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Orange Grove Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 450 students

 

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Posted December 19, 2013

Very happy with the site and personnel great location, and great transitional kinder program as well
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 4, 2013

The neighborhood surrounding our school is wonderful! Our school is great! Although, Orange Grove has had mixed reviews; everyone clearly has good intentions. A new school year starts in only 2 weeks. Our school is not defined by the personal opinions of others, it's defined by the children who are educated enough to earn advanced math opportunities in middle school. Amongst other excellent achievements credited by the teachings of dedicated teachers, staffers, parents & of course eager students. This is going to be another exciting year of school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2013

No wonder why everyone is going to East Whittier schools, at the open house I noticed there was no parent involvement, no teacher appreciation. Nothing, it was so boring, I just turn my back and went to Mills. We should care more for our neighbor "hood"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2013

looking forward for this school to have at least a 7...regardless of the "mix group"
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2013

this is the second time that I have attempted to register my daughter, and quite frankly only to be disappointed AGAIN! The secretary is not pleasant AT ALL! She is rude and does not carry herself well. Principal through this experience MIA!! The principal on several occassions did not make any attempt to assist us even at request especially since we had just moved into the neighborhood! No red carpet, but at least a "welcome to the neighborhood rug!" Trying to talk to the principal, you would think I was trying to talk to the President! Scheduled telephone conference only for her to keep the appointment! Absolutely ridiculous! I have never experienced that at all. The secretary should look more presentable, speak and assist more professionally! Front office is messy and not inviting, not a good first impression. I'm sure it has some great teachers, aides, students, staff, etc.... School District needs to RE-EVALUATE and TRAIN principal and secretary to do thier jobs better. Shame on the principal. We are parents that are educated and fight for what our children deserve.... I hope that other parents don't experience this and our daughter doesn't even attend there!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2010

Orange Grove Elementary is an Excellent School. The school principal, Ms Gasporra, is one of the most caring principals I have ever known. She knows most of the students by name. She is always making sure the kids are safe especially after school when studenst are being picked up. The staff and teachers are remarkable! They work extremely hard to keep our children on target and challenged. The PTA and Dads Club works together to provide extra activities for our school community. They are doing a fantastic job!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2010

My daughter has been attending Orange Grove since she was in kinder and now in the 4th grade. In the past I have seen so much more parent participation. The teachers are doing their best with the budget crises and I feel it is taking a tole on them and it shows. Parents need to be involved in their childs education and the PTA needs to be accepting of parents opinions and thoughts. I have never seen the PTA so unapproachable as they are now and unwelcoming. Myself and others do not feel welcomed so we do not attend the meetings and do not volunteer because we are treated rudely especially by certain board members. I thought they were here for the students not themselves
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2010

Orange Grove has a very loving environment. The teachers work very hard to provide hands-on experiences for our children. My daughter is in 4th grade and has had a very positive experience with the teachers and the staff at OrangeGrove. The dad's club is doing great things and the PTA works extremely hard to help support the staff and students. They have offered both art and music classes after school for free! During these tough economic times, it is especially important for parents to take an active role in their child's education-we need to work with our children's teachers-it is our job, not the sole responsibility of our teachers, to help make our school great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2010

My 2 daughters attended Orange Grove School. The five years that they spent there prepared them for the challenges in middle school and high school. They developed the love of learning and the study habits that are so necessary to maintain honor status. They made many wonderful friends and appreciate the great memories they had at the school. Orange Grove holds a special place in our hearts. My oldest is now a sophomore at a University and my youngest is about to graduate high school. Thank you Orange Grove for a wonderful experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 28, 2010

Several of my children have attended Orange Grove School and I have been very pleased with the children's progress and test scores. I feel the school has a very safe and protected environment with caring teachers and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2008

I think it's the worst school I have ever come across. I have a 3rd grade in that school & I feel that he is not being challenged at all. The homework and school work he brings home are so below his grade level. The principal, receptionist and the teachers are not very helpful at all. You ask a question or anything and it feels like you are bothering them. I sometimes think that the principal is only there to smile and wave at the people, nothing else. Don't expect her to go out of her way to help you. If you disregard this, know at least that their test score really do reflect their incompetence.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2007

I really like Orange Grove! I am a preschool teacher and have worked at a few other schools locally and am definitely satisfied with this school.They have a lot of reenforcements for their students to keep them on target!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2007

OrangeGrove School is on its way to being one of the best schools in the area, Our new Principal is listening to parents concerns and ensuring a safe environment for our children. Teachers,staff and volunteer parents training in CPR/first aid,New music program scheduled to start as well as a new Toy Loan program in place. But most of all we have great teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2006

Orange grove has great students and teachers as proven by a recent honor given to our school for increased test scores. These dedicated teachers are making a difference but unfortunately they are not being recognized and fairly compensated. This school is increasing scores with all these setbacks, imagine what we could do if we have the full support of the school board and the state?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2005

This is a great school ,excellent staff & a great area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2005

My kids do attend this school.I have been pretty happy with the school.I feel the last 2 years there has been a great improvement.I do not like the afterschool programs that they have.The downfall, if you're not involved in your childs education and welfare,your child will suffer. If a teacher sees a parent that isn't involved,what does that tell the teacher.What does that say to the student,your child. If you are a working parent,teachers are responsive and will work with you.You,the parent have to be willing to take time and invest in your childs education.School is not what it was like when you were going,I see changes from one year to the next. The state is requiring so much from the teachers, but more so from your child.Parent involvement is so important.PTA is a great to voice your opinions and be involved in the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2005

Great school if you are involved. Classroom size is typical for Los Angeles but the school's small enviorment makes it easy to get in touch with administration. Only a small percentage of parents were involved in this school but the administration and teachers were proactive in getting additional resources for the kids. Afterschool program available at almost no cost. GATE program was not available but accomodations are made for your child if he/she is advanced. Academically this school is suitable, but not if your child has special needs or is desperately behind. No afterschool sports teams. The only thing I did not like about this school is that it feeds into Dexter Middle School, which is not great.
—Submitted by a parent


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809

Change from
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API Statewide Rank
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6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
53%
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 Students68%
Females69%
Males67%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner62%
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 graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females69%
Males76%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner77%
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 graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
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

English Language Arts

All Students34%
Females28%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students70%
Females66%
Males75%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
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

English Language Arts

All Students67%
Females62%
Males71%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
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 graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females83%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
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 graduate94%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
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

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females70%
Males50%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
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 graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students60%
Females65%
Males52%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate24%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students53%
Females63%
Males36%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate24%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
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 93%
White 4%
Black 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/AN/A
English language learners 21%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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  • Raquel Gasporra
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  • (562) 789-3205

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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10626 East Orange Grove Avenue
Whittier, CA 90601
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