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John Muir Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted October 2, 2013

Saying the staff is great would be obvious. But the school needs materials and help. They have to beg parents for money to help the school due to cuts in the education funding. Teachers haven't had raises in 7 years. I volunteer at the school to help out. Teachers have to buy their own resources every year to help out kids. I'm sure many schools are just like this but I figure I would submit them anyways. Its really a great community school. Al
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

I am an alumni of John Muir and attended there for 7 years (It was still K-6 when I left) and I must say some of the teachers I had (Petronis, Dallara and Burns as well as many others) were phenomenal in the ways they helped students and genuinely cared. Dr. Dunleavy is wonderful as a principal and was just as good of a kindergarten teacher. They focus a lot on academics and want students to succeed.


Posted August 28, 2013

My school is John Muir school :John Muir it's not just a school its also my second home my kids spend more time in the school and the teacher than me ,if you enter john Muir you will feel the same way ,this school mean a lot for me Dr Dunlevy ,Kathy Pakham and the teacher are my real family ,my kids go to throw a surgery and they need to be watch and John Muir staff and principal did not but me down they even bring safety stuff for my daughter to play with because she's not allowed to play in the play ground .If I want to talk about the education program that they have is very good ,most of the teacher are vary good teacher ,even the parent's are very good people they very helpful and they volunteer a lot for many thing like a field trip carnival and many more .all what I want to say John Muir is safe good educational school for your kids and you will love it as much I love it .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2012

The best school on earth. It has a special place in my heart. The school have so many great teachers and have the best principal.


Posted September 24, 2009

I love John Muir because I went there and my daughter is now in her last year there. She has made great friends and so have I. I love all the teachers she has had and I love Dr. D
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

John Muir has an exceptional staff, wonderful families, and an embracing community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

John Muir school has a special place in my heart because besides both of my children going there I also attended John Muir. Since my oldest child started in 2001 we have felt welcomed up there. There are many ways to get involved with the events going on and just helping out in many different ways. The staff is very welcoming, fun, helpful, and very friendly. Our PTA has good plans to keep things going so everyone can get aquainted. I feel comfortable up there and always have. When something needs taken care of it does happen. I wouldn't think twice about recommending John Muir to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Great principal, teachers who care, my grandchildren are learning!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Great teachers, my granddaughters love it.... they counted the days to the first day of the new school year..


Posted September 15, 2009

John Muir is an amazing institution. It provides our children with a warm and loving environment yet high academic standards are expected. We are thrilled to have our children attend John Muir Elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

This school has come a long way since Dr Dunleavy has become principle. The teachers appear to be much happier and actually look like they are enjoying working for such a great leader. Not only does she lead the school but she is also very involved with kids. I would also like to compliment the PTA President, Marcie Gigena, She is very well organized, approachable, and also a great leader for our staff and parents. She is a full time worker and full time mother of two energetic and wonderfull boys. Not only do I not understand how she does it but her children prove with their personality how important it is to get involved with your childrens schooling. Thank you Marcie. Her husband is also very involved always standing by her side and volunteering for every event. More husbands should take note of this wonderful man. Thank You Mr.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2008

I absolutley love this school! The principle Mrs. Dunleavy is the best! Mrs. Takahashi is awesome! I am so proud to say that my son attends this school. He has excelled in math beyond my expectations! It's such a warming and welcoming school to belong to!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

Dr. Dunleavy is absolutely fabulous managing the school. Dedicated staff and Parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

Since Dr. Dunleavy became Principal last year she has made an enormous difference to the school. She has encouraged a spirit of community with kids, parents and faculty. She knows and has a rapport with each child in the school. I've seen a big difference to how the kids feel supported and encouraged to grow and learn both academically and personally. The teachers we have had from Kindergarten through 3rd grade have been wonderful - committed and caring. A truly great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2008

Great school with dedicated staff and fabulous Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2006

I think John Muir school is a wonderful school.The teachers and staff really seem to know all the children and that makes the kids feel good.Our principal Ms Berman has done a lot for this school since she has come.She has an open door policy for anyone to come see her whenever they want if she is available.She encourages the children as well.The teachers are top notch and work well with Ms Berman.She is also in front of the school in the mornings and walks around at lunch when possible.The PTA is strong,but it would be nice to see more attend the meetings.The PTA does do alot for the school.There are many events going on throughout the year.It would also be nice to see more people step up to do some of the events.I think things are running very well at John Muir-I have 2 children there,and very happy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2006

John Muir Elementary has been a great school for my 3rd & 6th graders this year. The teachers provide guidence and communitcate well with parents. There is little or no music, PE or art. Although this is a top quality school in the sense of principal, teachers and community, there is little funding avail. to CA public schools for extras. This school has a strong PTA and high parent involvement which gives it an edge for providing extras for students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2005

The teachers at this school have been phenomenal (Takahashi, Cunningham, Burns, Milam, Petronis). My children have enjoyed the professionalism of these teachers specified. Although, Principal Berman fails to be more involved with the children, she is not a positive role model, I only see her reprimanding chilren in her office. She never stands any Lunch yard watches and is not personable to either parents to students. Kudos to the teaching professionals. School grounds and equipment are sufficient. The parents who are involved in their child's academic goals are great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2005

This school focuses on academic aspects of students other than any other. They should work harder on extracurricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2005

This is my son's second year at John Muir. We have been very satisfied with John Muir. The teachers worked very closely with our son to make up for the loss in critical learning concepts from 4th grade. It's also very convenient to have daycare on the school grounds through Champions, they do a good job with homework time and keeping the kids involved.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

897

Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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This school's
API score

897

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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.
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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.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
96%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
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 Students67%
Females70%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
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)63%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females91%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner79%
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)88%
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 Students53%
Females54%
Males50%
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)55%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females85%
Males82%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner85%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate95%
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 Students89%
Females88%
Males90%
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)86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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)100%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learner100%
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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)100%
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 Students78%
Females76%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
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 graduate91%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females83%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
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 graduate91%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students79%
Females79%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
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 graduate90%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 44%
Hispanic 27%
Asian 12%
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 23%N/AN/A
English language learners 25%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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