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Olive Elementary School

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 9 ratings

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Posted November 15, 2013

Olive has been through many leadership changes in the last 10 years, however the staff and families have remained committed and enthusiastic about doing what is best for kids. The present leader is continuing this energy. There are changes, however the leadership vision is what is best for kids. Change is hard, but it is okay too. The Olive Community is genuine, full of heart, and passionate about educating kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

We have loved this school for our 3 kids for years. This year has changed all of that. We have a new principal, she has made Olive elementary a miserable place. My son who was always a happy boy at school is no longer allowed with his friends at lunch. Several parents, myself included, have brought this up with our new principal. She is unwilling to see any perspective but her own and seems to genuinely not care what the parents or children at her school. I am very bothered by the changes I have seen at his school this year and am warned by the staff that there is more to come. I am thankful that this is our last year at Olive. I know many parents who are upset at this choice for principal. I would give the teachers five stars, but the new principal doesn't deservr the minimum of one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

We have had an absolutely wonderful experience at this school. My daughters love it there. There is a fantastic network of involved parents and approachable teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

I have one daughter at Olive and one who is now in middle school who went to Olive. I have been a parent for 7 years at the school. I feel the teachers listen to me, and work hard to help my girls the best students that they can be. Also, they listened when my girls have had problems and tried to find solutions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

Olive Elementary is a special school full of wonderful kids, dedicated teachers and staff, and energetic generous parents. Both my kids have been challenged there and I only wish it would become a K-8!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2011

The Olive Community is wonderful! the teachers love of learning is contagious and the kids are challenged on every level, I never seen such an enthusiastic staff! I have two kids at the school and I feel like they are always having some new experience, getting treated to some special assembly or going on some wonderful field trip! Olive is fabulous!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2011

We love Olive School, the teahers, the community are all fabulous. Everyone seems very committed to the school and we have enjoyed being a part of such an enthusiastic school and love going to our neighborhood school rather then getting in the car.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2011

We've had nothing but good experiences with Olive School. I have two children attending the school, one for 5 years (since Kindergarten) and one in Kindergarten now. It's a great school with a lot of parent involvement. Kids who come to school prepared to learn will learn. Parents who take the time to visit or volunteer at the school will see lots of exciting learning going on. The teachers are dedicated and work hard to keep all students learning and on task. It's a great community school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2011

Kids eat lunch with dirty hands. Nobody does anything about it and when you tell your concerns to the principle she protects herself by blaming you for harassment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2011

Most of the kids in school are out of order, aggressive bullies, even girls and guards invented all kinds of disciplinary methods like after the guard blows the whistle everybody should take a knee. If your child was bullied morally and comes home and complains and you will go to talk to the teacher you will be surprised of the teacher's reaction. Apparently you can't complain because they don't want to deal with bullying and the teacher will invent bad stories about your child to make you believe that you child is the same like others and you have no rights to complain.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2011

Time for educational process is little. Kids don't practice writing enough and as a result your child will hardly be able to write by 7th grade. Even if your child was well prepared before - in this school your child will lose all skills and will be brought down. No matter how hard you work with your kid at home this school will ruin everything, because the most productive time of the day your child will be in this school where learning is not a priority. This school is for kids whose parents don't care about their education and if you want your kid to an elementary education,find a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2011

There is a new principle at this school and all she cares about is keeping her staff happy so the staff would like their new boss. So don't expect anything from this principle because she's not a good organizer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

My daughter has been attending Olive since Kindergarten, and I couldn't say enough wonderful things about this school! The community of parents, teachers, and volunteers is outstanding. Everyone always comes together in this tight-knit school to make sure that every student does their best. Go Sharks!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2009

Fantastic principal and teachers and a great community spirit
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2009

The teachers are excellent!


Posted October 18, 2009

we have very committed and involved faculty and parents, and kids who really want to learn. We're under-funded, and yet, we achieve great things, helping support our kids who are college bound!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

My child is so happy here. His current teacher challenges him and he is learning daily. Great developing parent community. It is a great school that is on the raise.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

Great teachers, staff and community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

We have had great experiences with teachers and the kids and I have made lots of friends
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Olive is a great school with a great staff all the teachers are so wonderful. :)
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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

This school's
API score

857

Change from
2012 to 2013

+7

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

857

What is the API?
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

+7

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 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)

5 / 10

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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
77%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
34%
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 Students70%
Females71%
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)74%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner53%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females67%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner53%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students55%
Females67%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner6%
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 graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students66%
Females75%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
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 Students80%
Females88%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students72%
Females81%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
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 graduate100%
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 Students73%
Females73%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students62%
Females63%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
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)50%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students66%
Females69%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
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)50%
Parent education - college graduate82%
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 State average
White 53% 26%
Hispanic 37% 52%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 11%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37%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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