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Sunset Ridge Elementary School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $453,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,840.

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4 stars

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2011:
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Posted June 15, 2013

I need to see the graduation pictures Were can i see the plz help me find the web site thank you dearly Ray


Posted June 13, 2013

I do not want to get teachers in trouble with the principal for my previous review. I am former staff not a teacher, I saw this school and support the teachers 100%.


Posted June 4, 2013

This is a good elementary school in Pacifica. However, for gifted or advanced children, there are no options. I do not think children can skip grades anymore. Even though I have been happy with the school in general, the lack of advanced academics is causing me to place my child in a private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

Ms Feinstein is the TK teacher and is so sweet and caring. As a parent, she makes you feel that your child is in the best hands. The school is also very organized considering how many classes there are for each grade. The principal has a great relationship with the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2013

I love this school... My daughter has Mrs. Tyler-parker and she is just wonderful very structured and that s what kids need these days. They go on a lot of field trips which is wonderful!! My daughter has learned so much I think sunset ridge should have more stars than what it s ranked now!! 10 stars in my book!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2012

School needs to tighten up on safety and security for student drop off and pickup procedures.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2012

This is a wonderful school. My daughter is wrapping up her kindergarten year and has blossomed academically and socially. Mrs. Marinas, in particular, is an AMAZING teacher. She feels truly invested in the success of her pupils and it shows with the warm and dedication that she exudes at every opportunity. She is a hands-on educator and devote every bit of her attention to each child to make sure they are learning what they re supposed to. The school has so many programs and initiatives aimed at improving literacy and involving the parents every step of the way. I agree with a previous poster about the parking though. Some parents are incredibly inconsiderate when picking up and dropping off. The school is large and the parking lot is tiny so something's got to give. Overall, the principal, teachers, after-school program director at TTT, librarian, and breathtaking location with the ocean view and whale watching platform make this school one of a kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2011

We were initially concerned about the school's size (3-4 classes for each grade), but ended up being very happy with our son's kinder and first grade experiences. The school manages its size by being very organized; students are taught the routine of the massive recess, lunch and assembly events. The principal, Ellie Cundiff, is a very devoted and involved principal who sincerely makes the effort to know every family, not just students who require extra attention. The librarian, Lauren Reynolds, is wonderful. She actually buys the library books when she is on her own personal vacation time. The school has a VERY strong reading and writing kinder program. We are only at another district school because it offers more programs, but would not hesitate to return to Sunset Ridge if there were problems with the new school.


Posted February 10, 2011

The school is great. Parent involvement is always encouraged. The only problem seems to be the parents not being responsible enough to respect the rules about loading and unloading kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2010

Our son started kindergarten at Sunset Ridge this fall and absolutely loves it. His teacher is fabulous and takes time to inform us about what's going on in the classroom and with our son in particular. The principal is involved and cares about the kids and the teachers. The PTA is also very hands-on and organizes lots of great events, programs and opportunities to help out. Overall we are extremely satisfied with the education our son is receiving at Sunset Ridge. He can't wait to go to school every day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

The best - teachers & staff, parents, kids. Happy to be part of the community


Posted October 20, 2009

The best library in the district. Big and beautiful building
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2009

We have the best staff. They are truly dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

One of the only schools on the planet where students can watch the whales as they migrate in the pacific ocean and then go into class and write about the experience. = >
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2009

It iw wonderfully multicultural and our families participate in all aspects of our school, making it a wonderful place to be! The staff is warm, friendly and professional and most of us ar highly qulaified teachers. Everyone goes the extra mile all the time. It is a great place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

Sunset Ridge has very caring teachers. We are grateful for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2009

the teachers are wonderful, principal is very approachable, parents and students are very friendly and most of all nice environment with a lot of nice people
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Great principal & teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The wonderful spirit of the staff toward the students.


Posted September 22, 2009

The school has done wonders in helping my son deal with his High Functioning Autism.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

834

Change from
2012 to 2013

-14

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

834

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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

-14

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)

7 / 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.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
68%

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

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
76%
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 Students58%
Females73%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino61%
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate55%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students76%
Females88%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner67%
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 graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
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 Students53%
Females51%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asian58%
Filipino52%
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate17%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students76%
Females71%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipino76%
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner70%
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 graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate83%
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%
Females67%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino67%
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner53%
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 graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students75%
Females73%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner68%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate85%
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 Students54%
Females70%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino53%
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students64%
Females59%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino61%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students61%
Females68%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino53%
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 disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate70%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 36% 11%
Hispanic 31% 52%
Two or more races 13% 3%
White 13% 26%
Black 4% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 16%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Ellie Cundiff
Fax number
  • (650) 355-4042

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