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Live Oak Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

Living in Castaic

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $320,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,400.

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Posted August 26, 2014

I really think this school has its short comings. There are some really great teachers there but others that are not. When I had issues I was promised things would get would get better only to find out that the issues were not addressed. I have had teachers shame and belittle my children there. The school has a bulling problem as well which I don't think is taking seriously enough. I will say I think the school has an excellent PTA the parents at this school are amazing. I also think the front office is great friendly and helpful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

Live oak has been a great school for my kids, I have no complaints how the Principal runs the School, and my kids have had the best teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2010

Live Oak Elementary focus more on activities rather then teaching and the after school program was a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

Live Oak Elementary has a new and excellent principal, Mrs. Seamans, who keeps parents well informed. My kids do feel school pride and a sense of community. My only criticism is that a few teachers don't seem as though they want to be there. I guess that happens at most schools as evidenced by the high teacher burn-out rate. But for the kids sake, it's great to have teachers be enthusiastic about the students and curriculum. Teachers and parents should read Mel Levine's book 'All Kinds of Minds' as a reminder of what is at stake - the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

Live Oak has an outstanding staffwonderful, supportive parents, and a great group of students! The culture is nurturing and structured. Live Oak staff seeks out strategies to educate the whole child and meet their needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2007

I think this school only has a handful of good teachers. I would only recommend this school if the teacher is right.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2007

We're very happy with Live Oak. Test scores don't always tell the story.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Parents provide support to the teaching staff on some levels. The staff is mediocre at best. There used to be a lot more extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 20, 2006

My fourth grader has attended Live Oak since kindergarten and my first grader as well. I love our school. I feel like it's mine too. As a result of being an involved school parent, I have gotten to know the teachers, principal, parents and many of the students personally. Live Oak has a warm, homey feel. Our principal is very approachable,warm and fuzzy yet firm about her decisions. She is real hands on with the kids, taking a group of students to lunch each month as a reward for good deeds done at school. Every year, she organizes a school sleepover which she personally supervises all night, to reward children for their reading efforts. The teachers are caring, excellent educators and I feel that my children have been given a strong foundation and love for learning. As we are moving out of state, my family and I will miss our school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2005

Overall, I have been pleased with the level of teaching my children have received at Live Oak Elementary. Three out of the four teaches we've had were experienced teacher, had control of the classroom, and were able to address the specific needs of many levels in the classroom. The PTA at LO is strong and uses their funds to support the school with equipment, curriculum enhncements, student incentives, etc...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

One thing to understand about Live Oak School is that they are strong in comitting to the education of the children. Castaic is a loving community, family-oriented and so Live Oak school fits in perfectly into the community. The leadership is outstanding and their goal is always toward the education, care and creating a positive environment for the children. They have great programs for the families to join in as well. PTA is wonderful! Castaic is a wonderful community and the schools here show the comittment of everyone getting involved to make it the best it can be. If you want to live in a place where your children are safe, getting the best education and becoming strong individuals, Live Oak Elementary is a good start. All Castaic schools are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2005

I pulled my daughter because the teacher was harsh. This was causing such stress for my daughter that she was feigning illness to get out of going to school. This is not what I call a positive, productive experience. The curriculum was average, but the math was such poor quality that they had to supplement with Saxson Math, which created extra homework. One of the classes I had considered transferring her into was a job share with two teachers that were complete opposites. One was very strict and the other was very relaxed so there was not a consistent environment. The other class was with a very nice bi-lingual teacher, but non-English speaking kids got priority for that class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2004

live oak elementary is a very family oriented school. the staff is very friendly and caring. there are many fun events that happen throughout the year; math night, buy one get one free bookfair, spring festival, cow plop and many more. my family has enjoyed 6 wonderful years here. thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2004

Three good things why this school is a great school. The staff is caring, great security, and great after achool YMCA! Ed Destura
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

826

Change from
2012 to 2013

+26

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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API score

826

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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5 / 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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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
83%

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 46% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students64%
Females58%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner28%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students63%
Females56%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner32%
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 graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate77%
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 Students49%
Females61%
Males38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate57%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students55%
Females56%
Males54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate65%
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 Students72%
Females75%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students76%
Females76%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate90%
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 Students61%
Females71%
Males50%
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)62%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students62%
Females71%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students60%
Females59%
Males61%
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)65%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate70%
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
Hispanic 47%
White 44%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 2%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%N/AN/A
English language learners 16%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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School Leader's name
  • Cynthia Seamands
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (661) 257-6384
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