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Albert A. Michelson Elementary School

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Posted August 5, 2013

This is the best school. We could not dream of a better one. Our children LOVE it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Michelson has been a great place for my kids. They have thrived in this caring environment. The teachers and staff work very to make it a fun place to work and play. The support for our new community garden, the arts and community activities help keep Michelson and Murphys a great place to grow in!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2009

Just a top of the line staff. Front office is great and quick to help. Teachers are just great.


Posted October 30, 2007

My daughter has spent K-5 at michelson, this being her last year. I have been 100% amazed with the results of this school and they could never have found a better staff. The staff knows every childs name, who there parents are and they truly care about our children's future and education. when my daughter was in 3rd grade she was reading at a 5th grade level.Michelson has a wonderful PTA.I am so honored to have been a part of the Michelson family and I am beyond proud of our teachers,parents and all other staff that makes it all happen. We really do have the best school in California. Our students are safe and loved by the whole community. Thank you Michelson for helping me raise my child into the strong and intelligent young lady she has become.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2006

My son is in Terry Sepulveda's special ed class. The special ed at Michelson has been excellent. Terry Sepulveda is an incredible teacher. Her many years of expertise are evident - she is dedicated, patient and caring, as are all the experts that have come in to work on their individual areas. I have been very happy with my son's education, the school 'family' and acceptance by other kids. The principal is a real nurturer - very hands on and obviously loves kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2005

My daughter has been enrolled in michelson so far k-3. You will never find a better school in all of california. Michelson takes so much pride in there school and the teachers are there 100% for all the children. The staff knows every student my name. Not to mention mr. O, the school principal, he had to of been special made by god just for michelson students.The whole staff at michelson are just the best you could ever ask for and I feel very special to be a part of the michelson family. I will continue to support our school in every way I can, and not to toot our own horn..But yes..Michelson is the best and always will be..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2005

I don't think there is a better place to raise and educate your children. Michelson offers and outstanding quality of education, but more importantly, a confident and nuturing environment where children feel successful and good about themselves. I love michelson and the entire staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

My kids enjoy attending Michelson, but that is no basis for choosing their scholastic experiences. While the parents club tries to bring in some diverse ethnic exposure, there is little exposure to general cultural arts. Yes the janitor smiles at everyone, but the lunch monitors often yell at the kids to stop screaming and behave durring lunch. Many field trips focus on fun, rather than including educational opportunities outside the student's everyday exposure.This feeling of searching for fun is typified by families vaca-tioning in Disneyland durring school days, and calling it 'independant study'. Then there is the panic right before STAR testing and the children beging the endless cycle of catching up with extra homework. This is a good school failing in some big ways. A house will not stand on a poor foundation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2004

I've been extremely happy with... not just the teachers but the staff including janitors, lunch helpers, bus drivers etc. My son & daughter are very happy & look forward to going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2004

While my children have benefited from their school, it is because of not just the specific teachers they have been exposed to but our involvement as parents as well. The school board has in the past and still does not required a level of safety that one would expect at a grammer school, so either I or my husband must be around to insure our children's safety. The added benefit of course is our classroom involvement. It gives the teachers the proper support of their authority and keeps us as parents very informed about what our kids are doing. I think that it generates a greater awareness of and commitment to our children by their teachers as well. But it should not be a necessity to the children's safety. I have numerous examples of danger to my and other children which re-enforces my comments. Such a nice school; such a shame.
—Submitted by a parent


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853

Change from
2012 to 2013

+3

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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English Language Arts

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

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
50%
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.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

29 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students50%
Females52%
Males47%
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)63%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
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)48%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students58%
Females52%
Males67%
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)67%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
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 graduaten/a
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 Students70%
Femalesn/a
Males71%
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)73%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
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)67%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students74%
Femalesn/a
Males81%
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)77%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 Students77%
Females82%
Males71%
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
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)87%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students68%
Females82%
Males50%
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)72%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
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)60%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 Students76%
Females83%
Males64%
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)83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females78%
Males82%
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)79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students87%
Females83%
Males91%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 75%
Hispanic 17%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3%
Two or more races 3%
Asian 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/AN/A
English language learners 12%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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196 Pennsylvania Gulch Road
Murphys, CA 95247
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