School Details

Palm Crest Elementary School

5025 Palm Drive, La Canada, CA 91011
(818) 952-8360
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 555 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

88%
89%
56%
89%
93%
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
  • La Canada Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
82%
46%
100%
93%
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
  • La Canada Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
96%
65%
92%
95%
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
  • La Canada Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
94%
60%
97%
97%
65%
96%
95%
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
  • La Canada Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
93%
60%
91%
93%
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
  • La Canada Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Palm Crest Elementary School is a public elementary school in La Canada Flintridge. The principal of Palm Crest Elementary School is Karen Hurley, whose e-mail is khurley@lcusd.net. 555 students go to Palm Crest Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 6% of the Palm Crest Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 2% of the 555 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Palm Crest Elementary School is 17:1. Mountain Avenue Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 59% 58%
Asian 24% 26%
Unspecified 14% 12%
Hispanic 11% 3%
Filipino 0.4% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.2%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.02%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 4050%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 0.8%
Limited English proficiency 6% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Incredible school in every way from the kids to the teachers to the parents to the principal.

  • (1 year ago)

    My wife and I have been thrilled with our experience at Palm Crest. We currently have 4th and 1st grade children attending. What sets Palm Crest apart from other top schools is the level of parental involvement. n addition to the music art drama and Spanish that is available to all students there are numerous after school classes offered included band strings chess club robotics tennis GATE enrichment classes. The Palm Crest PTA also sponsors music and art docent programs (LA Philharmonic parent) and View the Stars night involving telescopes (run by NASA parent) There is a Dad's PTA a Panther Partners (new families welcoming program) a thriving Science Fair a summer reading program among other things. There were times in my son's kindergarten class last year where there were 4 parents volunteering in the class at the same time. The PTA sponsors events for parents and children that encourage folks to really get to know each other which makes the environment feel like a close-knit community. Palm Crest just received the California Distinguished Schools Award two years ago. This is a school of exceptional teachers parents and students like none other out there!

  • (2 years ago)

    Palm Crest has fantastic new and veteran teachers a spectacular principal and believes in teaching beyond the tests. It's in a beautiful area away from the exhaust and congestion of the city. The kids are vibrant creative and engaged. Best school in the area by far.

  • (2 years ago)

    A really good public school with caring teachers (for the most part) and a very hands on Principal in Mrs. Hurley. Palm Crest has a warm caring environment a good program for kids with special needs and an active PTA. As at any school there are a few less than steller teachers and our daughter had one in 4th grade. But for the most part the teachers are committed caring and dedicated.

  • (2 years ago)

    I loved Palm Crest! Mrs. Healy was the greatest English teacher ever! Mrs. Endicott taught science in a way that was fun and allowed students to absorb more than traditional dry fact-based jargon. Of course this was 17 years ago...

  • (2 years ago)

    We still pay the property taxes but have put our kids in private school. Huge discipline problems not addressed by the principal make for a poor learning atmosphere. Someone below commented that this was not good for learning disabled kids - neither is it good for the gifted and highly gifted. My experience at Palm Crest has made me a private school believer.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great school! My son excelled when coming to this school. His teacher was awesome and constantly kept open communication with us. Love the environment of the school and the families. The principal Karen Hurley is awesome and always makes sure to provide you with answers when needed. Love it and would recommend it! May not have the nicest campus but that's secondary to the education my son is receiving at this school. Looking forward to my other child starting Kindergarten this year!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Horrible school if you have a child who is average. The teachers dont give much attention to those students that need extra help. They only give attention to the smart ones. The school only wants smart kids because they want there test scores to be high.A teacher who teaches 5th and 6th grade math needs to be fierd

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Palm Crest! I've had 3 kids go there so far and I love all the teachers and staff! I am so glad that we are in the district for this particular school. My kids have all had such wonderful teachers and great experiences. It seems like there is a lot of homework and reports but they are helped when needed and there is a good amount of parent involvement. I like the smaller size of the class for the younger grades but I wish they would be able to keep the class sizes the same. when they hit 4th grade the classes increase in size. There are a lot of fundraisers. I like the principal this year she is really trying to become a part of the school and really be involved in every area. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am in high school but still use what my teachers at Palm Crest taught me.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very involved parent school community. I have had one of my children at this school since 1996. PCR is the smallest of the LC elementary schools so the class size is smaller than you will find at the other schools. We had an excellent principal Wendy S. who left to go to the 7/8 school beginning 2006. The 2005-2006 principal referenced in many of the reviews was not a good administrator or communicator. His replacement however is an excellent administrator very organized and efficient who communicates well with families and staff. Teachers in general feel accountable and most when approached by parents will work individually with parents on educational goals for their child.

  • (9 years ago)

    Discipline has definitley deteriorated over the past three years. Principal must take a more active role in solving major discipline issues among students. Too many favorites to the administration. Would like to see a change of leadership to keep our school moving ahead.

  • (9 years ago)

    Low Morale between parents and administrator. Lack of discipline among troublemakers at school. Little intervention from school administration. Teachers are very helpful for the most part and really care about the kids.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great School The principal is the best I have ever met. Strong fair and compassionate towards each student.

  • (10 years ago)

    High teacher turnover? There's only one new teacher in the '03-'04 school year out of 30 teachers. I think that's low turnover. As for tutors I can only think of a few kids who use them. It's not the norm. - 6th grade parent

  • (11 years ago)

    Too much turnover in teachers. Some are absolutely fantastic and some are so green or so awful that it is hit and miss whether your child has a good year or not. This school could be doing a lot better than it is. Also because this community values education so much and because most residents here are highly educated the children already have a predisposition to learn so one would question what degree of these high test scores are a result of the school. Moreover because the neighborhood is one of the richest in the country many parents can afford to hire tutors and do. In addition many educated mothers can afford to stay home and enhance their children's educations.

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