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Baywood Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

Living in San Mateo

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $870,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,770.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted April 17, 2014

This school is amazing. Parents are too much involve in school activities, fund raising for school to get extra activities to make kids smart.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2014

Baywood has been amazing for our family. My son is excelling above and beyond the CORE the teachers and administration always keep us informed with all the activities both for the students and the parents. I believe the negative comments seem to all point to money not the actual education Baywood is providing if those people are not pleased there is a way to transfer to another school and should do so. We look forward to our youngest to join the TK program and benefit as his brother did from this amazing school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2014

As a parent at this school for many years I believe that most families are happy with the experience and education offered at Baywood, but do not feel the need to review the school online. I think it is important to note that people with negative comments are more likely to share their dissatisfaction on Great Schools than those that are pleased with the experience at their respective schools. Our family has found Baywood to offer an excellent education with-in a wonderful community, and our children are thriving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2014

I have not liked this school from the the very beginning but unfortunately it wasn't up to me to send my child here. This school is only about money but I have yet to see what they do with it because it sure isn't going to improve the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2013

Wonderful School! We are on our third year at Baywood and are very happy to be part of a great community. The teachers are innovative, compassionate and appear to truly love their jobs. The principal is caring and experienced, and appears dedicated to making Baywood the best school it can be. Like any school, there are many fundraisers, but because of these, Baywood provides programs that other schools might not. For example, PTA funds provide daily PE class, music teachers, librarian, teacher s aides and many great programs like the Science Fair, Arts & Science Day, Talent Show and others. I may not be able to participate in every fundraiser, but I know a little can go a long way. Also, there are many opportunities for differentiated learning and reduced class sizes through use of aides, volunteers and split-class time at PE, library and computer. I read a previous review about teachers not confirming the pick-up of the kindergarteners. Not the case in my experience. Each student is released only when the teacher makes eye contact with the parent. The school is very safe. Our children are confident, happy, thriving and they love Baywood what more could I ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Our child is attending this school as it was rated a 10 of 10, but falls way short of that. Makes you wonder if its all the money they collect from parents for the public school to even stay open.school site even says each student contribution $800. Really. Must be nice to be rich, which I am not. No parking lot, no playing before or after school, rules after rules, only one play structure for the entire school and its only to be used for K during thier break. Homework is not not very well as they ask you to make things for the kids and its a month long homework book with no set pages to work on. My child learned most of the book and homework items in Pre-K. Teachers and staff don't seem very friendly and no one even confirmed parents when they let the kids out after school, best of all when asked best way to drop off and pick up, use the drop off lane or walk. Most parents just drop the kids off and leave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2012

Its only improved since I went there. Its great in that you get to go with and make friends with kids in YOUR OWN neighborhood. Beautiful old school in a district where parents care and children work hard. While parents of OTHER areas want to bus their kids all the way over here, its great that kids can instead walk to their OWN neighborhood schools. GO BAYWOOD!!!


Posted November 4, 2011

I have been a part of the Baywood Community for 5 years now. My two sons have made great friends and our Cub Scout den is diverse. The test scores of my sons are very high and I love the ability to volunteer in the classroom and enjoy seeing other fathers and mothers volunteering lots of time for their children's education. The annual fundraising auction raises a lot of money and is tons of fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2010

Wow----18 of the recent glowing reviews were written on or around 10/13-15, 2009. What- did everyone sit down and do them together?? Just asking.....


Posted April 21, 2010

Excellent administration that cares. Lots of parental involvement. Get's about 16,000 hours of parent volunteer time per year. PTA raises over $200,000 per year for programs. Great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2010

The teachers are not only experienced and highly competent, they also care about each student individually and are responsive to parents' concerns about their child's progress. The Lifeskills program seemed corny to me at first, but I have become a huge fan after seeing how Lifeskills have enabled my son to handle challenging new situations with confidence. There does seem to be some tension between parents of different socioeconomic backgrounds, but it does not seem to be intentional. Perhaps it is just awkward for some people to be outside their comfort zone when interacting with someone from a very different background. Even the students seem to clump with others from similar backgrounds. The school and each class do solicit donations rather frequently, but the funds appear to be well spent on enhancing students' educational experience. The on-site after school care is excellent. This school is probably as good as it gets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

It's not just a school, it's a village! I'm part of a large family of sharp and funny folk who don't mind working l-o-n-g hours for our very stimulating young sponges. I don't have a job here, I have a daily adventure! And...out of a 20 school district, we have the highest state test scores! (Plus a great Mac computer Lab!)
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 15, 2009

Baywood has awesome teachers that meet the needs of all students. The school has as so many opportunities for volunteering that all parents can find a way to contribute to the school community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2009

It teaches more than academics - my daughter is learning to respect herself, her friends and the environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2009

It takes a village and Baywood is just that village...parents, students, teachers and support staff are all very committed to supporting, encouraging and engaging the whole child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 13, 2009

Baywood has a wonderful family community both for the students and the parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Baywood rocks! Great teachers, strong school administration, and an engaged and committed community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Baywood Elementary School isn't just a school it is a wonderful community of families and Educators who work together to ensure that our kids have access to the best public education in Northern California.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Baywood is the absolute best school. They employ the most knowledgeable and caring teachers and go above and beyond the call of duty to educate our children!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2009

Baywood provides the support and nurturing our children deserve! The comittment of the teachers and the families are a winning combination!
—Submitted by a parent


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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

930

Change from
2012 to 2013

-6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 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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This school's
API score

930

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 2012 and Spring 2013. 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)

7 / 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.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

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 46% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

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 65% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
79%
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%
Females78%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females82%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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 graduate94%
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 Students73%
Females84%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
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)64%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females90%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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)64%
Parent education - college graduate92%
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 Students89%
Females90%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner36%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females88%
Males93%
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)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner64%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate85%
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 Students84%
Females80%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females83%
Males100%
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)98%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
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 graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students83%
Females80%
Males88%
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)93%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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 graduate89%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 54%
Hispanic 24%
Asian 12%
Two or more races 7%
Black 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 18%N/AN/A
English language learners 21%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

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