School Details

Imperial Elementary School

8133 Imperial Highway, Downey, CA 90242
(562) 904-3578
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-3 552 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

52%
58%
56%
67%
68%
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
  • Downey Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

59%
47%
46%
75%
70%
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
  • Downey Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Imperial Elementary School is a public elementary school in Downey. The principal of Imperial Elementary School is Karen Trejo, who can be contacted at ktrejo@dusd.net. 552 children attend Imperial Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 34% of the Imperial Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 81% of the 552 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Imperial Elementary School is 16:1. St. Raymond Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 90% 82%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 9%
Unspecified 1% 0.7%
Filipino 0.9% 1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 22774%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Asian 0.4% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.4%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81% 62%
Limited English proficiency 34% 20%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Imperial is a Great School. The Principal is Outstanding with her attention to School and kids. All the Teachers are perfect. I know every single person and all i could say is they are the Best in Downey. One of my children attend Alameda School and as far as Teachers and Students. This School was the Best!!! I have made time to check out all the Schools for this grade levels and this is one is the Best. I am a picky parent and I felt comfortable with this one. If your thinking of a Good Downey School then this one is it. Downey also has bus transportation for children and safe drop off locations. Makes it easy to feel secured and comfortable for kids and parents. If you don't mind the School has very strict rules for adults to enter the school on my opinion is Safe for Children to attend. The Front Office Manager Mrs. Regina is Excellent on Helping with any issue She's good Person. To kids and as a nurse. If you base the School in appearance you will miss out!! MISS SCHOOL MISS OUT!!

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school great teachers but lack of parent support is evident at all school functions. It is usually the same people running the same things.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two daughters that attend Imperial and I agree with both the 9/2/09 and the 5/12/09 posters. The school does do a great job of translating all materials but it still needs to do more to reach the latino population the pta for example is a small club with a sprinkling of latina parents one who is the president. I have found the principal to be just as involved as any other principal I have encountered and she is always quick to address any problem that I have brought to her attention. She makes an effort to reach out and always has a pleasant smile and warm thing to say to all the students and parents.

  • (5 years ago)

    As an Imperial parent I have no idea what the May 12 2009 poster is talking about. All school notices are bilingual and correctly translated and the office staff are very helpful. Teachers all maintain academic standards; singling out a few is needlessly inflammatory. The children HAVE school spirit if their response to their teachers & awards assemblies is indicative. If there is lack of 'spirit' it shows in the children whose parents buy them shirts that read 'save trees don't do your homework' and other anti-academic remarks. Which is a reflection on 'less than adequate' parental involvement/attitude not a reflection on the school. One could I suppose fault the school for not banning such negative slogans. I agree with all posters that the principal provides mediocre leadership. The school runs on the competence of the office staff.

  • (6 years ago)

    I was educated at private schools and initally enjoyed both of my children at a private school. I have been impressed with the teachers at this public school. However there are many teachers which are less than adequate. If you know what to look for in can be a great place for your child. Mrs. Guerrero Mrs. Hakel Mrs. Hargrave Ms. Connors Mrs. Behar and Ms. Toyoshiba are some of the best teachers I have come accross. The librarian Ms. Hofstra is also terrific. Parental involvement is minimal and the school is not inclusive of Spanish speakers. The Office Assistant Ms. Rodriguez is Spanish-speaking and very helpful. The school needs to work harder to serve the large Latino population better. Activities are disorganized and there is no sense of community nor school spirit.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers are great and show genuine interest in helping all students learn. The principal needs to learn to motivate her staff parents and students.

  • (7 years ago)

    love this school the best experience been throught alot of private school and they werent good. this one is the best love it

  • (7 years ago)

    Great teachers My child is flourishing. We could use more parent involement though and it would be nice to have some extracurriculars for the children.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think this school is great they have challenged my kids and my son has special needs and they have made great accomidations to help him succeed.

  • (8 years ago)

    I love this school. They challenge my son and he loves it. The teachers are the best and they care about there kids and there futures. K.R.H

  • (8 years ago)

    I have two children at Imperial one in the 2nd grade and one in Kindergarten. My son in Kindergarten is doing so well he is now reading Dr. Seus books from begining to end. My older son is doing just as well and I have to give the credit to the great teachers at Imperial. Mrs Hamilton and Ms Hargrave have both contacted me when there has been an incident they feel I should know about. Not many teachers will do that and I am grateful to them for taking the extra effort.

  • (9 years ago)

    Both my son and my daughter attended Imperial Elementary (K-3) and felt that they received an excellent education from every teacher they had. I felt that all of the teachers they had were good with the children. This school is very academic and I feel that both my children were very fortunate to begin their education at Imperial which has prepped them fully for the grades to come.

  • (9 years ago)

    The teachers here are great my children have learned so much from the short time they've attended Imperial. They no longer attend Imperial because we do not live within their juridstiction. The principal doesn't seem to have the children's best intrest at heart he seem's easily annoyed by the sound of children at assemblies and so forth. The office assistant Regina is the best she goes out of her way to make sure the children are safe and well taken care of. Mr. V and Ms. Anderson are the best teachers this school has and I thank them for all they've taught my children. Overall this is a good school to send your children to.

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