School Details

Palomares Elementary School

6395 Palo Verde Road, Castro Valley, CA 94552
(510) 582-4207
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 137 students 19 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

85%
81%
56%
95%
86%
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
  • Castro Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
67%
46%
67%
81%
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
  • Castro Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
85%
65%
93%
89%
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
  • Castro Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
80%
60%
75%
78%
65%
78%
81%
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
  • Castro Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Palomares Elementary School is a public elementary school in Hayward. The principal of Palomares Elementary School is Melodie Stibich and can be contacted at mstibich@cv.k12.ca.us. 137 students attend Palomares Elementary School and identify as Black, non-Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 12% of the Palomares Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 12% of the 137 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Palomares Elementary School is 19:1. Jensen Ranch Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 8% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 41% 43%
Filipino 3% 4%
Unspecified 3% 2%
Hispanic 23% 17%
Multiracial 14% %
Asian 12% 25%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.6%
Pacific Islander 0.8% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 9024%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 18%
Limited English proficiency 12% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Although a review will spill the secret...I do think this is one of the best kept secrets in Castro Valley. We have a small student population a great dedicated staff of teachers a vibrant parent community and an environmental treasure for on site learning - our creek. In a time of budget cuts and declining education I feel privileged to call Palomares our home school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter came from another distinguished CV school but there's a total diffference with the principal teachers and parents from this school. Iam highly impressed and looking forward to this school year...

  • (5 years ago)

    We feel so lucky to have found this school. My son started Kindergarten here and loves it. Being a child who thrives in nature the school setting is perfect for him. Situated next to a creek in the forested canyon it feels as if your child is attending summer camp everyday. And the quality of education is excellent. The school is small enough to offer individual attention to every student and parent involvement is very active. Perks you usually only find at expensive private schools. This school is a hidden gem!

  • (8 years ago)

    There is a strong sense of community at Palomares Elementary including parents teachers and students and an unparalleled (in my experience) devotion to education - not just excellent academics but about life and being a responsible person.

  • (8 years ago)

    This small school is in such an idyllic setting and has very a collaborative work environment. The school has its own organic garden and children walk past an interpretive nature trail on their way to and from the school site. Parent participation in very high especially in the primary grades. One of the things that impressed me the most was how comfortable the kindergarten students felt with their classmates' parents. The active participaters reach out to the kids from more troubled homes. Currently there is no cafeteria but this new building is also nearing completion. There se good options for providing sports activities after school including a winning girls volleyball team. The principal is in her first year at Palomares but she appears to be a hands-on take charge problem solver.

  • (9 years ago)

    Palomares is a very unique small school. The Watershed Program is the big attraction. In addition there are plenty of school wide functions (this is rare in other schools and is only possible here because of the size of the school) such as the Thanksgiving Feast the Easter Egg Hunt the Palomares Heritage Day etc.

  • (10 years ago)

    Palomares offers an exceptional learning environment for students. My child has attended K-5th and enjoyed his time there. The opportunity the small campus provides for everyone to know each other and communicate is wonderful. The ability to have big classrooms and a wonderful rural setting makes up for the lack of a gym/multipurpose room.

  • (10 years ago)

    Palomares is a well hidden jewel in the CVUSD. I've had my two children there for the last 4 years and strongly encourage interested parents to consider this school. Granted there are some aspects that are undesirable but seem insignificant when you weigh them against all that is good such as smaller child/teacher ratio strong science program pretty good enrichment program such as foreign language and art excellent teachers environment that you and your child will fall in love with. Advice stay involved and informed. Be an advocate for your child.

  • (10 years ago)

    Palomares is a beautiful school and a terrific laboratory for kids and teachers alike. Children are exposed to hands on learning and are able to participate fully in environmental issues such as creek restoration. Overall the teachers we have had have been excellent. With that said we are disappointed that there is such a high rate of staff turnover and believe it is partly due to personality conflicts with the current principal. The majority of students are there on intra-district transfers. When serious issues and concerns come up many parents are hesitant to voice opinions openly for fear of losing their space in the school. There is much grumbling among parents and little action. Many are displeased with the current attempts to make the school bigger. The principal could benefit from listening to parents' concerns and issues and parents need to be less fearful and more outspoken.

  • (11 years ago)

    Palomares has a safe nurturing environment that is conducive to learning. The small size and accessible staff create a real community where it is easy to get to know the teachers parents and children. The teachers use the rural environment to their advantage and incorporate it in their lessons as often as possible. Lessons about the stages of pollywogs and their environment just 'sticks' better when your feet get wet in the creek.

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