Michelle Obama Elementary School

Richmond

Language(s): 
English
Grades: 
K-6
Capacity: 
430 students
Website: https://www.wccusd.net/Domain/331
Phone: (510) 412-5010
Address: 
629 42nd St. Richmond, CA 94805
Editors' Notes: 

Prior to 2020, this school was called Wilson Elementary School.

Parent Q&A

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  • Our kid is due to begin attending Michelle Obama next year and we’re trying to figure out before and after care options.

    If I understand correctly, for families that don’t qualify for the YMCA program there is no care available before the 8:30 drop off and the available after care is capacity limited (first come vs lottery?).

    How have other families made this work? My wife and I have non-flexible work schedules and will probably have to find another school if we can’t get before and after care at Michelle Obama.

    Welcome to Michelle Obama! I have a child going into 6th & 2nd and help with some of the fun, social events at the school. :-) We have found M.O. to be a great school for our girls with dedicated teachers and a fantastic, warm principal Ms. Velez. I can't speak to the after-school program, but for a couple of years our girls have been getting picked up by a sweet lady named Graciela and taken to her neighborhood daycare. Graciela has taken care of kids since they were babies and is very kind, safe and reliable. I can ask if she has room to pick up your child and provide aftercare if you'd like? I do know you can drop your child off for breakfast as early as 8am for some kind of early care. I think the aftercare is first come first serve with strict guidelines about when you can do pick up. Feel free to message me via my BPN username if I can help further. Welcome! :-)

  • Mira Vista vs. Wilson, Richmond

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    Looking at Kindergartens for 2016-2017.  We are slated for Wilson Elementary in NE Richmond, but I am considering Mira Vista as well. Can parents of past and current students provide any feedback on either school? I've heard great things about Mira Vista and mixed reviews about Wilson. Would consider Washington Elementary as well, but worried about it's close proximity to the Chevron Refinery.

    Thank you!

    Kindergarten Mama

    My daughter is entering kindergarten at Wilson in the fall. I have met some of the kindergarten teachers and have been impressed. It's not the most glamorous school on the outside, but from what I've heard and seen it has a lot of heart. :) I have some friends in the neighborhood whose kids will be going to Wilson for K as well. Feel free to message me and we can meet up for a playdate. :) 

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I live in the N&E in Richmond and my kids attend the new Michelle obama elementary (formerly Wilson) and they have thrived! It is a very warm and friendly environment. I consider my kids bright s well, but they have always been challenged in their class and have never mentioned being bored. The principal Ms Velez is very involved and accessible to parents. The teachers are dedicated and the school has a very low turnover, which says a lot to me. Yes, it is low income school and title 1,but don't let that discourage you from checking it out.

My soon to be 4th grade dtr is also high functioning on the spectrum. Our school district WCCUSD has a GREAT full inclusion program for high functioning autism at Michelle Obama (formerly Wilson) elementary in Richmond. Our daughter has been attending since K and has thrived in her mainstream class with occasional pull outs for social lessons etc. The community is warm and accepting and the principal Ms Velez is engaged and accessible. Our daughter is bright and has had no issues with being bored with academics and is often challenged at her level. Feel free to contact me if you want to talk more.

Hello neighbor! We live in the neighborhood and my daughter a has attended Wilson since Kinder and this fall will be entering 3rd. We have absolutely loved it at Wilson! I'll be honest I was a little hesitant with the old campus state, but it has been nothing but positive for us! The principal Ms Velez is fantastic, involved and easy to talk to. The teachers are kind, long term and solid. We have found a wonderful community of parents and kids. The PTA is relatively new and doing good things at the school! With that said, transfers are essentially lottery, so chances are affected by how many in the attendance area attend that school (i.e., whether it's over-enrolled) and how many people want to transfer to the target school. I bet you could get into Wilson as many people don't request to be transferred to us. It's the best kept secret in the neighborhood :) let me know if you have any further questions about Wilson :)
Deborah Larsen
Debg325 [at] yahoo.com

Hi,
My 2nd grade dtr is also high functioning on the spectrum /aspergers. Our school district WCCUSD has a GREAT full inclusion program for high functioning autism at Wilson elementary in Richmond. Our daughter has been attending since K and has thrived in her mainstream class with occasional pull outs for social lessons etc. People are often turned off by the thought of richmond, but the community is warm and accepting and the principal Ms Velez is engaged and accessible. Our daughter is bright and has had no issues with being bored with academics and is often challenged at her level. Feel free to contact me if you want to talk more. :) good luck!

Archived Q&A and Reviews


March 2016

My Kindergartener is scheduled to enter Wilson Elementary in Richmond this upcoming school year. Does anyone have any feedback on this school? Thanks! proud Richmond Mom


Are you on Nextdoor.com? There was quite a discussion on this topic recently. I think the conclusion was that it is a nice community, good teachers, academically good, arts, but that the building needs to be replaced. Log in to Nextdoor and check it out. Local mom


April 2008

Does anyone have any feedback on Wilson Elementary in Richmond? In particular I'm interested in the special ed inclusion, but would be grateful for non-special ed experiences as well. Thanks!


The full inclusion program is for High Functioning Autistics and kids with Asperger's. It is a small program and has very specific criteria the child would need to meet in order for the IEP team to decide if it is an appropriate program for them. The special ed teacher who runs the program is absolutely fabulous and the children flourish under her watchful care. There are plenty of happy parents. I know the general ed teachers are also well informed, flexible and willing to help the children feel included. Go Wilson


i have heard that the kindergarten and first grade teachers are great. sorry i don't know more. anon