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Ellis Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted September 8, 2008

I have found this school to be very disorganized, and the principal has not been very disrespectful. We have been very disappointed at our experience at Ellis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

My son is going into the third grade. He began going to Ellis since he was a kinder. We have had great experience and great teachers. And the principle is a very kind and nice person and she's very sincere about her positon.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2008

Ellis is really a very good school. All Fifth grade teachers are very responsible and hard working in every aspect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

My son is in 1st grade. His teacher is very active with the children. The PTO is very active too and works to supplement what the district and state don't provide to the school or teachers. In the last year, they've placed new ELMOs in rooms, spend money on really neat school assemblies, and are active in creating a family culture with in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

The Staff is Ok, however the school is dirty and rundown. If the School was in better shape I would give it another star
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2008

my kid is a kindergartner and her confidence has improved alot here.Ms.Johnson is a wonderful teacher who loves all of her kids.i am thankful to her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2007

My daughter is in kindergarten and she just can't wait to go to school every morning.Mrs Osinek is an excellent teacher and gives individual attention to each student. The school also offers good music and art programs.We are very much satisfied with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

Ellis is an excellent school with wonderful, highly qualified teachers. My daughter is in 4th grade this year and loves her teacher! I am pleased with their API scores and the parent organization has become very strong over the years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

it is a excellent school.It has good teachers.And a good principle.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2007

My daughter is in Kindergarten and has had an excellent year as far as trasition and accepting the role of 'student' in the classroom. We are very pleased to have her at Ellis since there are other family members who have attended Ellis over 20 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2006

My son will be entering the 5th grade in the Fall of '06. He has benefited from excellent teachers in every grade at Ellis. We have been extremely satisfied with Ellis. The kids are great kids. The principal sets a tone of respect for others. My son loves attending Ellis.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2006

Although every school has bad teachers, ellis has very few bad teachers. Fifth grade staff is excellent.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted May 19, 2006

I was raised in S'vale & attended Cumberland Elementary, S'va Jr. High and then Homestead High. My daughter is a kindergartner at Ellis and I am astonished and grateful as to the parent-teacher involvement. The communication between all of the school staff, parents and students is very evident and the endless efforts to continue a higher education along with providing arts & music really makes a lasting impression in the students. The diversity is embrassed by all and my experience thus far has been great. I anticipate nothing less from Ellis School in the coming years. Julia
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2006

This school is very accomodating to my daughters needs. The teachers listen to the parents and have good ethics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2006

Very good school. My child attended K and 1st grade at this school when we lived in California. Even though it was for only 2 years, she enjoyed going to school everyday. Liked her teachers very much especially her kindergarten teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2006

A very good school. You should not have second thought in getting your child admitted there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2005

My son just started Kindergarten, but the parent & teacher involvement at the school appears to be quite good, with a strong turnout for PTO meetings and school fundraising events. There is music available through trained volunteers through the Music for Minors program, but no specific arts instruction as part of the curriculum, and that is unfortunate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2005

Great teachers, individualized attention to every students, those that are slower in academic and those who are advanced will get accelerated curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2005

Good academic programs including ESL students extra help. Better music art and sports for all levels of students and it also includes different nations and cultural programs. Also gives opportunities for parent involvement in above activities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2005

Ms.White is great teaching reading to First graders. Ms. Faiaipu is a good Fourth grade teacher. School not good with extracurricular activities. Parent involvement allowed.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

832

Change from
2012 to 2013

-26

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 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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Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
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 did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

832

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

-26

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 2012 and Spring 2013. 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)

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)

5 / 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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

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 60% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

116 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

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

All Students60%
Females67%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
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)88%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students75%
Females78%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
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)92%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
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 Students50%
Females62%
Males40%
African Americann/a
Asian57%
Filipino62%
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate12%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students63%
Females68%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipino57%
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
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%
Females80%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner49%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students75%
Females81%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipino69%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate77%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate79%
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

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females66%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner37%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students63%
Females71%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students68%
Females68%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Filipino91%
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner37%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
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
Asian 37%
Hispanic 32%
White 16%
Two or more races 5%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/AN/A
English language learners 48%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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550 East Olive Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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