School Details

Emma C. Smith Elementary School

391 Ontario Drive, Livermore, CA 94550
(925) 606-4750
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 726 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

76%
66%
56%
87%
75%
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
  • Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
62%
46%
92%
86%
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
  • Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
76%
65%
86%
80%
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
  • Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
74%
60%
81%
72%
65%
83%
76%
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
  • Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Emma C. Smith Elementary School is a public elementary school in Livermore. The principal of Emma C. Smith Elementary School is Tammy Rankin and can be contacted at trankin@lvjusd.k12.ca.us. 726 students attend Emma C. Smith Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 9% of the Emma C. Smith Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 9% of the 726 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Emma C. Smith Elementary School is 20:1. Livermore Valley Charter School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 9% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 59% 60%
Filipino 3% 3%
Hispanic 16% 25%
Multiracial 12% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 12781%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.1% %
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.6%
Unspecified 0.1% 3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 9% 22%
Limited English proficiency 9% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (9 months ago)

    Why doesn't the principal interact with the children? We came from private school back east and the principal knew all the children. It was like a family.

  • (10 months ago)

    Great school! Only complaint I have and I have heard from other parents is that the principal is not very active with the kids. I have never seen her come out in the morning or after school to see the kids. No involvement.

  • (1 year ago)

    I absolutely love this school! The teachers and staff are all VERY caring and compassionate towards the children. All the programs the school offers children are amazing. The only reason I did not give it a 5 star rating is because of the current principal. Getting her to follow through with a problem is like pulling teeth. She seems more concerned with all her meetings than getting to know the children. Like I said before I love love love this school and the only thing I would change would be the principal.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter is having a terrific experience at Smith. She is learning a great deal and thoroughly enjoying herself.

  • (2 years ago)

    Hard working and caring teachers and staff. New principal to the school is student centered and supports programs. The PTO continues to work hard at providing extra activities and strong support for programs. The new "goal-setting conferences" were interesting and somewhat useful. Still don't know if we'll miss participating in the Report Card Conferences. School needs more quality and interesting activities for advanced/GATE students.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am so impressed with this school! There are lots of extra-curricular activities for students. The principal teachers aides duties really work as a team to ensure students receive a good education as well enforcing rules guidance etc. There is a strong anti-bullying policy enforced. Parents are active in volunteering. The campus is gated and has beautiful grounds. As a parent and teacher I am so happy my children are attending this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Love Smith School! From the tremendous parent involvement to the amazing teachers I can't imagine a better school for my 2 kids. The State has put a lot of pressure on schools and kids have to learn more at an earlier age these days. If a child is struggling I have witnessed teachers partnering with the parents to help even devoting their own time after school if necessary. I was surprised at some of the comments by previous reviewers but at Smith parents are seen as partners in the academic process. We have great community and parental support as well from all socio-economic classes which is necessary with shrinking budgets and increasing pressure to achieve. "It takes a village" as they say and that is what you get at Smith. Caring faculty a principal that knows most kids by name and a group of parents that feel committed to making our school an amazing place to be.

  • (3 years ago)

    Smith 10 years ago (Mr. Vernoy as principal) did not have snobs and cliques. We have noticed this changed through the years as we had our oldest who attended Smith and youngest is currently attending. Although we ignore these snobs and cliques. We care about our kids education and success. Smith is a great school and teachers are very helpful. Great fundraising activities social events and programs available for the kids. Wonderful PTA members. Mrs. Nathanson really cares about our the kids and the school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Not sure where that last reviewer is coming from. I have never encountered any rude staff or teachers. Kids who struggle are given help. If your child isn't being helped then find out why not rather than say the whole school is against you. The community around Smith has several neighborhoods of various socio-economic backgrounds from apartment living to people renting smaller homes to owners of modest to elaborate homes. All of us contribute to the school whether in time or money...I know people in all of the various neighborhoods who help out and are friendly with each other. There are certainly a few snobs and cliques but I suspect you would encounter that almost anywhere. The majority of us care about the kids.

  • (4 years ago)

    Teachers are not interested in teaching children that may struggle with some subjects. Office staff are often rude to parents. The community surrounding the school is snotty and many parents are rude to families they see as being 'inferior' and of 'lower class' than they are. Facilities are nice but can't make up for the fact that teachers and staff don't communicate with parents and the snobbery of the surrounding community is sometimes unbearable.

  • (4 years ago)

    Emma Smith goes above and beyond to provide my child an excellent education. The teachers principal office team and parent volunteers work cohesively to intelligently provide programs that will have the most impact on our children's learning. Without these extra programs Smith would still be a good school...but the programs are what make it a great school! Go Cougars!

  • (4 years ago)

    It is the best community for people from all backgrounds. We have parents working harder than ever to make ends meet where the state keeps cutting. As one parent said 'Our children are only as strong as those they swim with' as she marches off to start a Latino out reach program. The teachers and administration are always working above and beyond to make our school the best place for the children who attend.

  • (5 years ago)

    It has great parent involvement!!!!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Emma Smith Elementary for its caring teachers. They keep life on campus 'light' because they know how hard the kids work all day and how much pressure they put on themselves. Life is tough for kids these days. This faculty prepares them for real life (NOT for the 'reality' that television portrays). Keeping it GREAT! Smith Elementary!

  • (5 years ago)

    The parent involvement is great!!!!! My daughter loves this school .........

  • (5 years ago)

    they have the best teachers! They care they are fun and they are all about the students!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Emma C. Smith Elementary because we have a Faculty of Teachers who really care about the students. They are always willing to have Parents come in and volunteer. They participate in Holidays with the children often dressing up and performing skits. They also attend our biggest school fundraiser and donate their time to help raise funds to be used through our PTA. Ina addition to our Teachers our Principal is very accessible and is always mingling with the children. She is approachable and fun! The school is remodeled and takes pride in keeping clean with fresh flowers planted decorations for Red Ribbon Week Holidays and Seasons. It is a full sense of community when you walk on to campus! We are very lucky to have such a wonderful school!

  • (5 years ago)

    great teachers great community support!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has the best facilities and teachers that our grandchild has ever had!

  • (5 years ago)

    Awesome parent participation...

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(based on 30 ratings & reviews)

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