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.
Balboa Elementary School had an API growth score of 907 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Balboa Elementary School's 2012 base score was 893 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.
In 2010, Balboa Elementary School had 24 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Balboa Elementary School Reviews
I think it was an OK school. I hated the lunches and most of the office staff including the lunch ladies. I left the year before the new principle came (the recent one) and things have changed alot for my little sister who still goes there. About 3 times, i found hair in my food that THEY make. My friends that did stay for 6th grade (unlike me and my other friends who went to Toll) had this big fight and none off the stay did anything. This certain girl had to leave school and be home schooled for the rest of her 6th grade year. It was sad and staff didn't do anything until AFTER everything so they weren't aware of anything what so ever. I think it's ok but I PERSONALLY didn't like it and I'm glad I went to Toll for y 6th grade year.
As far as education goes this school is fine. However, culturally and socially this school is HORRIBLE.
There is almost zero diversity at Balboa and students who are picked on for not being part of the majority get very little support from the faculty in those matters. I was even told that if I want my child to fit in I should enroll him in classes where he can learn to speak Armenian. The administrative staff has been unfriendly, unhelpful and even hostile at times and the lack of supervision after school is ridiculous. Children are allowed to wander out of the gates without anyone watching.
My daughter loves this school. Her best friend goes here and she feels safe. GOOD JOB!