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Las Flores Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 587 students

 

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Posted May 6, 2014

I'm sorry, but this is one of the worst schools I have ever been to. The third/second grade teachers where so disrespectful to some students that it made me pull my kids right out. One child of mine is now a grade behind in math from not being taught the correct way. Once a teacher has sworn at a child and told them not to share their own religious beliefs on campus. Never returning to that school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2013

LFES has a great staff who really care about teaching the students. We have attended for many years and liked every teacher. The principal Mrs. Tamaki is very friendly and enthusiastic. The rest of the staff are great too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2012

Las Flores Elementary is one of the best elementary schools. I have never in my own 6 years at Las Flores ever felt bullied or bored. Everyday had something new in store. My teachers always supported whatever I did. We always had many parents helping out around class. The campus was always beautiful and the activities were always fun and educational. Las Flores Elementary School is an amazing place to enroll any student.


Posted January 17, 2012

This is NOT a good school to send your child to. My daughter had a terrible time here, so bad we were forced to move her to a different school. She was undeniably depressed, her teacher continued to cross the line with her and she has never been like that at any other school before. The teachers are allowed to pick on the kids and ridicule them and the bullying at this school is out of control. I would not let my child attend school here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2011

There is a lot of peer, parent, and community pressure for the students to excel academically. Most of the parents in the community are college educated professionals who expect high academic performance from their children. There are homework clubs, parents who assist in the formation of study groups, and field trips to science and arts related destinations. The LFES facility is clean and maintained; the classrooms are bright and cheerful, and the students appear engaged, socialized, and happy. In the mornings there are dozens of moms escorting their children to the line up area, many of whom stay around to chat and socialize and also help out in the classrooms. The teachers are responsive and connected via an internet/email service to parents so any academic or behavioral issues are addressed quickly. Overall, the school is a positive environment - very community oriented, and a real asset to the Las Flores community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

Not sure what the previous reviewers were referring to but Las Flores Elementary School is a very relaxed campus with parents checking in and volunteering everywhere - Bullying, are you kidding? I have two, going on three kids at Las Flores Elementary and Middle and they never complain. They have made friends with other kids some of whom they see on their soccer and neighborhood swim teams. There's a commendable academic and extracurricular partnership between the LFES, LFMS, and Tesoro High School with kids from the HS serving as peers and coaches for activities such as drama, dance, music, and sports. This is a great asset. Finally, since it is a neighborhood school serving only Las Flores, everyone sort of knows everyone else from play dates, preschool, and block parties.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

Unless you are filthy rich, do not send your child here. They will be judged and tormented. The bullying is out of control and neither the teachers nor the principal do anything about it. My student was depressed on a daily basis attending school here. Kids seem to be more focused on the way they dress and who has what rather than focusing on education. My child was picked on daily and after several attempts to get help from the school, they only made the problem worse. School should be a fun learning environment not a nightmare.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2011

Las Flores Elementary School was definitely better a few years ago. We do have some outstanding teachers but there are a few bad apples who do not treat the students and/or parents with respect. Considering that the teachers need to do more with less in the current economic climate, overall I have been satisfied with my children's education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2011

Was an okay transition from private school. Our kids previously attended private school. We were forced to try public this past year when my husband lost his job. We do miss the Christian influence and character building. As well as the close relationship with faculity. But, until he gets back on his feet we are pleasantly pleased. Parent involvement has been a necessity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

We love the positive environment Las Flores has to offer! The staggered day kindergarten classes allow each teacher to teach in her own classroom which enables small group instruction for more than half of the instructional day!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2009

Both of our kids went to this school. My wife and I have gotten to know everyone there and we consider them to be our extended family!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

Nice school but far from tidy. Very rigid environment, security seems a top priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2007

'California Distinguished School' and it is proven based upon the superb teaching and parent involvement witnessed by my wife and I. Our boys are challenged in a motivating way everyday. Very caring staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2007

Great school. They offer a Chinese cultural program that includes teaching the language starting in kindergarten. Parental involvement is very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2006

My child has been going here for 2 years. He started in a special education program, and from there has been mainstreamed. I am so happy with the quality and care of the teachers and staff at this school, without them, I don't know if he would have done so well!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

914

Change from
2012 to 2013

+4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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914

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9 / 10

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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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

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

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

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

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 Students78%
Females83%
Males73%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
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)60%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females79%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
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)60%
Parent education - college graduate89%
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 Students68%
Females69%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate60%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females86%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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)80%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
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 Students88%
Females94%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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 graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state89%

Math

All Students87%
Females90%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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)75%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state94%
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 Students85%
Females94%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)91%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to state89%

Math

All Students69%
Females71%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to state71%

Science

All Students83%
Females84%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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)91%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state89%
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 62%
Hispanic 19%
Asian 8%
Two or more races 6%
Black 1%
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 11%N/AN/A
English language learners 6%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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