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Posted December 5, 2011

Worst school my child has ever attended.. My daughter is in a fourth/fifth grade combo class and has went from a child who loved school to hating it and getting in trouble all the time. Her teacher is moody and depending on her mood is the amount of homework the children will get... My daughter frequently comes home with 2 hr+ of homework. In my opinon is too much. The teachers here love to give detention for EVERYTHING!! My daughter got a detention for forgetting to put her name on a paper... seriously?! Oh and if your child needs to use the restroom... you guessed it.. DETENTION!! Upon asking the principal why this is standard she says that they are teaching them responsiblity.. that if the teachers cant use the restroom during class neither should the children and that they are prepping them for middle school but i'm pretty sure in middle school you don't get detention for bathroom breaks unless you make it a habit. And i'm pretty sure a teacher should be able to hold needing to use the restroom better than a 8 year old!! Teacher parent communication here is a joke i've asked (teachers and vice principal) serveral times to be kept upd on my childs progress and still nothing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2011

This is our second year at this school. My child is in fourth grade right now and is very frustrated. My child's perception is that the teacher seems to favor girls over boys. He seems to be in trouble all the time for not showing his work and getting detentions for the same reason. He is very discourage and his grades keep getting worse. He has gone from being an excellent student to hating school and not wanting to go.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2011

We have had 2 very organized, structured teachers (3rd and 4th grades). They are nice, and experienced, but they seem to care only about test preparation instead of what the child is ready to learn. In other words, if your kid is a slow learner, too bad. They are still given the same work as the other students and made to feel stressed that the tests are coming up. Areas that might actually motivate a person to learn, such as art, science, history, and music are virtually ignored because the focus is almost entirely on reading, writing and math skills. There is only so much drill these kids can take. My child is hating school because he has trouble finishing the given amount of work in the same time as other students. As a result, he has recess detention almost daily. The school has the same policy if they don't get the homework done. He is discouraged. We work with him at home, but he still struggles. I wish the teachers at this school would help each student develop their own strengths instead of making everyone feel guilty for not fitting in to their desired statistics. When you go to a conference, the teachers do not ask you anything or listen. Too bad.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2010

I moved my daughter from private school to Joe Stefani a year ago. I was very nervous about the transition and was not sure what to expect as far a teacher quality. I was EXTREMLY happy with my daughter's fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Parsons! She was a fantasitic teacher who was very honest and straight forward about the areas my daughter needed extra help in. She was also inviting and welcomed my involvement in the class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2009

My daughter has attended Stefani School her last 2 years and we absolutely loved everything about it. My child was able to learn at an advanced level and never had any problems with her education. I am a very involved parent, I believe that it is up to the parents to take charge of our childrens education. Teachers give our children the tools to learn but we as parents must make sure that they are using them to the best of their abilities and if not then we must get involved and find out the root of the problem and work hand in hand with our children and the educators to make sure they are successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2008

This is an awesome school with great teachers who are very caring and concerned about the education of my daughter. I am shocked to read some of the negative comments posted about Stefani as this certainly has not been my experience. The administration and office staff are also extremely helpful, caring, and concerned about kids. I have nothing but great things to say about this school. Go Stefani Stallions!! The PTC is great too! They provide a lot of funding for additional things the school cannot pay for since funding cuts have really hurt our schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2008

wow..... a brand new school year. and a new principal and what. Nothing the same ol same ol,,,,, what are they doing, does any one seem to notice the kids are not learning, the kids are not learning, the test scores prove it,,, yikes
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2008

wow,,,, its like Franklin school all over,,,, the same uncaring teachers, the same whatever attitude, and who suffers, the kids,,,,,,,,,, too bad they dont do something about the recycled teachers. The teachers just dont care. Unorganized staff, uncaring teachers and a bright, clean, brand new school, Big deal the kids still are not learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

My son has attended Stefani for 2 years now. This will be his last year since he's in 5th grade. The teachers all seem to care about tests and how to get the best test scores for the school. I am not really thrilled with that at all & the PTC meetings are a big JOKE. They don't care what U think - it's all a facade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2008

a brand new school, great leadership... however the teachers leave a lot to be desired. They dont seem to care about the kids or their education. Test prep and test scores are the main goal. Some of the teachers forget that they are yelling at 8 and 9 year olds. There is potential, however, it seems that as soon as this area starts to get an administrator who actually cares, they are transferred to a 'more $$$$$ area'
—Submitted by a parent


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775

Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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775

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3 / 10

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
63%

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.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

162 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
46%
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 Students40%
Females41%
Males39%
African Americann/a
Asian35%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)32%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students67%
Females68%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)36%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner62%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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%
Females72%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asian53%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate63%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females86%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate74%
Parent education - high school graduate76%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 Students42%
Females42%
Males41%
African American21%
Asian50%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate28%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to state40%

Math

All Students42%
Females43%
Males40%
African American36%
Asian67%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduate17%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to state50%

Science

All Students39%
Females28%
Males50%
African American31%
Asian60%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduate22%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate45%
Parent education - declined to state48%
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 59%
Asian 19%
White 12%
Black 5%
Two or more races 2%
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 82%N/AN/A
English language learners 32%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School basics

School start time
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School end time
  • 1425
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Catherine Puckett
Fax number
  • (209) 724-2501

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Merced, CA 95348
Phone: (209) 724-2500

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