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Beresford Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

Living in San Mateo

Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $609,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,860.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 7 ratings

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Posted February 18, 2014

I have one child in Beresford and one ready to start there next year. The staff has been teaching there for many years, which means they really know the kids and the families. The school practices the Lifeskills, which raises the kids self-esteem and awarenes. The teachers are all HET trained. We have art, Spanish and PE, all paid through the PTA. We have a music teacher for our upper grades, a computer lab that provides our kids with opportunity, and all grades receive educational field trips. Our school has the best student/teacher ratio with small reading intruction/PE flip. This way our kids get the best personal instruction in the district. We are lucky to be part of such a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2014

My kids (kindergarten and 4th) and I absolutely love Beresford Elementary! We love the staff, the programs they offer (i.e. art, spanish, monthly life skills, and the after school enrichment classes), and especially the families and amazing PTA leadership!! we also love it's cultural diversity, community and family involvement and warmth!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2014

We have two kids at Beresford, kindergarten and 3rd grade. Could not be happier with our choice as the school is one big family. Our kids know each and every teacher by name and would not be surprised if they know the majority of the parents by name. The school is run so well in regards to academics as well as life skills in general.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2014

Beresford is a good school. The smallest in the district which means some challenges, but some real bonus' too. Beresford is the only school I'm aware of to offer Spanish lessons to English only speakers in the district. They also offer a PE/Reading flip to ensure small group focused instruction, and an ever changing and diverse enrichment program. The PTA are amazing. A small, but totally dedicated and passionate group who ensure the school stays on track culturally and financially by running many events and activities for the benefit of students, families and the community at large. Like most schools Beresford could do with more parent engagement from those outside the PTA to ensure its continued success. The teachers are committed, most have been on staff for many years, and remain determined to create and provide a good learning foundation. In reality an '8' school for sure!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2012

My son has been at Beresford for the past 2 years and loves it. The only complaint is that there are 24 students per class (grade 1/2) and it makes it difficult for the teacher to provde any additional assistance when needed. In addition, several of the kids are ESL and that slows down the overall level of classroom progress. No grass area for the kids to play - only cement. All in all, I recommend this school and my son loved his teachers and the friends he made.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2011

Beresford has been a truly wonderful school for both of my children. The Principal and teachers think carefully about everything they do and work exceptionally well together. The PTA/parents are quite involved and it seems like each year gets better - we now have a computer lab, a student garden, an after-school enrichment program, Spanish taught DURING school 4 days a week, and excellent incorporation of the Lifeskills. Way to go Beresford!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2011

k-3 was very positive at Beresford, however 4th grade was awful. My child was put in a terrible split class. When I went to the principal she did not even want to listen to me, she was no help at all. My child's self esteem suffered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2011

Beresford school is a great neighborhood school. My son had a great year and a great teacher. I was on campus a lot and it was so nice to be greeted by passing teachers and the Principle would stop and say good morning. Beresford teaches the LifeSkills system which I highly recommend to all schools and it's great to see them follow them. The PTA continues to be a strong presence with involvement and making things happen to support the school and their education. Great work Beresford!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2011

Terrific neighborhood school. The Principal is fantastic and the PTA has really stepped things up. This school is great and getting even better. My daughter has really enjoyed it here and had an incredible kindergarten year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2011

Beresford is a wonderful school - nice, small size and caring environment. Fantastic principal and teachers and a lot of parents that really care about the school and have put a lot of effort into helping to make it the outstanding school that it is today. I believe that this is the only non-immersion elementary school in San Mateo that has Spanish as part of the curriculum (4 days a week). If you live in the neighborhood, you should definitely come check out Beresford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2011

In third grade now and she is looking forward to 4th grade, with the same enthusiasm as her first day of kindergarden. She has had amazing, caring teachers, who recognize her potential and work with her to keep her interested in learning and loving it.


Posted February 23, 2011

Great school teachers are amazing!! I just love it! They have added a new garden, computer lab, and its just amazing!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2010

We have had a great experience with Beresford this year for our third grader. I think the teachers and the principal are involved and care about each student. I really appreciate the small friendly community at Beresford.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2010

I think that the school has really gone downhill!! The principal has taken the school in the wrong direction. I have decided not to send my children back for the 2010/2011 school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

As a second year parent and with an incoming kindergartener I'm excited and proud to see the wonderful changes, enhancements and improvements to our school grounds, the addition of enrichment programs this year and involvement of parents. The parent community has grown stronger and the teachers are amazingly talented, involved and caring - having a positive teaching outlook!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

Beresford is an amazing small learning community with faculty and staff that truly cares about each individual child. The teachers work hard to ensure the success of every student despite all of the recent budget cuts. This year they have implemented many different enrichment afterschool activities and any child would be lucky to be able to attend this amazing school!


Posted September 26, 2009

Love the teachers there! They have to deal with a diverse group of kids and make sure all of them learn, that is hard!


Posted September 22, 2009

Beresford is an excellent school. Great education. Teachers are outstanding as professionals and mentors for children as they are forming their characters.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Beresford is a wonderful, small learning community with teachers who care about their students, who know the curriculum, and teach to high standards for all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Beresford is a wonderful, small (~250 students), ethnically diverse public school in northern CA. We have great teachers, a great principal, great students and a great community. We are all working hard together to make our school a place where all kids can excel; in the last 6-months we have added a new computer lab, a new math program, and an after-school enrichment program. 40% of our students are English Language Learners and 50.2% are socio-economically disadvantaged, yet we have been able to improve our test scores every year for the past 5 years. The cuts to California s education funding and the related cutbacks by our School District have had a severe impact on my kids' school. Even core staffing and school supplies have been cut back, yet we find ourselves in real need of a part-time Technology Teacher, aids in the classrooms, and funding for our art program.


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This school's
API score

830

Change from
2012 to 2013

+12

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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This school's
API score

830

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

+12

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 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)

3 / 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.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

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

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

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

44 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
87%

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 65% in 2013.

42 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

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 Students62%
Females75%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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 graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females81%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner47%
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)73%
Parent education - college graduate83%
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

English Language Arts

All Students66%
Females68%
Males64%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
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 graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females86%
Males73%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner67%
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 graduate92%
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

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Females60%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino23%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner11%
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 graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students62%
Females58%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner28%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate77%
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

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females67%
Males68%
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)92%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner8%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females79%
Males74%
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)100%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner33%
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)86%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students68%
Females63%
Males74%
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)92%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
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)71%
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
Hispanic 52%
White 31%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 5%
Black 2%
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 41%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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