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Jefferson Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 580 students

 

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Posted June 4, 2014

Please don't send your child to this school. They are lazy, overcrowded, too concentrated on non english speaking students and non caring. They are graduation two of my children to 6th grade with 2nd grade math and english ratings. The teachers are disresapectful and rude to the students. The principal apparently can't take it anymore either as he is leaving and going back to teaching at another school. This school is terrible. I would rather home school my children than send them here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2012

For the diverse group this school works with, the teachers are excellent. Especially for the hispanic population. My son loves school and can't wait til summer is over to get back to Jefferson. These last four years he's gotten excellent teachers, Mrs. West, Ms Tam, Ms burl, Mrs. Babel. If your child gets any of these teachers - they are in good hands. The best part is the principal here cares. Much much better then the one a good years back. Jefferson Rocks--
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2011

I am really happy with this school. My daughter has been here for five years and so far we've been very lucky. All of the teachers she has had have been excellent. It is hard for me to read the last two bad reviews. They have several different teacher for each grade so maybe a few have not been as good as others but from my experience my daughter has excellent teacher for all grades she has attended. Some teachers are better for certain personalities and it sounds like a few of the students just didn't click with there teacher. The principal is excellent as well. This school doesn't put up with any bullying and I find that assuring, I just wish this school went to the 6th grade. Thumbs up Jefferson.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I have been involved in this school for 7 years already. I have seen how Jefferson has made many changes that are allowing to create a better environment for students, teachers and parents. It is hard for me to read comments that reflect a side of Jefferson that I have never seen. I do agree that any school faces challenges, but something that I would like to highlight is that everyone that many teachers and school personel that I know, have been doing great efforts to make thigs work at Jefferson. Thumbs up for all the great effort!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2009

This has been the worse school ever! My daughter came out of 4th grade knowing less then when she went in. The teachers have little to no control over their classrooms. There is very little parent envolvement and the office staff needs to be replaced by competent people. Just go look at the test score from last year. If you have any choice at all, do not send your child to school here. Home school your children before allowing them to attend a school like this!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2009

My son is in first grade and loves Jefferson. His kindergarden teacher last year was great- Mrs. West. She prepared him very well for first grade. He didn't go to preschool but that was not a problem for Mrs. West because of her dedication she caught him right up to the rest of the class in no time. He really enjoys his first grade teacher also. The principal is also great. He is really into making this school a great one.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2008

The new principal is great. He is very involved and is very easy to talk to. I hope he stays at Jefferson for a very long time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

My daughter is a fourth grader this year and she loves her school and all of her teachers! Ms. Pepares (kindergarden), Ms. Miller (second grade), Ms. Burle (third grade), Ms. Ball (P.E.), and Mr. Beatty (fourth grade) and all the other teachers in the school are wonderful. They put in a lot of effort in helping kids to learn in the classroom, communicating with parents, and arranging school field trips. This is a newly build school with wonderful playgrounds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

My son is in kindergarden and loves to go to school everyday. Mrs. West the kindergarden teacher is great. She makes learning fun for the kids. She keeps the parents very involved by giving homework for the parents to work with their children at home every night to further their education. You can tell she really cares about giving your child the best education possible. From what I hear from other parents most of the other teachers at this school feel the same way and are very dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2008

The teachers that my son has had are really great. He has learned so much and really enjoys going to school. The kids are really friendly and not snobby at all compare to the shcools that we have experienced in the richer areas. Everyone is down to earth.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2006

The school staff has not been provided nor encouraged to become technologically competitive to meet the growing needs that our children face daily in a changing world. The principal must facilitate parent involvement, extracurricular activities to improve community involvement within the institution of learning at Jefferson so that student receives a balanced education both academically and socially. This school is a work in progress with limited resources and support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 5, 2005

Although jefferson elementary is a remodeled school, looks are deceiving. I would not recomend this school to parents who seek a school where there are teachers who care about the academic growth of their child.This school is extremley low budget and the experience with the teacher my son had, showed a lack of a personal connection with the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2005

Don't let the test scores fool you. This is a great school. The Princpal is very involved and caring. The teachers are great. One teacher in particular( Leah Harley) goes above and beyound her job. She is an outstandig teacher and a caring person. In my eyes she is the ideal teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2003

I just graduated 5th grade in the 2002-2003 school year. I love it and the way they do things there. The P.E. teacher was outstanding this last school year and it gets better. I love the fact that they are building a new school to replace the old one. A computer lab a Science lab and more. The great factulty lounge keeps learning intresting and fun. I will miss Jefferson!!!!!!
—Submitted by a former student


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This school's
API score

743

Change from
2012 to 2013

-21

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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This school's
API score

743

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-21

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API Statewide Rank
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3 / 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.
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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.

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
28%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
51%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
25%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
31%
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 Students33%
Females40%
Males27%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability36%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only35%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students53%
Females49%
Males57%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
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 disadvantaged57%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner61%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate48%
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 Students37%
Females33%
Males39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged28%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate13%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students64%
Females58%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner41%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
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 Students64%
Females75%
Males45%
African American56%
Asian55%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students69%
Females77%
Males59%
African American60%
Asian82%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner39%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate80%
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 Students39%
Females50%
Males30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability39%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented73%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students25%
Females38%
Males15%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino16%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability24%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only33%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented59%
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate15%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)25%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students27%
Females28%
Males25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino21%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability27%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only35%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented59%
Parent education - not a high school graduate15%
Parent education - high school graduate20%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)25%
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 66%
Black 12%
Asian 8%
White 5%
Two or more races 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 82%N/AN/A
English language learners 49%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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School facilities
  • Computer lab

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ruben Aurelio
Fax number
  • (510) 895-4161

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
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14300 Bancroft Avenue
San Leandro, CA 94578
Phone: (510) 618-4310

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