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Sleepy Hollow Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted November 21, 2013

The reviewer below who advised that SH isn't a good school for kids with discipline or personality issues has it wrong. Public schools are required to serve ALL children in the district, including those with special needs. Parents who do not want their children in a diverse learning environment are welcome to send their kids to private school if they don't like the population served by their public. My SN child has been very well served by SH, it's too bad that there are parents in district like the poster below.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2013

although sleepy hollow school isn't perfect, it is probably the best public school that i can imagine. the new principal dr. G has been a huge improvement over prior, and some weak teachers have moved to other schools. the parents are involved and many give of their time as well as money. most of the teachers are terrific and truly care for the students and their learning(as evidenced by 984 test score), and my only wish would be if it were a newer campus(which would need more state funding). p.s. as some reviewers have pointed out, this isn't a good school for kids who have discipline or personality issues that require individual attention - perhaps those students are best at private schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2013

I'm sorry to agree with previous posters that there is a certain amount of "resting on their laurels" that is apparent at Sleepy Hollow and the teachers are universally nice but not a lot of innovation or motivation to change. We found there to be very little differentiation, or any tolerance for differentiating students of different abilities, which compounds the problem. We pulled our daughter from this school, despite how wonderful the parent community and ASC program are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2012

We transfered our children from Wagner Ranch School, The best thing that has happened! The principal is the best we could hope for, 100% there for the children rather than the teachers ( I am sure they have his support aswell but its about the children), He is very well informed and has an open door policy. He is very much community oriented and is often seen walking the neighborhood saying hi to residents during his breaks. The teachers are top notch and the parents of the school are 100% involved, The dads club "Ichabod's Gang" is very involved with the school (against the approval of the superintendent) and promotes a few "fun" raisers including welcome new parents day, haunted house and a mothersday fest. They often find projects to help out with. The moms are very supportive with class room projects. It is a very family orientated school. Our children LOVE Sleepy Hollow and are so happy they go there. I can't say enough things about what a great school Sleepy Hollow is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2011

We are entering our 7th year with children attending Sleepy Hollow and could not be more pleased with the school. The quality of education is excellent. The teachers are amazing, as is the level of parental involvement. Our children are challenged daily in a caring and supportive environment. Sleepy Hollow consistently receives outstanding test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

Excellent teachers and administration; challenging course work. Great opportunities for the students. Amazing parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2011

Unfortunately, I agree with the negative comment of Dec 5, 2008. I am afraid that the smaller school is more impacted by an entrenched bureaucracy of tenured teachers who have lost their enthusiasm, and have become lazy. The high scores of the school result from its demographic profile, not teacher effort. I do not see an emphasis on academics, and too much emphasis on the easy way of arts and crafts. In a small school a parent is afraid to say anything negative because you can be punished by an entrenched, tenured, established faculty. I would like to see a more active parent involvement in stimulating more academic work in the classroom, rather than the present emphasis on social activities and fun and games. Is the parental money contribution for class aides merely a way for the teacher to put in less effort, and let the aid do the work? I see many tired teachers, and I am very sorry to say this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2011

Sleepy Hollow is a sweet small school where everyone knows each other and the teachers are outstanding. Are you expected to donate to the school to support it? Yes, but it is well worth the cost. While other schools have had to give up small class sizes and instructional aides, SH has managed to hang onto them, and more. They have upgraded technology, art, music and PE. Sure, in other states you don't need to pay for those things, but in California they are going the way of the dodo-bird. SH is older and a little tired looking, but the education is anything but...this is a great school with an outstanding parent community to support it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2008

Facilities mediocre, staff unhelpful, defensive and overly full of how great Orinda schools are supposed to be. My daughter's teacher is unimaginative and does not read kids well. This teacher made an enthusiastic learner hate school in no time. They push an alarming amount of the instruction load onto parents, which is disappointing for second grade. My audit shows that more than one-half of school time is non-instructional. You pay through the nose for 'extra' programs that aren't extra in other states, such as music and languages. The quality of instruction there is poor, too. Everyone here's gleefully unaware of what a ripoff it is, paying thousands of dollars in 'donations' to get this level of mediocrity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2006

Similar to all other schools in Orinda, Sleepy Hallow benefits from community involvement through fundraising and sponsored activities. We welcome a new principal at SH for 2006 who will join an inspired team of top-notch teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2005

This is a great school with unparalled parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

979

Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

979

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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

-5

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10 / 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.
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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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
97%
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

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
94%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students93%
Females89%
Males96%
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Filipinon/a
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American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
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Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students98%
Females96%
Males100%
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Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
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 graduate97%
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 Students87%
Females86%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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 graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students97%
Females97%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students96%
Females95%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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 graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students95%
Females91%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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 graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students95%
Females98%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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 graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 75% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 16% 11%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hispanic 3% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 0% 6%
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 1%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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