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Alice M. Birney Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 504 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2014

Was this school formerly in the Huntington Park area? My kindergarten picture has the title of Alice Birney School Room 4 Kindergarten April 1973. I seem to remember my school was withing walking distance of Rugby Avenue where my family lived at the time. I can't seem to find any info on the web about a move.


Posted January 20, 2011

My grandson attends Birney Elementary, he is a special needs student and he has progressed so much since he started with Birney, his teachers are exceptional and he loves them all.....but I must also say that it is the small things in life that matter the most; Birney Dads Club comes around every Christmas Eve to give a gift to the kids I don't know if it's only for Special Needs children or for children with single parents but I and my daughter are forever grateful that they made it possible for my grandson to see Santa come to the house for the past 4 years. God Bless you for all you do


Posted December 11, 2009

Both of my children attend Birney Elementary School. I feel Birney's teacher's are it's greatest asset My daughter has had the pleasure of having three of Birney's finest teachers, and under their instructions has grown leaps and bounds in terms of scholastic achievement. My son is in his first year at Birney and is already reading ( phonic reading book), when the school year began, he didn't even know all the letters of his alphabet. I feel so fortunate in that we are able to send our children to such a fine school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

My niece's and nephew attend Birney, as did I and my siglings. There was a rough patch a while back when the teacher seemed disinterested in helping my niece maximize her potential. That has not been the case the last 3 years. All the teachers I have dealt with are great. They have all been very encouraging and my nieces and nephew have all excelled. The principle is very open to hearing our concerns. Parent involvement is high. I have even noticed that some of my high school alumni are now teaching there. The fact that Birney was recognized as a distinguished school only helps to make us feel better about the instruction and care taken with each child.


Posted February 20, 2008

It should be mentioned that Birney Elementary is both a California Distinguished School and a Title I Achievement school. All three of my sons have attended Birney Elementary over the past several years and my youngest son is currently attending Birney. While there have been many changes in that time, there are some things that have remained consistent. One is how the staff seems to be able to work as a team, across grade levels, to educate our kids. Some teachers team more than others, but the entire staff is involved and communicates with one another about their kids. Another constant is the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the school. Students and parents feel safe and accepted. It makes a difference when my son says wants to be at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2008

I feel the staff is great! We do have some teachers that put more effort than others, but all our abilities put together have brought success to the majority of our students. You will get the parents who disagree, but they are mainly the ones who put the 100% on the teachers, without realizing that teachers can not do it all, especially when there is no support from home. Most successful students are the ones who have a trianlge working. Parent involvement is the key. They must take the time to look over homework and stay on top of what is going on in the schools. Parents: ask your child everyday, what did you learn? How was your day? etc.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 14, 2007

My son has gone to Birney since the beginning and I can honestly say in his 5 yrs there he has had 2 good teachers. I feel that the teachers need to step it up and really help these kids, my son has struggled this last year and his teacher has no interest in helping him all he does is send another kid his age to teach him and I don't think that's right,we pay the teacher to teach our kids but I guess they don't see it that way. The principal the have now is worthless, she just as bad as the teachers. Birney elementary really needs help in finding better teacher that can really focus on our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2005

What an outstanding job principal Ms. Norman and her school staff have done in the past 6 years my daughter has attended Birney Elementary School. I have had the pleasure of working along with some of the best teachers each with their special qualities have help enhance the educations and lives of my child. As you can see, this well blend of teachers and staff have made my daughter become a happy and well balanced student that is planning to come back as a successful doctor to your El Rancho School District Dinner of Honor for past students. But if this was not enough Ms Norman has gone out of her way along with our hard working Gardner to beautify the school grounds with beautiful plants. This has not only shown our children love for nature and respect, but also a pinch of pride to attend their beautiful school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

789

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 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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789

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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5 / 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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
61%

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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
45%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
34%
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 Students51%
Females54%
Males49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner41%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state27%

Math

All Students59%
Females65%
Males55%
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 disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state27%
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 Students42%
Females47%
Males38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
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)40%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students72%
Females74%
Males69%
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%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate78%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate80%
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 Students75%
Females83%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females66%
Males74%
African Americann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner50%
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 graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate75%
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 Students59%
Females56%
Males63%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students45%
Females36%
Males58%
African Americann/a
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 disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged33%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students37%
Females27%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
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 disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability36%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
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)31%
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 97%
Black 2%
White 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 82%N/AN/A
English language learners 27%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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