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Bel Aire Elementary School

Public | 3-5 | 520 students

 
 

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3 stars

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2014:
Based on 3 ratings
2013:
Based on 8 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
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Posted March 28, 2014

Bel Aire is a warm and creative place for your child to learn and we have had a very positive experience with both the staff and principal. Our teachers in both 3rd and 4th grade have been incredible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2014

Having your kid want to go to school does not mean you are at a Good School! like the last person who wrote about this school and gave it a 5 star might benefit from actually going there (3-5th grade). She might learn some basic punctuation, if she is lucky enough to get one of the "good teachers". While she says her son is enjoying going to school , what is he LEARNING? I hope other viewers recognize the lack of experience/knowledge and discount this review. I think people should wait until they have more information before writing a review and or not do it to make friends in the PTA. Another good thing to ask yourself is, do you want your kids to go to school with kids who have parents who do things like this?


Posted January 24, 2014

We couldn't disagree more with the rating comments in the reviews. Pati Purcell runs school that has incredibly high morale across the staff and students. We are not big donators but we have always gotten the best teachers. Our 5th grader absolutely loves Bel Aire and his experience there has taken him from a kid that "hates school" to one that looks forward to each school day. We can't say enough about happy we are to be at this school and we hope that our experience at Del Mar will be just as outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2013

I went to this school many years ago. Besides the after school model airplane class, everything else was terrible. I was bullied and pushed around and nobody did anything. I couldn't stand the kids that went there so when I finally graduated, I made my parents put me in a private school. Luckily, that worked out. It was far and away the worst school experience of my life. I don't remember any of my teachers to this day.


Posted August 20, 2013

Fully agree with the post right below. Why isn't principal Purcell held accountable? She does not deserve to be an administrator, especially for children! Most parents I Know try to duck under her radar, even when they feel the school and teacher quality are going downhill fast. The other schools in the district, reed and del mar, are still great though. I guess 3 years isn't that long?.....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2013

If I could, I would give this school a zero. While this school has some really good teachers it is poorly run by the administration. I think the principal is unethical, incompetent, and a bully. I'm not sure how she can ignore emais from parents month after month and keep her job without a response. However, after finally meeting with her personally, I realized most parents are scared of her and therefore don't bother. She is known to be a beligerent person and they also worry their kids will be treated unkindly and not given band aids or a part in the school play. Even though the PTA claims responsibility, she is completely in charge of it! They also worry if they complain that their kids will be given the worst teachers in the school. The music, art and math program are non-existent. Kids who get good teachers and parts in the school play are most likely big donors, untalented or poor students. The math/reading program is completely focused on the underachieving kids. The only thing we liked about this school was the few hard working, kind and talented teachers but with the interaction of the administration, they were never allowed to do the right things.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2013

Awfully. My daughter finally graduated from this school. The school is disorganized.It's too bad the school is ran by such poor quality teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2013

At a party, the principal was complaining and gossiping about the 3rd grade parents. She doesnt mind when the teachers do this either. Not all of them do, but our certainly did! Reminds me if the silly cliques in high school, only it's the supposed role models and educators for our children. Disgusting!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2013

If you want one of the better teachers in each grade, be prepared to donate a lot of money and time to this school. Seriously, be ready to work f/t hours as a volunteer both in the classroom and on committees. I agree with the other reviewer that you need to be in the "inner circle" with the super, principal, and pta moms who run the show. Some people rationalize it by saying it still costs less than a private school if you have 2+ kids. Just be prepared. I also agree that this school is quite magical and fun for average students. If your child is in the top or bottom 10%, you may truly be better off at a private school. The principal and teacher will act like your child is a nuisance, and I've seen perfectly bright children walk away from here disengaged. We know at least half a dozen kids who left this year and are much happier at their private schools. Many kids also have behavior problems, but if the family is very involved with the school, they are untouchable and know it. We have been to school in westchester and palo alto but have never seen anything like this! There is so much potential and some great families. It's too bad the school is run by such nut cases!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

High performing school..a lot of time is spent on practice tests, test taking skills, and teaching to the median. Differentiated learning is not always available and is teacher and classroom dependent. because high test scores are such a focus, only subjects that are tested (language arts and math) are covered uniformly throughout each grade. Science, art, critical thinking, deductive reasoning, and creative explorations are not nurtured, or perhaps are so if you get the right classroom. The principal is not receptive to any constructive criticism or concern; any suggestions of change are countered with suggestions to look at private schools. Individualism, gifted ness, and learning differences are not valued. The defensiveness of teachers and admin, when trying to open a discussion about anything, is most concerning. Many families believe that higher donations to the foundation can secure better teachers and better response from the admin. Even the superintendent has commented that they seek inout of "key parents" before deciding on implementing change, ranging from support of special Ed, gifted, or non-STAR tested subjects. Looks good on paper....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

Computer time and morning school run t.v time should be limited. More of a back to basics approach would be a benefit to the children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 12, 2008

Love it!!! My son has adored every teacher and staff member. I am especially impressed with the incredible music program- with opportunities for participation in chorus, band and musical theater! Spanish and computers are integrated daily. Teachers truly care about each of the children. The facility is stunning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2007

The school environment is excellent from every angle. The staff and teachers are accomodating to the parents as well as to the children and the community is very supportive of the school as well. Retired school teachers seek to volunteer the children at this school. The kids get to learn a sense of independece without feeling lost. Any child that has the oppurtunity of attending this well rounded school is very fortunate and the parents should be absolutely happy
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2007

This school is an outstanding learning environment tailored to its age group (grade 3-5). Each of my three children thrived here and found something to capture their imagination - be it drama, music, or the opportunity to be in student government. The academic support was excellent as well - two of my kids got the extra help in math they needed and left 5th grade with the confidence they needed to go to middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

Any child that is able to attend Bel Aire Elementary School is extremely fortunate. The school is phenomenal and the community support outstanding. The district has been able to pass two bonds and maintain a parcel tax to ensure the quality of the education continues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2006

Such a great school. The teachers are excellent. I went to a great school myself, and these kids are much more advanced
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2005

My son is in the fourth grade and I have been most impressed with the quality of the teacher and school. His class just finished a great project where each child built a separate CA mission. Each child loved this project, took ownership and exercised creativity in the building of this poject.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2004

The office is low staffed and disorganized. School lunches are not that creative or nutricious and very expensive. Lunches are done by the PTA. The students daily milk is warm and left out in the sun. The principal is hardly seen by the students or parents. The school does not have a full time nurse. The nurse is only there on certain days.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2004

Great parental involvement and very committed teachers! The children are given a well rounded education and are well prepared to move to junior high school.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

940

Change from
2012 to 2013

-28

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


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API score

940

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-28

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API Statewide Rank (2012)
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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

183 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

171 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
90%
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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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 Students77%
Females73%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females81%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate77%
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 Students95%
Females94%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disability71%
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students89%
Females89%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability71%
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate88%
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 Students90%
Females91%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students90%
Females89%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students89%
Females89%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
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
White 80% 27%
Asian 13% 11%
Hispanic 5% 51%
Black 2% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 4%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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