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Nesbit Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 513 students

 

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Posted February 22, 2014

Having raised two children who were in elementary school about 25 years ago, I now am a Grandparent of a grandson in kindergarten who is currently at Nesbit Elementary School. I fell compelled to write a review because of how wonderful this school is. It all begins with the Principal who is like no other I have seen. She rallies the children on a daily basis with her dynamic personality, passion and leadership skills. The teachers , at least the kindergarten teacher I have had contact with are passionate, intelligent and are a direct reflection of their Principal and the spirit she has. My daughter is a teacher in a high ranking private school. She believes this school to be as good as they come . I cannot imagine a better school for my grandchild to attend. I would rate this school a 10 in every facet of the elementary school spirit.


Posted October 31, 2013

The school has made significant improvement in 2013. The API percentage is actually 8 out of 10 (not 7 out of 10). I expect to see even further improvement in the coming years! The campus has so beautiful after major projects early this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2012

We are pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful school Nesbit is. The office staff, Principal and teachers have all been very friendly and communicative to us as parents, and treat my child with respect and encouragement. We like to diversity in the school, and the strong parent involvement means that the students feel cherished.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

The school, like California, has gone through a few transitions. However, between the principal, teachers and parents this school is a great one in all respects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2011

We've been at Nesbit for 3 years now and LOVE it! We've had amazing teachers and built amazing relationships with the parents and staff. The parents volunteer on a regular basis and they're are so many fun activities the PTA sponsors. We're very pleased with the education that our daughters ate receiving at Nesbit!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Nesbit is a great school. Full of diversity and extracurriculum activities. The principle and teachers are wonderful. My son is in Kindergarden and he comes home smiling and excited to share his day with me. He's inspired to learn and looks forward to another day a Nesbit Elementary School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

Our daughter is a kindergarten student at Nesbit and we couldn't be happier with this school. We were somewhat disappointed when we moved into our house two years ago and found out that our neighborhood school was so overcrowded that they were sending all the kindergarteners to Nesbit. Even though it is further away, it is worth the extra driving. My daughter is happy, inspired and eager to learn and she loves her school. All the Kindergarten teachers seem to be exceptional and the Principal is outstanding. While our daughter will be eligible to return back to the school closer to our home, we plan to keep her at Nesbit for first grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2008

As a parent of a first grader and being new to this school, I cannot say enough about the teachers, administration and support staff. They are all committed professionals that do all they can to provide quality eduation as well as promote a respectful, welcoming and friendly atmosphere that is felt throughout the school. They have wonderful, engaging assemblies that include exposure to animals from around the world, as well as guest authors who engage students in writing workshops. Extracurricular activities include things such as Mad Science which provided a wonderful hands on opportunity for my child to learn about a variety of areas of science from animals to robots. One of the best things about this school is their program that teaches individual responsibilty and respect for all that includes a peer conflict resolution program. This school is anything but a warehouse for children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2008

This school is abysmal -- simply a place to warehouse children. The teacher provides little stimulation and the concept of hands on appears to have eluded this classroom entirely. We've been discussing these problems with the principal, who has failed to follow through with her promises to correct them. Even the reading specialist failed to provide appropriate reading materials as promised. While there is certainly a lack of resources, those that are available are squandered. The entire situation is inexcusable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2008

Our family is impressed with the dedicated and caring staff at Nesbit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

We love this school. The teachers and staff are great here. My daughter attended Kindergarten here and was excited about everyday. Her teacher was great also. A lot of parent involvement in her classroom which we loved. She will be attending the 1st grade there this year so she can't wait.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

My girl loves this school, even now she is in Ralston middle. She always visits Nesbit whenever she has time. She's been thinking about volunteering at Nesbit and shares what she knows with the Nesbit kids. She enjoyed her 5 years being there and missed her teachers a lot. Nesbit prepares her well. She is growing strong in Ralston and earning good grades. Nesbit's teacher quality is excellent. Principal, Cherie Ho, is a good leader and very approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

We love our neighborhood school. The teachers at are wonderful and caring, and the administration is focused. The changes in the past year have been wonderful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2006

We are happy with what the new administration has brought to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2005

Cherie Ho returns to Nesbit, now as principal, after being principal at Sandpiper for several years. She is a strong principal who will increase parent involvement, and improve the spirit of the school.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 24, 2005

When we first moved to Belmont from Venice CA where my first 2 children were born we enrolled our 2 kids in my wife's old school IHM however after 3 years we tried out the 'school across the field' & were thrilled by the art, music, computer and parent teacher relationship. Mrs. Ho, Mr. McGlurge and the dedicated faculty were a perfect match for our eager kids and as we had more we became more involved. Now after all 5 of ours have been through this great school, Ray, CoCo, D.D., Tal & Zoe, we feel that we have been blessed by the opportunity that this great school has afforded us. Celeste and I only have good things to say about this jewel of a school! Ray Robinson II
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

Nesbit is a wonderful school! People don't give Nesbit the credit that the school deserves. The teachers, staff, students and parents are what make the school a gem! Don't just look at test scores. There are many other factors that go into choosing a school for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2004

good teacher for kindergarten.
—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

865

Change from
2012 to 2013

+20

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

865

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

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

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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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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
67%

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 65% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students72%
Females68%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner45%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state75%

Math

All Students80%
Females79%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner64%
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 graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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

English Language Arts

All Students66%
Females62%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
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)65%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
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 graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state76%

Math

All Students83%
Females79%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)80%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner45%
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 graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 Students69%
Females85%
Males54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)68%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
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)53%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students66%
Females69%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)68%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
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)64%
Parent education - college graduate80%
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 Students54%
Females67%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)75%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females67%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)67%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students42%
Females42%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)42%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
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 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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 40% 26%
Hispanic 25% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 20% 11%
Black 7% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 6% 1%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 25%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 20%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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