School Details

John R. Peterson Elementary School

20661 Farnsworth Lane, Huntington Beach, CA 92646
(714) 378-1515
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 666 students 23 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

80%
79%
56%
95%
89%
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
  • Huntington Beach City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
76%
46%
95%
91%
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
  • Huntington Beach City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
89%
65%
95%
90%
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
  • Huntington Beach City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
87%
60%
77%
86%
65%
89%
88%
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
  • Huntington Beach City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John R. Peterson Elementary School is a public elementary school in Huntington Beach. The principal of John R. Peterson Elementary School is Barbara Crissman, whose e-mail is barbara.crissman@hbcsd.k12.ca.us. 666 students go to John R. Peterson Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Unspecified. 14% of the John R. Peterson Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 21% of the 666 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at John R. Peterson Elementary School is 23:1. S. A. Moffett Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 58% 67%
Hispanic 21% 10%
Unspecified 16% 12%
Multiracial 10% %
Asian 10% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.7%
Filipino 0.3% 0.5%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 7172%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 14%
Limited English proficiency 14% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    This school blows me away. My expect ions weren't very high for a public school but the teachers my kids have had are just hands down amazing. If your child gets Voss or Hunter for kinder or taranova or Crain for 2nd or zamiska for third or Garton for fourth then count your blessings. The principle is always out of her office being very involved with teachers parents kids. The office staff Claudia Renee and nurse Cathy are wonderful. I really have no complaints. Even the parents here are very involved. Down to earth school with caring smart teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a fine school. It isn't the richest and the campus is old but there are many terrific teachers. They used to have a terrific principal who had the best interest of the students at heart but she retired in 2008 or 2009. Now they have a seat warmer.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have been very pleased with my experience with Peterson Elementary. Though this is my daughter's first year here (grade K) so I speak only of my experience with her teacher I think it is wonderful! The teacher is so wonderful at pointing out each child's special talents despite their struggles. She is firm but loving and the children are really drawn to her. She teaches creatively and I always see her write nice things to the children on their work. The math reading and other assignments are spot on for the age group while still promoting critical thinking. The PTA is very involved and the reading program has excellent volunteers. I visit for lunch sometimes and my daughter loves the cafeteria staff. My daughter doesn't buy lunch because she is a picky eater but the lunches seem to havea variety of foods with milk and fruit being served with all meals. Sometimes its a pain to park so we park down the street but it was like that at Perry when we were there for Preschool and I have seen the parking lot packed and backed up at Seacliff as well so I think this is pretty normal. I wish the school was completely gated but that's really my only gripe.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter recently transferred from a private school to the GATE program. Her teacher is amazing warm caring friendly. There are a lot of kids in the class but she runs it so well that my daughter is learning more there in a few weeks than in a year at her previous school with 14 in the class. For the first time she is eager to run to school and soak up everything and at night she happily tells me about her day. Highest praise for a school that embraces curiosity and the individual child.

  • (4 years ago)

    A great school with lots of caring and involved staff and a firm responsive principle. Class size has increased recently due to budget cuts so they've become more creative in raising fund including sponsoring local businesses. Their efforts to raise funds is a great sign of determination beyond budget cuts and slow economy. nevertheless the staff pushes students for academic achievement with lots of feedback to parents about students progress. Expect to be asked to get involved in your child's education and discipline. The school is a bit older but completely functional and very safe with lots of safety procedures including loading and unloading your kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a child in the GATE program at Peterson and every experience I have had with the teachers and staff has been extremely positive. My child is constantly challenged without all the busy work I would have had as a child. Every teacher I've spoken with is extremely positive and focused. I highly recomend this school and especially the centered GATE classes.

  • (5 years ago)

    I was very disappointed in this school. We came from Newport-Mesa district. Teachers are not involved. The overall school lacks alot.

  • (5 years ago)

    We moved to this area from the east coast. This school appeared very highly rated when we checked it out on the web. The campus has no fences or security to speak of. There is no free transportation to the school with the parking and drop off area looking like a nascar race before and after school. There is no cafeteria! Lunches are basically shipped in 'lunchables' with low nutritional value. Expect to have your child run several fund raisers during the school year due to low funding. Special Ed is a joke with little or no staff. Programs like Art Phys Ed and Music are Ala Carte and must be paid for! The school will sometimes combine classes for certain subjects with ratios reaching 35 kids to 1 teacher!!!! The majority of teachers there try hard but are overwhelmed by lack of help and money.

  • (5 years ago)

    As the parent of a Kindergartner this is my first experience in public school. I am thrilled with all three K teachers having a chance to meet each one and work on projects together. I am pleased with Peterson its leadership staff teachers and student body.

  • (6 years ago)

    Peterson has a wonderful atmosphere and my son's teachers have been great. I couldn't recommend this school enough.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love Peterson! They have a wonderful art program every teacher I have met is great! My daughter has been there 2 years and my son will be starting kindergarden in the fall. My daughter loves school is learning above her grade level I can't ask for more then that.

  • (7 years ago)

    This is an alright school. It is a little run down. Fine GATE program but many underachievers at campus. Less than satisfactory faculty and scores.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is just awful! I agree nasty location academics are below standard large population of english learners. Transfer out of this school! HB has better schools to the north but this southside school is just subpar in a subpar area. The GATE program is decent though but the school itself is a -1 out of 5 stars hands down!

  • (7 years ago)

    Peterson is an awesome school in just as fabulous a location. My child's first year at Peterson as a kindergarten student was rock solid. Mrs. Anderson is a wonderful teacher. What makes this school special are the parent volunteers the PTA and of course the school staff. I have 3 more children that will attend Peterson and they can't wait.

  • (7 years ago)

    We love Donna Fetta who teaches a 4th-5th combo class. She has taught my child strong writing skills and continues to focus on the individual student and their strengths. She is positive reinforcement and because of this my child has thrived. Great school with a lot of parent involvement with the PTA-bringing more programs to the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is a very well kept campus and in a great part of south Huntington Beach. The GATE centered program is only one of many that keeps all students at this school challenged. This school has an outstanding parent and teacher participation level that you don't see at many schools. Keep up the great work teachers!

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school strong on math.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a great school to work at. I teach 2nd grade here and can't imagine working anywhere else!

  • (9 years ago)

    Peterson is a school where the teachers are dedicated and professional. The academic programs are very good. Peterson uses the Beckman program for science giving the children many hands-on experiences. The school has several programs that are mostly run by parent volunteers including a reading incentive program and Meet The Masters. The process of writing does not seem to be taught by very many of the teachers. It would help if the school would adopt a school wide writing program such as South Basin Writing. This school is fortunate to have a computer lab and two libraries. The GATE centered program at this school offers the children a chance to be challenged and to work at a faster pace.

  • (9 years ago)

    Peterson is a fantastic school. My daughter transferred here in the 3rd grade after she passed the GATE test and I have been nothing but impressed. Exceptional teachers standards and activities including a large volunteer taught band chorus science fair after school art and science classes and more. We have been extremely happy to have had 3 years at Peterson.

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