School Details

Walter Hays Elementary School

1525 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94301
(650) 322-5956
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 529 students 16 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

83%
84%
56%
88%
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
  • Palo Alto Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
80%
46%
92%
90%
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
  • Palo Alto Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

89%
91%
65%
88%
91%
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
  • Palo Alto Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

91%
91%
60%
93%
90%
65%
93%
91%
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
  • Palo Alto Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Walter Hays Elementary School is a public elementary school in Palo Alto. The principal of Walter Hays Elementary School is Carol Piraino, whose e-mail is cpiraino@pausd.org. 529 children attend Walter Hays Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 8% of the Walter Hays Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 8% of the 529 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Walter Hays Elementary School is 16:1. St. Elizabeth Seton School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 57% 47%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 3%
Asian 26% 28%
Multiracial 2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 12147%
Unspecified 12% 13%
Hispanic 10% 8%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.6%
Filipino 0% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 8% 8%
Limited English proficiency 8% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 years ago)

    I love teaching at Walter Hays. Everyone is truly vested in the child's individual education and each child is valued for himself/herself. Differentiation is the key to meeting each child's need.

  • (7 years ago)

    Walter Hays is a wonderful public school with excellent teachers. The curriculum is broad and well-balanced integrating visual literacy music and performance in teaching basic academic subjects. The facility is charming. The principal leads well and openly. This all became especially clear to us when we moved to Illinois to a city known for its 'top schools' that in no way compare to Walter Hays.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school and it really prepared my child for middle school!

  • (8 years ago)

    Walter Hays was great for my child and had wonderful teachers!

  • (9 years ago)

    A high quality school with hardworking dedicated teachers. The emphasis is on overall development of the child and not strictly test scores.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a very good school with very high academic expectations and achievement. The parent community is extremely involved. The teaching is creative and rich for the most part with a lot of very good teachers. There is a fair amount of art outside science classes drama and music although most of these programs are slowly shrinking because of diminishing funds.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has very high parent participation in terms of time and financial support. As a result this school has been able to finance additional classroom aides. The kids seems to benefit from the extra help and score well in state-wide standards tests. On the flipside some may view that the school is unduly influenced by a small core group of parents making it difficult for other parents to become involved in the decision making process.

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