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Los Cerritos Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $365,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,380.

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Posted March 5, 2013

This is is not only an amazing school but a wonderful family! The teachers are caring and supportive, as well as the staff. I have gotten to know all over the past 3 years and cannot say enough about their dedication and concern for the students at all times. The parents support is great as well. The PTA is a great organization and their presence and support is felt. As for academics, I feel that the teachers do attempt to teach at the highest level, but with mixed level classes, it can sometimes be difficult. I find that as a parent, it is my responsibility to monitor my son's work and be in constant dialogue with his teacher so that he is constantly working up to his potential and always being challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2012

My son has attended this school for the past 3 years. His teachers have been incredible and inspiring and have kept my child interested day after day. The PTA is very active and supportive of both academics and teachers' needs but also does a great job of planning fun events for the kids and their families. The organic garden is a wonderful resource for all students as is the Art Masters program which my son raves about. The principle is dedicated to making this school one of the best in Long Beach and has done a great job toward that end including introducing the PALS/GATE program for high achieving kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2009

I have been with the school for two years now I currently have a first grader and my other child was in 5th grade last year. This is an awesome school. Great Teachers and P.T.A. I love to see the parent involvment and the teacher encouragment. Excellent school grounds I love the Garden. I just love the school could not be more satisfied.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

I love Los Cerritos, The teachers are all phenomenal and my son loves all the activities the PTA provides ;)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2008

I have 2 children, one is in middle school and one is currently attending Los Cerritos. The school is set in a very charming & quaint neighborhood. Throughout the past 7 years, I have seen alot of changes with the school. The after school Castle program was eliminated, which is a shame. This was a program that high achieving kids looked forward in attending. You have alot of great and dedicated teachers, but the principal and the direction of the school is going down hill which is very disheartening. It seems the direction of the school has changes and many parents are opting to send their kids to other schools. Seems like the principal wants to open the school to all underprivileged and underacheiving kids and discourages individual achievement. Principal seems disinterested, unapproachable,distant and insincere when issues are brought to her attention. Too bad! Great music program and computer lab.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

This is our 6th year (I can't believe it!) at Los Cerritos and I have to say I am really happy there. The grounds have a great vibe to them, the grassy areas, the school garden...there is an idyllic park across the street that they are able to use frequently for P.E. and rewards picnics. Ambiance aside, the quality of education is great and challenging. I really don't know anyone who thinks there should be more homework, or tougher classes. We actually have a kiln! The kids are able to make and fire pieces-that is a special and unique feature. There could ALWAYS be more art, more field trips, more special programs, but I figure that's my job. We spend a lot of quality time with the kids on field trips and art projects on our own time. Staff is great, particularly Principal Price, who is extremely dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

This is a wonderful school with great staff. Although some of students might be a little distracting to the serious majority. The school is small but very diverse. My son is so excited to go to school every morning. I could move him to a less diverse school that has a higher API, but will keep him here because he might not be happy and I don't want to ruin a good thing. It says alot about the faculty when they can still make and keep an A level school with the diverse population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

I have two children attending Los Cerritos. This school has been a become a big disappointment. Accelerated learning programs are not available and Its arts program has dramatically deteriorated within the last four years. While the teachers have been great, I feel that the overall school climate, under the watchful eye of school leadership, is in serious decline. Although the school is located in a great neighborhood, a good portion of students now come from outside neighborhoods. Finally, the PTA has become very ineffective at fostering parent involvement, thus the many fundraisers that they have fail to achieve their financial goals. Given these observations, it has become, at best, mediocre..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2008

I love Los Cerritos! It is a small community school with a great staff. I have 2 sons there in Kinder and first Their teachers have been wonderful. I love the PTA and overall parent involvement. There is a wonderful computer lab and garden at the school. Mrs. Price is a terrific principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2008

Great school. Small, by LBUSD standards, experienced teachers, good location, OK principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2007

The teachers are great and their quality of education is the Best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

The staff at Los Cerritos is the BEST!! My son will be entering his third year at this school and I have been pleased with his overall success. I appreciate that the teachers, Principal, school couselor, speech pathologist and school psychologist have ALL been instrumental in seeing that my son has received the additional help that he needs. The PTA is FANTASTIC (although I'm not a member). They do a lot to make sure that our kids have the best of the best. Parent involvement is VERY IMPORTANT for every student and these parents really go all out for all of the Los Cerritos students. I look forward to the upcoming school year and the school years to come! WAY TO GO LOS CERRITOS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2007

I like Los Cerritos Elementary, but I think that everyone has lost their minds when it comes to homework. It's much harder than it was when I was a child. I'm all for encouraging children to succeed, but I think they've lost sight of the fact that Kindergarten is more than just an academic experience; it's learning how to socialize with other children and how to behave in a school setting. I'm grateful that my child went to a good preschool or she'd really be struggling. As it is, she says she wishes she were back in 'little school.' Children shouldn't start dreading school at this early stage.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2007

My daughter has attended Los Cerritos since kindergarten and I have been very pleased with her achievement. The teachers have been very good and strived to build my child's skills in all academic areas. The atmosphere at the school is also good. The principal is friendly and has shown great effort in informing parents of school activities. Overall, I really like Los Cerritos and my daughter loves going to school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2006

My son has been at this school for a little over a year and while I was satisfied at first, things have changed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

My 2 sons attend Los Cerritos and it has been the best experience for them and for us as a family. The teachers and staff are the greatest. My children have gotten the best education from Los Cerritos.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2005

This school is really graet. It really helps them with a jump start for juinor high
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Best that i have seen...Great school for my kids..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2003

I am very impressed with Los Cerritos. The parent involvement is tremendous. Sherry Harper


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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

873

Change from
2012 to 2013

-2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

873

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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

-2

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 2011 and Spring 2012. 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)

8 / 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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
85%

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 60% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
44%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
56%
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 Students67%
Females86%
Males54%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability73%
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)43%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state55%

Math

All Students86%
Females92%
Males82%
African American69%
Asiann/a
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)94%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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)86%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state71%
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 Students63%
Females59%
Males65%
African American85%
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)79%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state65%

Math

All Students73%
Females76%
Males69%
African American85%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state57%
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 Students74%
Females81%
Males66%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Filipino92%
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females81%
Males77%
African American82%
Asiann/a
Filipino92%
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate81%
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

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females80%
Males74%
African American76%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
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)77%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state68%

Math

All Students69%
Females67%
Males69%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state57%

Science

All Students75%
Females71%
Males79%
African American67%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
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)73%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state63%
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 31% 52%
Black 20% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 18% 11%
White 16% 26%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%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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