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Hamilton Elementary School

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $558,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,570.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
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Posted May 23, 2014

This is a great school. It isn't perfect but there is strong leadership. Most impressive is the leaderships responsiveness to each student. A student will not fall in the cracks here. Data is kept on each classroom and student and the school uses it to provide interventions, professional development, or programs. Its a safe and diverse school. It would be great to see more diverse teachers however many of the non-diverse teachers are culturally competent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

Hamilton Elementary School is one of the best public elementary schools in Pasadena! We have high parent involvement via the PTA and Annual Fund. The school principal is very knowledgeable and motivated and she really cares about each student's academic performance and her staff's teaching effectiveness. If you are looking for the perfect elementary school, it doesn't exist. However, I would put Hamilton Elementary up against any of the private schools in Pasadena.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2013

The teachers at Hamilton really care about the students and it shows. Hamilton is one big community parents join together with the teachers in order to make the kids enjoy school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

My son started kindergarten this year at Hamilton. We've been impressed with the teacher, classroom organization, and discipline here. We actually love the school uniforms, which makes getting dressed in the morning easier and instills a sense of equality and professionalism in the students. They know they are going to school to learn, not a fashion show. My son was in an expensive private school last year and we actually think the homework and teacher are better at Hamilton. While much bigger than a private school, we only have 18 kids in our class. I think you would want to take the tour and get involved, as it was a surprise after attending a small private school just how big and how much to learn there is about a public school. Each classroom has two room parents to assist the teacher and the PTA is very active, though in my opinion they ask for money too often for what they actually provide. Uniforms are required except on the first Friday of every month. The school also has a healthy food goal, so that no candy, soda or cookies are allowed, and fruit cups are served instead of cake or cupcakes for class parties and birthdays.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

Hamilton is a fantastic school. The principal is great and works so hard to keep the school culture friendly and supportive. The teachers truly care about all their students. I moved to Hamilton's neighborhood a few years ago so that my two children could attend and I have not been disappointed. It has been a great experience for my children. My oldest child is now in 5th grade and I love the teachers. They make learning fun and my child is comes home excited about school. My younger child too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2012

Hamilton is a great school--friendly families, excellent principal. My children are in 4th and 1st grade. We've had a wonderful experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

I transferred my daughter from private school to Hamilton in 4th and 5th grade. The teachers were great. It's also depends on your child, if your child is very responsible then you will not be disappointed. Math is not a problem. she is now in 7th grade and taking Algebra. I feel that the new or current principal is not doing a good job.API score went down. Most of the parents doesn't like.Parent involvement also went down. She is not approachable. Math is good but reading is not enough in all grades. They do not have AR accelerated reading in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2012

Don't make the mistake that we made. Hamilton was great for 1st-3rd grade, but by the time we realized how terrible the 4th and 5th grades are, it was too late. My child wasn't able to get into private schools for middle school because he hadn't been taught the basic math skills necessary to get by. The 4th grade math is truly where Hamilton fails, and it is very hard to recover from the lack of instruction. After months of private tutoring, we are hoping to catch up to my son's peers at other public schools. I will say, the lower grades are fine and the K-3rd teachers were great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2012

My sons have been going to Hamilton for the past two years and will attend again next year. Although most PUSD schools are mediocre at best, Hamilton is really a good school. The teachers are very good and keep you updated on your kids (as long as you the parent show some interest). The parent involvement is pretty good. Lots of participation during school events. I really appreciate the diversity of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2012

My children LOVE Hamilton school. If you live in the neighborhood count yourself lucky! My children were lucky to get in on open enrollment. We were at Burbank, and the difference is night and day. The teachers really care, and they really invest in the kids. Parents of all backgrounds help-out any way they can. When other schools are enduring cuts to programs, the community here works together to save them. A real can-do attitude among faculty and parents. Best computer lab in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2012

My children attend Hamilton School. We used to love Hamilton, but now we are very disappointed. Our new principal doesn't get things done like our past principal. Some teachers are excellent, but some are mediocre and don't really care about anything except teaching to the state tests. The office staff is terribly rude and the standard answer to any inquiry is always either "don't know" or "that's omebody else's job". The budget cuts mean no school nurse some days, and the kids are out of luck if they get sick. I would go on but I am running out of space.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2012

How sad it is that Hailton School has dropped to this point. My grandchild began there as a kindergartner in 2008 when it was an academically good and enjoyable school to attend. We were extremely satisfied with our teacher and with the principal. The school ran beautifully. Now, we have lost our principal and have one who really isn't keeping the good standards that were in place when she arrived. It is crushing to see the school change from being a Blue Ribbon School to a now underperforning school (as per letter sent home to parents at the beginnning of this school year. It is disheartning to me to have the experience of calling Hamilton School with a question about dismissal time or about an after school program and being told, at the other end,:"I have no idea". I have seen other parents leave Hamilton School in pursuit of a better educational experience. We will also not come back in the Fall because of the points I have described.


Posted March 3, 2012

I've walked around the school and love this area! Pasadena isn't known for their schools so where do most of the kids that attend Hamilton go for middle school and high school? Do these schools (middle/high) have the same academic excellence that Hamilton seems to possess?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2010

First, let me say that K through 3rd grades are very good at Hamilton. However, beware that 5th grade is a disaster. Before enrolling your student in 5th grade, please talk to some parents of kids that have had to endure it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2010

Absolutely a wonderful school! Great principal, teachers and caring staff. Love the diversity both racial and economic. Lots of parental support and community involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

A great community atmosphere and one of the most active PTAs around
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Wonderful teachers and principal who provide an ideal atmosphere for children to learn & thrive. Parental support is superb
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My children attented this school and now my grandkids. It is a higly effective school with a caring and gifted staff.


Posted September 16, 2009

Great school with a great staff. I went there and now my Daughters are going there!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 22, 2008

As a parent who was torn between public and private school, I am completely happy with my choice of my children attending Hamilton. The teachers are exemplary, and the commitment of the school to the kids and the community is refreshing. I would recommend this school to anyone, and credit Ms. Rudchenko with creating a positive environment with high expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

866

Change from
2012 to 2013

-35

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

866

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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

-35

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 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)

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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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

66 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students70%
Females73%
Males67%
African Americann/a
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females64%
Males74%
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)82%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner48%
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 graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
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 Students65%
Females67%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate54%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females82%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
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)86%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
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 Students80%
Females82%
Males78%
African American92%
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)100%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate76%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females87%
Males92%
African American100%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate100%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate95%
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 Students60%
Females65%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students62%
Females61%
Males63%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students65%
Females68%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 49% 52%
White 20% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 11% 11%
Black 11% 6%
Two or more races 9% 3%
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 49%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

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  • Frances Weissenberger
Fax number
  • (626) 793-7581

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