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El Dorado Community School

Public | K-8 | 605 students

 
 

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Posted May 30, 2011

What a fantastic school! My Grandson has Autism, and the hard work that his support group has done with him this year, has made a 100% difference! GOD bless Mrs. Fresquez, her help and the therapists. You have given my grandson his life.


Posted October 2, 2010

Because there is someone there that answers the phone....but no more because critical evaluations are not passed on to staff. I have raised 4 children to successful adulthood, educating them across the country. This experience has been appauling for a kid with a speech difficulty. Total eval was done on 4 hrs spent in Kindergarten class. My taxes on this property has doubled...to pay for this rediculous excuse. Back to TX ASAP!


Posted April 7, 2010

Eldorado is lucky to have two dedicated, enthusiastic and hard working teachers working with the Gifted program. They are awesome.


Posted August 1, 2009

El Dorado Community School is a great school! I have volunteered in classrooms at elementary schools in California and assisted at other elementary schools in New Mexico, and have found that El Dorado Community School has by far the most supportive and dedicated teachers, who have created a caring and communicative learning environment for students at all levels of learning. I would rate El Dorado well above any of the schools I have been to in California. The Principal and Staff are also supportive, and are always visible and interacting with students and parents. Parent involvement at El Dorado is also excellent. My child has attended El Dorado Community School for 3 years and enjoys the school and the many activities it provides outside the classroom. My child previously attended a Montessori School in California, and did well, but did not enjoy it. She is much happier, and has become more engaged in the learning process at El Dorado Community School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2009

We are very pleased with Eldorado. My husband and I have observed several different private schools before deciding that Eldorado was a great match for our family. We are so happy with the teachers and staff. Their commitment to the kids, the school community and to the larger community is excellent! Our kids are learning so much! I am very grateful for the our little jewel - Eldorado Community School!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

I am a single mom of two children (2nd and 6th grade) at Eldorado Elementary and cannot be an overachiever in terms of helping my kids along in school. I would consider my kids normal (actually good students), however; and I credit EE (and my kids themselves) with their success. In my experience, not only has my children s academic (and emotional) success (and well-being) always been the focus for the outstanding and dedicated pedagogical staff at this school, but I also credit especially our first and second year teachers with instilling my kids with confidence and enthusiasm about learning, which is really where it all starts. Statistically New Mexico certainly is closer to the bottom of the totem pole of education in this country, but let s please not blame exactly those (public!) schools and those teachers who are already working hard (and I don t think get paid enough) on changing that. Let s be careful about throwing out the baby with the bath water.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

Awesome! My kids tell me all the time how much they enjoy school. We've been here 6 years, and the education is topnotch! The dedicated staff (many have children here) teach an integrated curriculum that meets kids' diverse learning styles (my daughter's assignments are modified for her areas of giftedness; her best friend has modifications for dyslexia/dysgraphia). The principal and vice principal are very visible, eating lunch with kids, supervising the playground, and reading stories in classes. My mom, a teacher of gifted in CA for 30 years, is consistently impressed by our low class size, high quality student work, school events, and thought-provoking curriculum. Each grade does an arts/music performance, and thinking 'green' is a big theme. They're even building an outdoor classroom (students made adobe bricks for it) and started a community garden. It's a large school with growing pains adding 7-8th, but remarkably keeps its small school feel.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2009

If your child has been diagnosed with a learning disability don't send him to this school. This school is fine for normal children with over achieving parents. My son never felt supported by his teacher. We left after one year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2009

Our child came from the Montessori system and we found 1st and 2nd grade to be awful at El Dorado. I have heard El Dorado was a great school, but the last few years it has been going through Principals who don t seem to care. The current one doesn't interact with the kids nor parents. I get the feeling he already has one foot out the door. It is too bad as the parents are very involved, but they can only do so much. NM is one of the worst states in the US for education, I feel sorry for the kids in public schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

If your kid is average he/she will do fine. Nothing special about the teachers or the administration. The parents are great as most are from other areas. This is NM, you need to lower your standards.


Posted April 8, 2009

I agree with this parent on the school district. We have also experienced a different state school, and my child also had to play catch up because he was so far behind. He was in school at El Dorado for 2 years they were teaching him a grade level under what he was supposed to be taught. As a result of that my son went to the first part of second grade in NM then the second part in the state we r n now, and had to repeat second grade. I was so ashamed of ever putting my son in El Dorado the teaching stave where we r now say how their teaching is off and not where it needs to be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2009

If this it the best elementary that NM has to offer, then I am deeply concerned about the educational system in NM. My children attended two years at this school and I was very disappointed. We have sinced moved to another state and my children have spent the better part of this school year just catching up to where they need to be. I am wondering if the other rave reviews are because the parents have never experienced another state's educational system? After our experience I can certainly understand why NM ranks so low in education compared to the rest of the nation. There are some very kind and wonderful teachers at this school. But unfortunately it does not make up for poor academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2009

This school never ceases to amaze! We've been here for six years and my eldest loves being in the 7th grade. The administration and teachers are working above and beyone any other school to make this now PRE-K through 8th be the best in New Mexico. We couldn't ask for more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2009

This is, hands down, the best public elementary school in NM. It feels like a private school, with out the high cost of tuition.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2008

i think your school is great for my kid!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

El Dorado Elementary provides children with a well-balanced, creative, exciting educational environment. It is not surprising that a school with such dedicated teachers and parents was approved to grow from K-6 to K-8. We have two children at El Dorado and couldn't be happier!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 14, 2007

One of the two best public elementary schools in all of NM. It is working hard to improve itself with a new principal. Great parent involvement and dedicated teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2005

Overall this school is one of the best from what we have to chose from in Santa Fe, parents are active in school activites. A few teachers lack the initative to teach excelled students, but a wonderful choice considering.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
73%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

74 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
66%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

80 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
73%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 40% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 47% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 30% in 2010.

90 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
54%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 41% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
42%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 50% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 42% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
60%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 42% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
51%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 60% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
51%
Science

The state average for Science was 29% in 2010.

41 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
39%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students76%
Female80%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilities25%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students72%
Female78%
Male65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disabilities17%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students71%
Female81%
Male61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic58%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female89%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students88%
Female89%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic68%
Native Americann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students63%
Female58%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic37%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students77%
Female67%
Male89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
White82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students46%
Female49%
Male45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic35%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disabilities8%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students59%
Female61%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic46%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disabilities17%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students51%
Female59%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic48%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students70%
Female83%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities50%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students65%
Female72%
Male57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilities40%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students44%
Female44%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic20%
Native Americann/a
White65%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students71%
Female68%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic65%
Native Americann/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 26%
Hispanic 29% 59%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 10%
Black 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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Santa Fe, NM 87505
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