School Details

Collins Elementary School

1224 Pinole Valley Road, Pinole, CA 94564
(510) 799-8389
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 370 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

46%
46%
56%
48%
51%
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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

53%
37%
46%
69%
58%
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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

64%
55%
65%
70%
62%
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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
46%
60%
62%
51%
65%
46%
42%
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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
48%
60%
47%
42%
55%

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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Collins Elementary School is a public middle school in Pinole. The principal of Collins Elementary School is Tracie Manipis, whose e-mail is tmanipis@wccusd.net. 370 students go to Collins Elementary School and are mostly Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 22% of the Collins Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 53% of the 370 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Collins Elementary School is 18:1. Stewart Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 27% 23%
Hispanic 26% 46%
White, non-Hispanic 21% 11%
Multiracial 2% %
Unspecified 13% 5%
Filipino 12% 5%
Asian 12% 10%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1% %
Pacific Islander 1% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 29755%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53% 64%
Limited English proficiency 22% 33%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    When we first started at Collins last year I felt like i had a blindfold on because there was no information about this school. I was pleasantly surprised on the "small town feel" it had and how supportive the PTA is. I look forward to continuing my children's education here and being a part of the Collin's Community! As with all schools the more Parental Involvement the more Success!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have two children at Collins and have been very pleased. The test scores have steadily increased for the past few years with this year's scores making Collins the highest scoring elementary school in Pinole. The PTA provides lots of fun events for the kids and supplements many of the school's needs. The school is very old but has a lot of character. Proud to have my children at this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is a wonderful school. The PTA has some of the most dedicated loving concerned parents that I have ever met. They work really hard to raise money for the classrooms and they provide several family events a year for everyone to have fun. Most of the teachers are wonderful. The scores have risen every year for the past 4 years. Unfortunately the district seems to have forgotten poor Collins. The building is starting to fall apart and they can't seem to get any relief. We are excited to meet a new principal in the fall.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school has NO security whatsoever!! the front double doors are wide open and always unlocked. There needs to be some kind of intercom system installed to protect the children and teachers that go there. The campus is wide open and ungated so anyone can get in through any entrance...front back side. as for the school there are good and bad teachers. Unfortunately this school failed to get my son the help that he deserved. What is No Child Left Behind anyways? The parents on the PTA board are a mess. They try to draw you in by gossiping about the teachers and other students....

  • (1 year ago)

    I went to enroll my son in kindergarten here and while i was enrolling him the yard teach came in and said there is a man on the basket ball feild and is refusing too leave.. well as im handing them my papers for my son everyone was like what ever (about the man) i was thinking do i really want to put my son here and have to worry that nobody did anything about it nope we will be moving to livermore where the schools are much better rather struggle and have my son in a good school thenm have to worry about strange men on school grounds during school...hope you dont put ur kid here...

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to this school for more than 5 years and I thoroughly enjoyed the time. The teachers gave work that I could both apply and enjoy myself with. Although the school is deteriorating the staff take what they have and make the best of it. They worked on both my strong and weak points and my testing scores are high above average.

  • (3 years ago)

    Collins is the worst school to put your child in. My child came to Collins in the 5th grade. The staff there are nice but I'm not sending my child to a school to only be around nice staff. My child came from advanced placement at a school with an API score of 860. Her math ratings in math on state testing was 600 out of 600 and reading 416 out of 600. Collins have been unable to accommodate her intellectual ability. My child have not only been bored but I have noticed a change in her behavior do to the lack of mental stimulation. Her vocabulary has changed significantly. She isn't interested in continuing GATE because all they do is give extra homework. I could go on but I would like to end with a suggestion... If you are looking for a school that have staff especially a principal that have knowledge about the students a passion for the students success and that's willing to do research to get answers to unanswered questions. Choose another school!

  • (3 years ago)

    The schools boiler has failed over several years. The teachers have asked parents to bring portable heaters to their child's classroom on several occasions. This is the status-quo of our elected officials. The entire school facility is old and deteriorating. The teachers are great. The leadership is failing this school. With the hope from comments from you perhaps this school will get the attention it deserves. Remember to vote.

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has some of the best teachers and some of the worst. It is undergoing a transition from a traditional school to a more collaborative model. There are many wonderful families and a rich variety of cultures represented. There are also many families who are overwhelmed and who require considerable support. This is not a Title 1 School so there isn't funding for up to date training or adequate support for teachers. This creates a lot stress for the community. The Pinole Creek flows right behind the school and there are some spectacular coast live oaks.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has gone downhill over the years. I am very involved in the school and I am sad to say that there is more ignorance and apathy than respect and responsibility. If you are considering sending your child here you may want to reconsider. The same goes for prospective employees of the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    I tried to work here as a classroom assistant and simply could not put up with the lack of structure and discipline. The kids talk back to everyone including the principal who makes excuses for why they are doing it! Without respect I simply could not get anything done here and had to quit.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter started at the beginning of the school year. I think it is a great school. Her teacher acknowledged that she wasn't at grade level and we addressed the problem. She tutors her for 30 minutes after school. My child is now at grade level. She has a great teacher.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child entered this school recently. The kids are out of control and my daughter is not getting the education she deserves because other students are misbehaving without consequences. Do NOT send your child here!

  • (6 years ago)

    I am encouraged by the new leadership this year. The new principal's compassionate firm and consistent guidance is starting to turn things around. Of course it will take time and all of our support to truly make Collins the best place for our children. But I am willing to do what I can to ensure that the new principal succeeds in her mission to provide a good education for my children. My children are doing better than they have ever done before. They are very receptive to the caring guidance of the new principal. And if they are happy and doind well in school then I am happy!

  • (6 years ago)

    The new principal is awful. She lets the students run the school. This place is awful.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school was unbelievable. My son was only a student there for six months and that was way too long.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son has been in the school for 3 years now. The teachers have been pretty good but the student to teacher ratio is pretty high. There not able to concentrate on the academics as they are busy disciplining the kids. Extra curricular activites and the sciences are not given as much importance. I'm sure every parent has their own experience of the school but if I was to do it all over again I wouldn't have taken my son to Collins Elementary.

  • (9 years ago)

    Collins has a great community feel to it. The teachers and students show great respect for their school and each other. Extracurricular activites are available. There are many opportunities for parent envolvement.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have been involved with this school for 7 years now. I have seen an increase in discipline problems and a decrease in parental involvement. This school is in critical need of strong leadership and leadership that is appreciative of the countless hours certain parents/families have dedicated to this school. The majority of teachers at Collins are in my opinion remarkable! They are committed and well trained. With a strong leader this school would really shine. The sense of community at this school has been lost. It is time for new leadership and an opening for parents must be created once again...after all Isn't the school our children attend our school! Parents also have to accept responsibility as to what is happening in their schools. Don't give up or give in. Be a stand for our children and remember it's your school! You have a right to speak out! Stay strong.

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