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Madera Elementary School

Public School | Grades K-6 | West Contra Costa Unified
8500 Madera Dr
EL Cerrito, CA 94530
(510) 231-1412

About This School

Madera Elementary School is located in EL Cerrito, CA and is one of 42 elementary schools in West Contra Costa Unified School District. It is a public school that serves 494 students in grades K-6. See Madera Elementary School's test results to learn more about school performance.

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.

Madera Elementary School had an API growth score of 928 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Madera Elementary School's 2012 base score was 949, however the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.

In 2010, Madera Elementary School had 21 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2011)

Students (2011)


Students Per Teacher (2010)

Female/Male (2011)

52% 48%

Subsidized Lunch (2011)


District Spending (2010)

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To the previous parent that wrote a review on 11/09, at least your child gets to go on a field trip.  5 at that! If I had any complaint about Madera it would be that the parents are over-involved and over-protective.  

By a Parent on

Madera Elementary School does not provide school buses for field trips, and instead requires parents to drive students to field trips (according to members of the PTA and some teachers: "this is the way it's always been done" and "only Title 1 schools get buses from the district"). If a parent can't drive their child to the field trip, he/she may opt their child out of the field trip if they aren't comfortable with another parent at the school driving their child. But if a parent chooses to go along with the program, he/she must sign away any/all liability against the school (i.e., allow your child to travel with another parent at your own risk). We came from a school that did provide buses to their students, and are not happy with Madera's field trip policy (particularly since we're going to have take time off of work so our child can participate in the 5 field trips planned for her 2nd grade class).

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