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George Washington Elementary School

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Posted November 15, 2011

The one thing that makes this school awesome is the staff! The teachers are super. The principal is very aware of her school and dedicated to making it better each year. My son is in third grade and has struggled in certain areas. The staff has come together to help him be successful. The teachers are very supportive. The only thing the school could use more of is parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

My daughter has been in Washington Elementray since Kindergarten and is now a 3rd grader. This has to be one of the best schools in Burbank. The teachers are fabulous. Mrs Zenian , the Principal is wonderful and very forward minded. Not to mention they have one the largest Environmental gardens in Burbank. An outdoor classroom for my child! I wish more parents would get involved with the garden committee and the PTA though. The parents of this school are quite uninvolved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

I've had 3 kids in this school - and I still love it. Ms. Clausen the principal is so nice and the staff are so helpful, lovely and friendly, and surprisingly for an LA School - They never smell like a freshly burnt cigarette. This is an amazing school which I highly reccommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2008

Washington School is dynamic,engaging, and prepares the students for the real rewards and opportunities in the future. The diversity demonstrated at the Olympic Dance celebration was educational and fun for all involved. Ms. Zenian, the new principal, is extraordinary because she is open to ideas and willing to provide individual assistance to parents, teachers, and students. The school has one of the most beautiful landscapes of all the Burbank Unified Schools with a large garden, an academic garden program, a big yard with lush trees, and a lovely grass field. As a California Distinguished School for some time now, Washington provides excellent support and guidance academically from its teaching staff. In fact, the substitute teaching staff also goes above and beyond with their lessons and pedagogy as evidenced by Ms. Santanastaso who substituted for Ms. Lincoln in 2nd grade this past year. The school is small, warm, and a wonderful place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

Washington is a very nice school- especially for LA County. I feel that the teachers and principals have been honestly dedicated to helping in my plan to mainstream my son, who is worked his way out of SDC, into a full inclusion class without extensive Spec Ed services. This means, so far, his 1st grade teacher, Mrs. Hernandez and his 2nd grade teacher, Ms. Petersen have maintained patience and diligence in calming him and redirecting him, when necessary. Because of their commitment and faith in us, he has been able to reach greater heights. Therefore, I believe that this school will support each child as an individual. The parent community is friendly, too! Lastly, I noticed upon entering the school from another in the area, that Washington promotes American patriotism and that was very important to me, as well. This is a safe school for your children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

I love Washington Elementary School. It has high standards and the teachers are excellent. The school has a wonderful respond to intervention program in which children are given the opportunity to excel in their academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I love this school. Ms. Clausen, the principal is excellent. My daughter started going there in Kindergarten in Mrs. White's class and she learned a lot. It wasn't just a play all day kinder, they actually had homework! She is now in the 1st grade with Mrs. Hernandez and the the level of commitment has not changed. All the staff is fully commited to make sure your child does well and if there is an area that needs improvement, they won't wait to the last minute, they let you beforehand so that changes can be made. The PTA is very active! They have made accomodations so that no one feels left out and all suggestions are taken seriously. I love this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

My kid's in grade K with Mrs. Roberts class. She is a wonderful teacher, my kid loves her. The school is wonderful, the staffs are helpful and friendly, but the campus does not look so nice especial the fences and at the childcare building..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2007

The principal and teachers are warm, supportive and proactive. It is an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

The teachers at Washington work hard to provide excellent programs for the children. The school is kept up beautifully and is a model for other schools because of it high academic standards and warm, caring staff members.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2004

This school has great potential to become a strong school, but better parent support is needed. There needs to be more enthusiasm on behalf of the staff and parents.
—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

823

Change from
2012 to 2013

-3

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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823

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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6 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
50%
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

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
78%

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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
72%

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

All Students58%
Females58%
Males59%
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)61%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner27%
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 graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students56%
Females61%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner40%
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 graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate91%
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%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)39%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state69%

Math

All Students79%
Females75%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate95%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate70%
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 Students65%
Females71%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner50%
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 graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state44%

Math

All Students79%
Females79%
Males79%
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)93%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner86%
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 graduate87%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state56%
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%
Females67%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
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 graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state64%

Math

All Students51%
Females51%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
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)45%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state36%

Science

All Students66%
Females60%
Males76%
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)61%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
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)55%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state64%
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 53%
White 32%
Asian 5%
Black 2%
Two or more races 1%
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 60%N/AN/A
English language learners 27%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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  • Arlene Zenian
Fax number
  • (818) 558-5556

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