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Dayton Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted January 15, 2013

This is a great school. This is my daughter's first year at Dayton. She is in the 2nd grade. She came from Bella Vista Elementary school in Oakland (which was also excellent!). To be honest, I liked Bella Vista more because my daughter was always challenged and academics was taken so seriously by many of the parents. Parents knew each other and supported each other. We had parent volunteers who would read to/with the children from 7am until school started. Anyway, let me focus the review more on Dayton. My daughter's teacher is very supportive. She recognizes that my daughter is advanced for her grade, so she offers her "extra credit" assignments. In areas where my daughter is weak, she spends time to explain to my daughter thoroughly to ensure that she undertsands the concepts. She is calm and very experienced as children know what to expect from her. I, however, wish that more homework was given, My daughter finishes the homework in less than 10 minutes. Additionally, all 2nd grade classes receive the exact homework, which makes education "streamline." I think that presvents the teachers from being creative and teaching more than they should. It's always great to learn more.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2012

Dayton is a school with dedicated teachers, kind students, and excellent leadership from a principal who is passionate about the school and every student there. My son is in 1st grade and the 2 teachers that he has had went above and beyond to create a comfortable community in the classroom, where all students were academically challenged and had fun while learning. The Kid's Club is also a fun place for him to be after school, all of the instructors are great and seem to have a lot of fun with the kids. Way to go Dayton Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2011

Dayton is a sorely underrated school on this site. We moved away from this school district to a supposedly better school just over the hill that happens to be rated a 10 on GreatSchools, and despite this, I think Dayton is a better school, with more diversity, and programs that are accessible to everyone. I especially liked that my kids were able to participate in the music program and whenever there was a recital, the mutipurpose room was overflowing with parents and family members. It was a much warmer place than the school my child is at now. If I knew what I know now, we would have stayed in this school district.nIt just goes to show that money doesn't replace heart, and Dayton has a lot of heart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2010

Dayton is a great place to LEARN! I enjoy my daughter being at Dayton Elementary School. She has made friends and enjoys the staff. They smile and speak to all students, that's special! I am so happy because I know she is safe, her teacher cares about her education and makes sure she understands what is being taught. I enjoy the Principal's morning words for thought and seeing the staff at outside pick-up. My daughter felt special when the principal helped her out of the car. I know he's busy making the school what it is and to take time on occasion to do that is special. The PTA is alive and well, they do a great job, just like the very helpful office staff. I can only write 150 words or less. Go Dayton!!!! Happy Parent of a 3rd grader
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2009

Great school! The staff has been WONDERFUL! Feel safe with my daughter being there, office staff knows parents Very well. Enjoyed our past 2 years here. Teachers have been more then I could have asked for really doing eveything they can to help my child and me too! Its smaller # of students which I ike seems to allow the staff to get to know allthe children really well. Mr Bloch IS GREAT TOO! Really great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

So far, I've been impressed with the school and teachers. My son went to Dayton 1st-5th grades and my daughter is currently in 4th grade. We have a very diverse student population (over 25 different languages spoken!), but the discipline issues are very low. Students get along well and are monitored well on campus. The teachers teach to state standards. There aren't any extracurricular activities, but there is an after school daycare program on campus. The PTA tries to do fun events, but there isn't enough parent support. Too many parents work full time or more than one job. There is a new principal this year - he came from the local high school. He is handling the change to elementary well and is very friendly with the kids and parents. He already knows many of the kids' names! We love Mrs. Burke and Ms. Curran!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2004

Dayton Elementary has only been re-opened for a short time. It is an excellent elementary school due to Principal Jodi Lytel's leadership. The teachers are passionate about their students. The music program is the best in the area. The PTA is very strong and provides parents many ways to be involved in the school. Like most schools these days, more parents should be involved. The facilities are well maintained and the environment is very welcoming. Resources for the library are a high priority at the school. Dayton is a wonderful school for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
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797

Change from
2012 to 2013

-1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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797

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4 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%

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.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
60%
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 Students34%
Females41%
Males24%
African Americann/a
Asian54%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)9%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability35%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only35%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate21%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduate33%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students53%
Females55%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
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)27%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
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 Students40%
Females47%
Males33%
African Americann/a
Asian52%
Filipino50%
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students57%
Females64%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asian70%
Filipino50%
Hispanic or Latino48%
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%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate60%
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 Students71%
Females72%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
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)73%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students68%
Females72%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner54%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate74%
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 Students63%
Females63%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
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)64%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented58%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state55%

Math

All Students69%
Females69%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
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)64%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state73%

Science

All Students46%
Females39%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asian59%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented50%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state27%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 39% 11%
Hispanic 36% 52%
Black 10% 6%
White 10% 26%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

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1500 Dayton Avenue
San Lorenzo, CA 94579
Phone: (510) 317-3600

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