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South Oceanside Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 725 students

 

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Posted July 4, 2012

This was my daughters first year attending South O and she loved it, coming from her that says a lot. She started third grade last her, and for the first time she did not want the year to end. The teachers, staff, and Mr. Johnston the principle are just great. They all really care for the kids and you can see that. My daughter came from a very stressful school, that but a lot of pressure on the kids. It was awesome coming here and seeing our daughter blossom. With having no stress she was able to learn so much more. It was truly awesome to see. She woke up everyday wanting to go to school and learn. This school really made a difference to our family. I cant say thank you enough. Mrs.Engstrom was the best third grade teacher. She is one of those teachers you will never forget. I was so thankful my daughter had her for a teacher. The principle and staff has really made a wonderful and peaceful learning environment for the kids. We love South O. Thank you. The Brown Family
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2011

This school deserves to be rated at a ten!!! I have known Mr. Johnston (the principal) since high school and he is as great now as he was then! My daughter has attended the school since kindergarden (she is now in the second grade) and she loves going to school every morning! Ms. Engle, Ms. Troxel, Ms. Templeton and Ms. Jones (her teachers) have all been great! We love the school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

South "O" is a five star school all around. The school staff, parents, and community are caring and provide a positive learning environment everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2010

My son goes here, and both my husband and me attended this school. They have been awesome to my son and his special needs. He is improving everyday. Love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2009

My son has gone to South O since kindergarden, he is now just starting his year in 2nd grade, and I truely have nothing but great things to say about this school!!! Every teacher we have encountered has been a great one!!! Mr.Johnston and Mrs. Spencer are a wonderful principal/vice principal team!! The first year my son went the school had less students, but even with ditmar closing down and them adding and crowding the class rooms, I still see nothing but success!! This school should have a 9 rating!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2009

South O is a great school. My son is in first grade and has learnt a lot. The teacher was great and has provided extra work to challenge him. The teacher is experienced and really cares about the kids in the classroom. The only suggestion for improvement is the lack of extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2009

I have two kids that go to South O and this is my oldest sons second year and my little one's first year of Kindergarten, the teachers are wonderful as well as everyone else that works there! I am so pleased that they attend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2008

I think this school is terrific! It is unfortunate for this school as well as numerous others to have crowded classrooms because of lack of educational support by our government! The teachers and staff are amazing and genuinely care about the educational well being of their students. I highly recomend this school and am especially pleased with the GATE class formats. NICE WORK SO!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2008

I've had two children go through this school and I cannot say anything more positive. Ms. Reimer, the principal has retired, but Mr. Johnston is taking her place. I love the both of them. They have turned South O into a truly class A school. This is my second son's last year, and I will be very sad to say good-bye.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 19, 2007

My kindergartner started at South O this year and so far it has been a wonderful experience. The teaching staff is amazing, the parent involvement is incredible. Mr. Johnston is the glue that holds this terrific school together. I cannot wait to spend the next 5 years at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2006

I am extremely happy with everything at south o elementary the teachers, staff, vice principal and the principal are wonderful. The school was recently remolded and is beautiful my daughter couldn't be happier at her 'new' school she attended palmquist elementary for 3 years and I myself was a student there its just not the same anymore. We love south o.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2006

Great parental involvement. Good academic programs. Excellent Vice Principal and Administrative Staff. Mixed experience with teachers. K-3 - excellent experiences for my kids and from other parents' experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2005

The teaching staff is dedicated to the students and truly appear to enjoy teaching. Class size in the K-3 grades is kept at 1-20 ratio. The children are interested in what is happening and the teachers we have had are very experienced, true educators.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

This is a wonderful school all 4 of my children attended this school. The teachers an staff were all wonderful people and my children grew to be good friends with all of the teachers. I would recomend this school to anyone I know and even people I have never met!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

817

Change from
2012 to 2013

-7

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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817

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-7

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6 / 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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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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
56%
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 Students56%
Females62%
Males49%
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)76%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to state24%

Math

All Students73%
Females76%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner62%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate75%
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to state65%
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 Students58%
Females64%
Males53%
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 disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state82%

Math

All Students74%
Females77%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state79%
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 Students54%
Females56%
Males54%
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students63%
Females67%
Males60%
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)63%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate59%
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
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 Students69%
Females74%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students66%
Females69%
Males63%
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)70%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Science

All Students41%
Females45%
Males37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented80%
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate41%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate46%
Parent education - declined to state25%
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 48%
White 41%
Two or more races 5%
Black 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Asian 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/AN/A
English language learners 23%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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School Leader's name
  • Nicol Martinez
Fax number
  • (760) 439-9954

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
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1806 South Horne Street
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