School Details

Escalona Elementary School

15135 Escalona Road, La Mirada, CA 90638
(714) 521-0970
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 510 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

74%
59%
56%
80%
70%
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
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
52%
46%
85%
72%
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
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
66%
65%
87%
73%
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
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
61%
60%
80%
66%
65%
72%
57%
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
  • Norwalk-La Mirada Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Escalona Elementary School is a public elementary school in La Mirada. The principal of Escalona Elementary School is Bonita Cadra-Lytle and can be contacted at blytle@nlmusd.k12.ca.us. 510 students go to Escalona Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian, Multiracial, and Hispanic. 7% of the Escalona Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 32% of the 510 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Escalona Elementary School is 20:1. La Pluma Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 4%
Multiracial 6% %
Hispanic 53% 76%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 12%
Filipino 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1.0% 0.3%
Unspecified 1% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 20183%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32% 54%
Limited English proficiency 7% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    My wife and I love this school and high level of academic progress we have seen in our children. Most of the teachers are very engaged with the parents and while the principal is tough she seems to be really appreciated by the students.

  • (3 years ago)

    I feel this school could do much better. There is a lack of comunication and I am disappointed in how discipline is handled.

  • (3 years ago)

    This year my son has a wonderful teacher Mr. Brown. My son is enjoying school much more this year and learning so much. It's nice to have a teacher who enjoys teaching the kids and helping them with the learning process and not always "teaching to pass the state tests". It would be great if parents could request the teacher that best fits their child's learning style each year. This year my son has a great match!

  • (3 years ago)

    Absolutely LOVE this school this is my daughter's second year at the school the principal is great and the teachers are beyond excellent. We feel lucky our daughter is getting such a wonderful education!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The after school homework club is a great idea. My daughter is also enjoy all the extra singing dancing and cheerleading activities this year. Her Teacher Mr. Brown is fabulous.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great school. My sons both went to Escalona from K to 5th and had wonderful and enruching experiences.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter has attended this school for three years and will be entering into her fourth year there. The teachers are the best especially Mrs. Kalina. Most are caring and continue to have great communication with the parents. Administration teachers and parents are very involved during school time as well as in the many extra activities after school I love the family nights. I am extremely happy with all aspects of this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have a new student this year at Escalona and we have been very pleased with her growth and her caring teacher. I agree with the last review; the office staff can be very aloof many times and I feel too busy to want to help you. The teachers are wonderful though we are looking forward to next year.

  • (6 years ago)

    The teachers are highly qualified &caring; the PTA puts on great programs; the office staff is sometimes helpful others aloof; the principal is inconsistent; right now all the construction is creating some chaos but the teaching staff is handling it swiftly while downplaying their exhaustion. they are true professionals that hangle all that comes their way with dignity!

  • (7 years ago)

    I currently have one alumni (now in 7th) and one child at Escalona and am very pleased with our experience here. The stellar teachers are very caring and kind yet maintain a structured classroom environment. There seems to be an unusually high percentage of higher ed. degrees among the teaching staff. My daughter's current teacher has a Master's from Biola University and is currently working on a PhD. My husband and I love this community and we are proud to say our child attends Escalona. She absolutely raves about her teachers and love them dearly.

  • (7 years ago)

    I currently have two kids at Escalona and a third who will start soon. I have been very happy with the school. The principal is great. She is firm and matter of fact but at the same time seems to be able to nuture the student's needs. The teachers are great and really committed to their students. The new literacy program seems to be working well and the students raised the API score last year by more than 40 points. The PTA is active and constantly trying to improve the school and the student experience. Overall Escalona is a great school!

  • (8 years ago)

    I have to disagree with the principal review. My experience as a parent has been somewhat negative. When asked questions regarding the school academics she does not provide clear answers.

  • (8 years ago)

    I disagree with the comment regarding the principal Ms. Lytle. Her tough approach scares the little ones and she manages to alienate the parents. The teachers however are dedicated warm and caring! The curriculum is weak compared to what we saw in my child's private school. But the teachers create a positive learning environment and my children really enjoy learning new things as a result. The PTA organized some really fun events last year.

  • (9 years ago)

    I am very disappointed with this school. The teachers that I have had are unprofessional and do not motivate the children. I'm currently in the process of transferring my children to another school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Escalona School is meeting my expectations. The new principal is doing a great job and in my opinion making the right decisions. The P.T.A. this year is doing a great job in trying to create additional activities that involve the families. I would like to see the fundraisers done differently. It's difficult to sell wrapping paper when the entire school district is selling it at the same time.

  • (9 years ago)

    I disagree with the statement posted on Feb (2005). My son has been at Escalona for two years now and I have volunteered on a number of occasions both years. As matter of fact the teachers have given us parents nothing but praise for how much our envolvment in the classroom helps them throughout the year. They encourage it 110%. I do think that more after school programs need to be incorporated. Last year they had Chess classes available.

  • (9 years ago)

    Many of the teachers prefer not to have parents volunteer in their classrooms. I feel that there is lack a information being sent to parents about what the children are during in the classrooms. Each year seems to be repeatitive in their classrooms crafts and activities. More ideas needs to be introduced to children who are beginning a new grade levels.

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