School Details

La Honda Elementary School

450 Sears Ranch Road, La Honda, CA 94020
(650) 747-0051
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 90 students 15 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

72%
49%
56%
64%
59%
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 Honda-Pescadero Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
41%
65%
76%
71%
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 Honda-Pescadero Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

La Honda Elementary School is a public elementary school in La Honda. The principal of La Honda Elementary School is Kristen Lindstrom, whose e-mail is klindstrom@lhpusd.com. 90 students go to La Honda Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 17% of the La Honda Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 23% of the 90 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at La Honda Elementary School is 15:1. Ormondale Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 50% 37%
Hispanic 47% 59%
Multiracial 3% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.5%
Asian 0.8% 0.3%
Black, non-Hispanic 0% 1%
Filipino 0% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 1%
Unspecified 0% 0%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 324%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 23% 55%
Limited English proficiency 17% 47%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    The community support for LHE is awesome. This includes the parents/families and local businesses (of which there are not many because La Honda is a small community). It's nearly impossible for a child to 'fall through the cracks' of a school of this size.

  • (6 years ago)

    La Honda is a fantastic school. There are many enrichment programs funded by the PTA and the Ed Foundation that students would not have access to in a larger school. The teachers are phenomal- my experience thus far is through 3rd grade. There is a garden instructor (funded by the Ed Found.) for the incredible garden on the campus- she uses the garden to teach the students science with a hands on approach. You can't beat the small class sizes and personal attention the children get at LHE. My kids are learning so much more than just the state standards. They use the school computer lab regularly plus have access to computers in the classrooms. They do art weekly with the Art in Action program. There are great assemblies. I don't know what the reviewer below is talking about with the principal- she is very involved with the PTA & LHEF.

  • (6 years ago)

    La Honda teaches straight to the standards. The school is so strapped for cash that it has limited resources so you just get the bare bones. Most smart students in La Honda go private because the school is so weak. The pay scale for the teaching staff is at the bottom in San Mateo county so teacher quality is mixed. My experience is with the grades up to and through third grade where the teaching staff is poor. The principal at the school is a terrible leader. She has alienated the PTA and many of the valuable parents at the school. There is a wonderful garden that has amazing potential but is unrealized and not supported by the current teaching staff or the administration.

  • (6 years ago)

    La Honda Elementary is unusual in the Bay Area because of its small size. All students know and interact with each other regardless of age. The school has six teachers who know all the students and parents. The kids love their school. This school does not have some of the resources available to larger school but the kids feel a sense of community that might be lacking in some larger schools.

  • (8 years ago)

    A private school education in a public school. Small class sizes gorgeous campus exceptional parent participation good teachers. You can really make a difference at this school. Extracurricular activities include AYSO soccer drama program baseball 4H Brownies after-school program etc.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is set in a small supportive community with a student pop. under 100 students grades K-5. Although it suffers from inadquite State & Federal funding it is strongly supported by the parents & community through personal participation grants & donations. The backbone & driving force of this school is it's principal Melba Rhodes. She is the most dedicated person you will ever find in a school system. It has all the benefits of a private school it's small size with teachers & principal giving individual attention to the children. Equally the parents provide strong support. They are the backbone of all of the extracurricular activities & classroom support. This school was awarded the CA Distinguished School Award & for years scores higly on the Star tests.There is much more to say about this wonderful school but space does not allow. If you are considering sending your child here you won't be disappointed.

  • (9 years ago)

    Vibrant country school with small classes and dedicated community.

  • (11 years ago)

    As a 1989 graduate I am rating the school primarly based upon all years up till 1989. Melba Rhodes was a good leader but the overall quality of this school lacked in comparison to many city elementary schools.

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