School Details

John Swett Elementary School

4955 Alhambra Valley Road, Martinez, CA 94553
(925) 335-5860
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 422 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

68%
63%
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
  • Martinez Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
64%
46%
77%
83%
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
  • Martinez Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
77%
65%
95%
79%
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
  • Martinez Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
69%
60%
71%
74%
65%
71%
68%
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
  • Martinez Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John Swett Elementary School is a public elementary school in Martinez. The principal of John Swett Elementary School is Marjorie Pampe and can be contacted at mpampe@martinez.k12.ca.us. 422 children attend John Swett Elementary School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 6% of the John Swett Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 15% of the 422 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at John Swett Elementary School is 18:1. John Muir Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 60% 61%
Asian 5% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Hispanic 21% 19%
Unspecified 11% 10%
Filipino 0.7% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 1%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 4133%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 18%
Limited English proficiency 6% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    I have my two kids going to this school. 13/14 is their first year and very happy of the educational progress they are making. I like the school follow up system to get parents involved in their children education. I am so pleased with the home work and other school activities review sent home every Thursday. That really helped me stay connected with the school. The teacher are so great that I receive an update on upcoming projects or school activities. Keep it up Road Runners!!

  • (10 months ago)

    My daughter just came back from the local pizza place and ran into a group of mothers and their daughters from John Swett Elementary. Not all of them but a large group of them sat there and glared at her for over 20 minutes. My daughter came home in tears. Where do young women learn this vile behavior from?? Children learn HATE and INDIFFERENCE from their parents. The mother's who took part in this do not even know my daughter but if they did they probably wouldn't have behaved that way. My daughter is sweet kind and did not deserve this. Bullying occurs at so many levels but when your child is diagnosed with PTSD after attending a school you have to take a stand. Vicious gossip is meaningless and all it does is cause pain and confusion for children. Unfortunately at this school office staff teachers and parents all take part in this ridiculous nonsense.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son just finished his first year at John Swett and we've been very happy with the experience thus far. A huge positive at this school is the measure of parent participation across all grade levels. Lots and lots of involvement. The district has seen scores rise even during the recession and the community just re-funded a parcel tax for the schools which is helpful. A negative for our experience was class size... 27 kids in a Kindergarten class! Way too many kids. We were lucky that there were 1-2 parent helpers there every day though so you get the sense that the community is doing the best it can with what it's got. Test scores are rising but more importantly the kids seem happy and judging by the interesting home-crafted projects and such streaming onto campus throughout the year they're having fun too.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a school that has it all education teachers caring community parents who care not only for their kids but for all the kids a principal and staff that genuinely loves and cares for every student and parent at JSE and their stats on tests scores speak for themselves. This school is a team and this team wants success for everybody in the team no matter what and as a mom of a JSE student I am so proud to call JSE home for my son. The best education in town.

  • (5 years ago)

    John Swett Elementary is a great school! It has a balance of awesome teachers pro-active principal and parent participation. I would not want my kids going anywhere else.

  • (5 years ago)

    Amazing school staff and enviroment. Ms.Neely is one of the best K teachers I have ever had the pleasure to meet. My child cry's when she is sick because she cannot go to school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I think John Swett is the best school in the area. You get a small town feeling while getting a big time education. The school has an excellent staff and a PTA which seems to be involved with every aspect of the school. I am so happy we moved just to go to John Swett.

  • (6 years ago)

    I Love this school. I think Mrs. Pampe the pricipal is doing a great job. She knows my children and her involvement with my kids is first rate. I think Mrs Kent is an exceptioal teacher also.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am happy everyday that we made the choice to move and put our children in John Swett. I drop them off happy and pick them up happy. The Principal really seems to care about the children and parents concern. It is a breath of fresh air after the last school. There is always something new and exciting going on at the school and the enrichment classes put together by a very active PTA is great!

  • (9 years ago)

    Academic program is one of the best in our small district. Music science and PE courses are built in to the school week and the teachers are fabulous! Many other enrichment classes are offered throughout the year as well as GATE and art. The greatest thing about the school is the level of parent involvement. It is tremendous!

  • (9 years ago)

    Excellent staff. Well trained. Whole child learning. LASF Science and Art are strong programs.

  • (9 years ago)

    We have been at John Swett for 3 years and are very happy with the school. The teachers that we have had I am very happy with. The principal has been at the school for 2 years and there has been a big improvement. Thank you for your support with my childs education.

  • (10 years ago)

    Three generations of our family have attended this elementary school and all have gone on to be very sucessful. This school is in a rural setting and promotes good learning and an appreciation for the outdoors. Most recently my son completed k-5 at John Swett he is now a freshman earning straight A's. He graduated 5th grade as one of the class speakers graduated 8th grade with honors and we look forward to many more achievements. I firmly believe his sucesses are due in a large part by the possitive experiences and encouragment he recieved at this wonderful school by a very commited and talented staff.

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