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Cornell Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted August 16, 2010

Great school with caring teachers and staff. The principal has always been very responsive to issues related to our son. The school does a great job at conflict mediation, though lacks resources for proper yard supervision. Cornell has a strong community due in part to regularly planed community building events. Class size could be a little smaller and while the school has done a great job at offering extracurricular programs on campus, school/donation-based enrichment programs are at risk of being cut and quality of programs by outside organizations is not always great. But, a good option. Big plus: this is a very LGBT-friendly school with a solid LGBT parents group. Kudos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Cornell is a neighborhood, community, public school where kids and family come together from the walking school bus, school garden planted and harvested by students/families and fund and fun raising events. Many of the families at the school are also local business owners that support the school and community. The principal is 120% committed to the students and the PTA has helped cover the gaps left by the state edu budget crisis. I see more and more families who have moved to Albany from San Francisco, Berkeley and around the world to be part of this high functioning public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

The time, energy, and heart that the staff consistently provides their students and families makes Cornell incomparable


Posted September 29, 2009

The community involvement and the dedication of the teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Great teachers and strong curriculum. A wonderful bunch of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Cornell is a wonderful school with a warm and welcoming community. The parents really work with the teachers and vice versa. We have an excellent principal and a very strong, committed staff. I am so happy my child attends Cornell school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Cornell elementary school was recommended to us by friends in Israel, and was the reason we decided to live in Albany. The school welcomed us into its community, and within weeks we had wonderful friends of all ages. The school s ESL program made our children s transition enjoyable, the curriculum was rich and the teachers were more committed than we had ever experienced before. Above all, the prevailing spirit of multicultural acceptance was awe inspiring. We spent three wonderful years at the Cornell school before returning to Israel. Please excuse my sentimentality, but for me the great promise of the American constitution is manifested in this school, which is as a great source of inspiration in our troubled land.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

Cornell has a unique atmosphere which completely bewitched us when we had the pleasure of sending our kids there. The ability of the staff to provide the kids with a great education, even if they are non-native speakers (as mine were) is truly estounding. We met some incredible teachers whose devotion enriched our lives in lots of different ways. What a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

Cornell school is made up of not only hard working students, but hard working teachers as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

The laughter, the team work, the process and the product.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

Cornell has the most outstanding, dedicated teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

Our sense of community is extraordinary, across the board. We have very high standards for children's intellectual, ethical and social development, and we all support each other with an unparalleled level of commitment, care and professionalism. It's a very happy place to be. It makes me want to be here.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 26, 2009

Cornell Elementary is awesome because of the incredibly gifited, caring and dedicated staff. I have twins in 4th grade at Cornell and we have loved every teacher we've had so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

Dedicated and caring teachers. A wonderful student body. Cornell School embodies a genuine community and family spirit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

A great school with wonderful staff who care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Great staff and committed parents who continue to fight for our kids' education despite all the government cuts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Cornel is a fantastic shool. Great community of kids, parents and teachers. No boundries and the sky is the limit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

Cornell Elementary has the absolute best teachers and students :)
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Posted September 24, 2009

It's a great school with a lot of great teachers
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Posted September 24, 2009

I love the teaching staff and the diversity of the school
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

910

Change from
2012 to 2013

-15

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

910

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-15

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
78%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Females75%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian74%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner74%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state70%

Math

All Students80%
Females81%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner82%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females67%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian62%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate65%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Math

All Students84%
Females83%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner80%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students88%
Females90%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner63%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state90%

Math

All Students86%
Females85%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner76%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students87%
Females87%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state89%

Math

All Students88%
Females89%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state87%

Science

All Students87%
Females85%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 39%
Asian 31%
Two or more races 14%
Hispanic 13%
Black 2%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/AN/A
English language learners 26%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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