School Details

Cornell Elementary School

920 Talbot Avenue, Albany, CA 94706
(510) 558-3700
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 562 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

73%
74%
56%
80%
83%
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
  • Albany City Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
66%
46%
84%
82%
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
  • Albany City Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
83%
65%
86%
82%
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
  • Albany City Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
83%
60%
88%
84%
65%
87%
84%
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
  • Albany City Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cornell Elementary School is a public elementary school in Albany. The principal of Cornell Elementary School is Wendy Holmes and can be contacted at wholmes@ausdk12.org. 562 students attend Cornell Elementary School and are mostly Unspecified; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 26% of the Cornell Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 13% of the 562 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Cornell Elementary School is 22:1. Ocean View Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Italian
  • Mandarin

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 9% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 39% 38%
Asian 31% 33%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 7%
Multiracial 14% %
Hispanic 13% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 3803%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.4%
Filipino 0.3% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13% 21%
Limited English proficiency 26% 20%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    OUr son just started this school after being in another country for a year. While we he was of course hesitant at first all the worried melted away as he met his teacher and made new friends. The teacher has a great approach with these 5th graders easing them into homework and providing lots of firm support. This school really feels like a neighborhood school and now after one month we are comfortable with him walking to and from school by himself. There is no price you can pay for the security of both the school and the neighborhood. I know of so many other places where no parent would allow their ten year old to walk by himself. For me the entire experience of school neighborhood and kids living hear by are unparalleled. One person pointed out that while Albany is and expensive place to live our taxes are paying for what is really a standard you find in private schools. GO PUBLIC SCHOOLS!

  • (2 years ago)

    I thought the atmosphere was pretty good. I ordered a ham and cheese with fries and while the flavor was good i thought the fries could have been a lot crispier. Dessert was excellent and my server was friendly. I will definitely come back as i live in the neighborhood.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school with caring teachers and staff. The principal has always been very responsive to issues related to our son. The school does a great job at conflict mediation though lacks resources for proper yard supervision. Cornell has a strong community due in part to regularly planed community building events. Class size could be a little smaller and while the school has done a great job at offering extracurricular programs on campus school/donation-based enrichment programs are at risk of being cut and quality of programs by outside organizations is not always great. But a good option. Big plus this is a very LGBT-friendly school with a solid LGBT parents group. Kudos.

  • (4 years ago)

    Cornell is a neighborhood community public school where kids and family come together from the walking school bus school garden planted and harvested by students/families and fund and fun raising events. Many of the families at the school are also local business owners that support the school and community. The principal is 120% committed to the students and the PTA has helped cover the gaps left by the state edu budget crisis. I see more and more families who have moved to Albany from San Francisco Berkeley and around the world to be part of this high functioning public school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The time energy and heart that the staff consistently provides their students and families makes Cornell incomparable

  • (5 years ago)

    The community involvement and the dedication of the teachers and staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cornell is a wonderful school with a warm and welcoming community. The parents really work with the teachers and vice versa. We have an excellent principal and a very strong committed staff. I am so happy my child attends Cornell school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cornell elementary school was recommended to us by friends in Israel and was the reason we decided to live in Albany. The school welcomed us into its community and within weeks we had wonderful friends of all ages. The school s ESL program made our children s transition enjoyable the curriculum was rich and the teachers were more committed than we had ever experienced before. Above all the prevailing spirit of multicultural acceptance was awe inspiring. We spent three wonderful years at the Cornell school before returning to Israel. Please excuse my sentimentality but for me the great promise of the American constitution is manifested in this school which is as a great source of inspiration in our troubled land.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers and strong curriculum. A wonderful bunch of students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cornell has a unique atmosphere which completely bewitched us when we had the pleasure of sending our kids there. The ability of the staff to provide the kids with a great education even if they are non-native speakers (as mine were) is truly estounding. We met some incredible teachers whose devotion enriched our lives in lots of different ways. What a great school!

  • (5 years ago)

    The laughter the team work the process and the product.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cornell school is made up of not only hard working students but hard working teachers as well.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cornell Elementary is awesome because of the incredibly gifited caring and dedicated staff. I have twins in 4th grade at Cornell and we have loved every teacher we've had so far.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cornell has the most outstanding dedicated teachers!

  • (5 years ago)

    Dedicated and caring teachers. A wonderful student body. Cornell School embodies a genuine community and family spirit.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our sense of community is extraordinary across the board. We have very high standards for children's intellectual ethical and social development and we all support each other with an unparalleled level of commitment care and professionalism. It's a very happy place to be. It makes me want to be here.

  • (5 years ago)

    A great school with wonderful staff who care about their students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great staff and committed parents who continue to fight for our kids' education despite all the government cuts.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cornel is a fantastic shool. Great community of kids parents and teachers. No boundries and the sky is the limit.

  • (5 years ago)

    Cornell School is a tight community of teachers admin staff families and students who work together to provide the best learning experience for children. The teachers are excellent professionally and personally and they make every effort to reach out to all the student families paying special attention to detail and making sure every child uses his or her full potential. I love Cornell!

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