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D. D. Johnston Elementary School

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Posted August 4, 2011

Over the years, I have seen DD Johnston improve. The teachers really care for their students. They try hard to help them improve. I also like that over the years they've added many special events and activities for the students. My children are happy and content attending DD Johnston!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2011

I have been considering removing my child from this school for almost the entire school year now. Come September he will no longer be there. My son is a 3rd grader and has done well, his teacher does a great job keeping me informed of his progress and even makes an extra effort to personally call me and keep us informed of behavior/school work. The main issue i have is with the office/administration. On more than one occasion after school activities were canceled and parents weren't informed, office staffer sent my child to look for a teacher & ask if there program was still on for the day. I didn t receive a call for over 45 mins. to let me know I needed to be picked up. I was then told the office didnt know what was going on with the after school program & it was my 9yr old responsibility to inform my husband and I about it being canceled for the day. Trying to get in contact with the principal is just as bad, I stopped trying. This use to be a great place for our children, I'm disappointed and I believe we should be a lot tougher on our schools for our children s future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2010

I'm not happy with the great school rating. My child is an excellent student and in the fourth grade but I am seriously considering changing to a new school with a better rating next year. I understand it's not only the school's responisbility to make our school better, it is also the parents,etc. but it doesn't help that none of the PTA members speak English and I have to listen to assemblies/performances in two languages. Maybe getting everybody to learn English would be one great big start to improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

My son is a 3rd grader at Johnston. He is excelling socially and academically. They are doing a wonderful job and I am very happy with his education. My only complaint is that with all the school budget cuts, we stand to lose many of our excellent educators. That is a real shame and I can only see it hurting our students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

My son is a student at DD Johnston and this is his 4th year at the school. The school does a fantastic job with the children. I have been pleased with my son's education and an thankful to the excellent staff both the Teachers as well as the classified staff for the wonderful job they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2009

My daughter has been attending DD.Johhnston Elementry since First 5 till now 3rd grade. I feel it's a great school and it would be much better if there was more activity as Drama, Art, Sports, performance to encourage kids to be confident . I know parents would support anything to keep there kids in the right track .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2009

If only the principal had a clue on what she is doing............
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 16, 2007

This school has a great principal but the office staff needs to leave. My child is afraid of the staff here and because of that we had to move.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2007

Trying to contact teachers is nearly impossible for the working parent other than being allowed to leave messages in the office there is not direct contact with the teachers until conferences are scheduled.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2006

This school is great. The Principal is doing a good job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2005

This is my son's first year attending Johnston Elementary school. He is in a pre-K program and it has been a great jumpstart for him. The quality of their programs are excellent with emphasis on the arts (performing and visual). He has surpassed my expectations academically and socially. There are plenty of opportunities for the parents to be involved including monthly parent meetings,where concerns are addressed and currents events are communicated.It is an inviting atmosphere and a great beginning.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

825

Change from
2012 to 2013

+27

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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This school's
API score

825

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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

+27

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API Statewide Rank
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4 / 10

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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.
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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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%

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

All Students49%
Females61%
Males33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner37%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females76%
Males70%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate63%
Parent education - high school graduate78%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
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 Students47%
Females54%
Males42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
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 Students81%
Females88%
Males76%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate81%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
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 Students45%
Females52%
Males39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students47%
Females56%
Males42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate60%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
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 Students68%
Females74%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate77%
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 Students73%
Females71%
Males76%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate65%
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students72%
Females74%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate59%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
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
Hispanic 88%
White 3%
Asian 2%
Black 2%
Two or more races 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92%N/AN/A
English language learners 32%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

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

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • National Endowment for the Arts/Music Center of Los Angeles grant recipient (2006)

Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Performing and written arts
  • Drama
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 a.m.
School end time
  • 2:47 p.m.
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Veronica Lizardi
Fax number
  • (562) 868-5799

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Specific learning disabilities

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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Parent involvement
  • D.d. johnston's family friendly team has created a variety of opportunities to increase family invovlement. this year, we are implementing community books of the month, spotlights on families picture project, family of the month recognition, and the connected phone system that allows us to communicate with families regarding attendance and reminders of upcoming school events.
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  • After School program is offered from 3:00-6:00 P.M. School was recently modernized, inlcuding a new library and computer lab space.
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Corvallis Middle School
Los Alisos Middle School
Norwalk High School
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13421 South Fairford Avenue
Norwalk, CA 90650
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