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Carmel River Elementary School

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Posted May 25, 2013

River School is beyond amazing in all aspects. The fair, and intelligent leadership of Principal Jay Marden sets the tone of the school. Teachers are incredible! My child has computer lab, music, PE twice a week (although wish it was 5 days), science, and Spanish. There is a real sense of community between the parents and a lot of involvement. Could not be better. I have one child that went from kinder through 5th and my second is on her way to third grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2012

I am a student at River School and this is my 2nd year here after moving from another city. I came here at the beginning of 3rd grade. The education is great and people are very welcoming. Overall the school is great but WAY to much homework. In my experience some of the homework assignments are more difficult than what we do in school.


Posted June 27, 2011

We have traveled all over the U.S./overseas, due to my job, and found Carmel River Elementary School to be top-notch in every aspect. The school truly focuses on building fundamental skill and provides an atmosphere of learning and enrichment. Excellent support from the community and PTA to enable students to experience extracurricular activities, which are truly out-of-this world! By far, one of the best elementary school in California and the U.S.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2010

This school is fantastic it thoroughly deserves the great reputation. The principal is very fair and approachable. The teachers are extremely good. However, the parents are very disappointing, to borrow a phrase from a previous review "the club-like, cliquish social atmosphere" makes this school a very difficult environment to be in.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

I appreciate this school because the Administration and staff are sensitive to the needs of their students AND their families.


Posted April 21, 2010

Quality of education is really high, teachers are great, kids do great academically and on tests, bullying is minimal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

As a grandparent and retired educator, I really appreciate the efforts and follow through of the staff for the benefit of all families.


Posted April 21, 2010

demands high achievement and recognizes the importance of parental involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2010

While Carmel River School may be the best public elementary school in Monterey county, that is really not saying much. This school pales in comparison to schools we have dealt with in other states. The school is clearly overcrowded and understaffed. While it may achieve above average test scores, this is at the expense of creative expression and flexibility in the curriculum. As people below have noted, some of the tenured faculty are extremely poor educators. The administration is rigid. There is no dedicated indoor place to eat lunch. Many classes are taught in trailers. The 90 or so kindergartners are often supervised by a single adult during the lunch break.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2008

carmel river school is a great school my kids get wonderful education .I think the best teachers are Mr.T,Ms.Block,Mrs.Marsh,Mrs.Esaka and Mrs.Osorio .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2008

Overall, Carmel River School achieves high academic scores for its pupils, which is the main objective of the Principal. Therefore, he does not feel the need to cater to the special needs of above average students, even if they are demotivated by the curriculum. The quality of the teaching at this school is highly variable, from excellent to extremely poor. One of the biggest problems is the Principal's unflagging support for even the weakest members of his staff, and the staffs awareness of their unassailable positions. The words, thoughts and actions of the parents are not treated with respect by the administration or the teaching staff, even at the District level. Like it or lump it would be an accurate description of the policies of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2008

River School is a good school, but far from perfect. The principal himself told me that 99 percent of academic performance is attributable to demographics, which is why the state groups schools as they do into categories for comparison. The numbers do suggest that the school is doing well, even within its category. However, judging by how quickly the teacher suggested holding our daughter back when she fell behind and how quickly that changed when she caught back up a few weeks later it seems that the focus is on the numbers to the exclusion of focusing on the kids. Thankfully, there is strong participation by the parents. One of the parents is usually in the classroom as an aide to help during the day. The PTA is also very active, and has raised a fair amount of money for improvements and extras. Basically, it s as good as you can expect but not as good as you might hope. And unless you can spare about $16,000/yr for Stevenson School, you really can t find an alternative. As a personal note, I think the lunches are an absolute crime. You could buy a healthier lunch at McDonald s for the same price. Furthermore, there isn t even a decent place indoors for the kids to eat lunch. My daughter has lost her lunch to seagulls more than once.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

We are surrounded by some of the finest private schools in the state, but we choose to have our daughter attend our beloved public school, carmel river school. Why? 1) Excellent leadership from principal jay marden on down the staff line. 2) Approachable teachers who always seem on the look-out for new and exciting ways to teach. 3) Innovative and differentiated instruction, focussing on 'pull out' instruction for kids who need help, to individualized and group instruction for academically 'gifted' students. (In direct opposition, in my mind, to one of the parent comments made below) 4) amazing parental involvement! 5) gorgeous natural surroundings, despite the outright outdated nature of the 50-plus year old school. And it's all tuition free! We will be sad to leave next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2008

There seems to be an unequal division of services at this school among children who truly need help and actually getting it. This school is great if your child fits the mold.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

As a parent of several children in the district I can assure you that the staff and administrative commitment surpasses any elementary school in the state. They strive to meet every student's needs both academically and emotionally. All students whether low at-risk, average or above average are met with equal success. I have witnessed this first hand with my own as each of them falls into one of those categories. The parent to teacher to administrator communication is excellent. It seems that all areas of learning are under constant observation with the willingness to add or change the curriculum at any time. Jay Marden is doing an excellent job in maintaining excellence at this school. Thank you River School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

Carmel River School is one of the best public schools in California. The teachers are god sent, the atmosphere is beautiful and the education quality is of a private school. The parent participation is unbelievably amazing and it's reflection shows on the children that attend the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

River School is unquestionably one of the best elementary schools in California, with a uniformly excellent faculty led by a hard-working principal for whom 'continuous improvement' is a reality, not a slogan. Test scores are tops, music and art programs are rich and expanding, and an extremely active parent community provides tremendous support to the educational programs. The campus is safe and nurturing, the physical plant is in excellent condition, and the location and views are spectacular. Those of us with children here know how fortunate we are to have such a school and how blessed are children are to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2006

Great School! Highly qualified and involved teachers with high parent involvement. Extracirricular activities are a high priority to faculty and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Like Carmel Middle and High School, the 'spin' about River School far exceds its actual educational quality. The club-like, cliquish social atmosphere and limited educational background of the principal and superintendent are substantial limting factors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

Although the quality of instruction is excellent, I have two main concerns about this school. The first is playground safety. My second main concern is the principal. What does it say about a school when a principal ignores those who know children best-their parents?
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

951

Change from
2012 to 2013

-14

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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951

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-14

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API Statewide Rank
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10 / 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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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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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93%

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87%

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

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 46% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
97%

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 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

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

All Students78%
Females79%
Males77%
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)81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females91%
Males86%
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 disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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 graduate84%
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 Students82%
Females91%
Males71%
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)87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
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 graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students93%
Females93%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
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 disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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 Students90%
Females90%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females90%
Males94%
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 disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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 graduate94%
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 Students89%
Females91%
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)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students93%
Females94%
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)97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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 graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students90%
Females91%
Males89%
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)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
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 65%
Hispanic 16%
Two or more races 10%
Asian 6%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/AN/A
English language learners 3%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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Monte Verde Street And 15th Avenue
Carmel, CA 93923
Phone: (831) 624-4609

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