing happened to a non hispanic kid and they were suspended. Its common knowledge that the staff at bijou have different rules for different races in order to not upset the balance. Caucasion kids don't go to this school

  • (4 years ago)

    Bijou is great. The two-way immersion program is such a wonderful complement to our school district. My son is in 2nd grade this year and is so fluent in spanish it is amazing! I hope the entire school can become immersion as the benefits for everyone are already being realized. The teachers and staff are incredibly committed to all the students in this school. It is a very positive learning environment and the low Great Schools ratings do not reflect that accurately.

  • (4 years ago)

    Bijou's teaching and administrative staffs are both fantastic. Bijou offers a Two Way Immersion program that my daughter is enrolled in (just completing her second year) and it is wonderful. I highly recommend this school!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Bijou Community school is just that- a community. The parents have become very involved and have great opportunities to make a difference. There is a huge focus on how success now will bring you success in the future with a theme of "Bijou kids go to college!" I am thrilled to have my son there!

  • (4 years ago)

    We have two children in Bijou Elementary. Both are excelling academically and socially. The staff and parents are wonderful. It is truly a community school were everyone feels welcome. We need to support our schools and our community get involved in your childs education.

  • (4 years ago)

    I'm a parent of a kindergartner who attends Bijou Community School. We are just finishing our first year and I must say I look forward to the next 7 years with the Bijou Community School (I have smaller children who will start in one year). On my way to school I pass by 3 other elementary schools and I'm proud that my daughter is getting a bilingual education. It's worth every extra mile!! Thank you LTUSD for bringIng such an amazing program to our community.

  • (4 years ago)

    Choosing an Elementary school for my daughter was a huge decision...Thank goodness we chose the right one!! Bijou is an amazing cultural kind and unpretentious school. I feel so welcome there by all staff the wonderful principal and the other families. Most importantly my daughter is learning what she needs to be learning and on top of that she is learning another language effortlessly...what more could we ask?!

  • (4 years ago)

    Have you seen this school lately? It is amazing....committed teachers supportive administration an amazing parent volunteer organization where over 100 parents volunteer an hour a week or more and happy smart and safe children. What more can I say? Bijou is the best place for my children. Check it out for yourselves at www.bijouschool.org!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have chosen to send my son to this school because of it's great diversity and commitment to education and community. Contrary to some of the past reviews here and from other sources Bijou has overcome many obstacles and challenges which is proven by outstanding test score improvement. You cannot ask for overnight change in such a situation but through the hard work of the staff and teachers the change is at hand. Furthermore parental involvement has increased dramatically and with this involvement many of the negative issues are being addressed. If you are truly concerned about this school and education in the district please visit the school and talk to the teachers and all the parents you will find at the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    It's diversity & commitment to improvement & development of all who attend.

  • (4 years ago)

    I taught there for over 25 years and still sub I know the teachers are dedicated to their students.

  • (4 years ago)

    As a former student I would have to say Bijou was a school where you learn varieties of things. You learn how to read and write by doing fun activities such as the stations they set up in the classrooms. You learn how to communicate and work as a team with the activities they provide.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son is just about to complete the 3rd grade. He previously attended Tahoe Valley Elem. This was his worse year in school he absolutely hated going to this school. We are american and do not speak/read spanish. His first report card was sent home to me in spanish. Some teachers in this district need to retire. If they cannot handle a child they label them as ADHD. I know of 4 other parents who have boys that have been labeled ADHD. These boys are academic achievers so figure that out? This district is in trouble due to low enrollment. We too are relocating to Nevada to a better school system where the primary language and classes are taught in english. After all this is the USA! The hispanic students put a damper on my son's learning. Very unkept school.

  • (9 years ago)

    I believe that the staff here at Bijou are truly committed to the students welfare. But due to low parent involvement lack of inrollment and lack of funding the entire district is suffering.

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