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Sweetwater Springs Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 465 students

 
 

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4 stars


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Posted September 21, 2009

I love how all the teachers work together. It is obvious that the pricipal and teachers care a lot about our children's future. My children come home everyday telling me about their day without promting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2009

This school is very educational and fun for my child. This school may be small, but it has a family atmosphere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2009

Sweetwater Spring is such a great school, the teachers, the staff evryone has been amesing with my son ryan and his special needs, thank you so much. God blees you all, Reyna Herdman
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2008

I think SWS is a wonderful school. It is a small school, with family atmosphere. The teachers seem to be very good. My first grader has learned so much in the short time she's been here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2008

This is our 7th year at this school. I have one child who went to kindergarten through fifth grade here and another child who is still attending. It has been a great school with wonderful teachers. We have really liked every teacher and thought they were professional and seemed to really enjoy teaching. Each morning all the children go to a peace circle and and say the pledge of allegiance and have a mantra of teaching 'peace'. The principal and teachers here have been quick to respond to concerns and issues brought up through out the years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2007

I love this school, the ESS Program is wonderful the leader Ms. Fox is wonderful and has a great staff. I love my son 1st grade teacher Ms Reeves, and 2nd grade teacher Mr. Leonard.We have enjoyed this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2007

I think that SWS is a great! school. My daughter is in her 3rd year here and she loves it. All of her teachers have been great! I love the way her now the grade teacher 1st introduced herself to me on the first day of school. Se looked me in the eyes and with a very warm smile introduced herself. After meeting all of the parents she then remembered who I was and my childs name. I feel like all of the teachers really care about the students and make a personal effort to help them succeed in whatever they put their mind to do. I also love the ESS program, I just wish that it was a bit cheaper. Overall, I love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

If you're looking for the best 2nd grade teacher, Mr. Leonard is the best. My child did very well in his class. What a special teach Mr. Leonard is...thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2005

We have been attending this school for five years now and I am very pleased with the way this school is run. All of the teachers are very good role models and show the children how to excel in their studies. They have all made learning a fun and rewarding experience. The ESS program this school provides is wonderful. They have a great staff and the children have so much fun in whatever activity they do from homework, play time or extra curricular activities. It is such a great feeling when your children want to go to school and SWS always makes you feel welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2005

I have a student who is currently enrolled. Unfortunately there is an issue of student privacy, we feel is not respected. Students are treated according to financial status. Extremelly Unethical. Children of this age need support, not humiliation and ridicule.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 11, 2004

My kids enjoy going to this school. Of the four teachers my kids have had, three of them were very friendly and helpful. I felt like my kids are making satisfactory progress there. The principal and office staff are friendly, helpful, and on task.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 5, 2004

We have been affiliated with Sweetwater Springs Community for over 7 years. The entire staff is fantastic. It takes the staff and parent volunteers to make a community school work. Dr. Parsons, is a wonderful principal. He knows all the children. Keep up the good work SWS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2004

The principal really looks out for the students. He even gets things going for the kids after school. The astronomy night was very good. There were enough telescopes for the kids that were there. One was a 24 inch reflector!! The teachers that my son has had have been very good. My son came here from Russia without any English. They worked with him and assisted with stopping any teasing. My son has met other russian kids at the school. His class is very racially mixed and very happy. Currently he is in the third grade in a class that is shared between two teachers. This has worked out much better than I ever expected.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2004

I think Sweetwater Springs is a great school. My son has two of the greatest teachers for 3rd grade. The teaching staff work hard to keep open communication with parents. When praise is needed or a special concern, Ms. P & J will call me at work, on my cellular phone, and never forget to respond to my e-mail requests. My son is doing great in school. He also loves the extended day services at the school and the special care. The principal is very involved with the teaching staff. I feel good when my son leaves the car with a smile on his face. All of the staff have been very kind. Thanks Sweetwater Springs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2004

I think this is a very good school. Although I think that they need more aides on the play ground. I really enjoy to see the principal involved with the children and parents, I do love this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

829

Change from
2012 to 2013

+8

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 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 met the state goal of 800.

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In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
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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 met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

829

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

+8

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)

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)

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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

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.

81 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
67%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

80 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
60%
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%
Females56%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner52%
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 graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students65%
Females61%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner70%
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 graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate88%
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 Students52%
Females47%
Males58%
African American64%
Asiann/a
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)63%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate48%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students68%
Females63%
Males74%
African American73%
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)78%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner44%
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 graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
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 Students72%
Females76%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females84%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate86%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate61%
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 Students63%
Females65%
Males59%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%

Math

All Students59%
Females61%
Males56%
African American40%
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)70%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%

Science

All Students56%
Females59%
Males53%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%
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
Hispanic 42% 51%
White 31% 27%
Black 13% 7%
Asian 9% 11%
Two or more races 5% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Monica Robinson
Special schedule
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Fax number
  • (619) 668-8324
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Spring Valley, CA 91977
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