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Lietz Elementary School

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2011:
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Posted April 6, 2014

Lietz is a great school. My kids are happy to go to school everyday! I have a 1st, 4th and 5th grader and they are thriving. The teachers are working hard to get every kid the attention they deserve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2013

We moved to the U.S two months ago. Our home school is full so we have to start the school at Lietz. My son loves Lietz even though he speaks little English. The EFL teacher and his third-grade teacher are wonderful. I don't know the magics they pull on my son but he LOVES going to school. No complaints at all. I think I will have a hard time deciding whether we should transfer him back to our home school next year!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

This is my child's first year at Lietz as a Kindergartner. His teacher is great and very involved. She has fun, yet educational activities for the kids to learn from and keep thier interest. My child loves going to school everyday. The school events have been very organized and student centric. The community and the parent involvement is great. The school is good about giving many opportunities for parents to get help and get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Both our 2 daughters are at Lietz now and they (so we too) love their school very much! The teachers are great, prefesional, and thoughtful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2012

My daugher has attended Lietz for five years now - since Kindergarden - and every year we love it more and more. The grounds are clean and safe. The teachers are amazing, and work TOGETHER - collaberating for our children and the overall well being of everyone. There is huge parent involvement, which makes a big difference. It's welcoming and fun. The kids are happy, and there are a lot of Home and School club funded enrichment programs that other schools don't have due to budget cuts - Music, Art Vistas, Choir...and more! Mr. Izor the principle is truly amazing and has a great relationship with his students and teachers. He has respect from the kids, but they aren't afraid of him - and they enjoy him! On a side note: my daughter is in a wheelchair - and we were supposed to go to Blackford, all the way across San Jose, where the "other wheelchair" kids all go! I'm so glad we are here, with our neighborhood! The teachers and fellow students and families here have all made a big difference in my daughter's life and how empowered she feels, and how liked and respected! Lietz is fabulous! You would be lucky for your child to attend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2012

LEITZ IS A VERY CHILD-CENTERED SCHOOL. OUR CHILDREN LOOK FORWARD TO GOING TO SCHOOL EACH DAY.


Posted February 23, 2012

When we were turning our kids into this school about 3 years ago, we were a bit nerves being one of the low rated schools in the Union school districts. However now we are enjoying the school. My both daughters attend this school. It s awesome place for my kids. The teachers, the principal all have been working hard with their true efforts; bring up the kids as well as the school. I should appreciate their efforts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2011

My Granddaughter attends this school and it just seems wonderful. The teachers are great and so it the principle. The school is well maintained and safe. My granddaughter just loves it and is learning a lot.


Posted October 19, 2011

Pleased with all my observations to date since arriving from Michigan. Wife and I are grandparents to two students.


Posted September 25, 2009

Lietz is a wonderful school. We couldn't have asked for a better school, better teachers, pricipal or staff. The new Science and reading programs are terrific. It's great fun getting involved as a parent! There is so much to do! We have had 3 children at Lietz. (Two are now in Middle School). Lietz teachers have prepared them well for their journey. I'll be so sad when we aren't there anymore.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I love Lietz and could not be more pleased with our improvement in 1 year. All the credit needs to go to our wonderful new principal Mr. Izor and all of our wonderful teacher's who are the best in the district. I am so proud of them all congratulations Lietz!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2009

We are looking at moving out of the area, and I will cry when we leave Lietz! It has been such a wonderful, nurturing environment for our kids. Mr. Izor is a fantastic principal, and the kids love him. There are some really special teachers that work closely together. Last year they implemented a reading program where all the kids split up by ability for an hour each day to get the focused attention they need - the ones struggling can get help and the advanced kids can be challenged. Don't some of the lower test ratings give you doubts. We have lots of children learning to speak English which, naturally, affects the scores, but even those kids are speaking English beautifully in a few years. I also feel my children are incredibly safe there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2009

Lietz is a fantastic school I especially like the flexible grouping that was implemented this year. Now my child is more challenged at her level in reading. I also like the way her teacher gives more advanced students the opportunity to move ahead in all subject areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2009

My daughter is entering 2nd grade in Fall of 2009, and we've had nothing but GREAT experiences here at Lietz. And I have to deal with many different facets of the school and district than other parents because my daughter is disabled and in a wheelchair. From day one, the principle, teachers and even the students have been so wonderful with my daughter, and fully accepting and there to help with whatever she needs. She's never once come home feeling shunned or different. Even our Mr. Eugene, the property maintenance manager has been so helpful, always making sure the tables in the classrooms she goes to for different subjects, are at the right height, etc. We love Lietz, and all they have to offer. And their new reading program is great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2008

My children have gone K-5 at Lietz and have had wonderful elementary experiences. The teachers are superb and the school atmosphere is caring and student oriented. I highly recommend Lietz school. . . and urge you to get involved in parent volunteering!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

Lietz Elementary has been a wonderful experience for my son and daughter. The teachers are caring and there are lots of opportunities for parent involvement. There is a school garden, regular family fun nights, reading nights, math nights, art and clay programs. School spirit activities include 'spirit days', student council and mural painting (for 5th graders). I would like to encourage all new parents to this school to get involved. Together we make a difference!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2007

Great school and love the teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2007

All three of my children have attended Lietz Elementary. My youngest child is still enrolled, and I am very pleased with the past several years my children & I have experienced at Lietz.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2006

Terrific School. Teachers are very enthusiastic and well trained. Parent involvement is not as high as I have seen at other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2005

Overall I was truly unhappy with the atmosphere, staff and performance of this school. As with most things, there were highlights and people that made it a better place to be. Mrs. Carmichael (retired) was an awesome 4th grade teacher and very patient. In general the school seemed disorganized overall.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

881

Change from
2012 to 2013

+1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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API score

881

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8 / 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)

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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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
68%
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 Students70%
Females85%
Males59%
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)81%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner85%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females79%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner77%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
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)68%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
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 Students61%
Females60%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
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)43%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females79%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner58%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students75%
Females74%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females86%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
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)93%
Parent education - college graduate94%
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 Students79%
Females80%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate87%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students86%
Females80%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner69%
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 graduate93%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students84%
Females82%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)88%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner58%
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 graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
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 40%
Hispanic 36%
Asian 12%
Two or more races 5%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29%N/AN/A
English language learners 22%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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5300 Carter Avenue
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