School Details

Richard Henry Dana Elementary School

24242 La Cresta Drive, Dana Point, CA 92629
(949) 496-5784
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 412 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

37%
67%
56%
48%
72%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
59%
46%
68%
74%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
82%
65%
74%
81%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

49%
77%
60%
37%
71%
65%
36%
78%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Richard Henry Dana Elementary School is a public elementary school in Dana Point. The principal of Richard Henry Dana Elementary School is Christina Portillo, whose e-mail is cmportillo@capousd.org. 412 children attend Richard Henry Dana Elementary School and identify mostly as Unspecified, Hispanic, and Multiracial. 59% of the Richard Henry Dana Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 76% of the 412 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Richard Henry Dana Elementary School is 18:1. Richard Henry Dana Exceptional Needs School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 9% 8%
Hispanic 75% 19%
Multiracial 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 20% 65%
Asian 1% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.2%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 1%
Filipino 0% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 52468%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 19%
Limited English proficiency 59% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Unsatisfactory on most levels. The office staff is sub-par the principal is a joke. The very first PTA meeting was entirely in Spanish which would have been fine except that there was no translation to English at all. The lack of enthusiasm in the principal's voice alone should have been a red flag to me that the passion necessary to run an exceptional school was lacking entirely. If she is not excited about her school how can others be???

  • (4 years ago)

    What shame such a wonderful neihborhood has such a poorly ran school. My children went there last year and it was a bad experience. The two main problems are the principal and the lack of parent involvement. The lack of communication from administration was frustrating to parents AND teachers. Mrs. Paradise Mr. Scholl and Mrs Fiorenza are FANTASTIC teachers and if it were not for them we would have left long ago. Thankfully my kids will be at a new school next year.

  • (9 years ago)

    I was a teacher at R.H. Dana ENF a special education program adjacent to RH Dana. I had the opportunity to work with staff and students there for integration activities with my students. I saw a very rich environment which did well to meet the needs of the different cultures represented there. The teachers there had very creative methods of instruction including a reading lab that allowed for some of my students to be able to participate with their peers. The music program was awesome and it really gave students interested in the arts the opportunity to participate and express themselves through the music. There were also a variety of extracurricular activities to provide enrichment activities for all atudents.

  • (10 years ago)

    R.H. Dana Elementary has a great team of teachers staff and parents. Both of my children have thrived there!

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