August 26, 2009

Cupertino School District Overflow information

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Herve Estater Says:
August 23rd, 2009 at 10:39 pm

Wow. I have seen the overflow down here and it’s bad. There are 3 CUSD elementary schools in Sunnyvale …, and the worst is Stocklmeir (in enrollment). CUSD kicked the resource people out of the adjacent set of buildings and moved grades 4&5 into that complex. I think Stocklmeir has around 950 kids in the K-5 school. 950!!! It’s like a million kids per classroom!

Chief problem is the other 2 elementary schools in the area … weren’t just closed when enrollment dropped in the 70s …. They were sold to developers who bulldozed the schools. So CUSD has nowhere else to send those kids. You should see the place; portable classrooms everywhere, and by portable I mean trailer park :)

Also from what I hear, anyone enrolling their kids in PA school dist who are older than kindergarten has zero priority on either the neighborhood elementary school or even *keeping siblings together*

I am seriously considering moving to Mountain View now. Cheaper yet better than Palo Alto, less pressure and fewer suicides).

Solid information. Thanks Herve.

By the way, does anyone know of anyone who has actually camped outside to get their kids into a school? That’d make a great post!

Comments (13) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:13 am

13 Responses to “Cupertino School District Overflow information”

  1. SiO2 Says:

    Herve, if you get a house in Mtn View that’s serviced by Los Altos elem, that’s a relative good deal (as far as that goes around here). The nhood is pretty nice. Lots are smaller than Los Altos. but it’s also quite a bit cheaper.

  2. Real Alex Says:

    Cupertino, heh… If you want to see real disaster, stop by Foster City Elementary at Edgewater. This is a trailer park and war zone at the same time. They over enrolled about 200 kids last year! I don’t know exact stats for this year, but from what I’ve heard it’s not much better. School has about 900 students now and enrollment is going up to 1000 this year, though it was originally designed for 600. In the beginning of last year they had one big class of ~100 kids with 2 temp teachers from other schools and volunteers who were… students from the middle school nearby. It reminded me something… temp schools I’ve seen in Somali… But this was actual school with 900+ rating in the middle of Silicon Valley.
    This year they had to close all main permanent buildings because of poor condition long overdue maintenance. So, now it’s a set of trailers. Proposition to build another elementary school was rejected by the city. Instead city allocated land for new commercial development. Good job, Foster City. Way to stay in the RBA!

  3. DreamT Says:

    “By the way, does anyone know of anyone who has actually camped outside to get their kids into a school? That’d make a great post!”

    Bonus points if you have audio and video, because we love gossips on burbed!

  4. Pralay Says:

    Bonus points if you have audio and video, because we love gossips on burbed!
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    Audio will be useful only if parents are talking. I doubt it. Most likely every parent is silently cursing other parents in front of him/her and hoping that parents behind him/her won’t get through.

  5. Mole Man Says:

    Driftwood Salvage is near there also (driftwoodsalvage.com), so at least materials for fixing the place up would be easy to get.

  6. Herve Estater Says:

    For Mandarin immersion, I found this one in Mountain View: http://www.french-american-kids.com (yeah, hard to guess they have Mandarin immersion!).

    Any opinion about the other ones?

  7. DreamT Says:

    Herve, how old are your kid(s)?

  8. SiO2 Says:

    I have friends whose kids go to CLIP in Cupertino USD. They like it a lot. of course it’s oversubscribed though.

  9. madhaus Says:

    Ack, I missed this. Stocklmeier enrollment is hitting 1100 this year. When they expanded that school, CUSD figured they had at least five years’ growth covered. It’s now at capacity… one year later.

    Need I mention that Stocklmeier is an elementary school, and K-5 at that? The middle school for all Sunnyvale/CUSD has an enrollment a little over 1200.

    SiO2, I have friends at CLIP too. The neighborhood school it shares space with (Meyerholz) is thrilled that CLIP moved there, because those kids raised the STAR numbers.

  10. nomadic Says:

    I guess it’s too late to institute mandatory birth control for CUSD residents.

    ;-)

  11. Pralay Says:

    I guess it’s too late to institute mandatory birth control for CUSD residents.
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    What would be the limit? One or two child(ren)? Most likely most of parents don’t have more than that anyway. So 100% of them would be covered.

    I guess problem will be more severe as more baby-boomers cash out their homes and people with kids will move in, hoping to enroll their kids in CUSD.

  12. Pralay Says:

    When they expanded that school, CUSD figured they had at least five years’ growth covered.
    —-

    I guess that was CalTrans style estimate. They always expand freeways/roads “for traffic condition of next 10 years“, only to come back within two years to expand for “next 10 years“.

  13. Pralay Says:

    It’s like magazine subscription. Once you subscribe, you get renewal notice even before you receive the first issue. If you paid it, you get another renewal notice within next three months. After one year you look at closely, you already paid subscriber for next 20 years.


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