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Ocean Beach Elementary School

Public | K-4 | 347 students

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $468,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,380.

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2011:
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Posted April 18, 2008

We are proud parents of OBE students! Every staff member works in unison with parents to create an exiting academic and arts program. Staff makes extra effort to welcome and involve every parent and child. Incredible family, community and business support for programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2008

OBE is an awesome school with great academics, community participation, and a great feel. If you are looking for a place where your child will be supported, will excel, and you will be a true part of their education, OBE is the place for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 9, 2008

The Best School in the area! We toured all schools around and know what a difference this school is making for our kids. Friendly involved staff, principal and parents, beautiful campus & innovative programs. Strong teaching and arts programs. 4th graders attend week long sea camp and all children learn about global and green issues. Thank you OBE! Check out their website at www.obelementary.com
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2008

Wonderful staff! Every teacher in this school enjoys what they do and go out of thier way to ensure we work as a team with our children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2007

We love OB elementary! It has everything you can hope for in a neighborhood school: Good teachers, involved and informed administration, and a great learning experience for our children. Can't say enough about the arts program and special activities for children and our families - great! The school is just the right size that we feel comfortable everyday we send them to school. Thanks for making a difference OB!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2007

Great Community School right in the middle of beautiful OB! Great teachers, great principal, and great activities for my children. When I send them to school, I know that they are happy learning and that they are safe and paid attention to. Lots of child-centered activities and a good arts program. Thank you Ocean Beach Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2007

This school is a true gem. Couldn't be happier with the quality of education my son recieved attending kindergarten this year at O.B. Elementary. Instead of reading to him at night, he reads to us. It's astonishing. Thank you O.B. Elementary. Amazing teaching staff. Amazing faculty. Awesome 'beach' oriented field trips. The school and the community are one of a kind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2007

We love this school because teachers and principal believe in the whole child! There's strong music, dance, art,gardening and P.E. that go well with the academics. OB is adding lots of technology and computers to classes. We really like the incentives and the themes of each month. Our boy comes home excited about learning and proud of what he does an his behavior. As for a caring staff who listens and helps and wants the best for our child, we couldn't ask for more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

Parents are invited to be involved, but not really listened. It's a great community, but I expected a lot more from this school. The teachers are very good, but not all classes get equal treatment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2007

This is a great school! I have never met a more caring and enthusiastic principle and teaching staff. For example, Principal Johnson starts each day with a morning assembly and asks students to lead the pledge or share about why the monthly theme is important to our school. She makes calls to parents just to tell us how she is excited about our children's learning. She knows all of our kids by name and understands that they are all unique and have different strenghs. The teachers are also very good. Parent volunteers are strongly encouraged. And the parent involvement and activities for children and families is excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2006

We are excited to have found this wonderful small school. It has a very friendly atmosphere where everyone takes time to get to know you and to care about our children. They offer many arts experiences for all children. 4th Grade children go to sea camp and study about ocean resources. This school is a hidden gem in our neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2006

The school has hard working staff who cares about their students. There are lots of fine arts experiences funded by the PTA such as dance, and artists in residence. The principal is highly visible and knows all students by their names and is always willing to help. There are many incentives for students to show good behavior.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2006

A welcoming neighborhood school where everybody knows and looks out for our children. Teachers and caring and knowlegeable and the principal is always willing to help each child and parent. Many unique activities for children including a great fine arts program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Great school - great teachers - great principal - awesome kids who have no fear of learning - we love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2005

The micromanagement style of the principal deters parent involement. Parents have little say about the problems that exist at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

916

Change from
2012 to 2013

+15

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

916

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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

+15

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 2012 and Spring 2013. 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)

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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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
76%

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%
Females85%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner60%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate78%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)90%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females85%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner87%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate89%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate91%
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 Students69%
Females76%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females92%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learner85%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)96%
Parent education - college graduate88%
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 Students81%
Females81%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females76%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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 56%
Hispanic 32%
Black 5%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/AN/A
English language learners 12%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff None
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll (2011)
  • California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll (2010)
  • California Business for Education Excellence Honor Roll (2009)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Clubs
  • Art club

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:45 am
School end time
  • 2:00 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Marco Drapeau
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (619) 224-0141

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Core knowledge
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • None
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • None
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Counseling
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • School shares bus/van with other schools
School facilities
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Learning lab
  • Library
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • None
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • 4th Grade Sea Camp
  • Art club
  • Girl scouts
  • Life Play Productions
  • Running Club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school does not have a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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4741 Santa Monica Avenue
San Diego, CA 92107
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Phone: (619) 223-1631

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