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Rosa Parks Environmental Science Magnet School

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $398,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,430.

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Posted November 30, 2012

Berkeley has a lot of great elementary schools in my zone, they are all great but Rosa Parks really stands out. My son is now in 1st grade. The principal, teachers, staff and parent community bring together a really positive learning experience for my son. The campus which is very atypical for most school provides a great atmosphere. There is a lot of parent involvement including having parents come in to lead song sessions and Yoga demonstrating that it takes a community to help our children grow up strong. and for those of you who look closely at test scores. Rosa Parks had some of the highest increases within the state of California. I can't wait for my daughter who will be in Kindergarten at Rosa Parks next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

My child is a Kindergartener at RP this year and we LOVE it. I have felt nothing but welcomed by the teachers, principal, and other parents. This school is the best kept secret in the Berkeley Public School System! (Oops ... Did I just let the cat out of the bag? Lucky for us ... we're in!) Your family will be happy to be a part of this community if you are picked in the lottery system. YAY Berkeley Public Schools! ~ A proud RP Parent and Berkeley Native
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

We are so lucky to be a part of the RP community. A 5? Really? Rosa Parks is sort of like an amazing vacation spot that hasn't been discovered yet. :) It will be soon ... and we get to be there. So fortunate. The teachers and administrators care about the children beyond their "standard testing". These kids get prepared socially and spiritually as well ... while developing conscious minds and caring personalities. Kudos to RP!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

Rosa Parks rocks! Talented teachers and a caring community. Children at all levels thrive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2007

I am so excited to be a parent at Rosa Parks. The teachers are amazing, the support staff meets weekly to strategize on how meet the needs of all children and the campus is calm, respectful and safe. I am the parent of a child in the english only program and he has had amazing science classes, art and cooking. There are monthly assemblies
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2006

Rosa Parks has been a quiet kept secret in Berkeley. It has an amazing teaching staff that is supported by an energetic literacy coach all under the direction of a strong, but realistic principal. The principal can be seen on the school campus interacting with the students and parents daily. The students are engaged in their learning and develop the skills necessary to respect their peers and the environment. And the science teacher she is stellar. Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2006

We have been very happy with the quality of education and the overall atmosphere at Rosa Parks. Class sizes are small and the facility is beautiful. Our daughter is in the bilingual program in kindergarten, and her reading is excellent in both languages. The Spanish/English immersion program that BUSD offers is fantastic, and it is alive and well at Rosa Parks. Other benefits include the science program, gardening and cooking, and the strong after-school program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2006

My older son is now in middle school after all six elementary years at Rosa Parks and my younger son is in the fourth grade there. Nothing is more important to me than their education, and I've been very pleased with the quality of the teachers and programs at Rosa Parks. Both of my sons are really interested in school and challenged to achieve at high levels. The science program is engaging and interesting. The teachers really fo teach to all the children, including the high achievers. The district-wide music program has also enriched their lives greatly one of them even practices without being asked, he's so passionate about his instrument. Keep up the great work, Rosa Parks and Berkeley Unified School District!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

Rosa Parks made significant gains in 05 on the state test, this is reflective of the restructure and focus on quality instruction. The school has landed an experienced principal and is excited to begin a new school year. Progress is definately on the horizon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2005

Many of the teachers at Rosa Parks are excellent, and the facilities are certainly above average. However, there are intractable problems at that school that the best efforts of the staff and the PTA have been unable to address. Proceed with caution.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

904

Change from
2012 to 2013

+19

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

904

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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

+19

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 2011 and Spring 2012. 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
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8 / 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)

7 / 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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

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 46% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students67%
Females62%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino13%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females85%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)100%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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 graduate96%
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 Students75%
Females68%
Males82%
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner50%
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 graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females91%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learner83%
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 graduate100%
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 Students78%
Females78%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner57%
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 graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females81%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner63%
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 graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
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 Students81%
Females89%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students93%
Females93%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)100%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)92%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students85%
Females89%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)100%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
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 43%
Hispanic 27%
Black 12%
Two or more races 12%
Asian 6%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/AN/A
English language learners 17%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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  • Paco Furlan
Fax number
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