Oster Elementary School

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Principal's Message

Welcome to Oster Elementary School, home of the Cougars, where students and staff work side by side with the Oster Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program!

Oster Elementary is a school community that encompasses students from a variety of cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.  In addition, Oster is home to the Santa Clara County Deaf and Hard of Hearing Program (DHOH).  This unique blend represents a true microcosm of our society, creating a compassionate, caring environment meeting the needs of the whole child.

Oster is a thriving ecosystem of student achievement, educational leadership, community involvement and teachers who are dedicated to equity and excellence for all.  Students from a myriad of backgrounds and abilities bring their own special qualities together in a cohesive manner that increases learning and achievement for all students.  STAR Test and API scores demonstrate a significant growth over the last few years.  In 2009, Oster’s API was 879 and it is currently at 927.  This growth can be attributed to financial support from the district, a response to intervention model in reading, increased and focused teacher collaboration, and the utilization of data to drive instruction.

Beyond the classroom, opportunities are given to students that enrich their lives.  Students are given equal access to programs such as: Cornerstone, Art Vistas, Girls on the Run, Junior Achievement, Mouse Squad (after school computer science club), Youth Science Institute, San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose Repertory Theater, Resource Area for Teachers (RAFT), YMCA,  Almaden Valley Counseling, Los Gatos/Saratoga Parks & Recreation, EPGY (Stanford-based math program), Science Club, music, chorus, drama, field trips and assemblies. 

Oster Elementary School embraces diversity, fosters collaboration, and cultivates a path toward lifelong learning.  In striving for academic excellence, Oster nurtures and supports the whole child in preparation for the future. 

It is truly a joy and honor to serve as a principal in such a caring and positive community.  Should you have any questions, please email me at mcenteed@unionsd.org.  

Ms. Dianne McEntee

Principal, Oster Elementary