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Knob Hill Elementary School

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Posted August 15, 2012

My daughter has been attending Knob Hill for two years. The teachers and staff work together to provide the students with vast resources which plays a critical part in their educational growth. The students who need the extra help get it through after school programs in reading and math. Students are excited to attend school as there are many incentives to encourage them to do their best. I am extremely thankful that this level of education is still being provided in our public education system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

I have a son at this school and he is so enthusiastic about going to school every day. The teachers are always very interested in what the kids are doing. He is advancing in his reading and his math skills amaze me. The teachers and the principal are always very easy to talk to. I love this school and their positive attitute towards teaching kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2009

I have two children that attend KH. I am really impressed by the excellent teachers that teach at this school! They were always encouraging them to go beyond grade level standards and most of the kids were. My children did not get lost in translation with the spanish speaking students as was mentioned in a poor review. I highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2008

I have 3 children all have been at this school since KG. My children are well advanced readers because of this schools interest and constant reminder of how important and how fun reading can be. My children are well advanced amongst children (cousins) their own age who attend Escondido school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2008

My kids have attend knok Hill since KG. We moved out of the area and fought hard to stay in Knob Hill. We are sappose to attend a school in Escondido, no thank you! Knob Hill is a all a round great school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2008

Excellent School. My 2nd grader daughter did benefit a lot during the year. Great Teacher and Staff. I am impressed. --Vineet
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

I am very thankful with my daughter's kindergarten teacher, I can see how much she focus on every single student to accomplish their daily routine,she always go the extra mile. The principal at knob hills, he is always there; supervising,checking and reminding The Hawk Way.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

I think that this school is the best school to send your kids to. The teachers and staff are the most caring and amazing people that really care about your child/children and work to make sure that no matter what they get the best education possible. Love the school and everything about it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2006

I believe that this school has a highly dedicated group of teachers who are sincerely interested in their students education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2005

I am continually pleased with the high academic performance at Knob Hill school. The teachers are attentive to curriculum, in particularly reading/comprehension. Incentives for student excellence are appropriate for grade level and students strive to achieve their goals. Staff are friendly and caring and I feel comfortable with the safety and health of my child at school. Parent/teacher contact is encouraged through phone calls, impromtu visits before and after school as well as conferences when needed. Overall, I am very pleased with my child's level of education and social development at Knob Hill.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2005

This school is a great school. Lots of parent involvement. Excellent principal. The vice principal was a 1st grade teacher and is great. I loved the families and the extra activities you could pay for that were available after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

This school have met my expectations as a parent that cares for his son education. I think the Principal and his team of teachers are doing a great job with our kids. They have many extracurricular activities that allows parents to get involved with school teachers,parents and our kids. Congratulations to all the personel that works at this school because they are doing an axcellent job!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2005

One of the few schools still around that offers there students a music program and PE classes. They're not so driven on testing data to eliminate these needed programs. In addition, lots of opportunities are given for parental involvement in family activity nights.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2005

I have two children enrolled in Knob Hill. One is a kindergatener. He has 30 children in his classroom with 2 teachers. He has a music class.computer class, and library day once a week. He is learning by leaps and bounds. My other son is in 2nd grade. All 3 years that he has been there, the teachers he has had have been great. The teachers are always willing to explain how they are doing. My 2nd grader had a little trouble with reading in the being of the school year. His teacher was on it right away working with us on how to bring him up to speed. He is now at the top of class in reading. At Knob Hill they are very much into making sure the kids get enough P.E and sports. I feel that Knob Hill is an excellent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2004

Not impressed at all with school. 35 students in kindergarten class, only 8 spoke english. I helped out in classroom for the one month my child attended. The teacher and aid had to spend most of their time translating basic instructions (sit in your chair, use your green crayon) So many of the children were staring out the window because they couldn't speak english and the the english speakers tuned out from hearing so much spanish. Tough learing invironment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2004

This review is in response to the one posted this month. I would like to state that the information is incorrect. There has never been 42 kids in a classroom as the state maximum is 33. My child has attended Knob Hill since Kindergarten and he is in 4 grade right now and we have had nothing but a good experience with the school. The Teachers have been the best, the Principal has been helpful and office staff has been wonderful. I also have a Kindergarten child there and he is learning by leaps and bounds. If you decide to bring your child back to a public school, I would recommend that you get involved with the school/parent club so that you know what the guidelines are and so you are aware with what is going on within the school as I'm sure you would then have a different opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2004

San Marcos schools are much worse than the test scores show. When my daughter started K there there were 42 students in the class. When we took her out around Christmas there were still 32 students and only 1 teacher. They did lots of independent study which means read to yourself or play with toys. It was more like a day care than school. We felt that our child was not getting any attention and was learning very little. The test scores are more related to economic status than quality school as most of our friends spent several hours a day with their children studying because they felt they were not learning.
—Submitted by a parent


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API Statewide Rank
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9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


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English Language Arts

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

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
87%

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 46% in 2013.

141 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

142 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students77%
Females84%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability56%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner74%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate59%
Parent education - high school graduate76%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females89%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability72%
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner93%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate88%
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
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 Students60%
Females65%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females87%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate85%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
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 Students86%
Females89%
Males84%
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)89%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner63%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate82%
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females93%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learner74%
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate89%
Parent education - high school graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)97%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
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 Students77%
Females76%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females80%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate69%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students72%
Females63%
Males85%
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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 49%
White 39%
Asian 5%
Black 2%
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 51%N/AN/A
English language learners 22%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 14%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Carrie Geldard
Fax number
  • (760) 741-7843

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1825 Knob Hill Road
San Marcos, CA 92069
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