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Jamacha Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 448 students

 

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Posted October 12, 2013

Most, not all, of the teachers here are super, a very caring and responsive group of professionals. There are some that should've retired years ago and are obviously tired of their jobs. That being said, the teachers who are great are REALLY great. Great parent groups and many extra curricular activities for your kids. Many second language kids and that gives a very international feel to the school. They used to have a fabulous ELL teacher, Mrs. Anderson, but I don't know where she went. She was so good with the kids and a pleasure to talk to, I always thought she should have her own class. We miss Mr. Serban. The new principal is kind of harsh.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2013

great school, great teachers, and staff, unbelievably outstanding principal. This school offer excellent academic curriculum with paying attention to differences in learning abilities. It's mostly great for the special focus on the moral characteristics or the students, it seems that everyone is very nice, no bulling no judging, in the contrary the kids collaborate and help each other.....LOVE this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

I have a 2nd grader at Jamacha and I have to say that the teachers at this school are beyond incredible and the principal is fabulous as well. The Jamacha parents are very involved with the school, so the kids get wonderful amounts of support and attention from all angles. It really makes all the difference in how much the kids thrive there. The Jamacha community is just amazing, I'm so proud to be a part of it and never want it to change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

The quality of the teachers at Jamacha is above average, the support staff incredibly child centered, Ms. kathy, Ms Michelle, Ms Waterhouse, Ms Ramierez, all provide hundreds of children with an out pouring of love. Truly above average. Children are blessed to attend Jamacha.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2011

I am now a 5th grade parent that has seen my child through every grade here, I think the Teachers are great as well as the Principal and his team in Administration. I have been very active in the PTA, The parents who are not involved are always the ones to complain!. Get involved, meet some great people..your child will see the rewards! Thanks Jamacha for doing the best you can with the dollars you get!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

The school is great but I feel that students going into 5th grade should not have combo class because you need to get these kid ready to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2007

Jamacha provided both of my children with a solid educational foundation for middle and high school. My children were inspired and enriched by the many 'above and beyond' programs/community event that Jamacha supports. The parent involvement is amazing. The teachers are dedicated and know how to balance the high demands of the standards with fun. School has become much for 'serious' since we were young ... Jamacha is one of the few that continues to try and balance the scales. It is, by far, one of the best schools in the district and I am thankful my children were privileged to attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2006

Jamacha is a wonderful school! We moved to Jamacha from a San Diego City School and if anyone can think this is bad, they should spend a year or two there. The entire staff at Jamacha is dedicated to the needs of the children. There is now a terrific strive to begin a GATE program for the kids and wonderful new forward thinking teachers. I would not want my kids to go anywhere else for an education. Mrs. Nigro provides great art instruction and many of the other teachers use their special knowledge to move the kids in all directions. Great work and a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2006

Jamacha looks good on paper only. There are no enrichment programs, no art or music in any of the grades. My older students (who came from another school) are board and unchallenged by the curriculum and there are no provisions to help them. My younger student is miserable. The pressure on her to perform precisely has hurt her desire to learn. It is all about rigid rules and strict discipline. And there is no playground for the older kids. All work and no play. What a disappointment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2005

This school has been a big disappointment. It is probably fine for most kids, but our eighth grader needs accelerated learning opportunities which have not been available. Its outstanding music program dramatically deteriorated while my child was here, so that it is at best mediocre currently. The special advanced algebra class for 8th grade was cancelled just before he reached 8th grade. It has therefore given none of the advantages of a huge school, with all of the disadvantages. I can recommend it only in contrast to most of the other public schools in the district
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 26, 2005

Short school days. No music program. Lack of funding. Dec. 2nd kinder cut off date. advanced math. recess 3x a day. the school does not provide tutors. Student teachers. High student/teacher ratio.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

this is our first year at this school and the quality of the teacher authentic concern for the students is wonderful. They do not put up with any slack and they directivly push the students that need a little pushing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2004

I believe this school is very good, as long as the parents dedicate alot of time with the children at home. The homework amount for 4th and 5th graders is too much, making it difficult for the children to grasp the concepts of each subject. Quality vs. quantity should be exercized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2004

Jamacha is an outstanding school! The teachers are highly dedicated, knowledgeable and caring. A major strength for this school is the level of parent support and the strong sense of community. It is an excellent place for children to learn.


Posted October 27, 2003

Jamacha is a great school for me. They teach me everything that I need to know to be prepared for the SAT9 test. The teachers are sometimes strict, but it makes the children learn from their mistakes. The only thing Jamacha needs in my opinion is the GATE Program, and better qualifying staff for the Jamacha YMCA.


Posted September 19, 2003

The kindergarten classes have far too many kids in them with out enough teachers. A one to thiry two ratio simply will not educate the children. I am extremely disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

859

Change from
2012 to 2013

-29

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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859

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-29

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8 / 10

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English Language Arts

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
84%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students77%
Females76%
Males78%
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)81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females78%
Males80%
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
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 Students52%
Females56%
Males50%
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)50%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females83%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)91%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
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 Students68%
Females66%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females72%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students75%
Females84%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students74%
Females84%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
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)72%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students73%
Females81%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
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 disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate80%
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
White 55%
Hispanic 28%
Black 7%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 3%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/AN/A
English language learners 22%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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