Kittridge Street Elementary School
Van Nuys, CA 91401
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.
Kittridge Street Elementary School had an API growth score of 813 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Kittridge Street Elementary School's 2012 base score was 811 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.
In 2010, Kittridge Street Elementary School had 21 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.
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Kittridge Street Elementary School Reviews
My kids both started at at Kittridge, in Pre-K. When my son was first there, they were a Program Improvement school, with scores in the mid 500 range. In other words, not so good. I'm not sure exactly when Ms. Blair, the principal, came in, but I believe that she came in with heavy emphasis on the basics, and I think a large portion of the school's score improvement can be attributed to her, in conjunction with the the great teachers. In the 5 years since my son started there, Kittride has brought up their average scores on the state test to over 800, which is excellent. The school now has a uniform policy, which is not followed by a lot of the kids, but I have to admit, is quite a relief in terms of no battles over what to wear to school. There is one major drawback to this school, which is that if your kid is a native English-speaker, there is a possibility that s/he may be somewhat overlooked in the first year or two. I literally had two teachers tell me that my kid didn't get much attention because so very much time and attention is spent on English-learners. I also had one wonderful teacher who went out of her way to make sure that one of my kids was always challenged, regardless. I understand the necessity of teaching kids with other native tongues to speak English, but if the effect of this is to put my kid at a disadvantage, I don't approve. Just in general, why can't LAUSD teach English-speaking kids a second language while they're teaching English to the English-learners? The base is certainly there among the teachers, why not capitalize on this natural advantage (LA's diversity) for ALL THE KIDS? I don't even care what the language is-- Spanish, Tagalog, Armenian, whatever. There are so many proven lifelong advantages to being bilingual in childhood, that the school system shouldn't leave native-English-speakers out in the cold.