Vargas Elementary School


1054 Carson Drive
Sunnyvale, CA 94086


Current Enrollment (2020/21): 432

Grades Served: TK-5

Original Construction Date: 1956

Number of Portable Classrooms: 4 classrooms and 1 (Day Care)

Recent Improvements:

  • New Kindergarten classrooms
  • (5) New Classrooms


Top Priorities:

  1. Update play structure to be age-appropriate and ADA-accessible
  2. Address drop-off/pick-up congestion


This school has a focus on Science.


General Education Classrooms

principal rating: 5/5 stars

  • The Kindergarten and TK rooms have adjoining toileting facilities.
  • The classroom used by First 5 need private restrooms.

Special Education Classrooms

principal rating: 5/5 stars

  • The site hosts one (1) Moderate Special Education class for grades 3-5 and one (1) Moderate/Severe class for grades K-2. Neither classroom has adjoining toileting facilities.

Student Services / Counseling

principal rating: 5/5 stars

  • Counseling and student support services are housed in various classrooms on site.

Staff and Administrative Spaces

principal rating: 5/5 stars

  • The Main Office is clearly identified as the main entry to campus.
  • Professional Development occurs in the Library.

Kitchen / Cafeteria / Food Service

principal rating: 3/5 stars

  • Students access meals from the serving windows within the Multi-Purpose Room at the kitchen and eat at the tables within the Multi-Purpose Room and at various locations outside. The site has a covered outdoor dining area. Students also have access to Room 29 at lunch and recess.

Student Assembly

principal rating: 2/5 stars

  • Assemblies take place within the Multi-Purpose Room, which need upgrades to the audio/visual system.


principal rating: 4/5 stars

  • The Library has tall perimeter book shelves and low, built-in shelves that form to create reading nooks.
  • Furniture in the Library consists of both long and round tables and metal/plastic chairs.

Physical Education / Athletics Buildings

principal rating: not rated

  • The site does not have interior basketball/sport courts.

Outdoor Play Equipment / Hardcourts

  • The campus has separate play structures for Upper and Lower Primary play. The principal would like shade added to the hardcourts as well as lower, age-appropriate basketball hoops.

Specialized Elective Spaces

  • The site has two (2) Program Rooms, one of which used to be a computer lab and still has pony walls where bays of computers used to be.
  • The Science Lab is housed in a portable classroom with a sink. Classes utilize it weekly. It has movable, linear lab tables and stools.
  • The Maker Lab is housed in a portable classroom with a sink. It has tall, lockable cabinets and open shelving for material storage. Classes utilize it bi-monthly or weekly.
  • Room 13 is used for Art, ran by an outside agency. The room resembles a traditional classroom, with carpet, perimeter storage cabinets and a single sink.
  • The Computer Lab is underutilized and only used by the After School program.


  • The principal indicated that the student restrooms have updated finishes, but experience plumbing issues.
  • The Boys restroom needs additional privacy/partitions.


  • The site has a dedicated drop-off lane separate from parking. This area is highly congested at drop-off and pick-up times.
  • The principal reported poor drainage along the main hallway (Rainbow Hallway).
  • Spaces between classroom wings have been improved with paving, benches, and landscaping.
  • The analog, site marquee is mounted to the building.
  • The school garden is located on the far side of the space leased by the Day Care program.


  • The principal notes that the biggest challenge in the classrooms is access to electrical outlets to charge student devices and for placement of the mobile LCD monitor.
  • All Classrooms have a mobile LCD monitor.
  • The Science Lab has an additional wall-mounted monitor.

Revised 3/9/22

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