School Details

Dan O. Root Elementary School

820 Harrier Drive, Suisun City, CA 94585
(707) 421-4240
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 654 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

71%
62%
56%
64%
68%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
48%
46%
70%
66%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
67%
65%
90%
75%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
64%
60%
83%
72%
65%
60%
58%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dan O. Root Elementary School is a public elementary school in Suisun City. The principal of Dan O. Root Elementary School is Julie Reece and can be contacted at juliere@fsusd.org. 654 students go to Dan O. Root Elementary School and are mostly Filipino, Hispanic, and Asian. 13% of the Dan O. Root Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 62% of the 654 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Dan O. Root Elementary School is 20:1. Tolenas Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 6% 10%
Hispanic 32% 33%
Asian 3% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 25% 25%
Black, non-Hispanic 22% 23%
Multiracial 10% %
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.8% %
Pacific Islander 0.8% 2%
Unspecified 0.7% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.9%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62% 49%
Limited English proficiency 13% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    The first grade teacher seems really nice but refused volunteering help offered twice through the year and has lack of interest in parent involvement. The principal never responded about an incident of bullying that happened in class even though I requested a direct response. The front office staff did not allow me to see my child throughout the school year always with an excuse even when I showed up before lunch time at her appropriate schedule and never informed me that I in fact can see them by singing them out instead of just turning me down without any suggestions. Per discussion of another nearby school this should not be the case. Slightly different rules that are of course NOT in the regular annual handbook either (possibly in discretion of principal only). Principal is also not involved enough to understand what information the PTO is sending out to parents for future events and are unclear and confusing (even after a confirmed call to the school of an event for the next day). I have prior teaching experience so when a parent wants to be involved they should be accommodated. Concerns have been discussed with principal.

  • (11 months ago)

    Personally I love this school. It reminds me of a small town school and the teachers and administrators really care about your child. I love watching my child develop and look forward to going to school. I am happy to say he will be going here for the next few years.

  • (1 year ago)

    We have now been at Dan O Root for going on 4 years. We love the school the staff and all the interaction between parents students and staff!!! `They have many activities and fundraisers through out the year that the children love to participate in. My son is now above average in his studies and is blowing my mind every day with new things he learns!

  • (3 years ago)

    Awesome school! Do not let anyone tell you otherwise our test scores will prove it! So much parent involvement I am so happy here! My child has had three wonderful teachers in a row you can not ask for more!

  • (4 years ago)

    My child attended this school for 3rd and 4th grade. I like to know what's going on in class and what the students are learning and I didn't feel like I was well informed. My child who always enjoyed every single grade was miserable in 4th grade. She was unmotivated and always said she hated school. I learned that her teacher was mean and she was afraid of taking tests and doing other things because she thought her teacher was going to yell at her. She is very bright but I feel her teacher's attitude really affected my daughter's level of motivation. The teacher seemed to have her "favorite" students and made comments about this student in front of the class that shouldn't be said. This made my daughter feel like she wasn't good enough and really lowered her self-esteem even more. She's at a new school and is in GATE.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wonderful school a bit on the strict side but i feel is much needed in this day and age. This is our kindergarten year and look forward to many years here. Overall it is clean organized and the teachers I have met are all very very friendly. The principal has been very active in the PTO meetings and I see her very often around campus. She has small children herself and I truly believe she relates to us and wants nothing but the best for everyone.

  • (5 years ago)

    Mrs Carlson is one of the best teachers if you have a chance to get your kids in her class you will not regret it

  • (5 years ago)

    My overall experience at DOR has been wonderful.We moved here when my oldest daughter was in 4th grade (she's now in college).The transition was tough at first as her 4th grade teacher was not pleasant whatsoever and seemed to have no patience for children.We stuck through it and her next two years were wonderful with wonderful teachers.I had my youngest daughter attend DOR from K - 6 and I wouldn't have had it any other way.She had wonderful teachers the staff was very caring and interested and now that she's in middle school she continually says she misses DOR.She did very well at DOR (Principal's Honor Roll).My youngest is in Kindergarten now at DOR and I know his experience will be just as wonderful.I do believe that teachers make a difference in a child's education and for the most part DOR's staff is amazing.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a new parent to this school and so far i haven't been treat it with respect. The teacher my dauther was assing has not welcome me to her class. I try twice to talk to her and she seen to be busy answering her cell phone calls. I really want to give this school a try and dont judges the school's attitude on the reflecion of one teacher. I hope to be able to change my feed back soon with a better comment.I have always been a hand's on mother went it come's to my kids education and is looking to do the same in this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have been a very active mom in my childrens education as well as in the school. I love the teachers they are so good and the PTO is great we are in the process of trying to upgrade our computer lab. I just want you to know that this is a great school to send your kids to.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have ben a teacher at this school since it opened 18 years ago. We have achieved quite a lot in the way of awards from the Golden Bell to 3 time winner of the California Distinquished School award in a 10 year time period. I am very pleased with most of the staff at our school. We have some of the best teachers in the district and most are very hard-working and caring. Like every group made up of human beings we have some 'weak links'-teachers who could do a better job but don't for whatever reasons. Our administrators have been excellent overall from our 'founding father' Mr. B to the current principal and vice principal. They really care about the students and are always looking for ways to improve our school. I am pleased to be a part of the Dan O. Root 'family'.

  • (9 years ago)

    The parental involvment overall is weak. Most parents are supportive of teachers but cannot be seen in after school activities.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has some excellent teachers but again there are a few that are not so good. The special education department needs to be revamped and the teachers do need to be updated on new views and understandings of the learning differences of children. There is a no tolerance level for teasing but it is not strictly enforced. Often there are different standards of behavior accepted for different kids. After being with this school for eight years I do have to say the quality of this school has degraded.

  • (10 years ago)

    When it comes to standard academics this school's excellent. There's a limited music program but it could be better. There's no art program which disappoints me but what can one expect with budget cuts. One thing that disappoints me is the lack of parent participation. I'm an avid parent volunteer involved in many activities in and out of the classroom. Although most parent volunteers do so whole-heartedly the amount of them is minimal. We have a hard time finding enough parents to not only join PTO but activiely participate. Furthermore we have to rely on teacher volunteers for our book fair rather than parents. My other gripe is the ideal that the smarter kids are given the responsibility to 'teach' their peers when done with their work rather than being given more challenging work. It is not my child's job to teach but the teacher's job to challenge my child.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have been very happy with my children's experience at Dan O Root school. I think that the teachers are very fair caring helpful personable and approachable. I have one child who has been very active and harder to handle than the average child and i have found that the teachers have been remarkably skilled and patiet in dealing with him. I have another child who enjoys working to her best and enjoys leadership roles and responsibiliites and I have found that she has been given challenging assignments and opportunities through which she has only thrived. I have two other children who are average students but who have been gently encouraged to do their best at all times and now they are successful high school students. All of my kids have enjoyed their time at Dan O Root and I take pleasure in recommending this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    One of the hardest things about relocating is the changing of schools. The past 3 years(k-2) the teachers/principles at this school has made it very easy for me as a working mom to know exactly what is going on at school what my son is learning and how he is doing both acedemically and behavior both in and out of classroom. This school provides excellent communications! We are all proud to say our son was part of this school and will miss Dan O Root!

  • (11 years ago)

    This was an excellent experience for my child . She was with the same kids from kindergarten to sixth grade and it was the best 7 years of her life . Dan O. Root helped prepare my daughter for middle school and high school.

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