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2011:
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Posted June 23, 2014

My son has just graduated from Albert Einstein Academies Middle School. He started there when the school moved to the South Park location. He was a part of the German Immersion program up through the 8th grade and then we shifted him to Spanish in 8th grade to prep him for Spanish in High School. The transition was remarkably easy for him. Throughout his school experience we feel he had support from his teachers and from administration. Most of his teachers have been excellent and really worked with us to help him thrive. As we look back on all the years at Albert Einstein... I have to say that it was a great place of learning for our son. We have to thank Albert Einstein for preparing our son for High School. Overall, it's been a wonderful experience for us and, most importantly, for our son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2014

The instructional model is for students to spend one week in English, then one in German. This has worked very well for our son's language skills and consequently he understands and speaks German quite well. However, given that the kids are going back and forth between teachers and languages, it is important that they have consistency in other aspects of the classroom. Unfortunately, we have found that there can be a wide variation in the quality of teachers and their respective teaching styles within a cohort, and consequently the kids may have a very good week in one class, then a horrible one the next. Kind of like having Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde for teachers. We appreciate the focus on academics, but it is our assessment that their is little effort to see the kids as unique individuals and help them find their potential. I fear that Einstein's focus on conformity and rules produces well-educated children who are unable to think for themselves. Elementary school is a place for children to learn, grow, and understand the world around them. Above all, it must be a nurturing place. Sadly, Einstein's principals and teachers seem to have forgotten this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2014

Both of our kids have been at AEA since Kindergartner. They are now in 2d and 6th grade. AEA has so far offered our kids a strong curriculum that embraces an increasingly complex, global environment for a world that requires an increasingly diverse range of skills, languages and perspectives. This cannot be achieved without a team of very dedicated teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2013

Parents should know a few things we didn't upon entering our children into this school: 1. there is no social-emotional program, kids are not taught how to problem solve and show empathy. 2. there is a stoplight (colors, stars, etc) system used in the classrooms beginning in 1st grade; this publicly shames each child into conforming to the teacher's rules (if you get a bully teacher- and they exist here- you're in trouble) 3. The amount of homework increases ridiculously starting very young. If you're ok with the above, then by all means send your child here. I give it the one star because it's in a hip neighborhood and kids do learn another language??!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

I have two children going to the school. One is in 5th and the other in the 7th grade. They have been at this school since Kindergarten. I feel very lucky and blessed to have found such a wonderful school. The teachers are kind and supportive, the Principals are approachable and professional. The only draw back is the campus is a bit crowded now due to having to wait on the middle school campus becoming ready for the middle schoolers to move over there. I feel like my children are getting a great education. This is probably one of the best schools in San Diego County, maybe even Southern California. Just my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2013

I really dislike this school. Let me just say this, my son graduated kindergarten not knowing how to write his ABC's. His a very smart kid by natural talent but what he is suppose to be thought in class was obviously not implemented right or he just fell through the cracks of the system. I don't recommend this school, if it wasn't because he already started here and his comfortable with the lay back atmosphere I would take him out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

It really is a great school because they offer great programs like art, PE, music and so much more. Love the uniforms its like a Private school theme. Have 3 children attending here now, and they love it, struggling a little maybe its the language differences, but hopefully will pull through with the help of the LOVELY TEACHERS!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2011

I have 2 children at this school. This is an amazingly great place. I often feel like I am treated like a client - and this is a public school! The academics and programs are outstanding. The teachers are warm and friendly. Principal Vaughn is so personable and makes time to get to know families. We have experienced the torture of the outside schools, so we know this is elementary school nirvana we are experiencing at Einstein Academy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2011

This school is amazing. Great teachers, and great parent community. What I like, art, PE, music,language and uniforms! The music teacher is incredible. The energy the school has is outstanding. We are so grateful to be a part of the Einstein community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

My son (2nd grade) loves to go to this school everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

I love it because it's a great school, has great teachers and staff, everyone is positive and helpful, has a great curriculum, and my son loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

We have a wonderful loving and caring staff, my children experience, du to the IB program different cultures. They are receiving a great education and on top of it will learn German, What else can you ask for
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

My grand daughter loves the school. The teachers are great and when I visit the school everyone is like family to each other.


Posted October 6, 2009

It brings happiness plus learning for our grandaughter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

I love the caliber of teachers and quality of teaching; I love that my son is being exposed to different cultures and languages; I love that my son is being taught to be a good global citizen; I love how involved the parents are I love that my child is surrounded by other children of like minds
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2009

I think that the teachers are great and very nurturing and allow students to feel comfortable expressing themselves and they encourage independent thinkers. I also love the diversity of the school and that the students are aware and accepting of different cultures because it is discussed in the learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2009

Best teachers in San Diego County...more dedicated than any teachers I have ever known
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

EVERYTHING-From the wonderful, dedicated staff to the great parents and students. We are truely a community that works together and plays together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Great place, awesome teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

I have been with AEA since it's second year as a school. I especially love my teachers.
—Submitted by a student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

903

Change from
2012 to 2013

-6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

903

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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

-6

Change from 2012 to 2013
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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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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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

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.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
71%

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 65% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students69%
Females74%
Males61%
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner53%
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)53%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females91%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner94%
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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)84%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
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 Students62%
Females61%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner44%
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 graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females82%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner76%
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 graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)90%
Parent education - college graduate91%
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 Students81%
Females87%
Males74%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner63%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students75%
Females77%
Males75%
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)80%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
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 Students86%
Females87%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate86%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females86%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner60%
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 graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students78%
Females83%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner29%
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 graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
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 60% 26%
Hispanic 23% 52%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Black 6% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Female 54%N/A48%
Male 46%N/A51%
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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