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Daniel Phelan Elementary School

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Posted February 27, 2014

I read one of the reviews and I was shocked to hear how one parent described Phelan School! He/She must have it confused with a different Phelan School! My daughter is a 4th grader and has attended Phelan since kindergarten. My son will begin Phelan next year in the dual immersion program.The office staff is always friendly and inviting. They speak both English and Spanish as needed to parents. The teachers are amazing and work closely together. The culture with students, principal, parents, and teachers is always upbeat even though I know how hard it is to work with kids all day long. They help kids when they are struggling academically and challenge the high achievers. My daughter was identified with a learning disability and was helped immediately by the principal, school psychologist, RSP teacher, and her classroom teacher. I can't begin to say how much her outlook has changed! She loves her school and friends. We love to attend the great activities they offer to help parents learn about Math, science, and the new common core standards! If you have kids and want them to learn in two languages, send them to Phelan!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 13, 2014

My son use to go there and I pulled him out. This lady in the office was talking rude to the kids, and was disrespecting to parents. I had to tell her to change her ways cause she shouldn't be acting like that , there our other jobs out there if she not happy. The principal is not all their, you ask her something and she takes 20 min to answer you, and if you have to speak to her regarding a matter she takes 8 months to talk to you. The teachers there always look unhappy with there jobs. My son went to kindergarten and had a hard time cause he said the teacher was always picking on him and when I tried to talk to her she avoided me. All they do is ask for stuff and your help so they don't have to do there job. Some teachers don't even show up and give your kids bad grades. If you can get a permit for another school do it. Don't send your child here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2013

My son attends Daniel Phelan in Whittier California since Kindergarten. We are very happy with the staff and the education he is receiving. He loves the school and his friend, especially his teacher who has been with him since 1st grade. We have seen how much he has grown academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2010

This school may have wonderful teachers. It just depends on the luck of the draw. However, the administration staff is uncaring, unknowledgable about the community and unwilling to learn! We are moving out of the community in order to find a better school district for our child. If you can obtain a permit and take your child out of the district, do it! You and your child will be happier elsewhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

A few of my family members have attened and the outcome was very positive results.The teacher go beyond the call of duty for the children.They will work with any child who is struggling and make time for each child
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

My son just loves the school kingarten here was the greatest decision i made.There are friendly staff and teacher above all the princpal and parent make it a great experiance
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

My children are going to 1st & 3rd grade class sizes are great teacher work with parents.Teacher are helpful and deligent in helping our children learn
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

I'm glad i took my aunts advice and put my daughters in this school. She has learned very many things my daughter is going to 1st grade and is very advance for her age group my youngest daughter is attending in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2010

I can even explain how happy this school has made my son and daughter then just love thier teacher and friends.The staff is great they keep my children safe and anwer any questions..They have attended since kindergarten
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2009

The rating Daniel Phelan Elementary School received does not reflect the outstanding school that it is! It received a 4 out of 10 based on state test results. The staff, support staff, and parents work together to ensure that every student succeeds in a safe, happy, and nurturing environment. My children attended Daniel Phelan and are now successful young adults. I worked as an instructional aide and as a teacher at Daniel Phelan Elementary School. It is truly a great shcool!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 31, 2009

I love this school. I have 2 of my children there and I'm very pleased with their academic achievements. They both had advanced result on the CST exam and I know is due to their teachers hard work and of course the encouragement we give them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2005

The best school my children could have ever attended. Ms. Baccus, the Principal, is the best, most caring, most involved principal ever. The teachers & staff are also, in my opinion, the best around. My children loved going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2004

Phelan is a great school overall it has a friendly staff that is willing to do anything for the students. Recently becoming a California Distinguished School Phelan teachers and staff make an ongoing effort to assure that the students are getting the best education that they are able to povide. Great A+ school.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

809

Change from
2012 to 2013

-31

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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This school's
API score

809

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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

-31

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7 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
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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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
27%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
47%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
51%
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 Students54%
Females54%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students65%
Females57%
Males72%
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 disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
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 Students33%
Females40%
Males26%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Non-economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability35%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate21%
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 Students64%
Females65%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
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

English Language Arts

All Students55%
Females66%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females86%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner63%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate92%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
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 Students60%
Females75%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
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 disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females81%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate73%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students52%
Females47%
Males56%
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 disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate73%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
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 State average
Hispanic 95% 52%
Two or more races 2% 3%
White 2% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
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 97%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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