School Details

Agua Caliente Elementary School

30-800 San Luis Rey Plaza, Cathedral City, CA 92234
(760) 416-8235
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 656 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

43%
52%
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52%
61%
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
  • Palm Springs Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
36%
46%
61%
61%
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
  • Palm Springs Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
57%
65%
55%
70%
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
  • Palm Springs Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

40%
51%
60%
54%
58%
65%
45%
47%
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
  • Palm Springs Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Agua Caliente Elementary School is a public elementary school in Cathedral City. The principal of Agua Caliente Elementary School is Lucy Hansen, who can be contacted at lhansen@psusd.us. 656 students attend Agua Caliente Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 64% of the Agua Caliente Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 94% of the 656 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Agua Caliente Elementary School is 21:1. Cielo Vista Charter School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 95% 71%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 18%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 6%
Multiracial 0.8% %
Filipino 0.5% 2%
Asian 0.3% 1%
Unspecified 0.1% 0.1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 23470%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 94% 73%
Limited English proficiency 64% 30%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    TWO OF MY KIDS WENT FOR 3 YEARS AT THIS SCHOOL AND THEY LEARND A LOT GATE CLASE IS THE BEST AND I MOVE THEM TO A "BETTER" SCHOOL AND THEY FORGET EVERITHING!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    The good first the most important factor in education is the classroom teacher and the ones at this school are caring. Now to the not-so-good the school lacks direction it lacks proper integration of technology there is no enforcement of behavior. The school is located in a gang neighborhood. The school is very old and rundown. Good luck ever talking to the administrator as you'll be continually referred to speak to someone else from a secretary to teacher to aide. The arts/physical education/character education/ are non-existent. The focus of this school is teaching to "the standardized test" as that is all that seems to matter. Teachers here even offer a "limo ride" for students who score perfectly on the standardized test. What message does that send? It's all about the test? Or maybe "perfection" is what you should strive for in life? Get real nothing is perfect and sending this message to our children is WRONG. . Now that I think about it so is spending the entire year teaching to one test. I wouldn't send my child here if you paid me.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers at this school (most of them) receive 5 stars for their dedication perseverance and knowledge of the profession. The principal receives 3 stars - intelligent caring and proactive in the field of education but is deficient in enforcing behavior and the school's uniform policy. The school receives a 1 star "unsatisfactory" score because it is located in a very dangerous gang neighborhood the infrastructure is beyond dilapidated and the school itself is essentially segregated - 98% hispanic and the district makes no effort at making this number more representative of the demographics of the Coachella Valley.

  • (4 years ago)

    3 of my grandchildren go here and I personally think the teachers andDr.Medina set the examples of what all schools should try to be!

  • (5 years ago)

    Agua Caliente Elementary School's mission is that 'every student be proficient' and through collaboration between staff students and the community they have made significant progress every year towards achieving this goal.

  • (5 years ago)

    Since my daughter starting attending Agua Caliente I have seen her blossom. She has goals and believes that the sky is the limit to her dreams. It takes a strong educational program to promote success for all student.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children come from privlege and with the housing crisis recently we had to move to this area. I have to admit that I was frightened of this school. but much to my surprise it is fantastic. The teachers are brilliant and compassionate. My daughter had learned so much here. For what they have to work with I am impressed. Cugdos to Agua Caliente! Bravo!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son Attends here and has learned so much.

  • (7 years ago)

    While it is true that this is a mainly Hispanic group of children office personnel are mostly bilingual speaking both English and Spanish as needed. In the classrooms children are taught primarily in English unless the parent requests that their child be prompted periodically in their native language in order to facilitate learning. Also the majority of teachers at A.C. do not speak Spanish.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has teachers committed to success and a principal with a vision that all students will succeed. I understand that some of the teachers at this school even have their own children attend it.

  • (8 years ago)

    This school is primarly Hispanic and speaks spanish in the office and in the class room. My child did not know spanish and was made to feel slower than the other children who did not speak english. This school is not good for a child of a english only back round in my opinion.

  • (11 years ago)

    There is a high priority to being a 'peace builder' school. This is a great idea.

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