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El Cerrito Elementary School

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Posted June 6, 2014

I am so pleased with the instruction that my son received at El Cerrito in the TK class. Ms. Nonis is an exceptional teacher who guided my son in exceeding the standards. Her patience and kindness helped improve his social skills so he would be ready for the demands of kindergarten. The dedication of Ms. Nonis was clearly evident throughout the entire year. Her expectations were clear, communication between her and the parents was constant, and she loved her students. You could see that everyday as you picked up your child. She NEVER lets her students out of her sight, she made sure to see each parent as they picked up their child, and she made herself available to talk to you EVERYDAY at pickup if you needed to speak with her. I was very impressed. I highly recommend El Cerrito and know that I can rest assured that my son is more than prepared for success in Kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2013

This school is terrible! 90% of the school is Latino of which majority can't speak ENGLISH! The staff is too busy focusing on these non English speakers and leaving the fluent English speakers behind! My son is not up to par academically for what grade level he should currently be in! And the District give no regards towards parents trying to transfer their children out of this school!!!! Can't wait to move out of this horrifying DISTRICT!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2013

My child was in the brand new TK grade this past year & I can't say enough about the staff & administration here! The TK teacher is so caring & works very well with parents on their child's specific issues. The principal is very involved as well, even to the point of taking up collections for the most needy families & striving to work with families going through divorce & more serious issues. By the end of the year there were many TK kids already passing the sight word requirement for kindergarten (the next grade)! We could not have asked for a better start to our child's education! Yes, there is a large Hispanic population, but they don't chose who enrolls or the demographics of the city. Fact: La Habra is over 57% Hispanic and the hispanic portion of the population is younger overall than other "races" so, yes, there are a lot of Hispanic kids. If you can't handle that move, but you will just be delaying the inevitable. White people won't be the majority in the country for much longer. We are are all one race, the human race. So get over it. You have no idea the issues the staff faces on a daily basis. Stop complaining & start fixing your own home before pointing fingers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2013

The school is out right horrible. Staff is rude and downright insulting. Classrooms ratios are 30 plus students to 1 teacher. Noise level is not acceptable. Scary place for learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2013

I totally agree with the comments posted in January and April 2013.The teachers send the English speaking children to the last rows and provides preferential seating to those children who speak a language other than English. Really ?. I wish someone brings these issues to the top bosses at the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2013

racists don't like this school because for once it's not all about the white people


Posted April 1, 2013

I can not think of 1 good thing to say about this school. My child attended here for a short period and I was very un-happy with the under performing teachers and the lack of attention and teaching given to the White children verses the hispanic kids. The many 5 hour "teaching" days and dozens of 1/2 days created a very unsatisfactory learning experience for my child, while at the same time the teachers there were making demands for more pay and paid "training" days and wanting to go on strike at El Cerrito school which affected the learning experience my child was attempting to obtain. Needless to say I pulled my child from this school and now she and my 2 other children attend private school. Many of my neighbors too have pulled their children from El Cerrito. I have seen a 100% change in my child's desire to go to school, learn, and like and expect to learn from her new teacher. I have found out after the fact that this school was slated to be closed some years ago but to keep it open the district started busing hundreds of kids from all around La Habra to bolster attendance. In my humble taxpayer opinion this school should be shuttered and the teachers fired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 14, 2013

We were just talking about El Cerrito tonight and what a wonderful school it was when my daughter went there. She is not a 20 something age, college student, and plans to teach in the future. She was saying what a great start she got at El Cerrito and later at Walnut.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2013

I ahve to agree with the lack of diversity and the fact that most children that attend El Cerrito are not fluent in English. I definitely hurts the ability of those who do speak English to progress at a satisfactory pace. The teachers hands are tied by the system and an administration that does not want parents to cause waves. If the parents who agree with this position would stand together, I believe both the school site administration and the lousy school superintendent would have no choice but to listen and make some changes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2013

Diversity reigns at El Cerrito...as long as you consider nearing 90% Latino student body to be diversity. Most don't speak English and thus instruction is minimal to accommodate those that can hardly understand the instruction. Some of the teachers do seem to care, but they realize they are overwhelmed. Just try to bring these staggering problems to the administration and you will get the less-than-polite brush off. Failure of a school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

The school has high expectations for all students regardless of race or other special needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2005

I am extremely happy with the level of education my son is receiving at El Cerrito. The teachers are all outstanding! The only downfall about this school is the lack of parent involvement in the PTA. In a 5 star rating, I would give El Cerrito 4 1/2 stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2004

The qualilty of academic programs is not as strong as they have been in past years. There are no opportunites to be exposed to the arts, music or sport activities. Non English speaking parents feel frustrated due to lack of support with communication in their language.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2004

School is a strong school in an area with diverse demographics. Teachers are strong. Great experience for our child in a looping situation between a first and second grade teacher. They know their stuff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2004

El Cerrito is a good school with good Teacher's. The only problem I had with this school is the Office Secretary. Other than that the school is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2004

Our experience at El Cerrito this past year was great. We were concerned about the local public school vs. the private school our child had attended for pre-school. We were pleasantly surprised. There was extra help for those who were not prepared for kindergarten and special attention to those students who were more advanced. My child's teacher could not have been more encouraging. When you hear about budget cuts you worry about the quality of education. Our child went on four field trips (the Children's Museum, the library, the local pet shop, and the police dept.), had computers in the classroom, supplies and special events. The children were recognized for so many different academic achievenments and talents. The only negative I found about this school was the lack of parent participation. There were 20 active parents in the PTA (for a school of 500)that helped make things happen. More volunteers are needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2003

There are some really great teachers in this school. They show a great ability in teaching, keeping the class in order, and the kids interested (which can be tough). My son always came home with positive feedback regarding his teachers (two of the best I might add). My suggestion to any parent is, if your child is having a problem with another child, address it immediately with the staff. Never let it go and snowball, I learned that the hard way. Our kids go in as shy small children and come out strong readers and leaders.


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Grade level

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

This school's
API score

716

Change from
2012 to 2013

-63

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet 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 did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

716

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

-63

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)

4 / 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)

4 / 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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
48%
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 Students36%
Females48%
Males26%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state8%

Math

All Students49%
Females51%
Males47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 91%
White 5%
Asian 2%
Black 2%
Two or more races 1%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85%N/AN/A
English language learners 56%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

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

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1051 North Hillside
La Habra, CA 90631
Phone: (562) 690-2340

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