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Ronald Reagan Elementary School

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Posted June 19, 2014

My kids were new to Ronald Reagan this year and our entire family felt welcomed right away! Their teachers were phenomenal, the staff was always kind and professional and my boys got the extra support they needed. Truly a Great School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2013

Ronald Reagan Elementary has been great for my son. He finished kindergarten this past June and I was so happy with his teachers, the school's administration, and the fun events that were provided for the students. The school does a great job of making parents feel that they are welcomed and really foster parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2012

I am a parent and educator in another district. My son has been at Reagan for 5 years and I am very satisfied with the incredible opportunities, activities and most of all educational excellence he has experienced. The staff has always addressed my concerns and have done all they can to insure the success of the students. I feel very lucky to have the incredible principal and staff at my son's school. I know that he will have a strong foundation for his future middle school education. Thanks Reagan!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2012

my son is a kindergartner here. and his teacher is very good has many years of expierence and does well keeping the advanced kids reading and the struggling kids up to level. The only reason i didnt give it an exelent is that the classes are a little big, but that is a statewide issue due to budgets-not a reflection on the school. i volunteer in the classroom and all of the children are respectful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2011

This is our first year at this school. We have never been more outraged. We informed the teacher our daughter struggles, and could use a little extra help and encouragement, only to have her forget, and tell us there is something is wrong with our child in front of other classmates and parents. She was humiliated. Then at parent teacher conferences her teacher informed us our child will fall through the cracks and she has "GIVEN UP". I addressed this issue with the principal and he did nothing but refer me to the school counselor. She gave me some hope. That didn t last long; she didn t follow up with meetings, tests, or any procedures to make sure my child s teacher was holding up her part to help our child. The administrative staff is no better. They are rude. I stood there for ten minutes while they carried on a conversation about a date one had, while using profanity with children and parents in the office. The only thing worse than the staff, is the P.T.O. Nothing is ever distributed on time. We missed out on events, fundraisers and school pictures. I would never recommend this school to anyone. This has got to be the worst school in the district!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2010

Love this school! My daughter is a first grader and I have never met such a great teacher. The overall feeling is one of success and happiness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 21, 2010

I could not ask for anything more. I love the school and everyone that works so hard to do what they do for our children. It is a true blessing that we are so fortunate to have such a wonderful team. Thank you all for everything you are greatly appreciated!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2009

This will be my daughter's second year here at Ronald Reagan and we are extremely pleased! Her teacher is wonderful and the atmosphere overall is one of determination. I think this school is headed in the right direction! The only issue I would focus on is the communication with the parents, as far as volunteering. A more personable team would make the parents feel more welcomed. Overall, great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2009

The teachers are the best, the staff in the office is just awesome and we (parents) invest a little time in getting involved and helping our children with their homework, hey we will end up with geniuses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2009

My child had been there for 3 years and I'm very disappointed! My childs grades have suffered and I never thought I would say this but my daughter would be better off in a L.A SCHOOL DISTRICT. I would have to say they do try but, NOT good enough. Try Amelia Earhart, I wouldn't vouch for any other schools!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2007

Brand new school. Great staff and excellent administration staff, especially principal Kim McLaughlin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

I have a first grader, the teacher has been phenomenal. She really knows how to challenge the kids and take them to a superior level. The Principal and staff have been great too! The school, since its new, has the latest in technology which benefit the kids. The only thing I could say about the school is that there is not much parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

841

Change from
2012 to 2013

-2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

841

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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

-2

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API Statewide Rank
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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)

6 / 10

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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.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
76%

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 46% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
35%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

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 65% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
71%

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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
61%
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%
Females58%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females72%
Males71%
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)81%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
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 Students44%
Females46%
Males41%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate6%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate59%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students67%
Females62%
Males72%
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)77%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate57%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
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 Students70%
Females73%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner50%
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 graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females76%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner67%
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 graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate71%
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 Students77%
Females84%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner63%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students76%
Females78%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner65%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students61%
Females55%
Males68%
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)75%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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
Hispanic 56% 52%
White 35% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 11%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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39-800 Liberty Drive
Palm Desert, CA 92211
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