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Laurel Dell Elementary School

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2012:
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2011:
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Posted yesterday

Laurel Dell Elementary is a lovely school and well worth the cost of home ownership in the area. The staff are consistently polite, competent and do an excellent job. Academic achievement is the norm for these kids. My children are having such a wonderful experience. During their time at Laurel Dell we have had zero issues of any kind. I couldn t be happier.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted yesterday

Excellent School. Committed teachers and parents. Would not consider ever sending my son anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Tuesday, July 29, 2014

We have had 2 kids at this school and have had wonderful experiences. The small and diverse community, extremely committed teachers, many enrichment programs and use of data to create small groups to challenge children at every level make it a unique and wonderful learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted Monday, July 28, 2014

Laurel Dell Elementary is a wonderful community of families determined to make sure that the children get the most diverse, enriching, fulfilling and enjoyable educational experience. We have experienced immense support from the teachers and staff but you need to be an involved parent. It makes such a huge difference regardless of the school you child attends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

This school is an amazing experience for your children. My two children went through here as the "luckier" kids of our county not needing much. They not only received an excellent academic education but they have received an education in understanding other cultures both ethnically and economically. My kids are well rounded in sports, dance and music much due to the schools success as well as our decision as parents to involve them in these activities outside of school. My children were never made "fun of" such as for being a boy who took dance, etc rather, his peers thought it was cool. The "bullying", shunning, and "mean girl" ordeals I witnessed my friends having to deal with at neighboring schools were very sad and they just didn't exist at Laurel Del because we have children with real issues and the school handles them beautifully and teaches all the children acceptance. With less than 200 children at the school, a darling play yard, green house, loving teachers, this is where you should send your child. Don't let scores and labels scare you away- you will be sorry. If you are zoned for this school and have the option to go here- don't pass it up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2012

Worse School!! I moved out of this neighborhood just to take my autistic son out of this school. They send him home everyday like he was a criminal. Now he goes to Dixie school district and they are GREAT, the Principal is very active and teachers are very committed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2011

My child is special needs and I'm concerned that the school needs more help learning how to assist these special needs children. My child is developly behind in his social skills due to a speech problem. He reacts immaturly to social situations when all he wants to do is make friends and play. He doesn't understand how to do this properly and it seems that the school principle and secretary just want to label him and put him in a corner rather than try to help him and other kids learn and teach him how to play together. This is our second year at this school and I'm really dissappointed in seeing this pattern. I'm going to write a letter today and hopefully get him the additional help he needs. Wish me luck.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2010

We have two kids at Laurel Dell. It is a really special little school. The principal, staff, and teachers all know all of the kids and families. The teachers are incredible, and everyone who works here goes the extra mile to make our children's experience really exceptional. My kids have done well on standardized tests and are doing great academically, but more importantly, they have developed a love of learning and learned not only within the classroom, but on the playground as they learn from a diverse group of classmates who each have a different story.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 26, 2009

We have 3 kids at LD. We love it. The teachers are amazing, the spirit and community sweet. A great size. All the kids know each others' names and stories. A great blending of English and Spanish speaking families. There is a lot of love here. Come see morning song and our garden. Our children have excelled and been challenged here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2009

I have a third grader at Laurel Dell and we have had a fantastic experience here. He has really excelled in all areas of development. The teachers are in tune with each child's needs and the principal is very supportive of the staff and students. I really appreciate that it is a small school because everyone knows my child at school, therefore I know he will be accountable for his actions and always being looked out for. Next year my daughter will be there as well. We are looking forward to many more years at Laurel Dell!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2006

I have had my children at Laurel Dell School for the past 4 and 5 years (I have one in 4th grade now and one in 3rd). The school and teachers are terrific. My kids have learned a lot, scored well on the standardized tests and been given lots of extras. We are poor (in money) but rich in education, thanks to Laurel Dell School.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted February 24, 2005

School is unfortunely sadly far behind all schools in the marin county are. They are understaffed leaving the teachers unable to teach the kids properly and are so far behind in providing even a basic education that you are left with no other choice but to put your child into private school for fear of your child not getting any sort of decent education.
—Submitted by a parent


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808

Change from
2012 to 2013

+45

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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808

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2012 to 2013

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3 / 10

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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 56% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
21%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
15%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
27%
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.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students53%
Females64%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
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

All Students72%
Females77%
Males68%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner59%
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate77%
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

English Language Arts

All Students24%
Females20%
Males29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability24%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate8%
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

All Students52%
Females50%
Males54%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner49%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
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

English Language Arts

All Students39%
Females33%
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino22%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability39%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
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

All Students79%
Females72%
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner63%
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Femalesn/a
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner36%
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

All Students96%
Femalesn/a
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged95%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learner93%
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

Science

All Students84%
Femalesn/a
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner71%
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
Hispanic 77%
White 17%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2%
Black 2%
Two or more races 2%
Asian 1%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 83%N/AN/A
English language learners 63%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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