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Lowell Elementary School

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Posted September 12, 2014

i cannot believe my child was denied what all the other kids ate for lunch because she had a balance of $4 and only had this balance because the lunch lady was charging her for breakfast which she never ate. i started to keep track of what she owed so this will never happen again and next thing you know she wasnt allowed to take a cookie she didnt finish!!!! if i pay for her food she should be able to take it and eat it later. this lunch lady is reallly rude not only to parents but also towards the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

I sent my child to this school reluctantly. It is in a terrible neighborhood, and is not our neighborhood school, but is the only SJUSD elementary school with the special ed program my child needed. We found the school to be a very large daycare center. Teachers are uninspired, the former principal could not connect with the largely Spanish-speaking parent population, there are no enrichment activities except a mariachi band, and the few parents who do try to make it a better learning environment are fighting an uphill battle. Typical SJUSD urban elementary school. Poor peer influences, low parent involvement, tired teachers, non-responsive administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2011

I was very leery to send my son to this school. However, I have found that it has an amazing teaching staff and outstanding principle. They have changed this school into a positive learning environment and created a community of school spirit that you don't find in other schools. The staff works VERY hard and because of the low socioeconomic status of the neighborhood, the school is helped out by the community. The staff has worked so hard and the State has taken notice, with Lowell winning The Title 1 Academic Achievement Award 2 years in a row, and also the title of California Distinguished School for the past 2 years. They have raised their API score to 820! That is fantastic for a school where the majority of the families are non-english speaking or ESL. When you are at this school, you feel like the district took only the best teachers and placed them here. They give their heart and soul to this school and these kids. But above all, it is the principle here who has provided the leadership that wins her many accolades among Lowell families and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

I love this school!! It is amazing & it has won Title I Academic Achievement Award TWO years in a row! All I can say is that it has great teachers and a great principal and co-principal! I HIGHLY recommend it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2009

Teachers are great! Very experienced. Principal is a real treasure! But! this year they combined 1st & 2nd graders, and now there are more than 30 students in the class! Is that because 2nd graders are not smart, or 1st graders are cyberchildren? And if you want to volunteer, you will have to face bureaucracy, like filling papers, finger printing. I understand it is for a security of our children, and there should be some limitations and checks, but not fingerprinting! Poor teacher. With 30 and more students she would need some assistance, most parents are too lasy to take care of their own child's education, not to mention volunteering at school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

This school has changed for the best in the past couple of years...The teachers are very helpful when it comes to us (parents) know if our child/ren are having any difficulty getting through class...I'm so glad to hear when I get home that my child is excited about what reading level she's in & makes the effort to get more words to help out the school in being THE BEST.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

This school has a remarkable family attitude. I have 35 years experience and this is one of the best places to work. The Principal is really a spark plug.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 23, 2009

I think there are great teachers,also they really care for their students and take time to help the students out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2008

This school has changed in the last two years. Off of PI (Performance Improvement) and my boys love their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2007

Its a great school recommended for anyone with bilingual backroud and wants to keep it that way


Posted January 10, 2004

Lowell is an outstanding school with amazing teachers! Lowell is known as a 'community' school with a family-type of feel. The students are motivated and driven. The principal has implemented many new incentives and positive ideas this year. Lowell has increased it's state test scores for three consecutive years! This school is a gem!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2003

This school is wonderful school its not bad compare to the rest. It has great and nice teacher you learn a lot of things in lowell. The principal his always challenging us and at the end if we meet his expectation he'll do silly things. everything at lowell is great it might be a little bet smaller than other school I like it there a lot
—Submitted by a former student


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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

781

Change from
2012 to 2013

-18

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 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 did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet 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

781

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

-18

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)

5 / 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)

8 / 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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

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

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

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
25%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

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 60% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
57%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
51%
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 Students39%
Females46%
Males32%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner34%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students47%
Females50%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students29%
Females35%
Males23%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino23%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability30%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state18%

Math

All Students82%
Females86%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner84%
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate79%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students59%
Females67%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner41%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students74%
Females75%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner74%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate73%
Parent education - high school graduate85%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students59%
Females58%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students55%
Females50%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate52%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students41%
Females33%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 87%
Asian 6%
Black 2%
Two or more races 2%
White 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83%N/AN/A
English language learners 70%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 1%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Melitta Nerhood
Fax number
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625 South Seventh Street
San Jose, CA 95112
Phone: (408) 535-6243

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