Muir (John) Elementary School in Cupertino Union School District

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Address: 6560 Hanover Dr, San Jose, CA 95129
Phone: (408) 252-5265
Highest grade: Fifth grade
Lowest grade: Kindergarten
Principal: Adrienne Van Gorden
Superintendent: Craig Baker
Open Year: 1980

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
TK – 3rd grades: 8:30 to 2:35
4th, 5th grades: 8:30 to 3:05

TK – 3rd grades: 8:30 to 2:00
4th, 5th grades: 8:30 to 2:00

John Muir is a K-5 elementary school in the Cupertino Union School District. It is located in a suburban setting of mostly single-family homes in Northwest San Jose. It borders the cities of Cupertino and Saratoga. Most of the community is considered middle class by Silicon Valley standards. The school has a population of about 450 students. There is also an English Language Development Program. This program serves non-English and limited English speaking students many of whom who are new to this country. Approximately 30% of Muir students are English Language Learners.


Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

Regular attendance at the schools of Cupertino Union School District is a necessary part of the learning process and is critical to academic success. School districts receive financial support from the state for the education of the students they serve based on how many students attend each day. More importantly, attendance is critical to academic achievement. The following chart illustrates enrollment over the past three years.

Enrollment Trend by Grade Level
2015-16 2016-17 2017-18
K 116 117 103
1st 38 42 47
2nd 64 56 43
3rd 54 58 42
4th 56 58 65
5th 72 59 58
Total 400 390 358
Enrollment by Student Group
Black or African American 1.4%
Asian 76.8%
Filipino 0.3%
Hispanic or Latino 5.6%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander 0.3%
White 11.7%
Two or More Races 2.0%
EL Students 22.3%
Socioeconomically Disadvantaged 7.8%
Students with Disabilities 4.2%


Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) includes computer-based and paper-pencil assessments. The computer-based assessments are the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts/Literacy (ELA) and Mathematics tests, administered to grades three through eight and eleven. There is also an optional Standards-based Test in Spanish (STS) for Reading/Language Arts (RLA).

A new science assessment based on the Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools (CA NGSS) has been developed. The California Standards Test and California Modified Assessment for Science are no longer administered. The new California Science Test (CAST) was piloted in spring 2017 and field tested during the 2017–18 school year. No student scores or aggregated results will be released until development of the test has been completed and reviewed. The CAST will be administered operationally during the 2018–19 school year.

The Smarter Balanced Assessment System utilizes computer-adaptive tests and performance tasks that allow students to show what they know and are able to do. Smarter Balanced summative assessment results include student scores, achievement levels, and descriptors that describe performance. These assessment results are only one of several tools used to measure a student’s academic performance in ELA/Literacy and mathematics. Smarter Balanced assessment results are most appropriately interpreted alongside other available information about a student’s academic achievement, including such measures as District assessments, classroom assignments and grades, classrooms tests, report cards, and teacher feedback.

The first table displays the percent of students who met or exceeded state standards in English Language Arts/Literacy (grades 3-8 and 11) and Math (grades 3-8 and 11) for the past two school years.

The second table displays information on student achievement by student groups for the school in ELA and Mathematics with all grades combined (grades three through eight and eleven).

Note: ELA and Mathemarics test results include the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment and the California Alternate Assessment. The “Percent Met or Exceeded” is calculated by taking the total number of students who met or exceeded the standard on the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment plus the total number of students who met the standard on the CAAs divided by the total number of students who participated in both assessments.

Double dashes (–) appear in the table when the number of students is ten or less, either because the number of students in this category is too small for statistical accuracy or to protect student privacy.

Note: The number of students tested includes all students who participated in the test whether they received a score or not; however, the number of students tested is not the number that was used to calculate the achievement level percentages. The achievement level percentages are calculated using only students who received scores.

California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
Percent of Students Meeting or Exceeding the State Standards
Subject School District State
2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018 2016 2017 2018
English Language Arts/Literacy (Grades 3-8 and 11) 84 78 82 84 84 85 48 48 50
Mathematics (Grades 3-8 and 11) 86 85 87 86 86 86 36 37 38
Science (Grades 5, 8, and 10) 89 92 54
California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress
English-Language Arts Mathematics
Student Groups Total Enrollment Number Tested Percent Tested % Met or Exceeded CA Standard Number Tested Percent Tested % Met or Exceeded CA Standard
All Students 166 159 95.78 81.76 164 98.80 86.59
English Learners 50 44 88.00 68.18 49 98.00 83.67
Female 73 69 94.52 84.06 72 98.63 81.94
Male 93 90 96.77 80.00 92 98.92 90.22
Socioeconomically Disadvantaged 13 13 100.00 69.23 13 100.00 61.54
White 15 15 100.00 80.00 15 100.00 66.67



Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

In the spring of each year, the schools of Cupertino Union School District are required by the state to administer a physical fitness test to all students in grade five and seven. The physical fitness test is a standardized evaluation that tracks the development of high-quality fitness programs and assists students in establishing physical activity as part of their daily lives. Results of student performance are compared to other students statewide who took the test.

Percentage of Students in Healthy Fitness Zone
Grade Level Four of Six Standards Five of Six Standards Six of Six Standards
5 8.6 32.8 32.8
*Scores are not disclosed when fewer than 10 students are tested in a grade level and/or subgroup.



Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

The table indicates the average class size by grade level or subject area, as well as the number of classrooms that fall into each size category.

Class Size Distribution
Average Classrooms Containing:
Class Size 1-20 Students 21-32 Students 33+ Students
16 17 18 16 17 18 16 17 18 16 17 18
By Subject Area
K 19 20 21 4 4 2 2 2 3
1 19 21 17 1 1 2 1
2 21 19 21 1 3 2 1
3 18 19 21 3 1 1 2 1
4 28 30 33 1 2 1 1 1
5 33 30 29 2 2 2



Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

It is the goal of all Cupertino Union School District schools to assist students in their social and personal development as well as academics. The table lists the support service personnel available at our school.  Note: One Full Time Equivalent (FTE) equals one staff member working full time; one FTE could also represent two staff members who each work 50 percent of full time.

Counseling & Support Services Staff
Number of Staff Full Time Equivalent
Library Media Technician 1 0.5
Psychologist 1 0.2
Nurse 1 0.2
Speech Language Pathologist 4 1.6
Resource Specialist 1 1.0
SDC Teacher 3 3.0
Instructional Assistants 11 8.6
Technology Specialist 1 0.9



Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

The table displays the suspension and expulsion rates at the school, in the district, and throughout the state. Expulsions occur only when required by law or when all other alternatives are exhausted.

Suspensions & Expulsions
Suspensions Expulsions
15-16 16-17 17-18 15-16 16-17 17-18
School 0.40 0.00 0.73 0.00 0.00 0.00
District 0.68 0.77 0.69 0.00 0.01 0.00
State 3.65 3.65 3.51 0.09 0.09 0.08



Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

Safety of students and staff is a primary concern of the Cupertino Union School District.  Many people visit the campus to volunteer in the classroom and participate in school events. Parents and visitors are welcomed and required to check in at the school office upon arrival and obtain a visitor’s badge; visitors are required to return to the school office upon departure. During lunch, recesses, and before and after school, assigned staff supervise students and school grounds, including the cafeteria and recreation area, to ensure a safe and orderly environment.
The Comprehensive Safe School Plan was developed by the District to comply with Senate Bill 187 (SB 187) of 1997. The plan provides students and staff a means of ensuring a safe and orderly learning environment. Each school includes the following requirements of SB 187 within their safe school plans: current status of school crime; child abuse reporting procedures; disaster procedures, routine and emergency; policies related to suspension and expulsion; notification to teachers; sexual harassment policy; provision of a school-wide dress code; safe ingress and egress of pupils, parents, and school employees; safe and orderly school environment; and school rules and procedures. Fire drills are conducted on a monthly basis throughout the school year and intruder/lock-down drills are held annually.
The school evaluates the plan annually and updates it as needed. Safety procedures, including elements of the Safe School Plan, are reviewed with school and District staff in the fall, at the start of each school year.   An updated copy of the plan is available to the public at the school office.


Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

Parental Engagement

The SARC provides the following information relevant to the Parental Involvement State Priority (Priority 3):
• Efforts the school district makes to seek parent input in making decisions for the school district and each school site.

Parent Involvement

John Muir has a very active PTA that works in collaboration with the principal, teachers, and staff. This organization is involved in the following areas:

a) Fundraising- the money raised by the PTA through direct donations, selling scrip, and fundraising events has enabled the school to hire a primary music teacher (K-3) and an art teacher for grades K-6. All classroom teachers get funds from the PTA to buy instructional materials and supplies. The funds raised by the PTA have been used to purchase playground equipment and technology.

b) Organizing special events during non school hours. Among the events the PTA has been involved in is the Harvest Festival, Holiday Boutique, and the Spring Fling.
c) Recruiting and coordinating parent volunteers to help in the classroom as tutors, supervisors on field trips, as library and computer lab helpers. All parents are encouraged to take an active role in their children’s education. There are ample opportunities for parents to assume leadership roles as well.

For additional information about organized opportunities for parent involvement at John Muir Elementary, please contact the school at 408-252-5265.


Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

The SARC provides the following information relevant to the Basic State Priority (Priority 1):
• Degree to which teachers are appropriately assigned and fully credentialed in the subject area and for the pupils they are teaching;
• Pupils have access to standards-aligned instructional materials; and
• School facilities are maintained in good repair.


Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

The district recruits and employs the most qualified credentialed teachers. This chart shows information about teacher credentials.
Misassignments refers to the number of positions filled by teachers who lack legal authorization to teach that grade level, subject area, student group, etc.
Teacher vacancies reflect the number of positions to which a single designated certificated employee has not been assigned at the beginning of the year for an entire semester or year.

Teacher Credential Status
School District
16-17 17-18 18-19 18-19
Fully Credentialed 21 18 19 784
Without Full Credentials 0 0 0 9
Teaching Outside Subject Area of Competence (with full credential) 0 0 0 0
16-17 17-18 18-19
Misassignments of Teachers of English Learners 0 0 0
Misassignments of Teachers (other) 0 0 0
Total Misassignments of Teachers 0 0 0
Vacant Teacher Positions 0 0 0


Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

Cupertino Union School held a Public Hearing on September 27, 2016, and determined that each school within the District has sufficient and good quality textbooks, instructional materials, or science lab equipment pursuant to the settlement of Williams vs. the State of California. All students, including English learners, are given their own individual standards-aligned textbooks or instructional materials, or both, in core subjects for use in the classroom and to take home.  Textbooks and supplementary materials are adopted according to a cycle developed by the State Department of Education, making the textbooks used in the school the most current available. Materials approved for use by the State are reviewed by all teachers and a recommendation is made to the School Board by a selection committee composed of teachers and administrators. All recommended materials are available for parent examination at the district office prior to adoption. The table displays information about the quality, currency, and availability of the standards-aligned textbooks and other instructional materials used at the school during the 2016-17 school year.

District-Adopted Textbooks
Grade Levels Subject Publisher Adoption Year From Most Recent Adoption % Lacking
K-5 English/Language Arts Houghton Mifflin 2003 Yes 0.0%
K-5 Mathematics Houghton Mifflin 2002 Yes 0.0%
K-5 Science Foss Science Kits – Standards Aligned 2008 Yes 0.0%
K-5 Social Science/History McGraw-Hill 2001 Yes 0.0%


Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at

John Muir is a safe, clean and well-maintained school. The entire campus is just under 10 acres. It consists of a large grass field and blacktop area with a play structure, basketball courts, and other game areas. There are six buildings and four portables. There are a total of 26 available classrooms. In addition there is a large Guided Learning Center which consists of an auditorium, a library, a computer lab, a science lab, and a music room. The maintenance department regularly cuts the grass and trims the trees and shrubs. There is also a regular watering schedule. All necessary repairs to buildings, plumbing, and grounds are done in a timely manner.

Cleaning Process
The Principal works daily with the custodial staff to ensure that the cleaning of the school is maintained to provide for a clean and safe school. In the evenings and during the day, custodians ensure classrooms, restrooms, and campus grounds are kept clean and safe. A scheduled maintenance program is administered by the Cupertino Union School District to ensure that all classrooms and facilities are maintained to a degree of adequacy.
Maintenance and Repair
District maintenance staff ensure that the repairs necessary to keep the school in good repair and work orders are completed in a timely manner. A work order process is used to ensure efficient service and highest priority to emergency repairs.
The table displays information collected in February 2017 about the condition of the school’s facility.

School Facility Conditions
Date of Last Inspection: 12/03/2018
Overall Summary of School Facility Conditions: Good
Items Inspected Facility Component System Status Deficiency & Remedial Actions Taken or Planned
Good Fair Poor
Systems (Gas Leaks, Mech/HVAC, Sewer) X
Cleanliness (Overall Cleanliness, Pest/Vermin Infestation) X 2, 8, 31, 32, 33: UNSECURED ITEMS ARE STORED TOO HIGH.
Safety (Fire Safety, Hazardous Materials) X 9: PLUG IN AIR FRESHENER.
Structural (Structural Damage, Roofs) X
External (Grounds, Windows, Doors, Gates, Fences) X


Source: SARC, see the California Department of Education (CDE) SARC webpage at