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Tom Kitayama Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

Living in Union City

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $344,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,560.

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5 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted Tuesday, August 19, 2014

This school is one of the best school i have ever seen am so excited my sons are in this school can't. Wait for this school year teacher's. Are the best in teaching haven't seen. teachers that are so focused with ur children like they do here keep up the good work i give this school a 5 star super happy with all staff in these school starting from the office to all the teachers. :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2014

In kitayama the teachers make kids good learning almost every day. Also after school if you can not pick them up you can sign up for kidsfirst and they can do homework there


Posted August 29, 2013

Tom Kitayama school has been my home school since it opened. Through the years we have had change every year and yet through it all the staff, students,& families consistently work together to provide a terrific learning environment with successful students!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 5, 2011

This school has helped me excel in my learning in many ways.They a great dedicated staff the loves what they do,and they care about the kids.They push kids to do their best and only their best.The parent community is also very good the parents are always helping out and participating,and they are always there to help.The community is great,and you will never be left out because the students are very nice.Overall,a very nice school that offers a lot of great things for the parents and students.


Posted August 16, 2010

The school is friendly and the principal, Ms. Metzinger, is outstanding. She is truly concerned with the students and their learning and strives to make their experience the best. I love this school, the staff and the principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Very good school in so many ways teachers are dedicated and committed to the kids. You can feel the good energy there. Ms. Metzinger is an excellent principal she waits in the crosswalk and welcomes students and parents. I love the place! I wish it went up to 7th grade.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

I have 2 kids that are studying 3rd grade in this school. They have started with 2nd grade in this school and they absolutely love it. I am very happy with the quality of teaching. I am also pleasantly surprised with teachers' prompt replies to emails. The school also has an excellent PE and music program. Overall, I am absolutely happy with the school. Go bears!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2009

Great leadership and a wonderful experience for the students. Parent involvement is high and the dedication to students is impressive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2007

I have 2 kids - my son attended this school and my daughter currently goes to the school. The staff and teachers are very caring and really do show that they want the best for your kids. The teachers keep a great line of open communication. My son learned a lot and really enjoyed going to this school - he actually got into the GATE program. Go Bears!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2007

My son has been a student at Kitayama since Kindergaren. I have been really blessed to have had all great teachers. My son is now going to the 4th grade. I would like to thank all of the wonderful teachers . You all have been a great influence in our lives, but I must give a special thank you to Ms. Foster. She really took time out to help my son in a area that he was lacking ,and didn' t have much confidence in (reading). I know Ms.Foster has moved on ,but I wanted her to know we appreciate her and her colleagues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2006

I have 2 children that attend Kitayama and have had two very different experiences. I have a child that is a very capable student and a special needs child. With my first child, she is a very good student and had great teaching. All of her teachers were very good and seemed to really care about her learning. She has now graduated to 6th grade. However, my other child who has ADHD has been treated very different. I feel that the teachers she has had except for one have seen the problems she has but instead of addressing her issues, they have pushed her along to the next grade. I have also had problems with the administration as far as principal and vice principals to provide my child with the things that are necessary for her to learn. This is very disappointing.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 5, 2006

The staff at Kitayama overall is very good, but not excellent. There are many teachers who do a great job, but others who are just average. Therefore, the level of academics varies too. Like all schools in this district, they are required to take music, P.E., and science as additional classes. The level of parent involvement is decent, but could be better. It's always the same parents helping out. The best thing aout this school is its location. It's nestled in the center of a new housing development. The homes are very nice and neughborhood is very safe. Ironically, however, many of the kids who live in these homes attend private schools, not Kitayama. So Kitayama's scores aren't as good as they could be if they actually had more of the neighborhood kids attending. Still, if you look at the other schools in this district, it's one of the better schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2005

Both my kids go to this school, and they have a wonderful group of staff and administrators, who are very dedicated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2005

This school has an exceptional staff. The teachers are extremely involved in their teaching. The students seem to really enjoy learning. I can't say enough good things about this school. I have absolutly no complaints!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2004

We've found that the teachers we have experienced at Kitayama Elementary are caring, knowledgeable, devoted, and capable. Most provide good communication with the parents, and provide a positive learning environment for the children. We've been generally happy with the overall quality of the school and teachers, and are glad we switched to Kitayama Elementary from our private school. The availability of a GATE program is a definite positive over the private school we left, which did not have a mechanism to challenge students that were able to handle more advanced or indepth concepts. Teachers also emphasize and teach the importance of being respectful of others. This emphasis on 'core values' is a very positive aspect of Kitayama Elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2004

Kitayama school is somewhat like going to a private school, very clean and really involved with every kids need. My 2 kids go to this school since the school first opened and I really wish the school have a middle school, too. Anyway, keep it up being one of the best schools here in Union City.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2004

School staff needs training in dealing with parents and students in custody situations, and remain unbias. Overall Kitayama is a very safe school, with an enriching curriculum.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

Great school- very clean and new. The teachers are excellent! My son has been going to this school for two years now, and both of his past teachers have been awesome- they are very committed to providing the kids with quality education, and they truly care about each and every child in their class. I think they go above and beyond their job requirements on a daily basis. Teacher/parent communication is excellent, and parent involvement is very high. I think this is a great school all around.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

826

Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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This school's
API score

826

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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

-4

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 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.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

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 65% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%

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 60% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students55%
Females53%
Males58%
African American27%
Asian84%
Filipino56%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate12%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students63%
Females60%
Males66%
African American36%
Asian88%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
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 Students48%
Females55%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asian58%
Filipino55%
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate20%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate65%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students65%
Females70%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipino68%
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
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 Students65%
Females63%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian68%
Filipino88%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females65%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipino94%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner51%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
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 Students70%
Females68%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students56%
Females51%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
Filipino57%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate57%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students68%
Females60%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipino70%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
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%
Asian 21%
White 9%
Two or more races 7%
Black 6%
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 47%N/AN/A
English language learners 33%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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Union City, CA 94587
Phone: (510) 475-3982

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