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Altamont Creek Elementary School

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4 stars

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Posted April 16, 2014

Truly an exceptional school with an exceptional staff. As school chosen for STEM in elementary, a California Distinguished School....what's not to like! My son has just blossomed here. The Principal and the staff are so committed to maintaining the high standards, I have absolutely no doubt this school will be compared to Pleasanton standards very soon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2013

Great school my kids is in this school for two years and is moving to fourth grade from third. The teacher in third grade is great very focused on improving kids. Catches them when doing wrong makes them do right thing appreciates them doing good my kid is concerned if he did not complete his home. Gives feed back to parents to improve kids. Outstanding teacher guides parents and kids to do better all the time we are very lucky to have her in third grade. We heard normal review about fourth grade teachers hopefully teachers and kids do better. My daughter is also in same school in 2nd grade now her teacher in first grade is great. Kids in elementary school need to be handled carefully and the teachers are doing great. It will be great if teachers from all grades keep communicating with parents to update the status of kids in terms of current homework and any other it might be more load on them but it can help them to be in touch with parents to make kids do better. My son's third grade teacher did excellent job...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2013

Our son has had a fantastic experience in his first year at Altamont Creek. The teachers and staff have created a superb learning environment for all students, no matter what their background, and the numerous opportunities for parents to get involved foster a true sense of community. Outside of the daily class schedule, activities such as the Running Club and Movie Nights are a big plus as well. Very much looking forward to sending our younger children here in a few years as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2013

Bullying is high for people of different cultures. Some teachers work over drive to bully kids and their parents if they perform. If the kid slightly falls behind due to parents busy work schedules teachers try to put all kind of remarks on kids and label them as autistic or any other and try to record on kids. probably eager to get funds for disabilities. very impatient kind of teachers. If your kid performs you have problems if your kid does not perform you will have problems. Very average school... Teachers need to be retrained on how to teach. if more private schools come to this area that will be great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2010

Parent involvement & their financial support is what makes the value of your school. What your kids learn is actually what comes from support they get at home. Do not place blame on the school district, administration or teachers. After putting in 100's of hours as a volunteer at this school, it is clear there is no perfect school, but I can continue to be involved & write letters to the superintendent to express concerns about class size, curriculum&the finances.People love to blame others,instead of themselves. I see a lot of parents sitting in their cars wasting time when they could be helping in class. Every minute I help is money earned for the school- it keeps the teachers in class & not doing clerical tasks. I saw a teacher last year, take a day off (paid) to hire a sub for the class just to do paperwork.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2010

Teachers teach to the test. If your child doesn't learn something ..that's your child's problem are the teacher's philosophy . They teach above the child's grade level and they must just do it not understand it. The resources are slim to none. There aren't music, art, nor gym classes. These poor kids are getting a poor education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2010

Both our kids went to this school, one has moved on to middle school and the other still goes here and we really love this school. From the staff, teachers, parent involvement, it's a great experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

I very much agree. Teachers put alot of work load on kids and parents. They teach above grade level and kids are burn out with alot of work. Teachers choose and push behind some kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

I do not like Altamont Creek Elementary School at Livermore. The teachers does know what they are doing. Kids are burn out with way difficult homework, but they learn little. I feel teachers are teaching above the grade level, and kids are confused. The teachers themselves don't know the answers to some homework questions and their class are not will structred. The teachers do not go over the homework or test and they expect alot from kids. Teachers underestimate kids who are from different culture, and they push them behind or load them with more work that burn them out. I do not like livermore schools over all, I heard same complains from other parents. Also third graders and over have more than one teacher. Each teacher gave different review about a student and one does not agree with another, the school has leadership problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Our school has great students, teachers and parents! We increased our API our students love to learn and the teachers love to teach!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I am very impressed with the teachers at the school and the education my kids have received.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2009

I have two kids attending this school. 1st grader and 5th grader. We love this school. Teacher and staff are both excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

Obviously the school has had issues in the past but that ususally comes with newer schools. Now that the school is more settled, the staff as well as parent support seems to be running well. I have a 1st grader at the school and he absolutley loved school last year! His teacher even sent a postcard over the summer! I feel the staff went above parent expectation. I think Altamont is a great school! Parents need to be supportive and realize it takes a team to make a child learn...its not just the teachers resonsibility!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2005

Great teachers, excellent support from parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

Our daughter has been at this school for Kindergarten and first grade. We have been extremely satisfied with her progress and with the teachers. This is a wonderful school with alot of support from the PTA and the parents. Our daughter loves it and so do we as parents!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2005

Both my children started this school 4 years ago when they first opened and it has been the most dissapointing experience either one of them have ever had in their lives not to mention mine! I have no respect for any of the teachers with the exception of one who was very kind and understanding not to mentioned well educated in the field of teaching. The school is not a very orginized school and the school events leave a lot to be desired. The academics also leave a lot to be desired when the parents have to do more teaching than the teachers themselves do! As for safety, aside from where the parents park I do not believe that safety is a big concern to this school. All in all If I had another child about to enter school I can honestly say they would not be going to Altamont Creek.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2004

Class sizes are too large - 4th and 5th grade. Chaos rules in my son's class but there are 32 students. I've heard other classes (with 32 students) are not chaotic. My son feels he doesn't get the time he needs from the teacher. He is quiet and when he asks for help he feels put off because other students need attention. As a result we have a math tutor for him. This is unfortunate, he should be learning from his teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2004

Class sizes are too large - 4th and 5th grade. Chaos rules in my son's class but there are 32 students. I've heard other classes (with 32 students) are not chaotic. My son feels he doesn't get the time he needs from the teacher. He is quiet and when he asks for help he feels put off because other students need attention. As a result we have a math tutor for him. This is unfortunate, he should be learning from his teacher.
—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

874

Change from
2012 to 2013

-13

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 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.

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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

874

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

-13

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 2012 and Spring 2013. 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)

8 / 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)

4 / 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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
72%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

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

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students59%
Females65%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)61%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner33%
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)52%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students75%
Females78%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner58%
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)60%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
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%
Females72%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
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)67%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females92%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
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)76%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Females84%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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)85%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females83%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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)75%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females94%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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 graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females76%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
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)63%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students83%
Females88%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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)68%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
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
White 54%
Hispanic 24%
Asian 9%
Two or more races 8%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/AN/A
English language learners 15%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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