December 27, 2009

Cupertino schools may have 30-1 student-teacher ratio in some grades – San Jose Mercury News

Cupertino schools may cut GATE program, have 30-1 student-teacher ratio in some grades – San Jose Mercury News
The Cupertino Union School District could face cuts as early as next month as the Board of Trustees decides how to close a projected $5 million deficit for the 2010-2011 school year.

The board is scheduled to make long-term cuts Jan. 11, Superintendent Phil Quon announced Tuesday at a school board meeting.

Possible cuts include staff reductions, reducing custodial staff to halftime, eliminating district office classified positions, cutting hours at a teacher resource center and eliminating summer school and the GATE (Gifted and Talented Education) program.

“We have scrutinized every aspect of district operations. We think this represents the best way to get where we need to be,” Quon said.

Cutting classes and increasing the student-teacher ratio to 30-1 in grades 1, 2, and 3 is possible, chief business officer Rick Hausman said.

Thanks to Burbed reader Herve for this find.

Merry Christmas students of Cupertino. Come on, you’d rather be at home playing Metal Warefare 2 anyway. Now, there’s even less of a reason to go to school. Hurray!

Comments (5) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:05 am

December 3, 2009

where will my child go to school cupertino school district

It’s search engine Thursday!

Recently someone found this site by searching for: where will my child go to school cupertino school district

As a bonus, someone also found this site by searching for: kennedy middle cupertino too much homework

Again, these questions can be interpreted in multiple ways. Here’s how I interpreted them: “Where will my child go to school in the Cupertino school district?” and “How can I make sure my child gets too much homework at Kennedy Middle School in Cupertino?”

Now, I could cheat and just paste snippets from the WSJ article on white flight from Cupertino:

CUPERTINO, Calif. — By most measures, Monta Vista High here and Lynbrook High, in nearby San Jose, are among the nation’s top public high schools. Both boast stellar test scores, an array of advanced-placement classes and a track record of sending graduates from the affluent suburbs of Silicon Valley to prestigious colleges.

But locally, they’re also known for something else: white flight. Over the past 10 years, the proportion of white students at Lynbrook has fallen by nearly half, to 25% of the student body. At Monta Vista, white students make up less than one-third of the population, down from 45% — this in a town that’s half white. Some white Cupertino parents are instead sending their children to private schools or moving them to other, whiter public schools. More commonly, young white families in Silicon Valley say they are avoiding Cupertino altogether.

White students are far outnumbered by Asians at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, Calif.

Whites aren’t quitting the schools because the schools are failing academically. Quite the contrary: Many white parents say they’re leaving because the schools are too academically driven and too narrowly invested in subjects such as math and science at the expense of liberal arts and extracurriculars like sports and other personal interests.

The two schools, put another way that parents rarely articulate so bluntly, are too Asian.

Ni hao!

Unfortunately, without knowing where the person who searched for the “where” question lives, an accurate answer cannot be provided. That said, if your house is below $600 per square foot the answer is probably “NONE”.

As for the second question, don’t worry…. it’ll happen automatically. Your child will be fine. He’ll simply be slaving away until 3am every night on homework so he/she can get rejected from Stanford/Harvard/MIT because all his classmates are slaving away until 5am every night, while someone who takes half as many AP courses in Idaho gets in because no one in his school even thought about applying.

But that’s ok. It’s better to introduce your child to the futility of life earlier, so he’ll be prepared for life in Silicon Valley. Woot!

Comments (20) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:15 am

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

July 7, 2009

New custom home in Cupertino… sort of…

1681 PROVINCETOWN Dr, Cupertino, CA 95129 | MLS# 80926285
1681 PROVINCETOWN Dr Cupertino, CA 95129
Price: $1,549,888

Beds: 5
Baths: 3
Sq. Ft.: 2,800
$/Sq. Ft.: $554
Lot Size: 6,500 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Mediterranean
Stories: 2
View: Neighborhood
Year Built: 2009
Community: Cupertino
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80926285
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 23 days
Gorgeous new custom home in great neighborhood of 3 new home subdivision! Reputable national award winning schools: Lynbrook High/Joaquin Miller Middle/John Muir Elem. Custom design/built exterior and interior with high end materials and appliances. Elegant taste makes the house stunning and most desirable for living. A definite rare opportunity in the neighborhood! You don???t want to miss it.

Thanks to Burbed reader sonarrat for this find.

Why did he send it? Because he noticed this:



Maybe this is disputed territory, like Kashmir. That said, it does seem peculiar that all the RE listing sites allow this to be classified as Cupertino. Is this an indicator for some sort of future land grab? Annexation? What’s the deal?

Maybe, it’s a reference to the fact that Cupertino is now a state of mind, and not just a geographical area!

BTW, what awards have these schools won nationally that distinguish them?

Anyway, buy this house, and then provoke Cupertino into becoming an occupying force. And watch as your equity instantly soars!

Comments (20) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:02 am

March 5, 2009

Probate sale in Cupertino…. just $993 per square foot!

10131 SANTA CLARA Ave, Cupertino, CA 95014 | MLS# 80850774
10131 SANTA CLARA Ave Cupertino, CA 95014
Price: $810,000

Beds: 2
Baths: 1
Sq. Ft.: 816
$/Sq. Ft.: $993
Lot Size: 7,500 Sq. Ft.
Property Type: Detached Single Family
Style: Traditional
Year Built: 1945
Stories: 1
View: Neighborhood
Neighborhood: Cupertino
County: Santa Clara
MLS#: 80850774
Source: MLSListings
Status: Active
On Redfin: 49 days
Fixer with a lot of potential! Cupertino * Monta Vista high school * * Kennedy middle * * Stevens Creek elementary * * Lot is over 7,400 sf. This is not a short sale. Probate sale * * Easy process * *

Whenever I need a pick me up, I know where to turn – Cupertino.

Ahhh…. at $993 per square foot, this house exemplifies what is amazing about the Real Bay Area. Let’s take a look at the one interior pic shall we?


Ooh I feel goosebumpy already!

What a beaut! Thank you Cupertino! Thank you for cheering me up!

My god… if only this could clear $1000 per square foot, then we would really be rocking! Woot!

Maybe next year… maybe next year…

Comments (47) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:01 am

June 8, 2008

How to get your kids into Cupertino Unified School District (CUSD)

One of the reasons the Bay Area is so successful is that we are always pushing the envelope of innovation. Our amazing minds have this amazing ability to take common things and innovate the crap out of them, dramatically changing them. If you live anywhere else, you’ll just have the same ol’ same ol’ year after year, and be boring.

Let’s look at how Silicon Valley has pushed the envelope and truly innovated in the design of enrolling your kids into the local public school:

How to get your kids into a good school in California – camp for days, punch out others, voluntary mandatory donations []
madhaus aka guitar hero Says:
June 4th, 2008 at 4:49 pm

How to get your kid into Cupertino Unified School District

If you live in CUSD borders:

1. Go to your neighborhood school during enrollment week, usually early February. District website has attendance area map and address finder.
2. Bring PG&E bill, birth certificate of kid, other ID
3. Child must be 5 by December 2nd of that year if enrolling in kindergarten.
4. To enroll in another neighborhood school or alternative program, tell enrollment person and get “lottery ticket” plus enrollment form.
5. Go to alternative school or other neighborhood school during alternative enrollment week, bring ticket and form to sign up. Some alternative schools have additional requirements to enroll. You should call the school well before enrollment to find out what they are so you can meet them.
6. Lottery is held at school district office. You can attend but what you see is meaningless. School by school, they call a bunch of names by picking them out of a hat and numbering them. But students with enrolled siblings are given preference, and you don’t know how many spots there are for each grade, so your number isn’t that useful. A kid with a sibling with #799 is ahead of another #1 and no sibling. Just wait for a letter from the school within 1-2 months.

If you want your kid to go to the intense homework factory with perfect scores on the API, there will be 700 other families trying too. Very few will make it due to sibling preference.

If you missed enrollment week:

Follow same procedure, knowing you are behind everyone who enrolled when they were supposed to. Schools are closed for 6 weeks in summer, you may have to wait until August to enroll, or call school district office.

This means your child may have to attend overflow school instead of regular neighborhood school. And this is why everyone enrolls the first day of enrollment week, first thing in the morning.

There is no transit provided to any CUSD school unless your child goes to a special education program.

If you do not live in CUSD and wish to have child attend:

1. One alternative school takes out of district kids, but makes it very tough. They will not let you know if you’re in until first day of school, since district residents always leapfrog you. None of the regular schools will take out of district, though.

Wow. Seriously. Is there any wonder how Steve Wozniak and Steve Jobs ended up creating the amazingly and devastatingly innovative Apple? (we’ll ignore most of the late 80’s to early 90’s)

Keep on taking ordinary things and innovating on them Silicon Valley. Let’s see some more innovation! How can we take school enrollment to the next level?

(For you folks not lucky enough to live in the Bay Area, how do you enroll your kids? Do you have to camp outside for a few days?)

Comments (28) -- Posted by: burbed @ 5:16 am

June 22, 2007

This house in Saratoga requires a lot of $20 bills

Property details

Location: Saratoga
Price: $1,150,000
Status: Coming soon
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 2.5
Approx Square Feet: 1900
Approx Lot Size: 10000
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Please call if you are interested, in viewing. This may not go to
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cox. Cupertino Schools.

Thanks to an unnamed Burbed reader for this one. You really have to click the link and go see the original website to truly appreciate it – you, see the flipping $20’s is animated.

You’re pretty much going to need an infinite loop of 20’s to afford this house – which may or may not go on sale.

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