School Details

Edward L. Wenzlaff Elementary School

11-625 West Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
(760) 251-7244
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 694 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

43%
52%
56%
51%
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

41%
36%
46%
66%
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

48%
57%
65%
59%
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

33%
51%
60%
45%
58%
65%
24%
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

Edward L. Wenzlaff Elementary School is a public elementary school in Desert Hot Springs. The principal of Edward L. Wenzlaff Elementary School is Lisa Arseo, who can be contacted at larseo@psusd.us. 694 students attend Edward L. Wenzlaff Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 32% of the Edward L. Wenzlaff Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 86% of the 694 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Edward L. Wenzlaff Elementary School is 20:1. Two Bunch Palms Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Bicycling
  • Martial arts self defense
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 62% 71%
White, non-Hispanic 22% 18%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 12% 6%
Unspecified 1% 0.1%
Asian 1% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 23470%
Filipino 0.4% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86% 73%
Limited English proficiency 32% 30%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I am very proud to have my son at Wenzlaff school. The school has been improving every year. Even though the teachers change each year those at the school are great. I am very pleased with my son's progress. I feel he is safe and learning.

  • (5 years ago)

    My son is presently attending this school. He is going to the 4th grade. We have seen tremendous improvement and growth since he started attending last year. He has acomplished high CST scores and we are very proud parents. Of course this is due to the excellent staff of teachers. We are looking forward to even a more successful year in 2010.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son's went to this school. Now my daughter is attending this school. She previously was at Julius Corsini but we moved out of the district so now she is attending her first year (2nd grade). I was so surprised to see my son (who has already graduated HS) his 5th grade teacher (Mr. Long) is now the principal. He is awesome!! He really does care about the children. He goes above and beyond the call of duty. He is even being a crossing guard after school is out. I am impressed also with my daughter second grade teacher (Ms. McClain). So far I feel this school is so much better then Corsini. I hope that somehow someone will care about the education needs of our children in DHS. I don't understand why our children have such below standard test scores less resources then other schools in California? Let change this!!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had students at Wenzlaff for four years ranging from K through 5th. The school is running several programs that have made it exciting for children to learn and feel a sense of pride and accomplishment. Family Reading and Family Math Nights are held for the whole family to participate in super fun educational activities in a relaxed environment where parents can interact with the school staff. We all love them! After school intervention is provided for students who are not meeting state standards and the school has a goal to help each student progress no matter what their level is. The site is home of several community programs after school such as dance and ESL. This principal really goes way beyond his call of duty to ensure that every possible resource is provided for your child's success. Imagine what we could accomplish with parent participation. Wow!!!

  • (8 years ago)

    I have two kid's going to Edward L. Wenzlaff Elementary since they were 5 years old. I like that they teach 'character counts' this show the kids how to relate with other people in a positive way. I wish this school had more after school programs. Like math reading drama and music.I think this would help our kid's improve on there star testing.Or maybe have a once a week parent night to help our kids with there reading and math. Also they need more then one speech therapy teacher. Because once a week speech therapy for the kids that need it is not helping them at all. I hope this helps decide what school needs the help the most in Desert Hot Spring CA

  • (9 years ago)

    My grandson goes to this school. Overall I believe the teachers really do care about the students although my grandson is only in the second grade the teachers he had were great. I am pleased that they are given extra help in reviewing what they need to know for the upcoming standard test. Hopefully the parents are letting their children participate in these reviews as it I believe benefits the students and also the school. Hopefully with these reviews the school rating will rise.

  • (11 years ago)

    I would like to respond to the previous comment. The school does not allow bullying if it occurs please report it; action will be taken. My son had a problem with a bully; it was handled so well by the school that his former bully is now one of his best friends. The children are required to go to the playgrounds; there is supervision. I see smiling children chasing each other playing tag. The school is in a very windy area; trash blows onto the grounds. The friendly janitorial staff does their best to keep the campus clean. This is a locked campus; any adult entering the campus must be cleared through the office. I am one of the many parent and community volunteers at the campus; volunteers are always under the direct supervision of the staff. This is a warm and friendly school that is supported by its community.

  • (11 years ago)

    This is a rough school. Students must contend with bullying. Students are not required to be on the playground in the morning before school starts and are wandering around the campus unsupervised. They are chasing each other and playing in restrooms. There is trash everywhere and papers taped on buildings (looks trashy). Adults are on campus before during and after school without ID badges.

  • (11 years ago)

    Even though Wenzlaff Elementary has a low API rating - the principal makes up for it. My daughter has attended 4 years did not like school (she struggles) but she has always loved the principal. He has always listened and shown positive action to my daughter and myself. This year 02-03 she loves her teacher and enjoys going to school now. We need to get back to the basics and quit worrying about standardized testing.

  • (11 years ago)

    Although the test scores for this school are not up to standard this school provides a safe and supportive environment in which students can grow and become valuable citizens in their community. I have found through personal experience that this school is a great place for students to learn responsibility trustworthiness caring citizenship respect and honesty.

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