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Walt Disney Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 439 students

 

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Posted April 10, 2014

My child has been at Walt Disney for 2 years now & I couldn't be happier. The teachers are very involved with the kids & the school. The parents are highly involved with the school as well. Walt Disney is an all around great Elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2012

We moved here from what was rated as a 10 school district in Orange County. Walt Disney is far better than the school there even in the affluent neighborhoods. We were so please not to see the school enclosed with chain link fence and wire like it was a detention facility. Walt Disney is so clean with a nice appearance which the student and families can take pride in. Not to mention the quality of education offered. There is extensive parent involvement here and extracurricular activities to enrich my children. The teachers really put in the time as well. We receive e-mails from our kid s teachers at 7:00am which tells me they are up and doing school related work hours before the kids arrive. They are also around well after school to meet with parents and prepare course materials.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

My Son goes to this school and he likes it a lot. He likes his teacher and all new projects he is working on. The best thing is parents involvement in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

Good School, Good teachers and very friendly environment. This is our first year at Walt Disney and are very happy with all the events until now...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2012

The teachers are very friendly my son likes his school and is very excited to go every day. We will be with Walt Disney for a long time..... and excited to have a fun filled and wonderful experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2012

We moved here from a great elementary school in Michigan in August of 2011, and could not be more pleased with our experience thus far. Academically, our children are receiving as good, if not better education from what we had before. My daughters love their science class and music instructor, as well as their regular teachers. The support and guidance we have received from teachers and staff have definitely helped make our transition to this area a positive one. The PTA has done a fine job providing activities for families as well. In addition, our new principal this year is so kind and involved! No complaints here. We will be at this school for a long time due to our large family, and look forward to enjoying this wonderful community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 26, 2010

WD has some really excellent teachers but a few that are not and just protected because of tenure. THe new principal is doing a good job but really needs to rein in the pta and fundraising. He seems to have no control over the events. The auction is more of party for the volunteers then a real money making event. I think they could make far more and drop the party. Most of the volunteers dont even pay to attend the party. More families would be involved if it wasnt so clicky.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2010

WD is a good school just needs more parent involvement and less clicky PTA. Most teachers are good but they need more academic focus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Walt Disney has a new principal who is fully engaged with the children and is extremely involved with the parents, students and teachers. The staff and teachers at Walt Disney provide great education for the children with a kind, caring and respectful attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

We have three children that have either attended or are attending. WD is a great community for those that stay involved with the teachers, community service projects and fund raising. Both principal leadership and fund raising have improved the last few years. A great place for kids to learn and grow.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

We just transfered from another local school. I'm impressed with the safety proceedures to and from the lunch room as teachers make sure children reach the lunchroom and settle in. We have very organized teachers who communicate the needs of the children and the needs of the class. We made a very good transfer.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

High parent involvement, clean & safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2007

Leadership at Walt Disney is poor. Low parent participation due to poor leadership. Principal is just paper pusher not a parents leader.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2007

My children accelerated at a tremendous rate at Walt Disney. It was a perfect academic and motivational match for our work at home. Our kids are now years ahead of the national average in Reading and Math.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2007

I have three sons that attend Walt Disney. I really appreciate the teacher and principal involvement on the site. The student safety is taken very seriously and it allows a great learning environment for the students. Children may have other students bully them but the staff responds quickly to address and resolve the problem. They offer many after school activities that are safely monitored and parents enjoy volunteering for the many school functions. I am grateful that my children have the opportunity to learn in a safe and caring environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2007

I feel at times that there is so much emphasize on academics that it is overwhelming!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

What an amazing environment Walt Disney Elementary provides for all of its students. The staff provides a nurturing environment both academically and emotionally. Children are challenged yet allowed to be themselves, not expected to fit in a box. Parents are a big piece of the puzzle at Walt Disney as they provide extra funding to allow many outstanding music and art programs as well as additional support staff for the school. Parents also do quite a bit of volunteering and most teachers welcome parents to help in the classroom. The teachers at Walt Disney are very accessible. Both of my children have come away being better people by being a part of the Walt Disney family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2006

I have 2 boys, both go to Walt Disney. I love the teachers there, and most parents do get involved with the school activities. Both of my boys can read by Kindergarten. One of my boys experienced bullying at the school last year, and the principal and teachers all got involved to resolve the problem. BTW, I'm very proud of the 2nd grade class of 2006. They did great on the STAR test!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2006

I noticed that the Disney curriculum promotes an academic program leaning more towards math than english. I had to supplement my childs english reading and writing comprehension with a third party academic such as Sylvan. Her friends who goes to another San Ramon district school has surpassed my child's reading and comprehension skills and at 2nd grade, she still cannot read at the expected level. Parent involvement has seen a decline and the diversity of the school is also seeing a shift that can clearly affect the way it teaches it's students... I am hoping to see a change for the better academically and in the level of parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2005

Love the teachers here. Principal very active. Parent involvement is very high.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

911

Change from
2012 to 2013

-17

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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911

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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English Language Arts

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

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

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88%

2011

 
 
76%

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
78%

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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 46% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
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

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
85%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
77%

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

All Students81%
Females80%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
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)80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner69%
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)60%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females73%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner85%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
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)60%
Parent education - college graduate80%
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 Students64%
Females61%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
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)55%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
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)40%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females78%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
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)67%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
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 Students91%
Females93%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner73%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females87%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
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 graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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 Students87%
Females86%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
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 disability86%
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)64%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females76%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
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)64%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students88%
Females81%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino92%
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 disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
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)73%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
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 State average
White 53% 27%
Asian 22% 11%
Hispanic 13% 51%
Two or more races 9% 3%
Black 2% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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3250 Pine Valley Road
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