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Potrero Heights Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 511 students

 

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Posted August 22, 2013

Our daughter is going to this school since last two years, we always had feeling of large family, very friendly and simple not too swanky, only thing parking is somewhat a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Very good small school, excellent staff and teachers, hope this school gets better rating. Cross my fingers for future.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Someone forwarded me this chance to review this school, I agree with most of the reviewers this is very friendly family like school, this may not be the best school with tons of facilities but we still have lot of sweet memories with it. God bless!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2012

Exceptional teachers, PTA, administration, and environment to have your children in. The school band and parent and daughter/son night event are terrific.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2011

The teachers are very willing to work together with the parents to create a great learning environment for the students. This relationship truly makes parent involvement easier and pleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

The professionalism and the human quality of the teachers make the difference in this school. Unfortunately, just the Principal have changed many times, for some reason. We think we won't find better teachers with humillity, commitment and understanding that the PHE's teachers. Teachers also do their best under any circunstances, like the current economy that affects the education in many ways. Thank you PHE!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The teachers are good with their students and parents get involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2009

Potrero Heights is an incredibly ethnically diverse school, which only adds to the academic standards of this institution. It's small enough to feel like family, and all the extra activities throughout the year are a major plus. PTA is very active and handles many of the major events. Teachers have high standards and are consistent in their academic rigor. Excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2008

In the sense of an elementary school, Poterro Heights provides a demanding education for its chilrdren including safety, creativity that enhance the power and strength of children to succeed their education
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2007

Potrero Heights does continue rating one of the highest schools in Montebello, but teachers at this school need to stay current with educational research and best teaching practices. Jill Rojas, the new principal is bringing in new ideas to the school. It was about time potrero heights implemented new ideas not just with teachers, student discipline, but with the school as a whole. A great example, she has given daycare their own classroom. I hope to see more positive change,and teachers trying out new strategies in the delivery of their instruction. As new leadership is being implemented, let's celebrate positive change because overall all of our elementary's API continue to increase.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2007

My daughter attends has ben attending PHE since she was in Kinder all of her teachers have been amazing at their job. I want to congratulate them all. I'm not completely convinced by the new Principal, I'm not doubting she is good at her job but she seems a little to tough on the kids. That's my only concern.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2006

This is one of the best school in this district. My son this year(3rd grade) scored perfect 600 on both Math and English, credit goes to his teacher and to the school for all the extra programs they did successfully.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2005

My daughter studied here last year and I must say its a great school very good staff and helpful too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2004

I give PHE a perfect '10', its a small school with a 'big village feel'. Kudos to Mrs. Norris, the principal, for the little things like standing in the courtyard afterschool dismissing the kids and giving parents the time to talk with them. My husband and I look forward to all the school activities, like Family Night, Science Fair, Father/Son Sports Night and especially the Winter Program, all of which are full performances. My son looks forward to attending class every day! My husband and I make it a point to hear about his day and assist with homework when necessary. This is key for any child's success. Something we learned how to achieve by attending the free parent information workshops sponsored by the school. The entire staff is amazingly friendly, from the lunch ladies and the parent volunteers to the teachers and the secretaries! Five Stars to PHE!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

823

Change from
2012 to 2013

-15

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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API score

823

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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

-15

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7 / 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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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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
47%
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 Students56%
Females56%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state17%

Math

All Students61%
Females54%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
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)67%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state33%
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 Students44%
Females52%
Males33%
African Americann/a
Asian63%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state31%

Math

All Students71%
Females72%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state67%
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 Students48%
Females60%
Males36%
African Americann/a
Asian58%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students59%
Females63%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate46%
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

English Language Arts

All Students64%
Females66%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to state54%

Math

All Students63%
Females70%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
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 disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to state54%

Science

All Students64%
Females59%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian74%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
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 disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state54%
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 66%
Asian 22%
White 6%
Two or more races 3%
Black 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/AN/A
English language learners 21%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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  • Spanish

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School Leader's name
  • Castro Rebecca
Fax number
  • (626) 307-7013

Resources

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Library
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