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Creative Arts Charter School

Charter | K-8 | 366 students

We are best known for our joyful learning community.

 
 
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Based on 2 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 8 ratings
2011:
Based on 8 ratings

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Posted October 2, 2008

Both of my children started at CACS this September and it has gone beyond our expectations. The project-based learnign is such a blessing for my 1st and third grader who, previously, spent so much time on standardized thest they had lost the excitement and the creative spark that should come with education. The teachers, families and staff have all chosen this school and share its philosophy, which creates a porsitive atmosphere. The responsive classroom means that kids are learning to communicate with each other as well as being academically challenged. We feel very lucky.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

This my child's first year here and he loves it!! CACS has provided an environment for my son where he can be a child and have fun while learning. My child transferred to CACS from a Private School but this school has more parent and teacher involvement. I'm glad that I looked into this school....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

We really wanted to like this school. But it's just not a safe atmosphere. The interim director does not appropriately handle parent complaints. If your child isn't getting bullied, you probably will do fine. However, if your child is picked on, the administration would rather see you leave than work on a creative solution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

Although there are many things to like about CACS, we withdrew our child from during the 2007/2008 school year. His classroom was chaotic, and the teacher oblivious to inappropriate behavior. There was inadequate supervision on the playground and in the aftercare program as well. When we raised concerns, we were alarmed by the response we got from administrators and sadly left a community we had come to love. Our child still thinks of school as unsafe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2008

Our Kindergartener just started at CACS and we couldn't be more pleased. Her teacher is a dedicated professional who is adored by the whole class (including the parents). From the moment we set foot at CACS we felt embraced and welcomed by the entire community. The small, cozy environment fosters a 'family' feeling with the middle schoolers looking out for the younger kids. Our creative daughter is thriving here with weekly offerings of visual art, dance and music. The school fosters a love of books and reading and has amazing resources and a wonderful hands-on learning philosophy. Not only that, but throw in a fun aftercare program (karate, clay, mandarin, dance, sports) and the school is a true gem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2008

I'm the parent of a 3rd grader at CACS. We've been there since kindergarten and have loved it. Our son has developed a passion for reading and math at CACS. The care and attention he and the rest of the kids receive is exceptional. The arts-focused, project-based learning is such a gift. The arts program, with a heavy emphasis in music, art, and dance/theatre, and the dedication of the staff to the development of each student, has been great. Since we've been at CACS, there's been a high level of constant improvement and a great deal of attention to reviewing and modifying programs as needed. Take a tour and see for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2008

all three of my children go to this school and they love it if you think this school is bad you don't know what you're talking about
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2007

Creative Arts offers the best in alternative education. My kindergartener has a PE teacher, an art teacher, a music teacher, and a dance teacher enriching his regular classroom activities every week. The co-op atmosphere makes for a tight-knit and friendly community. This school has a private school curriculum and resources for no fee. We love it and could not be happier here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2007

This school sounds great on paper, but make sure to really visit it and figure out if your kid will fit into it's approach. I realize quickly that my child needs more structure in an educational program. This school promises to be great, but the attitude of the administration and faculty is alarming.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2007

My daughter started Kindergarten at Creative Arts this year and so far it is everything that I had hoped for in a school, and more. Her teacher is dynamic, engaged, and open minded. Her friends are a diverse group. The class parents are all friendly and invested in seeing the school thrive. And last, but not least, the focus on the arts is truly wonderful. In this day and age, where 'school success' is defined solely academically I'm thrilled to have been able to find a school that I believe will nurture my whole child, not just her brain.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2007

Overall, my family is extrremely happy with this school. My older daughter used to often complain of stomache aches and would find reasons to stay home but after we transferred to CACS she really wants to go to school seven days a week. The school has a ways to go in the area of academics but because I feel that the community at CACS supports good social values I feel that I can supplement the academics with family study time and reading time. The addition of the asssitant administrator , Liz, last year was a great decision. She will be able to focus more on improving the overall curriculum and she seems really dedicated to that process.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2007

CACS has a great resource specialist and as my child has special needs, I will keep her at CACS. However, be warned, the school has a high teacher attrition rate which affects morale and interrupts learning. The lower grades are fun and the younger children are happy and so parents of children in the lower grades are happy. Lack of strong academics is a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

Take a tour of this school and look at the amazing mosaic mural created last year by the students of all grades. This is one example of the art produced by these kids. I came to this school because an SF magnet school couldn't provide for the special needs of my son entering Kindergarten. He is now in third grade and we stay in this overpriced City because of this school. The Director, Mr. Good, sends his children to this school, as have many of the teachers and administrative staff. The school serves a diverse community and each year the academic scores have improved, garnering accolades from various authorities. Kids go on to attend Lowell, University, SOTA, among others. My son attends music, dance, and art classes each week here and the teachers are excellent at engaging students in learning projects. Parent participation is required, but it is worth it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2007

CACS is a very small school. This school has a real safety issue which cause for the children to have to use a passcode to get on school grounds. This school is located right in the heart of the Western Addition. Beware! This school is not at all what it cracks up to be. I know from experience. The Principal however is doing his best with what he has been dished out and the children are his first concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2007

This is a great school. It is a small K-8 program. It has small class size and good parent participation. This means each child get needed attention from the Teachers, Principal, Vice-Principal and the involved parents whom volunteer in the school.I will also mention that this school offers Dance, Music and Theater and Visual Arts and a well rounded project based curriculum. My children are always excited to go to school and hate missing school when they are sick. Again all this is possible due to parent involvement in fudrasing and teaching support. There are after school sports and P.E. classes for 5th-8th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

I am in love with this school. My daughter started in january 2006 having come from a very trauamtizing learning experience. She was very creative and, smart and easily bored. Cacs is a school where she has thrived and excelled. Since my daughter has started at this school a resounding thought rings true; you must truly take the time out to research and choose a school that is a good match for your child's learning and socially developing style/needs. Not just what is convenient, or what you think your child needs, but what kind of environment they can thrive and succeed in.While I admit this learning environment may not be for some this school has been a perfect macth for my child. It's clear to me that the staff cares for my child and the rest of the children there and work well with a diverse group of students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2006

CACS provides the very best combination of a project-based academic curriculum, art, music, and dance programs for all grades, and a strong parent community with active involvement. My 6-year-old is a strong academic performer and told me yesterday he wants to stay at CACS as long as possible. When I asked him why he said, 'I like that it gets harder.' He experiences the differentiated learning first-hand and recognizes that he and several others in his class get extra problems to challenge them. He feels nurtured and challenged. What more could you ask? The teaching staff is young overall, but so is the school. The school is growing and has a waiting list each year. Word is getting around that the charter school model, and CACS in particular, is a successful approach worth driving across town for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

Around the time our daughter got accepted at CACS (from the waiting list) we learned that a friend had won some money in a lottery--enough to pay off her mortgage and we were very happy for her. Then we realized that we had won the equivalent to a lottery in getting a place for our child at CACS, a school offering the quality of a private school education without the price tag and the exclusivity that price tag brings. Our high expectations have been met! We love CACS and our daughter is absolutely thriving. The teachers are excellent and the program is well rounded including sports, art, music and dance. She and her friends are learning not just to read, write and do math but to enjoy these subjects. Parents are involved and our community is diverse, engaged and exciting to be a part of. I highly recommend this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2006

CACS has developed my son's ability to stand out in the crowd. He loves going to school every day and doesn't want to leave. I believe a child that wants to go to school will learn better. He went to a school before this and di not want to go to school because as he said, 'they never taught me anything new'. The hands on approach and deep understanding of the children's mind shown by his teacher, not to mention her love of the children, opens doors to him I don't think we would have found in a more traditional school. I am happy we made the change and feel he is developing both educationally and socially.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2006

I was very impressed with this school. On the outside it seems shabby and old, but you learn very quickly that this is a very hands-on school that has taken over a new school and are transforming it into a fantastic, messy real leaning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

844

Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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2012 to 2013

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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60%

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61%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
50%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
67%

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60%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
24%
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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
45%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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38%

2012

 
 
25%

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
21%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students68%
Females64%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
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Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state67%

Math

All Students87%
Females91%
Males82%
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state83%
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 Students58%
Females64%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)70%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state43%

Math

All Students57%
Females59%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)79%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to state50%
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%
Femalesn/a
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Femalesn/a
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 Students71%
Females88%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state57%

Math

All Students61%
Females50%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)67%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state29%

Science

All Students58%
Females69%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)71%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state29%
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 Students74%
Females78%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)100%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state75%

Math

All Students55%
Females52%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state63%
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

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students89%
Femalesn/a
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state93%

Math

All Students77%
Femalesn/a
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state79%
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

Algebra I

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students69%
Females76%
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state77%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students38%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students41%
Females47%
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)64%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state46%

Science

All Students77%
Females82%
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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 disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state69%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 49% 27%
Black 20% 7%
Asian 12% 11%
Hispanic 12% 51%
Two or more races 4% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Dance teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Japanese
Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab
Clubs
  • Robotics club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Yearbook

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)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:20 am
School end time
  • 3:15 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Fernando Aguilar
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (415) 749-3437

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Project-based
  • arts-integrated
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
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
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Japanese
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Counseling
  • Differentiated learning programs
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
  • Sculpture
  • Textile design
Music
  • Band
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Rock band
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Improv
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Computer animation
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Chess club
  • Game club
  • Robotics club
  • Rock Band
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • 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
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • The mission of Creative Arts Charter School is to provide Kindergarten to 8th-grade students of San Francisco with an innovative, high-quality education that focuses on an arts-integrated, hands-on curriculum, with the overall goal of giving our students a lifetime appreciation of learning and the development of their unique talents and abilities.CACS was founded in 1994 by a small group of families and teachers who shared a vision of an arts-rich, hands-on curriculum.
School leaders can update this information here.

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1601 Turk St.
San Francisco, CA 94115
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Phone: (415) 749-3512

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