School Details

Fuerte Elementary School

11625 Fuerte Drive, El Cajon, CA 92020
(619) 588-3134
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 572 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

80%
57%
56%
81%
62%
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
  • Cajon Valley Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
40%
46%
89%
64%
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
  • Cajon Valley Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
64%
65%
94%
74%
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
  • Cajon Valley Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
59%
60%
80%
65%
65%
89%
55%
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
  • Cajon Valley Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Fuerte Elementary School is a public elementary school in El Cajon. The principal of Fuerte Elementary School is Karen Sapper, who can be contacted at sapper@cajonvalley.net. 572 students go to Fuerte Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 8% of the Fuerte Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 16% of the 572 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Fuerte Elementary School is 20:1. Rancho San Diego Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 66% 45%
Hispanic 23% 33%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 7%
Asian 2% 2%
Unspecified 18% 10%
Filipino 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 16036%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16% 51%
Limited English proficiency 8% 28%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    Our daughter will be starting her second year at Fuerte. We have been very happy with the staff. The teachers really care about my daughter's education. The parent involvement is amazing.

  • (3 years ago)

    With the recession and budget cuts in California almost every school is crowded. Except private schools.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attending this school because the other school near our new home was overcrowded. It was her first year of Kindergarten. This school too was overcrowded and because of it they placed my daughter in a first grade class. There were only 4 other students in the class that were in Kindergarten too. Her teacher was not very friendly to me or my daughter. I have never had any problems with teachers being rude to me or my other child ever when he was in elementary. (I have another kiddo who is currently high school. I love his HS!) To make a long story short I pulled her out of the school and enrolled her in Capistrano Connections Academy and things are going GREAT! My advice is things aren't working out is - Don't settle - Find an alliterative option

  • (3 years ago)

    My child went to this school as overflow since his home school was full and I have never experienced this in my life.I feel completely out of place and so does my child. Being treated just as if he is overflow. Thisis not right. He has been overflow at other schools and this is a first time we have been treated this way. I will be glad when this nightmare is over. His teacher is great and the speech therapist is awesome.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff is friendly everebody knows each other high API scores and excellent curriculum. Wonderful and safe school. My kids love it!

  • (5 years ago)

    Fuerte has it all--great dedicated teachers lots of parent involvement and support and great kids!

  • (5 years ago)

    The parents are really involved we have a great PTA and teachhing staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    A great asset to the community - fabulous activities for the local children and excelent parent teacher partnerships.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a great school. Parents are involved and caring and the staff is awesome. My son has thrived there.

  • (5 years ago)

    Terrific Teachers and staff. They care about our children's education by going the extra mile.

  • (5 years ago)

    I cannot say enough good about Fuerte Elementary. The incredible support involvement and dedication from the staff teachers and parents really shines through in the bright students of Fuerte. Everyday that I drop my children off at Fuerte I feel confident that they are in great hands. It is the ultimate example of what can happen when people work together...

  • (5 years ago)

    Stellar teachers engaged parents dedication to learning... Fuerte has it all!

  • (5 years ago)

    Fuerte sets high expectations for every child and helps them meet their goals.

  • (5 years ago)

    Fuerte is the prime example of teamwork at it's best... Great Job to all of our staff students teachers and parents!

  • (5 years ago)

    Fantastic learning experience for my two grand children. The teachers are helping to shape the future of our world each day. The entire staff have a REAL interest in the students.

  • (5 years ago)

    We have had our child here at Fuerte from K-2. We love it here and are moving to an area to far to drive. We will be very sad to leave. We found out he is GATE. So I hope this next school will help him to be the best him like this school has helped him. Wish us luck at Pepper Drive!

  • (6 years ago)

    We transfered our daughter here from an API score of 10 and scores well above 900. Fuerte is an improvement on even that school that has some of the highest test scores in SD county. The fourth grade team is incredible. The new school leadership sets a great tone.

  • (7 years ago)

    My kids are receiving a great education at Fuerte. After wasting several years and many thousands of dollars of tuition at a local Catholic school I found Fuerte to be parent-friendly academically challenging and fun for my children. The principal and office staff are never rude or condescending. This school has always gone above and beyond. My children are very happy at Fuerte.

  • (7 years ago)

    Fuerte is the jewel of Mt. Helix!! We have been a proud Fuerte family since 1998. Our children have had a wonderful educational experience that is challenging and enriching. Fuerte teachers go beyond the call of duty and really care about their students. They are accessable and encourage parent involvement. Fuerte's parents are involved in enhancing the educational experience through PTA. PTA helps fund enrichment activities technology field trips and much more. Check out Fuerte....you'll be happy you did.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a great school. My son did great here. I did a district transfer because I heard such good things about Fuerte. The parent envolvement is great and the teachers are great. They have a lot of fun activities for the kids like the carnivals father daughter dance father son night etc. We had to move up North. I just wish they had schools here like Fuerte. What a big disapointment after coming from a school like Fuerte.

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