School Details

Central Elementary School

295 North San Gorgonio Avenue, Banning, CA 92220
(951) 922-0264
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 622 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

65%
53%
56%
72%
62%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Banning Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
43%
46%
83%
71%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Banning Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
63%
65%
83%
72%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Banning Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Central Elementary School is a public elementary school in Banning. The principal of Central Elementary School is Francisco Chavez, who can be contacted at fchavez@banning.k12.ca.us. 622 students go to Central Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 28% of the Central Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 85% of the 622 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Central Elementary School is 19:1. Banning Prek is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 75% 58%
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 10%
Unspecified 3% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 2% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 10% 17%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Filipino 0.3% 0.7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85% 79%
Limited English proficiency 28% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Central school is the best school in Banning and I am so proud that my son attends this school. His teacher is amazing he likes coming to school doing his homework and whatever his teacher asks him to do he wants to do it with enthusiasm! We like DI program it is amazing how fast kids can learn second language even though their parents don't know it. And this school had high rating--882 points!

  • (4 years ago)

    I am privileged to be a credentialed substitute teacher in this district. My faith in schools as positive agents of change is renewed each time I visit Central Elementary. I am awed by the wonderful things I see happening here in the office the halls the classrooms the playground... everone is committed and everyone benefits.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am not sure if the community understands how important Central Elementary School is to the students wanting to attend or already in attendance. The school provides programs not offered when I was a child. At the age of 6 my daugther has a high fluencey for spanish. Born to an 1 language speaking family (English) she has been able to acquire the know of two languages with reading and writing proficieny skills. Banning Unified has been struggling with test scores however Cental Elementary has been show great improvement year over year for the last three years. Central will be great once again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Central is an amazing school. I have been so happy with my daughter attending Central and now my son has been lucky enogh to be a part of the full day kinder program there. It is so neat to ehar my 6 year old tell me all about the plants and world geography! I feel completely secure sending my kids there and I know they are getting an excellent education!

  • (5 years ago)

    Central School is the best place for my child. Their staff is always friendly and helpful. The principal will take time to listen to any concerns. I was extremly happy to hear about their success in this year API scores. Excellent achievement!! My son only has two more years at Central and I'm going to be sad to leave such a caring staff go.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff and principal at this school are outstanding. They are profesional in every way.

  • (5 years ago)

    Love the principal he is awesome. The teaching staff is excellent. I feel like my children and I have a voice at this school.

  • (5 years ago)

    The administration at Central is so focused on being the top scoring school in Banning that they block out any science social study and history curriculum. Last year my childs teacher found ways around it by including science and history in her lessons. This year my son's only science lessons are in Science Club which meets one day per month. That is hardly adequate. The principal needs to reevaluate his priorities. Our kids are being deprived of a proper education so that the school can be known for having the highest scores in Banning. The Banning District as a whole is seriously lacking.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is by far the best school in the Banning Unified School District. Great teachers great staff. My child's teacher Mr. Estrella is a very young handsome great teacher. My other children have all attended Central in years prior and have had nothing but good learning experiences with their staff. Awesome school.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is a loving school. They are the only ones in Banning Unified to have the Dual Immersion Program. This school has performed better in the CST's than the rest of the schools in Banning and much better than its surrounding schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school doesnt deserve a star rating of any kind. The office staff is rude. the teachers barely act as if they like their jobs let alone the children. Children are picked on and singled out. The principal is full of excuses and the overall feel of the school is depressing and sad.

  • (8 years ago)

    Both of my children have been in Central's dual immersion program since Kindergarten. The teacher's in this program are extremely well trained and responsive to the needs of the kids. The school is very supportive of the program even though it has never been officially adopted by the school district. Now that my children are in 3rd and 4th grade they read write and speak above grade level in both Spanish and English. However all has not been rosy. The school district is not responsive been very responsive to parent concerns about the program.

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