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Alta Murrieta Elementary School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $232,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,430.

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Posted July 2, 2013

My child had attended first lisa J, and after problems went to Alta Murrieta elementary. The difference fort Knox at Lisa J with a horrible parent student support system. On the other hand Alta Murrieta is an example Lisa J should learn to follow. They love their students, and it shows. Parents are there every Friday for assemblies, and the teachers are very welcoming toward parents. The front office, what a different in the staff, they are so super friendly. Lisa J, It looks good I admit that is about all it had going for it., go to Alta.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2012

My daughter didn't do so well in pre-school so I was worried about her academics in kindergarten. I originally wanted to send her to a priavet christian school, but her preschool teacher said she might have a learning disorder. Thinking a public school would have more resources if needed, I registered her to Alta at the last minute, a week before school started. Her teacher was very supportive and understanding. I am a high school teacher in a different school district so I don't know how to help my child at home and her teacher sat with me for more than an hour giving me ideas during a parent conference. I really like this school so I decided to send my son here too. He will be starting kindergarten.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2012

Horrible it looks like somebody is tooting their own reviews. They seem rigged. How dare you kindergarten teacher you know who you are keep your hands off the kids. I would never recommend this school to anyone period.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2011

I have had my 4 children in a total of 7 schools in Murrieta, Menifee and Temecula, charter schools and regular and this school is the FIRST school I have had NO complaints about whatsoever. The teachers are so great, the office is understanding and caring, the Principal is seriously the very best principal I have ever seen, his involvement is so respected. The kids ADORE him. The campus is nice and my kids LOVE it there. The kids they go to school with are good kids, which I cant say for schools in Menifee area. Parent involvement is ridiculous! I cant help in the classrooms because they have parents who volunteer daily. I wish I had sent my kids here along time ago..(but we just moved to the neighborhood so I couldnt!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2011

This is our second year at Alta and I now have 3 children attending. The principal is highly involved, fair, and genuinely concerned with everything that goes on in the school. All of my children's teachers have been wonderful and hard working. The members of the office staff are polite, helpful and patient. There are numerous activities the students and families can participate in. Pickup in the afternoon is crowded though. But overall, excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2011

Parents beware. I was treated rudely by office staff. (First letter "D" Discrimination and my daughter told me someone held her hand down very tightly in kindergarden when she was crying the first day. Nobody is saying nothing while I am filing a report with Education services in Murrieta. Listen to your child if something doesn't seem right it usually isn't.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

I love this school!My daughter is doing great and reading so well. The teacher's are great! THey help your child excel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2008

My daughter has been going to Alta for the last two years and we love it. Alta has a caring and dedicated principal and teachers. It is very obvious when you read their 2008 CST results. Amazing!!! Thank Mr. P and thank you Alta teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

Mr. P is awesome. Most of the teachers are great too! Great school! PTA there is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2006

Children get a lot of the arts at Alta. Every room is packed with art projects. Student web pages have a lot of art. Every class performs in a musical program. Lots of classes do extra plays and programs. 4th and 5th graders have the band program. The after school clubs are starting, and the teachers are volunteering without pay to provide these extra activities for the kids - dance, art, music, computers. After-school tutoring is free for kids in need. If you have more ideas, bring them to the PTA or Site Council. They really listen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2006

Alta Murrieta is a great school to send your children. Not only does it have a great staff but it has excellent and caring teachers as well, I recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

Alta is by far the best school. Not only did I attend Alta, but my daughter attended Alta for grades 1-3. We moved to a school that does not even compare to Alta. Her new school is in a diff. district & county & they even raved what a good school Alta is! They even use Alta's website for activities! Alta's teachers and staff are like a second family to my daughter and I. We often go back to the campus to say hi to her old teachers, aids, office staff and her Principal.I am proud to say that my daughter attended a school with smaller teacher ratios and most importantly that she attended a Ditinguished School. Being a Distinguished School is a huge accomplishment and we should all feel so lucky to have our children attend one of the best schools in the country.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2006

I am very impressed with Alta Murrieta School. My two children attend Kindergarten and 2nd grade here. I feel like my boys are getting a good education. However, I am extremely turned off with the fact that the school 'toots its own horn' regarding its recent 'distinguished school' status. While this is impressive, I am afraid they are resting on their laurels, rather than trying to continue to improve themselves and the school for the students. The school talks loudly and often about incorporating 7 character counts attributes into the curriculum, but I hear nothing of it at home (even with prodding). Also, the principal and his administrative staff are not warm and welcoming to parents (however they are great! to the kids).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2006

As with all elementary schools in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District this school does not have programs for music, art or sports that are both required and separate from the child's regular teacher. This can create a problem if the child and her regular teacher have a personality conflict. The child may be turned off to learning altogether if that be the case. I also see this as a severe hindrance to a child's smooth transition to middle school as the child has been exposed to very few teachers throughout her elementary schooling.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2005

My son went here for two years..it is a very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2004

Alta is a tiny school. It is too small to learn in or interact in.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 21, 2004

My son enjoyed his transfer from a SD Unified school to Alta Murrieta Elem. It was a step up and it showed in his attitude. The teachers and staff are great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 18, 2004

I have two children who are new to this school. I have not been impressed with the Principal at this school, nor with a few teachers. My kids came from a wonderful school district but have been treated like they are below standard. I found it to be a huge turn off as a parent. To be fair I have seen that not all teachers here offer the same viewpoint. Administration should be very aware of how important it is to not put a family off by talking about how they are the best school district in the state and how everyone else's standards are not up to theirs.
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

890

Change from
2012 to 2013

-21

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

890

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-21

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9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
76%

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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
82%
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 Students77%
Females80%
Males73%
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)78%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner83%
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 graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females77%
Males78%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner67%
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 graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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%
Females77%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females81%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
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 Students81%
Females84%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females75%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate89%
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 Students77%
Females77%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females83%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students85%
Females81%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate85%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate83%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 26%
Hispanic 38% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 8% 11%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 4% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

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

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  • Brent Coley
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Fax number
  • (951) 304-1766

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39475 Whitewood Road
Murrieta, CA 92563
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