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Sandra J. Gallardo Elementary School

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Posted July 24, 2013

This is a wonderful school with top-notch, dedicated teachers and volunteers. I have had multiple children at Gallardo, and I couldn't disagree more strongly with the previous reviewer's claim that this is not a safe or joyful place to learn. The previous reviewer by his/her own admission had only been at Gallardo a few months and had already made a snap judgment about the whole school based on their limited experience. The assertion that anyone who had written a fantastic review of the school simply didn't know any better is the height of arrogance. Parents know when their children are happy, safe, and learning well (as I feel my children have been at Gallardo) and they don't have to have experienced schools elsewhere to be able to assess that. My children have had teachers who work hard to make learning fun through enrichment, and they have thrived in what I would call a joyful environment. My child's instructional aid has been a fabulous support in helping him succeed in a mainstream class. Gallardo's high test scores are more an indication of a high-achieving student population from highly educated parents than they are an indication of any undue focus on testing by teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2012

This is our first year at SJG (2012) and I am sorry to say that our experience has been disappointing. We moved from an out of state public school that had the resources to provide smaller classes, better technology (and more access to that technology), employ well-trained teachers, and offer more school days per year. It's my opinion that Gallardo's reviews sound fantastic because--thanks to CA's budget cuts--no one around here has experienced anything better. While I am assured by my neighbors that there are some really fantastic teachers at SJG, we weren't lucky enough to get one of them, this year. Our child has felt so stressed and unhappy in her learning environment that we have sought professional counseling to help her cope. Her therapist, sadly enough, reports that she sees quite a few children from SJG who are also struggling deal with the stress of keeping up in a fast paced environment with more emphasis on standardized test success than individual needs of children. Both teacher and principal have been less than responsive to our concerns for our child. If you are looking for a safe, joyful learning environment for your child, look elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2010

I have two children at Gallardo and one is in 1st grade and the other in 4th. I love this school, the teachers, the parents, and the children. My children learn so much and still have fun. My children have been lucky enough to have teachers that make them feel good about themselves and inpsire them to do more and go better. These teachers go out of their way to teach and love our kids. Go Gators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

THIS SCHOOL WAS SO awesome and amazing for my child. It improved his confidence and skills.His teachers name was mr.Gex. my child came home with stories of fun and learning but it was not boring for him at all, thank you Mr.Gex . (=
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2009

One of the best schools in Folsom. Great teachers, great campus and wonderful kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

I personally have found Gallardo to be an excellent school! My children have attended since 2004 and I have nothing but kudos for the Principal, teachers and staff-even the janitors who make the campus look beautiful! I don't know what planet 'we moved to Folsom in Summer '05' is on, but I have to defend the Principal as having a warm personality who puts safety as a priority! Plus she is always out greeting students and families. Both my daughter and son's classrooms have had good 'learning environments' with caring, dedicated teachers! Especially back in first grade- and both their early/late reading groups were wonderful I recall. The only thing you should watch out for at this school are rattlesnakes on the playground and high maintenance mothers. Just my 2 cents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2008

Due to finances, my daughter switched from a private school to Gallardo (1st grade). We have loved everything about the schoo. The principal is very active with the kids, her teacher was awesome, the rooms are play grounds are safe and clean. Comunication was frequent and informative. The curriculum was not as advanced as the private school, but certainly above average. have no complaints whatsoever about this school. It's a great place! Go Gators!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

We moved to Folsom in Summer '05 when our oldest was starting Kdg. My husband was an elementary Vice Principal at the time (in Elk Grove) and I was/am a credentialed elementary school teacher. We HATED the fact that there could be up to 32 kids in a Kdg. class....insane and not conducive to learning at all! Very basic, at best, Kinder curriculum. First grade, the following year, better academically, but discipline in classroom almost non existent. Learning environment severely compromised and our daughter not challenged in her 'later gator' supposed 'challenge' group. My husband accepted a principalship back in the Bay area for the 07-08 school year and our daughter attends his school. Teachers very dedicated @ SJG despite being some of the lowest paid in Sac area (a travesty!) Administrator, while nice person, lacked true leadership skills and this was never more evident than on the issue of school safety!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2007

Gallardo is simply great! Strong academics along with parent involvement makes such a difference. You can definitely see it in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Just great . Great teachers and lovely atmosphere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2006

Great school! Outstanding teachers and parental involvement.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted May 6, 2006

Gallardo is a good school for many reasons, but mostly because the teachers care. The GATE program is good in the lower grades but is just extra paperwork in the 5th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2006

Very high quality academic programs. Music for 4th and 5th graders. Most parents are involved on some level either in class or by doing tasks from home. After school programs include chess, sports, and stock market club just to name a few.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2005

SJG is truly a superb school. The standards are taught with committment and creativity. The teachers are caring and genuinely interested in their students. Parents are highly involved with school volunteering, activities and supporting teachers in class and at home. The school is well kept and everyone does their very best to maintain it's new structure. SJG uses a positive behavior system. It is the best school in Folsom! If you're moving here, you'll want to move to the SJG boundaries to ensure you'll attend our top ranked school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2005

The SJG Elementary School has great teachers with valuable experience, working under the direction of an extraordinary principal. Even though it's a new school, in only two years has accomplished great academic results, is very well organized, it's teachers work efficiently with a great deal of parent collaboration. Has good discipline, extraordinary teacher - student relationships. Supports extracurricular activities and sports. We are delighted to have our daughters attending to this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2005

Verry impressed with the leadership and credentials of principal and teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2004

Great school! Friendly teachers and principal. Beautifully kept grounds and very involved families.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted July 6, 2004

Great school. Faculty is superb! Parent involvement is very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2004

Great school! I have a kindergartener and a 5th grader- The teachers are superb! This is the schools first year in operation, and they did a wonderful job, I am sure it will only get better! Wonderful principal, wonderful teachers, wonderful parents!
—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

952

Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

952

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

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

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

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

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students92%
Females93%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to state85%

Math

All Students86%
Females85%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
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)83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state85%
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 Students83%
Females87%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
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)81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females91%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
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 Students94%
Females96%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
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)97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability82%
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
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)82%
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students93%
Females90%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
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)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disability73%
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
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)82%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
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 Students91%
Females94%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability73%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students93%
Females94%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students89%
Females90%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
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)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability60%
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
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 59%
Asian 27%
Hispanic 6%
Two or more races 5%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/AN/A
English language learners 7%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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