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Richland Elementary

Public | PK-1, 3-6 | 1000 students

 

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Posted September 26, 2013

Reception Staff is very helpful , Exellent teachers . More Art , Music ,Drama ,Talent Shows and sciense programmes
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2011

My daughter has been at Richland for 3 years. She has had two fabulous teacher and one horrible teacher. However, the new principal has made major changes and I can definitely see the imrpovements this year. The classroom size has increased, but this has happened at all schools in our district. Overall, the teachers, parents and students are very inolved in this wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

Richland wins awards in achievement but also in spirit, despite budget cuts and many students being poor and having to learn English as a second language. They could really use the award money for music, art, and so many things that were cut. Thanks for your support :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

I like the class sizes, the structured ciriculum, the friendly staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

Wonderful, Wonderful teachers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2009

I am very dissatified with this school. Last year we had a teacher that was less then understand about my sons medical condition and most of the time he came home in pain. Son was teriffied of his teacher. This year we are already 4 days into school and once again. The school is not fitting his needs! They told me that this is all they offered for school lucnh and breakfast. No lactose free! Am very irriated! Cant get an inter school transfer because all the classes are full due to our wonderful govener!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2009

The parents at Richland are very involved. It's a great school with a great student council.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

I am so very imppressed with Richland school! We recently moved and we came from a private christian school (both my 4th grader and my kindergatener). Didn't really expect wonders here, just wanted to get by our hard time, cut the expenses. And I was so wrong. The teachers here are so into the details, I felt the difference from the first teacher parents conference. We got more into the details than the previous school at the 5 minutes conference. Instead of saying 'your son's handwriting is messy', they said, he has hard time writing a good circle at his handwriting. What a difference!, you know what to do, what to help, where to put your effort!! 50 years does makes the difference. I am truly in love with this school, and we are not going anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

Richland is 50 years old this year and going strong. We have generations of students who have pride in saying that they went to Richland Elementary School. Happy 50th Richland!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted September 26, 2008

I have had 3 children in Richland, it is a sensational school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2007

Richland School is the best. The teachers keep you well inform, the staff is great but most of all everyone knows everyone. I'm very glad my child attends this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2006

I have one child that is labeled high functioning autistic and another that is highly intellegent and exceeds her grade level standards. The staff at Richland have been exceptional in meeting both of their needs. The school district is wonderful for special needs children. I know people have moved into the district because of it's reputation, not only for special needs but for academics as well. SMUSD has the best of both. Richland has a great Parent organization and the teachers here are dedicated and creative. Plus, although the test scores are high, they make many efforts to include science, the arts, physical fitness and all that fun stuff that test score focusing has taken away. Both the principal/vice principal are very active in the children's daily lives and do a wonderful job promoting school spirit. They know the children by name and are genuinely interested in their success and happiness.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2006

I was very impressed with this school. The teachers keep you informed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

Richland was honored with the California Distinguished School recognition for the year 2004. The principal and staff are all very involved with the school and the parents. Weekly newsletters are sent home reminding parents on how they can help continue their children's educations at home and on upcoming important dates. Parent involvement is greatly encouraged. There is before and after school care available. There is no such thing as a dumb class or the smart class. Classes are diversified.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2005

Richland Elementary has dedicated teachers and administrators. It deals with discipline problems as well as recognizing achievements in a positive and proactive way. My son, who is not a troublesome youth, was disciplined for a confrontation he had at school; at the time, my husband, son and I were able to meet directly with the principle and school counselor to clear up the issue and the counselor brought in the other children involved so the boys could work it out together. Both of my sons have had excellent teacher-student interaction, great learning experiences, and a pretty well-rounded education. I'd like to see more art and music, but CA I guess is known for having a minimum of that. So, I guess we're lucky with the parent association-supported programs that we do have at Richland.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

Richland provides an excellent standards based education for students. It is a very diverse student population. Students and staff are welcoming and friendly. It definitely has a good feeling tone when you arrive on campus. My children have received above average education at this school. I couldn't be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2004

The overall environment at Richland is a nurturing, child-friendly one. Students are looked at individually for academics and given motivation to go beyond average. The parent involvement at this school is second to none and the teachers and administration appreciate the community committment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 1, 2004

I can not say enough about Richland Elementary. We just recently moved to their district and in the short time that my children have attended I have seen a dramatic improvement overall. My son was struggling due to many faults in our previous out of state elementary school, i.e. my son's teacher never came to work. His Richland teacher, Mrs. Goldkorn has really turned him around and now we are certain he will pass 1st grade. Active parents can only do so much if it is not reiterated by the teacher and vice versa. I am so thankful to Richland and the outstanding teachers. Mrs. Winters is a rare find as well. She cares so much for her children and it shows. My daughter thinks very highly of her and will try even harder to gain her approval. I wish my children could stay at Richland.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

886

Change from
2012 to 2013

-2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


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886

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8 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

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

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

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80%

2011

 
 
89%

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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
80%

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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
81%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

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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 Students63%
Females67%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner49%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate61%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females86%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability82%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate80%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate100%
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

English Language Arts

All Students79%
Females83%
Males74%
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)78%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate74%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students76%
Females83%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)80%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
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 Students85%
Females87%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability77%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate92%
Parent education - high school graduate85%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females95%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability82%
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate85%
Parent education - high school graduate100%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)90%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students82%
Females78%
Males87%
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 disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate77%
Parent education - high school graduate85%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

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Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 46%
Hispanic 44%
Asian 3%
Black 2%
Two or more races 1%
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 46%N/AN/A
English language learners 19%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School start time
  • 8:45 am
School end time
  • 3:10 am
School Leader's name
  • Lynda McDonell
Fax number
  • (760) 290-2412

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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