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Walnut Elementary School

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Posted April 15, 2013

I have a child in the 4th grade at Walnut. A few observations: homework is not checked or verified; we've yet to see a project graded or receive feedback from the teacher; the school is open to all visitors and high school students who walk through Walnut to get to La Habra High; the drop off and pick up in front of the school is a frenzy with no staff directing traffic to keep cars moving and kids safe; and, has been on academic program improvement for years with little to show.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

The teachers and staff go above and beyond to help all the children achieve an A+ education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

Walnut needs a better reading program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2008

'Fabulous', 'Positive environment', 'true blessing' - just a few words to describe Walnut School. Don't let the 'in need of a facelift' exterior fool you. From your first step into the office, you will see why Walnut is a 'Diamond in the rough'. Principal Klewer is impressive, to say the least. He is the reason we are back in La Habra. His dedication to the students and his staff are clearly evident. He focusses on continuously improving the school to make learning a positive experience. Teachers are dedicated professionals who care deeply about the students. They personally finance needed classroom materials and many arrive early/stay late to give students extra help. Lines of communication are always open and any concerns are addressed immediately. Parent involvement is encouraged and both English/Spanish speaking parents are made welcome. Walnut is a fabulous school and a true blessing to those of us in La Habra.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

My daughter attended this school for her 3rd grade year. The teachers were friendly but fairly flakey and we got very little information about our daughter's progress throughout the year. Parent participation was in fact discouraged on one occasion when we pressed our daughter to put more work into a report and the teacher said our opinion didn't matter as long as our daughter was satisfied. She hardly put any effort into it; we knew this. I expect a lot of the trouble is that the teachers are harried, dealing with students many of whom seem to need more education in basic integrity than any school is responsible for giving. The principal, bless his heart, really cares about the school and the students and can be seen out at the curb every afternoon seeing the students off.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

721

Change from
2012 to 2013

-39

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 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 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

721

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

-39

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 2012 and Spring 2013. 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)

3 / 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)

3 / 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 46% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
30%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

158 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
33%
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 Students24%
Females27%
Males21%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino22%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability24%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate19%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state0%

Math

All Students45%
Females40%
Males49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state32%
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 Students54%
Females58%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state52%

Math

All Students59%
Females61%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state59%
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 Students43%
Females52%
Males36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
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%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state48%

Math

All Students30%
Females30%
Males30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate25%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state39%

Science

All Students30%
Females29%
Males31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino27%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability30%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate16%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate42%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state29%
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
Hispanic 92%
White 6%
Asian 1%
Black 1%
Two or more races 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84%N/AN/A
English language learners 49%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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  • Mike Klewer
Fax number
  • (562) 690-2371

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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625 North Walnut Street
La Habra, CA 90631
Phone: (562) 690-2369

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