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Sierra Lakes Elementary School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $255,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,050.

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34 reviews of this school


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Posted June 4, 2013

This School is GREAT! They work with you 110% to ensure your child's success. The School Principal and Staff are A+... From The Reynolds Family!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2011

My sons have been attending this school and I must say that most of their teachers have been great in teaching them to excel and more. As for the extra activities listed - this is news to me. Some teachers need to be taught not to use bad language in class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

Awesome Teachers, love this school... Our son actually enjoys going to school and is always excited to go...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2010

This is our sixth year at Sierra Lakes Elementary. I am the most pleased with the presence of our new principal this year. She is involved everywhere and easily seen every day on campus, whether it be engaging in conversation with the fifth graders or opening a snack bag for a kindergartener at lunchtime. The PTA is all a buzz and more parents are involved this year than any other year, probably due to the PTa president always asking parents to get involved, in any way possible. She has increased membership by 75% this year. There is alot to be said about the great group of parents that are involved at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2010

The school has great teachers and it is a very safe school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2010

Love this school now even more now that we have a new principal that really seems to care and is actively involved in all aspects of the school. Volunteer your time and really get involved as much as you can. That makes all the difference in the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2010

I love Sierra Lakes Elementary. Tons of great teachers, tons of great, involved parents, great kids and families and my kids are safe and happy here. You get what you put in and I try to volunteer my time and I get along with my kids' teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2010

My children have attended Sierra Lakes for four years now and we are very happy with the teachers and principal. I can only speak for the past years, since we just received a new principal but they have been phenomenal. The kids are learning so much, and our test scores show that their hard work is paying off. SL is one of the best school's in the district, so there's not much to complain about. We have been to several other schools, and SL is the best as far as diversity and the sense of community. I have never heard of any of the negative issues that people have posted on this website, except for overcrowding which is a result of budget cuts, but that's an issue with the state not our school. I would recommend this school to anyone who is interested in moving to Fontana.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2010

The principal is one of the worst leaders I have seen in any business or schools. She seems much more interested in crowd control (as the school is overcrowded) than in helping students reach their potential. There is no concern for individual students - just overall school CST scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

This school has been an excellent learning experince for my three childern. I love everything about it. Teachers are very dedicated and hard working and they are completely supportive of all the students. Every year after years refleeting in increased API scores. My child really enjoyed time at Sierra lakes. Again, I was very impressed with the amount of progress she made ( 4grade teacher) Mrs, Karin Devok wonderful teacher. thank you and Kindergarden teacher also^^ Good luck to you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

You will miss Sierra Lakes when your daughter/son leave SL. This is a great school, the best in the FUSD. Sierra Lakes is a California Distinguished School. The teachers are great and I enjoy as another parent put it, they hold the students accountable. The test scores show this school is doing great, if I understand correctly, I believe this school has at least 4 teachers who have won teacher of the year from FUSD. I am dreading my child having to attend Wayne Rubble Middle School, I understand the kids at this school are baby quiet a bit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2010

I will make this short and directly to the point. The teachers we have dealt with are among the worst educators I have ever seen. They are nice people, but educators for our children they are not. Homework is so excessive it make you wonder what they do all day, and it seems as though the parents are the ones doing all of the educating and the teachers are just babysitting. If you have options to go to a different school I suggest you do so. The parking situation alone is enough to drive you crazy. School is out at 3:18, and if you want to get them around that time you must show up in line around 2:50, and you still wont exit the school before 3:35. Thats not schools fault, as it was a horrible design to start with. Choose a different school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2009

I like the school very much because they have fun and amazing teachers.I am not really happy when I go to their office.The secretery answers problems but sometimes she doesn't really help that much.Overall,I think this school is wonderful.I would say A.


Posted August 24, 2009

Thanks sierra lakes pta for all you time and work. Kinder parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

I Love Sierra Lakes elementary PTA, this year president and vice-president are great, We love this new PTA my children are so happy. Thanks for all you work and you time and all the so port to the children and the school. We are so lucky to have you ladies. And thanks for the Popsicle sale my children love you Paula.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

I love Sierra Lakes Elementary, the school and community pull together and provide a nurturing environment for the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2009

My daughter just started kindergarten this year and I'mdissapointed! To many kids in a single class and the play are is smal!l No grass with overgrown trees and weeded gardens! Pick up is a nightmare very disorganized! The principal seems unapproachable & not to interested in parents feelings towards the school. Homework is excessive for a kindergartner my daughter has hardly played outside since school started we spend about an hour a day on it not including reading & sight words that are required as well. I moved here because I heard the school was a good one but so far I'm not convinced!! Our kids deserve to still be kids & at least have a playarea that doesn't look so rundown and uninviting. By the way who says are morning kids who have been there 4 hrs already eat after the afternoon shift who eat when they first arrive!!!!!!!!!!Huh???
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2009

I moved to Sierra Lakes just about six years. Both of my children are atteding Sierra Lakes Elementery School, since kindergarten and all the way till 5 th. grade. My children can't wait to go back to school when they are on vacations or even on week ends. Most obviously that is a result of the school's operation, pleasant staffs, and efficient teachers. I highly think this success is contributed to the leadership of its principle and to the team work accomplished by super great teachers and parents involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2008

Sierra Lakes is the only school in the Fontana District that is over-enrolled and has to turn away students. After reading the last two reviews, I have to say that my experience with PTA that many parents have a prince-princess type attitude and don't feel rules should apply to their child, which causes my concern about the school discipline. The teachers, staff and principal all do their best to support students and demand excellence, and many of the parents who I spoke with that transferred felt there was an over-emphasis on grades and achievement, which is fine with me. If parents don't want their kids to learn or have rules apply, let them transfer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

I moved to Sierra Lakes in the summer of 2007. I had at the time two children attending the school in third and first grades. I explained my concern for my child that suffers from ADHD and found that this school had no programs available for kids suffering from this disibility. The principle at times seems to not be a very people person, nor does she spend time looking for the appropriate teachers to handle the out of control classroom size. What a waiste of my tax dollars. I had to move my special child to another school. This was a terrible inconvienence to my family. This school lask leadership. Not impressed at all!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

871

Change from
2012 to 2013

+9

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 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

871

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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

+9

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 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)

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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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
70%

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 65% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students75%
Females87%
Males67%
African American61%
Asiann/a
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner74%
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 graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females91%
Males74%
African American61%
Asiann/a
Filipino92%
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner74%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate89%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
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 Students48%
Females52%
Males46%
African American40%
Asian53%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented79%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate56%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students76%
Females71%
Males79%
African American73%
Asian100%
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
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 Students77%
Females77%
Males78%
African American74%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females91%
Males91%
African American84%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner71%
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate95%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)91%
Parent education - college graduate95%
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

English Language Arts

All Students69%
Females86%
Males51%
African American67%
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)79%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females73%
Males65%
African American86%
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)77%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate68%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students63%
Females73%
Males54%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
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 State average
Hispanic 48% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 11%
Black 17% 6%
White 13% 26%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

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School Leader's name
  • Caroline Labonte
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (909) 357-5279

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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5740 Avenal Place
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