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Tularcitos Elementary School

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Posted May 5, 2014

Tularcitos maintains a rare balance between academic excellence and inclusivity. The school's principal presents a strong leadership style while also ensuring that each child at Tularcitos feels seen and heard. My husband and I feel so lucky that our daughter is at this school. She is learning to challenge herself academically and to be a good citizen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2013

This school is an excellent choice if you have an average student or an under-performing student. They provide extensive resources for students with various learning disabilities & ESL students. If you have an over-achieving student, the school district makes no additional investment of resources (GATE was eliminated in June 2013). The atmosphere encourages "sheep" and not independent, innovative, leadership qualities in their students. The principal is new and young - appointed in the last 3 years - with no prior elementary school experience and never held a full-fledged Principal title prior. He is nice, approachable, great with balancing a budget; but not an innovator. The recruiting/selection of teachers continually fails to appoint gender diverse and ethnically diverse staff members (as opposed to its peer campus, River School in Carmel, only 11 miles away). The PTO is not immune to small town politics. The meeting times inherently exclude the input of dual-income families or single working parents & teachers cannot attend because they are in class. The attendees of the PTO meetings, which set the tone for school activities, are female & lack ethnic diversity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2012

My son has thrived since starting at Tularcitos. Every adult he has come in contact with has been positive and encouraging. He came home from the first week of kindergarten excited about science class and the open garden, physical education and music. I also love the importance placed on being kind, and a good citizen. Children are encouraged to "fill each others buckets" by doing nice things and finding positive ways to encourage one another. The principal is wonderful and addresses the school as a whole, sometimes even reading a short story over the intercom to highlight a theme or lesson. Such a wonderful environment and they still fit in all the important academics! The enrichment programs offered after school are also wonderful and offer lots of opportunities to explore other activities. Fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2010

Music, PE, Science, Library, and Computers are taught every week. These 'extras,' combined with very involved parents and excellent teachers, make this an amazing school. Tularcitos truly is a gem of a school and has not only lived up to its great reputation, it has surpassed it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

We just moved here over the summer and my kids were in a private school. This school is so much better and we were paying a lot of money.I recommend this school than any other private schools. My kids are having the best time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2007

I couldn't feel more positive about this school. My daughter came from a private school and I was worried about how it would compare. Her teacher at Tularcitos is exceptional! The atmosphere is kind and gentle yet she is learning more. The parents are involved. It really has exceeded my expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2006

Tularcitos has: good teacher quality, nice enrichment programs after school, an active parent organization, and a strong science program. Feel like they are teaching for the test results, thus losing a certain amount of teacher creativity. Wish it was K-8 vs. K-5. Not immune from public school politics and self interests. Overall - good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

This school compares favorably with top private elementary schools. Teachers are tops. Only the best can get a job here. Over 140 teachers applied for my daughter's teacher's job. The principal provides great leadership in academics, ethics and social skills. The community of parents is very involved and supportive. There are many excellent extracurricular activities to choose from -- languages, arts, chess, martial arts, sports. (Many of these are not free.) The campus is exquisitely beautiful, and is next to a large park and community center which are used as though they were part of the campus. I feel blessed every time I take my daughter to school. I teach in a private school, and have mostly attended private schools. I hold several graduate degrees, as does my husband. We have high standards for our daughter's education, and we prefer Tularcitos over any of the local private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2005

Tular has been an excellent school in all aspects, I have 4 children ranging between 5th to 1st grades and each grade has consistently had at least one excellent teacher and the others are very good. The school is well rounded, including a great music program and lots of parent support. I would definately recommend this school to those considering schools on the Monterey Peninsula!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2005

Tularcitos is a fantastic school. The curriculum is far more advanced than a lot of other schools. The teachers are exciting and seem to love teaching here. The setting is beautiful, and the school itself is clean and very well maintained.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2005

Academic programs are great but the teachers are consistently bitchy. Atleast that is what my son tells me. Great extra curricular activities.Parent involvment is high. I hope this helps you not choose this school in a million years. You might look at the test scores and say wow. That's because they consistently give them no recess.
—Submitted by a parent


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933

Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


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English Language Arts

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

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

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 46% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students78%
Females86%
Males69%
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
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 graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females79%
Males80%
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)82%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner69%
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 graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
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 Students79%
Females79%
Males80%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learnern/a
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)58%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females93%
Males87%
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)90%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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)92%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
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 Students86%
Females95%
Males82%
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)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)91%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students95%
Females100%
Males92%
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)98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
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)91%
Parent education - college graduate88%
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 Students93%
Females89%
Males95%
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)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females85%
Males88%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students86%
Females78%
Males92%
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)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
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 70% 26%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Ryan Peterson
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