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Dixie Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted April 17, 2014

We love Dixie school!We have found that the teachers are very committed to the students. In most grades there is a somewhat leveled curriculum to help the kids learn at the pace that suits their needs. The parent support of the school is comprehensive. Truly, the common goal of the Principal, administrative staff, teachers and parents is to provide the best, most well rounded education possible to the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2012

We are new to the district and have been very happy with Dixie. My son's kindergarten teacher is excellent - attentive, communicative and sensitive to his individual needs. The families we have met so far have been incredibly warm and receptive. The principal is caring, involved and active. I've been impressed with the resources available to my child, the extra-curricular activities, and the involvement of the parents. So far, Dixie is an all-around great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2012

We moved from another school in the district and what a difference, finally my son is getting the education he deserves. Nice kind teachers, academic work to his ability. Recess is managed and supported by various activities. It is like we walked into an alternate universe. Smiles all around this campus, not like the other school where you were greeted by a rude and miserable secretary. This is a GREAT SCHOOL, it isnt just me who is happier my son keeps telling me he loves it, well done Dixie elementary
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2012

The parents are involved and invested in their child's education. The kids do well on the State test because of this not because it's a good school. Most teachers teach to the test and are not invested with the kids. If can can afford private school, consider this before you send them to Dixie.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2011

Dixie is an OK school but there is a lot of bullying going on there by the kids to other kids and by teachers bullying parents for no good reason. I have hope and pray the principle takes care of this for the new school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2011

In the second grade, my daughter switched from a private school to Dixie. Being the new kid wasn't easy since everyone seemed to know each other since birth.(It's a small community). Anyway, after the first few months she fell in love with Dixie. She told me that at her old school, she had only one friend, and now EVERYONE is a friend. She also shared with me how she felt her old school was grey and boring, and her new school is surrounded by nature and fun. She loves her teachers, friends, and is really thriving. Now she is in the 5th grade, and she's sad that she'll be leaving next year. She's a straight A student, and really applies herself because the encouragement she gets from her teacher makes her want to succeed. We're very happy with Dixie. We'll miss it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2010

We moved here so are comparing to another public school in Bay Area: The teachers teach to the test -- literally reading from teacher manuals during class and work is straight from workbooks, etc. I think a good teacher creates his/her own curriculum using the textbooks and workbooks as supplements, not the be all end all. I also have to comment that the children frankly are not as well-behaved and nice as at other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2010

the leadership in this school needs a lot of help. The teachers are for the most part good but tend to teach towards the Star Test. For example, the 3rd garders had no homework after the Star test.


Posted May 25, 2010

Moving to Dixie from a private school, I find the education and the 'whole student approach' to be far better and far more organized than any private school we have seen. The staff works together to know the student and taylor the education to bring out the best in each student. Hands down, the best school we have seen, and we have seen many!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2010

Our daughter has attended Dixie for five years, ever since kindergarten, and it has been a wonderful experience for her. The teachers are dedicated and enthusiastic, her fellow students are friendly and engaged, and it has a very strong and involved parent community. We couldn't be happier with the school: it has strong academics, excellent enrichment in the arts, and provides a safe and happy environment in which to learn. We're relocating, and the comments on greatschools.org have been really useful for finding a new school for our daughter. For anyone coming to the Dixie School area we strongly recommend Dixie without any reservations at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2008

Dixie has received the highest level of achievement from the state and beyond - along with the 'whole student' approach - the families can expect the best well rounded and focused k-5 experience for the students - much more well rounded nad enriched with variety than any private school we looked at in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

Academic programs are very good. Strong focus on students, academics, well rounded-life style, and personal character development. Extra-curricular availability is good (excellent relative to public schools, but not what I would expect to see at a private school). Parent involvement is extraordinary - what sets this school apart from the others. Congrats to faculty and staff for continued development of an excellent school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2005

We recently moved from private school to Dixie. Although the academic push is not as strong, Dixie provides a stronger well rounded education. Now instead of having tons of homework, our daughters have a reasonable amount of homework, and still have time for extracurricular activities and family time. There is strong parent involvement, band, book club, garden club, drama and art and great after school care if needed. The new principal is right on top of things. Recently I approached my daughter's fourth grade teacher as I was worried my daughter was bored and both the principal and teacher met with me. Within a day my daughter was given more challenging work and now is enthusiastic about school again. My daughter is blessed with brains scoring in the 99% on all categorities of the IOWA and STAR testing. I feel Dixie helps the smartest kids as well as the lower achievers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2005

Dixie is a great school. My son completed kindergarten this past year and had a fantastic experience. Within a short time all the K teachers knew him by name and recognized his strengths and weaknesses. Patty has the respect of the teachers, parents and kids and has a vision for Dixie. Dixie offers music, art and sports for all grade levels. On any given day you can see numerous parent and community volunteers. I was originally concerned about attending a public school but after seeing Dixie in action I can't imagine a better school for both learning and social development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 7, 2005

This is as good as a private school and its anbsolute wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2004

I cannot say enough positive things about Dixie Elementary. We moved to the district because of the school. Two of our children completed K-5 and two are still in Dixie Elementary. It has exceeded our expectations. As a former teacher (elesewhere) I am particularly impressed with the synergy between teachers, parents and administration. Also, the students seem happy and engaged, something difficult to quantify. When problems arise, administration is quick to respond. While these comments are general due to available space, the details of Dixie Elementary's success deserve your further inquiry.
—Submitted by a parent


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942

Change from
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API Statewide Rank
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10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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English Language Arts

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

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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78%

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77%

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86%

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Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

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91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
93%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
89%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
89%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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87%

2012

 
 
90%

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91%
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

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Females100%
Males84%
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Samoann/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
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Parent education - high school graduaten/a
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Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

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Males92%
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Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
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Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
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 graduate88%
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 Students78%
Females76%
Males80%
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)76%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
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 graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females90%
Males88%
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)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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 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 Students94%
Females100%
Males90%
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)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females100%
Males90%
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)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
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 graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students97%
Females100%
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)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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 graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females97%
Males90%
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)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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 graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students87%
Females86%
Males87%
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)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
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 graduate86%
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
White 76%
Asian 13%
Hispanic 6%
Two or more races 2%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6%N/AN/A
English language learners 6%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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