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Tamura (Hisamatsu) Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 454 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 4 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted December 12, 2013

Transferring my kid out. What happened this year? New principal and staff going downhill, that's what. We're done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

My family has been attending this school for five years. I have multiple children in different grades and one with special needs. Tamura has it's faults. As do everyone. But overall this school is really great. Yes there are teachers I don't like. And I am not a huge fan of all of the staff members, but my children have been learning, are happy and enjoy school. even then it was to help pay for out door science camp. That is how I rate a school. I have found the special needs of my child meet with great concern from the district and the school. Thank you Tamura for being a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2013

Tamura used to be a great school but it is not anymore. Many good teachers were retired. New teachers either from other schools or new do not know what they are doing. School activities are good but teaching quality is going down due to teacher's qualities. If principal knows how to manage or hiring quality teacher, Tamura will go back to the glory of past or it will go south within 5 years. I am very sorry to say this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2013

Both my daughters attended this school, I was not happy with the teachers, not enough teaching just a lot of memorization. My daughters learned a lot but 90 percent of it was from me. The principal is insane, all she cares about is money and state scores. they have fundraisers ever other day. I feel the principal didn't care about the students at all. I do not recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

I have a son who will soon be completing his first year (Kindergarden) at Tamura. From day one, the faculty and staff have been amazing! Principal Adams demonstrates great modeling for the staff each and every day as she greets students arriving on campus! The communications between staff and parents and volunteers has been excellent! Parent involvement is highly promoted. The expectations and standards for students are set high but not unattainable as the faculty are highly supportive and provide very good classroom and home instructions ensuring parents play an integral part in each child's education. Being in a household with parents working full-time, I must attribute much of my son's development to the teaching staff and curriculum. Well done Tamura! Keep up the excellent work! I hope to have all 3 of my boys complete K-5 at this exceptional school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2012

We decided to drive our Kindergartener to Tamura to take advantage on the all day schedule. We fully intended to return to our home school for 1st grade. Not anymore. We have been incredibly impressed with Tamura from day one. The level of expectation by the students, staff and parents is high. As it should be. I'm happy to drive my son to Tamura. I feel lucky to be able to send my son to such a high caliber public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2011

The Principal is wonderful. The instruction is excellent. They have an Honor Society on campus. They value good citizenship. We are blessed to be a part of this outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2010

We recently moved into a neighborhood with an excellent school but my kids refuse to leave Tamura. It's a warm, friendly place with dedicated teachers and staff. Parent involvement is second to none!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

My daughter LOVES Tamura! We were going to move recently and decided to stay in F.V. so my daughter would not have to change schools. Her teacher this past year was AMAZING! Not to mention, Principal Adams greets the children EVERY morning with a smile and a hug...it's heartwarming. Since day one, Lori the office manager is always extremely helpful, patient & kind. As a concerned loving Mother Tamura gives me the sense of security of knowing my daughter is in a safe & happy environment. Keep up the good work Tamura! I look forward to her spending 3 more joyous years at Tamura
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2007

This is my sons fourth year at Tamura, I wrote the October 18th, 2004 parent review. I have to say this school gets better and better. I was told at the local private school that I was too picky and too involved. Both of my sons have benefited from the excellent Fountain Valley School District. My entering 5th grader just received a perfect 100% on the state standards for math and since I don't help my sons with their homework wanting more for them to be independent I credit 100% of his academic success and competence to the Tamura teachers! It doesn't get better than this and we payed over $4000 per child to get a sub-par education at the private school. Research what your paying for and you will be happy with Tamura!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2007

Tamura is a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2006

Tamura has been the best thing that has happened to us. Our son started kindergarten this year and his teachaer and staff has shown so much at how they care. The Academic at this school is the best I've ever seen in California. Our son could not read when he started and now is reading books to us. I can't say enough about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

Their are many parents that are actively involved in this school. The teachers are very focused on the academics and ensuring the parents are well aware of how your student is progressing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2004

We have had children in Tamura for 8 years. We love the school, the principal and the teachers. We would highly recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

With the school year just ending I must say how pleased I am with the progress that my daughter has made in second grade. Her teacher went above and beyond my expectations for the year and really encouraged all of the children to do their best. I am very much looking forward to another 3 years of school for my daughter at Tamura.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

935

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 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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Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

935

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

-16

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 2011 and Spring 2012. 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)

9 / 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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
94%

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

All Students84%
Females85%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner77%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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)79%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females87%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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)84%
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 Students79%
Females76%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner57%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
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)87%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females90%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learner93%
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)93%
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 Students93%
Females96%
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)91%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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)90%
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females92%
Males91%
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
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)91%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
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 Students87%
Females88%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
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)93%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)76%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females81%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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)76%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students89%
Females86%
Males91%
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)95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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)84%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
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
Asian 45% 11%
White 37% 27%
Hispanic 14% 51%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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17340 Santa Suzanne Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
Phone: (714) 375-6226

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