School Details

Ada W. Harris Elementary School

1508 Windsor Road, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007
(760) 632-5894
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades 3-6 385 students 15 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

61%
70%
46%
78%
83%
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
  • Cardiff Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
85%
65%
84%
84%
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
  • Cardiff Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
85%
60%
81%
81%
65%
84%
84%
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
  • Cardiff Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
88%
60%
71%
71%
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
  • Cardiff Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ada W. Harris Elementary School is a public middle school. The principal of Ada W. Harris Elementary School is Brian Kissell, who can be contacted at brian.kissell@cardiffschools.com. 385 students go to Ada W. Harris Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 10% of the Ada W. Harris Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 14% of the 385 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Ada W. Harris Elementary School is 15:1. Oak Crest Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 75% 76%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 2% 2%
Hispanic 18% 19%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.8%
Filipino 0.8% 0.5%
Unspecified 0.8% 0.9%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 769%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 18%
Limited English proficiency 10% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    This is an awesome schools. The teachers are great the principal is great and even the office ladies are great. The have schools activities and the classrooms on have twenty to twenty four students besides the 4-5 class. The school only goes 3-6 so they have more areas to learn that they can control. The principal is awesome and the teachers let you know about everything that is going on in class. It is just so open. They never get mad at you if you have to be out for the day. I love that. All the equipment and iPads are nice plus every classroom has a patio. If you are looking off a school this is deffennetly the place to go. I would deffennetly give it a thumbs up.

  • (1 year ago)

    My reviews of this school keep getting removed. This site is filtering honest reviews from parents. Ada Harris is NOT a safe enviroment for children PERIOD!

  • (1 year ago)

    This school is as close to perfect as an elementary school can be. I deeply disagree with other reviewers in that the staff/the teachers are very knowledgeable and communicate well. There are MANY opportunities for parents to volunteer like tutoring struggling students or choosing to teach an art class. In addition the so called "May 2012" incident was actually handled quite well-discipline was swift and the main problem was really the media who blew up the story before administration had a chance to react. As someone who attended the school during this period I can assure you that the response from teachers and students was fair and supportive towards the victim and his family. Standardized testing *was* very important but the majority of the school year was creative and fun; I didn't feel that it was geared too much towards the test. The new 'common core' system being implemented by the nation is also improving AH in this aspect. Overall the school was amazing my teachers were knowledgeable and nice parents are welcome the campus is beautiful and the students love it. I will stand by this school to the end because it truly helped my beginnings.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child went to AH for 3rd grade. Little communication from the teachers+low parent involvement+one oblivious principal=BAD NEWS! Spent more than one occasion fighting for my child's rights and protection. One example-my child experienced an onslaught of verbal abuse from an older kid (I'm talking graphic stuff here-out of nowhere) to which the issue when reported fell on deaf ears. Principal does not enjoy conflict so when conflict inevitably arises he is not well-equipped to handle it in a serious/fair manner. I would like to add that I am not one of those "copter moms" or a busybody who enjoys complaining/drama/ferreting out teachers' weaknesses. We all know there is always "that parent" out there who thinks their child can do no wrong. This is coming from a more mellow mom who loves her kids and just wants them to be happy and protected at school. I had to enroll my child in a private school this year because of these conflicts which was sad because friends were left. But this was undoubtedly the right change. One example-new school is starting work that is review from 3rd grade and my child has to play major catch-up as it wasn't yet covered at Ada Harris-hmm-not good!

  • (4 years ago)

    We pulled our child out of Ada Harris this past year and it was the best thing. The teaching style is archaic non- differentiated (although they describe it is) and the teachers are burned out. The school suffers from bullying and has very little supervision outside of the classroom. Big focus on STAR testing not learning. It was quite a change from the experience we had at the sister K-2(3) school- Cardiff Elementary. Our child is much happier and motivated to learn after attending a new school this year. We were amazed at how oblivious most of the families are to the poor teaching methods used here. I think it relates to a blind trust of the education system which is not acceptable anymore. See the movies The Race to Nowhere and Waiting for Superman and please take action to make the change our schools need.

  • (5 years ago)

    So far... I think we're happy here and our family is looking forward to our future in this welcoming school district!

  • (5 years ago)

    It has an amazing staff and excellent quality of education for all the students.

  • (6 years ago)

    The administration and staff of this school takes pride in restraining the students collectively and academically. The curriculum is governed by STAR testing the kids spend weeks learning how to fill in the bubbles. The students are treated like inmates rather than with respect. If you have a kid that works well within strict boundaries and is motivated by fear rather than rewards a child who never ventures to draws outside the lines they ll do well here - They won't be esteemed or given credit for a job well done credit is always taken from the kids and reserved for the teachers. If you fall outside the grace of the administration - your child will suffer their grades will suffer their self-esteem will suffer and their interest in learning will suffer.

  • (6 years ago)

    My three children have received a wonderful education at this school district. The teachers are caring and nurturing. The school facilities are wonderful.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great school... we have one leaving and one coming in! The teachers really make a difference!

  • (6 years ago)

    I love this school & wish this district went through to 12th grade. The teachers administration parents & community are the absolute best. We've had 3 children go through this school and I have not one bad thing to say. Just thank you Cardiff Schools for caring & nurturing our kids. We were so lucky to be able to experience this wonderful small district with the most incredible teachers Jill the principle Tommy the Super & all of the wonderful ladies in the office. If you're lucky enough to be able to send your kids to this school thank your lucky stars.

  • (9 years ago)

    Ada Harris is a great school. It's great teachers great family involvement pretty good ethnic mix an actual PE teacher...what a good place this has been for my two kids. This is our last year in the district moving on to middle school now. Too bad they don't take transfers from other districts now. Buy a house in Cardiff if you want to enjoy this school.

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