MERRITT TRACE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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651 DANA AVE
SAN JOSE, CA 95126
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Phone: 408-535-6257
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 4
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 5th Grade
  • District: San Jose Unified School District
  • Students/Teacher: 28:1
  • Students/Grade: 168
  • Number Students: 1008
  • Number Teachers: 36
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5296
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Anacelia Rocha
  • 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
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (48 ratings)
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    School Reviews (43 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-09
    "As a Trace parent I find the June 8th review a bit odd. Sure the school has issues but not having English communications/hung up phone calls are not it - we've not had issues with either. It would be interesting to hear more about "sweeping important issues under the rug"... So far we're actually pleased with the school, the teachers and the small but effective PTO. The new facilities are nice and the arts/drama/music and the Spanish Immersion program (TWBI) are fantastic. However, the administration lacks initiative (note to site editor the principal name is wrong - it is Anacelia Rocha). We've seen many good teachers leave and cite lack of support from the principal. The principal should acknowledge issues, set the bar high and focus on improvement. She should get parents engaged to help in this mission. The school needs parents helping due to lack of teacher aides - and that needs to be driven from top down as the teachers are inconsistent in soliciting parent support. The school also needs more resources for behavioral issues - few disruptive kids ruin the experience and should be moved to special ed classes. The principal should aggressively seek district help."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-06-08
    "What a disappointment this school has been. The principal would sweep any important issues under the rug, saying they are not a concern of the Trace Families, when they very well were. They was very little communication, and their weekly phone calls consistently hung up on me. When there was paper communications, it wasn't in english, making it really hard to sign permission slips. Fortunately we will not be returning to the school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-02-07
    "Highs: - Strong PTO, but just low participation from parents. It's the same few parents that you see at all the events and activities. - Performing arts program is very strong with great teachers - Certain teachers are very committed to their jobs, you have to know which ones they are. Lows: - Administration isn't very strong or diverse, and many times not available for help. - Focus is on bringing up kids who are low on performance, at the expense of kids who have potential and need to be more challenged. - Not very much focus on cultural diversity education because of such high concentration of certain ethnic backgrounds. - Bullying is a big issue at this school. - Classes are at capacity, mostly 30 to a room, with no in class support except for parent volunteers. - No programs for special needs or gifted and talented education. - Need to update their communications, seem to waste a lot of paper and efforts on sending out multiple notices, seems very inefficient and costly."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-10
    "The comment about hiring Keith Woodhouse is way off! The school administration is completely separate from the private after school program that hired him. Furthermore, the problem was that Woodhouse's previous employers have him positive work references, instead of reporting him to the police. This allowed unsuspecting child care organizations to hire him. I was actually impressed with how the after school program administration got this guy arrested quickly. It's a terrible situation, but it occurred because the Catholic school and day camps where he worked previously failed to do what's right and allowed other children to become victims. Trace is a good school, it has some issues, a big one is the principal Mrs. Rocha, who has no leadership skills, does not handle bullying properly, and does not work well with parents. The music, arts, drama, and two-way bilingual program are great. And so are the teachers and other staff."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-10-09
    "This school has very bad bullying issues and doesnt resolve them tell they found out I was pulling my son out of that school, staff in the office are very rude"
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