School Details

Palisades Elementary School

26462 Via Sacramento, Capistrano Beach, CA 92624
(949) 496-5942
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 513 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

56%
67%
56%
55%
72%
65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
59%
46%
61%
74%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
82%
65%
85%
81%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
77%
60%
78%
71%
65%
83%
78%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Palisades Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Juan Capistrano. The principal of Palisades Elementary School is Steven Scholl and can be contacted at scsholl@capousd.org. 513 children attend Palisades Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 17% of the Palisades Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 37% of the 513 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Palisades Elementary School is 18:1. Capistrano Home School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 62% 65%
Multiracial 4% %
Hispanic 31% 19%
Asian 1% 5%
Filipino 0.8% 2%
Unspecified 0.8% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.2% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 19%
Limited English proficiency 17% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great teachers! Principle seems to be on the side of the parent nice guy but don't expect to get certain things done! He has a tendency to bury his head in the sand when action needs to be taken.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son loved Palisades. He went from 2nd-5th. He loved all of his teachers and had a great experience.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has a new principal which has totally changed the atmosphere on campus for the better! He is open to new ideas and is very enthusiastic. The situation is a complete 180 since the last review was posted in 2010. The office staff are most kind and helpful a very active PTA and OUTSTANDING teachers!

  • (5 years ago)

    We have been here two years so far and notice there is a bigger emphasis on rewards for raising money than anything. No community projects no special ed inclusion no genuine interactions between principal and parents. Very cold. Closed. Our children are here because this is 'our' school (though it doesn't seem that way).

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the teachers at Palisades. They are kind caring and dedicated to their students. The parents are real accepting and dedicated to the success of the children as well.

  • (5 years ago)

    How can you not love a school overlooking the Pacific Ocean? It is a great environment for learning offers a great after school progran in the YMCA and the faculty are committed to children (even in the midst of all kinds of budget cuts).

  • (5 years ago)

    Palisades is an awesome school because the faculty and parents make it a very nurturing place to learn!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have sent my three daughters to Palisades. They received an outstanding education all becoming gifted high achieving students who have become life long learners. They love to read because of the teachers encouragement they got throughout their years at Palisades to read and enjoy reading. They are going to college graduates and a one year graduate of Palisades who all had stellar education at Palisades.

  • (5 years ago)

    great community school. very involved parents. awesome staff.

  • (5 years ago)

    Despite the challenges of diminished budgets our school students teachers staff and parents included contiune to step up and work together to overcome and help our school flourish. We are a community and together we make a difference.

  • (5 years ago)

    There are so many reason I couln't possibly list them all. 1. We have great Parents 98% participation in our PTA 2. Awsome Teachers our teachers have been at palasades forever... some were students here. 3. We have an Ocean View ...how can you not love that !

  • (6 years ago)

    My second grade son joined this school mid school year and the teacher greeted him warmly with a pack of of new friends for him in tow. This school has given him all kinds of special assistance and now he is really reading. What a wonderful school!

  • (6 years ago)

    Our child is there and we have been very happy. It's a very diverse and community oriented school with lots of wonderful kids families and teachers. I notice that the test scores for math are quite high relative to English. That doesn't surprise me looking at the work coming home. All math. No emphasis on writing. I have been disappointed with the creative aspects of learning. But this school has a mixed reputation and is trying to stand out. Since all us parents use test scores as a means for comparison what choice do they have but to teach the tests. It's boring but the system is broken . I do not blame the school. Despite the first reviewer I see a core group of parents contributing both time and money. Our teachers have all been thoughtful and engaging and deeply interested in teaching. I think Palisades is a wonderful school.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is really struggling to find itself and our 'wave' children are caught in the currents. Most adults at the school are more concerned with saving themselves perhaps a sign of the rip currents at bay but nonetheless wonderful parents have abandoned ship and refuse to contribute time or means to such a disrespectful unappreciative non-student focussed staff. The message from the lighthouse is clear test scores non-creative textbook usage and not making any waves is what is truly value among many of the staff who have either passed their day in the sun and need to pull up anchor or who are too scared to get past the white wash and have missed the students-first boat completely. Warning parents who want to protect studnets rights or voice needs lifeguards ideas will be shot down on sight after all what do you know about educating a child? Wave goodbye!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a great school with awesome teachers. I hope you enroll your kid to this high academic school!!

  • (8 years ago)

    My son went to Palisades from 3rd to 5th and my daughter is now in 2nd and has been there since K. I think it is a wonderful school all the teachers we have had have been fantastic. We came from Ole Hanson which I loved and was a bit hesitant about how Palisades was going to be but overall I have been very pleased with the education the involvement of the other parents the teachers and the Principal.

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