School Details

John Malcom Elementary School

32261 Charles Avenue, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
(949) 248-0542
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 694 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

85%
67%
56%
82%
72%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
59%
46%
79%
74%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
82%
65%
86%
81%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
77%
60%
76%
71%
65%
81%
78%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John Malcom Elementary School is a public elementary school in Laguna Niguel. The principal of John Malcom Elementary School is Peggy Baerst, whose e-mail is pabaerst@capousd.org. 694 students go to John Malcom Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian. 2% of the John Malcom Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 12% of the 694 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at John Malcom Elementary School is 22:1. St. Anne School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Italian
  • Latin

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Water polo

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 78% 65%
Multiracial 7% %
Asian 3% 5%
Hispanic 11% 19%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 1%
Unspecified 0.7% 8%
Filipino 0.3% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 19%
Limited English proficiency 2% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    love it! I think its an amazing school that all children should go to. Great teachers and staff too!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is a fourth grader in Mrs. Hardos's class. He is a sweet but quarky kid who was prone to being picked on at his old school. Thankfully we have experienced none of that at Malcom. He adores his teachers and school mates. We feel very fortunate to have moved into such a wonderful community.

  • (1 year ago)

    Bullying is a big issue at this school. Kindergarten was extremely difficult for my son. He has never struggled to make friends and is very outgoing. His experience at Malcom made him so insecure and he lost so much self confidence thinking he was not smart and a bad kid. I was in disbelief at the behaviors coming from some of the children and their parents for allowing and at times encouraging this behavior. When my son began to struggle in class as a result the teacher never recognized the bullying but he was punished for his struggles by means of not getting recess for example. Day after day he wouldn't get snack or recess with the other students creating an even tougher situation. Even worse the teacher didn't approach me until she had already given up on him. This summer was tough as a parent because I want to protect him but also don't want to teach my son that when things get tough he can cut out. Today he started his 1st day in 1st grade at Malcom and we are sincerely hoping for a different result being that he is in a new classroom under new instruction and there is a new principal. If we start seeing things going down the same path we're out of there.

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is fine however the biggest problem at this school is bullying without a doubt. The teachers and staff do nothing! My daughter went through a whole year and 1/2 of this until I finally threatened to go to the superintendent. What the heck Malcom get with the real program and stand by your words. You claim to be zero tolerance for bullying...then do something about it!

  • (2 years ago)

    Malcom has a wonderful PTA program and many fund raisers that directly benefit the students. Many of the teachers are excellent. Now to the part that matters most. This school has a huge problem with bullying and it is not addressed in a manner that makes a difference. It is "out of the hands" of the staff and principal. My child has attended from pre-K to 2nd grade and we're pulling him out for 3rd due to the bullying problem. He's a typical kid and makes friends easily but the bullying is so global at Malcom that he's highly affected and begging us to change his school next year. I've heard from many other parents that it affects their children as well and we aren't the type to sacrifice our child's happiness and safety for a "blue ribbon" experience. There should be more done in the way of prevention.. more staff on duty at recess and lunch and bigger consequences for students and parents when bullying continues. More accountability overall. I mean look around it's a serious and growing issue in the U.S. so nip it in the bud before you end up in the media Malcom!

  • (2 years ago)

    It is true that Malcom receives a good number of open enrollment students but I would contend that this only helps give it some diversity which it needs. There are a fair amount of pampered kids (and parents) from high income families but there are also plenty of parents coming in flip flops and shorts. Any elitism feel at the school is directly related to the area where the school is located - not the teachers or the principal. In fact the principal Dr. Morris goes out of her way not to cater to squeaky wheel parents and this is well known on campus. She is regarded as fair and a good principal. The volunteer community is strong and Malcom has a fundraising arm separate from the PTA that raises funds for support teachers that spend time in each classroom working under the direction of the teacher. Malcom also has a thriving school garden program that works with the Ecology Center in San Juan. All in all a good experience for my kids - not perfect but nothing is.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a very mixed school with a high number of open enrollment students from outside the caption area in Laguna Niguel who are drawn by parents wanting to their children to go to a wealthy PTA funded and run school. The realilty is that many students are pulled from this school for various reasons including bullying and lack of dicipline in the classroom to go to other private public and charter schools in the district. The inflow and outflow of students is hidden but should be noted and considered if you are looking to send your child here.

  • (2 years ago)

    A great school! The teachers are very experienced and very concerned about the child's education. The math program is very advanced by offering the ST Math weekly testing and advanced math classes. Dr. Morris is a very energetic principal Miss Sally is wonderful and Rosie is amazing.

  • (5 years ago)

    Looking over the reviews I had to chime in. My boy has had 3 teachers at Malcolm. All have been truly envoled in the process. The cirriculum is advanced but well thought out and implemented. However parents must get involved with homework and after school activities at Malcolm. For parents who complain about social issues and kindness 'get involved' and send your kids to school 'prepared'. They will have more fun and look forward to school learning and friendships. The rest will fall into place naturally. Kids wand to be proud of their accomplishments and share successes on a social level. Malcom also has a Great Principal and a Super Staff!

  • (5 years ago)

    Times are tough all over yet the collective community at John Malcom Elementary perseveres with purposeful direction love and determination to make a difference in ourselves and in the world.

  • (6 years ago)

    After reading the reviews I have to weigh in my experience with Malcolm. My child was one of the first graduating classes. What you will find at Malcolm is education but what you won't find is actually what is most important- kindness. There is a sense of elitism in the parents and supported by the teachers and staff. It was an extremely painful time looking back and it might have been better to change schools as they tend to cater to only the upper level of society. Sorry Malcolm but it was true then and it appears to be true still.

  • (7 years ago)

    My children have attended Malcom for 5 years. It is an excellent school. The teachers are absolutely phenomenal! It is truly a 'community' feeling. There is a tremendous amount of

  • (7 years ago)

    I took my kids to San clemente where the parents and children are grounded not focused on the almighty dollar and know how to really play. The teachers parents and kids smile and are happy and recognize the uniqueness of all children. My kids were @ Malcolm for three of the most anxiety ridden years of our live. We had two excellent teachers and two judgmental rude ones.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am very pleased with the education my children are receiving from the teachers at Malcom. I am also very impressed with our Principal Dr. Morris. At the January 2007 'Coffee with the Principal' she addressed the parent comment placed on this web site regarding bullying. She encouraged parental input and went over what she the teachers and staff were doing to provide a safe and inviting environment for the students. Communicating your experiences and concerns with the principal is important; Dr. Morris is very approachable.

  • (8 years ago)

    Malcom is a nice school clean and academically good. The people are awful! There is a huge problem with bullying and the new Principal doesn't do much about it. The PTA is strong and has great leadership. Overall the academics is great but the social aspect is terrible.

  • (8 years ago)

    Malcom is a wonderful school and I feel privileged that my children can attend this school. The teaching staff is excellent. Many programs are provided to the children including extra programs provided by the PTA (ie kindergarten music class). The PTA and overall parent involvement at this school is phenomenal and unlike most other schools I have had experience with.

  • (9 years ago)

    This was the best school I could ever dream of for my girls to go to. The teachers the curriculum the school activities the field trips the 'togethernes' of staff-parents-teachers-children and most importantly the principal were unparallel to no other. My biggest fear of moving to another county has been the move to another school. And it has been justifiable. Good job Malcom on your great success!

  • (9 years ago)

    I love John S. Malcom elementary. The teachers are extremely nice and the parents are all easy to get along with. And my son loves it too!

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