TOM MATSUMOTO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

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4121 MACKIN WOODS LN
SAN JOSE, CA 95135
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Phone: 408-223-4873
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 6th Grade
  • District: Evergreen Elementary School District
  • Students/Teacher: 20:1
  • Students/Grade: 114.3
  • Number Students: 800
  • Number Teachers: 35
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 5247
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Mr James Sherman
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  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
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  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
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  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
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School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (57 ratings)
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    School Reviews (37 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-12-28
    "Our children enjoy attending Tom Matsumoto. The school has a reputation for assigning plenty of homework. I am pleased with the instructors that my children are assigned to. Teachers provide weekly feedback and communicate regularly about classroom agenda. Children at the school get along with each other fairly well. There hasn't been any issues that would be a cause for concern. Traffic can get rather clogged during pick-up and drop-off, especially when it rains. I haven't had any serious issues with that. In regards to ethnicity, I think folks should think about what cultural diversity really means and how that is applied in fairness. There are schools that are majority Hispanic or African American. One could argue that these schools lack diversity as well. As for the school administrators, they do their jobs fairly well. I certainly believe that there are areas to improve upon and things they do well. The school has a high API rating. Perhaps this is due in large part with the role that parents have in their children's education and expectations thereof. They push the school to do well and more is expected of their children; pushing teachers to excel and enhance schoolwork."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-10-10
    "Not much diversity of students. The front office ladies are not very welcoming. They represent the school and first thing you see so they should smile and be a bit friendlier. Most teachers love their job and go above and beyond to make school fun for their students. Not much of an award system. No math awards, improvement awards or even award ceremony to motivate children. There is the Pizza Hut coupon deal or San Jose shark reading program for reading and some teacher will give a prize if AR goals are met. That's if the teacher does not just pick one student to recognize even though all others worked just as hard. Lack of spirit days. Not even a day were all student where a motsumoto shirt OF THE SAME DESIGN to show school spirit. Each class has a different designed shirt they wear diffrent days of the week. Some of the colors of the shirts and designs I think are done by students? Kids cannot use the libaray computers before or after school. No school plays or performances have occurred since my kids have attended. No Thanksgiving or Christmas performances for parents to attend. It's a zoo before and after school picking up your child. Pedistrians beware."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-28
    "Welcome to a high performing school in the South Bay. Yes, every student here need to roll up their sleeves and really work. If that means they need to have tutors, so be it. The bar is high! If that is not for you or your kids, then this school is not for you. Also this school is quite traditional, so if your child will not thrive in that kind of environment then this school will not be a good match. The teachers for the most part are really good. I appreciate teachers that push students to work. Yes, this school not not very diverse but that's what happens when the surounding neighborhood is mostly Asian. That is probably the driving factor to its api scores. Culturally, Asian parents have high expectations from their children, for the most part, they deliver. Principle Shreman is very caring, but of course he has also has certain expectations from his students and parents. Unfortunately, this school could use more parent volunteers. But the parents that do volunteer are amazing! They really try to make the school a "balanced " school with school activities. All in all a great school."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-18
    "DISCRIMINATORY SCHOOL!!! The school engages in discriminatory behavior. If you bring up concerns, they are simply dismissed without conducting the appropriate investigation. Had a lot of hope from this school. But as concerns of unfair behavior towards some students by the teachers was brought up, the concerns were simply dismissed without investigating. Consequently, I would question if this school deserves our tax dollars and donations. Very poor experience so far. Hoping they can still remedy the concerns we have brought up."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-09-04
    "principle sherman is rude and should have been a policeman instead of a principle, everyone at this school is asian or indian and its really disappointing in the lack of diversity the pick up and drop off situation is a disaster, don't come here unless you live walking distance because you will be waiting in a mile long line , this is an elitist school so the api scores are that because the parents are either tutor providing and/or one parent is home full time household my kids teacher was very nice very concerned although i don't believe she was a parent i did not like that i believe that only a parent can empathize with other parents concerning a child's learning, principal sherman will videotape you upon dropping or picking up your child there is no parking to park you car and take you child to school, you will have to arrive 30 minutes early in order to bring you child to school with out waiting in a 180 car pile up the street crossgaurds are inept and do not know what they are doing and they take matters into their own hands such as knock on your window to let you know what you are doing wrong or jump in front of your car to not let you pass by and they will harass. aviod this"
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