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Highland Ranch Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 716 students

 
 

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 5 ratings
2011:
Based on 6 ratings

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Posted July 16, 2007

H.R. is outstanding and has an amazing Principle. She is dedicated to the scool and the children. The PTA is well run. The school has lots of parental involvement and school spirit. We are moving but I hope to still stay at our school because we love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2007

This is our sons first year at Highland Ranch and we love it. His teacher, Ms. Erika Ferguland is the best. Ms. Erika is a special education teacher specialized in 'Autistic' children. Her compassion and dedication has far superceded our expectations. We are forever grateful to her and the school for their commitment to our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

The teachers here at the Ranch are the best in Poway! My son loves to go and learn everyday. He teacher is the best 5th grade teacher in the district. Thanks for getting he motivatied 5th grade team!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2006

Unlike others i am not impressed. My daughter previously attended a really good school in another state and this school is just average, if not below in my opinion. They are overboard with unnecessary rules. Lunch is mostly burger or red baron sponsored pizza, the availability of a salad bar doesn't make that any better. The playground is falling apart and looks disastrous. The schools website is hard to navigate and information hard to find, you also can't e-mail the school. Office staff is friendly. My daughter's teacher is not available to the students, he's the last in and the first out, no time for talking or asking simple questions. There is no handbook or abstract anywhere available for parents regarding the curriculum. They don't have art,music or physical education classes. No, a great school is something else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Great school! We love our son's teacher...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

The quality of the academic programs seems good. There is an enrichment program after school (you have to pay for) where you can take art, music, sports, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

For the past two years I have volunteered in my grandson's classroom one morning a week. His first grade teacher, Mrs. Levchenko, was outstanding. An excellent teacher, well-organized, creative, and particularly good at keeping the children focused on their work. When my grandson had difficulty with his reading earlier in the year, he was immediately assigned to a reading specialist. He ended the year with excellent reading skills. No doubt his problem might have been overlooked at other schools, but not at HRE. We are so pleased with this school. Sue Lasbury
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

Academically HRES is excellent. The previous ever-smiling principal was replaced by a strict, stern woman in 2004. Not impressive. All but two teachers are great. Campus is somewhat seedy and not well kept up. The PUSD music program is excellent, run by Mr. Jack Erb on a shoestring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

I was not impressed with this school. My children came into HRE in their first and kindergarten years. I did like my daughter's kindergarten teacher, but was less than pleased with my son's 1st grade teacher. She was often out and my son was more often then not taught by a new sub every week. He accellerated in his reading skills only because the books he was strted out on were the same ones he read in his old kindergarten. Overall, I was disappointed that my daughter could barely read by the time she exited K and my son seemed to have been remedially taught in his class. Disappointed is all I can say about this school that is supposedly in one of the best districts in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

My child attended kindergarten at Highland Ranch. We had an excellent experience! I can't imagine getting a better teacher. They were really organized, covered some broad themes, had some great field trips. I really liked the art projects. My child is reading! and with expression! She completed her first oral report on dolphins). Parent volunteers were there everyday. (I went every Wednesday or when there were big activities planned.) My only complaint was that when her teacher went on maternity leave the last month, the sustitute seemed more complacent and didn't build relationships with the kids as much.It seemed more laid-back, like preschool. Of course, that can happen anywhere. Since it was only kindergarten, I'm not sure about extracurricular activities provided by the school, but flyers were constantly coming home about what the community had to offer for childrens' sports, lessons, and clubs! My daughter loved Daisy Scouts the best.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 3, 2005

Principal is deeply involved with students and encouraging to parents as well. Lots of parent involvement. top notch school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2004

We have been very happy with HRES. With one single exception the teachers have been outstanding and go well beyond the call of duty. We have not been impressed with the two principals we've encountered, however the office staff is always accessible and friendly. We moved to be near this school and have not been disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2004

An excellent public school but could teach more in class.
—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

913

Change from
2012 to 2013

-7

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

913

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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

-7

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

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)

4 / 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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

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 65% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
82%

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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
79%

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

All Students84%
Females87%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner81%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females82%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner78%
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)86%
Parent education - college graduate83%
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 Students64%
Females67%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner53%
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)58%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state57%

Math

All Students82%
Females79%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner81%
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)75%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state93%
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 Students87%
Females85%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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)91%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner90%
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)92%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females79%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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)81%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
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)69%
Parent education - college graduate72%
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

English Language Arts

All Students80%
Females78%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females77%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students75%
Females69%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipino55%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate75%
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 47% 27%
Asian 35% 11%
Hispanic 10% 51%
Black 3% 7%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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