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Posted August 18, 2011

My student has been attending PCS for 2 years now and I love it. What an amazing and effective way to education. I love the fact that the school can take what the state tells them to learn and go about it in an engaging way. My students comes home everyday loving his teachers and we enjoy the constant communication - bad and good. Why are there not more school like this?!?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2011

This school seems to be struggling lately between providing a quality education and politics. Over the last two years, we have really been discouraged by the lack of kindness and professionalism by the registrar, and office staff. In addition, the quality of education is lacking because it appears that most of the incoming students (mostly from Tracy Unified School District, do not speak English. And this DOES take its toll on other English speaking children. It does hold them back. I must note, check out the API scores from 2009 - 2010... down 16 points for Primary Charter. That's a lot which obviously shows that something "wrong" is happening with this school. Discovery STAR testing is also upsetting.... worse than Jefferson school District. What is happening with these schools? I pulled my children out of Hawkins and put them in Primary and Discovery. Well, this year, I am taking them out. I can't express enough how disappointed I am in these schools. And for all of you who will argue, just look at the scores. Facts don't lie.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2011

I cannot imagine my 4 children going to another school. After moving from San Jose, I thought I would never again find a school that truly cares about each child and the education they are getting. After 3 failed other Tracy schools, we fould TLC and would not have it any other way. it is a k-12 school and puts children first. It works on each childs ability and not a class ability. One of my chilfren is on the 4th grade but doing 7th grade work.. amazing.... love this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2011

This school seems great until you look more closer! It has gone downhill the past couple years. Excellent teachers are being let go for no good reason. I have seen the best teachers being fired while teachers who, quite frankly, can not teach basic math are still there! Test scores dropped last year and I guarantee they will drop again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2010

I am proud for my child to be student of this school. When he first transferred he struggled the first couple of months to adjust to a new school. The teachers went above and beyond help my child succeed. They offered before and after school tutoring at no cost. The provide me with weekly updates as to his progress. Provided us with fun learning websites and math packages we can do together with our child to encourage his progress. I feel blessed to have been given this opportunity for our child to attend this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2009

We love this school! We have two children in the school already and are looking forward to our third one entering Kindergarden this Fall. The teachers are very involved and the additional hours spent in school each day allows for adequate learning and achievement. We thoroughly recommend this school, but please note that there is a waiting list!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

I work in IT and nowadays we are big on 'User Experience' when it comes to our software. If there is a similar concept in Education, I would say Primary Charter School provides the best 'Student Experience' and Parent Experience when dealing with schools. This school is great! I moved my daughter from a private school to this school. We have no regrets. This school has a solid academic track, the program brings out the best curiosity, participation and enthusiasm from the kids. My daughter is so excited to tell me all the things they are doing in school. The teachers are caring, excellent teaching 'performance', keeps in constant communication with parents by email and with daily journals whic parents review and sign. The Principal provides a clear Vision for the school and parents. We are very happy with this school! They make Happy students and happy students perform well!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

This is an excellent school and has a lot of parent and teacher involvement. I get a call on weekends from my 4th grader's teacher informing us how good she did in her math and vocabulary tests. I am very happy with the teachers and the staff at the Primary Charter School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 27, 2007

I feel that this is a good school. I have seen a tremendous improvement in my child academically. He now actually likes going to school and learning. They expose them to many different things and make learning fun. Parents are encouraged to work in the classroom or in any capacity to help the school. I think that it only helps the learning of the students. The class sizes are small and the teachers are always engaged with parents via written note or email or verbal conversation on the progress of their students. While they don't have sports programs for the primary school. I think they do a good job of covering all other areas of my child academic success.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2005

We love this school. My son has learned an increadable amount just in his first few months of kindergarden. There is PE, art classes and he is learning how to play the recorder. Excellent teachers. Parents are required to volunteer time, therefore most children have involved parents. Children are very well behaved and rewarded for good behavior. Primary Charter is a wonderfull enviornment for children to learn. I feel our son is recieving one of the best educations that can be offered.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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

This school's
API score

928

Change from
2012 to 2013

-3

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 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

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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 met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

928

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

-3

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)

10 / 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)

4 / 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.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
83%

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

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

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students82%
Females80%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
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)76%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females97%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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)88%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females78%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
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)50%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students85%
Females89%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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)79%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
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 Students80%
Females81%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
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
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
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 graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students82%
Females85%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
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
Not economically disadvantaged84%
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 graduate92%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 39%
White 27%
Asian 12%
Two or more races 9%
Black 8%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12%N/AN/A
English language learners 12%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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School Leader's name
  • Virginia Stewart
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (209) 831-5243
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