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Chaparral Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 914 students

 

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Posted September 17, 2013

This school is awesome! They have been able to take the state mandated huge class sizes and develop a system of learning that works! My son is both excited to go to school as well as challenged when he gets there. Starting his third year at Chaparral....he has never had a bad teacher. They have all been actively involved and communicate well. And...the principal is AWESOME!! He is always visible and involved. Cannot say enough good things about this school... staff ...teachers... principal... love this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2011

My two children tell me everyday how much they love chaparral. The positive learning environment created by the principal, office staff, and teachers ensures me my children's safety and enables me to notice their growth academically. I am highly impressed with SchoolLoop and the Learning with Laptops Program. Well Done.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

Our children have attended Chaparral for the past 6 years and we couldn't be more pleased with the school. It feels more like a private school with opportunities to be actively involved in your child's education in both the classrooms and on the PTA. The principal, office staff, teachers, parents, even the regular substitute teachers, know and care about the kids and do what it takes to be sure the kids are doing their best everyday. We highly recommend Chaparral!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2010

Our kids love the teachers and while I miss our old Principal it is still one of the best in the OC.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

My son has been in the pre-school program and it is excellent. The teachers are incredible and I feel is well prepared for the next kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Chaparral Elementary is an amazing learning community! The principal, staff, students and families of Chaparral are second to none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

Dr Rafferty is an amazing principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

This schools has some of the hardest working teachers I have ever seen. They spend a huge amount of time meeting, planning and creating a positive atmosphere for all kids. Even those with special needs. The teachers have all recently been doing a hands on program of math problem solving that has taken my children to a whole new level of thinking. This school (and principal) does put children first and reminds them everyday to 'learn like a champion!' I wish school was like this when I was a kid!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2008

We have several students at Chaparral and they all love it! It is a wonderful school with the most amazing teachers! (We truly can't believe the caliber of the teachers & staff at Chaparral!) The principal is very diligent and is a teriffic leader. You'll see him everyday helping kids get out of cars in the 'drive up' line. He is very hands-on and knows most kids by name. The teachers in each grade level work in teams so each class seems to be on the same page. This school is known for it's great test scores (highest in district), but it's the teachers & staff that make it what it is! We can't say enough about it (obviously!)!! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2007

terrible elitist school with no concern for the children.. only tests scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

This school and its principal fail children with special needs. The principal has made it quite clear that he does not want your child if he/she is not 'typical'. Can't bring his scores down...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2007

The school is awesome. I hate that 'elitist' thing. There are many wonderful, down to earth parents (and residents in general) who are far from rich and certainly not elitist. Ladera has smaller homes, condos, apartments, etc. and all kinds of people. The school reflects that. I can't say enough good about Chaparral.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Chaparral has been a wonderful experience for my 2 children. The teachers are exceptional and the parent involvement is amazing. The principal has high expectations of teachers, students, and parents which I think helps to make the school such a great learning environment. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

Chaparral is a great school if your child does not have a 'special need'. As far as I'm concerned, to the principal, this only brings down his idea of a perfect school. Funds are not available and fundraisers are never considered for the children who need it the most. Overall, the school is wonderful, the principal needs to be removed along with his elitist attitude and superficial idea of the perfect school. The parents are the ones that make this school what it is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2006

The school itself is outstanding. The problem is the community. Ladera Ranch is an elitest community. Be prepared to shell out a lot of dollars for fund raising and extra actitivies. Parent peer pressue is intense. Once again, no problem with the teachers... just the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2006

2ND highest test scores in district. Learning with laptops program unique and sought after. The feel of a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

Chaparral is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The music program is incredible and the extra help available after school has been invaluable. The principal is kind and runs a tight ship. He is a great example of a leader. Thank you Chaparral for bringing out the best in my child and giving him the encouragement and confidence he has needed in his first year of school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2005

Chaparral is an outstanding school. The teachers are leaders in the school district. Three of the teachers are National Presenters. There is a great music program K-5, monthly art projects. Parent involvement is very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2005

Good in Liberal Arts but not progressive in math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

The academic program is unmatched. Children at all levels receive stimulating learning material. I have been in K, 2nd and 3rd grade classes and am amazed at the quality of the teachers. It has been an extremely well rounded learning experience for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

928

Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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API score

928

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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API Similar Schools 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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

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.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
94%

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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

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

All Students83%
Females84%
Males81%
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner82%
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)64%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females72%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner82%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
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)59%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
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 Students68%
Females69%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
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)58%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females82%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)88%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability73%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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)89%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
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 Students95%
Females99%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino94%
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
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
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)91%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state96%

Math

All Students95%
Females97%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
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)100%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state92%
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 Students85%
Females86%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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)90%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state69%

Math

All Students84%
Females83%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
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)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state81%

Science

All Students88%
Females81%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino90%
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
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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)75%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state88%
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 72%
Hispanic 12%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Black 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/AN/A
English language learners 3%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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