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Edward L. Wenzlaff Elementary School

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Posted December 28, 2011

I am very proud to have my son at Wenzlaff school. The school has been improving every year. Even though the teachers change each year, those at the school are great. I am very pleased with my son's progress. I feel he is safe and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2009

My son is presently attending this school. He is going to the 4th grade. We have seen tremendous improvement and growth since he started attending last year. He has acomplished high CST scores and we are very proud parents. Of course this is due to the excellent staff of teachers. We are looking forward to even a more successful year in 2010.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

My son's went to this school. Now my daughter is attending this school. She previously was at Julius Corsini but we moved out of the district, so now she is attending her first year (2nd grade). I was so surprised to see my son (who has already graduated HS) his 5th grade teacher (Mr. Long) is now the principal. He is awesome!! He really does care about the children. He goes above and beyond the call of duty. He is even being a crossing guard after school is out. I am impressed also with my daughter second grade teacher (Ms. McClain). So far I feel this school is so much better then Corsini. I hope that somehow, someone will care about the education needs of our children in DHS. I don't understand why our children have such below standard test scores, less resources then other schools in California? Let change this!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

I have had students at Wenzlaff for four years, ranging from K through 5th. The school is running several programs that have made it exciting for children to learn and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Family Reading and Family Math Nights are held for the whole family to participate in super fun educational activities in a relaxed environment where parents can interact with the school staff. We all love them! After school intervention is provided for students who are not meeting state standards, and the school has a goal to help each student progress no matter what their level is. The site is home of several community programs after school such as dance and ESL. This principal really goes way beyond his call of duty to ensure that every possible resource is provided for your child's success. Imagine what we could accomplish with parent participation. Wow!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2006

I have two kid's going to Edward L. Wenzlaff Elementary since they were 5 years old. I like that they teach 'character counts' this show the kids how to relate with other people in a positive way. I wish this school had more after school programs. Like math,reading,drama,and music.I think this would help our kid's improve on there star testing.Or maybe have a once a week parent night to help our kids with there reading and math. Also they need more then one speech therapy teacher. Because once a week speech therapy for the kids that need it is not helping them at all. I hope this helps decide what school needs the help the most in Desert Hot Spring CA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2005

My grandson goes to this school. Overall I believe the teachers really do care about the students, although, my grandson is only in the second grade, the teachers he had were great. I am pleased that they are given extra help in reviewing what they need to know for the upcoming standard test. Hopefully the parents are letting their children participate in these reviews as it, I believe, benefits the students and also the school. Hopefully with these reviews the school rating will rise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2004

I would like to respond to the previous comment. The school does not allow bullying, if it occurs please report it; action will be taken. My son had a problem with a bully; it was handled so well by the school that his former bully is now one of his best friends. The children are required to go to the playgrounds; there is supervision. I see smiling children chasing each other playing tag. The school is in a very windy area; trash blows onto the grounds. The friendly janitorial staff does their best to keep the campus clean. This is a locked campus; any adult entering the campus must be cleared through the office. I am one of the many parent and community volunteers at the campus; volunteers are always under the direct supervision of the staff. This is a warm and friendly school that is supported by its community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2003

This is a rough school. Students must contend with bullying. Students are not required to be on the playground in the morning before school starts and are wandering around the campus unsupervised. They are chasing each other and playing in restrooms. There is trash everywhere and papers taped on buildings (looks trashy). Adults are on campus before, during and after school without ID badges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2003

Even though Wenzlaff Elementary has a low API rating - the principal makes up for it. My daughter has attended 4 years, did not like school (she struggles), but she has always loved the principal. He has always listened and shown positive action to my daughter and myself. This year 02-03 she loves her teacher and enjoys going to school now. We need to get back to the basics and quit worrying about standardized testing.


Posted August 10, 2003

Although the test scores for this school are not up to standard, this school provides a safe and supportive environment in which students can grow and become valuable citizens in their community. I have found through personal experience that this school is a great place for students to learn responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, citizenship, respect, and honesty.
—Submitted by a former student


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

This school's
API score

753

Change from
2012 to 2013

-20

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 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 did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
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 did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

753

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

-20

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)

3 / 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)

7 / 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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
40%
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 Students43%
Females51%
Males34%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner49%
Fluent-English proficient and English only40%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state58%

Math

All Students51%
Females51%
Males53%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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

English Language Arts

All Students41%
Females46%
Males35%
African American41%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state36%

Math

All Students66%
Females70%
Males62%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state45%
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 Students48%
Females47%
Males49%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students59%
Females61%
Males59%
African American56%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner41%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 Students33%
Females34%
Males32%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)43%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability34%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students45%
Females50%
Males37%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students24%
Females23%
Males26%
African American8%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino19%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)40%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability24%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only30%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate20%
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)22%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 State average
Hispanic 56% 52%
White 27% 26%
Black 13% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 11%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%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 basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Lisa Arseo
Fax number
  • (760) 251-7255

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
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11-625 West Drive
Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
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