School Details

Friendly Hills Elementary School

7252 Sunny Vista Road, Joshua Tree, CA 92252
(760) 366-3812
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 405 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

66%
55%
56%
62%
59%
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
  • Morongo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

47%
47%
46%
65%
61%
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
  • Morongo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

97%
68%
65%
93%
70%
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
  • Morongo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
69%
60%
83%
68%
65%
60%
63%
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
  • Morongo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
67%
60%
74%
63%
55%

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
  • Morongo Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Friendly Hills Elementary School is a public middle school in Yucca Valley. The principal of Friendly Hills Elementary School is Jennifer Sands and can be contacted at jsands@morongousd.com. 405 students go to Friendly Hills Elementary School and identify as Unspecified; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 2% of the Friendly Hills Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 66% of the 405 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Friendly Hills Elementary School is 17:1. La Contenta Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 8% 10%
White, non-Hispanic 65% 58%
Multiracial 6% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 7%
Hispanic 25% 21%
Asian 0.9% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Filipino 0.4% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 66% 61%
Limited English proficiency 2% 4%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    The best school in the area! My family moved to Yucca Valley due to my husbands job relocating us here. Our oldest was enrolled in the TK program last year and is currently in Kindergarten at Friendly Hills. We love the school! However the draw back is their un-empathetic attitude towards our child's severe peanut allergy. Unfortunately there is no "Peanut-Free" districts in the area so we have no choice but to make due. My biggest issue was the outside snack policy. In the student/parent handbook it lists appropriate snacks that can be brought it. No other snacks are allowed. However teachers do not follow these guidelines and have whatever they want brought it with complete disregard to the rules/standards.

  • (1 year ago)

    I highly recommend this school. We live on base and travel 22.9 miles (1 way) to get here (only because my son is in TK and they do not offer transportation). The staff is friendly and helpful. I also like that the principal is always visible and accessible. There are numerous events and fun activities offered from garnering school spirit to after school activities. I can only attest to the TK program transitional kindergarten which my son attended 13'-14' school year. His teacher is awesome. She goes well above and beyond the given curriculum. My son's writing has vastly improved and knows all of his letters and the sounds associated. He knows how to write his numbers and can count to 100+. He is more than prepared to attend Kindergarten at an advanced level. If we are stationed back here my son will be going to Friendly Hills.

  • (1 year ago)

    The name of the school says it all. The staff are friendly the campus is clean the principal is very involve in motivating the students and the teachers are the best. It makes me wish i could go back to my elementary years. Love the parent group everybody participates to make our kids education the best we are a great community ).

  • (3 years ago)

    I went to this school for 5 years. The teachers are wonderful and help the students do the best they can. The principal is nice and easy on the students but also disciplines them justly. The staff encourages a friendly environment; and the office staff is so friendly. This school is so amazing i have never seen a school like it. )

  • (4 years ago)

    I have worked a handful of schools over the years. Thus I have worked with many staff members many principals and many parents. The principal at FHES is on top of it organized and is simply amazing. The teachers collaboratively work together always looking out for the students' best interests and the parents are very supportive. This is an A+ school.

  • (4 years ago)

    There are some teachers that have un-realistic expectations of their students which make a for a stressful and anxious environment. The over-all feeling of Friendly Hills is changing and it's not going in a good direction- and it has nothing to do with budget issues. After 3 years of attending this school we will not be going here next year.

  • (5 years ago)

    Friendly Hills School has great teachers who in turn produce great students!!

  • (6 years ago)

    i have gone their for the past 7 years and have never had a teacher i did not love

  • (7 years ago)

    I reallY like this school I believe it is one of the best in the area before mY child started school I looked at all the ones in the area and this one was the best. MY child has been there 2 Years and loves the teachers and does verY well.

  • (7 years ago)

    My younger childeren have attended for the past 2 years and it is by far the best school any of my childred have been to.

  • (8 years ago)

    My children were voluntarily transferred to this school from joshua tree elem - due to that schools incompetence . . I have thouroughly enjoyed my time as a 'hawk' parent and my children are very happy students - the staff communicates well with the students directly as well as with the parents - I was very happy with the schools emergency plan and thier great concern for the well being of the children in attendance everyday. I would recommend this school highly to anyone with a choice of schools - friendly hills lives up to it's reputation.

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(based on 13 ratings & reviews)

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