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Sierra Elementary School

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Posted May 15, 2013

My daughter went to Sierra while it was still Sierra Accelerated and when it changed over to Sierra Elementary. Any time I had any issues or had any questions about the school, the staff, teachers and principal were always available to help. My daughter excelled at this school and being of a darker complexion I was always afraid that she would be picked on but instead we were welcomed into the community with open arms. Because of the foundations this school has instilled into my daughter she has excelled all the way through high school maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA while taking advanced courses. Rosalind G.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

Love the staff and students! The small town is a great place to have my children and the teachers have pride in thier work and really care for the students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2011

This is a great school. My kids really love it here. The teachers are awesome and really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

This is the best elementary school in the Placerville area. The teachers are great an so is the parental involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 11, 2011

I have two children that have attended Sierra since kindergarten. The office staff, teachers and principal are all amazing! They are all caring, dedicated individuals whose priority is to see that all of their children feel safe, confident and have the tools that they need to become successful adults!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2009

We absolutely love this school. My son is in 1st grade and cannot wait to get to school. The teachers are excellent and the principal shows great leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2008

This is our first year at this school. I have two boys and they were a little nervous starting a new school. They started school a week ago and love it. Both really like their teachers, the school offers a lot of things for the kids to do, as where the last school we came from didn't offer anything. A+++ for Sierra!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

My oldest daughter goes to Sierra Elementary. This has been a great learning environment for her. The teachers really seem to love their jobs. I cannot wait for my youngest to be old enough to start at Sierra
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2008

My children feel so safe here! Its like one family. We moved from southern California and were welcomed with open arms!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2008

Both my girls go to Sierra School and love it the teacher's are great and the Principal is 100% from what I have seen, my oldest daughter needed help in Reading and she go it with the help of Title one. Parent's need to get involved and really see how great Sierra School is..KK
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

I had to move my child from here. The reading program was weak and math was not consistent between teachers. I understand the school recently has gone through some changes. Hopefully they can work this out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2007

Sierra school is a prime example why 'pay for performance' is a good idea. The quality of instruction is not consistent between grades or even teachers of the same grade and the dedication to the student seems to be lost on seperate agendas. The 'yard duties' have a very difficult job and would probably benifit from more organization and instruction on child behavior. Too often a child is hit or kicked while the yard duties attention is elsewhere. The music program is superior to programs I have seen in other districts and is definately worth mentioning. The teachers and principal could be more communicative to the parents and on a more timely basis. Sierra has all the ingredients to be a very nice top notch school and would be if the focus could be redirected to what really matters, the student and his/her education. Parental involvement has been extremely high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

The quality overall seems to be lacking compared to other schools in the area. Perhaps a little more focus to the curriculum could resolve this. Parental involvement in some classes is almost too high as some teachers tend to lean on them to complete their work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

My son hates going to school now because of the 4/5 academy, parent do not have a choice to be in the academy or not. Most of the teachers are very nice & love teaching, the office staff is nice and the lunch program is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

The principal is not very approachable. She does not take care of issues that need to be addressed or welcome parent involvement. Overall teachers are dedicated but are working with lack of leadership and needed supplies to succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2007

My children have attending Sierra School for 3 years. I have seen many changes with the schools organization, communication, safety and overall Performance. There is no communication this year between teacher/principle and parents. My fifth grader has struggled to stay afloat with the piles of homework he receives daily in the 4th-5th grade academy. He has been failing and only received a notice at report card time. My opinion if a student is failing, you would want to get the parents involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2007

School is supposed to be a safe environment for a child. This year my child was hit, kicked, and picked on too many times. There is a no hitting back policy. Why doesn't the principal do something about someone getting hurt? As far as academics go, they rush through math. The early bird program is too big to help so many students. I've tried numerous times with the help of the district office to get on the internet program to check my child's progress. I can't get on, it won't work. Feeling helpless.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2007

Not happy with the current school year. I agree that expecting 4th and 5th graders to change classes 'to get ready for Markham'(middle school), is way too early. Isn't that what Markham is for? There has been very little personal, voice communication from the staff/faculty this year as opposed to the two previous years that my child was enrolled. This year most correspondence is printed like a news letter, however not all kids at this age are responsible enough to ensure that the parents actually receive these notices. Had a very bad experience with the last fund raiser,(flowers). Order didn't get turned in on Monday, I went to school Tuesday morning to turn in $126.00 in orders, but was rejected for being late?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2006

The teachers [are] not very effective in communicating assignment expectations as well as giving prompt feedback to the parents as to the problems or progress.Their lesson plans need more development also assignment coordination needs to be done among periods. I think expecting a 4/5th grade to perform to a Jr. High regimen is too soon to attempt.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2005

Great atmosphere for kids to grow and learn. After two kids and 8 years at this school I would highly recommend it. No negative comments, we miss the school after both kids have now graduated. Very approachable staff and administration, who like parent envolvement but have a wide variety of students with social and economic backgrounds.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

890

Change from
2012 to 2013

-15

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


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API score

890

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

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

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

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
64%

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

All Students76%
Females73%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females88%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)97%
Parent education - college graduate100%
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 Students70%
Females69%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate91%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students93%
Females93%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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)88%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females80%
Males73%
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)87%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females78%
Males78%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner82%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
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 Students74%
Females74%
Males75%
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)78%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females73%
Males67%
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students75%
Females79%
Males68%
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate82%
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
White 67%
Hispanic 26%
Two or more races 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Black 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/AN/A
English language learners 15%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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