School Details

El Morro Elementary School

8681 North Coast Highway, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
(949) 497-7780
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 650 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

85%
84%
56%
87%
90%
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
  • Laguna Beach Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
79%
46%
91%
88%
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
  • Laguna Beach Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
92%
65%
93%
90%
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
  • Laguna Beach Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
85%
60%
84%
87%
65%
89%
90%
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
  • Laguna Beach Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

El Morro Elementary School is a public elementary school. The principal of El Morro Elementary School is Christopher Duddy, who can be contacted at cduddy@lbusd.org. 650 children attend El Morro Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Unspecified. 10% of the El Morro Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 15% of the 650 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at El Morro Elementary School is 20:1. Newport Coast Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Football
  • Golf
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 72% 83%
Asian 7% 3%
Unspecified 4% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Hispanic 14% 8%
Filipino 1% 0.3%
Multiracial 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 3025%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 6%
Limited English proficiency 10% 3%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    The academics at this school are high and challenging which I had heard from many of my neighbors before sending my son there. I was suprised before my son started there that not one of those parents I met sent their children to this school even though they felt the academics were excellent. I was told by almost every parent that the reason they changed their children to private schools was because of bullying at the school. However I did enroll my son in the school. Unfortunately I found that they were correct about the bullying. It's pretty bad.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is pure and simple a powerhouse of education and development. From my son's experience in the Laguna Beach public schools - first grade - only 17 kids were in his class and he received plenty of attention. His teacher was top notch - young and highly educated and motivated. The classroom is fully decked out in high tech including full touch sensitive video screen instead of blackboards or whiteboards. Students can take extra classes after school in academics arts and sports. ....and parent involvement in fund raising and support has been very heavy. The leadership is dedicated motivated highly effective and focused on improvement. Some say El Morro and Laguna Beach schools are "public private schools." I would agree with that....

  • (5 years ago)

    It's an exceptional school with exceptional teachers and programs. The administrators educate care and nuture their students.

  • (5 years ago)

    It puts students first. This school has the majority of the English Learners in our town. To help them they invited the AAUW to form an after-school Learning Club. We work one-on-one with kids who are referred by their teachers. Our TLC kids all improve in English reading and math by the end of the year.

  • (6 years ago)

    What can be better than to educate children in a school that teaches with heart and emphasizes character development. We have a PTA that is second to none under the direction of Lynn Gregory and a batalion of parents ready and eager to help. Schoolpower is a dedicated endowment organization that continues to make it possible to enrich students parents and staff in all arenas that reflect the community we live in with rich exposure to the Arts. The teachers are dedicated to helping each child reach their individual goals and maximize their potential. El Morro is a great place to be and who could deny the fact that we have one of the most beautiful setting nestled into the Pacific coastline.

  • (10 years ago)

    Emphasis is heavily liberal arts. Teachers are excellent and the staff turnover is quite small. The principal is new (2004) but has experience at the middle school level and seems to have the energy and intelligence for the job. The parents are highly envolved and the administration works well with the communitee. All 5 of my kids have attended and we are very satisfied with their overall experience.

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