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Holmes Elementary School

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Posted April 17, 2014

Can't say that it's the perfect school but what school is? I can say that my children and I have learned many life lessons here...and they weren't all positive, but most definitely lessons learned here. That is all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

The teachers at Holmes work so hard! You can tell that they care for their students and want them to do well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2013

Holmes is a great school with strong leadership and curriculum focus. I am a member of the PTO and it is amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2012

my son is a student there, he as well as other students say the teacher eats in class in front of them and yells at them. So my wife went to the School to talk to the teacher and heard her yelling at them from outside The door. Maybe it's called very loud talking, you be the judge .. Very good after school program boys and girls club. I like that the school Gives Awards to the students every few months but gives the parents 1 or 2 Day notice :(.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2008

This is my daughters first year attending school. She is in kindergarten, and her teaher is excellent. Dr. Koga is very supportive of parental concerns and i will keep my child there as long as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2008

Our oldest son attended Holmes frm K to 5th grade. During these years we have gone through several Principals. Dr. Koga is now the Principal for Holmes. She has made a BIG different in Holmes. She's a wonderful, great and cares about your students. We need more caring Principal, Counselors and Teachers like Dr. Koga.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2007

excellent school! good teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2007

My two children have gone here for 2 years, now starting 2nd and 4th grade fall 07. Some teachers are excellent while others seem to be more harm than good. The principle seems unaffected and incapable of managing staff and programs. There is no bully control as offenders are given no discipline and are not removed from situations where they cause issues. Parent involvement seems non-existent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2006

My child is in the 2nd grade and the homework she receives is excessive. It takes us anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 hrs a night. As a working mother this is very hard. I agree with homework but there needs to be a limit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2006

The teachers are great to name a few Mrs Valenzuela, Ms Chapman and Mr Hegamin but the office staff needs a lot of work. When you make requests either in person or in writing they seem to be ignored. This is not a good way to encourage parent involvement if the parents wishes are disregarded.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2006

I'm very happy with the new after school program and staff. Ms.Lona Johnson is a very straight forward team leader who shows respect to everyone and is also liked very much by her students. We are very happy to have Ms. Lona. She has showed a big improvement from last years after school staff. Thank you to all who have made this change:)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2005

I feal the after school program is not very well cordinated as to doing homework and showing any kind of disapline. I was not very happy with this years after school program. The children were always out of control when I went to pick up my child. I hope this coming year the Principal shows some kind of involment to how the after school program is ran. It's a free program which is great for parents who ca not afford daycare, but should that mean that our children should not be watched properly. A very concerned parent...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2005

The academic programs at Holmes are excellent. My son's fifth grade teacher was very good. He made learning interesting and used 'real world' hands on teaching. Overall the principal has a vision her mission statement 'The elementary school with the university vision'. My son knew what year he should graduate from high school and college. She really encouraged vision in the children, which I think is lacking in many of our schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2005

My son attended Homes from 1rst grade thru 5th and now my daughter is attending Holmes and has been there since kindergarten. I love this school and how they are great with building the kids self-esteem and preparing them for college at an early age. I would recommend this school to everyone. My son is now entering high school and I am appreciative of the investment that Holmes has given him and is now giving my daughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

Holmes Preschool has the highest quality teachers, primarily Mrs Pittman, who has been a Teacher at that school for so long. She is excellent in what she does and how she teaches her students. Level of parental involvement is great, with opportunities for parents to participate in classroom activities, monitor their child's learning progress and be a part of their child's education. As my child is only in Preschool right now, the level of extracurricular activity is not high, but once she moves into K-7 I am sure that the level will be higher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2005

New to this school. I love the way they offer reading and math clubs. The princapal is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2005

this school could achieve alot more through the years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2003

My daughter attends Holmes school and I am very much impressed with the program at her school. Her teacher Mrs. Valenzula is fantastic and she has learned quite a bit in just the first few weeks of school. Even though the programs goes a bit longer than normal (8-1:30) I think that extra time has really made a difference in my child and since the classes are smaller I feel my child gets the attention she needs. I was concerned with the amount of homework that she has but she doesn't feel overwhelmed because she understands it. My niece attends school in Orange County and she had to be held back, no one said anything until halfway through the year. Holmes is doing a great job and I would encourage other parents to check it out.
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

765

Change from
2012 to 2013

-29

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

765

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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

-29

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 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)

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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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
18%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
49%
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 Students55%
Females59%
Males48%
African American59%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
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)55%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%

Math

All Students69%
Females71%
Males66%
African American55%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
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 graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state56%
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 Students26%
Females21%
Males29%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino11%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Non-economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability29%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only27%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate17%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)25%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students48%
Females46%
Males49%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 Students54%
Females63%
Males42%
African American61%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students60%
Females63%
Males58%
African American63%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate87%
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 Students41%
Females50%
Males33%
African American54%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability40%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)22%
Parent education - college graduate57%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students57%
Females61%
Males54%
African American56%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students28%
Females32%
Males25%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino17%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability27%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only31%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate15%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)22%
Parent education - college graduate36%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 38% 52%
Black 37% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 11%
White 7% 26%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 5% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 72%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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5020 Barlin Avenue
Lakewood, CA 90712
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