PHILLIPS BROOKS SCHOOL

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2245 AVY AVE
MENLO PARK, CA 94025
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Phone: 650-854-4545
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 0
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Private
  • Grades: Preschool - 5th Grade
  • District:
  • Students/Teacher: 8:1
  • Students/Grade: 41
  • Number Students: 287
  • Number Teachers: 20
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr Scott Erickson
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (21 ratings)
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    School Reviews (20 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-04
    "We had four children start at PBS, one graduate and removed the other three after patiently waiting for meaningful change. PBS draws on the the relocation crowd (which we were) and provides some of the best Marketing spin in Silicon Valley. Academics and curriculum are below public school standard, teachers are over appreciated and under achievers. Children succeed because of after school endeavors, tutoring and enrichment elsewhere. Administration is focused on fund raising and definitely not on the healthy development of the child. If your family provides "commitment" (read funding) your child is given free reign on anti-social behavior. Four children (~over 8 years of time) and not one of them can name a teacher or administrator that had an influence in their life. Tutoring for academics and Therapy for bullying are required. Private school options are limited but your children will suffer if you attend PBS."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-09-05
    "We were drawn to PBS in part because of the strong stated commitment to a "no mean kids" philosophy and concerns about potential bullying of our daughter. We found the commitment to be largely illusory - in large part because of intense snobbery and clique-ishness among the mothers, which was reflected in even the youngest of the children. Efforts to engage the administration on the issue went nowhere. The facility is wonderful, the teachers were very good but we pulled out daughter out after third grade. She (now a highschool sophomore) views it as a very mean place."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-06-27
    "This school is absolutely amazing, I have yet to find a school like it. Kids are taught to become kind, appreciative, understanding, and accepting. Not only do they develop into great people, they discover a true love of learning and curiousity. They become like family with their classmates and have friendships that last a lifetime. Every teacher is a standout. My child, (now a senior in high school) has learned all of her most important lessons form this school. She remembers everything from her teachers, from Shakespeare in 1st grade, yosemite trip in 5th, to the Indian bazaar and family Fridays. This developmental age of preK to 5th is crucial to child development. If you can get your child into PBS, they absolutely must go there!!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-31
    "All of our kids attend/attended PBS, and we are very satisfied with our experience. The kids are happy to go to school everyday and we have met the nicest parents there who have become our very good friends. Every teachers knows your child and really cares about their development as a learner inside and outside the classroom. Our oldest is a recent grdauate and was accpeted into great middle schools. He placed into honors math and made honor roll, so I really disagree with the person who wrote that negative review. These kids are very well prepared, and most importantly, PBS taught them to love learning. His middle school teachers just reported how engaged and curious he is, and how kind he is. PBS is doing a great job, and if you haven't met the new head, he is REALLY great."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-10-22
    "It s not easy to choose a school. We wondered when oldest started preschool at PBS what the parent population would be like and, with some great public schools around, about the investment. But the ELC was magical, our child loved it and we made family friendships right away. It was an easy decision to continue and send our second there, too. Over the years, our kids have blossomed there. Somehow the school integrates compassion, good communication and respect for others into the kids daily experience. It s true, there isn t as much homework in early grades as other schools (I see this as a gift), but in later grades their skills ramp fast as kids have benefited from a deliberate curriculum designed to encourage critical thinking, imagination & collaboration. Scott Erickson & Erik Carlson are smart and forward-looking. The environment is nurturing & teachers/specialists are deeply invested in the kids. Tamara Dibble is a stand out; igniting a passion for music in the kids. As with every school, you have to seek out relationships in the parent body that work for you; you get out what you seek out. In our experience, PBS is exceptional and we could not be making a better investment."
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