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Meridian Elementary School

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Posted January 29, 2013

Our child was bullied at this school as well since Kindergarten. Staff did very little to resolve any matters. My child complained to 3 different staff members three different times about being bullied on the playground and they told her to "work it out with each other". Very, very disheartening to hear their lack of concern or documentation about complaints. Also would like to know why this website says this school offers dance, martial arts, SWIMMING??, band, etc., etc when, as far as we know, after 3 years there, none of it was offered as extracurricular classes as stated??? Only got papers sent home for local, separate, unaffordable classes!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

My children went to this school. They got beat up by other children. The staff did not help. The staff including the principle do not stop bullying or do anything about it. This is not a safe school for our children. They are to over crowded with children, that the staff say they can not focus on one child getting beat up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2009

My son and daughter have been there for four years and if it wasnt for us having to move because of my husbands job I would of had my kids still in that school. The teachers are excellent. The principal is very active in the school. My daughter was in student council (publicty) and peace patrol. My son student council as well (repersentative of his class). They have this club type thing called peace patrol were 4th and 5th graders at their recess can help out the kinders. I reccomend this school to any one in the el cajon school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2009

This is one of the schools that noone really knows or hears about much. because you want to keep a good thing for as long as u can . now if everyone knew how awesome this school was and how nice the teachers were it wouldn't last.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2009

The teachers are very caring and they work with them if they need help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2007

We did not know this school was here until we moved within three blocks of it two years ago. My youngest now in 1st grade was not excited about reading or even learning how to write her own name when she started school last year. Now she comes to me with books for 3rd & 4th graders wanting to read and sounding out all the very big words she has not learned yet and she is writing stories all the time. My oldest who is very smart has continued to be challenged. We are so happy with this school from parent involvement to the teachers and staff. We love Meridian Elementary School. Karen & Brian King
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2006

The academic programs are excellent, All the Teachers are wonderful and easy to communicate with. Thanks to the parent volunteers and the Teachers, our art program is awesome. We have a wonderful PTA, wonderful Teachers, Kids and Parents. Parent involvement is especially important with budget cuts, etc. Our parents seem to really care about our kids and school. The teachers treat each child with respect, and take care of each childs special needs. Meridian Elementary has a reward system like no other. Our Principal is kind, respectful and adored.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2006

My son was in kinder. last year with Ms. Suits who was absolutly wonderful! She did all she could to have one on one with each student and also each parent when needed! There are many activities for all students just depending on how involved as a parent you are. I think this is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2006

Each of the teachers my daughter has had, have been wonderful. They worked so hard to meet her needs. There is a good deal of parent involvement in the school, and many activities for the kids to participate in each month. Their carnival is awesome in the fall!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

My daughter is in 2nd grade and we have loved all her teachers so far and she is doing great and getting excellent grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2005

Great place for children with disabilities, physical.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

Great school. Not full of a bunch of liberal democrats.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2005

Both my children attended Meridian Elementary from kindergarten thru 5th grade. I had different experiences for both children. My oldest had a decoding problem and thus a spelling and reading problem from kindergarten. I asked for testing for him each year and the school was no help they pasted him each year until 5th grade when an awsome teacher Mr. Saccone reconized the problem and the next week he was in special ed. So bottom line if you child needs special help this school is not the school for them. On the other hand my other son is gifted and there are some awsome teachers at this school who really can help develop skills in children. You need to pick and choose teachers and talk to other parents. There are many good things about this school but you need to monitor your childs education to get the full benifit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2004

This school, at one point, used to be a good one, but unfortunately it isn't so anymore. The safety of the children is not the school's, or principal's first concern. Kinder students are too often left unattended at playground, parents are 'recommended' that they do not stay, yet the gates are open for anyone to walk in off the street and very easily take a child! Complaints have been made to principal, only to have him disregard them. k teachers expect these 5yr. olds, who, for most, is their 1st yr.in school,to take care of themselves. 'Those are the rules' I heard a teacher say when a parent questioned the safety of the playground on the 2nd day of school. If you have another choice of school, take it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2003

We have had children at Meridian for 13 years now, and we just love it. The principal, the teachers and staff are just great! And we have so much parent support it is just awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2003

Best kept secret in El Cajon. Fabulous school.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

800

Change from
2012 to 2013

-1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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800

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API Statewide Rank (2012)
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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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
22%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
29%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

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 60% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
46%
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 Students52%
Females55%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner46%
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 graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students57%
Females58%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner48%
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 graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate60%
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 Students37%
Females48%
Males31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)42%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate31%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students66%
Females59%
Males69%
African Americann/a
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate62%
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 Students62%
Females59%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner34%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students69%
Females64%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate79%
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%
Females60%
Males54%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate54%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state53%

Math

All Students70%
Females64%
Males79%
African American55%
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)68%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state73%

Science

All Students46%
Females43%
Males50%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state47%
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
White 50% 26%
Hispanic 30% 52%
Black 8% 6%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Michelle Hayes
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El Cajon, CA 92019
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