School Details

Cottonwood Elementary School

44260 Sage Road, Aguanga, CA 92536
(951) 767-3870
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 215 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

82%
51%
56%
85%
60%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hemet Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
37%
46%
75%
60%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hemet Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
56%
65%
74%
64%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hemet Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
53%
60%
81%
57%
65%
67%
43%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hemet Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
48%
60%
54%
41%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hemet Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
54%
60%
55%
37%
52%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hemet Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

29%
55%
50%
68%
50%
57%
74%
39%
52%
89%
57%
67%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Hemet Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cottonwood Elementary School is a public middle school in Aguanga. The principal of Cottonwood Elementary School is David Farkas, whose e-mail is dfarkas@hemetusd.k12.ca.us. 215 students attend Cottonwood Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Hispanic. 13% of the Cottonwood Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 78% of the 215 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cottonwood Elementary School is 17:1. Vail Ranch Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 54% 42%
Asian 5% 1%
Hispanic 37% 44%
Filipino 3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 2%
Unspecified 1% 1%
Multiracial 1% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 8%
Pacific Islander 0.8% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 21926%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78% 71%
Limited English proficiency 13% 16%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    This is truly a Great School! I have two children at Cottonwood and am thrilled with how well they are doing and how comfortable they feel. This is due to the excellent teachers and a strong Principal who is both supportive and enthusiastic. My children are succeeding both academically and socially. There is a lot of parental support avid volunteers and a wonderful PTO. No wonder they have a National Blue Ribbon Award and Distinguished School status.

  • (3 years ago)

    My Son has attended Cottonwood School since He was 5 in his first year he was diagnosed with ADHD We have had many ups and downs my son has come a long way this year he is entering 9th grade at Hamilton High School he has grown into one of the most amazeing young men I have ever known I a credit this entirely to his time at Cottonwood School the staff at Cottonwood were wonderful makeing sure he had every advantage my som is who he is now because of the love and compassion they all gave so freely tpo him there are some who stood out I would like to thank each of them Mrs Sheryl Casilloas without whom we could not have survived. Bonnie Peters always there when we needed her she never let me down. and Mrs Robin Hammond who spent many many hours working with him these people will forever special to me thank all oif you again I love you all Sincerly Becki Teague.

  • (3 years ago)

    Cottonwood isn't just a California Distinguished School but is one of 33 schools in the state that has been nominated for the National Blue Ribbon Award. This school is the cornerstone of the community with a very rural student body but you'd never know they were country kids by how well they perform. Cottonwood isn't just a school its got a family atmosphere the one time a child of mine had a problem with teasing the principle got involved and had the entire grade level (one classroom small school) talked to. One talk and my daughter was no longer singled out. The staff truly cares and wants to create the best environment for every student to thrive in. Cottonwood kids are amazing too I now have 3 kids in attendance from 7th grade to preschool at every grade level they are fully involved in the activities and I don't hear a single complaint. Having only moved to the area 2 years ago from the city I'm in a good position to compare Cottonwood to alternative options in the region this school is amazing. The sports program is great too in middle school its a class everyone can participate if they want to play sports regardless of prior ability and they do well!

  • (4 years ago)

    Cottonwood Elementary has made a very big difference in the development of good work habits in my student. The teachers staff and principal are the best in the state!

  • (5 years ago)

    It is the best elementary school in this area and has won many awards both academic and for physical fitness(Governor's Award)

  • (5 years ago)

    Best school ever!! Small caring and great staff. Mrs. Willhite is the best teacher anywhere-kids all love her! Mrs. Packard is also wonderful. Many teachers here go way above and beyond. Great new principal too.

  • (7 years ago)

    I Love Cottowood. It is the Best of the Best school I've ever seen. Old Fashion Love the teachers but sorry to say they are retiring next year. Wish they would stay longer so my daughter has the chance to have them like my son does soon to go to a H.S.

  • (7 years ago)

    by far the best school ever!! its small so its easy to make friends and everyone is super friendly

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school! The teachers really go the extra mile.

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(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

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