Best Public or Charter Elementary School
Gold: Charter School of Morgan Hill. It uses project-based learning, family involvement and community interaction to help students become life-long learners who are prepared in the global community. 9530 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill. 408-463-0618. csmh.org.
Gold: Escuela Popular. It offers bilingual education for children and adults. The school’s goals are to develop bilingual, biliterate, bi-cultural students who are fully prepared to continue onto higher education and pursue their goals. 467 N. White Road, San Jose (DL Academy). 408-275-7190. 149 N. White Road, San Jose. (high school academies), 408-275-7191. escuelapopular.org.
Silver: Discovery Charter School. 4021 Teale Ave., San Jose, 408-243-9800; 762 Sunset Glen Drive, San Jose, 408-300-1358. discoveryk8.org.
Bronze: Nordstrom Elementary School. 1425 E Dunne Ave, Morgan Hill. 408-779-5278. nordstrom.mhusd.org
SF and Marin
Gold: McKinley Elementary School. This small and diverse K-5 school bills itself as San Francisco’s best kept secret. After-school programs include art, soccer, basketball and chess. 1025 14th St., San Francisco. 415-241-6300. mckinleyschool.org.
Silver: Claire Lilienthal School. 3950 Sacramento St. and 3630 Divisadero St., San Francisco. 415-749-3516. clairelilienthal.org.
Bronze: Lakeshore Alternative School. 220 Middlefield Drive, San Francisco. 415-759-2825. lakeshoreelementary.org.
Gold: San Carlos Charter Learning Center. This is a progressive K-8 school that emphasizes project-based learning and interdisciplinary units. 750 Dartmouth Ave., San Carlos. 650-508-7343. scclc.net.
Silver: North Star Academy. 400 Duane St., Redwood City. 650-482-5973. rcsdk8.net/northstar.
Bronze: Heather Elementary. 2757 Melendy Drive, San Carlos. 650-508-7303. heather.scsdk8.org.
Gold: Morello Park Elementary. This school has provided education to the Martinez community since its origins as a six-classroom school in 1965. 1200 Morello Park Drive, Martinez. 925-335-5840. mpe-martinez-ca.schoolloop.com.
Silver: Montevideo Elementary. 13000 Broadmoor Drive, San Ramon. 925-479-6100. mves.srvusd.k12.ca.us.
Bronze: Azevada Elementary. 39450 Royal Palm Drive, Fremont. 510-657-3900. fremont.k12.ca.us/azevada.
Bronze: Quail Run Elementary. 4000 Goldenbay Ave., San Ramon. 925-560-4000. qres-srvusd-ca.schoolloop.com.