School Details

Highland Oaks Elementary School

10 Virginia Drive, Arcadia, CA 91006
(626) 821-8354
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 647 students 20 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

80%
84%
56%
84%
87%
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
  • Arcadia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
79%
46%
94%
91%
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
  • Arcadia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
91%
65%
96%
93%
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
  • Arcadia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
87%
60%
92%
85%
65%
96%
87%
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
  • Arcadia Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Highland Oaks Elementary School is a public elementary school in Arcadia. The principal of Highland Oaks Elementary School is Ilene Anderson, who can be contacted at ianderson@ausd.net. 647 children attend Highland Oaks Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; Filipino; and White, non-Hispanic. 18% of the Highland Oaks Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 10% of the 647 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Highland Oaks Elementary School is 20:1. Foothills Middle School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 60% 66%
Filipino 3% 2%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 18%
Unspecified 2% 1%
Hispanic 13% 11%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 9719%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 13%
Limited English proficiency 18% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Good school with caring teachers. Good programs and support for students. Would like to see a stronger leadership.

  • (2 years ago)

    Large majority of teachers go above and beyond thus the strong API scores.Music program after school sports and active strong Principal.7 year involvement with Highland Oaks with 3 children.Better than local private schools because of superior resources and specific reading math and science programs

  • (2 years ago)

    I don't know what school the last visitor visited. It does not sound like Highland Oaks. Most of the teachers students and parents are very nice and respectful.

  • (2 years ago)

    I live in the neighborhood. I visited the school. I decided to homeschool. If you are looking beyond an average education then don't rely on the basis of Highland Oaks' high API scores. At their open house try to look pass the snazzy technological classroom equipment (computers "magic" white board etc) then you will see that what the school produces worldly ego centric kids. I observed several classrooms during the open house the ceramic pieces were freekisly identical. Teachers and parents were in a chorus about how much their kids were able to read or write. However meanwhile you had disrespectful children walking over their parents. The teahers were the queen B. No thank you. I want my children to respect their elders namely their parents. I don't want them to be ego centric.

  • (3 years ago)

    We love this school! The teacher's committment to the students is amazing! They treat every child as an individual and have so many wonderful programs that other schools don't have! I consider us very fortunate to have our children at Highland Oaks! No school is perfect but they certainly come close. I have met and worked with most of the teachers and faculty at the school as well as several of the parents and have been humbled by the kindness and generosity of everyone!

  • (3 years ago)

    We'e been associated with HO since 2003 with our 2 sons with fantastic results. Of the 12 teachers 9 were phenomenal 2 were OK. I've had email correspondence with them on different issues again with positive results. Children who transfer in from private schools or other districts are almost always behind in their academics & skills. I have never experienced teachers too involved with politics. Parents & politics happens everywhere. Very active parent volunteers are one thing that makes this school great.

  • (3 years ago)

    I was frustrated with the older teachers at HO. They just didn't care. So I finally put my kids in private school. The difference is night and day. They really need to get rid of this tenure rule and base everything on merit.

  • (3 years ago)

    WOW! I am shocked at reading some of these reviews! To say that only medical doctors are called Dr. is just not a fact! My child went through H.O. and is currently at Foothills. It is because of the many wonderful teachers at H.O. that she is an honor student. (I take very little credit) I have 2 kids in the school now and I have yet to run into a bad teacher. When my child got one one of the so called "BAD" teachers I was horrified because I had heard some of the gossip about her. Naturally I was concerned but and she was WONDERFUL the entire year. She ended up being one of my child's favorite teachers! Some of the parents in the school gossip way too much about each other and the staff and I have seen kids get sucked into the drama of it all! When I hear a student telling a teacher "I heard (insert personal info here)" you can bet that they overheard their parents gossiping about that teacher. Shameful! Teachers are doing their job and most at H.O. are great at it! The entire staff has to follow district guidelines NOT the parents so if you have a problem with the way they teach go to the district and complain or consider private. Teachers need our support!

  • (3 years ago)

    At this juncture I would have to be very cautious in rating this school high marks for academic achievement. Currently the school ranks below Baldwin Stocker and if you view this objectively and combine my observations...there is a significant problem with some of the teachers here at this school. Kids do not appear to be academically challenged. Some of the teachers appear to be more interested in school politics than seeing what they do will impact on the lives of children for many years to come. I am also very concerned about the leadership at this school and whether the poverty in good leadership is setting the tone. I would hate this school to continue to drop in the academic rankings.

  • (3 years ago)

    Given this school is in AUSD I am extremely disappointed in the teachers and faculty. The teacher's at this school are more interested in having parents make copies for them than anything else. The principal will only address concerns only if you donate money to AEF and the school! It has been a truly heartbreaking experience for my child. It is too the point where I would rather pay money to a private school than torture my child any more at this school. Teacher discusses religion during class checks email and tells the students that they shouldn't be successful because they will just get fired from their jobs anyway! The principal knows all about this and just shrugs it all away saying teachers will be teachers. Given all the layoff notices in the district I hope they decide to encourage these horrible teachers to retire!

  • (4 years ago)

    An outstanding public school in every way. Current and abundant technology cultural field trips and many extra curricular activities offered school newspaper video club live broadcast room student council student caring community committee performing arts musical theater fine arts organized PE and recess activities as well as extra support in reading and math skills. Students are challenged at every grade level a real sense of community throughout the school. Parents provide wonderful support. Teachers are very accessible and experienced the Principal pulls it all together with a smile.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is all about parent volunteer and community involvement. There are some exceptions but overall the teachers are very good. It is far superior to others in Arcadia. Unfortunately the principal is a weak leader.

  • (7 years ago)

    Outstanding commitment to students.

  • (7 years ago)

    After being a parent at Highland Oaks for 2 years I have been most impressed with the real partnership between the parents teachers and administration. There is a strong tradition of parent participation in arts instruction reading programs and fundraising. The students are highly motivated and the teachers offer them plenty of opportunities to challenge themselves. Well worth the move into the area.

  • (8 years ago)

    Overall a good school. Qualities of the teachers vary. A very good music program and an interesting way to do art programs (taught solely by parent volunteers). Strong PTA. Strong parental supports. Good principal leadership.

  • (9 years ago)

    Best learning enviornment for your child - although quite competitive

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a very high quality school compared to other public elementary schools in southern california. The teachers are open and easy to reach. The PTA is also very active within the school. There is a large playground for the children with an area specially designated for kindergarten play. There are also many opportunities for brighter students to move to more advanced levels. This is a well-rounded good school for any child.

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent school offering a well-rounded education for children. Parent involvement is welcomed greatly.

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