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Oak Mesa Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 519 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
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Posted September 8, 2013

At Oak Mesa not just the teachers but over all staff is very helpful. I really appreciate and salute all the members of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

I personally love this school!! I have yet to meet one teacher that I do not like or respect. They are all hardworking men and women! I find it in poor taste to call a teacher out by name and "trash" talk them. The teacher being targeted in a comment on this page is a wonderful person and very knowledgeable. My child was in her room and I had no problems. Perhaps it's not the teacher that was a problem? Something to think about. I notice that people are so willing to blame the teachers and staff when in fact they may be the issue themselves. For that special person...Good Luck in your new school next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2012

Wow, I'm shocked! Be aware of what? The best school in miles with the best teachers and a hard working principle. To answer the last comment posted: -Mad Science club and the chess club were replaced by after school art since parents were not happy about paying for those programs. -The last science fair was put on on 11/17/12 and there will b another one this year! -There was an assembly held, honoring 911 while the kids wore red, white and blue. - The PTA is having trouble finding parents to get involved in the Carnival this year and they have not given up yet. It has nothing to do with the principle. - The Jump Rope for Hope will be on 2/14/13 this school year and the Mayor is already booked! This is only the second year that my daughter goes here and I could not be more pleased with the school in every single way. I personally went in this morning to confirm the negative comments posted and found out that they were either exaggerated or not true at all. I have a feeling this is a personal problem!!! We are lucky to have our kids in Oak Mesa!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

Beware! The new principal is trying to cut out the extra programs. Mad Science and Chess Club haven't been here since she has been principal. She cut out the science fair. She is trying to cut the carnival. The last assembly was a disaster...it took longer to get the kids to and from classrooms than it took for the entire assembly. No longer will there be a Jump Rope for Hope. Beware! This school is definitely no longer a 5 star school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 17, 2011

I loved the years we spent at Oak Mesa Elementary with my two youngest children. They have moved on to middle school and high school and are very well prepared for the road ahead. The parent involvement is amazing and welcomed by the teachers and staff. One of my children excelled at Oak Mesa and the other struggled to maintain a B average. But when high standards are expected, most of the children step up and deliver. Thank you Oak Mesa and staff for preparing my children for the tough world ahead of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2011

If your child is an average to outstanding student and you don't mind spending hours helping with homework and projects, this is the school for you. However, if your child has any kind of special need, don't bother. Although I live within walking distance of the school, my oldest child has to attend another school in the district because Oak Mesa has no special education program. My younger child is struggling keeping up with the high academic standards, and I've been told there is no money for classroom aides, in spite of the fact that the suggested PTA donation per child is $100! Hopefully the new principal can see past the glory of high API scores to the fact that all the kids who aren't keeping up are transferring to other schools in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

The parental involvement is amazing, and such a key element to the students ownership of their education and pride in their achievements. I do worry there is a bit much emphasis on test scores, but overall the quality of the education far exceeds what I think we could get elsewhere. The teachers are dedicated and warm, friendly, and people I just want to be friends with. I couldn't imagine being happier anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Again, as its been said before, this school is like a private school. I feel so blessed that both of my children can attend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2008

my child excells a lot at oak mesa and i want to thank the staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2007

This is a wonderful school with an amazing and dedicated staff. I pulled my kids out of a local area private school because Oak Mesa just surpassed any schools I investigataed. Amazing school and I had 3 kids attend here. My 5th grader leaves after this year and her life will forever be enriched because of her experience at Oak Mesa.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2007

Incredible safe school in a fantastic area. This is a hidden gem! I love La Verne
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

This school is like a private school. The parent involvement is very high and the teachers are excellent. I have had two sons go through K - 5 at Oak Mesa and both have received a great education there. This school has the highest API score in the district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2007

The principal lacks the ability to be impartial, focuses primarily on the needs of a few instead the well-being of all. The principal and the who's who of the school, care mostly about test scores. Academically the site teaches to the test and rarely delves into higher learning. If you have a child with needs do not send them here. This school is located in a middle to upper class neighborhood and unfortunately this seems to have much bearing on how the school is ran.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2006

My daughter has attended Oak Mesa since Kindergarten. She has promoted to 6th grade this year. We were very impressed by the quality of education. She had a first year teacher for 5th grade this year and she was fantastic! This school really is a
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2006

This school is awesome! For the quality of teachers, involment of parents & premium education this should by all accounts be a private school. We are blessed to have Oak Mesa in La Verne!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2005

Great staff and parent involvement, highly recommended.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 31, 2005

I don't know that I agree with the reviews. School appears to be overrated and it's a real who's who amoung parents. Focus is lost on the fact that it's a grade school for kids. My kid is now going to go to La Verne Heights Elementry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2005

Awesome school with very high standards and exceptional students. Strong family type bond between teachers and students. Excellent school and exceptional staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2005

this school exceeds expectations on every level!I have 3 kids who have attended both private schools and public schools and the dedication, atmosphere and quality of this school and area is the best I have ever seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2004

With three children attending Oak Mesa it has been a wonderful experiene. The teaching staff is superb and dedicated to the children beyond expectations. The parents work well with the teachers and students and give them opportunities not provided by the school for extracurricular activites. The only complaint can be in the form of the new principal who is more conscious of of individual parents and wants. She has a tendency to overlook the overall good of the students and school while catering to these few. All of the children are getting a super education in spite of this and cudos belong to the entire teaching staff.
—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

964

Change from
2012 to 2013

-2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 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

964

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

-2

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)

10 / 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)

10 / 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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
98%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students86%
Females86%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
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)91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner91%
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)91%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students93%
Females95%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learner91%
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)97%
Parent education - college graduate94%
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 Students80%
Females79%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate93%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students97%
Females96%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate100%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)92%
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 Students89%
Females93%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students98%
Females96%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)95%
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 Students92%
Females93%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)93%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students96%
Females95%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
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)98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)93%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students95%
Females97%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)98%
Parent education - college graduate91%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 47% 27%
Hispanic 29% 51%
Asian 13% 11%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Black 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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