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W. R. Nelson Elementary School

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Posted October 5, 2007

My two daughters have attended Nelson for the past 2 years and we have had nothing but great experiences. The staff and teachers are fantastic. We would highly recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 23, 2007

W.R. Nelson has just been asked to apply for California Distinguished status for the third time. This is because of the great teachers, great staff, involved parents and hard working students. I know this school will achieve this goal and am glad my child is in one of the best schools in Orange county.my child has been involved in all the activities that Nelson has to offer and it has made him a better student and is preparing him for his entrance into middle school.Ask any Nelson student and they will tell you this is a great school and a great place to learn. There are families out side of our district that get on the waiting list to be able to send their child to Nelson. They are thrilled when they get notified that there is room and we are thrilled to have them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2007

Nelson used to be a great school a few years ago when it received Distinguished school of the year award. With the massive influx of English Learning students the school has focused on them. After school programs are getting smaller.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2006

Nelson Elementary is a fantastic environment for children to learn in. My daughter has been to several different schools and none has had such wonderful and consistent teachers as Nelson. From Gate to Art Masters to all the wonderful afterschool programs, Nelson is a gem in Tustin. Parents are very involved and willing to help out in class and after school when needed. I highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2005

I love Nelson. 2 of my girls went there. The teachers are really great and keep the parents up to date with whats going on with your child. There is alot of parent involvment from the classroom to the festival to the dinodash. My oldest was put into GATE and loves it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

Tutoring on campus did not exist. Team teaching (shared contracts)may work for the teachers, but the child is faced with satisfying two sets of expectations and personalities. As a parent, I had this same challenge, and a difficult time establishing accountability. Principal access was no easy task either.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2005

Nelson School has great teachers and an excellent curriculum to fit students' individual needs. The school also welcomes parent involvement and makes a concerted effort to communicate with parents on your childs progess.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

W. R. Nelson is the best-kept secret Tustin has to offer. The staff, especially the teachers are all phenomenal. The focus is always on the child. The number parents that volunteer on campus will astound you. The PTA provides John Yeiser Music Assembly s that are so much fun they are not aware they are learning. The Art Masters program is also provided to the school from the PTA. The teachers and children get to learn from this program. Overall, if you have to opportunity to join the W. R. Nelson team, you will not be disappointed. It is one of the happiest places in Tustin.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2005

This is a great school. Especially their Kindergarten program. They have excellent Kindergarten teachers who care a great deal about all of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

829

Change from
2012 to 2013

-11

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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829

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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

-11

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API Statewide Rank
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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)

7 / 10

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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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
44%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
40%

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 65% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
71%

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

All Students46%
Females44%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asian67%
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)62%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students61%
Females52%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate76%
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 Students51%
Females52%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students65%
Females63%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner60%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
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%
Females81%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)87%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females73%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
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 Students66%
Females70%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students63%
Females59%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students56%
Females54%
Males59%
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)77%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 70%
White 14%
Asian 7%
Black 3%
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 57%N/AN/A
English language learners 41%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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14392 Browning Avenue
Tustin, CA 92780
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