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We are relatively new to the area and my children are at one of the large elementary schools in San Ramon. It's huge and we are all feeling very lost there. It is not a good fit for us, and we are trying to make some decisions about what to do for next year. I am considering transferring them to another school either within San Ramon's district or to another district and would love to have some feedback. Does anyone have any information about either Walt Disney Elementary, Bollinger Canyon or Golden View in San Ramon? What about Pine Valley Middle School (our oldest potentially could be there next year)?
We are also looking at out of district areas. Does anyone have any information about Joe Michell in Livermore? I love that it is a K-8 school with an IB program and they will take students from out of their district.
I have talked with a few friends who live in Castro Valley, and am impressed with a couple of the elementary schools there (namely Vannoy and Palomeres), as well as Creekside Middle School, but I'm guessing an out of district transfer would be difficult. We could potentially move, since we are renting and have some flexibility in location. Does anyone have other schools that they like, or feedback on the ones I have listed? We are really looking for a small close knit community that values academics, but also provides the extra, well-rounded touches that small schools often provide.
Thanks for any guidance you can provide! Seeking a Better School Fit
If you want to enroll your child there, you would have to move to CV before the enrollment for the district students starts - that would be mid February, if I remember that correctly. (Though personally I can't understand the hype about this school. My oldest daughter attended Canyon middle and was very happy there - she still goes back on open house days to visit her old teachers - and my son is a very happy 7th grader at Canyon. From my experience the Canyon kids do just as well as the Creekside kids in High School). I wish you good luck finding the right school for your children, Tina
Re: Living in San Ramon in the older neighborhoods
We made the move 3 years ago - the summer before my son entered kindergarten. We are within walking distance to Bollinger Canyon Elementary (the west side off 680) . The school doesn't feel test driven, but, this is the only elementary that I've experienced as a parent so I'm probably not the best resource for this question. I do feel my son is where he should be developmentally and academically. And the 4 teachers we've experienced have been great. My son tends to like the warm fuzzy, caring type and for second grade his teacher was a bit strict in his mind. My mind she was fine and he just took awhile to adapt. The school has an art teacher, music program, computer teacher and librarian that is parent funded. I do feel like a lot of parents are really involved with the school.
Re: Moving to Castro Valley from Oakland
Hello - If you have a GATE child then I would move to San Ramon and not Castro Valley. San Ramon is about 15-20 minutes away from Castro Valley. The San Ramon school district is light years ahead of Castro Valley and has a strong GATE program. There are two types of programs available Cluster Gate and ATP. You would need to apply for ATP if your child is a third grade GATE student living in San Ramon. If you need more detailed information please feel free to email me. Castro Valley schools are good but San Ramon schools are great.
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