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Smythe Elementary School

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Posted February 3, 2014

Here is my rating: Principal ok, PE, office & cafeteria staff poor, most teachers poor, (seems like they are more concern about fashion than teaching, some wear really high heels and lots of make-up to class), parent involvement, null. School staff always complaining about money and school supplies problems but what about all the Book Fairs, carnivals and Xmas gift shops they have all year? Bad experience with this school, changed school.


Posted October 15, 2013

Ms caracoza is a wonderful teacher!! Can't say the same about the front office staff they seem to understand why they work there if they don't like there job!! There so rude and disrespectful so much lack of knowledge
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2013

The average class size is NOT 20 but 28 for one teacher and no assistant. Kids are really not able to take advantage of growth and different kinds of hands on instruction . a video and a book can only go so far. There is more available out there for them to explore and experience which would help them. Extra activities and field trips are non existent, It really all comes down to how can we pack them in the classrooms. I have not had other experience with other schools so I cannot compare. Some of the staff seems to be in the wrong occupation in choosing to deal with children . Don't go in for a band aid the teachers doing the best with the hand they are given...I applaud them!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2013

I agree with one of the comments below. I've gone into the office a few times and the people who work there have 0 work ethic, I hardly doubt they went to school to learn. They are very disrespectful, and have lack of knowledge. Unfortunately the teachers seem to be the only ones that care, too bad that it doesn't make a difference on the overall performance of the school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

My child is in kindergarden and her Teacher Mrs.Crespo is awesome we came half year into this school and my kid was a little behind on her ABCs Last school in La Mesa was not as concerned on my child education. Last Teacher was hard to communicate with she had lost of complaints from other parents. I am pleased with the change of Schools. Mrs.Crespo lets me know how we can help at home with my child education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2009

This school is very diverse from veteran teachers to young teachers. It is student-based learning and all the staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. Plus, they have Fall and Spring carnivals too!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2006

The administration and overall attitude of the school is negative. Not a pleasant enviroment. No extra activities. The school offers the bare minimum if that. There is no since of pride. Our only good experience was with Mrs. English a 4th grade teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

This school could definitely benefit from new administration not just at the school level but at the district level too. All of the schools many short comings are blamed on a lack of funds however this school is in one of, the schools districts with the highest budgets. The problem is not the lack of money but the lack of proper budgeting and inadequate leadership, the teachers teaching mean well, but are just not being supported by their schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2005

Quality of teaching is excellent. My children all attended school there. We have since moved to Texas, where they are doing great because of the Awesome education they received at Smythe.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2004

I feel this school only cares about the money they recieve from the tax payers. They do leave our children behind. The school district is only interested in making money not really the education and well being of our children. The principal promises a lot and we never see any positive results. My advise is to look for a new school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2004

I must say I was a little unsure about sending my son to school here due to the low school scores, but what an wonderful experiance. Mrs Colvin (K Teacher) made it all worth wild. What a wonderful lady. Always going out to do more then just teach. She made everything worth wild! Thank you for my son's best 1st year at school! Keep up the outstanding work! You deserve it all and more!
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

772

Change from
2012 to 2013

-46

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

772

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

-46

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

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)

9 / 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.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
60%

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.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
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 Students60%
Females64%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state31%

Math

All Students70%
Females76%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
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%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate63%
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state63%
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%
Females24%
Males22%
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 disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability23%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate19%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate36%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students57%
Females53%
Males63%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate71%
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 95%
Black 2%
White 2%
Two or more races 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Asian 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/AN/A
English language learners 78%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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School Leader's name
  • Manuela Colom
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (619) 428-0041

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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1880 Smythe Avenue
San Ysidro, CA 92173
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