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Bagby Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted October 1, 2010

I agree the teacher experience at Bagby is excellent. However, the administration and leadership is lacking. Discipline and guidance around pick-up and drop-off, while improved this year, remains subpar compared to other schools my children have attended. Programs such as "walk and roll" are given lip service only. Two attempts to contact those in charge of the program, including the principal, have been left unanswered. Leadership, specifically the principal, does not take responsibility for the experience of each child. The "buck" is passed and excuses are given. If you want your child to benefit from all the school has to offer, I suggest you make yourself intimately involved with administration. Your child will easily get overlooked otherwise. The principal appears to being concerned with addressing the bare minimum. Hopefully, the excellent teachers will not be alienated by the poor leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2010

Wonderful community. Teachers are superb. Safe, happy environment. Principal has strong leadership skills. Academic and enrichment programs are fantastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

My daughter is just finishing her kindergarten year at Bagby. She has an amazing experience. The teachers go well above and beyond. There is constant communication with the teachers and parents. The parent involement is huge. The front office is warm and helpful. We are very fortunate to be part of the Bagby family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 21, 2009

My children attend Bagby and I have been very pleased with the school. The teachers, with just a few exceptions, are fantastic, and the parent participation is high. The Home & School Club is very well run and has made greater effort in the last year to be more inclusive. While the school administration has in the past been regarded by many as somewhat stand-offish and abrasive, they are, in my opinion, improving in their responsiveness to parents, though there is room for improvement. Test scores, for what they're worth, are also consistently the highest in the district. I give the school very high marks.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2009

My twin daughters have attended Bagby for Kinder and 1st grade. Both years they have had exceptional teachers. The school community is wonderful. There is very high parent participation and so many ways to be involved. We feel so incredibly fortunate to have Bagby as our home school. We look forward to the years ahead.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

Amazing hardly descibes this school. From the administration to the teachers and support staff, they consistently deliver. The leadership is passionate about ALL students, and the success of each child is kept in constant view. My entire family feels very lucky to be part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2008

Overall, this school is better than average. As previously noted, the leadership can be very cliquish, inconsistant, and lacking in ability to work 'with' the parents. There is much improvement that is yet to be realized but in comparison with other schools in the area, this school is above par. The teachers are wonderful for the most part and parents are very involved in the classrooms and in general. The play areas need some attention especially the main wooden barrier which is bound to cause serious injuries due to loose boards and erroding wood with sharp wooden spikes sticking out everywhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

Great families!! Most of the teachers are fantastic. Leadership is lacking, abrasive, and intimidating. The school health aide needs some lessons in compassion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

I love Bagby and better yet so does my son!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

I am a parent & volunteer at Bagby school. The teachers at Bagby are wonderful. I think our current leadership (i.e. the principal and Home & School Club members) are a little abrasive with the families and parents in the ways that they communicate with them. This may be why there is such a last minute 'rush' to find volunteers for many of the big events. I have noticed that there is a also very pessimistic attitude amongst the Home & School Club members and Principal (a kind of clique') if you will. This can be intimidating to other moms who may want to be involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

I am a former student of Bagby and my two children now go there. I love this school. The teachers have all been wonderful. Very hands-on with the children, encourage parent involvement and volunteering in the classroom, open to frequent communication with the parents for progress reports, etc. The school with the help of many parents and grandparent volunteers has an endless amount of workshops for the kids, homework center, music classes, choir, art classes, etc. Last year, they started a walking club during lunch which had the kids very excited about and provided a great exercise for them. With Bagby turning 50 this year, I'm very proud to have my kids experience this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2006

Bagby has been a very positive experience for our entire family. Although the school seems large in size 500+, the environment is such that you feel the school was a perfect match for your child. The range of students in each class vary a great deal, but the teachers are good at teaching to everyone's ability. The level of parent involvement is very high and it shows with all the extra-curricular activities made available for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

This is a fabulous school! This school includes music, art and sports in the lessons. The teachers are wonderful. There are lots of parents who dedicate many hours to make an even better place for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2005

I could not recommend Bagby more. The school goes beyond teaching children to really caring about the children's emotional as well as educational well being. I have not had a better experience with a school, its staff or its events. Bravo.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2005

Teach to the test. Do not promote excellence. Limited opportunities for bright kids, and the slower more needy children are just pushed to the next grade whether they have the skills or not. High parent participation. Fun school wide activities.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted May 30, 2005

My son is graduating from 5th grade this year and we have been very impressed with the teachers, the academic programs, and the after school activities. My son had the opportunity to play in the band, take enrichment classes in science, art and drama after school, and participate in the GATE program which included an opera performance in 4th grade and 5th grade. The 5th grade opera was directed by San Jose Opera. His strength is in math but the school really helped him develop creative writing skills as well as kept him challenged in math and science. The parents are very involved in this school which means the teachers have lots of help and supplies are paid for by the Home and School club. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2004

My daughter is in the 1st grade, and I cannot say enough good about her teacher, Mrs. Hayes. She is caring, dedicated, loving, firm, fair, the list goes on. The schools shows a great deal of spirit and I am so pleased my daughter has the opportunity to attend a school with great teachers, leadership and community involvement. When you hear so much about the decline of the public school system, it's a blessing to see a school like ours and feel a real sense of pride in our children and the people who educate them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2004

Bagby has what it takes: a caring and proactive principal, skilled and enthusiastic teachers, and extremely dedicated and involved parents. The volunteerism at this school is phenomenal! There are many extracurricular activities and special activities for the students (choir, band, GATE classes, enrichment programs and workshops, field day, to name just a few of the many). We are extremely pleased with our children's education at Bagby.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2003

This is a great school. My son has had his issues, but has been treated fairly. The principal and school psychologist have gone out of their way to provide services and compassion for us. The teachers have been willing to give the extra mile. The principal has established her leadership with me... and a parent of a special needs child is the best source of that information.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2003

This school is wonderful. The teachers really go out of their way to make a difference, spending personal time, effort, and sometimes even money, to make a difference in their students' lives. This school is better than our child's private school was. Especially Mrs. Katz Kindergarten class. It is a kind of a 'local's only' secret that this school is so great. I agree that the principal and the administration need a little charm school training, but the rest of the staff is incredible.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

883

Change from
2012 to 2013

-21

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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883

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-21

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9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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English Language Arts

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

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
82%

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

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

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students65%
Females65%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students74%
Females65%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner54%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
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%
Females77%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females87%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner64%
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 graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
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%
Females85%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females82%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner62%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
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%
Females72%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
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 graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students64%
Females67%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students77%
Females80%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
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 graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 50%
Hispanic 21%
Asian 14%
Two or more races 7%
Black 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14%N/AN/A
English language learners 15%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 12%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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1840 Harris Avenue
San Jose, CA 95124
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