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Sycamore Academy Of Science And Cultural Arts

Charter | K-6 | 356 students

Our school is best known for our student-centered, collaborative environment..
 
 

 
 

Living in Wildomar

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $196,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,100.

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4 stars

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2014:
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2013:
Based on 7 ratings
2012:
Based on 14 ratings
2011:
Based on 17 ratings

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Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Wow! What a great school! We are so blessed to have found a school that caters to individual needs. I have one child that is very interested in technology and he is able to present his work electronically. My other child is very artistic and is allowed to complete "book reports" by making a book and retelling the story in her own words...LOVE IT! I love that they bring the real world in to the classrooms. It does require parents communicating with their children because you don't have worksheets to look at to figure out what their learning but I love our dinner conversations on school days! Thanks Sycamore!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2014

CAUTION!! My child attended this school for two years and has not progressed. This school is like a daycare, not a school. It is extremely disappointing to see your child attend a school and not be educated or given the resources necessary to succeed. There is a lot to be said about traditional schools. Look at this schools rating 5 / 10 and the test scores... really?! Don t be fooled by a charter school. They are staffed with subpar teachers as well as a subpar director (Principal). I agree with the person who posted on April 24th about the Principal not being approachable. She has the philosophy of her way or the highway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2014

I am a parent, and I have had my kid in this school for two years. I was hoping that my child would be reading, and be a bit more ahead mathematically, but we are nearing the end of the year and there is still a major struggle. Even after extended tutoring the school provides twice a week. Academically, I have to say that I keep hoping for a little bit more. I was a supporter of this school and the way that they taught, but now I'm not so sure. I do like that they teach about art, but they fall a bit short academically. I have to say that one of the reviews says they have an 'open door' policy. I will not get into too much detail, but there was an incident involving my child and the principal literally closed her door because she didn't want to talk to me about it, telling the ladies in the office to convey to me that 'she didn't want to be the mediator', her words, not mine. I never asked to speak to her, but this lack of concern for my child, combined with how much I feel is lacking academically, confirms my decision to take my kid out of this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

Both of my children attend school at Sycamore, 2nd and 4th grade. This is quite a lovely school. Many people who are not educators have difficulty understanding the theory of constructivism, which is what this school embodies. With a Masters degree in education, I know the methods the teachers use are effective. Kids don't need hours of homework or worksheets to learn, they simply need authentic opportunities to use higher order thinking skills. Sycamore Academy appears to already be implementing the new mandated core standards. I am highly impressed with the teachers and their level of devotion to the job. Just an FYI: STAR testing is a state test and if a student scored above average, then the school must be doing a fantastic job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

Please parents think twice before sending your kids to this school. The school focuses on 1-3 major projects a year. There is no homework and in the 2 years my son was there I never saw any of his class work. They pride themselves in setting up SCORPIAN Goals which the child has to met by the end of the year. This is a joke. My son always tested Above Average on their STAR Testing but yet when I would have him write sentences for me or write a paragraph about what he read he couldn't do it. My son is now attending a College Prep Christian School and he is having a very difficult time keeping up because in his words, " Mom we never did this at Sycamore, all we did was play and art. "; I wouldn't recommend this school. His time there was a waste of time!! And I feel so bad for making that choice for him and not being more involved. He would come home happy and said school was great and a lot of fun. Sycamore Academy is a Day Care a place where you can drop off your child from 8:30am-3:30pm expect him to have fun but don't expect any advance or higher learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2013

Great school focusing on keeping your kids interested in school. My son actually love going to school now!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

Sycamore is a one-of-a kind, all around, great school! We are happy with our decision placing our daughter here, 4 years ago, and have seen her grow socially,emotionally, and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2013

After moving to the area, we tried public school, but found our shy son was not challenged and had a hard time making friends in such big environment. As well, he continually complained he was bored. We moved him to Sycamore and I must say... the BEST decision. They have combined classes, which emphasizes my son's strengths and helps him to grow appropriately. He has grown academically and emotionally. We could not be happier with the teachers and their amazing communication with the parents. Highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2013

I can't believe anyone would post a negative comment about this school. This school is amazing! We put our son in Sycamore after much consideration and research. The teachers are top notch and very personable. So what if they don't have a "playground" they make it work, and my son has never once complained. I love this school ! To the lady who posted in November, I am a parent posting this, not a teacher. You seem generally miserable and it seems you like to complain. Hopefully you find a school for you child, that you won't complain about, however I think that will be an impossible task.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

i love this school. And my son does too. the teachers are great! and everyone is nice.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

As a parent of 2 students at this school, I couldn't be happier with my choice to bring them to this charter school. My oldest child is in a new style of math learning where the kids do computer lectures at home and the teacher actually helps the kids when in class. I have watched my child go from hating math to loving it. My youngest child is more advanced in all areas than the neighborhood kids that go to Ronal Reagan School. I just cant wait for a school of our own. We need a multipurpose room and cafeteria.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2012

Sycamore Academy is a great school and a great choice! The children are taught to explore methods of learning that work for them. A way that is consistent with their learning style so that learning is fun. The classrooms can sometimes become what I call "organized chaos" which took some time to get used to. However, after spending lots of time in the classrooms of both of my children and after observing this "organized chaos", I see that it s actually a collaboration of young minds working together in groups to solve problems, expand their minds, think outside of the box, learn leadership and teamwork all while covering all of their subjects. Language arts, math, science, social studies, and art are often covered in one single project due to the way the curriculum is organized. The open-door policy of this school is one in which the Administrators and Teachers are always available & ready with an open door and open mind and are eager to work with you to resolve any issues. I would highly recommend spending the day there and see how special it is from the students right up to the Administrators and everyone in between.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2012

As a parent who has watched their child start out at Sycamore as a below-basic 4th grader, I am extremely proud of the progress he has made. I try to do my best to sit with him as he does his schoolwork at home but the real credit goes to the upper grade teachers and staff. He now is in the 6th grade and is considered proficient and is on his way to becoming advanced according to the state tests. The improvement on the standardized tests are good but the real great part of this style of teaching is that my child is actually problem solving & learning on his own. This is better than memorizing multiple choice questions anyday. On the other hand, I am upset & skeptical of the less than handful of parents who have something negative to say about this school. These people either do not know or do not care to understand this proven system. It seems these misinformed parents have something personal against their child's teacher but if they were only to get out of their own way, their child will show progress thanks to the intelligent, selfless, & dedicated teaching staff. Thank you Sycamore Academy...Keep up the great work!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2012

We love our school and are disappointed when someone does not have a great experience with us but we recognize and appreciate that this model is not for everyone, just like any model will not be a fit for everyone. Our school is in a store front and has been since we opened. Our playground is a fenced-in parking lot and has been since we opened. While not ideal, we make it work as demonstrated by our ever increasing CST and PFT scores. All of our faculty are fully credentialed and passionate about what they do. If you have a concern, we appreciate being informed and we will do what we can to help address your concern. For the person that posted on Nov. 18th, I'm sorry your experience wasn't good and you feel the way that you do. I hope you find the school that works best for you and your child.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 18, 2012

In response to the comment posted on Nov 11, your personal experience is just your personal experience. You're not an expert on the quality of every classroom and teacher. There are people who won't avert their eyes from what actually goes on in their kids classroom for the sake of harmony. Do you personally know every child? Did you know every school in CA is a school of choice? You can request a transfer in your home district or to any district you like. Sycamore is a public charter school, not a private school. The "if you don't like it, leave," mentality is the biggest barrier to school improvement. I wonder about people like you who make arrogant comments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 18, 2012

The lower grades look like they're doing a good job, but the upper grades are not. They have a crayola curriculum. The #1 activity in classrooms is coloring. They color about what they read and write more than they read and write. Their art program consists of coloring, cutting, and pasting. Reading and writing are assigned, but kids aren t really shown how to read critically or to write effectively. They re not constructivist or Montessori (furniture arrangement doesn t count, sorry). To raise their test scores, they narrowed the curriculum, or spent more time on fewer items (STAR tested items). They didn t revise instructional practices, they regrouped students. You ll find the same disappointing practices here, but there are fewer worksheets and more posters (which are just really big worksheets if you think about it). Really bad leadership and no accountability. I think the positive comments were posted by employees pretending to be parents. The negative ones are accurate. When student success occurs, it's likely due to efforts undertaken by families vs. teachers. Lets stop pointing fingers at other parents and support the kids. The kids have to come first. Education matters!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2012

A disorganized mess in a store front no play ground could use a lot of improvement I don't understand test scores when my daughter tested below her grade level after we left. Now we have to catch up. And yes some of the staff seems a bit unhappy. Putting it mildly,
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2012

Love the school and love the teachers! Although some of the school aids could be a little nicer . Dear miss Ata...ah ,if you don't like working here or volunteering - it SHOWS! Nobody wants to see your unpleasant attitude, thank you!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2012

I love this school .We had our son in ronald regan he is very smart always ahead of his class but instead of encouring him they would hold him back with everyone eles. I was affraid he would start to get in trouble because he was bored thats when I enrolled him at sycamore.Once at sycamore his teacher helped him come out of his shell and thrive he is in 3rd grade but he gets to do math with the 4th graders . I like the fact that the school is able to do this all the teachers work together and the kids benefit from this.My sons teacher Miss Gudia has done such a wonderful job helping him flourish .They also get to do art and science projects which he was not able to do at his other school .One more plus Miss Angleia who works in the office is so sweet the kids love her she is never rude to the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2012

Through thick and thin, from LEUSD negative comments to awesome fundraisers and giving a little man, whom was labeled difficult his academic years from pre-school to 1st, a chance to shine Sycamore and the awesome ladies like Ms. Hale , Ms. Angela and at no less Ms. Stearns, gave my little man the education and chance he deserved. Different is not negative and in this case different showed more educational gain and future promise than anything people call "Normal". This ideal is something I have learned about sycamore and have always known about my son (: Thank you Sycamore (:
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

798

Change from
2012 to 2013

-33

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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Change from
2012 to 2013

-33

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6 / 10

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English Language Arts

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

2012

 
 
74%

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64%

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Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

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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.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

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65%

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58%

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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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64%

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Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

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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.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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60%

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74%

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54%

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Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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

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Males45%
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Parent education - college graduate53%
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Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

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Males72%
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Pacific Islandern/a
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Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
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Migrant educationn/a
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Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate79%
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

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Males47%
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Pacific Islandern/a
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White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
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Students with no reported disability50%
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Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students61%
Females68%
Males53%
African Americann/a
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Filipinon/a
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American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
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)71%
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 Students54%
Females42%
Males60%
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)38%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students54%
Females42%
Males60%
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)31%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate45%
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%
Females58%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
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)64%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students59%
Females58%
Males58%
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 disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
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)55%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students79%
Females83%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
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)82%
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%
Females50%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
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 graduaten/a
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 Students41%
Females38%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
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 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 43%
White 40%
Two or more races 9%
Black 6%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 34%N/AN/A
English language learners 5%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students ELL/ESL Coordinator
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff American sign language
Spanish
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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • WASC Accreditation (2010)

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Clubs
  • Special olympics

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Science
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Visual arts
  • Architecture
Clubs
  • Gardening
  • Recycling club
  • Science club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Drama club
  • Origami club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Cooking club
  • Gardening
  • Special olympics
  • Yoga club

Gifted & talented

Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 6:00 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Barbara Hale
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (951) 678-5932

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Multi-age constructivist
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Arts (all)
  • Science
  • Technology
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • American sign language
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Acceleration
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
  • peer tutoring
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • SPARK Fitness
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Cheerleading
  • Flag football
  • Kickball
  • SPARK Fitness
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Architecture
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Poetry
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Arts and crafts
  • Book/reading club
  • Chess club
  • Community service
  • Cooking club
  • Drama club
  • Game club
  • Gardening
  • Homework help/study buddy club
  • Origami club
  • Recycling club
  • Science club
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Special olympics
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga club
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Sycamore Academy is fully accredited by WASC Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accrediting Commission for Schools 533 Airport Blvd., Suite 200, Burlingame, CA 94010 (650) 696-1060
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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Ronald Reagan Elementary
Donald Graham Elementary
David A Brown Middle

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
River Springs Charter School
Thompson Middle School, Murrieta
Santa Rosa Academy, Menifee
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32326 Clinton Keith Road, Suite 202
Wildomar, CA 92595
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Phone: (951) 678-5217

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