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Thousand Oaks Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 441 students

 

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Posted October 9, 2013

Thousand Oaks Elementary School is a great public school with amazing teachers, dedicated staff, a new principal and engaged parents. Students at our school are encouraged be the very best they can be. Talented teachers lead our children through all aspects of education. Parents participation in PTA fundraisers and events help pay for activities not necessarily available without their direct support. All in all Thousand Oaks is a great public school, that works tirelessly to balance the needs of the few and the needs of the whole. The basic tenants of all Berkeley schools; be safe be respectful be responsible, be an ally create a space that is open, kind and consistent making Thousand Oaks a really great school for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2013

The teachers at Thousand Oaks are truly happy to be there, which speaks volumes about the school community. I feel like every child is treated with respect and warmth. They work hard to meet state standards while fitting in positive experiences for the children like field trips, "Feliz Fridays", and holiday parties. The PTA aims to raise about $100K per year which means there are community activities going on all the time. Unfortunately, Thousand Oaks has not met the yearly academic progress goals over the past couple years, so it is a "Program Improvement" school. We have a new principal this year, and I look forward to increased progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

We've had a great expereince at Thousand Oaks! My daughter has been challenged and supported since she started here, and her teachers have been excellent. While I had hoped for a school closer to our home, I'm happy we landed at TO.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

My daughter started third grade in Thousand Oaks without knowing any English. Everything has gone really well. Teacher has taken good care of her, she likes to go there, and she has learned English quicker than we ever thought. We are very happy with the school so far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

Our family has been at Thousand Oaks for five years and we've had great experiences every year. Thousand Oaks has fantastic teachers, wonderful staff members, and (thus) happy students! They have a great music program (singing) starting in K that focuses on empathy and inclusion. There is an active PTA, which puts on lots of fun events throughout the year, including a school-wide science fair and a small-town-America-style Halloween parade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

Our daughter just started Kindergarten at Thousand Oaks, and we couldn't be happier so far. The teacher's are very approachable and nurturing. The after school program is very affordable and there is an additional Spanish program which our daughter will also be attending. We've only started to get involved in the PTO, but so far, so good. The parents are all very caring and seem to be very engaged in the overall success of the school. Net/net - we feel great about Thousand Oaks and are happy to be sending our daughter there. It has a great neighborhood school feeling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

I am thrilled that my daughter is attending Thousand Oaks. TO has a stunning campus- one of the most beautiful campuses in the BUSD. The rooms are filled with light and look out onto the grassy play area (which is quite large). The staff are wonderful, and she has fabulous teacher, and we are excited about a new principal (Sept 2013). The amout of parent involvement is remarkable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2013

I am the first time parent of a thousand oaks kindergartner. This is a new experience for me all around as this is my oldest child. L's teacher is nuturing, kind, and an excellent teacher. I've also been very happy with the leadership of our new principle and with the community at large. I see the beginning of wonderful friendships for my child and for our family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2012

My granddaughter has said that she loves every teacher she's had, from K-4. She's been saying that every year has been her best year. Her parents and I agree on the quality of each year. The quality of the PTA is excellent and the new principal this year seems to be excellent, too. My granddaughter just told me that not only will she be getting a report card/parent-teacher conference in a week, but also she will have to grade herself on being thoughtful to others, etc. I don't know if it's the whole fourth grade who will be doing this, all of the upper grades or just her class, but I am HIGHLY impressed that they will have to be introspective about their actions as human beings.


Posted March 22, 2012

Berkeley's only public elementary school to host an annual Science Fair! All students, K-5, participate in this non-competitive, but highly creative and festive event. With science funds slashed elsewhere, we love that science takes center stage at Thousand Oaks right alongside its excellent math, language arts, and arts enrichment programs and curricula. Outstanding teachers are the secret of this wonderful school. And a bonus: the campus is beautiful, the only BUSD school that is also a Berkeley park.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

It is doing its best to give my grandchild a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

This was my favorite school. The kids come first! My son was well taughta and taken care of there. They have a great full inclusion program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Despite budget cuts my son continues to receive music, art, gardening, and cooking class! He loves to read and loves to learn and feels part of a wider school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2009

This is a great school; outstanding teachers, an involved community, a truly diverse population, and a new principal who is an outstanding leader. Our daughter has been there for 4 years, and we are very happy with the education she is receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

All 5 teachers our kids have had have been fantastic. There's a great energy at the school, with lots of parent involvement and ethnic diversity. Wonderful extracurricular programs. Love Feliz Friday, which is an assembly once a month with performances.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2005

This school emphasizes a sense of community. There are many school-wide events, as well as programs meant to get kids together. Older kids are paired up with younger ones to 'buddy read,' and there are 5th grade 'junior coaches' who help the younger ones play games at recess. Both teachers that my son has had have been superb. They somehow had lesson plans which included and involved all levels of students, as well as allowing parents to participate. There is a wonderful cooking and gardening program which gets the kids excited about preparing and eating recipes made with fruits andd vegetables.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

Great school for English-speaking children and for non-English speakers who are integrated into regular classes. Spanish speaking students who are in a separate, K-3 bilingral program do well until 4th grade when they are integrated with the rest of the school. At that point, they struggle to keep up with the academics.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted June 29, 2005

Kids are great. 90% of teachers are great. Facility is new (not on Virginia Street--that's the Adult Education location). Afterschool program is terrific.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2005

Awesome arts magnet, culturally enriching and great after school enrichment program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2005

Awesome arts magnet, culturally enriching and great after school enrichment program.
—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

868

Change from
2012 to 2013

-8

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 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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  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

868

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

-8

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)

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)

6 / 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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
81%

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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
64%

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 65% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
87%

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 60% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
56%
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 Students59%
Females73%
Males49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner28%
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)50%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females73%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
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)57%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
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 Students62%
Females57%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner28%
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)43%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females84%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner72%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
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 graduate75%
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

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females83%
Males73%
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)92%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner54%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students72%
Females74%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)92%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
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 Students69%
Females74%
Males61%
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 disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
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)62%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females85%
Males76%
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)95%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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 graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students63%
Females65%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
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 graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
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
Hispanic 38%
White 33%
Black 10%
Two or more races 10%
Asian 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/AN/A
English language learners 24%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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  • Jennifer Corn
Fax number
  • (510) 644-4825

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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840 Colusa Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94707
Phone: (510) 644-6368

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