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Gardenhill Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted April 30, 2014

Great school for my kids! I highly recommend the good educational standard that they offer. Great people... Great students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2013

My school is Gardenhill Elementary what I like about this school is the readiness of the principal and teachers to answer questions about academic standards, the emphasis on character traits and the diversity of cultures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2013

Awesome school, awesome principal. They've done wonders for my children. Teachers really care about the students and there is a great sense of community here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

We live in Norwalk but we prefer my son to be a student in Gardenhill Elementary school rather than a homeschool in Norwalk. Now he has been in the first grade for two months,he loves his teacher Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Ross and both of them do great. Before at kindergarten, Mrs. Mullen was his teacher and she was very exellent and wonderful teacher. Not only my son but we do love her. Thank you very much Mrs. Mullen, we are Kenneth's parents. Next year his younger brother is going to be a member of this school. Obviously, with API score 902, this is the best elementary school in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Gardenhill is the number 1 school in their district for test scores, besides being a nationally recognized blue ribbon school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 20, 2009

Love this school! Transferred my son from another school in my district to get him into this school. Teachers are wonderful and are always willing to spend time with me everyday to discuss my child's needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 7, 2007

Gardenhill is great school. Academics are great, most of the teachers are great. My child had Mrs. Gersbacher and I would recommend her to anyone who wants a kind and nurturing teacher for their child. She is genuinely concerned for each [Big] A+ for Mrs. Gersbacher and Gardenhill. The only negative are the parents. Too many cliques.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

Our child has attended Gardenhill for the last two years. The 1st grade team was wonderful, especially Mrs. Hodge. She has such a loving, and dedicated attitude. I would recommend this school to all my friends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2007

Great school - my son grew so much academically and he loves school. Good priorities and focus on providing a solid education. Teachers are very committed and dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

Academically, my daughter has gained a great foundation that has allowed her to raise her own standards. Thanks to Mr. Rogers for hanging in there to make sure that no child really is left behind. The school lacks after school extracurricular activities. The school lacks organized drop-off/pick-up procedures. The parents have a high level of involvement and commitment in thier children's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

Gardenhill does rock! My son has a love for learning and I have his teachers to thank. He has had great teachers both in kindergarten (Mr. Rodgers) and first grade (Mrs. Suzuki and Mrs. Wright). He looks forward to going to school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2006

My granddaughter is a student in the second grade within Ms. Francis class, her education has blossomed in that she has developed a desire to read and study with out much coaxing. She is excited about going to school and has the greatest regard for her teacher, in fact, she had Mr. Rogers last year and had the same intensity level when it came to going to school. She likes her teacher and feels her teacher treats her and all her classmates with warm regard and respect. This says a lot about Gardenhill School, my son had gone to Gardenhill and his feelings were very similar to his Daughters, my granddaughter. The school is always having functions in behalf of the students and parents. The parent teacher conferences are very good and enlightening on the progress of my granddaughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

I am very pleased with both of my daughters academic progress. They love to go to school, so the staff is doing something right. As my daughters say ' Gardenhill Rock's '
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Gardenhill is a great school! They have great parental involvement generated by the faculty. The teachers are excellent. My son loves his teacher Mr. Rodgers. They are the number one school in the district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

I think the academic program at Gardenhill is just great. The teachers are very motivated and the school provides various different programs. They have expanded their library which is just wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

915

Change from
2012 to 2013

+4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 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 met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
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 met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

915

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

+4

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)

9 / 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)

8 / 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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

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 60% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
85%

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

All Students84%
Females87%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
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 graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females85%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
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 Students66%
Females63%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females83%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
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%
Females86%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females81%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
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 Students80%
Females84%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)92%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females86%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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)85%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students75%
Females75%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
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 State average
Hispanic 61% 52%
White 22% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 11%
Black 3% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

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14607 East Gardenhill Drive
La Mirada, CA 90638
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