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San Elijo Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 1100 students

 
 

Living in San Marcos

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $335,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,600.

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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 2 ratings
2013:
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2012:
Based on 3 ratings
2011:
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Posted April 29, 2014

We are moving from NJ to San Marcos area. Our top priority is our fourth grader! After speaking to many people and visiting many areas over the past 4 years, we were encouraged to hear SEES provides the BEST academic experience for our daughter as well as SEH is the only town with that "hometown" feel. We are beyond excited to move in 3 weeks and have high hopes for SEES to be a "5 STAR" experience for our daughter. WE spoke to CA lifelong residents as well at transplants, and they all recommended SEH and SEES!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2014

We pulled our kid from a christian private school due to bullying and cliques. Our kid was welcomed to SEES and we cannot believe we did not start him here from the beginning. It is a rather large school, once we got passed that we quickly realized that the quality of kids here is great. Teachers are very seasoned. We are very happy here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

My oldest has been there since Kindergarten, and now he just started 5th. I have another in 4th and my baby just started 1st grade. I love this school. We moved up to San Elijo for this educational experience for my children. I wish the planners had figured out how popular the school is and I wish the class sizes were smaller, but the quality of staff and the quality of the teaching is beyond all expectations. The teachers are accessible and know their kids. This is the most encouraging school for reading and academic excellence. We are so happy at this beautiful school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2012

My son has been here since Kindergarten and just finished 4th grade with 3 straight semesters on the honor roll. I can't say how proud we are of him this year and how happy we are with the teachers. He has excelled and has been challenged with additional work when the regular material wasn't enough. There is a lot of focus on math and language arts as well as physical education, science, and art, in spite of the budget situation. I was really impressed with everything he learned and look forward to our final year next year. It's too bad the community rating is marked down by posters venting about San Elijo being a so-called "green" school. We should teach our children to be informed citizens to help make a difference in society.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2012

Didn't know how good we had it! Our child now goes to San Diego school district and we miss the quality of education at San Elijo. While some of the drop off polices are annoying and could be improved, the import things are all in place. The biggest attribute of this school is it's accountability. It expects a lot of it's student, teachers and parents. While closing the entrance gate precisely at the bell time and making students check in late is a bit too strict in my opinion, the opposite is far worse. A school that's leadership doesn't value accountability effects your child's education from all angles in a negative way. The other positive attribute is the "college track" agenda. While the children are little, the classroom mentality and environment are a positive environment that promotes success in life. The opposite of that is the "fast food worker track" where the teacher spends most of the day yelling and being a disciplinary. A classroom where the staff says "they're just little kids, it's not a big deal they do their homework or show up on time. If your child has the opportunity to be at a 10 out of 10 school be grateful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2011

We are very happy here! We considered private school, but most ( the ones we can afford) did not measure up. Our daughter has excelled here and is very happy with the teachers. The teachers give her the attention she needs and the direction to move forward. I would give it 5 stars, but it is getting crowded, So far so good though, still 26/per class in 2nd grade. That made me happy!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2010

My child attended this school for three years before we moved to a new area. We really miss it and now really appreciate what we had there. All three of the teachers that we had were awesome. My child learned so much. I didn't have to teach her homework to her, she learned everything in class and I was just a homework checker. That is the way it should be! The principal is awesome and she knows the names of all her 900+ students! Whenever I needed to talk to her, she was available. When I emailed her, she responded asap. She really runs a tight ship. The school is beautiful and very well kept up. I love the new garden! The PTO is also truly amazing. Hats off to them! So many wonderful people at this school...teachers, staff, PTO and parents. We really miss your school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2010

The teachers at this school are amazing. Not only are they accessible to the students for their needs, but they work closely with the parents to keep involvement to a maximum. I have never been happier with a school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2010

The teachers are amazing! The school does so much with the community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2010

Great school. My kids have gone here since it opened. We have had nothing but amazing teachers and our kids have excelled! I also, however, questioned some of the 'green theme' like the other parent mentioned. I know other schools do not heavily promote any of this stuff, so why ours?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2009

Dislike the 'green' theme this year at the school with talks of 'carbon footprints' and 'global warming.' Government is slipping into the cracks of our public schools with now the H1N1 vaccine being given here. Though it is optional, we do not have govt. health care YET and this is already happening. VERY DISAPOINTED!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

I have two children attending SEES and we love it! The principal is incredibly dedicated, parents are very involved and the teachers are excellent. The PTO supports a ton of great programs including art, science and music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2008

My children attended SEES last year and thought it was good but it was way over crowded. We now live in the Poway Unified School District and realize that good is not good enough. There is a night and day diffference between the two districts. Our children are now working at their full potential --PUSD sees to that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2008

My daughter loved this school and her teacher Mrs. Goodman! she misses her year there and is always talking about it. unfortunately because of the boundaries changes she had to attend carillo elementary, although it also looks like a good school! I sure miss San Elijo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2008

Great school. My daughter attended Kindergarten this year and was in Mrs. Goodman's class. Great experience. Principle is highly involved and creates a very positive environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

This school has many wonderful teachers, but they are limited by the school distrct. They teach strictly to the STAR test, which limits creativity. The class sizes are not only outrageous, but are illegal in our state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2007

My children are in Kindergarten this year and so far, we love the school. The teachers are enthusiastic and committed, as are the parents and the administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

My child attended 1st grade with Mrs. Anderson. Great teacher. Parental involvement was very high. The principal was very involved and the experience was very positive.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

937

Change from
2012 to 2013

-6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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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The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

937

What is the API?
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

-6

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
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)

10 / 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.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

243 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
96%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
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.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
86%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
93%

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

All Students83%
Females89%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)91%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability52%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner57%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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)54%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females90%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)94%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability91%
English learner68%
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)58%
Parent education - college graduate94%
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 Students80%
Females84%
Males75%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner60%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students87%
Females89%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner71%
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 graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students91%
Females95%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability92%
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)93%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females94%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disability79%
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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 Students91%
Females90%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females86%
Males95%
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)93%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disability91%
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students87%
Females82%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate91%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 67%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 4%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16%N/AN/A
English language learners 9%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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