School Details

Bay Laurel Elementary School

24740 Paseo Primario, Calabasas, CA 91302
(818) 222-9022
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 648 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

85%
80%
56%
85%
84%
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
  • Las Virgenes Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
72%
46%
87%
83%
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
  • Las Virgenes Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
86%
65%
84%
85%
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
  • Las Virgenes Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
84%
60%
71%
76%
65%
85%
83%
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
  • Las Virgenes Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bay Laurel Elementary School is a public elementary school in Calabasas. The principal of Bay Laurel Elementary School is Susan Wachtel, whose e-mail is wachtel@lvusd.org. 648 children attend Bay Laurel Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Unspecified. 5% of the Bay Laurel Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 3% of the 648 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Bay Laurel Elementary School is 23:1. Round Meadow Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Tennis

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 84% 78%
Asian 8% 7%
Unspecified 6% 5%
Hispanic 4% 7%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%
Filipino 0.2% 0.8%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 11287%

Student Subgroups

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

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 months ago)

    The new principal has made all the difference! The teachers and administration are happy the parents are happy and the kids are having a fantastic year. It's pretty fantastic to have a complete turn-around in terms of the overall school 'vibe' within a few months of the school year but it has definitely happened. Everyone notices the difference - the kids and parents are so much more at ease and consequently things are overall going very well!

  • (12 months ago)

    Disorganized administration. Snobby parents. Ineffective and very unpleasant principal. Teachers are average and unequipped to handle kids who are not vegetables. Extremely disappointed in this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great parent involvement and support. Best teachers are Ms. Brkic Mrs. Larkin Mrs Sbardellati. All kind patient and effective. Principal ineffective and cares more about her image than kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    Our child attended for four years and so far we have mixed up feelings about this school. The good things are that it is safe the Principal is very responsive addressing problems immediately and there are some great teachers. PFA does an outstanding work. The not so good thing is that economic status differences are felt in a subtle way. Being wealthy is not a problem if wasn t for the over controlling attitude of many parents who think their children should go to a perfect school because they make big donations. Parents here have the tendency to complain with teachers aids principal if their perfect child is bother by another child for any meaningless reasons even no reasons at all. They put pressure on school staff to have the other child punished. As result the teachers/aids tends to be overly restrictive and punitive. So if your child don t fit in aspect a lot of blue sheets apology notes teachers reports and so on until your unfitted child do a misstep and is suspended. But if you have a perfectly conforming child this is the school to go. Everything looks beautiful from an outside viewpoint.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have a 5th grader and moved to Calabasas because it was known that LVUSD is highly rated. Most of the children that go here are from the very wealthy gated communities in the Calabasas area. Most of the parents are successful and definitely provide for the school as it is not lacking at all in the extras. The school has numerous aides a full time nurse and librarian. a fantastic music and performance program computer labs and they are working on providing IPads for every child. Pretty impressive. The PFA is outstanding however there is hardly any other parent participation in the meetings besides the board.. We really liked the teachers our child had but other parents haven't been so lucky. Also the curriculum didn't seem advanced as what my child experienced from LAUSD. Also LVUSD doesn't have a gifted program until Jr. High so if your child is gifted they will basically have to move with the herd until they culminate to AC Steele. Another horrible thing here is that the parents are extremely clique-y. This is at every school but here it's all money fancy cars giant houses. Be prepared to be compared and good luck trying to fit in if your child didn't start her in K.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a mother I thought the is school was very poor on safety of the children ((((((( very sad. I was not comfortable with the management at all.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a great elementary school in the area that all parents and principle work hard for kid to get the best education possible.

  • (1 year ago)

    Very bad experience.I don't recommend this school.Awful teachers and I have to agree with some of the reviews the principal is absolutely ineffective.If you have any problem in the school they simple try to hide the true pretending that nothing happened.That's what they are teaching our kids?!Very very disappointed!I expected much more when are enrolled my kids.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love this school and my daughter is thriving here. The three teachers we have had are outstanding. They are approachable kind and very objective teachers. The curriculum is varied and balanced and parent involvement is high. I've not seen a public school that does as much or offers as much as this one does.

  • (1 year ago)

    I give this school a mixed review. My daughter started at Bay Laurel in kindergarten and is now in the fifth grade. In her six years there she has had three outstanding teachers. I cannot imagine better teachers than those three not even in a private school. The other three teachers left something to be desired one was absolutely horrible. The curriculum is good and the standards are high although not enough learning gets done in class. I basically used the materials provided by school to teach my daughter at home. Bay Laurel is extremely clickish among both parents and students. It is a predominantly Jewish school. If you are Jewish you will love it. If not good luck! Last thing the principal is ineffective )

  • (2 years ago)

    My family loves this school. It is a nourishing educational environment. Lovely campus great school leadership organized and energetic teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    Very Good School so far. My Son just started at this school few months ago and so far we are very happy with the program teachers and the overall education system. The staff and parents are very friendly and no signs of bullying that you see elsewhere. Thank you for a job well done.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am not quite sure what the parent who wrote the negative review had experienced but I feel that the teachers at Bay Laurel are wonderful and provide every student with a variety of learning opportunities. Teachers have student interests and needs in mind for all of the lessons they plan and deliver.

  • (5 years ago)

    I too am very disappointed with Bay Laurel. It seems like all the teachers can do is assign workbook pages and worksheets. How uninspiring and educationally weak! If a company ran itself like Bay Laurel delivers their curriculum the company would be out of business is less than a year. How could the LVUSD school board allow such a shallow and poorly designed curriculum? Moreover how could a district office curriculum director allow poor curriculum delivery?

  • (9 years ago)

    What a great school! The teachers are wonderful. They are so skilled and also nurturing. What professionals they are. I am very impressed with the education my children are getting there. They welcome parent volunteers with open arms. Although as children progress in the grades parent volunteers are not needed as much in the classroom (starting at about 3rd grade). The music and art programs are great and Bay Laurel also offers a quality after school enrichment program (for a fee).

  • (10 years ago)

    Bay Laurel is an awesome school that has high expectations for its students and a great parent volunteer population. The Parent Faculty Association is very active and supportive of the staff. There are 'extras' like Art Music PE and Computer skills classes all of which are outstanding. The environment is clean bright and welcoming. Plus the campus has an amazing view! Our playground is adapted for children with special needs. Serious learning occurs here but the kids have fun with special projects throughout the year. You will not be disappointed if your child attends Bay Laurel.

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