School Details

James A. Whitaker Elementary School

8401 Montana Street, Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 521-9770
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 663 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

49%
51%
56%
49%
55%
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
  • Buena Park Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

27%
38%
46%
32%
58%
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
  • Buena Park Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

45%
62%
65%
50%
75%
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
  • Buena Park Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
56%
60%
64%
59%
65%
40%
52%
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
  • Buena Park Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
62%
60%
65%
57%
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
  • Buena Park Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James A. Whitaker Elementary School is a public middle school in Buena Park. The principal of James A. Whitaker Elementary School is Julie Linnecke and can be contacted at jlinnecke@bpsd.k12.ca.us. 663 students go to James A. Whitaker Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Asian. 55% of the James A. Whitaker Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 93% of the 663 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at James A. Whitaker Elementary School is 20:1. Annunciation Catholic School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 9% 11%
Hispanic 78% 58%
Asian 6% 14%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 6%
Multiracial 1% %
Filipino 0.5% 5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.7%
Unspecified 0.5% 5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 93% 64%
Limited English proficiency 55% 43%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    What I like most about James A Whitaker School is the family atmosphere. The teachers office staff & their principal demonstrate a tremendous amount of care for the students & their families. Its evident in all the ways they make learning possible and their commitment to helping the students beyond their academics. Everyone takes a deep interest in the students & their families by providing opportunities for self-development parental training safety & even by helping families get food when its needed. Thank You & Keep Up the Good Work!! We truly appreciate your sincere efforts!!

  • (3 years ago)

    My two boys attend this school and we love it! My boys are challenged every day and their teachers are kind and compassionate. One of my boys even attends a small reading group for extra help while the other child attends an enrichment class to provide him with more challenging concepts. They really evaluate every student and help all kids reach their potential!

  • (5 years ago)

    Teachers are wonderful. They are very dedicated to their students.

  • (6 years ago)

    i think its a great school.They have many teacher teaching a grade.Also i might add they have fun activitys for the kids

  • (6 years ago)

    Very satisfied with the shcool Teacher Quality and the Extracurricular Activities! Go Whitaker Sharks!!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a great school! I recommend Miss. Doucette for any sixth grade student. She knows the real meaning of school and does an excellent job of teaching!

  • (7 years ago)

    Whitaker power! Ask us about it. We are helping students to build their skills in academics and citizenship. I love working at Whitaker because it's about the kids and building them up to face the world.

  • (9 years ago)

    The principal is really involved with the children at this school. She rewards good behavior and treats them with respect. I love the fact that they have so many programs to increase reading levels including the kindergarten book bag program. The children enjoy reading their books in their bag every week.

  • (9 years ago)

    Whitaker school is all about the student. The administration and teachers truly care about kids. Mrs. Hay is the best principal. She takes the time to know her students and their families. Assistant Principal Mr. Santiago grew up in Buena Park and knows that students need more than just a good teacher. They need to know that someone cares about them as people. All students at Whitaker school not only learn but love to learn. Teachers constantly challenge their students to go above and beyond the required skills and the children respond. This is a school that inspires life long learning. All children attending Whitaker are fortunate to be part of such a caring and dedicated 'family.'

  • (11 years ago)

    My kids teachers are very excllent in teaching my kids in learning and they encourage that they can do better in what they do and acheive. They look out for each child as a individual. The teachers and the principal are excelent to lisnting to the parents suggestion to help the child. I say about Ms.Mellano Ms.Kang and Ms kertella I have a lot of assoiation with. Congrads to these people.

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