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Frank L. Huff Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted October 25, 2013

Both my children attend Huff, and they have had a great nurturing environment with some great teachers and buddies. My daughter is a second grader and she already reads at 5th grade level, my son has excelled in Math and his teachers provided him the right incentives to do his best and excel. I highly recommend Huff. There is new principal and I feel she is taking the school in a better and right direction and has demonstrated effective leadership. A great example is that she took the right steps to ensure that GATE truly identified gifted students and not students who prepped for the test. The teachers are there because they like to teach and work hard with the students. There is accountability for teachers, some of the teachers who were not effective left Huff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Huff Elementary School has been great for my son, started withKinder Garten and is now in 3rd grade, the teachers are great, the school encourages parent participation which helps a lot in aliging the parents and the kids
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2012

My six years at Huff has been amazing.The teachers were very open to communications with parents and in turn helped the child to grow individually as well as academically.My son was very happy kindergarten through 5th grade.The dedication of the teachers make Huff work well.The parent participation was 100% with a strong PTA.Amazing sense of community spirit within Huff School.The diversity is another added advantage for the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

I totally agree that the kinder teachers are excellent. My daughter is attending kindergarten room3. Her teacher is patient, caring and willing to go extra mile to help students. I can see my girl growing up everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2009

School struggles to offer differentiated learning opprotunities to its higher level GATE students who represent a reasonable % of the school s population. Budget for GATE funding provides for a once a week after school club with non-academic activities. Teachers struggle to offer differentiated learning opportunities for advanced learners while also meeting the demands of districts misadventure in Continuous Improvement (CI) with its myopic emphasis on drills to pass NCLB and State testing. The school should consider other approaches including targeted middle school style class rotations starting in grade 2 that would allow teachers to offer targeted intervention at the right level for each student allowing teachers the ability to focus. If the many parent volunteers took a break, the school would have serious challenges.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

This is a great school. Parent and community involvement is exceptional, and Huff is doing a great job of navigating the current economic difficulties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2009

My daughter went to Huff for Kindergarten. Her teacher Mrs. Lopez is great. She was having some problems at the beginning of the school year and Mrs Lopez gave us some material to take home to help her out. Everyone in the school is very friendly and it's in a great community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2009

My son is studying at huff, it is a great school, all the kinder teachers are great, our son had Ms Martincic, she is a wonderful teacher. She went out of her way to help our son in class and outside of the class. The parent community is great. Many parents volunteered in class. It was good for students to have that extra parent involvement in class. My son learnt a lot in his one year at Huff!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

Huff is a solid school, better than most, a bit in the shadow of the better financed Los Altos schools (at least perception-wise) but with very motivated parents, which makes a big difference. My child is in the early years, but I am hearing that there's not much available for kids who excel and that classrooms tend to get bogged down by lesser performing children. This is a common them in public schools, but one that needs to be addressed, else parents like me (and others), will take their kids elsewhere. It's a safe and nurturing environment, though, and that's the most important thing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2008

We've been at Huff for 9 years and find it a very nuturing place where children from 23 countries mix freely in a safe and fun environment that promotes learning. Their annual Science night, Hawkfest, Winter festival, Music programs, Chess club, Garden center, Talent contest are examples of the vast array of parent-supported programs for all to enjoy. The principal and staff work very collaboratively with students and parents to find the right level of intervention for each child. Great place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2008

We have been at Huff for 4 years now. We love the community. Parents are very involved and take pride in our school. This year, we have a new principal. He seems to be doing a good job. The previous principal had a long track record and we easier to comment on his level of competence and the excellent guidance that he provided to students, teachers and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2006

This school is ok but not as good as oak elementary. Wish they had more challenging programs for kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2006

I have been extremely impressed with Huff. The commitment to quality and learning have been evident in all areas of education. There are many opportunities for kids. They have a GATE program, art, chorus, music, PE, etc. The teachers work together to ensure children at each grade level are receiving the same education. The parent commitment here is very high, and parents are very interested and participative in their childrens education. Volunteerism is highly encouraged, and parents have fun. We have an annual Hawkfest fair for all kids, Silent Auction for parents, a strong PTA and School Site Council. I give it an 12 out of 10.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2006

Coming from out of state, I have been truly impressed with Huff's level of parental involvement. The school community of parents really care about their children's education. As well, their approach to discipline is soft, firm, not hard core like other schools out east or in the south. All forms of music and art is available. It truly has a supportive environment, including teacher-parent-student-principle counseling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

This school is great. My son is in first grade and he reads perfectly on his own. I cannot believe all the things he learns, it is amazing. The principal is great, very involved with the school, kids, and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2005

I love the school!! It has a great academic program, they have tutoring for the children that need it, after-school help, etc. It has a strong PTA, which makes sure that there are enough extracurricular activities for all the students. There are always parents on campus volunteering their time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2005

Huff Elementary School is a first rate school. Great principle and lots of parent participation. Very active PTA and Site Council. YMCA on site for after school care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2003

My 2nd grader loves the school, and we are very pleased with the teacher's dedication.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

958

Change from
2012 to 2013

+17

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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958

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

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 46% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
92%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
98%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
75%
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 Students91%
Females91%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
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)97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner77%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females93%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
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)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learner91%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
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 Students83%
Females84%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
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
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner67%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females95%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learner92%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
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 Students97%
Females100%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
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 graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students97%
Females100%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
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 graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
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 Students85%
Females83%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian74%
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)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
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 graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females87%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
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
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
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 graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students84%
Females76%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
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)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
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 graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
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 38% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 31% 11%
Hispanic 15% 52%
Two or more races 13% 3%
Black 2% 6%
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 14%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

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

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