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Los Penasquitos Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 518 students

 

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Posted April 23, 2010

I love los pen! this school is the greatest! the staff is awsome.The students are cared for,are safe,and they learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

My son went to this school and he loved being there. He's told me about how they always have great events and how fun it is to learn there. This school is the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

It is a privilege to teach at such an amazing school. The students and staff show such amazing dedication to learning.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 23, 2010

This school has taught my son to become a better person and a better student. He is now in High School and he is still using the helpful techniques that this school has prepared him to do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

This school is filled with an amazing staff who go above and beyond to make sure students get the best academic support!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2010

Los Pen is near and dear to my heart...this school provided my children with a good foundation. Now in Middle & High school, they are successful students thanks to Los Pen!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

The Los Pen Academy is the best program. My son and daughter are both enrolled in this program. It is a great model and should has been applied to the US (K-12) education system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2008

My daughter attended Kindergarten last year at Los Pen, and the program is exceptional, as is the school and staff. I volunteered in the classroom each week and saw firsthand the strong academic-based program, which emphasizes reading, writing and math skills and helps each child to strive to do their best in every way. The program includes a lot of arts/crafts which often incorporate math/counting, reading/writing skills so that the kids learn that learn in a creative, fun way. The before and after-school program (ESS) has responsible, fun-loving and friendly staff who foster a creative, caring environment for the kids. The co-principals were very well-respected in their success at making this school the 'No Excuses University'. Each class adopted a college for the year and wore their college t-shirts each Friday. This is a 1st-rate elementary school that holds high expectations of each of their students regardless of their socio-economic status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Los Pen is diligent in dedicating resources to continuously enhance and challenge students' capabilities, both in academics and in social interaction. The Academy program, a unique magnet program known as the 'school within a school' is perhaps the best thing in elementary education. My older son completed the program last year and I have a 4th grader who is currently in the program. I've seen how my sons integrate themselves into the goals of the Academy and truly embrace its purpose (they are serious about this). They not only grew their academic skills (both boys are GATE identified students) but in addition, they also learn the value of community relationships. More importantly, the boys learned responsibility and accountability for their actions. Los Pen's principal is an educator with a vision and a mission to get there. He is relentless in pursuing the best for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Mr. Griffen is the best educator I have come in contact with in many years! My daughter Kaleigh has had the best year ever! Mr. Lopez the 'Guy in Charge' has my daughter telling me every morning that she is going to San Marcos State University! No excuses is working!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2006

'No Excuses University' elemenatary school serving K-5th grades with focus on high educational standards (test scores indicate school at a level 10 - the highest possible), college readiness (goal contract signed and reviewed weekly with kids and parents have goals, too!), and family involvement (volunteerism, PTA, free parenting classes, and community informational meetings with Police Department). 5 days/week school counselor on-site, Title I school, multicultural population, and optional 'academy' program offerred to 3rd-5th grades based on lottery (program offers school for longer hours than traditional with one extra month of school and parents sign contract that kids will not miss any school except for illness).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2006

Los Pen staff is incredibly dedicated to helping kids succeed, no matter what their background or situation. Their 'no excuses' approach is implemented with flexibility and consideration for each child, no small task in an elementary school with such a diverse population.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted April 30, 2005

the upper grade teachers are not just wonderful educators but also wonderful people for the students at this campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

My son has attended kindergarten through 5th grade at this school. K/1 combo class was great because kinders went home at lunch and class size for 1st grade all afternoon was just 10 kids! Never a 'bad year' at this school. Great depth in talented teachers. I echo the comments of other Academy parents about the superb opportunity for kids ... a private school education without the elitism or the expense. Truly remarkable!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2005

I love the 'Character Counts' program that is intergrated into the school curriculum. This program teaches honesty, integrity, and other moral characteristics that have been intentially ommited from most schools in modern education. The teachers, students, parents, and faculty seem to be more respectful toward each other with the application of this program. My children are pushed academically and expected not only to meet their academic goals, but to exceed them. We are still adjusting to such high standards, since this is our first year at this school. My children love this school, their teachers, and their educations. They thrive on learning and are proud of their accomplishments. So far, I am very impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2004

This school is a disgrace to the Poway Unified School District, I am disappointed in the Prinicipal and the staff for how uninformed they are regarding new or even ongoing programs. They 'pass the buck' quite often. They don't keep parents 'in the know' for what is truly going on in their school, such as information on coach's or other important people who interact with your children. They look good on the surface but that's where it stops.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2004

The Los Pen Academy is the best program for anyone willing to put in the extra effort! The students are always eager to go to school and learn. Because of the extra time spent by the teacher with the students, they are able to do more things than a regular school. This is a great school for learning and we owe it all to the Principal, for his support and the wonderful teachers that are dedicated to their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2003

Both of my children have attended this school. This school holds the highest expectations for it's students when it comes to academic performance....and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2003

Phenomenal academic environment! The Los Pen Academy, the school within a school, brings together students who want to excel and are willing to make a committment to their academics by coming to school an hour earlier each day and staying an hour later each day and coming back to school one month earlier in the summer! This program is for fourth and fifth graders. The teachers create a milieu where learning is expected and excuses are not accepted. The teachers facilitate this process by carrying cell phones around when they are not is school so students are assured to get the help they need on homework each and every day. It is like going to a private school!!!


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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

937

Change from
2012 to 2013

+2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 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

937

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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

+2

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
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10 / 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.

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 State average
White 43% 27%
Asian 32% 11%
Hispanic 15% 51%
Black 5% 7%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Fax number
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