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Gussie M. Baker Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $620,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,400.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
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2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted September 24, 2009

Baker is a wonderful school with great teachers, students, and parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

Amazing teachers, involved parents, and a strong relationship with the local community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2009

The teachers at this school are amazingly good. We have a nice slice of the general population, so nobody should feel out of place. The administration, teachers, and parents all work together to make Baker a fun, safe place to cultivate friendships and a love of learning. We are so fortunate that this is our home school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Baker is a wonderful community! The kids are here to learn and the teachers are eager to guide them each and every day!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 21, 2009

This is such a wonderful school, with great students, families, and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Great students, great teachers, great parents - need I say more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

I love Gussie M. Baker Elementary School because it is not a &parent participation' school, however they have the most wonderful parents that donate so much time. This neighborhood school is loved by it's local families! The teachers are extraordinary and enjoy their jobs. My daughters teacher this year is amazing! She hugs each and every child in her class before sending them home at the end of the day. I've never seen such a happy place to be. Go Baker!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

We are really pleased with the Kindergarten program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

My daughter started kindergarten this year and so far we are extremely impressed with the school , teachers and attention level each kid gets. Ms Iwamoto at Kindergarten is great. Much more than we expected!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2009

Baker has an outstanding staff who care about kids and their future. The school is safe, friendly, and clean. Just last year it was painted. Parent participation is large and helps the teachers succeed.


Posted February 5, 2009

Baker has a fantastic sense of community from kids to parents to teachers to administration. We love Ms. Lim in Kindergarten. We love all the parents who seem so involved with volunteering to help in all aspects from parties to crafts to copies. It is a hard decision if we decide to move because we will be pressed to beat the Baker atmosphere and curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2009

Excellent Managment, Also I love our first grade teacher. My child has learned a lot in science. When my child was at K, she could read and write, but now she is at the second level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2007

My daughter is in her second year at Baker and I have been really happy with the school. She started in First grade and comparing it to the school she went to for Kindergarten, Baker has a much more warm feeling to it. The parents and teachers are great. My daughter loves it and so do I.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My daughter is about to complete her Kindergarten year at Baker. She has a wonderful teacher who is responsive to any emails I have sent and she is a great role model as well. My daughter has learned a lot more than I expected she could and would in Kindergarten. Her curriculum has covered everything: writing, reading, math, science, arts, P.E., computers. This year they did morning and afternoon Kinder classes (3 hours and 45 minutes) and I would have liked her to have a longer day, possibly starting half-way through the year, but I don't think they physically had the space. (I heard Kinders might be doing a longer day in the Fall.) I feel a strong sense of community there, with the parent involvement, the teachers, staff, and principal. The Moreland onsite after-school program is also excellent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2007

We moved to San Jose hoping the school was great based on the reviews. Its been over 6 months since my son started and our experience with the school has been going from down from bad to worse. The class teacher is not so involved with the parents, she has had 5 - 7 times substitutes and she seems less interested and worried about the kids. Although the principal is great and the other office staff is good. Concerned Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2006

My years as a parent at Baker have been overall, a great experience. The teachers are some of the most gifted educators as well as very caring toward our children. The current principal is awesome! She is a strong leader & very involved with all aspects of the school, as well as frequently interacting with the kids. There is a high level of parent participation at Baker. We have a media center & the best librarian, a computer lab with an excellent instructor. We have the most fantastic performing arts teacher ever with frequent grade level performances! Instrumental Band & Orchestra is available to 4th & 5th grades. Extracurricular activities include Choir, Science Fair, Talent Show & a variety of classes offered afterschool. The annual Catwalk we hold is not only a fun-filled day but also shows the commitment of Baker community to keep important programs going through our fundraising.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2006

Baker has a nice Principal who goes out of her way to help. They also have a well equipped computer lab. School scores have been consistently going up in the past few years (903 is the latest API score for 2005).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2005

Wonderful school, my son and daughter have attended Naker for 2 years and teachers and staff are wonderful. The parents at Baker are tremendous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2005

My friends daughter attends the first grade and she is very pleased with it. She loved the school and teacher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2004

Good staff. The parents are very envoled. The down side is the the district spends too much on non-teaching facilities. The money could be better spent on the students than new district offices.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

907

Change from
2012 to 2013

-23

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 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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Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

907

What is the API?
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

-23

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)

10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10

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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
91%

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

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

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
79%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
91%

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 60% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
70%
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 Students80%
Females79%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner64%
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 graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females84%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner74%
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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 Students76%
Females85%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
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)80%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)33%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females90%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)98%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner79%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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 Students83%
Females86%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)81%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females94%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner81%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate90%
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 Students78%
Females78%
Males79%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner41%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females81%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)82%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner44%
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 graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students70%
Females70%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner35%
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 graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
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 31%
Asian 29%
Hispanic 24%
Two or more races 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/AN/A
English language learners 25%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 10%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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4845 Bucknall Road
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