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Oso Grande Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted April 27, 2014

I have had two children of mine attend Oso Grande and one more to go. Here, you will see teachers who truly care about students, a strong school spirit, a beautiful campus, a focus on helping others and opportunities to excel. The students love their school and contrary to the outdated reviews posted here a few years ago, this school is way above average. I have met several parents from other Ladera elementary schools who said they wish their kids had been assigned to Oso Grande, which has a reputation as the best elementary school in Ladera Ranch. There is strong parental involvement, which makes a huge difference in academic achievement. The teachers work hard and the principal is always open to new ideas on improving the school. The PTA does a great job too. We are so lucky to be a part of this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2014

My three children have been at this school of years. I think most of the teachers are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2013

Basically after 2 years with 2 children, we got 1 great teacher & the rest were less than mediocre! Expect to have to pay for a private tutor for Math, esp after 3rd grade, staff teacher said they didn't like they way the were teaching it! Not consistent with implementing reward programs, Big Buddy, Plays, field trips, ETC. Not impressed with how Principal handles conflict between students and looking into other school options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2012

Oso Grande is an exceptional school! In reading the negative reviews, I don't think those people would be happy anywhere... Yes, Ladera and Chapparal may have higher test scores, but that is not a true measure of what makes a school great. Oso has an amazing leadership team, a strong staff, and a supportive community. My child loves school, and that is what matters...the joy of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2012

My son had excellent, dedicated teachers at Oso Grande. The principal is a truly gracious leader who really cares about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2011

This school underachieves. Compare it to other schools in Ladera, and you scratch your head as to why the test scores are so-so given our equal if not superior resources. Yes, scores are not the end all be all, but they are a factor in measuring progress. While LR and Chapparrel excel and improve, Oso's improvements are less than the district average. It surprises me that many Oso parents have been bragging about Oso's test progress. Our similar schools comparison have been abysmal for years whereas the other Ladera schools (including LR Middle) all compare favorably. Test scores are not my only criteria. While the teachers and administration are very nice and promote school spirit, Oso simply is not academically rigorous. My son was often bored in class and with his assignments and I have to work hard to challenge him beyond school. Like any other school, it's hit and miss with teachers -1 good, 1 ok, 1 bad. I'm sure other parents will attack my review as off-base/misinformed but having talked extensively to parents at the other schools and at Oso, I'm not drinking the Kood-Aid. Given the student, parent and financial resources, we really should be doing better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2010

Excellent school would not change a thing, great principal excellent parent helpers strong leadership at the school test scores just keep going up
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2010

Oso Grande is merely average. Though the teachers seem to truly care, they don't provide necessary leveled learning so that all children should expect. For the more gifted children who need to be challenged beyond grade-level curriculum the teachers will not or cannot do so. They are stuck in a box and refuse to think outside of it. They should be ashamed to expect the district to give them greater comensation from this economically-broke state and high-tax community considering they don't 'teach' all the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2009

This is a great school if you are most interested in the amazing leadership of the principal and most of her staff. Some of the parent volunteers tend to live through their kids and are so incredibly over the top about being at the school daily to show everyone how hard they try. Just be sure not to cross anyone who is an over achieving parent who might just see that they can make life for you and your children as miserable as possible. I have witnessed it with my own two eyes. Parents like this should remain off campus and let the truly interested volunteers help the students succeed. It's an amazing school if you can see through the clicks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2009

Oso Grande is a wonderful and engaging learning environment. My girls have always been excited to go to school, and the teachers and staff have been nothing short of exceptionl. The parent involvement at Oso is amazing and helps makes it the best school in Ladera! The negative reviews I read are far-off-base.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

We have a terrific and committed staff at Oso Grande. The parent/ community involvement is also what makes it a wonderful school to attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

I love Oso Grande because our teachers and especially our principal are so open to listening to ideas from students and parents!! And they have an amazing ability to make learning FUN!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

We have the best principal ever and she has recruited some phenominal teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2009

This school is great as long as your child does not have any learning issues. If so, you will be faced with a dead end and a very frustrated child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

This is a fabulous school! The teachers are so creative and energetic and they do a great job of getting the kids excited about school. The leveled classes for reading and math help to ensure that all students are being challenged. Parent involvement here is also amazing - the parents have managed to fill the gaps of so many of the programs that have been cut by the district. It is a big school with a home town feel!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2009

I truly disagree with the negative reviews posted here. The principal at Oso is exceptional. She is always open and supportive of the students and the staff. Oso Grande provides excellent academics, teachers work diligently to assist students with special needs, and the parent-teacher communication is exceptional. Anyone displeased with this school would be hard to please anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

One of daughters started in kindergarten in the opening of the school and one daughter that has just started kindergarten. We have been blessed to have all great teachers for our girls. They really seem to care about their progress and development. I also like the smaller class sizes which gives more attention per student. Another great aspect about the school is that it still has that small school feel even through the increase of students. Oso Grande, Principal Jayne Martin, and the PTA really does a great job of involving everyone to participate in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2008

We have had a great experience at this school. Every concern we have had has been addressed head-on (and we had some big issues..bullying...split classes, etc.) Ms. Martin cares and the teachers care. The only negatives I have ever heard about the school have been from parents whose kids need extra help, academically, but I hear those same parents complaining about every other school they have moved their children to as well, so I wonder if it is the school or the parent? Our kids have done wonderfully -- there is individual attention (classes broken out to give extra care to those who need it), and we have been very satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2008

As parents, we have been truly disappointed in this school. The communication between the staff and parents is definitely lacking. A child struggling with reading or math will not be given the necessary attention he/she needs to succeed. If given a choice, we would recommend a different elementary school in Ladera.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

Great attention on the children. Exciting to see the level of involvement by teachers and parents to make our children succeed. Also great teacher to student ratio!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

916

Change from
2012 to 2013

-9

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

916

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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

-9

Change from 2012 to 2013
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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)

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 56% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
82%

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 46% in 2013.

205 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
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%
Females85%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
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
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females75%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
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)80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
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%
Females68%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability40%
Students with no reported disability68%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females79%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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)77%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability41%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
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)53%
Parent education - college graduate74%
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 Students91%
Females89%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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)80%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state95%

Math

All Students90%
Females89%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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)79%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state95%
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 Students87%
Females89%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino87%
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 disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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)83%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state81%

Math

All Students81%
Females72%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
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)65%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state73%

Science

All Students91%
Females89%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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)83%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 74% 26%
Hispanic 11% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 9% 11%
Two or more races 6% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%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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