About This School
A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.
Laurel Elementary School had an API growth score of 900 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Laurel Elementary School's 2012 base score was 913, however the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.
In 2010, Laurel Elementary School had 16 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Laurel Elementary School Reviews
My daughter is a 3rd grader in this school. She has been here for 4 years (since kindergarden). She was always happy about the school! She never complained and refused to go to school. What an amazing achievement from school staffs! All the kids I knew just love the school so much and they said they are nuts about Laurel. The teachers of each grade we had so far are all nice to the kids. On her 2nd grade, the teacher's mom did volunteer for the whole year! The principle is very responsible, I often see her standing there organizing the parking and car pool. We also received weekly update about school news. School has many kinds of enrichment classes: music, art, science, debate, math. Some of these classes are hold by caring parent volunteers. Their homework load is reasonable, little lighter than other school I know, but kids perform very well. I mostly see 90%+, even 95%+ on the STAR report. I am happy with Laurel, will send my younger boy to Laurel again!
We love this school! Laurel had a change of leadership last year, and we couldn't be happier with Linda Creighton. She is incredibly involved and passionate. The teachers at Laurel care so much about the kids, and it shows. The school prides itself on differentiated instruction, which means that the teacher tries to make sure each kid is moving at his or her own pace-- giving harder work to those who need it, and more help to those who require it. My son just finished first grade and his teacher was a former reading specialist. He went in just haltingly sounding out words and came out reading chapter books on his own.
In addition to all the basics, there's music twice a week, as well as art. After school enrichment programs include chess, fencing, math, Chinese, Spanish, basketball, golf, and more.
My only wish is that they had a gifted and talented program. They do pull some kids out for extra help with reading or speech, but I wish they pulled some out for more advanced work, as they did when I was a child growing up on the East Coast.
But overall, wow, is all I can say. I wish all schools could be as good as this one.
Laurel is excellent! ... I think the one-star rating came from someone who didn't realize the 1 = low and 5 = high =)
I completely agree with the above reviewer. I have had the most amazing experience with my son who just finished Kindergarten in Ms. Andolina's class. She is amazing and totally dedicated to education.
We get emails from her at 2am on most days...and I have never seen her leave before 7pm!
We love Ms. Andolina!
I couldn't be happier with this school. This is public education at its best. Despite being in cash-strapped CA, in addition to regular classroom instruction, students receive art class, physical education, science enrichment lab, computer lab instruction, and music not just once but twice a week. Maribeth Andolina, who teaches kindergarten, is a total superstar. My son comes home every day laughing about what she does to get them excited about learning. One time she told me, "She was so excited about our reading, she danced on the table!" It's not all fun and games-- my son went in not reading at all and not writing much more than his name and now, 5 months in, he's writing sentences and sounding words out like a champ. I can't help gushing-- I just was so nervous about kindergarten and I couldn't imagine a better outcome.