School Details

Ocean Shore Elementary School

411 Oceana Boulevard, Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 738-6650
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 421 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

72%
69%
56%
55%
79%
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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
60%
46%
73%
77%
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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
72%
65%
73%
78%
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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
71%
60%
77%
73%
65%
85%
73%
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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
71%
60%
56%
66%
55%

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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
69%
60%
61%
55%
52%

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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

42%
45%
50%
77%
72%
57%
64%
67%
52%
72%
77%
67%

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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Ocean Shore Elementary School is a public middle school in Pacifica. The principal of Ocean Shore Elementary School is Karen Gnusti and can be contacted at kgnusti@pacificasd.org. 421 students go to Ocean Shore Elementary School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 5% of the Ocean Shore Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 12% of the 421 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Ocean Shore Elementary School is 19:1. Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Japanese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 51% 49%
Filipino 4% 11%
Hispanic 23% 15%
Unspecified 14% 15%
Multiracial 13% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.2% 3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 12% 17%
Limited English proficiency 5% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 months ago)

    This school has some things I cherish- things other schools have begun imitating. It is a "parent participation" school which means that I get to watch and help my child in his classroom get to know his friends and his teachers not to mention the other parents. Their Ocean's 411 week is a deep-dive (pardon the pun) into specific elements of ocean learning integrating into the curriculum through science art and math. Diversity Day International Learning Day Literacy Week are all annual events that bring special and unique opportunities for the kids to learn things they may not in other schools. The hands-on learning field trips almost monthly are incredibly important to kids and teachers alike. This school is as close to a private school without the fees that we could find and I wouldn't do it differently were we to have the chance again. The teachers are committed wonderful people partic. the 4/5's which are the best teaching years the school offers. Middle school has its challenges at the moment with new teachers new class sizes and new Core Curriculum but I have every faith they will iron out the kinks in the next year.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love the school although the volunteer hours are quite tremendous. I like the idea of lots of field trips. Indeed my kids learned a lot from those trips especially overnight trips. However I agreed with one of the parents' comment that the school should focus more on academics.

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school! Everyone working together to ensure that the kids get the best education and guidance. Field trips provide a wonderful out of class experience for the kids too!

  • (1 year ago)

    Ocean Shore I feel this school is not emphasizing enough on academic. For example there are too may field trips during school year and there is not enough decent computers for students. As a result Math is lagging compare to other schools nearby. This is the time that we need to produce more well prepared math and science students.

  • (2 years ago)

    I love Ocean Shore!!! Parents and teachers work very hard together to make sure our children get the best education. My son look forward going to school because of all field trips and activities. If it wasn't because of the hours the parents put in none of that would be possible! This school is a great school...

  • (4 years ago)

    Reading all these glowing reviews I get excited about the ideal of what OSS promises all over again. I reviewed this school in 2008 and my opinion is still that OSS still requires a lot of work with regard to character building. The adults at the school from parents to school personnel need a constant reminder that children learn by what we do not what we say. For example respect can be taught in very simple concrete ways. When a child goes hungry because several adults refused to listen and dismissed that child it is neither nurturing nor respectful. Tolerance and compassion are hallmarks of COMMUNITY. Sadly we have not experienced the community collaboration and sharing that is so often mentioned here. We do so wish that other families would reach out to each other with sincerity. Once again I hope OSS adults will take it as a challenge to act on rather than a personal attack.

  • (5 years ago)

    An excellent example of and an ideal school environment - with teachers parents students and administrators !

  • (5 years ago)

    A community of dedicated teachers students parents and administrators.

  • (5 years ago)

    The commitment and dedication of the teachers to help their students be the best they can be in all areas.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ocean Shore is a wonderful school. Our children are enriched with all types of learning tools rangeing from typical class lessons to hand-on learning so that everyone can truely succeed.

  • (5 years ago)

    Wow what a community! Families helping out in the classroom kids getting core curricullum supplemented by the talents of all those parent volunteers.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ocean School offers as versatile a curricum as funds allow; children are learning in all areas and learning well. P.S. I am a grandparent and need a category under 'I am!'

  • (5 years ago)

    The teachers are passionate about giving their children the best education possible

  • (5 years ago)

    So many families at Ocean Shore School are willing and happy to donate hundreds of hours in order to give our children the most educational and enjoyable experiences possible.

  • (5 years ago)

    Passionate about children!

  • (5 years ago)

    The experiential education it provides the school gives the children a stimulating environment for learning. It shows them how to apply what they learn in traditional classroon instruction and prepares them to be active community participants.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great program great kids!

  • (5 years ago)

    I taught at this school. The parent support is awesome and the teachers are very skilled.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great community. A lot of hands on learning. Excellent teachers.

  • (5 years ago)

    Ocean Shore has a great staff and great opportunities for parent involvement.

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Overall score

(based on 49 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
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