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Harry Wirtz Elementary School

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Posted January 16, 2014

Disappointed. I have a 6 year old child that attends this school, who is not a problem child, I always received good reviews from his teachers,who by the way are wonderful teachers, but when it comes to put in complains against staff, no one listens and won't even give me a record of a file complain, too disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

I have a cousin Aaron D. Barrow Walker that attends Harry Wirtz Elementary School. My cousin has been very bless in achieving certain learning goals. He's a forth grader now, just last week I attended a ceremony which my cousin received a ribbon and certificate for the star test. I'm really impress with staff and the new Principal. I also went to Open House and was very impress with Aaron's Teacher Mrs. Eugenio.


Posted May 20, 2013

I am very disappointed this school has no 5th Grade Graduation Ceremony. I feel children deserve this special day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2012

Great school Mrs. Leon Mrs. Reno have been such great teachers love it with there new drive thru there after school programs are great.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2012

As an ex student i can say this school has given me so many memories , i love this school .....................


Posted July 26, 2011

If you are involved in your child's education, this will be a great school for your children. Even though they may not have the best facilities or available programs, They do have a terrific and caring staff. I would much rather have better teachers and administrators than an occasional Christmas Play or freshly painted building. We have to realize that the Paramount School district is "Its Own District". There was a greater need at the High School and that has been addressed and it is only a matter of time before "Wirtz" gets its turn. This is a great school with great teachers who will help your child achieve. BUT... we as parents have to do our part and teach our children how to apply themselves. The teachers are not the parents nor are they babysitters. If your child does not apply themselves in school... Then it's time for parents to step up and add a little discipline in your child's life and take away that X-Box or TV. The habits our children learn at 5 years old can last a lifetime.... OK, i'm done ranting...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2011

Mr. Caruso, Mr. Nelson, Ms. Garcia and the rest of this staff is awesome. Transfer your kids here from your expensive private school. They'll get a better education. Long live school uniforms!!!


Posted May 4, 2009

Cons: The location of the school is in a terrible location. Which right across from a refinery VERY BAD choice of location for a school. Since the new principal has taken over there have been less programs for the kids and for parent nights, worst of all there was no xmas show last year. Im not familiar with who makes the program decisions but with the previous principal Mr. San Miguel I believe was his name, there where alot of parent & child programs or activities. I don't see that happening since the new principal took over. Lunch is the worse, I ask my kid every day what she gets for lunch, i can see what's on the menu but she tells me that sometimes the food runs out and they an alternative lunch, for ex: one time they ran out of hot dogs and (CONTINUED...)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2008

I am really impressed with this school. The school buildings are old and run down, but the staff and students are great! The principal is kind and fair. The assistant principal is friendly. The counselor has helped many of our friends and families in the neighborhood. My children love attending there and have wonderful, caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2007

I think this school is in a horrible location...Next to a refinar very dangerous for our childre. There was an inciden 2 years ago. There were fumes from the refinery and some children got sick.I think it should be moved to a diferent location!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2005

mother of a 5th grader who thinks teacher was not really capable of bringing up academic progess for my son. Very dissapointed no tutoring available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2005

This school is not that great. There are no electives. Improving but still low test scores. There are great teachers there, but it will take more to change this school's situation. There are no extra curricular activities kids can attend after or before school. The camppus is rather small and the fact that the school is pre-k through 8 makes the situaition worse. Classrooms are 'over populated' with 38 students per class(in the upper grades 6-8). This makes it very difficult to learn, not to mention getting a little extra help. Make your kids a favor and find a better school and learning enviorment.
—Submitted by a student


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This school's
API score

740

Change from
2012 to 2013

+11

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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  • This school met its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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API score

740

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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(2012)

2 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
56%

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 46% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
18%
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 Students49%
Females55%
Males43%
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 disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state58%

Math

All Students62%
Females60%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state79%
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 Students25%
Females30%
Males16%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino22%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability25%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate16%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state27%

Math

All Students55%
Females61%
Males48%
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 disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state67%
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 Students36%
Females43%
Males26%
African Americann/a
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 disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability36%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state22%

Math

All Students50%
Females50%
Males51%
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 disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner39%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%
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%
Males44%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
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 Students52%
Females51%
Males52%
African Americann/a
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 disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state35%

Science

All Students20%
Females24%
Males18%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino18%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability21%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only28%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate19%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)11%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state29%
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 90%
Black 6%
White 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 95%N/AN/A
English language learners 62%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Connie Toscano
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (562) 602-8069

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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