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Las Lomitas Elementary School

Public | K-3

 
 

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Posted March 2, 2013

Recalling my own past experiences with your typical public school, this is a phenomenal school with great teachers and amazing resources. Given the current paucity of state-provided educational funding, this is in large part due to the heavy involvement (and generosity) of the Las Lomitas community. I am very happy that my children attend this school and grateful that they will receive a first-rate education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2011

Factory for test takers and followers. Overated but probably above average compared to other public schools in CA, which are not that impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2011

Pulling my kids out of this school. Testing taking skills and doing crafts all day are not the only things they will need to succeed in HS, college, or life. Too many students per classroom, esp. at the K-2 grades where they need more attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2010

Highest marks. Las Lomitas school is a remarkable place for children to grow and learn. When my daughter was a little behind in reading in First Grade she was immediately placed in an extraordinary reading program. By the end of the semester she was reading at the top of her grade level. She also loved the teachers who, I agree, are truly remarkable educators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

We were initially worried that the school's great test scores might be the result of an overemphasis on rote memorization, homework and test taking. But we are finding the homework to be totally manageable and the classrooms are full of creativity, fun and real thinking. The teachers have been fantastic -- 3 of 4 have been 10/10. They have gotten to know our kids well and help them learn a ton while still making it really fun and building on their natural love of learning. The PTA does a great job with extracurriculars and great events and field trips. The administration keeps things running efficiently like a well oiled machine. The AM vs PM shifts are great for smaller group instruction. All schools should do that. Bus service is a great bonus. Kids are loving Las Lomitas. Us too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2009

Las Lomitas Elementary is excellent. Great kids/students, awesome teachers, super faculty & staff, and parents/volunteers all work together very well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2008

I read the April 30th post and wanted to provide a slightly different point of view. I have two children in the school, and this is our fourth year in attendance. I have found the homework to be very manageable, across the six different teachers we have had, and not much different than what my friends are experiencing in other public schools in Menlo Park and Palo Alto.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

Las Lomitas is fine as long as you can keep up the party line. The school requires a great deal of home work be done even in K-1 and the teachers shift a large amount of the burden onto the parents. You will hear that 'you are the child's first and best teacher' so often that it becomes disturbing. Our youngster became so stressed about making mistakes that the pediatrician became worried. We did not share the enthusiasm for the school that pervades the area. If you get concerned about how your child is treated then please take comfort in knowing you are not alone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2007

Las Lomitas has an excellent faculty, excellent students, excellent extracurricular programs, and parents who are committed to their child's success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

Our older daughter goes to school here, and based on her two years thus far, we are committed to her little sister enjoying the same educational experience. As others have mentioned, both the principal and teachers are phenomenal and the PTA is stellar. The Las Lomitas Educational Foundation does a terrific job in fundraising and supporting both scholastic and extra-curricular activities. I have gone to class events at 11 AM on a weekday where every child's parents are in attendance to encourage their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

An excellent school. The parents are involved, teachers are committed, and there are numerous extra curricular ectivities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

Good school with a caring staff.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted March 26, 2006

Las Lomitas is wonderful, friendly school. My children have been very happy there. The communications between school and home are the best I've seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2005

Excellent teaching faculty and adminstrative team.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 23, 2005

This is a great school, with dedicated, extremely qualified and loving teachers, a high level of parent involvement. It is one of the few Elementary schools with a continuing music curriculum in all classes. The Principal, Dr. Traynor seems to know every kid and there are more than 500, he certainly gives the school are very cosy and 'homely' feels. My daughter loves this school and we as parents are very satisfied too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

We recently moved to Menlo Park. We wanted our kids to have the best education possible so we did our research on the schools before buying a home. We chose Las Lomitas Elementary and then looked for a home in the district. We are thrilled with this school...the teachers, principal and the curriculum could not be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2005

We have been so thrilled with Las Lomitas!We made the decision to move our kids to Las Lomitas from a great private school because we consistently heard from other parents how wonderful the school was. I have to say, the quality of the academic programs, extracurricular, athletic are as good as the private school. Parent involvement is phenomenal. The school management/board are top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

This is a fantastic school! The parental involvement is unmatched - the nururance of the children by staff and involved parents is unbelievable. Academically, there is no other school in the area that performs as well as this school. Extracurricular activities are on par for what is to be expected from a quality school such as this one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2005

You can't get any better than this, not even in a private school. It is a very nurturing environment with high standards in academics, parent involvement and availibility in music, art, drama, computers and sports programs. A real winner! The teachers and staff are fantastic and big thumbs up to our principal Dr. Traynor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2004

Las Lomitas school is generally very good. They have some teachers who do not understand the newest techniques relating to learning disabilities and this sometimes causes problems. In general all the teachers have been great.
—Submitted by a parent


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

This school's
API score

942

Change from
2012 to 2013

-12

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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API score

942

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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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)

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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.

177 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

176 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
90%
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 Students81%
Females82%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability73%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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 graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females93%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disability96%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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 Students82%
Females84%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian68%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
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 disadvantaged84%
Students with disability70%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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 graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females92%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability82%
Students with no reported disability96%
English learner71%
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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 graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 66%
Asian 17%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/AN/A
English language learners 8%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 21%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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