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Booksin Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted March 18, 2006

High parent involvement, music and performances available and outstanding, excellant academic performance! My kids have loved their teachers every year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2006

We have had a wonderful experience with our first year's child at Booksin. She is enrolled in a K/1 combination class that has been thoroughly enjoyable with a wonderful teacher.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 21, 2006

Both my daughters attended Booksin from kindergarten through 5th grade and are now in middle school in another district ('05-'06) They left Booksin socially and academically well prepared for middle school. Extracurricular activities include student council, show choir, and project cornerstone. Afterschool childcare is available through the YMCA. Booksin students have the highest test scores of any SJUSD elementary school. The high expectations of the staff and families at Booksin will challenge any student. Homework demands were reasonable. This is an exceptional school for high achieving students whose families are supportive and involved. Most families volunteer. The Booksin parent-teacher group supports technology, music, and arts programs. Most classrooms have 4-6 computers. Teachers have laptops and communicate through email. Teachers are experienced. New teachers are mentored by those who have been at Booksin for years. The environment is clean and safe. Everyday is a good day at Booksin!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2006

The best thing about this school is parent involvement. I have two children here and the teacher standard has ranged between terrible (2) average (1) to very good (2). The principal is a bureaucrat and not interested in parents opinions - in fact, she can be very dismissive. The school changed teaching hours at the beginning of 2005, notifying parents less than two weeks before school started that the finishing time would be 1.42pm - very inconvenient for working parents. This is ostensibly due to bus timetables, yet other local schools (Willow Glen Elementary) made no such adjustments. With the reduction hours in the school day, a large number of parents are unhappy and there seems to be extra pressure on teachers and students. We are considering placing our children elsewhere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

Excellent parent participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 5, 2005

Good school, but way to traditional for my hands on learner. Not a school for your 'outside the box' learners.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2005

The climate of this school has changed dramatically in the past three years. My child has encountered bullying numerous times in the past three years. Before that, there was never any problem of this sort. The administration seems to be ineffective in stopping it. Academically, the school is great, but it has been an emotional nightmare for my child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2005

Booksin is one of the top elementary schools in the San Jose Unified School District. The parents are very invovled, raising over 100k each year with an all day, festive walk-athon. The money funds a full time music teacher and computer lab instructor. Parents also volunteer in the classroom for Booksin's own 'Mastery Reading Program'. Each day, a parent volunteer listens to each child read a few pages and checks for comprehension.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2005

Strong parent involvement supported by the teachers and priciple make Booksin an excellent school. My daughter(5th) and son(k) both attend the school. We have had nothing but good experiences. My only criticism is that the parent organization, BESCA, spends the significant sum it raises annually on the computer lab where the kids learn to push the mouse around, but no money is spent on teaching a second langauge, when research shows that these years are the best for language acquisition. But the good news is that some of the money goes to an excellent music teacher. All in all, no regrets. Mu daughter is thriving and it looks like my son will, too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

Both our daughters have attended Booksin (one still in 1st grade, other graduated). The teachers, staff and parents at this school are incredible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2005

Booksin school is not just a school, it is a community. The teachers are wonderful. They have music and computer programs, which the children enjoy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 22, 2005

Great neighborhood, good community involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2004

I picked this school for my daughter as it has a reputation as being one of the top schools in our City. We've been here going on 3 years and I am satisfied though I don't feel she's as challenged this year in 2nd grade as I would like. Overall I feel it's a good school with lots of parent participation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2004

I have had two daughters in Booksin -- one already through and the other still there. In general the teachers are very fine and skilled at bringing out the best in the children. Some teachers are not as skilled at dealing with discipline problems and tend to lower their expectations of a student when these problems become consistent. The new principal will be a good influence on some of these marginal teachers and should help bring the general quality of the teaching staff even higher. The parents in the school tend to be very active in fund-raising and special school activities. The school is a safe place for the children also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2004

My son was properly identified by this school's teachers as ADHD which is now controlled by medication. He went from a student at risk to the top of his class and has tested into the GATE program. His teacher had him on 3rd grade materials half way through the 2nd grade year. He is now a great reader and has started multiplication at the end of 2nd grade year. Great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2004

A family member recently raved about Booksin. She loved the teachers and the parent participation was a plus. Sounds like this school is worth checking out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2003

Great school, teachers, principal and student environment.


Posted August 26, 2003

This is really wonderful school with a lot of support from the parents. Their involvement helps to fund and support all of the enriching activities at Booksin. The teachers are overall very caring and dedicated. I couldn't hope to find a better school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2003

I have enjoyed all aspects of this school in the three years I've been with it. I couldn't have asked for a better public school.


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

937

Change from
2012 to 2013

+10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 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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This school's
API score

937

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+10

Change from 2012 to 2013
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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)

6 / 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.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students89%
Females92%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner86%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)78%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females95%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learner100%
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)87%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
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 Students72%
Females79%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females82%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate70%
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 Students92%
Females97%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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)86%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students95%
Females97%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
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)90%
Parent education - college graduate98%
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 Students88%
Females88%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state100%

Math

All Students94%
Females93%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state100%

Science

All Students87%
Females88%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state100%
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 State average
White 59% 26%
Hispanic 20% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 11%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Black 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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