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Cole Canyon Elementary School

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4 stars

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Posted February 11, 2014

My son is currently in third grade. His two previous teachers have been great but I think his current teacher is a bit disconnected. I don't think that she's doing a good job about helping all students in her class. She certainly doesn't seem to have much interest in how much the kids learn. She could definitely do more for the kids in her class. My wife and I are actually trying to help our son at home since she's not much help. On the positive side, the principal is really good. The overall school atmosphere is also above average. There's also a lot of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

I feel my granddaughters really excelled here at Cole Canyon Elementary. Their grades and personal growth was went evidently positive..


Posted May 13, 2013

Fantastic community school. We moved to Murrieta in January and were concerned about our daughter's transition into another kindergarten, but her new teachers did a wonderful job of helping her get oriented and settled. The school has great community partners that help it raise extra money (Be sure to bring your cash on Thursdays for Juice It Up!) The principal if well-loved by the kids in my daughters class. He is very nice. Ms. Miller and Ms. Gonzalez do a FABULOUS job with their kindergartners. They are good communicators and partner with parents to reinforce skills at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2012

We moved to this specific area to be in this school zone and much to our dissapointment, we found that Cole Canyon is overcrowded and is the typical "one size fits all" education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

All three of my children have attended school here since kindergarten since we live in the neighborhood. I have had mostly positive experiences with the school and teachers. All of my children's teachers seemed to genuinely care about the children, but they are held to a very high and rigid expectation for performance which makes them a little stressed out. The same can be said about the new principal. There are many entitled and mean kids at the school, but I don't blame the school for that. They have implemented a character counts and anti-bullying program at the school, so hopefully that will help. I haven't been happy at all with the homework. The math is ALL thinking and very little rote practice. I would like to see more balance or a return to the Saxon math from a few years ago. On the other hand, they have helped my middle child with issues through their group counseling program and they have an absolutely wonderful band program and choir program. They even have an art club and yearbook club for fifth graders and big year end events. This year they implemented a fifth grade science camp and online skills practice program. So overall, I think this school is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2011

We moved here Dec. '09 and I am not very happy with the way the kids are allowed to treat one another. My daughter hasn't had too many problems, on occasion she tells me someone wasn't being very nice on the playground, but my son is in 4th grade and has had a lot of problems with other kids being mean, unwelcoming and bragging about how rich they are. I am currently in the process of changing his class because his teacher (Mrs.Waller) is horrible!!! She is mean and is well know for it. She told the class to tell on and to tell my son and his friend that they are not allowed to speak to one another in class or on the play ground. So in other words she's not only allowing the other kids to bully my son, but condoning it! Needless to say I am not a happy camper! My son cries at night because the children are being so mean! On the other hand my daughter has had amazing teachers k-2nd grade. She is in Mrs.Jaspersons class and she loves it! She is a great/caring teacher. I recently had an issue with a little girl saying mean things to my daughter on the playground and the principal never returned my calls. So, I'm on the fence about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2011

We moved to Murrieta in June and I spent a lot of time researching all the elementary schools in the area. I selected Cole Canyon based on all the positive reviews. What a huge mistake. My daughter started first grade on Aug 11 and was bullied by 2nd graders on the playground for the past 3 weeks, she finally got the courage to tell me and I spoke with her teacher about it and she reassured me it would be taken care of. That day my daughter came home and said one particular second grade girl made her afraid to play on the playground, afraid to use the bathroom all day and this girl called her names and put her down and made rude comments about her clothes as well. My daughter suffered there for 3 weeks and no one cared. To make matters worse when I told administration why after that day I moved my daughter to a charter school they walked away from me claiming they were too busy and did not have time for this serious matter. I guess it was not serious to them. Thisgirl should never be allowed to intimidate someone like this and the school did not even care what this has done to my daughter. I would think twice before sending anyone to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2010

Traffic is a NIGHTMARE. Parking spaces are very few for the number of students attending there. The neighborhood is overwhelmed when it comes time to drop off and pick up kids each school day. Other than that, it is a good environment for the kids. We had a good experience there. But we are glad to be moving on to Middle School now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

the teachers are fantastic! The academics are one of the highest in the state
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

My Daughter has attended Cole Canyon Elem. since 4th grade and is now in 5th grade. The school is excellent academically and they continue to challenge her and push her to do her very best at all subjects. She has had very good teachers and the parent involvement is very high forming a very positive environment for the childern. I have had my childern attend murrieta unified schools since 1998 and I have to say this is the best school we have attended and the most positive environment for developing young minds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2007

I haved my daughter last year and she learn a lot on this school, this school is the best in Riverside County. I am very sad to move her to another school but we move to another town for my husban job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2007

The teachers my child has had have been wonderful. My child is reading, writing and doing mathematics at a higher level than most his age from other districts. I greatly appreciate the teachers for the effort they give their students each day. The school could work on extracurricular activities for all ages not just for the older kids. I also would like to see something done about the parking drop off and pick up not exactly a safe one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2007

My first three children have all attended Cole Canyon from the first year it opened in 2000/2001 and we could not be more pleased. The faculty is top notch, caring, and dedicated. It helps that there is a tremendously high level of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2007

My son has attended Cole Canyon from first to fourth grades. The quality of the teachers is excellent. The principal and teachers strive for the best in the students and provide any help needed to get them to their best. Everyone is very caring and the parents are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

My daughter has been at Cole Canyon for 4 years now. We all love it and are very pleased with the school. The parent involvement is amazing and we have had incredible teachers every single year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2005

My son has atttended Cole Canyon Elementary from the middle of the 2nd grade through the 3rd grade. CCE is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She attends parent conferences and is involved in what they call interventions. Student interventions consist of the parent, teacher, principal, and two other staff members who all meet together to discuss the best possible solutions to help the students achieve their best. Teachers give extra attention to students who need it, and offer an early class once a week for students who need the extra help in a particular subject.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

913

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2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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API score

913

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9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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API Similar Schools 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.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

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 46% in 2013.

184 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

197 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

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

All Students79%
Females80%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females76%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability56%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
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%
Females73%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)73%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability44%
Students with no reported disability73%
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 graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females84%
Males87%
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 disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability75%
Students with no reported disability87%
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 graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate88%
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 Students85%
Females88%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate76%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females90%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability82%
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate81%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
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 Students88%
Females90%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability86%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females88%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability75%
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate78%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)96%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students83%
Females80%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability86%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)91%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
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 64%
Hispanic 24%
Asian 3%
Black 3%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/AN/A
English language learners 4%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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  • Mike Marble
Special schedule
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23750 Via Alisol
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