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Prisk Elementary School

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Posted March 16, 2014

We love this school! We have an excellent PTA, upper and lower grade science and computer labs as well as a new engineering lab.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2013

As a retired teacher and grandparent of two students at Prisk, I would not quite agree with the outstanding reviews posted. The first grade level needs to look more closely at the staff and perhaps a replacement is called for at least one of the classrooms. Kindergarten and second grade are outstanding, as has been 3rd - 5th for our older grandson. He will be sad to leave the individual academic attention he has received.


Posted January 26, 2013

My son is in Kindergarten at Prisk and he is LOVING it there. Prisk's staff is top-notch, and our experience with Mrs. Rodriguez and Mrs. Stanton have left us very impressed. Principal Young cares about her students very much - one shining example that sticks out in my mind was when my son was being honored with an award and the school assembly was starting, and our son was having a hard time getting there, pretending he was sick. Mrs. Young came and personally comforted him and escorted him to the assembly, at which he was beaming when he got his award. Mrs. Young has always been there for our son, and I'm sure most parents at the school feel the same way. Mrs. Stanton has been exceptional this year, as was Mrs. Rodriguez last year....our son is sad to go home because he has such a good time in his class! There is also a great PTA program at this school. There are always opportunities for involved parents to help out,. I am very grateful that my son is getting his first exposure to primary education here, as I'm sure they are giving him a love for learning that will last for the next 12-16 years (and on)!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2012

Extremely happy with Prisk elementary. Mrs. Young (principal) is involved and caring, not only with her staff but with students and parents! She is a hustler and a go getter - My son is now in 1st grade with Mrs. Koerner ... wonderful teacher! ... the 2 years we have been there have been nothing but pleasant. We are looking forward to the following years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

Excellent teachers, supportive administration, involved PTA and foundation. My family has felt welcome since the moment we walked on this campus. Prisk is updating their computer lab this year and continue to fund their science program. Prisk Rocks!


Posted March 11, 2011

Quite simply the best elementary school in all of Long Beach! Our daughter is in the 1st grade(Mrs. Patton's class) and we couldnt be happier! What an amazing teacher! Our principal(Mrs. Young) is fantastic!! Our PTA is 2nd to none! Please keep up the great work...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Wonderful & caring teachers, awesome principal, very involved PTA!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2009

We just attended the annual Pumpkin Walk-the schools fall carnival. It was an awesome display of the team work of our fabulous PTA. My kids and I had so much fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2009

My son just started kindergarten this year and I have been very happy with this school so far! He loves the science lab, and his teacher (Mrs. A.J.) has been very helpful and he really likes her. They do have homework nightly for kindergarten which I'm not a big fan of... and they have the extended day which I also don't like... but as far as academics go, this is a great school. I love the smaller classroom sizes, and the principal is very hands on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

We have a fantastic new principal, Mrs. Young- she was the principal that turned Emerson Elementary into a charter school. She is absolutely fabulous- runs the school extremely efficiently and REALLY thinks outside the box. Our science teacher did retire, but thanks to the school's Foundation and Mrs. Young, we have hired a part-time science teacher, and will still have laboratory classes. Mrs. Young has also worked tirelessly to keep our enrollment up- she is awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2008

My daughter is in 3rd grade and uses the RSP services. She has shown so much improvement in 1 year! We are so happy with her progress. The staff is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2007

Prisk is a fabulous school. I have been impressed with the level of academic exposure both of my children have received. I have two children that attend Prisk in 4th and 2nd grade. The science program is top notch, Thank you Mrs. Jennings for your skill and expertise. My kids love science now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

My son just started Kindergarten, and everything seems ok except the play area supervision. There is a certain child that doesn't cooperate with the rules and has no conequences. I am irritated that the women that are supposed to be watching this area are not doing their job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2006

Great school....great teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2006

I am concerned regarding the supervision of the teachers and staff of the kindergarden children. My child has told me many times of other children assaulting him with no teacher in sight.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2005

My daughter has attended Prisk since Kindergarten and is now in 3rd grade. I have been very pleased with the teaching staff. With the exception of one, all have kept the students interested and strive to further challenge the children academically. The music program for grades 3-5 is a great bonus to the curriculum. I do wish there was more focus on PE, as they only do it 2 days a week. Overall it has been a very positive and rewarding experience over the last 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2005

Prisk has quality programs for its students and is known for its special science programs. Students with an interest in science will have ample opportunities to explore science and do hands-on projects to fuel their enthusiasm for delving into other areas that interest them. Since the school is in a residential neighborhood, there is a great deal of parent invovlement in the classroom and with afterschool programs and tutoring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2004

What attracted me immediately to this school was the campus - set back in a residential district away from busy streets and traffic, I found the setting idyllic (and very much unlike most schools in SoCal). As soon as I walked into the main building, I felt immediately at home; despite being in an urban setting, it felt like the small rural elementary school I attended. The teachers, staff, and adminstration are top-notch, motivating, and seem to genuinely care about their students. The school boasts many special events for the children [ice cream socials, dances, fall festivals], and rewards top performances in academics and citizenship in monthly assemblies. A first-rate school, and a delight after a harrowing experience with neighboring Bixby. Although I consider LBUSD on the whole an excellent district, Prisk might just be their best-kept secret.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
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866

Change from
2012 to 2013

-15

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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866

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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8 / 10

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English Language Arts

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

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
84%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

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

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students71%
Females71%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability20%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females71%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability37%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
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 Students60%
Females63%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
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 graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students72%
Females73%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
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 Students87%
Females97%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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)92%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females92%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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)88%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
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 Students79%
Females79%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
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)94%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students69%
Females62%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
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)63%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students75%
Females81%
Males71%
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
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)86%
Parent education - college graduate57%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 45% 26%
Hispanic 26% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 11%
Black 10% 6%
Two or more races 8% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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2375 Fanwood Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90815
Phone: (562) 598-9601

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