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Magnolia Elementary School

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Posted July 6, 2013

The Principal is amazing and really gets the students involved with a very peaceful attitude towards each other. I notice other students are very respectful. My son has a Learning Disability and they have helped him so much. They give him the attention her really needs. The only down side is the traffic when it's drop off and pick up time. These parents are HORRIBLE and run lights, go through the intersection to block it just to get in. No consideration for pedestrians. I also love the office staff! What a great group of warm, loving, fun people!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2012

I love all of the teachers at this school! They go above and beyond, and considering the budget cuts they are awesome!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2010

This is the most horrible school I have ever seen or been to. The staff are completely unprofessional and lazy not mention they socialize with one another way more thatn they teach or conduct any type of schooling. I reccommend you send your child to a cleaner safer more well to do establishment with a professional staff and a teachers that actually teach instead of socializing with one another for 6 hours.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2010

A great school to make loving memories with students and teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I am 110% satisfied with the Magnolia school. Teachers really care/.


Posted May 15, 2009

This school is ok , as far as saftey though and discipline its not good. They say zero tollerance for bulling , but that isn't true.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2009

Magnolia school is great. My son goes to The fifth grade at school, and is in Mrs. Hoy's class and Mrs. Plack's class for Language Arts. LOVE THE SCHOOL
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2007

Need peer counseling program along with school wide awareness on bullying & horrendous way kids treat each other at higher grades. Am moving child out of district because she is in rapid decline as result of school's lack of intervention despite many pleas for assistance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2006

My son attended Magnolia since Kindergarten ( I love Mrs. Glah). We moved right before 4th grade. The new principle has really made Magnolia a better place. She is always around, and interacts with the kids. Magnolia was a pretty good school, for the area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2006

Very good school.. Great parent/teacher communication.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 15, 2005

This school really needs an overhaul of its curriculum, and I really regret sending my son here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2005

This school has great parent involement activities. It also has good reading programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2005

The reading program is very confusing. my child has been there since kindergarten and is in 6th grade now, and we still dont get it. make it easier and user friendly. too much pressure to read point books. just make them a grade level and do away with the points. how can my child be a straigh A student and get a B in reading? because she feels pressure to read. its not relaxing for her and the books just arent there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

My children have attended first and second grade at Magnolia. The teachers they have had have been excellant. They are caring and very talented at what they do. I have moved out of state and I wish I could have taken these teachers with me. My children will never forget them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2003

While the Principal is not the best this school has seen. Over all staff is Excellent, teachers are all caring, strong educators who want all children to succeed. We have one of the best technology set ups in the Cajon Valley Union district, including more Accelerated Reader books and tests than anyone other school in the area. This is a quality school, with lots of possiblities for the future and a great outlook for our students!


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This school's
API score

791

Change from
2012 to 2013

-1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

791

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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.
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2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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4 / 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)

8 / 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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
35%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
53%
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 Students48%
Females54%
Males43%
African American50%
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)40%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner41%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students51%
Females59%
Males45%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
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 Students41%
Females49%
Males36%
African Americann/a
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)37%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate45%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students59%
Females62%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate64%
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 Students59%
Females59%
Males59%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate52%
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

Math

All Students65%
Females68%
Males63%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner62%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
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)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 Students58%
Females67%
Males48%
African Americann/a
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)59%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students60%
Females57%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students55%
Females50%
Males61%
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)59%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learnern/a
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 graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
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
Hispanic 49%
White 27%
Black 15%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 3%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/AN/A
English language learners 33%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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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55 a.m.
School end time
  • 1:55 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Amanda Silva
Fax number
  • (619) 579-4854

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Multiple disabilities
  • Other health impairments
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Parent involvement
  • Our parents are involved on campus through parent leadership opportunities such as, volunteering in class, joining and participating in supporting the pta, by joining the most valuable parent (mvp) club and through school site council (ssc).
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650 Greenfield Drive
El Cajon, CA 92021
Phone: (619) 588-3080

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