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Alpine Elementary School

Public | 1-5 | 388 students

 

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Posted February 13, 2012

I came to Alpine for the schools, that was 35 years ago. I had heard that Alpine had great schools and moved there. All three on my children went to school in Alpine. One has his own law firm, one works for a doctor, and one became a teacher. I would reccomend Alpine Elementary and Joan McQueen to everyone. Thank you Alpine Teachers!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2011

There are many wonderful and decicated teachers but a few who tired and could retire or update. Recent principal leadership has been lacking but may improve with the new assignment. I would like to see and improvement in spirit based on challenge to increase student success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

My daughters just finished 2nd and 3rd grade at AES this year. So far, we have had excellent teachers who have challenged them when appropriate and gave them support when needed. AES had a new principal this year, he is great at connecting with the kids and can be seen before and after school as well as at lunch and recess talking to parents and students. I feel the principal is very approachable and willing to discuss any issues a parent might have. The office staff is amazing! The 2 school secretaries know every child, most of the parents and keep the school running smoothly. I feel confident that I could walk into the office at any time of the day and ask where my child is and they will know where their class is and what they are doing. Although we live very close to AES, we are zoned to go to one of the other Alpine schools. We decided to transfer our kids into AES because of the down to earth feeling the school carries, and feel very good about our decision and will not think twice about transferring our younger kids into AES as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

My children have been to 2 other schools before Alpine Elementary. This by far is the best school they have attended. The staff is excellent! Outstanding teachers and all of my children are eager to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

This school has high parent involvement, great teachers, and a safe campus. My only criticism would be lack of early intervention for my child who did not get an IEP until 6th grade - although I mainly fault the district for this deficit. On the positive side, the teachers were fabulous and went the extra mile to ensure success. Love AES, and have even transferred out of the 'new, high income-area school' to stay where the kids act like kids and parent involvement is truly about the kids and not the 'parent clique'. Recommend it highly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

We are super happy with AES. I had my child at another school in this district where there was a lot of bullying going on and it seemed like the administration was not doing anything about it. I moved my child over to Alpine Elementary and right away my child excelled. They have terrific teachers, and a wonderful office staff. The programs that they bring in are great and the field trip opportunities are awesome! We never had that at the other school in this district. I only wish that my child started from first grade at this school and not the other one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2009

The staff truly cares about the well being of our children. I've had children go through the private school system and now through AES and I'm comforted in knowing my child is getting a good education and they are safe while at school. It's a close knit group (principal, teachers, support staff & parents) who all understand the importance of providing a positive learning environment for our children. Thank You
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

My children have enjoyed AES one of them is still currently enrolled and the other has moved on to JR. High. I have loved all the teachers except for one, and it's because she had her favorites and if your child was not a high achiever she didn't have the time for him or her. But other than that it has been a wonderful school! Mrs. Dietreck WE LOVE YOU! She is the best teacher out there and mad a huge impact on our lives!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2008

I have a child with diagnosed ADD and possible high-functioning Autism and he had a horrible time at AES. Most of the other boys in the school picked on him on every day to which the staff was very uncaring, and most of his teachers just did not want to deal with him. He is extremely intelligent and he would get easily bored in the classroom and was considered to be disruptive. One of his teachers suggested we put him on medication and we did thinking it would improve his situation. We tried several types and they all ended up making him sick and depressed. We finally moved him to the wonderful Home Schooling Program where he gets appropriate, challenging work (not just the time-wasting busy work he was getting at AES) and he is excelling naturally and is happy and feels valued for the wonderful, caring person that he is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

Over all satisfied with Alpine Elementary. Would like to see music and sports encouraged. Have been very happy with teachers and parent involvement is great. My chief complaint is the traffic flow problem when dropping off students and picking them up. I worry that a child will be injured as the procedure is very dangerous with cars and buses waiting to get into the parking pickup area, and blocking traffic along Alpine Blvd. The buses need to load in a different location so the cars can have more room up top to pickup the students. You could get at least 3 cars at one time picking up their children instead of children running all over and into the streets. The buses could load at the lower parking area, and it would be safer for all. Please consider a change for our children's safety and ease for parents who pick up students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

The school is not much to look at but the quality of the teachers and staff has been excellent. The Gate program used to be very weak, but has improved the last few years. As with most schools in CA it lacks music, weak in art and athletics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2004

This is an excellent school. All of my children have attended AES and have gone on to the middle school prepared. The principal is easy to talk to and is available to work with you and your child through anything. The teachers are the best too! They worked hard to make sure my children were prepared for the next grade level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

This school has become our family's home away from home. We just entered our third child into AES...and even though we moved into another grade school's district...we chose to keep our kids here. Our children are all high achievers, and the teachers at AES have all been very helpful in keeping them challenged. We have made a lot of friends here, and everyone we know has the same praise for this school district!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

833

Change from
2012 to 2013

-8

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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833

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-8

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7 / 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.
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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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
52%
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 Students79%
Females78%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
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)86%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females89%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
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)89%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students51%
Females59%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
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)45%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state48%

Math

All Students68%
Females75%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
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)68%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state61%
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 Students74%
Females82%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
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)76%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state73%

Math

All Students63%
Females69%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
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)67%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state56%
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 Students59%
Females68%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
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)56%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state47%

Math

All Students42%
Females46%
Males38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
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)50%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state25%

Science

All Students47%
Females55%
Males40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
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)52%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state38%
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 73%
Hispanic 18%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5%
Asian 1%
Black 1%
Two or more races 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 35%N/AN/A
English language learners 4%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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  • Jon McEvoy
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1850 Alpine Boulevard
Alpine, CA 91901
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