School Details

El Descanso Elementary School

1099 North Bedford Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010
(805) 482-1954
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 462 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

64%
67%
56%
72%
76%
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
  • Pleasant Valley average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

30%
58%
46%
49%
71%
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
  • Pleasant Valley average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
79%
65%
62%
82%
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
  • Pleasant Valley average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

57%
74%
60%
41%
68%
65%
41%
71%
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
  • Pleasant Valley average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

El Descanso Elementary School is a public elementary school in Camarillo. The principal of El Descanso Elementary School is Darci Knight, who can be contacted at knight@pvsd.k12.ca.us. 462 students go to El Descanso Elementary School and are mostly Asian; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 23% of the El Descanso Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 62% of the 462 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at El Descanso Elementary School is 17:1. Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 7%
Hispanic 54% 31%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 4%
Filipino 4% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 52%
Multiracial 3% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.7%
Unspecified 0.4% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 7336%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 23%
Limited English proficiency 23% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I started volunteering at El Descanso last year when my grandson was in kindergarten. He has had a great experience there with fantastic teachers. He loves school and can already read anything you give him. The teachers at El Descanso are dedicated talented caring and experienced as are the principal and staff. I highly recommend this school!

  • (2 years ago)

    My Daughter attended Kindergarten there teacher was so so nothing that we were excited about or my daughter. I do have to say that there are major communication issues with the front desk and the clerical staff. This is our second year were my child's registration was done incorrectly. We drove over today to see what class she was in and again she was not listed the same thing happened to her last year. Funny thing is we got the letter from the teacher and class list. They never said sorry but she was able to attend they ruined her first day of kindergarten. I was sooo frustrated and angry that this is happening again! I emailed the superintendent about the situation so lets see if she even responds. Now I have to waste time again in Tuesday to get this corrected!!!! My husband and I are seriously thinking of moving to east camarillo just to get her out of that so called school.

  • (5 years ago)

    When I moved to Camarillo the school in our boundary was full. Based on several factors (other adults opinions) El Descanso was my last choice of an alternate school within Camarillo but was the only elem. school that had room. However I can tell you both my children are extremely happy there. They enjoy their classmates the teachers are very caring and the office staff has always been very helpful competent and caring. The first day after I picked them up my older child stated it 'was the best day of her life'! They continue to love it there and are constantly learning. Before moving here they attended a Blue Ribbon & CA Distinguished school. I wanted the same for them when I moved here and they are receiving an excellent education in a wonderful environment and I won't hesitate to tell anyone that El Descanso delivers that to my children!

  • (6 years ago)

    My children came to el descanso in the middle of the school year in 2007 and they have been nothing but great. My son was having trouble reading and now that is not a factor anymore and my daughter recieved student of the month. I feel like el descanso is a great school no school is perfect.

  • (6 years ago)

    It's time for an updated review. My daughter has been at EDS k-4. She has had a variety of 'teaching styles' . This variety has peeked her learning it keeps things fresh and gives her something to look forward to with each year. We have a new principal since the negative comments were made about Mrs. Sigler (whom I think was firm but great) Mr. Winters has his very own style. I see him around the campus A LOT which I love. The kids adore him! He is also very approachable and makes himself available to parents as well as students. We were given the option to change to Los Primeros (another great school I'm sure) but we wouldn't think of leaving. EDS is GREAT!

  • (7 years ago)

    I think this is a great school. The teachers are wonderful and caring. The office staff are wonderful. No complaints

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school! Look foprward to the coming years for ny other children.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am the parent of children who have attended this school and also attended in LAUSD. El Descanso puts a high priority on giving their students the best. I have been very pleased with El Descanso and its staff. I know that they work hard to provide a high level of education and security for my children.

  • (9 years ago)

    The principal is not easy to work with. The teachers are great. Too bad more of them can not be on the play grounds during lunch.

  • (10 years ago)

    El Descanso is a wonderful school. My daughter has attended there for 2 years now and has had great teachers both years. Her principal Mrs. Sigler is really kind but firm with the children and has her priorities in the right order. Before my daughter attended this school I saw the lower test scores and it really made me hesitate at first. Then I thought that I should at least give it a chance and I am really glad that I did. I can't say enough good things about the school I feel very blessed.

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