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Alta Sierra Elementary School

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Posted April 2, 2014

Alta Sierra Elementary School has a good office staff and teaching staff, they are in constant contact with parents keeping us updated with daily events that might occur by telephone and emails. They all use first name basis when talking with parents. The school and playgrounds are kept clean, safe and secure to make it nice for the children and the parents can feel secure in knowing how well their children are being taken care of. My daughter really likes her school, teacher and classroom. Thank you, Lynn mother of a 5th grader)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

This is my son's third year at AS. I find this school to be academically stellar. Couple great academics with a kind, respectful and caring atmosphere and you have the ingredients for a well educated and morally great kid. Parents are ultimately responsible for their child's education; there is a tremendous amount of parental support at AS. This support is evidenced by the family like atmosphere and overall school spirit. I'm so thankful to have such a fantastic school in my district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

I don't know how it is now, but when I attended this school in fourth and fifth grade (1996-1998), I excelled! I started out hating math, and when I started middle school in sixth grade, I was placed in seventh grade math. A lot of that had to do with the teachers I had, but I think it's great that this school employed such wonderful educators in the first place.


Posted September 9, 2012

Loving this school and especially the new principal, Mr. Rodriguez! He is very approachable and willing to take the time to address any parent wishes or concerns no matter how small and he genuinely cares about the kids. I think his leadership is going to be a great thing for this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2012

I believe this school used to be one of the greatest in Nevada county. Lately it has proven to be anything but. The parents seem to be ill informed on what their children are doing or not doing. The staff seems to want to avoid controversy at all costs, so they pretend not to see anything, so the kids are just running around doing whatever they want. Luckily my children have never had problems here, but, sadly enough come home with plenty of stories.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2012

Like many public schools, your child's education is very dependent on which teacher s/he gets each year, and that is hit or miss in many cases. There are both excellent teachers and very average teachers at most of the grade levels(especially higher up), and who you get is hit or miss.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2011

This school is truly a wonderful place. The teachers are amazing. The principle has a clear vision and a gift of common sense. The have a wonderful art and music program; my son came home from kindergarten "singing" In The Hall Of The Mountain King!!! In all honesty, I could not expect all of these services from a private school, yet we get them from our local public school. This place is an example of how public education can succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2008

This is my childs 2nd year here and ASES prooves it worth once more. Our children are extremely priveledged. A lot of parents who live in foothill communities try to compare their school to this school. No other school in the foothills compares to this one. The parent involvement is tremendous and the children are extremely bright. My only suggestion is the lack of an organized music program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

My son started Kindergarden this year at ASES. This school is fabulous. I have been to alot of schools in my life and dealt with different schools but this one really does reign superior! The teachers are amazing, the campus is imaculate and the ciriculum is way up to par.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2006

My son is in 4th grade at alta sierra school and it is his first year there, the school is wonderful and the parents and teachers are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2006

Alta Sierra school rates the very highest in all levels of academic programs, including learning other languages, sign language, music, art, sports. The level of parent involvement is phenomenal and the principal Mrs. Rath is of the highest reverence. This is truly an amazing school that is a blue ribbon elementary school. I am so proud to have the opportunity to allow my daughter to be educated at this very fine school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2005

This is one great school. The staff is extremely personable with both the parents and children as well. The principal is physically outside on site every morning to greet the children/parents/busses, etc. I love this school and only wish all elementary school children were as fortunate as these children are to have such a dedicated and caring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

868

Change from
2012 to 2013

-15

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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

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API score

868

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-15

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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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
76%

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 46% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
77%

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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
90%

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 Students57%
Females50%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students56%
Females57%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged7%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Females65%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females57%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females75%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females80%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females77%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
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 graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females73%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students83%
Females73%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
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 graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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 89%
Hispanic 4%
Two or more races 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Asian 0%
Black 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Gregg Motarjeme
Fax number
  • (530) 274-8761

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