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Alvarado (Juan Bautista) Elementary School

Public School | Grades K-5 | Long Beach Unified
1900 East 21ST St
Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 985-0019

About This School

Alvarado (Juan Bautista) Elementary School is located in Signal Hill, CA and is one of 68 elementary schools in Long Beach Unified School District. It is a public school that serves 415 students in grades K-5. See Alvarado (Juan Bautista) 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.

Alvarado (Juan Bautista) Elementary School had an API growth score of 847 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Alvarado (Juan Bautista) Elementary School's 2012 base score was 845 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.

In 2010, Alvarado (Juan Bautista) Elementary School had 18 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

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Students Per Teacher (2010)

Female/Male (2011)

47% 53%

Subsidized Lunch (2011)


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Alvarado (Juan Bautista) Elementary School Reviews

By a Former Student on

Alvarado is in it's 21st year of operation.  We welcomed the new principal, Dr. Brett Geithman a few years back and hope he stays at Alvarado for many more years!  The most exciting aspects of Alvarado are the innovative and authentic teaching practices!  Alvarado does NOT use a basal reader where every child reads from the same book within their grade level.  Instead, teachers provide a "library" of books within their classrooms so that EVERY child self selects a book at his/her independent reading level.  In writing, the students are taught "what good writers do" instead of being told what to write.  Their math is based in "CGI" where CONCEPTS are taught so children understand math instead of learning the "tricks/steps" of multiication.
The teachers also run Writing Institutes, Reading Institutes where teachers from all over SOCAL pay to learn and observe these practices taking place so they too can do this work within their own classrooms.
Alvarado is an amazing place for children and their families.

By , a Parent on

I just moved to the area in Signal Hill and I think that there school is great and their afterschool program benefits the children enrolled in school.

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