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.
Germain Street Elementary School had an API growth score of 895 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Germain Street Elementary School's 2012 base score was 850 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.
In 2010, Germain Street Elementary School had 23 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Germain Street Elementary School Reviews
Teachers are great, Principal is not
Let me start off by saying the teachers at this school are amazing. There is not a single teacher at Germain who does not truly care for their students. They will go above and beyond for their kids. Unfortunately, the principal is a nasty, terrible person.
If your child is a normal, quiet child, you will have no problems. If your child has any sort of behavioral problems, be prepared to be told you are a bad parent. The principal's favorite phrase to tell parents is "Your child is manipulative". I have personally spoken to at least 5 families who were told that. Three of those children have special education needs. One of those children has a severe anxiety problem. The principal referred to that particular child as spoiled and manipulating his parents. She went on to say that the parents needed to discipline the child more often. Another parent with a child with Autism was told that if the child didn't follow school lunch rules, they could not eat at school. Another parent who has a child with a learning disability was informed their child was (again, her favorite phrase) manipulating the parents. They were told there was nothing wrong with their child that more discipline at home would fix. She went on to accuse another set of parents of starving their children because the children were thin despite being assured that a doctor felt they were healthy. Seems like she would rather have overweight children at her school, then active and healthy kids.
The principal at the school has the teachers afraid to voice their opinions. Many teachers will abruptly stop a conversation about anything to do with the school and begin to look out their doors and windows to see if anyone can hear the conversation. One teacher was even told that if she continued helping a family trying to get their special needs child help, that she would not have a job the next year. Too many people are afraid of this horrible principal to speak up and tell anyone what is going on. Parents are often seen leaving her office crying because of the nasty things she says. It's too bad it's against the law to record her behavior without her knowing it.
I will sum it up as many parents have said. "If you have a typical child, this is a great school for you. If you have a child with any kind of special need, stay as far away as you can. The principal hates children with special needs."
Love Germain. Teachers are great, principle is good. Classes have gotten too crowded for budget cuts, but that's not Germain's fault. They work hard to find other sources of money to support the kid's educational experience.