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Hesperian Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 695 students

 

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Posted October 15, 2014

I volunteered a few times and i like the school alot i went through alot to get my kids in this school due to interdistrict transfers and stuff and itsvworth it. My kids are learning english fast here, the teachers are caring and kind, the only complaints i have are the morning time in the parking lot, they dont have anyone out there atleast ten minutes after 8:00 for late comers. They need to keep staff out later because parents speed through the parking lot and thats not ok because parents and students are still getting there and if they are getting out of the car and another car is speeding through the people could get hurt by the speeder. And also people are always parking in places they shouldnt be parking causing traffic jams and arguements around the children its a zoo and needs to be under control. Other than that i love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2012

my children have gone here for 3 years now and every year we get such great teachers. I love the community here and the parent involvement, my children have had some of their best memories here and I love the Boys & Girls Club after-school program...the staff is awesome! This school may not have the highest test scores, but the people here make it a high rating for us.....parents who are very involved in their child's education and daily homework, don't need to worry about what the overall schools scores are! Love this school...a hidden treasure! I do agree that there should be more security on the school grounds however.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

Teachers and Principal should concetrate more on teaching the kids more about reading and math skills, instead of diagnosing their the behaviors, kids will be kids this is an elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

I have 3 daughters attending Hesperian coming in almost 2 months after school resumed, we moved nearby so it was only natural to put them in Hesperian , my overall take on the school is that it is alright although the last school they were at was superb and am very very mad I had to transfer them. There is one thing I absolutely do not like at Hesperian at all and that is the safety issues for the children, literally anyone can be on school grounds whenever they want to be, now I can t imagine dropping my kids off there and not knowing after that whoes on the grounds without going crazy. They do not lock the doors and anyone is welcomed they dont even ask what they are doing there like our last school (wont name names) There can be a terrorist and you would not even know.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2006

Dedicated teachers. More extracurricular activities have been added in the past few years, but more are needed. Would love to see more parents involved!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 20, 2006

Hesperian School is much better than I expected. My son came in the middle of the school year from a private school and I was afraid that the work would be too easy. The teacher addressed my concern right away and makes sure that because he is at a higher learning level, that his work is more difficult. For a teacher to take the time and do the 'extra' says alot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

My 2nd grade nephew does poorly in reading, and is beginning to resist it because of the feeling of failure. I'm worried about his math as well. He's only attended Hesperian, and only late last fall was he referred to the Step Up program, when the red lights were flashing since early in 1st grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2005

I currently have 2 children attending Hesperian and will not hesitate to enroll my 3rd into Kindergarten there next Fall. The principal, Dr. Jackson, is an extraordinary woman and acknowledges the special needs of each child as an individual, as does her staff. She is a great example of a leader. The Teachers, Grounds Crew, Cafeteria Staff, as well as anyone else I have encountered, have not only been proficeint and professional, but also a pleasure to deal with in all aspects. The PTA is incredible, involving Parents, and the students, in community affairs and fund raisers. The teachers are examplary and should be commended. I am delighted to say the entire Hesperian Staff deserves a standing ovation. Thank you Dr. Jackson and Hesperian School, I know my children are in good hands with you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

Having started in January as a fresh transfer from private to public school, we were naturally worried that our Kindergartener would have a hard time joining an already established class. However, our experience was a wonderful one made successful by the teachers who worked deliberately and diligently to make his transition smooth. They were very approachable and understanding that this high maintenance mom needed reassurance. I also met and liked many of the non-teaching staff there who seemed to me to have genuine concern for each child and worked hard to remember names and important facts about as many as they could. There is also high parent involvement at this school and many of us care for every child as they are our own. So, if staff is unavailable, you can rest assured that there are other eyes watching and looking after the well being of your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 15, 2005

Administrative staff is cooperative.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2004

My daugher was having trouble reading her first year in 1st grade, when her teacher became aware of the problem she wasted no time in helping her and finding a solution. My daughter is now doing much better with reading and is an expert in math. I really owe alot to her teacher and principal in all the extra attention they gave my daughter. My daugther is now reading stories to me before bed. Thank you Hesperian Elementry.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

787

Change from
2012 to 2013

+40

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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  • This school met its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

787

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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.
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2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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2 / 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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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.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
18%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%

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 65% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
45%
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.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
23%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
25%
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 Students58%
Females67%
Males48%
African American60%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%

Math

All Students71%
Females79%
Males63%
African American55%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state64%
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 Students36%
Females36%
Males34%
African American48%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability36%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state38%

Math

All Students62%
Females59%
Males65%
African American74%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
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 disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state54%
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 Students44%
Females46%
Males41%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state38%

Math

All Students54%
Females61%
Males43%
African American53%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state56%
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 Students46%
Females54%
Males35%
African American43%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state25%

Math

All Students38%
Females42%
Males35%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
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%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state31%

Science

All Students36%
Females35%
Males38%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
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 disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state25%
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 64%
Black 16%
Asian 7%
White 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Two or more races 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 55%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
  • Wendy Garner
Fax number
  • (510) 278-2641

Programs

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  • Individually guided instruction

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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San Lorenzo, CA 94580
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