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Gussie M. Baker Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 5 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 2 ratings

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Posted August 28, 2014

This school needs a whole new front office staff. The two secretaries need to be replaced or trained. They are there to serve the public school parents paying their wages. They need an honest to goodness how to talk with parents and kids. Any accidents the kids have at school interfere with these secretaries and principles down time to twiddle their thumbs. Honestly very sorry human beings spchildren have to think twice about before reporting an injury.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2014

Best school ever! Our first kid stayed here for 2 years. We like this school a lot! the teachers are great, students are polite, parents are school nice, even neighbors are friendly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

This school has great teachers and good learning environment. My daughter has been attending this school for the past 2 years and is very happy with the teachers. The homework assignments are correct for the age and interesting for the child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2014

They work hard at main-streaming and I think it benefits the community. It fits in with their inclusive attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

My son just started Kindergarten, and he enjoys being a Bobcat! The school is well run, and teachers very attentive. My son was having some trouble staying focused and completing his work, so the teacher took the initiative to inform us and work out some strategies together. I'm pleased about the early intervention, and hoping he lives up to the excellent standards of this school. I also like how involved the families are with fundraising and outside activities. A lot of care all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

This is our first year at Baker and my daughter is in Kindergarten. We are very pleased with Mrs. Smith and find her to be kind but also not put up with my daughter's nonsense, which we appreciate and support. Wonderful to see so much parent support and awesome fundraising. We are looking forward to more years as a Bobcat!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

This is our first year at Baker Elementary. My daughter's teacher, Mrs. Smith is amazing with the children. So far any concerns I have had have been addressed immediately. My only complaint is the class sizes for Kindergarten are 24/1 which seems a bit much but I am glad I can volunteer and help out were I can.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

I have 2 boys, one is in the 4th grade who has been going to Baker since kindergarten & my other boy is in kindergarten now. All I can say is that the teachers at Baker have been very supportive & have gone out of there way to help my oldest son when he would have trouble with a subject & take the time afterschool to help. The amount of parents that help out at school just should show there appreciation & importance of what Baker School means to them & there children. Thank you Baker for teaching my boys on what they know now & what they will learn later! MF
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2013

I really like the mix of kids and how nice the kids are. Mrs. D and Mrs.G. Miss Iwamoto is especially nice. And all the other teachers, too! My kid just joined in Miss Iwamoto's class and she dreads the weekend!


Posted October 12, 2012

I have recently transferred my children from a very good private school. I have to say that I was very nervous about the transition. I now believe that I could not have made a better decision. I love Baker and more importantly my children love Baker. The staff has always been so friendly, and the principal is very approachable and always seen around the campus interacting with the kids and smiling. Go Bobcats!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

Great Job! Bobcats! You got whole school score @ 929 in the state API report , with the subgroups asian, white and hispanic 994/944/843 respectively. It had been stayed around 905 for years, we finally made big progress this years. We have great teachers, great students and especially great principal! We always have great activities, events and programs in school! We also need to be top in academic score! We made it! Thanks for the whole school's effort last year! It works! So excited! Thanks for all subgroup's efforts too. Your great work makes the whole school move!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2011

Baker has maintained high API scores and standards in education despite the tremendous influx of students over the last several years. Any "concerned" mom will be impressed by the teachers and staff treating each student with kindness & encouragement. Many teachers volunteer their own time after school to bring various opportunities to the school & its student (i.e. chorus, science fair, young authors faire, talent show to name a few). Even if your child doesn't fit into any of these typical niches, Baker teachers seek out what motivates & inspires their student to excel. I volunteer at the middle school and have noticed that Baker alums are prominent in the advanced classes, student council & extracurricular activities - they leave Baker confident & prepared.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2011

It was surprised that Baker was good before by read the old reviews. And the API score was 903 in 2005. That was very high during that time. Why now it is still around the same level, but most other schools in santa clara county had great improvement in recent years? --a concern Mom
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2010

We love Baker school. It has caring teachers, involved parents, and smart kids. each year the entire school community gets motivated to do better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

Baker Elementary has an involved parent base and excellent teachers. It has a long history of providing quality education and is competitive with other local school districts who have substantially more resources to draw upon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Great teachers, great staff, great students, great parents, great neighborhood!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

Baker has wonderful parent support, excellent staff, and is a community where everyone works together toward reaching the same goals.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 25, 2009

One of the many things I love about Baker is the community feel of the school. The neighborhood families are close as well as the staff members. It is very friendly!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

The students, staff and parents are really amazing. We have been very happy at Baker.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

It's all about the people...the dedicated teachers, hard-working administrators, and the passionate parents who keep our school running strong.
—Submitted by a teacher


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About these ratings

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.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
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%
Not 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%
Not 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%
Not 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%
Not 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%
Not 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%
Not 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%
Not 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%
Not 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%
Not 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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