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Ferris Spanger Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $178,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,060.

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Posted May 20, 2013

This school has really lost its edge. The school doesn't treat parents or students. If you voice an issue that needs to be addressed you will quickly become the school's enemy. The school's principle is more concerned with being well liked than doing the right thing. The school also allows student safety to be compromised.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2011

Mrs. Lewis is the best and we couldn't have asked for a better Kindergarten teacher for our son. The office ladies are awesome as well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2010

love it!!!! And amazing school with great staff! the kids get a good education. I would not change it for the world!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2010

My children are on a transfer to Spanger. I couldn't be happier with the staff. So thankful they had room for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2009

All of the teachers and staff are wonderful. They really show they care about the studends and want to see them succeed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2009

I am a Spanger parent, and I would say that I am happy with the school overall. I have heard great things about other teachers, but we have had a really not good teacher this year. My childs teacher has been out for probably 3-4 months of the school year, and the principal has no recourse. We are hoping that we have better luck next year as far as the teacher goes, but everything else has been really wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2009

The bad: The secratary is not easy to talk to she can be rude and abrupt at times, I dont belive she is even aware of it. The good: I love her teachers they are careing and supportive with the children. My child loves to read and write, as the teachers make learning fun. They also have a very good special ed program for special needs kids. They do alot of fun-raisers, and the parents help out a lot! They are also getting a new fitness palyground and is in the progress of beeing build now. I hope to have my child stay here for the next few years as we reside in Sac Co. and have a district transfer, but the school may be too full for us this next season.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

At one time Spanger was a great school. I'm not sure what happended, but the bullying and tolerance of 'bad' kids goes way too far. The 'good' children are constantly defending themselves with both the teachers and adminstration as far them not being the cause of a problem. They tolerate too much and therefore give out multiple citations that are meaningless. They don't suspend the troublemakers... there's a real problem and not safe! I will not being sending my children to Spanger next year as the school is just not up to excellence any longer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

My Child is in Kindergarten at this time and it has been a pleasure and a blessing to be in Mrs. Lewis' class. This teacher is so patient with the children and appropriately stops unruly behavior if it occurs. It's a shame we can't keep this teacher for every year our child is in elementary school. So far the principal has been great that we can see. She speaks of lifeskills to the entire school which teaches the children tools in success, effort, failure, and behavior, etc which is great. I find it hard to keep up with the numerous fundraisers, sometimes we receive 2 or 3 at one time, nonetheless, I'm sure most schools have the same challenge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2009

Both my children love Spanger! I have a 4th grader and a 1st grader...they can't wait to get to school every day. There's no tolerance for bullying, fighting, name calling and general mean behavior. The Principal is tough, but I know my children are in a safe place where action will be taken immediately if any of the above happens. She's always been reasonable when there's a disagreement. Spanger is well balanced both academically and teaching general lifeskills. There's always a fun school wide activity / event / assembly that the kids love. Overall, I'm pleased with the VERY POSITIVE education my children are getting at this awesome school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2007

Academically, Spanger standards are quite high and was lacking in music & art until our Governor came thru with funding. This is our 1st year here & our last. This school is overly strict in discipline and do not listen to the children's side of the story when conflict is involved. Children are demeaned when normal mistakes are made. The principle/parent communication lacks, principle tends to ' get in one's face...' scolding you like a child in trouble instead of talking with you like a real person. Some teachers are understanding, compassionate and really into the kids, and some our basically there to get a paycheck. This school definitely teaches to the Test, so much to the point that they lack in compassion & emotional support for the students. Do not expect many 'extras' from teachers and suggest you meet principle 1st before you enroll.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2007

The level of concern from the teachers to students, I've found, is severely lacking. In addition, their over-emphasis on academics leaves culturally-important programs like music and art out to dry. I'm glad that this is our last year here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2007

Our kindergartner has had a great experience being a Spanger student. Our family feels welcome, appreciated, and important. The teachers are all friendly, and care about the kids. The school is clean, the library is beautifully put together, the neighborhood is safe and pleasant. Excellent PTC program and activities. We enjoy music class, computer lab, and library day each week. Field trips have been well choreographed and relevant. A great school with a great principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2006

Spanger is what every school should be. My kids can't wait to go to school. The staff is loving and stern without putting the kids down. The principal knows each and every child on campus. She can always be found with the kids and is extremely approachable. The Library is well stocked and a fun comfortable atmosphere. I wouldn't want my kids to be anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2006

Many outstanding teachers and excellent parent involvement with an active PTC. It pays to observe prospective teachers and talk to parents of students about particular teachers. Campus is clean and safe. As with most campuses today, it has gone overboard with respect to 'safety and respect' on the playground - a student cannot make up their own rules to games (there goes the imagination!) and citations have been issued to students who have stood up from an uncomfortable position after the 'freeze bell.' Principal is not the best with parent communication (did not involve parent when student was involved in physical behaviors & did not respond in a timely manner (it took 8 weeks) to a request by a parent regarding student placement).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2005

Our family loves Spanger! The teachers are wonderful and our kids are always happy to go to school. The music and art program is lacking, though. Academics take top priority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2004

My child is in Kindergarten ans so far way exceedes my expectations of an elementary. The teachers are caring and attentive. They truly care for the kids and their progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2004

We love Spanger! Mrs. Westphal is an excellent leader as well as a very compassionate person. She always perceives the student as an individual when providing solutions to various issues. There is a very positive attitude through out the school teachers, parents, and kids. Its a very happy place where learning is a fun rewarding experience for all.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

870

Change from
2012 to 2013

-15

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

870

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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

-15

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8 / 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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9 / 10

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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
70%

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

All Students73%
Females72%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
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)60%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females83%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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 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 Students64%
Females67%
Males59%
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)65%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability66%
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 graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females76%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability62%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
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 graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate94%
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 Students79%
Females82%
Males77%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students66%
Females67%
Males65%
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)67%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
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

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females92%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability69%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
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 graduate87%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students74%
Females88%
Males64%
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)81%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability77%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
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 graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students66%
Females76%
Males58%
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)74%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability77%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
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)53%
Parent education - college graduate76%
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 63%
Hispanic 26%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 2%
Black 2%
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 36%N/AN/A
English language learners 9%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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