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Oka (Isojiro) Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 384 students

 

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Posted September 16, 2013

My siblings and I attended this school when I was young. I remember having wonderful experiences here. When my daughter was of the appropriate age, I was very excited that she would also be attending! She has a teacher my brother and sister had when they attended. The teachers are all wonderful so far! Her Kindergarten teacher was possibly the nicest, warmest most involved teacher I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. The school has great activities! The principal is awesome! He is very hands on, approachable and involved. I am extremely proud to say that Oka is my daughter's home away from home. It is difficult to find so many excellent teachers in one facility! Oka could improve by bringing back the music program. I was extremely disappointed that the music teacher for our entire district was laid off due to budget cuts when we voted to give millions of additional dollars to our schools last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 29, 2012

Our family loves Oka! We have had a positive relationship with each teacher my 3 children have been assigned to over the past 6 years. There are plenty of opportunities for bright children to shine and express themselves. The new principal has made efforts to communicate his style of leadership with parents and is obviously invested in the students' development and safety. He is friendly and supportive of my extroverted child. The class sizes are larger over the past 2 years then they were previously, however, my expectations of the teachers are being met. Our school has great programs available such as Best Foot Forward reading books every night, weekly homework packets in most classes, beginning band, advanced band, orchestra, singing music performances for the parents three times a year, Halloween dress-up, computer lab with ST Math, trimester awards and gpa awards, and library. Probably the best part of Oka though, is the staff in the office and the classrooms. The front office staff is the most effective and genuine administration I have ever experienced. I feel so lucky to have my children attending this fantastic school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2012

Our family has been with Oka through three children, and over 9 years. Oka is a great school if your student is average and can work independently. One of our three children has ADHD and with the maximum number of students per class, the learning environement for our child is overwhelmingly unsupportive. If your child has ADD, ADHD, or high functioning autism, then Oka is not a good environment for them. They don't have the staffing or funds to help your child succeed. I've found the PTO board to be unorganized, and the meetings are filled with little cat fights between the mothers. There is a huge lack of parent participation. Out of over 400 students, some PTO meetings only have 5 parents present. Once upon a time Oka was great, now it has taken a beating with the changes in the economy and spoiled teachers who are angry about their class sizes and refuse to put extra effort into children who might need alittle more direction. I even volunteer in the class to help alleviate some of the stress, but nothing positive has come from it. I am taking both my remaining children to a new school with a supportive staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2012

I absolutely love Oka! My son transferred here when we moved & I couldn't ask for a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

awesome school, teachers, principal and education. Love the challenging academic programs they have at this school. Was worried about that after coming from a private school but I couldn't be more pleased with Oka. Their curriculum is on par with that of many private HB schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2011

We like the principle. She watches the students outside of the office after school to make sure everybody gets a ride safe. She handles the students very well at the lunch table. She's not just sitting in the office, she acutually does her job not like other principles. It is a good size school. The ladies who works at the office are nice. One problem was this teacher. It seems she cares only (super) smart kids. She is like a robot, cares only their scores. She doesn't understand that everybody is different. She's a joke.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2011

We have had the best 6 years at Oka. I've had 3 of my children attend and all their teachers have been wonderful!!!! The principle is a hard working women who bends over backwards for the students. She isn't the friendliest but she gets the job done right and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2009

Oka School faculty has delivered outstanding amount of respect towards my children and myself. The teachers assigned to my children have utilized every opportunity to communicate positive and negative reports; also have exercised willingness to go the extra mile providing understandable, within comprehension assignments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter has attended Oka since kindergarden & she is now in the 5th. The entire staff is wonderful, always attentive to each student. We have enjoyed all of her teachers & Mrs. Lioyd is an outstanding Principal. Not one complaint for the 5 years we have been part of the Oka family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

This school is awful! dont send your child here all they worry about is school funding. Never do they care about your childs education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2006

My children attend this and have for amny of years. I love it great teachers and office staff wish they carried middle schooll. Study habits they teach them are wonderful. They care about the students and go that extra mile to help them and I love it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2005

Great school, great teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2005

Oka is a fantastic school! With a small student population, of less than 500, it's easy to feel at home. My child receives not only individual attention in the classroom but on the school campus as well. All the teachers are superb. Most are seasoned veterans and definitely know the best ways to teach all different kinds of learners. The school was recently re-modernized, with a new state of the art computer lab and upgraded library. Students also have an outdoor eating area where they can soak up the Huntington Beach sun. The parents and families are very friendly. There is lots of support for the many extracurricular programs, including beginning and advanced band, Meet the Masters Art Program, Best Foot Forward Reading Program, the annual Spring Carnival and much, much more. I'm so glad my child attends a school with such a rich learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2003

I currently have a 5th grade student at Oka. He has attended since kindergarten. He has been happy and successful here. The teachers overall have been really good. The problems I have encountered were quickly resolved when my concerned was expressed.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

903

Change from
2012 to 2013

-30

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


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903

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank (2012)
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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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

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83%

2011

 
 
89%

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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89%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
98%

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 60% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
95%
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 Students77%
Females81%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner85%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females89%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner100%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
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)80%
Parent education - college graduate90%
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

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Females69%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asian62%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
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)44%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females88%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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)65%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state82%
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 Students84%
Females97%
Males70%
African Americann/a
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)80%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state92%

Math

All Students92%
Females97%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)90%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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)85%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state100%
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%
Females79%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
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)65%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state75%

Math

All Students83%
Females82%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state85%

Science

All Students80%
Females82%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 53%
Hispanic 22%
Asian 16%
Two or more races 3%
Black 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 30%N/AN/A
English language learners 11%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Erik Miller
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