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Garfield Elementary School

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Posted August 8, 2011

If you have a child w/ a disability or have a 504 Plan in place they will discriminate against your child. If you fight for your child's rights your child will not be treated fairly. Your child will not be allowed to attend field trips & they will find any way to get your child not to participate in any type of school activity yet not help provide accomodations. From what I have researched & after speaking to advocates for children with disabilities, this school has violated SECTION 504 & compliance. They will tell you that there is no funding for evaluations so that your child will not get evaluated or have a request put in to get him evaulated. The only way they will do it or meet with you is if you fight & speak to the district. They do not have anyone who has any experience with children with ADHD & OCD nor will they get the district to make accomodations for your child. They will treat/say ADHD is a behavior issue & not a disability. They will tell you their psychologist is on maternity leave instead of getting the district to place a temporary psychologist to assist & evaluate your child. Make sure you make everything in writing as far as requests as they will drag you on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2011

My daughter has been attending this school since kindergarten. We have always had pleasant experiences with the school staff. They are always helpful and supportive. One particular instance, my daughter was bullied before school on a Friday. I emailed the principal as soon as I found out (it was on a Friday evening). The principal took care of the situation immediately Monday morning. This is a caring and nurturing school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2011

The Teachers at this school are a very committed group of people who a driven to help their students be successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2010

I have two students at this school. It seems as if they focus more on the ESL Students than the English students. I know that it's really just on the location of the school. The counselor is very rude to the students. I was pretty upset to see her yell at one of the little girls in kindergarten for sitting on top of a table that was in the hall way. Also seems that the teacher are inexperienced with dealing with children who may be a little more active. The teachers do not handle stress well either. The Magnet Teacher is pretty helpful and seems like he's the only one that cares,
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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

This school's
API score

786

Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 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 did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

786

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

-4

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)

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)

7 / 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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
41%
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 Students39%
Females37%
Males41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate34%
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state15%

Math

All Students56%
Females45%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino92%
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 disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate69%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%
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 Students36%
Females43%
Males29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state17%

Math

All Students64%
Females66%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate60%
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state32%
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 Students49%
Females54%
Males43%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Filipino67%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%

Math

All Students65%
Females61%
Males70%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate71%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state45%
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%
Females60%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino87%
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%

Math

All Students65%
Females64%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino87%
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented87%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state83%

Science

All Students47%
Females48%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%
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
Hispanic 76%
Black 8%
Asian 4%
Two or more races 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
White 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 94%N/AN/A
English language learners 48%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Claire Alvarez
Fax number
  • (562) 595-8823

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2240 Baltic Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90810
Phone: (562) 424-8167

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