Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School

10821 Squirrel Creek Road, Grass Valley, CA 95945
(530) 273-6472
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-4 444 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

42%
46%
56%
49%
55%
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
  • Grass Valley Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
55%
46%
73%
72%
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
  • Grass Valley Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
54%
65%
47%
54%
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
  • Grass Valley Elementary School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School is a public elementary school in Grass Valley. The principal of Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School is John Baggett and can be contacted at jbaggett@gvsd.k12.ca.us. 444 students attend Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Native American or Native Alaskan; and Unspecified. 6% of the Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 70% of the 444 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Margaret G. Scotten Elementary School is 17:1. Hennessy Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 77% 82%
Native American or Native Alaskan 3% 3%
Unspecified 3% 1%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 13% 11%
Asian 0.8% 0.8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% 2%
Filipino 0.2% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70% 50%
Limited English proficiency 6% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I have received so much support from Scotten school My son has an IEP and the staff has really worked with us and have been willing to accommodate my familys needs and have been open minded and caring in the process. I have had a unique situation and I felt we have became a team in support of my son. My son is very happy at school and feels excited to tell me about the new things he learns and he is fully integrated with his peers and is learning at his pace with positive encouragement from the entire staff. Classrooms can only cover so much and I feel that working with my son in the evening on the lessons he brings home from that day help me understand what they are doing at school currently . It bridges the gap for me and I find it helpful to review the lesson before doing our homework. I am very pleased

  • (2 years ago)

    Please consider this before sending your child to Scotton.... While I feel the teachers at Scotton have the best of intentions there are some important flaws that are important to note. First of all bribery (prizes for good behavior) is used as a tool by some teachers at Scotton as a way to get their students to behave. As a parent and child educator I know that not only is this not effective- sure it works in the short term but do we really want our children to grow up believing that they should get something for doing good and being good? On the same note I've seen children praised for good behavior and while good occasionally too much praise undermines a child's ability to trust their own decisions constantly looking to others for approval. Come on people we can't hold our kids hand forever! Lastly there is a huge emphasis on practicing the "Golden Rule" yet I've regularly seen staff at Scotton patronizing students! Is this what you want for your children?

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a student at this school i love Scotten. The staff is a little bit well relly strict about safety. But besides that a really good school

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers and a sweet feel on campus. We love this place. Teacher collaboration makes the staff exceptional and the administrators are intent on making this school great. The monthly "All-school Sings" are wonderful and help make for a good sense of community among the students. Scotten School is a good place!

  • (6 years ago)

    I was a homeschooling mom who decided to have my son start 2nd grade at Scotten. I have had nothing but good experiences. My son has a wonderful teacher and they have worked with him with sensitivity and positivity. I am very involved working in the class once a week. Its going great!!

  • (7 years ago)

    There are some amazing teachers at Scotten but I have taken me child out after 2nd grade. The administration has left a lot to be desired. I never felt as though the special needs of my child we being meant and the admin. was making it it more difficult for the excellent teachers to do their jobs. They seems more concerned with test scores and API rating than meeting the needs of the each child. I am glad I had the option of a private school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Scotten is an awesome school they have the most compassionate and caring teachers. They're a great art classes and Music. Children can start in band and move on with the to middle school it's an incredible program. Wonderful diversity! The children really have a lot of respect for each other; this is district wide I have never seen such caring children. I wouldn't have my children anywhere else. I feel my kids are getting a great education in every aspect.

  • (8 years ago)

    We have found Scotten to be an awesome school. It has wondeful caring teachers and a diverse community of students. Students are not only taught academically but they also are taught to care for others in their community. The only thing I'd like to see different is less 'farm' influence. Could be more Vegan friendly....

  • (8 years ago)

    We love the caring creative teachers at all the Grass Valley schools since starting kindergarten at Bell Hill School six years ago. Both our girls have moved on to Scotten and are enjoying the art classes award winning band program Odyssey of the Mind team and the wonderful student diversity only found in the Grass Valley public schools. We live just a few blocks from downtown G.V. and my girls frequently walk to/from school with a group of neighborhood boys and girls . My girls and their friends also walk from Scotten to the Center for the Arts for dance classes after school . I am one of many parent volunteers at Scotten including the active art docent program PTC and the district's newly formed Grass Valley Schools Foundation for Arts and Science (gvsdfoundation.org) fundraising to offer even more enriching programs for the students. We are looking forward to Gilmore!

  • (10 years ago)

    I think this school has some excellent teachers. I really like the fact that some teachers loop with their students. This means that certain teachers go with their students from 3rd grade to 4th grade or from 4th grade to 5th grade. I think this gives the students more consistancy.

  • (10 years ago)

    Consider options before sending your child to Scotten especially if moving to Grass Valley. Try a school where teachers & parents open up a bigger world to the children where kids grow up thinking there's more to life than just getting through school marrying and having babies. There are great private and charter schools in the area. Investigate!

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