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Bancroft Elementary School

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4 stars

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23 reviews of this school


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Posted March 2, 2014

The best, Bancroft is what happens when everyone works hard. Parents fundraise and run many programs. Staff is ver personable and professional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2012

I feel the classes are over crowded, the office staff is unfriendly and rude, and my experiences with the teachers have not been pleasant. My children have been bullied by students and ignored by teachers. Its not a friendly environment nor is it a positive learning environment. We've not been happy since we started at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2010

Bancroft used to be a great school, but each yaer it seems that class sizes get larger and larger which leaves no time to the teacher to give more attention to each student. There are great techers in this school, but it would be nice if they had more time to help kids who need it. There are also teachers who I persanally beleive need to go and study more of child psychology.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

We moved here from Kansas City last summer and have had a wonderful experience at Bancroft. My daughter's teacher was new to the school this year as well and was sympathetic to what she might be going through. She really helped her meet new kids and make friends right away. She is very caring and you really get the feeling that she wants to see all of her kids do well - not by lowering her standards, but by having faith that they can rise to any occasion and excel if they try. The other wonderful thing about this school is the musical offered as an after school project for Grades 3-5. The music director, and a few other teachers and parents, volunteer countless hours of time and put on an amazing production that any child that is interested can participate in. It's been such a wonderful experience for us.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2008

Bancroft is an outstanding school with caring staff, invovled and supportive parents and respectful, wonderful children who come to learn and make friends in an atmosphere that is safe, positive and productive. Leadership is shared and can be found at every level of school life. During 2008 Bancroft was named a Californai Distinguish School. Bancroft student supports are a model for the district and state. This is a 'CAn-Do' school and it is refelcted in every detail. Monthly Life Skills Assemblies are a strong example of the care and time provided to the children asthey come together as a commuity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments in their lives that make each of nusoutstanding citizens ready to take on the demands of the world today and inthe future.


Posted September 13, 2008

The environment in this school is not helpful to a child's education and only getting worse in time. The principle is more concerned about her image and runs the school in a rather despotic way. Even the teachers have no say in any of the decision making. My son did not learn anything from some of the programs here and the staff do not want to help with any questions or problems. The office staff are totally unfriendly. If someone wants to succeed this is not the place to start.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

My kindergarten daughter loves her teacher and has fun at school. Classes are interactive and kids are rewarded for behavior (Bancroft Bests).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2007

Bancroft is a wonderful school full of caring teachers and very supportive and involved families. The school is clean and well maintained, offers affordable hot lunches and lots of extra-curricular activities. Don't waste your money on expensive, over-rated, pretentious private schools. Support your local public schools and get involved in your kids' lives.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2007

I have 2 kids in this school, one who will start 4th grade in the Fall and another who will start 2nd grade in the Fall. Bancroft is a great school, however there is one serious problem. The kids who live in its attendance area are split into 2 different sets of middle and high schools afteward, depending on where they live. While a big majority of Bancort students do move on to attend Walnut Creek's outstanding Foothill Middle and Northgate High schools after Bancroft, some Bancoft students are assigned to attend Oak Grove Middle and Ygnacio Valley High schools just over the Concord border. Oak Grove and Ygnacio Valley are terrible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2007

To the person who said P.E. is not done daily. Go and take a look at children playing ball running around having good old fashioned fun on the playground. My children went there and loved every minute of it. It is also up to the parent to be sure their children get daily exercise after school. A good education and happiness is guaranteed here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2006

My stepson went to this school last year and in comparison to the school he goes to now, I feel that Bancroft is over-rated and does not deserve their 10 rating. Their academic program is good, but they are lacking in concern for children's physical health. PE is not done daily, and we wonder why our children are overweight.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2006

Teachers who know next to nothing but there curricula can be found here. There's a library, and an instrumental music option for 5th graders. Vocal music library and P.E. Are taught once a week be other teachers. Staff isn't aware of bullying. Disgusting bathrooms. No GATE Funding, w/ the exception of 3-4 day pullout program and 6-8 hours worth of after-school clubs, such as; drawing with chalk. Despite the ratings, this school is nowhere near proficient. I highly disapprove of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 3, 2006

Outstanding institution of elementary education. A top notch staff (teachers are dedicated professionals) coupled with outstanding parent support, give the students a top-notch education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2006

Great school! My child had the best experience at the kindergartena nd 1st grade level. Lots of parent-teacher communication.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2006

Bancroft Elementary is an excellent school. This teachers are truely engaged with the students and look to the individual students needs. The PTA continually raises money to provide the programs that the State is no longer offering to public schools. My child had a formal Art class and Spanish class plus P.E.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2005

I was pretty unhappy with Bancroft. I found the teachers to be really overly obsessed with 'meeting the standards'. The administrative staff in the office were very rigid and unfriendly, and the school was just not a very happy place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2005

My two children (3rd and 5th graders) joined Bancroft in November 2004. The warm welcome helped them adapt instantly. Teachers are dedicated and parents are very involved in school activities. The Parent group publishes a newsletter and classes sponsor charitable activities. My kids were native French speakers, but with encouragement, they made rapid progress in English. They did wonderful projects such as creating a magazine or making a book, (writing and illustrating a story and making the binding). A school production of 'Annie' was of impressive quality. All students wishing to participate in the production were given a part. The school fundraiser auctioned off private activities with teachers such as sleepovers and outings. My children were not involved in sports so I can't comment. A non-affiliated daycare center, next to the school, is good and affordable. My kids walked to school every day. School lunches aren't great, but they are very cheap.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2005

We have had great experiences with Bancroft. Unfortunately we would not have a good public middle school after.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2005

A lovely little school tucked away. Very nice teachers with a small town atmosphere. My son attended K and 1st and he thoroughly enjoyed it. It mostly had to do with a well balanced ethnic and socioeconomic mix. A very good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 9, 2005

Great school. Do a wonderful job of keeping parents in tune with school activities. Parents at this school are very involved and it shows.
—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

882

Change from
2012 to 2013

-24

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 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.

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This school's
API score

882

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

-24

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)

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)

6 / 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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
60%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%

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 Students65%
Females72%
Males59%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner43%
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 graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state33%

Math

All Students79%
Females84%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
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)90%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner62%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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 Students69%
Females60%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
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)36%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females86%
Males95%
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)90%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner93%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)73%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
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 Students85%
Females91%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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)87%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students95%
Females94%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
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)91%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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 Students82%
Females94%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
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)86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state75%

Math

All Students81%
Females88%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
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)78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state69%

Science

All Students71%
Females76%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
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)72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
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
White 52%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 12%
Two or more races 12%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/AN/A
English language learners 17%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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