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Del Mar Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 401 students

 

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Posted April 26, 2014

The teachers at Del Mar are highly qualified, committed, and caring. The community of families is quite diverse, and this is one reason we chose to send our child to Del Mar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 9, 2014

Del Mar Elementary is a great school with caring staff and excellent teachers. It will never have a "high" score on sites like this simply due to the demographics of the school and district, but if you live in Live Oak/Pleasure Point and know anything about the community you live in, you will understand this. This school has a high percentage of English-language learners, and therefore, overall success on standardized achievement tests is not great. I personally believe that the quality and dedication of the teachers, as well as the cultural diversity of the school is more important than a high rating on great schools.com. If all you care about is having a public school that looks good on paper, I suggest you move to Scotts Valley. Otherwise, I would strongly advise you to give this school a try or at least a visit before you decide to shell out 10-20k per year on a possibly inferior private school that simply has a more affluent student population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2011

Del Mar is a hidden gem! The staff and family make up a warm and caring community. The campus itself is lovely, with beautiful student-created murals, a gorgeous Life Lab garden, and a large, well-maintained track. The classrooms are each equipped with brand new smart boards that the students love to use. Del Mar is a wonderful school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2011

My daughter attended Del Mar and I am so sad that she has to move on to middle school. Del Mar was such a wonderful school with marvelous teachers and support staff that were so caring and so kind to everyone. We are going to miss Del Mar!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2010

I love Del Mar because the teachers care about the students. The environment at school is friendly and geared towards learning and fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2010

My kids are more than releived to be here. this is the best school we have found in a long time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

As an educator myself, and a parent of two Del Mar students, it is refreshing to see a staff empowered. The population at Del Mar reflects the surrounding population and that, too, is quite refreshing. We are all responsible for instilling a love of learning in these youngsters, as well as preparing them for the various transitions they will face as they move through the levels. It is so reassuring that these students at Del Mar--all of the students--are getting such strong foundations. Thank a teacher today.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

I did a lot of research about where to send my child before deciding to send her to Del Mar. I am so happy that things turned out the way they did. My daughter has had an excellent experience at Del Mar, with a kindergarten teacher who produces amazing results whether her students are English language learners or high achievers; a 1st grade teacher who turns out amazing writers, and a 2nd grade teacher who gave my daughter amazing tools in math and made math satisfying and fun for her. Each year has brought her a teacher who has her own strengths and has given my child great learning tools. Del Mar has a wonderful blend of English and Spanish speaking families, and is working to make sure all groups are represented in the Home and School Club. The Principal is committed to all children/families at Del Mar.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2007

I love Del Mar Elementary. It has a positive and warm environment for my children. There is a multi-cultural social aspect that I find to be beneficial to my children's life education. I am a very active member of Del Mar's community, and there is always something fun happening on campus. Every teacher I have had the privilege of working with has made it abundantly clear that my child's education is of the utmost importance to them. The materials and learning centers engage the students. Being a public school, we are limited in funds, but the staff of Del Mar Elementary makes up for it in heart and commitment to their students achievements. Our principal, Pam Randall, is dedicated to our school. She is loved by the students, staff and parents, as well as being an amazing administrator. I feel very fortunate to be a part of Del Mar!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2006

Although the Staff is good the audience is low class with consequent low standards. I might sound snob but I am not. I just care a lot for my children's moral values, their friendships, their manners, their environment, since they have to spend so many hours in school. I found it inappropriate for them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2005

Wonderful School! Kindergarten teachers are the best! I moved out of the Santa Cruz area and had to transfer my daughter. I have never been able to find a school with such highly qualified and caring teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2005

Ms. Solinas is our daughter's kindergarten teacher. She is bilingual so there are some kids in the class who don t speak English at home. That does not seem to slow down our daughter s development. She has learned a lot and enjoys going to school. We are involved in many classroom activities. My husband drives the kids on fieldtrips and I help cleaning the classroom. The classroom is equipped with relatively new computers, although little dirty fingers make it hard to keep them clean. The principal is attentive and has creative ideas that make this school a fun place for kids to learn and for parents to get involved. The school website could use some help and frequent update. Overall, it s a good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2005

I have been very happy with the teachers at this school. The principal is awesome; he is very involved with the children. Unfortunately, there is extremely low parent involvment and too many children per class. Parent involvement both at home and in the classroom is vital to boost the quality of education from a school. Otherwise, I have been mostly satisfied with the curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

779

Change from
2012 to 2013

-12

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

779

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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.
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2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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4 / 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.
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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.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
33%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

73 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
54%

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

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
58%
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 Students54%
Females53%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner39%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state46%

Math

All Students65%
Females55%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)79%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner51%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state62%
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 Students34%
Females41%
Males29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino15%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability36%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate0%
Parent education - high school graduate7%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students63%
Females63%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
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 Students47%
Females54%
Males42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
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 state42%

Math

All Students59%
Females54%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
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 state55%
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 Students49%
Females57%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state44%

Math

All Students65%
Females59%
Males69%
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)78%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state63%

Science

All Students56%
Females55%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state31%
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 54%
White 24%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 1%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 72%N/AN/A
English language learners 46%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 start time
  • 8:10 am
School end time
  • 2:20 pm
School Leader's name
  • Marilyn Rockey
Fax number
  • (831) 477-9555

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Santa Cruz, CA 95062
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