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Orchard Dale Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 675 students

 

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Posted May 14, 2014

Both of my children came from private school so of course we were leery about how they respond to public school. Our worries were quickly erased after the first day of school. Three years later and both kids have nothing but LOVE for OD. The teachers, staff, and principal are superb. Any great organization (including schools), start with a great leader. Ms. Grant is an outstanding professional and I have the utmost respect for her and the entire staff at OD. I am especially grateful to the learning center teachers who are a true class act. I honestly don't see how any other group of teachers could be better than this at OD. Thank you is simply NOT enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2012

We love Orchard Dale because the school is truly dedicated to the welfare of our students and promoting quality education. Their PTA works tirelessly to make the future of the school all that much better and it shows. Our API scores have been doing nothing but go up. Thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

we love Orchard Dale...i love that the whole school works together and that the teachers care so much about the kids that they all work together to make sure everyone leaves school safe :) and that even staff and principal come out to help too...hooray for Orchard Dale...and great parent involvement and PTA is awesome!! i am so proud of all the activites and everything that our school has to offer!! GO WILDCATS
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2008

This school is great and we are proud to say that our family are Wildcats!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2008

We recently moved here from another school and district. Wow! It is like night and day! They offer so many extracurricular activities, an actual school play (Musical), after hour care for working families, and the community feel among the parents blew me away! Everyone takes ownership in parental involvement. We loooooove it here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

Very impressed withthte school, parents support and staff. Moved here from another city (district) and am pleased with the organization put forth. Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2007

I have only high praise for Orchard Dale, its remarkable principal, outstanding staff and highly motivated and hard-working PTA. When I described activities in which my children participated while at Orchard Dale, both inside and outside the classroom, my coworkers often thought they attended private school. That's how rich and varied the curriculum is. A highly supportive community of parents and grandparents, of course, do what it takes to support all the 'extras'; but I would be remiss if I did not praise the many special OD teachers who go above and beyond to create experiences that leave students with those precious, indelible memories of childhood. And the greatest part, all kinds of great learning is going on at the same time!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

Diana Grant is a valuable asset to this school. I have had children in attendance at this school since 1996. I have only seen things improving. The last 2 years have been the best years at Orchard Dale. The staff and teachers are amazing. Every child is met with their needs, in order to achieve success for that them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2005

My son just completed Kindergarten at Orchard Dale. We were very satisfied with the curriculum his teachers, and the co-curricular activities. I was impressed with the Kindergarten teachers and the principal's level of involvement in the kids' lives. O.D. had some terrific community activities like a Winter program (singing and performing)a Harvest Festival, great open house nights, a family Luau dance and a lot of other great stuff! A lot more than I expected from a public school! Although the East Whittier School District tried to do away with music enrichment, a brave group of volunteer O.D. parents made sure that there is still a music program at the school! Teachers there welcome parent involvement. I volunteered three times a month in my son's classroom and was very impressed with his teachers Mrs. Ogden and Mrs. Carlson My daughter will be going to Orchard Dale and I recommend the school to anyone who asks!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2005

This is a great school, my daughters were very happy with their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2005

Great Staff, seems willing to help
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2005

My family has been at Orchard Dale for 4 years now. I have 3 children at Orchard Dale and they are doing very well. The staff at Orchard Dale are great and are well experianced. Orchard Dale offer's help when needed. The PTA is great they do whatever it takes for the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2003

Excellent school. All my children attended Orchard Dale. The staff is remarkable. The principal is highly involved with every child.
—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

863

Change from
2012 to 2013

-31

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 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

863

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

-31

Change from 2012 to 2013
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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)

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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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students69%
Females73%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females67%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate58%
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 Students56%
Females54%
Males58%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females70%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Females80%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disability53%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females83%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate84%
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 Students72%
Females80%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females69%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students75%
Females80%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate92%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 76% 52%
White 16% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 8%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Diana Grant
Fax number
  • (562) 941-5197

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