Award Year: 2014

Nelson S. Dilworth Elementary School

1101 Strayer Drive
San Jose, CA, 95129-4065

(408) 253-2850

Mr. Peter Fong, Principal at time of Nomination

Cupertino Union School District

School Website


Dilworth is committed to a child-centered, sound instructional program that emphasizes skill building, promotes the love of learning, cultivates character and provides opportunities for enrichment.

Student Demographics
  • White: 7%
  • Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
  • Asian: 92%
  • ELL: 13%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
The wonderful students of Dilworth Elementary School at play!

The wonderful students of Dilworth Elementary School at play!

Dilworth is a neighborhood school in an elite group of top performing schools in the state. While we have predominately high achieving students, we also have three moderate to severe special day classes that service the most needy students within our district. We pride ourselves in providing an inclusive environment that meets everyone’s academic and social needs. Our staff is committed to serving the needs of every child. There is strong communication among the specialists, principal, parents and classroom teachers. Programs are regularly modified to meet students’ needs. Students with special needs are mainstreamed into the regular classroom program and receive support to achieve success. Collaboration is a vital strategy used by our entire staff. We collaborate as grade levels, across grade levels, and utilize all of our special resource support staff. Dilworth takes advantage of the fact that we are a small school with a small staff, and because of that, teachers, students and parents are able to get to know one another on a more personal level. As a result, we are able to offer support to all our students on both an academic and emotional level. Dilworth teams with its parent community to provide a safe and caring environment, instill compassion, and build character and selflessness, all which help support the social and emotional growth of our students. These components support our vision of shared leadership, and in turn, have helped us to become one of the top performing neighborhood schools in the state of California.