School Details

Cooley Ranch Elementary School

1000 South Cooley Drive, Colton, CA 92324
(909) 876-4272
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 655 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

36%
47%
56%
46%
55%
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
  • Colton Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

35%
35%
46%
47%
53%
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
  • Colton Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
53%
65%
54%
62%
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
  • Colton Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
49%
60%
52%
48%
65%
52%
45%
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
  • Colton Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
54%
60%
49%
45%
55%

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
  • Colton Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cooley Ranch Elementary School is a public middle school in Colton. The principal of Cooley Ranch Elementary School is Valerie Villareal, who can be contacted at valerie_villareal@colton.k12.ca.us. 655 students go to Cooley Ranch Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic, Filipino, and Multiracial. 12% of the Cooley Ranch Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 80% of the 655 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Cooley Ranch Elementary School is 21:1. Washington High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 58% 78%
Filipino 3% 1%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 3% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 21% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 11% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.5%
Unspecified 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 23130%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 70%
Limited English proficiency 12% 25%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is very very so-so.. It to much strict on the parent and student.. I feel pity for students don't get enough sleep and education the time is seem short... We need more educations and more buses for areas.. I have seen a lot students walking to school late or have hard time to walk there because to dangerous to cross across street and there no safe person.. I love the teacher from second grade and hes very very cooperate with u whenever u have questions and hes very friendly. The saturday school should of have merge into absent and tardiness and every monday u have to take ur kids to school by 7 15 to catch up the tardiness its totally ridiculous. My kid even say this education is too easy to pass it.. my suggest if u going to move to this school is bad idea because not enough of summer vacation its only 2 month not like other school for 3 months breaks..

  • (2 years ago)

    I must say I expected more out of this school ..If you are expecting the teachers here to keep you informed about what happens in the class room they will absolutely not do it on their own. You have to constantly hunt them down for information. The front staff is horrible and don t seem to care about any concerns that you have. They seem to be there for a paycheck and that s it. They have no after school programs activities or tutoring for students. I think this school is due for new leadership to get the staff back on track.

  • (2 years ago)

    The staff were very nice they make every kids attend there needs as possible..the principal /teacher was very nice too there were have monthly seminar meeting or activities....love the school...

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent staff. School very clean. Love the school. More parents need to get involved to help instead of just complaining.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter has been going to this school since January 08 she had to have homeschooling before starting in January 08. I want to say that the home school tutor is also a teacher at Cooley and she is amazing. Since my child has started she has had two other teachers who have been very understanding about my daughters medical condition. We had lots of hospital visits and lots of days off school due to my daughters medical condition. I have been in touch with the Principal and have always felt that she always does her best at her job and cares about the school and the children. As for the safety issues I know for a fact that the school gates are all secured throughout the day until school finishes. Noone can walk on campus freely they must go through the office and sign in.

  • (5 years ago)

    cont This is for the childrens safety and protection. I know also that the school does prepare the children for any disaster i.e. fire or earthquake. The PTA seems to do a lot of good things to help raise money for the school. I know that also there is a club for children called KKids this gets the children involved in working together with each other and teachers and help the less fortunate i.e. dog shelter and Loma Linda Childrens Hospital (children with cancer). Also I know that the PTA are always asking for parents to lend their time and become involved so its not lack of the school trying to get parents to be involved. As a parent it is our duty to ask questions find out what is going on in the school and talk to our child's teacher. pleased parent rating *****

  • (8 years ago)

    All I can say is that parents definitly need to be involved heavily with what is going on with their children at this school. You have to ask a lot of questions to get the answers you want and dont take no for an answer! However this school is fairly new and clean which is a plus in my book. This school could use better play ground equipement and it also needs some after school activities for students like a sport or something that they can be hands on with.

  • (9 years ago)

    As an elementary teacher I can't help comparing my school to Cooley Ranch. I teach in an extremely low economic area but I feel that my students do very well in comparison to my daughter's class. I was expecting so much more when I enrolled my daughter in Cooley Ranch. It is unfortunate that many teachers that teach in more affluent areas are complacent and take many things for granted. There should be more activities and programs. The students at Cooley had have the ability to excel. Parent communication is very limited. I have to stay very involved by visiting and asking many questions. I wouldn't receive any information otherwise. I'm unaware of the lunch situation. Hopefully that's a thing of the past. I also feel the school is very safe.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school good staff adequate attention.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academic programs are very limited. Availablity of music art sports and other extracurricular activities is minimal at best. Parent involvement leaves much to be desired.

  • (9 years ago)

    Nice atmosphere but in a way a little strict. I also dont like how the lunch hour can be rather short. There was a few times my daughter wasnt able to eat lunch because they didnt get to the cafateria at a good time

  • (9 years ago)

    The academic are poor they really dont have alot o programs for children who need extra help. Parents are involved somewhat and I think the school need alot of improvment in staff wise.

  • (10 years ago)

    I think this school is very poor in education. They do not help the kids who need it. They always say it is someone elses responsability! They do not offer any types of tutoring for kids. If they do no one know who does it! There are several new teachers who I do not think should be grade school teachers. They are not there to help the 'average' child. The pricipal doesn't seem to worry about this issue! The lunch program is still very poor. You better make sure your child has a very large breakfast they may not get to eat lunch! It also is not a safe school. It backs up to a community park and the gates are left open all day for anyone to walk in or out. The whole world has the opportunity to walk on campus or take a child! Think twice!

  • (10 years ago)

    I have to agree about the lunch problems. The school does need to provide a better method for serving lunch. Currently there is not enough time and the antics of the adults supervising the students in any environment would be unacceptable. Yelling at the kids and telling them to 'shut up' is not okay. My children have expressed similar complaints. However on a more positive note I really love the school itself. I love that it is small and far more intimate than larger school setting. The kids all know the teachers even if they are not in their classroom. My childrens teachers have been very supportive and creative when educating them. I have always enjoyed the open door policy extended to parents. For those of you who are doing so much complaining try going to the school and helping out especially if you have reasonable solutions to the problem.

  • (10 years ago)

    My children have been attending Cooley Ranch for two years and I love the school. The campus is small enabling the faculty and staff to have a more intimate relationship with the students. Parents interaction is welcomed and encouraged in the classroom. Cooley Ranch is a well structured and safe learning environment.

  • (10 years ago)

    Well if a school's biggest complaint is that lunch is served too quickly and the kids are pushed to finish eating quickly then I think that it must be an ok place to be. Worrying about items as minuscule as this seem pretty silly. I too think the staff is excellent and all teachers that I have been in contact with really seem to care about student performance. Every school is going to have problems as was stated in other comments but overall I don't think there could be a more caring and cooperative group of people to have at a school. I really enjoy the Star Behavior Program. I find that it keeps some students whose parents don't enforce rules at home from causing problems with other students while in line and at lunch. Overall I am very pleased with my child being a part of Cooley Ranch.

  • (10 years ago)

    I must say I am completely unaware of the lunchtime horror that has been previously stated! On a more positive note I have been dealing with Cooley Ranch for over 8 years now and I love it! I love the teachers and staff and I fight with the district just to keep my children in this school. I always support the PTA including the hundreds of fundraisers. My children have received a substantial amount of knowledge and education from the teachers there. Sure every place is bound to have some form of problem but statistically speaking I love Cooley Ranch Elementary!

  • (11 years ago)

    This school is in need of a lot of work. Lunch time is run like a prison! The kids need time to unwind and be kids not yelled at to dump their food and 'shut up!' My child is not an inmate yet the school's Star Behavior Program makes it look like she is. I am horrified that all the complaints about the bathroom oders ants-literally everywhere and lunch time have not been resolved in years. The parents have simple solutions to the problems but the school and district won't bend an inch or even consider suggestions!

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