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Walteria Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 648 students

 
 

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Posted August 13, 2013

Just Average....I believe there are a lot of changes that should be made at this school..The principal is rude and is completely controlled by her staff. I believe some of the teachers are just old school. The children are rushed thru their academics an the teachers are tired and over worked. This school is not teaching any new technologies and tends to be the same as it was 20 years ago. I hope they get on board with LAUSD and implement the ipad learning system.... For Torrance a change MUST be made
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2012

I have 3 kids total going through this school. They have some phenomenal teachers and some that probably should not be teaching. The Principle, Mrs Wynhoff, is okay. She tries to work with the parents and supports the school. The office staff are horrible; very messy, unprofessional, and rude! I don't understand why they are allowed to get away with how they treat the kids or the parents! The parents really support the school and try to make up for the cuts to the state budget. My one complaint is the school year starts so late the teachers have to rush through material in order for the kids to learn it for the standardized tests in mid May. It would be better for the kids if they started school a week or two earlier! It seems the moral of the staff at the school is very low in general...don't know if it is tied to budget cuts or poor leadership. This is an average school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2011

My son transfered into a school in CO and his test scores were so low that he was held back. He received passing grades from K-4 with no complaints from the Teacher. Nurse is a part-timer and is not there a couple of time a week. Principal is very poor and they need to get rid of and a few of the lower grade teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

My son enjoys Walteria. He is learning both the basics (reading, writing, math) and much more (science, history, etc.) as well. We just moved here this fall, and my son's excitement about reading took off phenomenally after starting here just a few weeks ago. He literally won't put his books down now, where before (even this summer), I had to make him read. His 2nd grade teacher, Mrs. Katzer, was very responsive to a bullying situation, and the problem was solved the same day we mentioned it to her. The principal is very approachable and helpful, as are the office staff. The teachers overall are enthusiastic and very caring. The buildings are indeed worn but the principal said the school is being completely overhauled during the Summer of 2010. The PTA is very strong. Final note, the kids are not overly competitive, yet they are high achieving. Excellent school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

My daughter just started there, but loves it everyday. Her teacher is wonderful. The school also has wonderful parent involvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This is a great school with wonderful teachers, staff, kids & parents. There is a huge amount of parent involvement that helps keeps things running smoothly. We definitely love our school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I have had 2 children go through Walteria and experienced 4 principals, some better than others. Teachers are mostly great, some awesome, some shouldn't be there. Parent involvement is phenomenal, thank goodness. Adventures in Art and Magic in Music are terrific parent run programs. Campus looks worn. Too much homework and not conistent throughout grades and classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 23, 2008

We moved to Walteria Elementary School when my son started first grade. We had Mrs. Wix who we felt was the best teacher we had ever come across. She is fair, supportive, understanding and challenges bright children in her class. Other teachers are quick to label kids ie. trouble maker, angry, violent...negative gossip campaigning about students among the teachers. Spoke to the principle Williams about it. She seems very easy to talk to and listens. Front office employees are rude!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2008

Great school. My daughter really loves it and I am very happy of the quality of education that my daughter is getting. Looking forward to enrolling my other son in it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2006

As I come from India, I find that students are not being nurtured in the right way. More of crafts and arts rather than maths and science, lesser said about handwriting. As kids that age are highly enthusiastic, teachers, parents are responsible to nourish their talent,concentration and use accordingly
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2005

My daughter has attended Walteria since K. She is currently in the 3rd grade. The school offers a music (Magic of Music) and an art (Adventures in Art) program that is run by the parents - 100% volunteer. A++ The PTA seems to have fundraisers all year long. It would benefit the PTA to ask for some parent focus groups for ideas on new fundraising opportunities. The PTA is very Cliquey! Any new ideas or suggestions are not met with the enthusiasm that they should! MANY PARENTS FEEL THIS WAY! D- Teachers are very knowledgable - yet seem to have alot of pressure on them to ensure that the school continues to have high test scores. They seem quick to 'label' kids ie.. ADHD, Emotionaly disturbed etc. B- Office help - RUDE, Not very helpful, speak to the parents like we are idiots. F- The students A+
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2005

My 2 son's have attended Walteria Elementary. The staff is generally good and the academics are above average.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

Have had 4 children in this school which are now in college. Currently have 2 children in this school. Think it is still great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2005

Walteria Elementary is a very strong academic school.The teachers are caring,and truly want to see your child do well. The principal is very hands on,and remembers every child's name. Lots of parent involvement.Great progam for special needs children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Walteria Elementary has a very enthusiastic, well educated and dedicated staff from the principal to the custodian. It is a good old neighborhood school where the teachers and administrators are available to parent's concerns at all times. They encourage parental involvement which is vital to every student's success in school. Despite the lack of money and school board support, Walteria Elementary is a great and safe place for my children.
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

906

Change from
2012 to 2013

-3

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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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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This school's
API score

906

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-3

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 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)

2 / 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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
76%
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.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
85%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
87%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
91%
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 Students68%
Females74%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner65%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
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)47%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females70%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner77%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
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)42%
Parent education - college graduate81%
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

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females73%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
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)72%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females85%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner94%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate91%
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

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females84%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
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)75%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
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)80%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students87%
Females84%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
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)76%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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)75%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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 Students81%
Females85%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state63%

Math

All Students91%
Females92%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state69%

Science

All Students85%
Females79%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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)87%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state69%
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%
White 31%
Hispanic 16%
Two or more races 8%
Black 3%
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 15%N/AN/A
English language learners 23%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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