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Excelsior Elementary School

Public | 4-6 | 580 students

 

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Posted December 5, 2012

Excellent school district, dedicated teachers, the last of the schools holding on to enrichment programs. Fourth through six grade are huge transitional years, and Excelsior has been a rich environment for our children to grow and learn. There are always teachers with different teacher styles, but if parents buckle up and work as a team, it WORKS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2011

This is my child's first year at Excelsior and it is nothing short of amazing in how well she is doing. Her teachers are involved and care about setting the right educational goals for her. Because of that, she is flourishing in the fantastic learning environment found in this school. Also, she found it easy to make friends and to adjust to the changes that come from going to a new school. We are very pleased with our decision to move to this area. It was definitely the right move for our child. Although I can see why some parents have concerns about the principle. She is not always "approachable". Or rather, doesn't always seem to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2011

The curriculum is great and my child is doing well academically! But I agree with the parent below me, if you get a great teacher then your child will do well. Unfortunately if you get a lazy teacher (great thing that there are only a few lazy ones) then your child will suffer. Don't even think about going to the principal for help, whether it is about a teacher or bullies. She will stand behind her teachers even if they are completely wrong and when talking to her about bullies she will tell you 'thats what children do at this age' or 'what am i supposed to do about it?'. My advice is stand behind your child. Listen to what he/she says and bother the principal until she will actually listen to you and your child. Be the thorn in the side of lazy teachers because that is what they need to get motivated. You are your childs parent and you are supposed to protect them when no one else will. Please don't let the rude office staff, uncaring Principal or a few lazy teachers stop your child from having a great school experience. This school will continue to go downhill until they replace the unmotivated teachers and actually start taking bullying in all forms seriously!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2011

If you get a good teacher you will have a wonderful experience. If you get one of the other teachers...... you are out of luck. Prepare to pay for a tutor and a shrink! It is a shame that our Education System does not have the power to get rid of low performing or lazy teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

We took my, then 4th grade now 5th grade, son out of this school when we moved away last year and he missed it terribly. I thought the move would be good for him and the school he would be attending was a good one. Well the grass is always greener on the other side and we never realized how amazing excelsior really is until we left it. We're moving back just for this school. The teachers are great and always make time for parents. They're definitely out for the children's best interest. There is a lot of parent involvement here. I've seen a lot of negative posts about the principal and I don't really agree with them. She and I did have a misunderstanding at one point but when my husband went to pick up my son she went outside and talked with him about it and apologized that there was a misunderstanding. We were able to get the matter solved that day. The kids love her and she's very approachable. The office staff is nice but they definitely have their not-so-friendly moments. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

The parents at this school are HORRIBLE. One parent actually threw an EGG at the crossing guard. Nothing was done. The parents are snobby, and our experience with the teacher wasn't that great either. We are not coming back next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

the teachers here are pretty good. THe principal leaves something to be desired, and the office staff has been snotty. I have enjoyed the environmnet at GBHS much more!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2008

This is not my favorite school. The principle is not very involved and takes no action about peer relationships, cussing, or general well-beings of students. All principles of the Eureka School district are obviously trained to tell parents if any problem arise, that this is just how it is, and if you don't like it-move!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2008

I've been to this school and it was great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2005

Excellent school with high levels of parent involvement. Not much in the way of a gifted/talented program, but nationally competitive Destination Imagination teams.
—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

887

Change from
2012 to 2013

-11

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

887

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-11

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API Statewide Rank
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9 / 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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English Language Arts

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

192 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

224 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students84%
Females84%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females82%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females84%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
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)77%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students56%
Females49%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability22%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students66%
Females65%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
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)65%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females85%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
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)78%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females67%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
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 disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
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)44%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
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 State average
White 67% 27%
Hispanic 13% 51%
Asian 10% 11%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Black 1% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Diane Duncan
Fax number
  • (916) 780-4314

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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2701 Eureka Rd.
Roseville, CA 95661
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