School Details

James L. Bunker Elementary School

6071 Smith Avenue, Newark, CA 94560
(510) 818-3100
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 572 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

80%
54%
56%
87%
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
  • Newark Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
46%
46%
86%
70%
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
  • Newark Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
60%
65%
80%
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
  • Newark Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
58%
60%
84%
75%
65%
82%
56%
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
  • Newark Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
54%
60%
61%
55%
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
  • Newark Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

James L. Bunker Elementary School is a public elementary school in Newark. 572 students attend James L. Bunker Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 21% of the James L. Bunker Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 29% of the 572 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at James L. Bunker Elementary School is 18:1. Louis Milani Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Arabic

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 38% 12%
Hispanic 25% 45%
White, non-Hispanic 23% 20%
Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 11% 8%
Filipino 10% 9%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 6551%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.5%
Unspecified 0.2% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 47%
Limited English proficiency 21% 25%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My son finished his 7yrs of elementary education at Bunker We have had a 7 great years there. We were sad to move out of bunker. All teachers are very good and nice and are approachable after or before school unlike other schools. Principal was one great leader always on the school grounds greeting. Of course office people can be little more nicer. Wish bunker families great progress and success. Thank you so much... Wish computer lab will be functional soon.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are happy at Bunker but it's just an average school. If you have child that is above average or a high achiever it may be hard for the teacher to notice their need for more advance work assignments due to the large class sizes.This school offers no computer lab but this may be a district problem. We are going to try a new program next year due to our child's needs and desire to achieve more for herself than what is offered with the current California education curriculum.

  • (2 years ago)

    My daughter just completed 6th grade at Bunker. She has had a great experience there and will miss it. All her teachers have been outstanding Ms. Street Ms. Watters. There is alot of parent involvement in the school everybody does their part.

  • (3 years ago)

    The teacher principal and over all education is pretty good. This school is improving day by day.

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter just finished her kindergarten. She had a great experience at Bunker. Her teacher is really good. We love her! She seems to know all the kids pretty well even though she has 29 kids in the classroom. She would spend extra time to work with the kids who need help. All the kids seem to behave pretty in the class too. My daughter is lucky to have a great teacher at her first year of school!

  • (4 years ago)

    When we moved to Newark 6 years ago we did not have any information regarding the NUSD or Bunker School. My child has attended Bunker since kindergarten and we are very pleased with her development as a student and young person. We work on her home work every weekday evening and receive feed back through homework graded assignments and report cards. We have been given the opportunity for her to receive after school help with her weaknesses. Additionally we have always had access to her teachers and the principal. I believe all of Bunker s staff is very committed to the community and its students! Bunker is building students who have a strong foundation of the basics a great dedication to their education and who becoming life long readers! As involved parents my husband and I could not be any happier.

  • (4 years ago)

    I think teachers and staff do a great job specially considering the economic situation of the schools. The new principal has worked in my opinion in a very professional way. There is a great deal of parent involvement and all parents are welcomed to become involved. My daughter went to Kindergarten and loved her Teacher and now in first grade has told me that her teacher is as nice as the Kindergarten teacher was. As usual there are disagreement among parents some love the school and staff and some are not so happy because boundaries are set. Come to Bunker and be involved in your child's education. Bunker will be a great school for your child.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has the highest API of all Newark schools with a gain of 20 points for a score of 862! This is an amazing accomplishment and represents the hard work of each student staff member administration and parents! Students who need help can attend interventions and students who need to be challenged are given that opportunity as well. I'm happy to have my son at Bunker.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is my 4th year at Bunker as a parent and so far it has been very pleasant and safe for my child.I have appreciated and enjoyed the vision that our Principle has had for our school.She does have open door policy and she does make time for the parents.I have dropped by in her office.Bunker is a great school because it have great parents behind its students as well as teachers leading them.

  • (4 years ago)

    My family is new to Bunker School and while we have no experience with the school I'm confused by the previous post. It sounds to me like an unhappy parent attacking another post? Or is the parent attacking the webpage? I was looking forward to reading some honest to goodness reviews of the school and not the rantings of a conpiracy theorist. I look forward to experiencing Bunker for myself and countering these disjointed accusatory comments as soon as possible!

  • (4 years ago)

    Quick!! Make a copy before it gets scrubbed. Adminstrations from our Nations Capitol all the way to our Public Schools. Don't like it?? Simply get it deleted. The First Amendment is but a blink away from extinction. Look to the stars for your answer or perhaps the lack there of...

  • (4 years ago)

    New administration is not doing a good job. Parents feel that they are only needed when the school needs money and otherwise are a burden. You either feel like you don't know what you are talking about or your questions are an inconvenience from principal and staff. The open door policy is a joke as it takes several weeks to get an appointment with the principal. Then when you do she is condensending. The office manager often forgets your childs name or just doesn't care. Each child is a force to be reconkened with by her instead of being treated with respect and kindness. The lunch room is run like a boot camp. I have witnessed the monitors telling the kids that they will not get recess if they are not quite both feet on the floor etc. Not the same school it was 2 years ago.

  • (4 years ago)

    Academics homework burden beyond normal no help for children needing extra help no inspiration for higher achievers. State Standards is pushed with study to test. There is little if any enrichment learning. Parent involvement regarding academics is not welcome at local and district levels - but is welcome for fundraising efforts. Quality family life talents and skills is not considered important. Teachers extremely unhappy with one teachers integrity which fell on deaf ears when reported... as bad teachers are protected by Unions and can not be fired. Good Teachers hands are tied as they must teach to the test. In summary After years of trying to help improve the system which was to no gain we choose to leave Bunker and enroll in a Private School. I get no pleasure in writing a poor review - but this has been our experience.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child has been at Bunker School for several years now. My family was happy with the school and Mr. Chamberlain was a very great asset to the school. However recent encounters with the new administrator have left me feeling disappointed and even a little discouraged about my child's future at Bunker. I am not personalizing this I am basing this on what I feel other administrators would have done in the same situation. I was not happy with the process that was carried out. I honestly have lost all confidence in the new administration and I feel as a parent my child needs to have a more supportive understanding and empathetic environment in which to learn. We are even considering moving out of the school district next year. That's just my personal experience but I know there are other parents out there that feel the same.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is an outstanding school with exceptional teachers that teach from the heart.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school has taught my daughter so much in a year since we had moved. i am very proud of her and the teachers for helping her.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is a fantastic school. The teachers do an outstanding job getting the students to reach high academic goals the school is well organized and there is a sense of community throughout.

  • (6 years ago)

    So far the school is great. My son has the best and the brightest Kindergatren teacher who is all about new and innovative teaching. Other parents want their kids in her class!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is excellent my child loves it there.

  • (6 years ago)

    Best school! My son loves his school. Teachers are very good and have enough time to make kids understand a subject in a fun way. School Principal is a hard working dynamic person. School office staff is helpful and friendly. Overall this school is well balanced with good academic and cultural activities.

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