School Details

Macy Elementary School

2301 West Russell Street, La Habra, CA 90631
(562) 902-4231
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 563 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

75%
75%
56%
86%
87%
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
  • Lowell Joint average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
56%
46%
80%
74%
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
  • Lowell Joint average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
76%
65%
78%
79%
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
  • Lowell Joint average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
75%
60%
80%
82%
65%
85%
78%
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
  • Lowell Joint average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
76%
60%
75%
72%
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
  • Lowell Joint average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Macy Elementary School is a public middle school in La Habra. The principal of Macy Elementary School is Tara Ryan, who can be contacted at tryan@ljsd.org. 563 students attend Macy Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 9% of the Macy Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 19% of the 563 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Macy Elementary School is 22:1. Our Lady of Guadalupe Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 60% 50%
White, non-Hispanic 33% 34%
Asian 3% 3%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 1%
Unspecified 0.7% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.1%
Filipino 0.3% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 3159%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19% 31%
Limited English proficiency 9% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Wow!! I'm afraid to enroll my kids in this school after reading some of these reviews for the 2014 school year. We are moving to this area very soon and my kids will have to attend this assigned school. Having kids stay out in the La Habra heat for entire recess seems harsh! I will not tolerate such punishment as to me it's considered a sort of corporal punishment. I will be speaking to the school district about this. I do not want my 3rd grade son w asthma be punished this way! If there's a teacher we should stay away from please post. Thank you

  • (6 months ago)

    The restriction of recess is only allowed to improve behavior not because a student is forgetful. Certain teachers are violating section AR5144(b) of the school board policy which states Recess Restriction A teacher may restrict a student's recess time when he/she believes that this action is the most effective way to bring about improved behavior subject to the following conditions 1. The student shall be given adequate time to use the restroom and get a drink or eat lunch as appropriate. 2. The student shall remain under a certificated employee or designee's supervision during the period of restriction. 3. Teachers shall inform the principal of any recess restrictions they impose.

  • (6 months ago)

    This school seems to be getting more kids enrolled and not enough teachers. This year they formed a combo class of 2nd/3rd grade. Teacher for that class seems great but many parents are stll skeptical as to if the kids will benefit from a combo class or not.

  • (7 months ago)

    The teachers at this school work hard to provide a high quality education to their students. They are constantly striving to go beyond. Not all of the parents seem to recognize this and expect the red carpet treatment for their child with no accountability. Checking homework and signing an agenda are the least they can do to play an active roll in their child's education. Any sort of discipline is frowned upon by parents yet they fail to respectfully discuss any issues with teachers IN PERSON instead of by E-mail and minimally follow through at home with their piece of the puzzle. Teachers are there to instruct guide and support their students. So what is the parents job in all this?

  • (7 months ago)

    The teachers and staff are mean and lazy! I'm a student and if we forget something or we didn't listen we had to go outside the classroom 2 get yelled at by a teacher or go outside ad stay on a fence the whole entire break! We had 2 get an agenda signed and if we didn't we had to go on the fence! All the teachers do is go on their phone or laptop!

  • (11 months ago)

    The way this school is being ran is just sad. Like many parents have wrote on here the quality of teachers is very low and the principal nor the superintendent do anything to fix the issues. The teachers here bully students and are allowed to. There is no one regulating them. Like other parents have said the only main concern is the state test scores which they constantly bring up "this will be on the test!" That is basically what they are learning for the state test at the end of the year. The year is just a big prep for this test which is what they all talk about there. So yes if you would like to send your child to a school with high state test scores then this may be the place for you. But if you would like to send your child to a school with great teachers helpful principal and a fun and exciting way of learning then don't send them to Macy. And if you are to send your child here I would definitely get parent feedback on which teachers to steer clear of. There's a few with horrible reps so it won't be hard to know who to not get!

  • (1 year ago)

    After reading some comments I had to respond because there is a misunderstanding as to how much freedom a teacher has. Most of the negative comments are about things that are out of our hands. The school board decides how much homework we must assign whether or not to fund after school activities how many field trips we can take (and our PTA funds these trips) and how we teach. No teacher likes giving homework. No teacher is happy with how we must deliver our instruction and we would love to go on more field trips. We simply have to follow the directives of the school board. If we do not then we are called to task by our principal. As for the teachers not caring I personally take offense to this. Many of us easily put in 3 to 5 hours extra at school each day. Then we easily put in 2 to 3 hours at home each night and easily work one full day over the weekends. We will all work over the upcoming holiday vacation. We do care. We do love our jobs and our students. I have only seen dedication in every teacher at this school and I have been here for 17 years.

  • (2 years ago)

    Not impressed with teachers following through/keeping the commitments touted in the 1st parent night. For example they said they would return calls or e-mail by next day. Most email replys are days late and even a week late (how does that help with an assignment question?) and rarely returned phone calls. Extra help just not there - teachers' actions seemed like they didn't care to deal with it. Principal also very slow in responses. Not sure how they manage to reflect their scores ... teach to the test maybe how many kids taking different tests b/c of special ed or kids must be genius b/c the teaching is lacking in some of the grades. - Parent involvement is a plus but cliquish. It's an OK school. Teachers don't hear it but lots of inapproprate language on campus some bullying and over provocative dressing by little girls. Is the school as good as implied no. It's so-so.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is an excellent school with a good record for giving a quality elementary education.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am so extremely impressed with the parent involvement the principal and the staff. Everybody works so well together.

  • (5 years ago)

    Interesting reviews... I had to put in my own two cents being a teacher at this school.. The entire faculty is a team from our awesome principal office manager librarian nurse and custodians to our teachers and support assistants... We are all different people with different strengths and talents and that should be noted and considered when reviewing any school for individual! Go Macy! Oh... and my own daughter is a proud Macy Eagle!

  • (7 years ago)

    I have had children at Macy since 1997. It's a wonderful school. The teachers and principal are excellent. I highly recommend this school. Parent involvement is amazing. They have a very good music program. You won't be disappointed with this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    The principal is great which make the school excellent. I feel like we are the big family; the relationship between parents teacher principal and the staffs are very close. The PTA is very strong which help the teachers and the students. We have Science-On-the-Go several times a year science fair reading program book fair reflection and a lot more activities for the students which are provided by PTA. We have so many fundraising in the past couple years because we are making a new playground and all the fundraising are benefited the students of Macy School. This school has helped raise my children in a very positive environment. We're proud to be part of Macy's family. Keep it up! Outstanding school!

  • (8 years ago)

    We have had an excellent experience with Macy Elementary. The principal really connects with the students and the teachers stay on task and teach! We would like to see more physical education; however we understand that this is not just a local issue. There is a great deal of parent involvement and all functions really give families a

  • (8 years ago)

    Some teachers at this school are bad and others are great - do your homework before the school year starts.

  • (9 years ago)

    Very outstanding school and enriches children with academics and activities.

  • (9 years ago)

    Quality of school has gone down drastically. Test Scores are the only priority. There is a lack of quality teachers and the principal does not back parents with any issues or take responsibility for them. Very little if any extracurricular activities anymore. Too many fundraisers also.

  • (9 years ago)

    As parents of a student at Macy we are extremely disappointed of the quality of teachers available. Obviously there is a problem that the principal and district have not addressed. From our own experience we have contacted the principal on a few occassions of concern with our child to only get no response!

  • (9 years ago)

    Our two sons have had excellent experiences at Macy. Both have had outstanding teachers and the principal provides great leadership. The GATE program is challenging to advanced pupils. The school's unique character development program reinforces the training the receive at home through Scouts and at church. There is a high level of parental involvement and many parents volunteer their time at the school. Wish they had more extracurricular programs but budgets are pinched. Overall a very positive environment for kids.

  • (9 years ago)

    The principal provides strong guidelines for the children and they follow. It's a high achieving school so if you have a low kid they will stick out. Overall very good.

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(based on 33 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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