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Ada W. Harris Elementary School

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Posted April 30, 2014

My reviews of this school keep getting removed. This site is filtering honest reviews from parents. Ada Harris is NOT a safe enviroment for children PERIOD!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2014

This school is as close to perfect as an elementary school can be. I deeply disagree with other reviewers in that the staff/the teachers are very knowledgeable and communicate well. There are MANY opportunities for parents to volunteer, like tutoring struggling students or choosing to teach an art class. In addition, the so called "May 2012" incident was actually handled quite well-discipline was swift, and the main problem was really the media, who blew up the story before administration had a chance to react. As someone who attended the school during this period, I can assure you that the response from teachers and students was fair and supportive towards the victim and his family. Standardized testing *was* very important, but the majority of the school year was creative and fun; I didn't feel that it was geared too much towards the test. The new 'common core' system being implemented by the nation is also improving AH in this aspect. Overall, the school was amazing, my teachers were knowledgeable and nice, parents are welcome, the campus is beautiful, and the students love it. I will stand by this school to the end, because it truly helped my beginnings.


Posted September 3, 2013

My child went to AH for 3rd grade. Little communication from the teachers+low parent involvement+one oblivious principal=BAD NEWS! Spent more than one occasion fighting for my child's rights and protection. One example-my child experienced an onslaught of verbal abuse from an older kid (I'm talking graphic stuff here-out of nowhere), to which the issue when reported fell on deaf ears. Principal does not enjoy conflict, so when conflict inevitably arises, he is not well-equipped to handle it in a serious/fair manner. I would like to add that I am not one of those "copter moms" or a busybody who enjoys complaining/drama/ferreting out teachers' weaknesses. We all know there is always "that parent" out there who thinks their child can do no wrong. This is coming from a more mellow mom who loves her kids and just wants them to be happy and protected at school. I had to enroll my child in a private school this year because of these conflicts, which was sad because friends were left. But this was undoubtedly the right change. One example-new school is starting work that is review from 3rd grade and my child has to play major catch-up, as it wasn't yet covered at Ada Harris-hmm-not good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2011

We pulled our child out of Ada Harris this past year and it was the best thing. The teaching style is archaic, non- differentiated (although they describe it is) and the teachers are burned out. The school suffers from bullying and has very little supervision outside of the classroom. Big focus on STAR testing, not learning. It was quite a change from the experience we had at the sister K-2(3) school- Cardiff Elementary. Our child is much happier and motivated to learn after attending a new school this year. We were amazed at how oblivious most of the families are to the poor teaching methods used here. I think it relates to a blind trust of the education system, which is not acceptable anymore. See the movies: The Race to Nowhere and Waiting for Superman and please take action to make the change our schools need.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

So far... I think we're happy here and our family is looking forward to our future in this welcoming school district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

It has an amazing staff and excellent quality of education for all the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

The administration and staff of this school takes pride in restraining the students collectively and academically. The curriculum is governed by STAR testing, the kids spend weeks learning how to fill in the bubbles. The students are treated like inmates rather than with respect. If you have a kid that works well within strict boundaries and is motivated by fear rather than rewards, a child who never ventures to draws outside the lines, they ll do well here - They won't be esteemed or given credit for a job well done, credit is always taken from the kids and reserved for the teachers. If you fall outside the grace of the administration - your child will suffer, their grades will suffer, their self-esteem will suffer and their interest in learning will suffer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2008

My three children have received a wonderful education at this school district. The teachers are caring and nurturing. The school facilities are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

Great school... we have one leaving and one coming in! The teachers really make a difference!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2008

I love this school & wish this district went through to 12th grade. The teachers, administration, parents, & community are the absolute best. We've had 3 children go through this school, and I have not one bad thing to say. Just thank you Cardiff Schools for caring & nurturing our kids. We were so lucky to be able to experience this wonderful small district with the most incredible teachers, Jill the principle, Tommy the Super & all of the wonderful ladies in the office. If you're lucky enough to be able to send your kids to this school thank your lucky stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

Ada Harris is a great school. It's great teachers, great family involvement, pretty good ethnic mix, an actual PE teacher...what a good place this has been for my two kids. This is our last year in the district moving on to middle school now. Too bad they don't take transfers from other districts now. Buy a house in Cardiff if you want to enjoy this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


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915

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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915

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10 / 10

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
73%

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 65% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
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%
Females56%
Males64%
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)58%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate62%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females61%
Males91%
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
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
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 graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
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 Students85%
Females90%
Males80%
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)91%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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)73%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females87%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
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 Students85%
Females90%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)78%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females79%
Males84%
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)89%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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)74%
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students84%
Females87%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)67%
Parent education - college graduate97%
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 Students88%
Females98%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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)83%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females59%
Males80%
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
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)59%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
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 75%
Hispanic 18%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 2%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/AN/A
English language learners 10%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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