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Los Penasquitos Elementary School

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Posted April 6, 2014

As a former student of this school, I can easily say some of my best memories were made here and they last a lifetime. Even in my senior year of high school I'm still glad to make visits to see all my old teachers and realize how they still haven't forgotten me either. The teachers that work here aren't in it for the money, they're here to make the best out of every student and help them see their potential. I know if i didn't enroll in the academy program here, middle and high school would've been a much harder obstacle to overcome.


Posted April 6, 2014

I went to Los Penasquitos Elementary from kindergarten to fifth grade. As a junior in highschool applying to many prestigious universities, I can proudly say that Los Penasquitos Elementary was more of a factor in my learning than middle school. Yes, I learned a lot in middle school, but a greater amount was taught to me at Los Pen. Here's why: -awesome programs to get involved in -the best, most helpful and friendly teachers around. Extremely funny too! -faculty make learning environment come to life. Everyone is enthusiastic about education -disciplinary actions are taught, not just academics. Los Penasquitos and the teachers who worked tirelessly to help kids like myself inspired me to become the best version of myself that I can be. I sincerely believe that Los Penasquitos deserves more money to support their needs. Los Penasquitos is a very unique school that was my second home as a child. I love this school from the bottom of my heart.


Posted June 5, 2012

I cannot say enough about Los Pen. My son came from Sperckles in UC. That school was awful. Since coming to Los Pen he has flourished. The staff there, starting from the principal on down is COMMITTED to education. I didn't know how effective teaching could be until my son came here. He is in the Academy program and is getting the absolute BEST learning experience we could have hoped for. Every aspect of this school is above top notch. I cannot believe that any public school can be run this well but I guess when everyone is on the same page it DOES! Their focus on NO EXCUSES and a target of all students making it to college is amazing. Our son already talks about what he wants to do in college. This school should be held up as a standard all others should work to meet. We so much appreciate all that Los Pen has brought to our son's education and future. Thanks you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2010

Los Penasquitos is a Title 1 school serving neighborhoods in the Poway Unified School District. Their philosphy of "The No Excuses University" promotes accountability of students, parents and educators alike. Within Los Pen, there is an academy program which offers increased school hours and school year to enhance educational success. I have met some of the most dedicated teachers at this school and am proud to be a parent of a student at Los Pen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2010

This school is great with Academy Program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2010

I love Los Penasquitos Elementary school because they emphasise the value of college education in the young minds and help them achieve the goal with their 'no excuses' philosophy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2010

Los Pen is wonderful! It has made an impact in my son's life. Their caring, support, and strive for building responsible young people is amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Great school where teachers work together to help students enjoy learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Los Pen has a great atention for kids. they develope in all the ways with activities that help to reinforce caracter in a friendly enviroment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Very good school and very dedicated teachers/staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

The teachers are incredibly dedicated to helping the kids grow.


Posted May 6, 2010

I love Los Pen because every classroom adopts a college to keep them focused on their future.Los Pen has an Academy like no other school has were the students are in school for one extra hour in school.And it's not just about the education, Los Pen has so many fun activities to have fun!!


Posted May 5, 2010

It's a place where teachers and staff are very nice and cares about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

My son went to the Academy for 4th and 5th grade and loved it! He leared a lot about being responsible for his actions and accountable for all of his work! Please keep the Academy going!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

I think it's great to start early to lead the children to think about going to college and about having a goal that is to go to college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

There are many reasons why I love Los Penasquitos Elementary School. One of the reasons is because at Los Pen, each student, no matter what age, ethnicity, religion, or learning level, is given an equal opportunity to successfully educate themselves. Another reason I love Los Pen is because of the support they offer to students that are motivated to learn via the Academy. Yet another reason why I love Los Pen is because of the amazing staff, which gives each student that walks through their doors the chance to succeed in life. Another reason I love Los Pen is because starting in Kindergarten, they help each student put themselves on the path to higher education by having each classroom represent universities such as Kansas, Michigan State, San Diego State, Stanford, and the list goes on. This helps motivate each student to include gaining a higher education in their life goals. Go Los Pen!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2010

Awesome! Los Pen Academy saved my son's educational career!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2010

Los Pen teachers and staff are awesome - very dedicated. They are passionate about teaching...
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Posted April 30, 2010

Great Teachers and the learning environment is wonderful for kids!
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Posted April 30, 2010

teachers and staff are very dedicated,accomodating and friendly....
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This school's
API score

937

Change from
2012 to 2013

+2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


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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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937

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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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
75%
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

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

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 60% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

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 Students79%
Females85%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino83%
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability58%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner85%
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 graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females87%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability58%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner81%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
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%
Females89%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipino69%
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner78%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students87%
Females89%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner81%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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)77%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
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 Students92%
Females90%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learner78%
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)90%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state92%

Math

All Students91%
Females88%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner85%
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 graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females86%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino69%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females90%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)93%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students85%
Females90%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate85%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
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 39%
Hispanic 19%
Asian 15%
Two or more races 7%
Black 4%
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 40%N/AN/A
English language learners 31%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Deanne McLaughlin
Fax number
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