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Willard Elementary School

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Posted April 13, 2010

We've been at Willard for 4 years now, and our children have really thrived. We've had excellent teachers who are able to give our kids what they need. They've provided advanced reader circles for them and gone above and beyond the curriculum when necessary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Willard has a caring and dedicated teaching staff and administration, a challenging IB curriculum, and many opportunities for parent involvement. Excellent elementary school with a global perspective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Willard provides Elementary children with a challenging IB curriculm. The kids are learning about being a good citizen locally and globally.


Posted April 13, 2010

We have been part of the Willard family for over 6 years now. Our family's experience with the school and staff has always been professional. The teachers have all been excellent, going above and beyond what is expected of them to optimize the students' learning and social/emotional experiences. The diversity of the student population as well as the inquiry based and global perspective of the IB curriculum have made this school a true gem within our community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

The International Baccalaureate program provides a great curriculum and philosophy of teaching and learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

The Staff truly is commited to all of us. They have a very effecient Baccalaureate program for our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

My grandson reads at a level far ahead of his grade. He excels in everything. His natural born intelligence has been enhanced since he began attending Willard elementary School. He thrives in the environmentb the school provides.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Willard is the BEST!!! Everyone there is really dedicated for the kids best interest.....Education!!! The school feels like a family even though you don't know half of the parents or staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

The teachers are great, I noticed that my kids are learning more and advancing in every class.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

The teacher are great! they have a great parent teacher understanding!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Every teacher and principal we have had at Willard is engaged, dedicated and always, always going above and beyond the call of duty to give the kids the best education possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

My daughter is now in 3rd grade here, and we are thoroughly enjoying both her time and ours at this school. All the teachers & staff that I have gotten to know are stellar examples of their craft - they are incredibly imaginative, creative and have high expectations of their students. They mentor each child according to his/her strengths and struggles, and help provide an excellent social atmosphere that nurtures both the kids' brains and their sensibilities. The curricula are well-balanced for arts, math, science, social studies, languages (all kids are taught Spanish, and ESL kids are immersed in English) and technology, with elective classes mixed in (3rd-5th gr) where kids may follow their own favorite pursuits. All subgroups at this school are expected to excel, and they do. The IB program is integral to the school's approach to learning. Kids learn from the first that they are citizens of the world, and are encouraged to always consider how they can support each other, their school. their community, town, state, country and world, in all areas, including treading lightly on the planet's environment. There is a strong PTA, a parent-teacher Green Team (overseeing environmental, beautification & recycling concerns), Student Council, an ELAC group, School Site Council and an Annual Fund committee - all strong presences on campus. There are several good after-school programs that offer varying levels of homework help, playtime, and social & team activities (not to mention helping parents who need a safe place for their kids to stay until after work). There are lots of fun communal events that take place during the school year where everyone may mingle and learn about different subjects, buy books, take action, or just enjoy a hotdog and a movie! Our families and community partners support and interact with the school to enhance the daily programs. My overall impression is of a big diverse family of people coming together, where everyone gets to know everyone else, and each person involved with the school contributes what they can in the way of skills, materials, knowledge, and especially enthusiasm towards making it a great place to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

We moved from New York and my son has thrived at Willard and the teachers, kids, and parents have embraced us!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

My son just started kindergarten this year and is having a fantastic year. The I-B program really enhances the education. He has a super teacher that takes a very holistic approach to learning. We are extremely grateful to have such a strong public school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2009

My son has learnd a lot @ Willard E.S he loves going to school there ...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2006

Willard School Is an IB school.It offers good programs for children who do not require much assistance after the second grade. The school does offer a program for the children who are strictly special education,and not mainstreamed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2006

I have been at Willard elemnentary absorving a 2nd grace class and I was amazed with the quality work of the teacher I observed. The students were engaged and the enviroment was 'truly' fostering learn.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 12, 2006

I did very extensive research before signing up my kid at Willard Elementary school. I established my own statistical database to make a more realistic decision to signup my child at a public school or a private school. Willard Elementary school came out very good. In order to observe and experience all aspects in person, last year (FY 2005) I signedup/elected for the school board member. This provided me more info and met all wonderful/highly educated teachers. Within the last few years, this school's academic standing (state wide rating)has improved significantly and today is one of the best public elementary school within the vacinity. Higher GATE students, high quality classrooms, high educated teachers (BS, MA, DD, etc.) and very computer oriented classrooms. As a father and an aerospace scientist and a part time evening teacher at local universities, I grade them very high and admire them. Thanks, SAS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2005

I have found that this school provides quality academic instruction as well as music and foreign language oppportunities to all students. My child has enjoyed the 'electives' portion of the curriculum--he's allowed to choose and pursue an interest (such as science).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2005

Willard is becoming a model for the rest of the schools in PUSD. Outstanding teachers, friendly staff, involved parents, and the implementation of the International Baccalaureate program make Willard a wonderful learning environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


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

This school's
API score

859

Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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This school's
API score

859

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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

-10

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
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8 / 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)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

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

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
74%

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 65% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students68%
Females61%
Males76%
African American75%
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)69%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability44%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner57%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females68%
Males80%
African American75%
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)92%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner57%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
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 Students51%
Females46%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate57%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students63%
Females59%
Males65%
African Americann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner28%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
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 Students78%
Females85%
Males73%
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)100%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner39%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate60%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females84%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner59%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate72%
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)93%
Parent education - college graduate84%
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 Students67%
Females75%
Males56%
African Americann/a
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)93%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students61%
Females60%
Males62%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students76%
Females75%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate65%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate100%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 70%
White 13%
Black 7%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 2%
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 73%N/AN/A
English language learners 29%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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Fax number
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