Sunnyside Elementary School

5430 San Miguel Road, Bonita, CA 91902
(619) 479-0571
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 465 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

76%
64%
56%
83%
74%
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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
54%
46%
89%
77%
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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
76%
65%
91%
81%
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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
69%
60%
57%
76%
65%
55%
65%
57%

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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
74%
60%
61%
70%
55%

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
  • Chula Vista Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sunnyside Elementary School is a public elementary school in Bonita. The principal of Sunnyside Elementary School is Dawn Minutelli, whose e-mail is dawn.minutelli@cvesd.org. 465 children attend Sunnyside Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 20% of the Sunnyside Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 32% of the 465 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Sunnyside Elementary School is 19:1. Zamorano Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Football

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 60% 65%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 4%
Filipino 5% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 26% 12%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 2% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.2% 5%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 36%
Limited English proficiency 20% 36%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I don't have enough wonderful things to say about this school. My children have attended two other schools one also in the district and one in an affluent neighborhood further north. Both had brand new buildings but the personality and individuality was missing and my children were numbers. At Sunnyside my children and I became a part of the school. The principal staff and other parents all make an effort and really care. In addition my children's academic achievements scored and their personalities shined.

  • (1 year ago)

    I was a GATE student at this school and unfortunately their idea of meeting the needs of more advanced students is to have them build things with toothpicks and do meaningless worksheets when they're done with their work. In third grade my teacher would give us gummy bears to give her massages. Totally inappropriate! I wish I had had the courage then to say something about it. Unfortunately this school teaches you to shut up and do what they say.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has been here for 2 years. In 3rd grade he had lost his love and passion for school based on a bad teacher experience. I have nothing but wonderful things to say about the school principle secretary and staff. It's such a warm and loving school wonderful teachers with great learning activities field trips test scores etc. Awesome parent involvement.

  • (3 years ago)

    i went to this school i say all parents should try to get there kid in this school. well disipline great teachers wonderful history!!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Sunnyside Elementary School because during the course of my education there I was always treated with the utmost respect and I was always rewarded for my creativity. The administrators and staff at Sunnyside were kind and giving 100% of the time. I went to a few different elementary schools; 1 in Washington and one In Hawaii and I must say they didn't compare to my experiences at Sunnyside. I am a Senior at Bonita Vista High School now and I still have many close fiends that have stayed with me since my days at Sunnyside and whenever we pass each other in the halls we almost always want to sing 'The Sunnyside Song' . The memories I made at Sunnside will stay with me forever and I think this school should get all the support it deserves simply for the fact that I along with dozens of other students created a family there that will last us a lifetime.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent and Sunnyside alumni. I rate Sunnyside a perfect 10!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Sunnyside is a great school!! my kids are very happy the kids are tought to respect others and the principal is always right there in every aspect of the school from academics to each student well being he's a caring principal. Transferd my kids from an nearby elementary school that is the best decision I had ever made!!

  • (5 years ago)

    The school now has DASH. They also have a football team that was poorly ran. Same kids played over and over again while others sat on the sidelines. If you are unable to volunteer it reflects on your child. This is a great school if your child is an A student and a stay home parent. Because of the community it is in no additional resources are offered for the struggling student. The principal is great. Always available. The clerical staff is also very helpful and friendly.

  • (6 years ago)

    Awesome school! great environment! great principal and staff! if you are looking for a school that you won't regret enrolling your child in.....Then this is it!

  • (6 years ago)

    We moved to the area a couple of years ago and we love the school the principal is a great person taking care of every detail in school and knowing each and evey kid in the school

  • (6 years ago)

    Great Principal Great Teachers I love It my Kid Loves it.

  • (8 years ago)

    No DASH; No preschool; No Mad Science; No Spanish Immersion; Only a poorly run $450/yr Spanish class. The PTA club offers scant opportunity during meetings for parents to voice their opinions. For some reason there is no funding for any programs though DASH; Mad Science; Soccer teams and other after school programs are offered abundantly at lots and lots of other Chula Vista elementary schools. (There are some ESL and counseling session offered through grants but those grants are typical at most schools now.) Slipped to #6 in API scores. It's a testament to the parents and teachers that the kids have done so well with so little district support.

  • (9 years ago)

    Very strong teachers from first to fourth grades. Wonderful principal and staff.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school. I have two daughters attending Sunnyside Elementary and couldn't be happier. Teachers support personnel are excellent. An parent involvement is very high and has benefits the whole school. Very high academics but hardly any extracurricular activities so you need to complement this area with after school classes.

  • (9 years ago)

    Good school. Great teachers. No after school programs

  • (9 years ago)

    It is a small but very friendly school. Classroom are in good size and academic programs are done correctly. There are plenty of extacurricular activities put on by the school.

  • (10 years ago)

    Sunnyside is always in the top 2-3 schools in the district according to State Standardized Tests (STAR.) Teachers and parents volunteer long hours to maintain academic standards and traditions. Everyone a Reader is provided by both teachers and adult volunteers to boost reading in grade 3. Accelerated Reader is a successful school-wide reading program for grades 3-6. Parent and principal provide leadership in the choice of GATE program For the past 2 years it has been Science/tech and my daughter loved it. All grades contribute to the Halloween Carnival/Silent Auction Craft Faire and Field Day. Running Club is a popular parent-teacher created school-wide program which both of my kids have participated in. Our school fundraising efforts produced a new track this year. Bonita is a caring tight-knit community in which to raise kids.

  • (10 years ago)

    Very good teachers in K-3 acceptable in 4 and marginal in 5-6. Skimpy in the extracurriculars. However there is a high level of parent involvement. Generally teachers and administrators have formed a good teaching team.

  • (12 years ago)

    Sunnyside is weak in its writing instruction. Little writing is assigned by the regular classroom teacher though I saw super resources the Literacy Resource person developed for the staff. (I am an English teacher at a middle school.) Unfortunately she is now retired due to budget cuts. There are dedicated teachers onsite who put in many hours but they are not using state standards as the foundation for their lessons. My son's teacher said his 10 year-old lessons were sufficient and he saw little reason to do things differently. Similar comments were echoed by teachers serving on the school site council of which I am also a member. When asked about workshops the staff might benefit from their response was 'They are a waste of time.' As an educator I have attended many workshops learning how to create standards-based lessons according to the state's new standards. Sunnyside teachers are using traditional lesson plans then matching standards to a lesson if they match at all. (Most of my son's assignments were not related to anything in the 5th grade standards.) Unfortunately this means specific skills addressed in a standard which get more complicated with each grade level are not addressed. These weaknesses are evident in the school's latest test scores.

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