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Mesquite Elementary School

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Posted August 22, 2012

Was very shocked at the behavior of the staff and principle of this school. I pulled my child out and I'm considering private school. This is a school that lacks academic excellence. The teachers are of poor moral character.My child would come home crying due to bullying that was not handled by the teacher or staff. I had a meeting with the principle and instead of action to prevent bullying all I heard were justifications and excuses. Horrible school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2012

My child attended this school and had the worse experience. My childs teacher name was Mrs. Fisher and she was the most rude disrespectful teacher I have ever met. She doesn't teach the kids and she was off more then she was at school. Parents beware if you care about your children reconsider!!!!!1
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

I was a teacher at this school, and it was one of the best years of my career. I truly connected with the students and the staff at this school and I believe that the students best interests are really at heart.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 7, 2010

I have two daughters attending there one is in 6th and the other one is in kinder.To be honest with you all I really don't like that school I liked it better when the other principal and asst.Principal was there and as for the pta well that is a different story it has changed from good to not so good.Put it this way if I could put my lil girl in a different school I would.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2008

There are as many excellent teachers,who actually care about education, as well as the one's who are there for a paycheck.I agree with seeing a change in their attitudes this year,due to the new principal.As far as the 'mixed Race'review, I would like to clarify that with, mixed languages..........Yes, the kindergarden teachers are Great, but they cannot teach to their full potential,due to language barriers of non English speaking students,who require extra direction of simple tasks,because they can't understand what the teacher is instructing, let alone trying to teach........then as they move on to first grade, there is one complete whole hour taken out of the day for'Bilingual'time,whil the 'English Learners' are sent to a class to 'learn' English,and the fluent English students are sent to color and glue.........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

This school year, the principal changed. In my opinion, this new principle is way better than the last one. I can see that she is trying to improve students' academic level, and I believe some of the teachers' attitudes have changed. It used to be terrible...some of the teachers were manipulative, not helping, and all about themselves...they cared less of students. I think that's why the average test results have been so low. But we can hope that new improved Mesquite will bring our kids' academic level and spirits!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

Kindergarden teachers are awesome. Fifth grade teachers active in extracurricular activities (science olympiad, scienc camp). Excellent PTA support provides for materials and field trips for most grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

School leadership is lacking. Parent involvment seems to be suppressed. Concerns brought to the attention of the vice principal,principal, and/or teachers (not all), are met with threats instead of leadership style solutions. If I could afford to take my child out and send him/her to private school I would do it in a heartbeat! FullL support of parent involvent is crucial if you want a school to be sucessful. Some of its teachers are good at keeping up meaningfull communication with parents, while other teachers don't seem to know the meening of the word 'communication'. I could go on, but I am running out of room!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2004

My childs kindergarden class has 35 students to one teacher. This is quite larger than the listed 19/1 ratio. This sight also shows zero percentage of mixed race children. There are quite a few mixed race children in the school. I have mixed feelings about the school. I hope to get a better picture when my child enters into the first grade. I would be safe to rate the school 'average' for now. The school has no after school programs to offer for the children whos parents work. Their PTA needs improvement. My husband and I signed up and have yet to receive any materials regarding meetings etc.. I would be safe to rate the school as 'average' for now.
—Submitted by a parent


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726

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

1 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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API score

726

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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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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

117 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
27%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
36%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

135 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
49%
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 Students44%
Females41%
Males47%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
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%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students41%
Females35%
Males47%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 Students33%
Females36%
Males29%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability36%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only40%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students54%
Females56%
Males52%
African American33%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate59%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 Students53%
Females62%
Males48%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students56%
Females56%
Males55%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 Students27%
Females32%
Males24%
African American5%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability28%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only34%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate24%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)28%
Parent education - college graduate36%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students34%
Females35%
Males35%
African American19%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability36%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate46%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students36%
Females34%
Males37%
African American15%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate50%
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 Students53%
Females50%
Males56%
African American48%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
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%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students40%
Females38%
Males41%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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
Hispanic 73%
Black 16%
White 7%
Two or more races 2%
Asian 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 90%N/AN/A
English language learners 33%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 11%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Melanie Pagliaro
Fax number
  • (661) 285-2530

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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37622 43rd Street East
Palmdale, CA 93552
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