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Yulupa Elementary School

Public | K-3 | 613 students

 

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Posted October 6, 2013

This school it's great. They have well organized system. Their staff is very committed with their students education, not only academically but also with their social development. Their curriculum include art and dance. They offer a variety of after school programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2013

Very unhappy with school. It runs like a prison, mostly to the benefit of the adults and not the children - very organized and filled with rules, which if broken result in punishments. It's a beautiful school where children are not allowed free play. For the last 1 1/2 years they were redoing the field (don't ask me why) children were not allowed to run free at all. Can you imagine your 5-9 year old walking everywhere 6.5 hours a day? Then in April when track was done, they can only run in one direction! A huge field is available but only for "organized ball sports." No tag of any kind. Small sloped triangular area with a tree is for running/follow the leader - not realistic. This is typical of attitude running through school. 3rd graders are encouraged to report other kids running and "breaking" rules. As opposed to catching kids being good/kind (like what happens at Strawberry), a "Lord of the Flies" environment is created. Are students safe? Physically, yes, but emotionally, students can't bloom and explore, a necessity of childhood. Academically - basic lock step teaching to the test. Little creative/critical thinking activities. Reputation based on scores, "look."
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2013

I love Yulupa School, My daughter is about to finish first grade and will definitely return next year. The staff is great and excellent teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2011

i love this school, anne in the office is amazing. so far the teachers my daughter has had are amazing. my son will be entering kindergarden this following year and we are very excited to be apart of this school for another 4 years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2011

My daughter got accepted to go to this school and I can't me more excited for her to get into this school and district. Dealing with the bureaucracy of Santa Rosa City district was a complete nightmare and I have a complete opposite feeling about this school within Bennet Valley district. After taking the tour, I was overwhelming impressed and I toured almost every school in Santa Rosa. A true blessing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2010

because my daughters teacher pays close attention to her students and was able to notice my daughter had a difficult time concentrating and is helping us by fixing the problem early.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2010

Yulupa is a first rate school. The teachers are wonderful, the academics are top notch, and the best part is the community and parent involvement. Despite education cutbacks, there is no lack in support for art and music education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2008

Yulupa rocks!! Great community to bring your child up in! Teachers and staff are excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2007

I was worried about placing my son in school because I didn't know how his experience would be, but the teacher really took care of him and I saw his academic, and social development increase at a high speed. He never complained about his teacher. The school as a whole is really friendly, professional and overall well run. Parents are really involved, and the staff made sure my son had what he needed to do good. I recommend this school very much. There is tons of extra curricular activities and they offer a good mix of academics (art, math, reading, writing)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 2, 2007

I love Yulupa School! My daughter is now going into 1st grade. She has had a wonderful experience at Yulupa. Every time I help at an event or celebration I am always so impressed by the teachers and staff. Everyone is so involved in making sure our children get the best education and I am so grateful. My daughter has grown so much and it is wonderful to see her enjoy school. I want to personally thank all the teachers, staff and parent helpers for all that you do. I am a parent helper myself and enjoy every minute of it! Keep up the great work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2007

The Bennet Valley School District with two schools namely Yulupa and Strawberry have been ideal institutions for my children. I have one who went to both and is in seventh grade and one is in second grade now. The PTA raises money for the music, dance and art lessons . Excellent administrators,teachers and parent volunteers make this a wonderful district to entrust the education of your child to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2006

great teachers and academic programs. Parents are very involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2006

My son is now in second grade at Yulupa Elementary in Bennett Valley. We are very happy with this school.There are only 2 schools in this district with Yulupa being for K-3 and Strawberry for 4-6. The Superintendent and the two principles take pride in this school district and take care of the schools very well. Yulupa School is situated in a quiet upper middle class residential area with lots of parks and meadows around it. The school has large playgrounds and is well kept. Volunteer Parent Helpers are invited to come into the classrooms every day. The parent association (APT) organizes many special events and makes arts and music programs available to all students. Afternoon activities are offered through the Parks and Recreation department (currently: science, piano, chess etc.). Excellent afternoon reading programs and onsite YMCA before and after school care with summer, winter and spring camps.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2004

Teachers and staff are excellent. Great parent involvement in all activities. Concerns are for learning, child safety and well being in a pleasant environment designed for a maximum learning experience.
—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

896

Change from
2012 to 2013

+1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

896

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2012 to 2013

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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)

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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.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

150 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
84%

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.

140 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

139 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students84%
Females84%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner73%
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 graduate91%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students87%
Females84%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner73%
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 graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate88%
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 Students67%
Females74%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females75%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
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 graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate82%
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
White 70%
Hispanic 16%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 4%
Black 2%
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 19%N/AN/A
English language learners 13%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 34%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Sue Simon
Fax number
  • (707) 544-0360

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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