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kerensr, Renter in Mountain View, CA

Stevenson Elementary School - How is the school? How is the neighborhood?

Asked by kerensr, Mountain View, CA Thu Sep 20, 2012

We are thinking to move to granada ave and was wondering about the neighborhood and specifically about Stevenson elementary school

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Hello Kerensr,
As pointed out earlier, Stevenson Elementary school is modeled along a parent participation school. There are extensive requirements for parent participation. As an example, every child's parent has to commit to teaching for 2 hours in the classroom / week alongside the teacher assisting her/him in daily lessons. Parents are expected to hold classroom jobs which vary and require a commitment of around 4 hours or so /month. Parents are also required to serve on a school wide committee serving for around 20 hours/ year.

The school emphasizes hands on learning, tends a garden patch, actively organizes field trips (which parents drive children on). This is not a school for everyone and everyone is not for this kind of a school. The benefits of this model are numerous as well both to the child and the parent.

The neighborhood has a lot of families which attend Stevenson, and home prices have risen quite a bit this year. Some of the homes have undergone modernization while there are some homes still with the original layout in place. It is close to shoreline park, a short bike ride to downtown / caltrain/VTA and happens to be one of the last affordable neighborhoods in the M. View area where home prices aren't breaching a million or more.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 24, 2012
Mountain View schools have been trying new approaches to improve their schools. Stevenson Elementary has been using what they call PACT (PArent Child Teacher) to involve the student's family directly with the school. I believe parent involvement and expectations are some of the strongest ways to have a student get better than average results.
See http://stevenson.mvwsd.org/

Some of the Mountain View school programs have received concerns that they are too regimented. This is a concern not unique to Mountain View schools. I would recommend visiting the MountainView Voice and searching for schools to learn a little about what has happened. http://www.mv-voice.com/

Mountain View was one of the first cities to show increasing home prices this year. Generally areas which have a wide favorable reputation are among the first to show rising home sales prices and among the last to show falling home prices. My Mountain View real estate statistics are posted at http://www.julianalee.com/mountain-view/mountain-view-statis…

Best wishes,
Juliana Lee
650-857-1000
Keller Williams Realty
Web Reference: http://www.julianalee.com/
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sat Sep 22, 2012
Kerensr,

There is a website http://www.greatschools.org/ that can give you the rating for the school and sometimes has parent comments. You should also maybe consider talking to a parent who has their child enrolled in that school. First hand info is always best. If you are not working with a realtor already in San Jose I can refer you to a great one.

Please drop me a line if you are interested in getting the agents information.

Regards,

Debbie Good
Realtor Associate
Id 0138654
Dorrington Realty
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 21, 2012
Kerensr, I am curently a REALTOR who just sold a wonderful home on California Street in Mountain View. Prior to real estate, I was a High School & Middle school Principal, but because I am currently a REALTOR, I am going to ask you if you have a realtor you have made a commitment to work with. If you have, you should ask them your questions. Should you wish to work with me, I would be glad to help you with your questions. First of all I would give you a different set of questions to ask regarding your areas of concern, because anyone can answer your two questions with "Great! and Great!" and leave you in the same position you find yourself in right now. I help my special clients answer these types of questions for themselves, but it takes a degree of time, commitment, and trust by both parties. I guess I am answering your questions with another Question. "Who are you going to work with in finding the home that fits for your family?" Have a great day! Al
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 21, 2012
Hi Al - I am moving to Mountain View with my family in May/June this year. We are looking for a 3 bed to rent in the area. Currently we are looking on various websites and are hoping to find something. However, I just read you post above, and wanted to ask you how the Realtor relationship works in the US, as I think it is very different to the UK. Is there a commitment to pay fees, or is it taken from the property price/commission? Would you look across various properties listed privately and with different agents or are you limited to properties which you have listed yourself? Thanks Sarah
Flag Wed Feb 27, 2013
According to http://www.greatschools.net Stevenson has an API of 874 :http://www.greatschools.org/california/mountain-view/25182-S…

Other than that it is a great neighborhood, close to downtown, and with Google and Apple expanding so much the future of Mountain View looks excellent.
Marcy Moyer
DRE 01191194
Web Reference: http://www.marcymoyer.com
0 votes Thank Flag Link Fri Sep 21, 2012
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