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Sunny Sands Elementary School

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Posted April 1, 2009

Sunny Sands teachers and students work hard together to improve daily. This school is the best in Cathedral City!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

I have been an active parent at Sunny Sands for the past 6 years. I have two daughters who attend SS with the eldest having graduated this year. I believe that the community and parents are very fortunate to have supportive leadership and staff at hand. The principal is very cognizant of the needs of not only the staff but of the students. She is also very approachable, consistent in her decisions, and well liked by everyone. Overall, the school is well maintained and organized, which keeps morale high. I am very pleased that my family has had the opportunity of being part of Sunny Sands Elementary School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2005

We have 2 children who attend this school. We have found both the teachers and the administrators very supportive and helpful. The teachers put the children's needs first and education for all children is very important to all the teachers. They have a great program for second language learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2005

SS is a wonderful school - safe, caring & dedicated staff (teachers, principals, secretaries, custodians are all fabulous), great music and pe classes, no art tho. SS has nice kids & provides a solid educational foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

Our child is mildly Autistic and enrolled in the primary grades 1-3 special day class at Sunny Sands. This is the special education class for children with disabilities. We are very happy with the progress our child has made and very pleased with the education and other services he is being provided at this school. It appears that he has many resources available to him (physical education, art, music and computers)and the teacher is doing a remarkable job. A good school makes all the difference, especially for a child with a disability. Sunny Sands is a great school for our Autistic child.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

829

Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
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The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

829

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

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

9 / 10

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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
79%

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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
73%

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.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students59%
Females64%
Males53%
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)57%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner57%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state78%

Math

All Students68%
Females74%
Males61%
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)79%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state78%
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 Students38%
Females44%
Males34%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino91%
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability39%
English learner34%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)34%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state31%

Math

All Students58%
Females56%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino91%
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner54%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state38%
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 Students75%
Females71%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner57%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate76%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students87%
Females83%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner78%
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate84%
Parent education - high school graduate88%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)96%
Parent education - college graduate85%
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 Students65%
Females76%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino58%
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate70%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state60%

Math

All Students73%
Females77%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino83%
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate75%
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state60%

Science

All Students64%
Females66%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate60%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state53%
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
Hispanic 79% 52%
White 11% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 72%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

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School Leader's name
  • Pam Horton
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (760) 770-8641

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Cathedral City, CA 92234
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