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Ellis Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 2 ratings
2011:
Based on 3 ratings

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Posted April 2, 2014

First experience with USA public school and wow... This school is really good. Perfect blend of Education, extra curricular and fun... Principal Eric is the best thing which happened to this school. Spends lot of efforts in making this happen and looks like this is the only school is district where student - iPad ratio is 1:1.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2013

I have two students currently enrolled at this school, a 3rd grader and Kindergartner. In general, our experience with this school has been mostly positive. My 3rd grader has had some wonderful teachers, including the current teacher. With my 3rd grader, I have seen great academic growth and continue to do so. In general the Kindergarten team is a strong one, but some are stronger than others. Unfortunately, I am not convinced that my Kindergartner has one of the stronger, more enthusiastic teachers at the school. I think the principal is an effective leader and advocate of the student population, very personable and available. While he may be the head of the school, the teachers are the heart and soul of this school. Overall, this school is only as good as the teacher your student/s get/s.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2013

My child has been lucky to have amazing teachers while at Ellis these last 3 years, but I just wish we had more control over choosing leadership and how the school is being run. Much has changed over the past 2 years and some def. not in the best interest of the kids. We have decided that our family will hang in there because my child only has 1.5 years left, but hopefully things improve going forward instead of decline further..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2013

my son loves Ellis school. Teachers are nice and wish the school gets more recognition/funding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 8, 2013

I can't say enough about how great it is to work at Ellis Elementary School in the Sunnyvale Elementary School District. Mr. Panosian, our principal as of last Fall, has all the qualities of a great principal. One of his priorities is the incorporation of technology at each grade level, and because of this, Ellis is meeting the needs of its students to get them ready for middle school. The staff is friendly and works well together and the office staff is always willing to help us with our requests. Our PTO is run by a wonderful group of parents and has fundraisers to provide our students with arts related activities including tickets to local theatre productions and several art lessons throughout the school year, among other things. Any parent would be lucky to have their child attend Ellis.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 16, 2013

The teachers are very kind and . I am happy with the academics in this school. My daughter loves going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2013

Hi Everyone, My first kid had a very nice time since kinder ,now she is in 5th grade.I have seen lot of improvement in her studies, activities,life skills, social skills,understanding the topics,individuality . The teachers are excellent ,supportive, helping, encouraging, understanding and more like a friend, in all stages. We have seen ups and downs in the school by changing of teachers and changing of principals. The Teachers are so good that they don't burden the kids , they give very less work that can be done with in 30 minutes to 1 hour. I am even getting registration done for my second kid. He will be going for kindergarten. The teacher respond to parents when they want help or any type of questions . Since K- 5 I have been getting very nice response and hospitality from staff people. The Students after leaving ELLIS they still remember their teachers and they contact them. They say that they are really proud to be one os the ELLIS ELEMENTARY students. I wish ELLIS SCHOOL to get more ratting and good API SCORE and a BRIGHT FUTURE . Thanks for seeing this review.Have a great time at ELLIS SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 13, 2013

This school used to have a great reputation of being caring & compassionate until recently when the new Principal was hired. I have heard parents complain about situations that have occurred with their children that have gone un-resolved and swept under the rug because he doesn't care to handle the issues. I have also noticed while being around the school that he is also very rude & lacks the social skills required to be a principal, it's very frustrating!! It is very sad that after all of these years of hard work by Ms. Butler to become an accredited school, that he is taking this school down the tubes like he did at Bishop Elementary. I am currently evaluating other options for my children to attend another school. I refuse to have them attend a school that is being run someone who only cares about the paycheck, his relationship status with the male teachers and keeping his friendships closely intact with district employees. It's extremely sad & disappointing that the district allows this behavior to continue!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2012

The principal Mrs. Butler helps everyone. She takes the time to meet parents when their kids need help. She is very kind and makes Ellis a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2012

My kids have been here the past few years. the teachers are WONDERFUL. They care and are concerned about the kids. The principle however is trying to hard to compensate for being new and has no clue what she is doing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2011

I think that Berkner Highschool was a great school to go to, a real good environment and good focus on all students by teachers
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 21, 2011

Hello. I am Hiroki Watanabe. My daughter is 6 years old. Now,she has been in Japan come to the U.S in june. I want her to enroll ellis elementary school. Is there any special procedures? Could you tell us the documents to be submitted? Anyway,i would like to contact you in this matter . Thank you. Hiroki Watanabe address:730 E Evelyn Avenue Sunnyvale, CA 94086 Office phone:510-353-7790 Home phone:408-743-5306
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2011

The best school i have ever attended. As an old student spending all 6 years at Ellis, I highly recommend this school for your child,


Posted August 21, 2010

Wonderful learning environment, supportive staff and very well structured academic programs. The principle is very approachable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

My sons has been attending this school from kindergarten. We had a wonderful experience. Teachers are great and helpful. Staff is supportive. Wonderful school..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Its very good school.Teachers r great even new principal is good my daughter like this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

All about Ellis elemantary school is GREAT..Principle ,Teachers and office staff all are very supportive and helpful...ELLIS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IS THE BEST SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Ellis school is very good school and the teachers are very nice and talented........my son and daughter like the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 4, 2010

Two of my kids go to this school. They love so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2010

Ellis school is good school ,the teachers are excellant
—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.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
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 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)

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 State average
Hispanic 40% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 37% 11%
White 15% 26%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Black 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 48%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

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

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Sunnyvale, CA 94086
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