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South/West Park Elementary School

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted May 6, 2014

We have come from out of district for the GATE program, and I couldn't be happier. We were initially turned off by the way the school looked and concerned about the overall score of the school. However, it is way more than meets the eye! The principal and vice principal are on top of things, well-organized, and lead the faculty positively. I am beyond impressed with the teachers. My child is learning, using critical thinking skills, challenged, and thriving in a variety of subjects. My child is excited to learn! SWP is more than I could have hoped for. I went into it thinking my child would be getting only a more challenging education, but the school's culture overall is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2014

My child transferred to this school to attend the GATE program. He has been at this school for 3 years, and I feel he has made great progress in his learning. The teachers are knowledgeable and help the children improve academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

Not a very happy parent.. a lot of children come their with no common manners . I really feel sorry for the teacher .. as they do try hard. THere are some that are just constantly 'yelling ' at the top of their lungs at kids.. a really sorry sight.My child comes home everyday with stories of being bullied. Today I saw first hand how a kid just snatched my childs name tag and took off- and passed it on to another kid, my son (2nd grader ) ran after him crying.. only to be yelled really badly by a teacher .Another teacher comes to my car and tells me how my son should be sitting and not 'bouncing all over the place "- sadly they should have just asked why he was running and taken care of the bully . Horrified , I asked my son if they do this to him all the time.. he answered crying 'yes'. This whole scene really broke my heart. Its a great place if your child is a bully or thuggish.. but definitely not for mine. I am pulling him out of there..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2013

SWP is a Great school. I love the bilingual program, my two kids are doing great. I like how mr. Lopez is always walking around the school to make sure the kids are ok. I am a lucky parent, i found SWP.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

My school has very talented and dedicated teachers. We are always striving to learn new skills. South School is usually the first to try anything new. We have new technology: clickers, which allows us to check for understanding in a creative way, MOBI, a wireless tablet that allows us the freedom to walk around as needed during instruction, and a document camera. Beyond technology we have heart and energy. Many teachers here don't just teach until three, they are here way beyond that time, spending it with children who need or want extra help. We truly care about the child, not just test scores. We know that our school looks old but as the saying goes: Don't judge a book by its cover.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 16, 2013

South/West Park is an incredibly diverse school. As home to the district's GATE and bilingual programs, plus the neighborhood conventional school serving socio-economically disadvantaged students, there ARE challenges at S/WP. Still, my four gifted children made friends with students in all the programs, learned how to speak Spanish, LOVED their fabulously dedicated teachers, practiced restraint and compassion and understanding and tolerance and patience, and spent 4-5 hours each day sheltered in a classroom filled with their academic peers and their creative teachers. Those teachers--even today--continue to follow my children's "careers" as they succeed in middle and high school. S/WP prepared them for the real world--but gently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2010

My child has been in the GATE program at this school for the past 2 years and unfortunately he will be stuck there for another two more. The teachers do not care as much as they should. To them it's just a paycheck. It is a shame that the district puts the GATE kids in a school that is also a magnet for kids that don't know how to speak English or have fallen behind. These kids tend to be violent and disruptive. Most days, my child comes home with stories about being bullied or about a food fight that broke out in the cafeteria that no one steps in to stop.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 11, 2009

South/west park school is wonderful! The teachers are so involved,caring and supporting.The staff is very helpful and issues are immediately taken care of. My children have grown and learned so much. We love this school!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

South/West Park is a great school. The teachers and faculty their are supportive to the children. My son is in the GATE program and he is challenged (in a positive way) everyday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

I found West Park to be a wonderful institution of education. It carries a small-town style of concern for their students. With a creative, well rounded and efficient curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

South West Park Elementary is a hybrid school that provides several programs to serve the segments of its population that it has. It has the GATE program that serves the Gifted and Talented students of the school. It is also home to the only comprehensive and true bilingual program for students at different levels of English Language Development. It also has at its disposal comprehensive intervention programs for students who are falling behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2005

South West Park is one of the best schools that show a variety of teachers and great staff,that help you along the way! Not only does this school offers to us great learnings by the teachings of others but it always shows its spirits in any festival that they might have! thanks for always showing your support. Ariana Vega (Clover Middle School Student) and once a South/West Park student.
—Submitted by a former student


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This school's
API score

767

Change from
2012 to 2013

-8

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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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.
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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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API score

767

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3 / 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.
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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.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

160 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
48%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

153 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
46%
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 Students42%
Females48%
Males36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state17%

Math

All Students57%
Females65%
Males49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state42%
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 Students32%
Females35%
Males29%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino16%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability34%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state6%

Math

All Students52%
Females50%
Males54%
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)69%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state31%
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 Students52%
Females54%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state25%

Math

All Students61%
Females57%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disability83%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner37%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state38%
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 Students58%
Females67%
Males50%
African American50%
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state41%

Math

All Students58%
Females58%
Males60%
African American50%
Asian95%
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)87%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state35%

Science

All Students54%
Females53%
Males55%
African American50%
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state24%
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 75%
White 8%
Asian 7%
Black 5%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%N/AN/A
English language learners 66%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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  • Ramona Soto
Fax number
  • (209) 830-3336

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500 West Mount Diablo Road
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