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Sutter Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted April 11, 2014

Sutter grade (K) has two adults watching a 120 children during recess & lunch recess. This is an issue and hopefully it gets worked out before the next school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2013

I like this school , this is great school, students and teachers. my daughter she's very enjoy the play ground and all the activity.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

Students, parents, teachers and administrators have created an uplifting social and academic environment. I feel that my two sons are being nurtured and taught by teachers that love their work and care for their students. A great feeling of community exists at Sutter.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2012

I used to go to Sutter, and I just visited the other day. I miss it so much! It was a really friendly, family oriented environment. School spirit, leadership, and parent involvement was great! I loved the music program, and I highly recommend it. I also loved the after-school care they have on campus. I learned a lot there. Only complaint is Buchser isn't a very good middle school, and that's where everyone usually goes. I'd suggest Peterson Middle School instead.


Posted August 24, 2010

Sutter is an excellent school, combining both academics and overall child development. Very dedicated teaching staff and principal. Numerous after school activities. In all a wholesome learning environment
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2010

Sutter has been an excellent environment for my kids. The staff and community strive for a nice balance of challenging curriculum for different levels of students, and fun programs that get everyone involved. I think the principal and teachers are some of the best in the state. Bravo, Sutter!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

Sutter has a strong community of caring, involved parents and great kids. Our weekly friday morning assemblies increase school spirit and unity. Curriculum is enriched with lots of projects that get kids excited about learning, and the PTA sponsors many family events throughout the year without asking for lot of donations or financial support from the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 20, 2009

I love this school . I went here and now my daughter goes here. We both love it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2009

Sutter teachers need to work hard on academics. Hope this will change in future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 2, 2008

Sutter is a great and sucsessful schol
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 29, 2007

There are few schools that can compare to Sutter in it's Academic Excellence and involvement and caring by both staff / faculty and parents. This is the Elementary school that everyone would dream that their child would go to! The principal is very involved and very approachable and parent involvement in the classroom and before and after school are encouraged. It is amazing to see that the staff / parent ratio during school hours seems to be nearly 1:1! It's that active. The PTA is great. The activities are super. The most important thing is that they strive to build on the individual and set the right foundation for future learning and take a whole student Approach. I would recommend this school to anyone. I wish I could have gone there for Elementary School! Some of the most outstanding teachers are: Kelly Burke, Sue Feldman, Pat Smith, and Mrs. Correia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2007

My son loves Sutter, and as his parent, I am equally happy. The teachers are phenomenal. I thought his Kindergarten teacher was amazing; I could not believe my son went from barely writing his name to writing a 5 page report by the end of the year. And his 1st grade teacher was even better. She had extremely high standards for this class of 21 students, and her combination a teaching style and caring led each of the kids to success in reading, writing, math and every other subject. The PTA is very involved and provides fun, educational activities after school and raises money for field trips for the entire school. I could not imagine a better environment for my children to learn to love school and lay a foundation for success as they continue on with their education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

I had 3 children go through Sutter and two of them graduated from Santa Clara University, electrical engineering and political science and one from ST Mary's in Moraga with a degree in accounting. They received a good start at Sutter and it carried all the way through college. Sutter's education will easily compete with any school in the state.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2007

Had 3 children from 1978 thru 1994 go to Sutter and was happy. Have 2 grandchildren (2nd & 3rd grade) going now. What a difference. High level of caring teacher involvement even with the hard curriculum; even I sometimes have to read and reread the concept of a problem. Big, driven PTA involvement. School is always in fund raising mode.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2006

Sutter is an exceptional school. The education and consistency is proven by the teachers, staff and environment. Sutter is a community within a community. The PTA prides itself with such involvement and enthusiasm for all the children. There are events every month for the children and the entire family. The school does more than its share and more for such an excellant and memorable experience in elementary school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2005

We feel very lucky to have Sutter as our home school. The teachers are incredible. The best part of the school is the tremendous parent participation and super active PTA. Sutter is more than an educational experience, it is a community experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2005

My child just started school this past week and its been pretty good. The ladies in the office were very nice and helpful. My child's teacher introduced herself and informed me about the circular activities and made me feel very comfortable. So as far as I know there are no complaints on my end and definetly none on my childs end. He said he loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2004

My child goes to Sutter and we are so pleased with everything about this school. The community/parent involvement is so abundant. It is like a small private school in the middle of the city. The teachers, principals, and staff really truly care about the children. I would choose this school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2003

Sutter and its team foster a feeling of community and caring. Programs bring students and parents together. I chose this school for my children six years ago thinking this school would be a good environment for my children. I am very pleased to know that I made the perfect choice for our family. Thanks go to the teachers, staff, parents and students who have made this school an example of a public school gone over and above expectations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

My daughter enjoys going to Sutter School.She has learned a great deal.Teachers there are wonderful and very helpful.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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

This school's
API score

912

Change from
2012 to 2013

+13

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

912

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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

+13

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 2011 and Spring 2012. 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)

9 / 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)

7 / 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.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%

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 46% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

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.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
83%

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 Students86%
Females91%
Males79%
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)88%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner88%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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)75%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females89%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
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 disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner82%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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)75%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
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 Students80%
Females86%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
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 disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner81%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
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)77%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females91%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
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 disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner90%
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)77%
Parent education - college graduate90%
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 Students85%
Females88%
Males82%
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)88%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner58%
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 graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females73%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner62%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate89%
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 Students74%
Females86%
Males59%
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 disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
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)73%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students64%
Females64%
Males64%
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)77%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
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)64%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students80%
Females86%
Males73%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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)82%
Parent education - college graduate86%
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 State average
White 49% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 22% 11%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Two or more races 7% 3%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 1%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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