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Pacoima Charter Elementary School

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $225,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,470.

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2011:
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Posted August 30, 2013

Buena relaci n entre padres y profesores. El ambiente con el personal de la escuela en general es muy calido y siempre le dan a los padres la confianza de preguntar cualquier inquietud. Mi hija es una de las mejores en su clase y los que me hace sentir muy pero muy bien es que todos saben su nombre y cuando me ven siempre me felicitan por el desempe o de ella...eso me gusta!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2013

I don't think there is a school in Los Angeles where teacher morale is higher.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 26, 2013

My daughters have been attending this school since Kinder and it has been Great! It is definitely about the kids all the way. They always take that extra step to get your kids the help they need, if any. Coaches in the after school program really encourage my girls to get involved with clubs or sports. The school is kept very clean and my daughters are very happy. My four star for the teacher quality is for one teacher in particular whom both my daughters have had. She doesn't seem happy to work here at all and that is very clear based on the complaints I've received from both my daughters. Other than that I am very happy with this school and my third child will be enrolled in this school as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2012

I am a teacher at Pacoima Charter School and see first hand the positive impact that the school culture has on its students. The faculty and staff work together to provide the best possible standards based instruction to the students. The school is beautiful inside and out. The students are proud of how their school has been transformed and the way instruction has transformed them into life-long learners. The drive to transform the student population into literate, responsible, and respecful individuals is shared by all of the school's employees, parents, and community supporters. All of these stakeholders are making sure that academic gains be the most important outcomes at this school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 24, 2011

Pacoima Charter has been a wonderful place for my children to attend. They have been treated with dignity and the teachers and staff have gone above and beyond to make sure the needs of my children have been met both academically and emotionally. I removed my children from Pacoima and placed them in a magnet school, much to my dismay, the quality of that magnet school did not meet our expectations. My children became emotionally detached from learning and socializing. Now I have brought them back to Pacoima, they are much happier. They cant wait to get ready in the morning, and come home excited to share their daily experiences. They homework they receive is more challenging, the delivery of instruction is awesome (observed). My children are elated. I asked them why they feel that way....."I feel like it is my family there, no one is mean and they really care."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2011

As an employee, I can attest to the gains and achievements of this school. We have a variety of resources for our students, parents and staff. We have forged partnerships with prestigious universities and community agencies. Our library is beautiful. Our landscaping is lush and green. Our scores increase year after year. We care about our students very much and are very responsive to our parents. We have a wonderful team of teachers,
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 6, 2011

I think this school is improving based on previous years, however we as parents need to do more, getting involved more and helping teachers accomplish their goal, as we both share the task of educating kids for a better future, teachers are great Miss battams, Mrs Garcia just to mention a couple of them. over all as long as this school is improving year after year we are in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2010

they are doing amazing things with a large student population and kids that are disadvantaged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

everything they do is for student achievement. Students scores rise every year. it is a beautiful school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 1, 2010

Pacoima is vibrant, rich in school culture, and is excellent in providing children access to success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Pacoima Charter School staff are hard-working in all they do. Kudos to ALL certificated staff - for helping the children learn and that is the reason why the scores are going up. Great job ! ! !
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Great School to work for!!!!! Teachers friendly,Principal awesome, students always ready to learn.


Posted April 30, 2010

Everything that is done at Pacoima Charter is for the KIDS! You don't find that at many schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

PCS continues to improve every year. There are so many opportunities for learning and enrichment for the students here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

I love Pacoima Charter School because all the teachers care about their students. They do plan and deliver their lessons in a oustanding manner. I am very please to see how much my child have learned his second grade skills in less than 2 months that he has been attending Pacoima Charter School.


Posted April 27, 2010

I worked at Pacoima Charter School. I know that under the leadership of Sylvia Fajardo, this school continues to improve in every imaginable way. The teachers, TA's, Coordinators, Office Staff and other support personnel all work above and beyond their assignments in the benefit of the students. Most take countless of hours worth of work home just to make the kids' experience all that much greater. I loved the kids when I was there. They have a human quality that I haven't found anywhere else and I feel the attitude and culture of the staff and the school in general has a lot to do with the kids' character and attitude towards school and their own education. Pacoima Elementary will forever be the great love of my work life.


Posted October 6, 2008

The school is very clean the teachers are very pleasant the students are all great. I m very happy that my child has had such a great experience at such early age in his life, it is very important that our children feel safe and happy in their surroundings.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2008

All the teachers are wonderfull( mr urqueta, mrs.schoenburg) couldnt have come at a better time.it is so amazing how they get involved with there children.with out these teachers and other staffmembers at this school it wouldnt be anything.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

This is a great school. Their scores continue to increase. There are many programs for school that include science, art and music. Students wear uniforms and there is a large number of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2007

Great school. Turn around since they went Charter. Many more computers. Children are learning. Parents are happy. School looks nice and neat. Charter for this school was a positive note!
—Submitted by a parent


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

This school's
API score

792

Change from
2012 to 2013

+5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

792

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

+5

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 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)

8 / 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.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
62%

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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

182 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
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 Students53%
Females61%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%

Math

All Students69%
Females74%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state75%
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 Students28%
Females31%
Males25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Non-economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability28%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%

Math

All Students71%
Females68%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner59%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate66%
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students47%
Females53%
Males40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state52%

Math

All Students71%
Females70%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner59%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate78%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state70%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students47%
Females55%
Males41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)39%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state41%

Math

All Students51%
Females54%
Males50%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state56%

Science

All Students75%
Females71%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate75%
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state81%
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 97%
Black 2%
Asian 1%
White 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83%N/AN/A
English language learners 58%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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  • Sylvia Fajardo
Fax number
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11016 Norris Avenue
Pacoima, CA 91331
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