Mulberry School

★★★★☆
  • 220 Belgatos Rd

    Los Gatos, CA 95032

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  • 408-358-9080

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Mon - Fri, 8:30am - 3:30pm

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I was very impressed with my visit to Mulberry school. They seemed to have all the things I was looking for in a school. They had a vibrant classroom, wonderful teachers, lots of hands on learning, very social setting, small class size and encouraged parent participation. I did feel that their academic level was a tad below that of other schools, and also thought that the school was not multi ethnic at all (esp given that this is bay area). But I liked it overall, and figured it will work wonders for my son. So I applied.
As a part of the application process, we fill a form, and then take the kid to spend a couple of hours at the school where the teachers observe them.
And then a couple of days later I had the admissions director call and tell me: Your child has special needs, and we are not equipped to handle such kids at our school.
Special Needs?? My child has been going to a montessori for two years, and I have heard nothing odd for him. He learns well and is caring and friendly. Yes, he takes a some time to warm up to new folks (and I had mentioned this in the application form). So I asked to speak to the Director.
I must say that the Director did speak to me, and I appreciated the time she spent in doing that. This is the great part of the school. But I didn't like what I heard. Apparently, in the evaluation, my son was more interested exploring the classroom (with all the toys and art stuff, which kid wouldn't?) than doing any of the teacher directed activity. Hence, they think my child is not social, and will not thrive in the school.
Fair enough, it's the school's decision to accept or reject a child. The questions I have are:
- If the school admits children who are already very social, what exactly is the school's value add, especially given that they stress so much on social skill development and are really not great academically?
- And secondly, is it reasonable to tag any child who deviates from their expectation of what a child should do as a child with special needs?
I am writing this way in retrospect. After the call, I actually spent a few weeks worrying a lot about their evaluation. I thought that after all they are trained educators, and that I, as a parent, have missed seeing something.
But thankfully, we enrolled him in another school where his teacher thinks he is quite bright, socially adjusted and mature. My anxiety is at rest.

So overall, I would recommend this school highly only if your kids are really social. It will work wonders for them as really they have a lot of stuff. But if you child isn't that outgoing already, I am not sure whether the school will make an effort to help her develop that skill.

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I was very impressed with my visit to Mulberry school. They seemed to have all the things I was looking for in a school. They had a vibrant classroom, wonderful teachers, lots of hands on learning, very social setting, small class size and encouraged parent participation. I did feel that their academic level was a tad below that of other schools, and also thought that the school was not multi ethnic at all (esp given that this is bay area). But I liked it overall, and figured it will work wonders for my son. So I applied.
As a part of the application process, we fill a form, and then take the kid to spend a couple of hours at the school where the teachers observe them.
And then a couple of days later I had the admissions director call and tell me: Your child has special needs, and we are not equipped to handle such kids at our school.
Special Needs?? My child has been going to a montessori for two years, and I have heard nothing odd for him. He learns well and is caring and friendly. Yes, he takes a some time to warm up to new folks (and I had mentioned this in the application form). So I asked to speak to the Director.
I must say that the Director did speak to me, and I appreciated the time she spent in doing that. This is the great part of the school. But I didn't like what I heard. Apparently, in the evaluation, my son was more interested exploring the classroom (with all the toys and art stuff, which kid wouldn't?) than doing any of the teacher directed activity. Hence, they think my child is not social, and will not thrive in the school.
Fair enough, it's the school's decision to accept or reject a child. The questions I have are:
- If the school admits children who are already very social, what exactly is the school's value add, especially given that they stress so much on social skill development and are really not great academically?
- And secondly, is it reasonable to tag any child who deviates from their expectation of what a child should do as a child with special needs?
I am writing this way in retrospect. After the call, I actually spent a few weeks worrying a lot about their evaluation. I thought that after all they are trained educators, and that I, as a parent, have missed seeing something.
But thankfully, we enrolled him in another school where his teacher thinks he is quite bright, socially adjusted and mature. My anxiety is at rest.

So overall, I would recommend this school highly only if your kids are really social. It will work wonders for them as really they have a lot of stuff. But if you child isn't that outgoing already, I am not sure whether the school will make an effort to help her develop that skill.

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A great school, uniquely preparing kids for 21st century learning. Academics + character development, everything is theme based - so when they study the african savannah, they read books on giraffes, go to the zoo to observe animals, research the geography, write reports, write poems, measure and build a life size paper giraffe, paint giraffes and zebras, sew felt pillows with fabric painted giraffes, build a globe showing continents, africa etc... the kids love learning and the themes motivate them to soak it all in! And they learn to listen, speak up, present, discuss, problem solve and work with each other. My kid has become confident, vocal and respectful at the same time! Highly recommend.

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★★★★★

A great school, uniquely preparing kids for 21st century learning. Academics + character development, everything is theme based - so when they study the african savannah, they read books on giraffes, go to the zoo to observe animals, research the geography, write reports, write poems, measure and build a life size paper giraffe, paint giraffes and zebras, sew felt pillows with fabric painted giraffes, build a globe showing continents, africa etc... the kids love learning and the themes motivate them to soak it all in! And they learn to listen, speak up, present, discuss, problem solve and work with each other. My kid has become confident, vocal and respectful at the same time! Highly recommend.

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My kids attend Mulberry Elemntary School and love it. They are so enthusiastic about learning and absolutely love going to school. I really enjoy watching them play with kids younger and older, as if they were all the same age - which is very unique to Mulberry. I also really like the sense of community and knowing that I can rely on the other parents for help. What sold me on the school was my interaction with alumni kids and watching their self confidence and sharpness, especially being a working mom.

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My kids attend Mulberry Elemntary School and love it. They are so enthusiastic about learning and absolutely love going to school. I really enjoy watching them play with kids younger and older, as if they were all the same age - which is very unique to Mulberry. I also really like the sense of community and knowing that I can rely on the other parents for help. What sold me on the school was my interaction with alumni kids and watching their self confidence and sharpness, especially being a working mom.

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My daughter attended Mulberry for two years and not only had a wonderful learning experience, but she also has excelled in her education ever since. I believe the Mulberry school provided essential early development that established a true love of learning and a passion for reading, exploration and understanding.

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My daughter attended Mulberry for two years and not only had a wonderful learning experience, but she also has excelled in her education ever since. I believe the Mulberry school provided essential early development that established a true love of learning and a passion for reading, exploration and understanding.

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Seems to be a normal preschool, however once in the door, parents are solicited endlessly and led to believe that their kids are abnormal and in danger of not being preppared for elementary school. The parents are then recommended to make appointments with experts in an effort to correct these problem areas, such things as occupational therapy and speech development.
I didn't see anything wrong so I refused, the pressure to get this handled grew more intense the more I refused, I told them I would handle it on my own, they asked me to use the "specialists" that they were in contact with. I felt way too much pressure, so me and my normal kid left.

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★☆☆☆☆

Seems to be a normal preschool, however once in the door, parents are solicited endlessly and led to believe that their kids are abnormal and in danger of not being preppared for elementary school. The parents are then recommended to make appointments with experts in an effort to correct these problem areas, such things as occupational therapy and speech development.
I didn't see anything wrong so I refused, the pressure to get this handled grew more intense the more I refused, I told them I would handle it on my own, they asked me to use the "specialists" that they were in contact with. I felt way too much pressure, so me and my normal kid left.

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Our family has been involved with Mulberry for six years, with kids in both the preschool and the elementary. The school is a great fit for our family for the following reasons:

1) Mulberry is an independent school, so it doesn't have to conform to all the bureaucratic nonsense sent forth from Sacramento and Washington. This includes the multiple standardized tests that lead to a curricular emphasis on test-taking strategies instead of critical thinking and composition.

2) The curriculum is multi-faceted, hands-on, and integrated across subject areas. Theme centers and art/drama/music/science form the basis of learning. Children graduate as self-motivated learners with a solid foundation of academic skills that they learned through joyful, developmentally appropriate lessons.

3) Children and adults are expected to respect one another and themselves both socially and academically. When they fail -- because we all fail at this sometimes -- they are given the tools to learn their way into future success. For kids, this means frequent class meetings and a social/emotional curriculum. For adults, this means positive discipline classes and an opportunity to learn from the masters, i.e. the faculty.

4) Tuition is reasonable. It is the best-priced private secular elementary education available in the South Bay.

5) The place is a real community. When we moved to San Jose Mulberry became our second home. There isn't a parent there -- even the ones I don't particularly like -- whom I don't trust to nurture the well-being of my children.

6) Participating in the classroom at Mulberry means more than just laminating and walking kids to the bathroom. As parents, we learn so much from the kids, the other parents, and the professional staff -- even while we teach and share our knowledge.

Our family values independence of thought, respect for all people, environmental sensitivity, and living life authentically and enthusiastically. Mulberry supports those values. We feel grateful to send our kids to a school that reinforces what our kids learn at home.

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★★★★★

Our family has been involved with Mulberry for six years, with kids in both the preschool and the elementary. The school is a great fit for our family for the following reasons:

1) Mulberry is an independent school, so it doesn't have to conform to all the bureaucratic nonsense sent forth from Sacramento and Washington. This includes the multiple standardized tests that lead to a curricular emphasis on test-taking strategies instead of critical thinking and composition.

2) The curriculum is multi-faceted, hands-on, and integrated across subject areas. Theme centers and art/drama/music/science form the basis of learning. Children graduate as self-motivated learners with a solid foundation of academic skills that they learned through joyful, developmentally appropriate lessons.

3) Children and adults are expected to respect one another and themselves both socially and academically. When they fail -- because we all fail at this sometimes -- they are given the tools to learn their way into future success. For kids, this means frequent class meetings and a social/emotional curriculum. For adults, this means positive discipline classes and an opportunity to learn from the masters, i.e. the faculty.

4) Tuition is reasonable. It is the best-priced private secular elementary education available in the South Bay.

5) The place is a real community. When we moved to San Jose Mulberry became our second home. There isn't a parent there -- even the ones I don't particularly like -- whom I don't trust to nurture the well-being of my children.

6) Participating in the classroom at Mulberry means more than just laminating and walking kids to the bathroom. As parents, we learn so much from the kids, the other parents, and the professional staff -- even while we teach and share our knowledge.

Our family values independence of thought, respect for all people, environmental sensitivity, and living life authentically and enthusiastically. Mulberry supports those values. We feel grateful to send our kids to a school that reinforces what our kids learn at home.

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Mulberry School was recommended to our family by a neighbor whose kids we admired for being smart, well rounded and kind. Our neighbor felt that their Mulberry experience was the basis of their educational success, and I've come to believe that she was right.

My kids are now alumni and I can strongly recommend Mulberry in the same spirit as my neighbor. Mulberry's focus on developmental learning allowed my kids to excel academically, without even realizing it. For 7 years they LOVED school. They respected their teachers, learned to work successfully with adults because of the parental participation, and above all else found that learning was fun. Meet a Mulberry alumni and you'll know what I mean - it's a great school. The proof is in the alumni.

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★★★★★

Mulberry School was recommended to our family by a neighbor whose kids we admired for being smart, well rounded and kind. Our neighbor felt that their Mulberry experience was the basis of their educational success, and I've come to believe that she was right.

My kids are now alumni and I can strongly recommend Mulberry in the same spirit as my neighbor. Mulberry's focus on developmental learning allowed my kids to excel academically, without even realizing it. For 7 years they LOVED school. They respected their teachers, learned to work successfully with adults because of the parental participation, and above all else found that learning was fun. Meet a Mulberry alumni and you'll know what I mean - it's a great school. The proof is in the alumni.

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2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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Mulberry is a warm and welcoming community that really takes responsibility for the whole child's growth - academically, socially, emotionally and physically. The creative curriculum, the dedicated teachers and the passionate parent participation really add up to an unusual environment. The kids graduate from Mulberry with solid academic skills and enthusiasm for continued learning. I also really appreciate the extra attention to social skills/emotional intelligence and feel that the "positive discipline" approach has been helpful to me as a parent.

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★★★★★

Mulberry is a warm and welcoming community that really takes responsibility for the whole child's growth - academically, socially, emotionally and physically. The creative curriculum, the dedicated teachers and the passionate parent participation really add up to an unusual environment. The kids graduate from Mulberry with solid academic skills and enthusiasm for continued learning. I also really appreciate the extra attention to social skills/emotional intelligence and feel that the "positive discipline" approach has been helpful to me as a parent.

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My son recently started kindergarten at Mulberry and it is a wonderful place. He is learning while having fun--what a thought!
Can't say enough good about Mulberry!

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My son recently started kindergarten at Mulberry and it is a wonderful place. He is learning while having fun--what a thought!
Can't say enough good about Mulberry!

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Thrilled to have Mulberry move closer to the Almaden area! This is a wonderful school and warm and welcoming community. Small classes, individual attention not only from the dedicated teachers but also from the parents working in the classroom. Parent participation is what allows teachers to create a very rich curriculum.The school follows a developmental philosophy, with a focus on growing the whole child, but strong academics and a structured environment are the basis for a well rounded education.

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Thrilled to have Mulberry move closer to the Almaden area! This is a wonderful school and warm and welcoming community. Small classes, individual attention not only from the dedicated teachers but also from the parents working in the classroom. Parent participation is what allows teachers to create a very rich curriculum.The school follows a developmental philosophy, with a focus on growing the whole child, but strong academics and a structured environment are the basis for a well rounded education.

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My children have been at Mulberry since preschool. Yes, the school has changed and, yes, it feels different. But the changes and differences have only served to improve the school. The core of the school, however, remains the same: absolutely dedicated and fabulous teachers, parents who are actively involved in the school and volunteer time and again to make a difference, and a continuing desire to create a safe and nurturing environment for the kids. We are "graduating" this year and I will be sad to leave our other "home" for the last 7 years.

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★★★★☆

My children have been at Mulberry since preschool. Yes, the school has changed and, yes, it feels different. But the changes and differences have only served to improve the school. The core of the school, however, remains the same: absolutely dedicated and fabulous teachers, parents who are actively involved in the school and volunteer time and again to make a difference, and a continuing desire to create a safe and nurturing environment for the kids. We are "graduating" this year and I will be sad to leave our other "home" for the last 7 years.

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This parent co-op preschool offers rich experiences for the young child. Staff are friendly and have dedicated themselves to bringing national accreditation standards to the school.

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This parent co-op preschool offers rich experiences for the young child. Staff are friendly and have dedicated themselves to bringing national accreditation standards to the school.

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Message from Mulberry School

"Teaching the Way Children Learn" The mission of Mulberry School is to be a safe and creative learning community where the development of the whole child and active parent participation are integral to the day-to-day educational experience. Mulberry has both a preschool (18 mos to 5 years old) and an elementary program (junior kindergarten through 5th grade) and is one of two schools in the nation certified as a Positive Discipline Demonstration School.

More about Mulberry School

Teacher specialists in PE and Health, Drama, Music and Voice, Music and Movement. Emphasis on social-emotional development, focus on learning process and integrated learning. Portfolio-based assessment process. Parents work weekly in the classroom.

 

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