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Alice M. Birney Elementary School is a public elementary school in Pico Rivera. The principal of Alice M. Birney Elementary School is Gisela Casta?on and can be contacted at gcastanon@erusd.k12.ca.us. 577 students go to Alice M. Birney Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 38% of the Alice M. Birney Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 76% of the 577 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Alice M. Birney Elementary School is 21:1. Lawrence T. Magee Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Dance

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 97% 96%
White, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 0.4%
Unspecified 0.7% 1%
Filipino 0.5% 0.4%
Asian 0.3% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.03%
Multiracial 0.2% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 9855%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76% 65%
Limited English proficiency 38% 29%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    My grandson attends Birney Elementary he is a special needs student and he has progressed so much since he started with Birney his teachers are exceptional and he loves them all.....but I must also say that it is the small things in life that matter the most; Birney Dads Club comes around every Christmas Eve to give a gift to the kids I don't know if it's only for Special Needs children or for children with single parents but I and my daughter are forever grateful that they made it possible for my grandson to see Santa come to the house for the past 4 years. God Bless you for all you do

  • (4 years ago)

    Both of my children attend Birney Elementary School. I feel Birney's teacher's are it's greatest asset My daughter has had the pleasure of having three of Birney's finest teachers and under their instructions has grown leaps and bounds in terms of scholastic achievement. My son is in his first year at Birney and is already reading ( phonic reading book) when the school year began he didn't even know all the letters of his alphabet. I feel so fortunate in that we are able to send our children to such a fine school.

  • (5 years ago)

    My niece's and nephew attend Birney as did I and my siglings. There was a rough patch a while back when the teacher seemed disinterested in helping my niece maximize her potential. That has not been the case the last 3 years. All the teachers I have dealt with are great. They have all been very encouraging and my nieces and nephew have all excelled. The principle is very open to hearing our concerns. Parent involvement is high. I have even noticed that some of my high school alumni are now teaching there. The fact that Birney was recognized as a distinguished school only helps to make us feel better about the instruction and care taken with each child.

  • (6 years ago)

    It should be mentioned that Birney Elementary is both a California Distinguished School and a Title I Achievement school. All three of my sons have attended Birney Elementary over the past several years and my youngest son is currently attending Birney. While there have been many changes in that time there are some things that have remained consistent. One is how the staff seems to be able to work as a team across grade levels to educate our kids. Some teachers team more than others but the entire staff is involved and communicates with one another about their kids. Another constant is the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the school. Students and parents feel safe and accepted. It makes a difference when my son says wants to be at school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I feel the staff is great! We do have some teachers that put more effort than others but all our abilities put together have brought success to the majority of our students. You will get the parents who disagree but they are mainly the ones who put the 100% on the teachers without realizing that teachers can not do it all especially when there is no support from home. Most successful students are the ones who have a trianlge working. Parent involvement is the key. They must take the time to look over homework and stay on top of what is going on in the schools. Parents ask your child everyday what did you learn? How was your day? etc.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son has gone to Birney since the beginning and I can honestly say in his 5 yrs there he has had 2 good teachers. I feel that the teachers need to step it up and really help these kids my son has struggled this last year and his teacher has no interest in helping him all he does is send another kid his age to teach him and I don't think that's right we pay the teacher to teach our kids but I guess they don't see it that way. The principal the have now is worthless she just as bad as the teachers. Birney elementary really needs help in finding better teacher that can really focus on our kids.

  • (8 years ago)

    What an outstanding job principal Ms. Norman and her school staff have done in the past 6 years my daughter has attended Birney Elementary School. I have had the pleasure of working along with some of the best teachers each with their special qualities have help enhance the educations and lives of my child. As you can see this well blend of teachers and staff have made my daughter become a happy and well balanced student that is planning to come back as a successful doctor to your El Rancho School District Dinner of Honor for past students. But if this was not enough Ms Norman has gone out of her way along with our hard working Gardner to beautify the school grounds with beautiful plants. This has not only shown our children love for nature and respect but also a pinch of pride to attend their beautiful school everyday.

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