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Brisbane Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 229 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2012:
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Posted December 4, 2013

Community is awesome, school is awesome! It is like a village where everyone watches out for each other s children. An abundance of parent volunteers help enrich our school campus. Our new principal is doing a great job turning our school around and focusing on academics and common core standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2013

We have a great new principal starting this year with a focus on academics by improving teacher instruction. Her previous experience also includes being a turn-around school consultant and expert in common core standards testing. Already there have been good changes made and we are very excited for the future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2013

We are so lucky to live in this fabulous community. Lots of sunshine, very little fog knowing our neighbors, having so many involved families at our schools, living on a mountain, being able to walk/bike to school, minutes from SF as well as the rest of the peninsula, and an active parents group of support. (This list goes on!) Brisbane has good schools and mostly terrific teachers from which many students have gone on to competitive high schools, colleges, and careers. But everything can get better, right? It is exciting that so many families work together to make Brisbane and our schools even better than they already are. BES teaches a model call Highly Effective Teaching (HET). Students are tought public speaking, holistic report creation, carrying one idea to a different idea and finding similarities, being kind, finding solutions rather than problems, being responsible, having an innate desire to learn, how much they enjoy learning, the questions that they ask, or their ability to work in a group on a team. These are all such important life skills. BES also offers a variety of afterschool programs and a flexible aftercare program (all fee-based, but reasonable).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Great school. No bullying allowed. Small enough that everyone knows each other. Most teachers are fresh and fun to learn from. We have a new principle and expect a GREAT school year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

This year the Brisbane Elementary School Leadership Team will be working on bringing a Sustainable Edible School yard to our learning community. This project will include a full industrial kitchen, a classroom in a full garden, a gardening club open to the community and healthy food to our students. From this project we hope to improve community and student knowledge around sustainability, healthy eating and how to keep our bodies moving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

What's not to love!!!!! It's an awesome school with a great staff and great students too. The parent volunteers are great as well!!1
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

This is a wonderful school. Lots of parent participation, very nurturing and it has a wonderful staff. The best principal any school would wish for!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2008

BES is a safe, nurturing, enriching school for children in Brisbane. Lifeskills are stressed and practical applications taught. our son has been at BES for 5 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2008

Brisbane Elementary School is fabulous in many ways. It's a warm, friendly, safe environment for children. The building is beautiful. It's well maintained and charming in ways that new schools aren't. There is a library, art and music classes and after school care. The principal is very involved and accessible. Teacher quality varies from excellent to not. The fatal flaw in this school is academics. Reform math and a strong constructivist pedagogy have resulted in poor performance on standardized tests and students that aren't prepared for middle school. It is the classic outcome of constructivist pedagogy: the children have positive feelings for subjects but are not good at them. If constructivism and reform math are your cup of tea, this school is for you. If you are seeking rigorous academics and the possibility of a career in science or mathematics for your child, stay away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2007

This is my son's first year at BES and I can't say enough about this school. These teachers really care about their students. My son's teacher even did a home visit to better bond with the 'family'. The principal is out mingling with students and teachers alike every morning and knows many of us by name. Parental invovlement is also great here. Parents regularly volunteer in the class room, fund-raisers and even just watching the kids during their breaks. My son went to a private school for 3 years and I have to say the educational standards at BES is stellar compared to the private school. My first grader does book reports, spelling tests and math games each week. I highly recommend this school to anyone looking into good quality public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2006

Brisbane Elementary School is an Excellent school. This is my sons third year at the school, and I am pleased with all that the school has to offer. The teachers, administration, and art/music programs are top notch. The school has just recently set up an after school tutoring program, (Team Learning Center:TLC)where students get free homework and individual tutoring help in areas of need from actual teachers. The principal knows practically all of the parents and holds monthly morning coffee gatherings to obtain parent feedback and actually applies a lot of the suggestions and feedback. I'm also impressed with the high level of parent involvement through the PTO group. Parents are encouraged to get involved at all levels, i.e. volunteering in the classroom, field trips, fundraising, gardening etc. The school has just recently been renovated to be handicapped accessible, with new wiring, new flooring and new brighly painted classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2006

There is high parent involvment at BES. The teachers are proficient, concerned and supportive. The academic programs are excellent. Music and are programs are very good. Sports and activities are available through the city of Brisbane.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2005

The Level of parent involvement in BES is very good & I was pleased with that. But the problem is that Brisbane does not have any text books. All homework is done on worksheets. Kids aren't taught to take good notes since they do not have a text book to reference in case theres any questions later. The basic how to write a good paragraph and good writing is non existant. BES has some good teachers but I believe without text books and a good solid foundation kids aren't challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2004

Brisbane Elementary offers a wonderful and safe environment for children. The town of Brisbane is a small tight nit community that not only provides a child to have an identity, but also makes it easy for parents to be involved in school activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2003

I moved to Brisbane 3 years ago and feel like I stumbled onto a 'gem of a school.' Parent involvement is very visible and welcomed and the school district is small enough so that each child is known by the principal and their needs are addressed by caring teachers. The ITI (integrated thematic instruction) approach to teaching allows the teaching staff to customize their classroom curriculum based on their desire to cover the State standards and weave in their own particular vision for the year.....and the school building is a lovely classic style from the 1930's that is well-maintained. The only thing missing is updated landscaping surrounding the building and outdoor play areas to tie the school into its beautiful natural surroundings.
—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

836

Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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API score

836

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

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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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
72%

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 46% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
62%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
59%

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

All Students61%
Females53%
Malesn/a
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)73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
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 Students77%
Females71%
Malesn/a
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)73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
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)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

English Language Arts

All Students48%
Females50%
Males44%
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)63%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
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 graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students63%
Females50%
Males78%
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)69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learnern/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate60%
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 Students64%
Females69%
Males62%
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)77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students67%
Females63%
Males70%
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)77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate81%
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 Students73%
Females74%
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
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 graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students48%
Females42%
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability48%
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 graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students44%
Females42%
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
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 graduate50%
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 35% 27%
Hispanic 29% 51%
Asian 23% 11%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 4% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 7%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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