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About This School

Arcata Elementary School is a public elementary school in Arcata. The principal of Arcata Elementary School is Margaret Flenner and can be contacted at 292 children attend Arcata Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial; Unspecified; and White, non-Hispanic. 5% of the Arcata Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 62% of the 292 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Arcata Elementary School is 16:1. Trillium Charter School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Sports

    • Basketball
    • P.E. classes
    • Softball
    • Swimming
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Unspecified 8% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 64% 77%
Native American or Native Alaskan 6% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 3%
Asian 2% 2%
Hispanic 15% 6%
Pacific Islander 1.0% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 917%
Filipino 0% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 51%
Limited English proficiency 5% 3%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Arcata Elementary has great teachers and good programs. Seems like every year the site council struggles to keep the classroom aides and art/music/dance programs in place as the district admin doesn't seem to care about those things. I am hopeful the new principal can help keep the school going at top notch.

  • (9 months ago)

    I have two sons at Arcata Elementary and I'm confident they are getting the best education available in Humboldt. Other schools may have higher test scores but they have nothing on the richness of programs Arcata Elementary has to offer. This school has extraordinary teachers and an amazing array of support programs. Arcata Elementary's program is broad and deep focused on helping my children develop all parts of themselves. The teachers are excellent highly trained committed and enthusiastic. There are dance and music classes along with fine arts in the classroom. The school counselor is working on friendship skills. A new garden on campus will be supplementing lunches with fresh veggies. The after school program includes physical education arts and crafts and service learning opportunities. Also I love that Arcata Elementary reflects the Arcata community. Humboldt isn't a particularly diverse place but my kids are getting the benefits of what diversity we have. They have friends from all walks of life and that's a lift gift you can't measure.

  • (11 months ago)

    Arcata Elementary School in my opinion is the best school in within Humboldt County. The teachers there love what they do and work hard to give their students (our children) the best elearning experience possible. I would recommend this school to any parents looking for a great school for their children to learn amd grow in. My daughter goes to Arcata Elementary qnd she absolutely loves it! I volunteer a couple of days a week so I have had the opportunity to witness first hand how awesome this school is. From the office to the teachers and aides to the lunch room staff after school program and the custodians; they all take care in all they do. Don't just take my word for it check it out of yourself!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school. Great art and geography programs. Dedicated teachers. Great for special education kids. Wish there was a school like that where we moved.

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff is wonderful they all love their job and the students benefit exponentially because of it!

  • (4 years ago)

    I wanted to say to those looking at this school for special needs children it has changed from 'Sunset' school to Arcata ELementary. The name change came when Bloomfield School of global Studies closed and merged with Sunset and it became Arcata Elementary with a focus on global studies and the arts. The special education team came from Bloomfield and now they have a first rate special day class which works hard to include students and mainstream while understanding their unique challenges. Great school and great for special ed kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    I woudl say by far this is one of the best schools in Humboldt County. My two children went here and we found the educatoin to be great. The PTA is very involved there is a high number of extracurricular education and a rounded education that doesn't focus soley on math and english but also geography art and having fun. Great students great parents. Great special education program. I wish we had a school like this in our area now. It felt like a free private education. HIghly recommend.

  • (5 years ago)

    Just moved here from the Bay Area and my daughter completed her kindergarten year at Arcata Elementary. The school is excellent at creating a small community feel. Parent involvement is high the teachers are obviously professional and caring and Principal Flenner is receptive and aware. Love this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    Moved from Ohio and the school has just been great about everything!

  • (8 years ago)

    The faculty and staff at Sunset really understand that all children are different and learn differently and at different paces. I would recommend this school to anyone!

  • (9 years ago)

    I have three sons who have gone to Sunset Shool. We found the teachers here to be dedicated caring creative and effective educators. The school has kept it's specialty of incoporating the arts visual musical and drama dispite state education cutbacks. There are various experiences for the students performance activity and educational connected with the local Humboldt State University. Sunset has been a California Distinguished School for several years judged by the level of student test scores and other factors. I have been able to reach teachers to discuss concerns about my children's school performance and experience and together we have been able to come up with workable stratagies to help solve problems. My son was benefitted by the extra reading tutoring program offered from kindergarten on at this school as well. Altogether we are very happy with Sunset School of the Arts.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son has been at Sunset from Kindergarten through 3rd grade. There are things I really enjoy and things that disappoint me about this school. My son has special needs that were difficult to obtain support for after years of struggle and confusion. Some of the teachers are absolutely fabulous very supportive and available while others though good intentioned fall short of being teachers that make the difference for their struggling students. The parent involvement is excellent and there are many opportunities to get involved in enjoyable fundraising opportunities--carnivals etc. The childcare program is terrific and run by patient and kind staff.

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