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Washington Elementary School

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Posted August 21, 2012

Both our children attend Washington school and they love it. They have had wonderful teachers. they are looking forward to the new school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2012

My son is attending the Kindergarten here this year 2011-2012. I attended Washington Years ago and feel that the teachers are still very involved, engaging, and that the school is clean, well maintained, and feels very safe. If I had any complaints, it would be other parents children teaching my son words that he would not have learned at home. The teacher has been very good about discussing all issues with us on that regard and is very thoughtful with the class and getting the parents involved. I am still a fan of the school and it is because it has been so well maintained academically and visually all these years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2010

Our experience with Washington has been varied dependent on the teachers. They've ranged from great to bad - yelling, complaining to students about parent complaints in class, inconsistency, lack of organization. GATE program was pretty useless and seems to be gone this year, without any notification. When you ask teachers/admin questions to which they should know the answers, they just say they don't know, and won't bother to find out or direct you to someone who does know. There's a new principal this year (2010-11) and things are a bit disorganized, but she's more personable than the last. In general, academics are mediocre and all teaching is preparation for standardized testing (they're given benchmark tests, pre-tests and prep tests all year long, to the detriment of learning anything, but this is not school-specific), teachers are hit or miss, and administration could work on communication and dissemination of information. It's par for the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

Big Class sizes! 29 kids to 1 teacher is not a good ratio. My daughter attended Kindergarten here 3/4 of the way I pulled her out. She was bored at the constant review, because other kids could not grasp what was being taught.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

I feel it's a great school.Feels like a small tight community and our family really enjoys the teachers and all that the PTA does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

The staff is wonderful. My daughters love their school and their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

My kindergartener looks forward to school everyday which makes me so happy, the teachers are great -- her's is so sweet and calm, has a very kind voice which i think is the way kindergarten teachers should be, my little girl just adores her teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2009

my son loves going to school and i love that he is happy every day:)about it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

Tons of parents are involved...bringing in needed items, driving on field trips. Music was limited to a Christmas show for parents. There is running club 2 days a week when the weather is nice, my child has really enjoyed this. There is an after school program, although the waiting list is extremely long and is going to start leaning towards children that need extra help with schoolwork. My child was doing wonderfully when starting at this school, now I see handwriting that has gotten worse instead of improving, a loss of interest in math, homework and most recently in even going to school. I am very concerned about getting the attention of my child back to learning instead of coping with the school atmosphere that is created here. I would not be comfortable recommending this school to another parent or having my child attending this school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

I have no complaints so far on the teachers we have experencied at this school. My son is in fifth grade and has attended the school for the last 3 years. However, the school does not have a positive approach to bullying. My son has been bullied all year by a group of boys and nothing has been done. I took the issue to the principal and she did not handle the situation in the manner she advised me she would. Instead she approached my child in front of his bullier and other boys and discussed it making my child feel extremly uncomfortable and uneasy about the situation. Needless to say the problem has continued and i just again had to take it to the school. I am now putting my youngest child in another school for Kindergarten. I would not recommend this school to another parent now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2006

This school is okay. There seems to be little consisteration for families and the students. It seems importance is placed on the inconvience of school staff. The teachers are good, but not great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2005

This school has a wonderful, friendly environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2005

I have been involved with Washington School for four years now. I felt the kindergarten classes were not the strongest in the district, but each year since then the teachers have been extremely motivated and knowledgeable and my children love to come to school everyday. They don't like days off because it means missing school! There's a strong emphasis on music within the curriculum and the principal loves to play and sing with the students. Even his mother accompanies singers on the piano. Warm and friendly atmosphere. I'm very lucky my children can experience this elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2005

Solid academics. Highest quality teachers. Safe and accountable. Good music program 4th & 5th. Stong PTA and parent involvement. GATE and well structured afterschool program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2004

Wow! is what I have to say about Washington school. My daughters learning was off the scale. She learned to read write and learned math and spanish too - this is kindigarden were talking about here - thank you washington school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2004

My daughter will be in 2nd grade at Washington this year. The teachers are dedicated, patient, talented and amazing. Wonderful principal! I'm so happy we chose this school (out of all the schools when we moved up here from the SF Bay Area). Better than the schools in the Bay Area!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2004

I have had children at Washington School for the past ten years. I have found the teachers and staff skilled in their teaching while providing a nurturing, safe, and healthy environment. The school has also implemented the Healthy Play program. Additionally, there are a variety of enrichment classes, clubs, and tutoring help is available.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

851

Change from
2012 to 2013

+17

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

851

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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.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+17

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

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

6 / 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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students66%
Females74%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
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 graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students76%
Females76%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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%
Females65%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner45%
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 graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state64%

Math

All Students69%
Females70%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state73%
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 Students71%
Females71%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females80%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate88%
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%
Females71%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students67%
Females71%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students60%
Females61%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
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 graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
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 61%
Hispanic 14%
Two or more races 9%
Asian 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4%
Black 2%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 52%N/AN/A
English language learners 14%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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