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Lowell Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 744 students

 

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Posted May 8, 2014

Great school! Parents are very involved but very prejudice towards parents that look different or are not as involved as they are. Sorry, I have a job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2012

A really good school. So much so, that I'm planning our next move to keep us within school boundaries. My daughter has a attended since midway through Kindergarten, and is now in 2nd grade. The overall feel is very VERY parent-involved, which is great, but for those who are unable (like myself- single parent, work full-time), I do get the impression that I'm judged as not being as involved as I 'should be'. Most of these kids have at least one parent who stays home full or most of the time. I know my daughter wishes that I could help in the class (so do I) like her friend's parents do, which can be hard for her to grasp.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2010

Too much emphasis on teaching the test. One the plus side, the school staff is wonderful and the parents are very involved. Too bad the kids spend most of their day sitting at a desk learing by rote.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2010

Execellent teaching and support staff. Great to be at a school where everybody - teachers, parents, administrators, etc. wants children to LEARN. This is not the school for faint hearted parents, that only want a school that is just day care center. Lowell expects full participation of parents in the education of our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2009

small town feeling, parent involvment


Posted September 16, 2009

The principal, teachers, professional staff and parents provide a healthy, enriching, positive and fulfilling learning community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2008

Quality school based on focus on reading, writing, math from beginning of school year using multi-sensory approach. Different areas of class use computers, earphones, visual displays, etc. for varied learning strengths. Glad I didn't have to go to a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

My son loves Lowell and I have to say I'm very pleased with the teachers and staff. The parents are a different story. Such elitist and is most likely due to the affluent community. Small price to pay in my opinion. I was planning on sending my son for kindergarten only then to a private school but changed my mind when I saw how invested his teachers were.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

I have 2 children at lowell and I love it. Excellent school, very impressed. My children are very happy and are learning so much- spanish, computors, dance, art, math, science, reading. The families and the teachers are super.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2008

Lowell is excellent! As a educator myself, this school is amazing. Has totally helped our son who transferred in from private school and was behind! Thank you, Lowell!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2007

Lowell teaches the test. The students aren't learning problem solving, just rote memorization.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

Lowell is an amazing school where teachers and parents work together for the students. Yes, there is emphasis on test performance, but every public school in CA has the same concern. My child has had an amazing and enlightening experience so far and can't imagine that changing anytime soon!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

I took my child out of Lowell due to bullying. Lowell is just another public school in Los Angeles County trying to be something that it clearly isn't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2007

I have two kids at Lowell and we have been pleased, overall, with the quality of their education. But I have to agree with others that the emphasis on test scores is a little disheartening. I am not worried that my children will not perform well on standardized tests. I am more concerned that they feel happy and successful in school. In my opinion that forms the basis for success later in life. The administration seems focused on winning awards and recognition, rather than cultivating an atmosphere of nurturing, and love of learning. I wish we could turn the tide with parental input. If everyone would speak up, in a positive way, it could have an impact.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2006

Great school however a little to much emphasis on test scores. There is a lot of parent involvment which helps raise money for art and other extracurricular activities that the normal school budget does not allow.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 26, 2005

This is a great school if you are up to par with the rest of the children. If your child needs help in a specific category then there is alot of pressure to keep up with the other children. This is a magnet school and there is a lot of pressure to keep the scores up. I know of a few parents that have taken their children out because of the pressure to perform.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2004

To future parents of Lowell, I just wanted to say my daughter Had the best year ever in elementary school when she transferred to Lowell. Her whole attitude toward school changed for the better when we enrolled her to this fantastic school. She had a wonderful and caring teacher who immediately did everything she could to make my daughter feel like she had been there for years. She had a horrible experiences with her former school (Naples Bayside Academy) that have left wounds and emotional scars that I feel will be there for life! My daughter is a good girl and did not deserve the treatment that she got from her former school. Thank you Lowell for being there for my daughter, I truly appreciate it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2004

A very good school, with excellent parent participation. The school has wonderful, parent-sponsored art and Spanish Language programs. The focus is definitely on testing. Be aware!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2004

Lowell Academy is a high performing school. My child attended Lowell from kinder through 3rd grade. I truly loved the teachers' devotion and leadership--but-- did not enjoy the PTA. I realize the affluent atmosphere, there is a lot of parental involvement, don't get me wrong. I just did not enjoy the exclusive feeling I recieved when attempting to partake in PTA-run activities. Staff and administration is okay. Principal in 03-04 was fierce. Great education but too much of a private-school attitude. No thanks I'll stick with Fremont.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2004

This school provides an excellent learning environment. We have been fortunate to have exceptional teachers for both my children. Lowell gets down to the business of learning and has strong parent involvement to support the process. We have been more than happy with our experience. It is a great neighborhood school. There are some extras in the curriculm such as the PTA supported Meet the Master's art appreciatin program, Spanish exposure program, instrumental and chorus in the upper grades. For the most part academics are the focus, which is what we want for our children. Our children are very happy, not stressed and have lots of friends. What more could you want?
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
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935

Change from
2012 to 2013

+3

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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935

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students85%
Females89%
Males81%
African Americann/a
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)91%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state68%

Math

All Students91%
Females95%
Males88%
African Americann/a
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)96%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to state76%
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 Students81%
Females78%
Males84%
African Americann/a
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)85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state69%

Math

All Students91%
Females88%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students93%
Females98%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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)74%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state90%

Math

All Students95%
Females94%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
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)89%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state95%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Females92%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state85%

Math

All Students90%
Females84%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Science

All Students93%
Females94%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state78%
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 65%
Hispanic 17%
Asian 6%
Black 4%
Two or more races 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/AN/A
English language learners 4%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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