School Details

Northside Elementary School

860 Cave Valley Road, Cool, CA 95614
(530) 333-8355
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-6 343 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

53%
41%
56%
83%
63%
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
  • Black Oak Mine Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
38%
46%
70%
64%
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
  • Black Oak Mine Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
53%
65%
60%
51%
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
  • Black Oak Mine Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
58%
60%
55%
55%
65%
61%
58%
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
  • Black Oak Mine Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
60%
60%
62%
59%
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
  • Black Oak Mine Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Northside Elementary School is a public elementary school in Pilot Hill. The principal of Northside Elementary School is Wendy Westsmith, whose e-mail is wwestsmith@bomusd.org. 343 students go to Northside Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 0.7% of the Northside Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 36% of the 343 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Northside Elementary School is 20:1. Skyridge Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 87% 87%
Hispanic 8% 6%
Multiracial 1.0% %
Asian 1.0% 0.5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 0.9%
Unspecified 0.7% 3%
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.2%
Filipino 0.3% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36% 31%
Limited English proficiency 0.7% 0.5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    I have had 2 kids go to this school and have experienced some term-oil over the years however as things changed I can see they are for the better. We moved here from Danville 10 years ago and both children started here from K on up. I love the added music program and love the teacher's willingness to listen to your concerns and make improvements. I feel like the curriculum is well designed and not sure how it would be much different anywhere else. Even after trying a self-study program it became evident this school is good if not even better than a self-study environment.

  • (5 months ago)

    Northside is different in so many amazing ways. The principle is very involved with students knows most if not ALL of their names does yard duty lunch room duty has interest in her students academics as well as their social lives. The staff works cohesively with each other and parents. It is truly a positive atmosphere to be in. My children are so happy we moved from another school in the district. The transition was smooth and as painless as possible thanks to the efforts put forth by the teachers secretary's and principle. The school nurse is fantastic and fantastic at her job. I could go on and on about all the amazing things Northside has to offer a garden for students to plant and harvest fresh fruits and veggies from said garden on the lunch menu fun Friday's Monday town hall meetings the Northside song A.R achievement awards beautiful location most importantly happy confident educated students. I have the utmost confidence in Northside to educate and prepare my children for Jr. High.

  • (5 months ago)

    As a parent in a small community I have had nothing but a positive experience with Northside since my son began there in TK and now is in the second grade. I have found there to be a lot of individual attention they think outside the box to help achieve both academic and behavioral goals have unique programs that I feel living in a small community can only truly provide. It's more like a small family. I do not feel there are "clicks" as previously stated but I suppose that would be anywhere as well as both good and bad teachers. Thus far my son's teachers have all been exactly who he needed and have handled him well...not the easiest when it comes to behavior! Lol. As for parent involvement I am a single working mom but still volunteer in the am before work and love that both the staff and students have grown to know me so well... There could be more involved but again I think we would find that almost anywhere! My son would be devastated if I withdrew him from his NS Bears! Go Bears!

  • (5 months ago)

    e moved from Danville CA (which has a very high great school rating) several years ago and joined the Northside Family in 2009. Our children have benefited greatly from the GATE offerings garden classes student clubs and music program. All the children seem so engaged in their unique classroom environments weekly blue bird walks led by students and rangers harvest of the month veggie tastings from the Northside Student Farmers walking Wednesdays art and the list goes on and on. Compassion is taught and modeled all over campus from the office staff taking extra time to heal a booboo to teaching personal responsibility for poor decisions. It's not just a school it's an inclusive extended family.

  • (5 months ago)

    I absolutely adore Northside!! My young son has attended since Kindergarten and I fully intend to keep him enrolled in the school and district throughout his school years. I love that the school goes above and beyond in creating an amazing learning environment that includes but is not limited to a school garden and math and literacy nights. The school is situated in a small town which really means huge amounts of community involvement and a strong emphasis on teamwork volunteerism and not to be repetitive community. The school acts as it's own support system that everyone is involved in from students and staff to volunteers and local businesses. There is solidarity in this school and the leadership ensures that the students are given the best opportunities possible and they never ever stop pushing for even more positive changes. Furthermore I attended Northside from K-8 long ago and can tell you firsthand that throughout the years the school environment has continued to thrive and still feels like home.

  • (5 months ago)

    I feel blessed to have my children enrolled at Northside. The teachers administration and support staff that we have interacted with have been lovely. When we moved to the area we did not plan on enrolling our children at Northside-- we were planning on private school. Years later I am so glad we are Northside Bears! The cirriculum is challenging yet tailored to students abilities. The parent involvement is very refreshing there are dozens of parents that devote their time and love to this school. Safety is a priority on campus-- I have the utmost confidence that my kids are safe at school. My favorite part about Northside is that the entire school has embraced our local educational opportunities. The kids work in the school garden visit our state parks delve into our rich local history and resources and develop a love and respect for our community in the process. My little students love their little school and I love sending them there. I am proud to be a part of this scholastic family.

  • (5 months ago)

    We currently have two children attending Northside and we couldn't be happier. There are so many wonderful things about this school that are beneficial for our children the student Garden for instance its a hands on learning experience and they have a Harvest Feast at the end of the year where they cook food from the garden for the children Family Math and Literacy Nights an Accelerated Readers program. Lunches are hand made by the school not frozen and microwaved. The school also received a California Distinguished School award for 2013/2014. We live in a small community which makes its easy to build relationships with other parents and teachers. We've had excellent communication with the teachers our children have had so far. I'm surprised about the negative comments below when this school has so much to offer the best thing you can do if your having an issue is to address it and/or to get involved to help make changes.

  • (5 months ago)

    My daughter has been going to N.S. for 3 years i have had nothing but the best experience with the teachers whom are over the top dedicated at heart to their students. I am truly surprised by the negative comments below all though there are always going to be people who will be negative regardless of any circumstance and feel they know all.

  • (9 months ago)

    Pretty sad that one of the first things you see when on Northside Elementary is that "Bets know for seed of change"... really?! Who proofread before submitting? No wonder why our kids can't spell or have a tough time with their academics!!! With this being a small town school many of the teacher and parents are quite "clicky" which makes for an obnoxious and juvenile example for the children.

  • (11 months ago)

    Northside school has some really bad administration and even worse teachers. There is very little parent involvement and the program leaves a lot to be desired. We expected a more positive balanced experience. The bully behavior in students is reinforced by the staff and administration. If you stand outside the K class at the right (wrong) time you will hear her in there yelling at the kids! It's horrible! No child deserves to be subjected to that kind of behavior.

  • (1 year ago)

    We spent too many years dealing with poor teaching (only a FEW good teachers) bullying poor administration and a terrible school board. We pulled our kids out of this district and it was the best thing we have ever done for our children.

  • (1 year ago)

    Northside school has some good teachers and some bad teachers. The good ones are great. The bad ones are very very bad. Hopefully they will do the community a favor and retire since they don't have their heart in education anymore. We all remember how important having a decent teacher is and how it makes all the difference to the experience of a growing child. Good luck!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have had the pleasure of being a parent at this school for the last 7 years. My son is in the 6th grade now. We have seen alot of positive changes throughout the years. The school continues to improve for students. There is a new parent group called the Northside Dream Team that includes parents staff AND students to help implement these positive changes. There are some new teachers there as well. The principal Wendy Westsmith is an active member of the school and not just a person sitting at a computer.

  • (2 years ago)

    Northside is now a K-6. It has some fantastic veteran teachers and some new ones too! The best part about Northside is the approach to community involvement. They have the Seeds of Change Program which is a school garden with it's own Farmer's Market run by the students! My student has learned so much about science biology and math just from this experience alone. Addtionally they have a wonderful parent volunteer group called the Dream Team with two different meeting times to accomodate parents busy schedule. All this and a solid academic approach.

  • (4 years ago)

    Northside School is clearly committed to its students and community. The staff has adopted Highly Effective Teaching as a course of study during the summer which means our students learn in ways that are rigorous AND relevant and completley hands on! This year students learned hisotry through their own Renaissance Faire's Silk Road California History Museums and more. MIddle schoolers took the challenge of a Ropes Course and fifth and sixth grade students traveled to Muir Woods and Fort Bragg to learn about ecosystems! Great Teachers and a fabulous staff!

  • (5 years ago)

    I believe that Northside is an average school for the area. If parents want better they should look for a private school or get involved more. I have been involved with this school for 4 years and it's true that some teachers need to retire because they have lost their passion for the profession. On the other hand the school district have lost a lot of funding because of the economy. I think that the school is doing the best that they can do with the resources that they have. Overall it's a safe and well rounded school except for the extracurricular activities...

  • (5 years ago)

    My my how the comments have changed over the last 4 years. That alone should tell us something. Our family has been and Northside for years and we have experienced many changes not one for the better. The sports teams are weak and there is no staff interest in making this an experience the students will enjoy. Because of budget cuts and the lack of raises due the teachers the teachers have lost interest in the extracuricular activities. We have discussed removing our children from Northside to put them into a more well rounded enriched school atmosphere. If you are new to the area check the academic scores before enrolling.

  • (5 years ago)

    Northside School is going out of its way to improve the quality of education for its students. The vibrant energetic new vice principal who has strong people and communication skills balances out the principal who has strong administrative skills. While there are a couple of teachers who need to retire the rest are willing to put in the extra time and effort to help all the children be successful contributing members of our society. The economic problems existing today are hard on the school but the administration seems to take these into consideration and do the best they can. My children always feel safe at Northside and I wouldn't change that for the complications of a big city school any day.

  • (6 years ago)

    Northside school has dedicated teachers and has worked hard to engage parents and community members. Their recently revised school plan demonstrates a commitment to accountability and support for all kids. Parents are very involved and feel welcome at the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    As a a result of inadequate teaching; absence of leadership; weak and boring education program; weak instruction; laziness of teaching staff; absence of 21st century learning and instruction we have removed our children from Northside. Many other caring smart and savvy parents have done the same in order to provide their children with the education they need to be prepared for the world. The school is an embarrassment.

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