School Details

Placer Elementary School

8650 Horseshoe Bar Road, Loomis, CA 95650
(916) 652-1830
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 434 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

58%
68%
56%
72%
81%
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
  • Loomis Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
64%
46%
78%
78%
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
  • Loomis Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
80%
65%
85%
83%
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
  • Loomis Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
79%
60%
75%
82%
65%
81%
81%
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
  • Loomis Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
79%
60%
82%
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
  • Loomis Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
83%
60%
84%
85%
52%

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
  • Loomis Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
50%
50%
80%
81%
57%
57%
70%
52%
80%
86%
67%

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
  • Loomis Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Placer Elementary School is a public middle school in Loomis. The principal of Placer Elementary School is Carolyn Cowles, whose e-mail is ccowles@loomis-usd.k12.ca.us. 434 students go to Placer Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Native American or Native Alaskan. 4% of the Placer Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 15% of the 434 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Placer Elementary School is 21:1. Franklin Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 91% 85%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 1%
Asian 0.7% 1%
Filipino 0.6% 0.6%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% 0.9%
Unspecified 0.2% 7%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 3122%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 16%
Limited English proficiency 4% 1%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    Our family experienced Placer Elementary for the first time this past school year and we loved it! We felt safe loved and educated. The teachers administration and office staff are wonderful. We are looking forward to the fall!

  • (3 years ago)

    Our child started at Placer in the 2006/2007 school year she is now going into the fifth grade. She is the second child that we have had in Placer. Sometimes she has attention problems however the teachers have all been understanding and have been outstanding with her. The principal and and school staff are wonderful with all the students that attend here. This is the one of the best schools in our district. We are very lucky to have such caring teachers and parents in this area.

  • (3 years ago)

    We specifically moved to the Loomis School District 7 years ago so my children would enter Placer for Kindergarten. My twins are currently entering 6th grade and my youngest 3rd. Each year each teacher and grade has been a wonderful experience. I moved my children from a private school to this public school and couldn't be more pleased with their academic performance. The K-8 environment is very community oriented. The older grades are encouraged to mentor or "buddy" with the younger grades. With all the budget cut backs no one would know with the way Placer has adapted. We have a fabulous music program a strong PE curriculum and drama department. The opportunity for parental involvement from assisting in the classroom to an enthusiastic PTC really makes Placer a FAMILY school. Every teacher and staff member is committed and caring. You feel that from your first visit to the school office and meeting Mrs. Bergstrom to working with our principal Mrs. Cowles.

  • (3 years ago)

    When our first child attended Placer school some years back the teachers and staff were great but the principal was a prevaricating jerk. Our second Placer student is in 5th grade and we fortunately now have one of the finest principals greatest teachers and support personnel in the entire state. Parental involvement at Placer is phenominal which reflects the dedication and quality of the leadership and staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is the best in the Loomis Union School District. The principal is positive professional and dedicated to the safety and academic achievement of her students as well as being supportive of her teaching staff. The teachers are positive progressive and enthusiastic professionals. Most of the parents are involved with the school support the educators and reinforce learning and behavior goals at home.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love Placer School because it's a positive caring environment with good leadership and dedicated teachers. The parents are involved in school and partner with the teachers and children to make our school a great place to be. Our students are great kids who continually strive to be better in academics and character as do the educators at our school. Even with 11 additional unpaid furlough days the staff gives time and energy to be there for the students. The parents support their children and teachers by being in the classroom or assisting with classroom work or sending in prizes for the children or even leaving the teacher a small gift of encouragement. It's a very positive and caring place to be with honest caring ethical people of strength and integrity. The focus is on children and their success -- not politics and not power.

  • (5 years ago)

    I have 2 children attending this school and they are absolutely thriving. This is their second year and the teachers they have worked with have been terrific. The teachers have really shown a concern for the students; make them work hard but not waste their time; and the kids really like coming to class.

  • (7 years ago)

    This school is incredible. I'm a bit shocked at some of the negative reviews. If I had a choice of schools in the Loomis District I would 100% stay at Placer.

  • (7 years ago)

    I love the country atmosphere! A Principal who set a better example for the students would do much to improve the schools quality. Many teachers have years of experience and are super!

  • (7 years ago)

    It's a wonderful school except for the complaints about the Principal.

  • (7 years ago)

    Poor teachers. My daughter has been at Placer since 1st grade. She has only had 2 teachers 1st and 3rd that have really cared about the students success.

  • (9 years ago)

    Placer Elementary is a wonderful school that takes a lot of pride in themselves. It has a wonderful community feel. The academics are strong with an strong emphasis on differentiated instruction to meet individual kids' academic needs. The teachers and staff are caring loving interested and involved in each child. Placer has an Art Docent program run by parent volunteers a music program for grades 3 and up with band starting in 5th grade musicals and drama productions and talent shows. STAR a California-based non-profit offers after school extracurricular fee-based programs and after-school care. Sports programs are strong including basketball volleyball track cross country plus intramural during lunch hours like field hockey and flag football. Parent Involvement is outstanding. The Parent-Teacher club is highly organized involved pro-active and enthusiastic. They are responsible for raising thousands of dollars to help the school with various needs like computers uniforms playgrounds track and $500 for each

  • (9 years ago)

    This school is wonderful and I wouldn't change anything about it. I love the staff and the country attomosphere.

  • (9 years ago)

    The problem at Placer Elementary is with the 7 & 8th grade teachers. There is room for a few problems here. For math students had class time to work on homework however the teacher was not available to help students having problems. During this homework time 1 tv on and 1 stereo were always on. The class is utter disorder with kids jumping over chairs running around. The teacher never corrected the homework thus no incentive to do it. For science they had great books great subjects but again the teacher NEVER corrected the science packet so again why take the hours and hours to do it when one can quickly put any word down and get it right. (one got an A if packet looked completed). In English they wrote 1 essay/year where as Loomis elementary wrote 25 essays/year. In History and Science SOME kids got to take tests with open book

  • (9 years ago)

    The academic programs are above average. Sports activities are limited; however we moved prior to a new gym being added. The classes are to large.

  • (10 years ago)

    What makes this school amazing is the team effort put forth by the staff and the parents. There must be close to 100 volunteer parents who dedicate their time and effort.

  • (12 years ago)

    Clear lack of proactive and positive leadership by the principal. The educational quality in the lower grades appears to be good however inconsistent from teacher to teacher. The K-8 system seems to have trouble providing an adequate education to the 7th and 8th graders. Very poor language arts program in the upper grades. The strength of the school is with the many quality teachers. There is a real lack of extracurricular activities at this school and there are virtually no elective options for the upper grades.

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