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R. D. White Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 845 students

 

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Posted April 18, 2014

My daughter start in RD white school from Kinder 2013 and she is now in first grade she is very happy and we very proud, we want thanks this grate school team to help us generally and my daughter specially, God bless this school with his team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2014

My granddaughters are students at R.D. White and I am always so impressed by the high standards and moral fiber inculcated in them from the faculty members. My granddaughters are being reinforced by this environment to cultivate strong self confidence which is essential for their future adulthood. I believe they are learning valuable social skills and academic skills at this warm and united school.


Posted March 23, 2014

My daughter attended R.D White for a few months for first grade. I have taken her out after a very awful experience that forces us to leave the school. I addressed to a teacher of my daughter that another student was hitting and exposing her genitals to my daughter. He did nothing but rearrange where my daughter and the other girl sat in class. My daughter then told me the girl started to do those in appropriate things to others. The teacher confirmed that the girl admitted doing those awful things. The principle knew about it and did not take action. It is such an unorganized school with uncaring staff. It was such an awful traumatic experience for my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2013

This is our second year at R.D. White and so far I really like the school. My Daughters teachers are amazing and very caring. The staff are helpful and what I love the most is that we have amazing parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

Love the staff, parents and kids. My kids first year was so great and looking forward to more great memories this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

This school is a mess. They do have new principals so maye that is why they are going downhill. Today, after school, I had trouble finding my son and found he had been placed in a wrong class in the beginning of the day and I food out he had been put into an entirely wrong grade! I know the first day of school can be a little hectic but today's experience being the first day of school for my son should have been more properly prepared for by the school. The parents involved and the programs parents volunteer for sound great and the staff seem to be more unenthusiastic and less helpful than the parents who are giving their all into the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2013

my kids are going to RD white Elementry School and i am very proud of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2012

My daughter is a proud student of this school and absolutely loves it. Teachers are great, Ms. Risse is very involved. We are happy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

The demographics of Glendale is predominantly Armenian and they make it known. It s sad to say, but there is a lot of racism and bullying that goes on at this school. One example: I was first in line and was supposed to be helped next at the administration office. The lady working there was talking in Armenian with the lady standing behind me then helped her first instead. Stay away from this school if you want your child to grow up in a TRUE American school (where immigrants actually want to be American and embrace other ethnicities cultural assimilation).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

i am a student at RD White my teacher is miss Avedian the school its self has taught me to get used to it my class in the grade before this one i had people help me and so me around and the became my friend i have never lost a friend in this school everyone is up tone and happy i am happy i am not in Cheeritos elementy where every one would make fun of my name this school gives me an education and i am looking forward to 5th grade thank you miss.Rissie!


Posted March 8, 2011

I've had children at RD White for almost 3 years now. One child is in special education. We have had nothing but great experiences with teachers and staff. RD White has caring professionals who are interested in the full potential of my children. They listen, react, and have great insights to help our kids learn and grow. The school has a large group of active parents. They volunteer their time to raise funds for art and technology education, to solve complex safety issues, to educate and empower parents, and are even in the classrooms right alongside the teachers. The professionals and parent support at RD White are a great community, I am happy to be part of it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

We have a great community of students, teachers and committed parents - lots of GREAT things happening...art, music, increasing physical activity, a safe routes to school program, community volunteerism, you name it...all good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

RD White has an excellent staff. The school is a bright light in our community.


Posted April 22, 2010

My daugther was in Catholic School in Kinder and she was struggling to read. I transferred her to RD White and now she is a good reader. Their school program to help kids succeed is amazing! The principal and the teachers are all great, especially Mrs. Melanie Doody . She treated her students as if they are all her own. I'm grateful that I have enrolled my child in RD White!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

I have been a parent of three children at this school over the past 8 years. The principal and staff are amazing, their theatre program and monthly flag ceremonies are additional wonderful learning experiences for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

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


Posted January 23, 2010

Our daughter started Kindergarten at R D White last year and she loves her teacher... she's learning a lot and the principal knows her name... they're are a lot of kids there, but I feel they try hard to create a good atmosphere for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2009

The first time we visited R.D. White, we were amazed at how much the staff were like family. The halls were filled with smiles and people happy to be there. Mrs. Risse, the principal, gave us a tour, and children went out of the way to say hello to her and give her big hugs. I then discovered the amazing programs the school had to offer, and how these programs address the individual needs of each student. The have also found a way to add and art teacher, and after and before school French, Spanish, and Ballet classes. A supportive, loving, enriching environment. Amazing teachers, most who have been there many many years. Although we had considered private schools, we are so happy we are at R.D. White.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The best school with the best teachers, best principal and best kids (especially my girls Emma and Nonie)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

After our first year I am pleased with how well the Principal is involved in all of the student activities and reaches out to parents....I like there push for READING everyday and I like how they take a team apporach to discipline (parent, teacher, principal)...the front desk folks aren't as thorough and seem cluesless w/o the principal or assistant principal's direct guidance but I guess if there had to be a weakness as a parent I'll take it in that area! Looking forward to this new school year and making my best efforts at being as involved as possible...Here we go!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

868

Change from
2012 to 2013

-9

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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API score

868

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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

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API Statewide Rank (2012)
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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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

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 65% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%

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

All Students67%
Females76%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner66%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
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)79%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to state56%

Math

All Students80%
Females82%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner84%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate78%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state81%
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 Students49%
Females51%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate48%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate41%
Parent education - declined to state55%

Math

All Students71%
Females72%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability30%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner63%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate59%
Parent education - declined to state71%
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%
Females82%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner57%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state68%

Math

All Students77%
Females76%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner54%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state80%
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 Students78%
Females82%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state83%

Math

All Students74%
Females75%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino91%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state75%

Science

All Students69%
Females73%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
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)72%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to state75%
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 70%
Hispanic 17%
Asian 4%
Black 2%
Two or more races 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 60%N/AN/A
English language learners 50%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 12%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Arts & music

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School start time
  • 8:05 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:30 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Narek Kassabian
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (818) 409-8974

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
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Glendale, CA 91206
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