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Peter J. Shields Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted January 22, 2014

I don't know much about any school. My son first attended Williamson elementary school. The environment there was goot. However I thought that my son Walt learn batter if he has opportunity. So there he is at PJS. This is his 2nd year there. IS believe have hear net so mueh. Isn't it what school is for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

I have a Kindergarden and 2nd grader attedning this school and I adore the respect and values they teach my children. It supports what i am teaching them at home. The staff show how much they care about the kids education. They have early birds and late birds students which i believe to be effective with kids that may need more time for then others on learning the materials. They are always having family events to attend and enjoy with the school. The most important thing of all is that my kids are learning and developing a good founded structure for thier future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2013

Since the merge with Riverview this school has gone downhill. My child was at this school since kindergarten and we were happy until a couple years ago. I don't think this school is able to handle double the capacity of students. The teachers truly care about the students and the principal is great, however, there has been little done about bullying issues and there is a lack of one on one assistance with the students. This year was so bad that we decided to move our child in the last year of elementary school. We just had to let go of the friendships built over the last 5 years and move on, which is really sad. The bad outweighed the good. There was a "no talking at lunch" rule implemented this year which is crazy and other parents I have spoke to say they have never experienced something like this in their elementary schools. Your child WILL receive detention for talking in the lunch room...I really hope enough parents have complained about this new rule to have things changed. Please do your research before enrolling your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2013

After we lost Mrs.Cunningham years ago this school has gone downhill. I am surprised about how high my childs grades have gone up since we switched schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2013

Correction: That was supposed to have read ..NONE of the teachers smiled much, made eye contact or seemed very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2012

My decision to enroll both of my daughter's into PJS was the best one I could have made!!! This is their 3rd year attending PJS and each year I am even more pleased than the last! There is very little to no bullying going on at this school, the teachers don't seem stressed at all, they're all very nice and great with the kids, the parent's really do get involved by helping out and all of my daughters' assignments/grades/lunch $ account/ school news is updated regularly on the website. I always know whats going on and I know that my girls are safe!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2012

Both of my boys started PJS IN 2010 and are doing very well. My Son kindergarten teacher Mrs. Cain is very structuerd and knowledgable. l am very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

I love this school,teachers and other staff are the greatest ever!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2008

This school is great my son came to this school in sacond grade and he learnd alot, this school is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

My daughter has just completed her kindergarten year with Mrs. Benesch and Mrs. Salazar at PJS. I am so pleased with education she received from these fabulous teachers. I am confident that she will do just as well in 1st grade and in her remaining years at Shields. I have also gotten to know the staff, and other teachers and am please with their care and concern for the students. I would highly recommend PJS.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2006

I had a wonderful experience in the 2005-2006 school yr. The teachers seem to really care and give the children attention needed. It is not over crowded, so the children get individual attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

PJS is a small school and has proven itself to be outstanding in all categories so far. The teaching staff is well qualified, innovative and personally involved in entire teaching process. Weekly communication between the teachers and parents has been excellent. We are generally pleased with the academic program and methods taught. The children have a weekly art class where they are learning all forms of expression, medium, styles and format. There is a music program available to for the 3rd through 5th grades. The PTA has dedicated volunteers and monthly activities involving the entire school. My son is currently in the 2nd grade and has been at PJS since Kindergarten - We just love the feel of this school. It would be very difficult to change schools, even if the program offered at another school was an all GATE program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2005

My daughter is in Kindergarten, and this school is one of the top notch schools here in Rancho. My grandson goes to another and I feel that school needs some improvement. Teachers at this school along with the Principal are very kid orientated. I give Peter J. Shields a A+ for all around good school. My daughter loves her new school, and I wouldn't choose another. Thank you to her two teachers for helping her and making her a smarter and more caring and responsible child. It helps when your teachers like to teach, and these ladies do.Parent teacher involvement is a MUST at all schools. This one goes beyond all expectations.Thank you Mrs.Benesch and Mrs.Salazar,your Great!
—Submitted by a parent


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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

786

Change from
2012 to 2013

-18

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

786

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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

-18

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
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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.
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.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
49%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
19%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
44%
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 Students41%
Females48%
Males33%
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)44%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
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)48%
Parent education - college graduate45%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females72%
Males67%
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)79%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner50%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate73%
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 Students40%
Females34%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)37%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate8%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students62%
Females49%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
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)61%
Parent education - college graduate71%
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 Students52%
Females58%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
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)48%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students49%
Females52%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate73%
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 Students58%
Females64%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
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 graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students59%
Females68%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students64%
Females57%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 59%
Hispanic 20%
Black 10%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/AN/A
English language learners 26%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

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

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