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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. What kind of school is Central Park?  

We are a public, neighborhood school, with many of our students registering through the Open Enrollment process this first year. 


2. What grade levels will you serve?

The 2016-2017 school year we will enroll Kindergarten through Third grade. In 2017-2018 we will add fourth grade, and will eventually be a K-5 school. 


 3. How do I know if my child is in the Central Park Attendance area?

 Please go to School Finder


4. What are the attendance boundaries for Central Park?

Please go to Boundaries


 5. My child(ren) is currently attending Pomeroy and I'd like them to stay there. Is this possible?

Yes, the SCUSD school board approved current students can be grandfathered into Pomeroy. For more information go to Grandfathering


6. We live in the Santa Clara Unified School District boundaries, can we open enroll to Central Park?

Yes, please go to Open Enrollment


7. Will you have Before and After School Childcare?  

Yes, please complete the Registration Form.


8.  Will you have the YMCA on your campus?

No, at this time we do not have the facilities for this program.


9. Will you have after school enrichment programs?

Yes. Ms. Kamstra will be sending out a survey to parents/guardians in order to gather information from the community as to what folks are interested in for their children. 


10. How can parents/community get involved?

There are many ways to get involved in the school. We will be organizing a parent leadership committee in the spring.  We will be forming a Parent, Teacher Organization (PTA), School Site Council (SSC) and English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC). We also highly encourage parent volunteers in the classroom and at school events. All adult volunteers in the classroom must complete a volunteer packet (these will be available in the office) and provide a clear TB test result.  Please contact Ms. Kamstra if you are interested in being a part of the leadership team or learning more about how to serve on the PTA, SSC or ELAC:  mkamstra@scusd.net   or  Phone: 408-423-4401.


11. Will you offer a Preschool program? 

We do not have plans to offer preschool at Central Park at this time, however, there are a number of programs across the district. To find out more about our programs go to District Preschools and  Children's Centers


12. Will you offer to bus students?

No. Since we are a neighborhood school most families live within walking distance. Families registering students through the open enrollment process must provide their own transportation. 


13. What time will school start and end? What time can I drop my child(ren) off at school?

Please refer to the Bell Schedule.  Note that we provide supervision in the morning beginning at 8:15am. Children should go to the playground. On rainy days teachers will open classrooms. We provide supervision for 15 minutes after school. If children are not picked up withing that time frame they are sent to the office in order to place a phone call home. It is important students are picked up as soon as possible after school ends, as faculty often have meetings to attend after school hours. 


14. Will there be supervision at the Crosswalks?

Yes. There will be crossing guards at Benton/Kiely and Benton/Sonoma. 


15. State Testing and API

Many parents ask what our API (Academic Performance Index) score is. Since we are  new school, we don't have an API score. However, please know that API no longer exists as a construct/rating.  The state is working on a new accountability system as part of LCAP  (Local Contral Accountability Plan) : http://edsource.org/2015/state-board-of-education-suspends-api-for-another-year/76316


Santa Clara Unified is in its second year of implementing the new state assessment, known as the CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress. This assessment begins in 3rd grade. For more information, please go  to: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/


16. Will there be transportation?

Please note that busing is not provided for Central Park Elementary students.