School Details

Dunsmore Elementary School

4717 Dunsmore Avenue, La Crescenta, CA 91214
(818) 248-1758
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 443 students 20 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

78%
72%
56%
82%
79%
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
  • Glendale Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
58%
46%
93%
77%
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
  • Glendale Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
80%
65%
77%
85%
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
  • Glendale Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
76%
60%
82%
81%
65%
82%
72%
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
  • Glendale Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
77%
60%
70%
69%
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
  • Glendale Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Dunsmore Elementary School is a public elementary school in Glendale. The principal of Dunsmore Elementary School is Karen Stegman, who can be contacted at kstegman@gusd.net. 443 students attend Dunsmore Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Filipino; and Unspecified. 12% of the Dunsmore Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 11% of the 443 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Dunsmore Elementary School is 20:1. St. James the Less Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 61% 55%
Filipino 4% 6%
Unspecified 4% 3%
Asian 25% 13%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 10% 21%
Black, non-Hispanic 1.0% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% 26187%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.09%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11% 43%
Limited English proficiency 12% 25%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Dunsmore is a dream come true for our family. When we moved to the area we took my son out of private school and decided that we would give public school a try. I am so glad we did. Mrs. Stegman is a fantastic principal that has the respect of the students parents and her teachers. She runs a tight ship with a smile on her face. She attends PTA meetings and "Foundation" meetings. She is very approachable. The teachers love what they do and it shows. The K teachers are amazing. 1st grade is an adjustment but I believe in the teachers and that they will ready my son for 2nd grade. There are A LOT of opportunities to volunteer and be a part of the Dunsmore Community. With the smaller class sizes I believe we are getting as close to a private school experience without the cost. I am a very happy parent.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love the school and its approach to education. Within all the budget cuts they try their best to keep it up to the standards. Teachers and administration are really nice and open and ready to adjust. The only downside - some parents are very conservative!

  • (2 years ago)

    It's concerning that the current principal is implementing an inordinate amount of rules. The children are no longer allowed to sit with their friends at lunch sit on the grass play for longer than 25 seconds on the monkey bars freely get and play with balls on the playground and the list goes on and on. The concern for safety is being expressed as excessive control and it's sad. When approached the principal dismisses concerns and feels that her authority is beyond reproach.

  • (4 years ago)

    My kids love it here and I feel they're getting a wonderful education. I'm glad we chose this area it's so focused on education community and family.

  • (4 years ago)

    They still have all the arts orchestra science after school events summer school gate classes and great teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    CA Distinguised Schoo Award - Great kids Great teachers Great Parents

  • (5 years ago)

    Not only does our school academically challenge our children it also knows the value of the arts and offers the children music (chorus and orchestra) as well!

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers here are excellent very nice and understanding as well as easy to talk to about anything. The principal however is very strict and not the best.

  • (5 years ago)

    2 of my 3 children went to Dunsmore. One is currently finishing 6th grade. This school has a lot of parent involvement. It is a safe clean and comfortable school. The children throughout the years have always seemed to be happy and proud of their school. For several years I would volunteer in the classroom and on trips. I never heard the students put down their school. I love that. I highly recommend this school to anyone who can afford to live in this area. I chose to live in a smaller house and have this wonderful school than live in a larger home in another area. I feel safe with them here.

  • (5 years ago)

    All three of my children attended this school k-6th and I must say they were better prepared for futher education than others in their jr. high class. The principal has a long way to come and I am sure everyone misses Mr. Gould but the excellent teachers make up for it.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is one of the best schools I've seen. Yes the principal is very strict but she is interested and knows every single one of the children. She is over involved with situations occuring in the school. She will help any parent student or staff member that needs her guidance or expertise! Come on people... she is Ph.D. level working with a middle to upper class elementary school where parents can be a little bit more than demanding! She is awesome at what she does. The students are the cuttest and parents are the best! The teachers are what hold this school together. They treat their children with dignity and respect.

  • (6 years ago)

    Disorganization scattered concepts and too much time spent on fundraising this year. Principal La Masa is superfiscial and stern at the wrong opportune times.

  • (9 years ago)

    I went to this school and now my daughter does. Still a great school. The new principal still has a few parents to win over but she'll do fine.

  • (10 years ago)

    Dunsmore is a great school. Parent teacher administator and student participation make Dunsmore a hard-working and involved school community.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great school! I moved just to get into this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I love this school! La Crescenta is a wonderful community filled with families that value education and it shows in the school. The teachers are experienced and dedicated and they welcome parents into the classroom to be a part of our childrens education. The campus is beautiful. The PTA and Foundation are great places to meet new friends and support our school.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter attended Dunsmore for grades k thru 4th. I really thought the school was great. The teachers for the most were very kind and helpful to both parents and students. The afterschool program was excellent and headed by a very thoughtful person with whom I placed a great deal of responsibility and trust. I would highly recommend this school but be aware that parent involvement is extremely important to this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I recently transferred my 2 children to this school from a private school and I must say that I could not have been happier with my decision. The faculty is tops and the various programs offered are wonderful! Parent involvement is high and my kids are having a marvelous time something I never thought possible.

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