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Oster Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 501 students

 

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Posted May 13, 2014

The school is overrated. If you are not from the community or have connections within the school your child is looked upon as an outcast.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2014

Our school was recently granted The distinguished school Award. I'm so proud to be a part of this school and community. I was on the parent panel to answer questions regarding our school and principal practices. I learned so much from the experience and it just makes me even happier to be part if this school and community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2013

My son went to this great school am so proud of it because l think is the better school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2013

My son is going into 3rd grade and has had the best kindergarten, first, and second grade teachers ever. He needed extra support because of a learning disability and the principal and resource teacher had him tested immediately and receiving the services he needed in order to succeed. The new principal will listen to your concerns. The entire staff is caring, friendly and supportive. We love Oster!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2012

My twin daughters go to Oster since Kindergarten and now they are in 3rd grade. We love oster community. I really hope that the new principal is also as friendly as Mr. Martino
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

The school has a real sense of community with the teachers and parents working together to help a very diverse group of kids. Positive attitudes and appreciation all around.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2011

My kids attend Oster elementary. Overall the teachers are good. But I am disappointed about the administration and curriculum. No P.E. no art class, music class only once a month due to the budget cut. The current principal is very difficult to communicate with. It's sad to see many good families are leaving. I think our children deserve better education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

Though now in middle and high school, all 3 of my children attended Oster from Kinder through 5th grade. My oldest is off to UC Berkeley in the fall. The education they received through our public schools in this district have been exceptional. Teachers are dedicated and caring, leadership (both parent and administration) is effective, and the community is involved and proactive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

My daughter transferred in when she was in fourth grade. Her teacher was incredible, and my daughter flourished. The private school education my daughter had received from Pre-K -third grade was good, but I have to say, her experiences in fourth and fifth grade at Oster were phenomenal. Oster exceeded my expectations; for that, I am truly grateful!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2009

Oster Elementary School is just the best! The teachers are excellent and curriculum allows for creative children to flourish.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2008

Wow! This school is the best! We have a fifth grade student and a third grade student and we have been here at Oster since kindergarten. We love the school and the teachers. The school has a great GATE program. I am a very active parent and the school and classrooms welcome the help and support. The test scores are high and getting higher!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

This school is great. The new principal is the best!! He's so involved with the students at all activities and events going on..As far as teachers my child has been lucky and had two of the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2006

This school has fantastic parent involvement. There are always lots of after school/ outside of school activities. Small town atmosphere in Silicon Valley.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2006

Excellent academic programs, great extra curricular activities and stable, experienced teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2006

This is a great school which has lot of extra activities. Academic programs and teachers are great. Parents participation is very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

January 2006- This school is great, however I have observed that it is a little behind in some things. They still have lunch tickets instead of the electronic lunch card system (almost like a credit card) to make it easier on both student and teacher. This years teacher is o.k. but I think she can improve on motivating the students a little more. My son seems to be a little bored sometimes and makes him feel like he does not want to go to school. The academic program seems to be working very well, he brings home homework and does lots of writing in class. He is doing very well in Math too. Two thumbs up for Oster.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

My 2 children love this school. The parents and staff make it feel like family there. I really love the integration of sign language in each class. My children will be bilingual by the time they leave Oster!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2005

Excellent academic programs and tremendous extracurricular activities including band, dance, chess, science and computer club. Great parent involvement, Xilinx partnership and Washington Mutual partnership. Undergoing renovation summer 2005.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2003

This is a wonderful elementary school. The enrollment seems lower then most schools in the Union School District because of the mature (older) neighborhood. My son has received an excellent education here and has matured and improved academically each year. The teaching staff is exceptional! My son praises his teachers daily! He has been attending this school from 3rd to 5th grade and has the very BEST TEACHER (by far) in the school district! The teachers make learning fun and motivate the students to strive to do thier best without compromising their high standards. I am very impressed with this school overall.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

927

Change from
2012 to 2013

+2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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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

927

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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

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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)

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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
90%

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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

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

All Students75%
Females74%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
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)67%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students82%
Females77%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner70%
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)67%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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 Students85%
Females83%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner83%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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)72%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females89%
Males91%
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)92%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner94%
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)89%
Parent education - college graduate89%
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 Students88%
Females89%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner82%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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)72%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females93%
Males90%
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)88%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner91%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate92%
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 Students81%
Females85%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females76%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate86%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students89%
Females88%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
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)88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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)85%
Parent education - college graduate82%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 40%
Asian 18%
Hispanic 18%
Two or more races 9%
Black 3%
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 20%N/AN/A
English language learners 18%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

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

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School Leader's name
  • Dianne McEntee
Fax number
  • (408) 266-3751

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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