School Details

Sierra Elementary School

1100 Thompson Way, Placerville, CA 95667
(530) 622-0814
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 449 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

76%
65%
56%
89%
81%
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
  • Placerville Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
57%
46%
93%
76%
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
  • Placerville Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
69%
65%
78%
79%
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
  • Placerville Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

74%
70%
60%
70%
65%
65%
75%
68%
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
  • Placerville Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Sierra Elementary School is a public elementary school in Placerville. The principal of Sierra Elementary School is Natalie Miller and can be contacted at nmiller@pusd.k12.ca.us. 449 students attend Sierra Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 13% of the Sierra Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 51% of the 449 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Sierra Elementary School is 18:1. Ocean Grove Charter School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 68% 70%
Multiracial 6% %
Hispanic 23% 16%
Unspecified 11% 12%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 1%
Asian 0.6% 0.3%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 1278%
Filipino 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 53%
Limited English proficiency 13% 11%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter went to Sierra while it was still Sierra Accelerated and when it changed over to Sierra Elementary. Any time I had any issues or had any questions about the school the staff teachers and principal were always available to help. My daughter excelled at this school and being of a darker complexion I was always afraid that she would be picked on but instead we were welcomed into the community with open arms. Because of the foundations this school has instilled into my daughter she has excelled all the way through high school maintaining a 3.0 or higher GPA while taking advanced courses. Rosalind G.

  • (2 years ago)

    Love the staff and students! The small town is a great place to have my children and the teachers have pride in thier work and really care for the students!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a great school. My kids really love it here. The teachers are awesome and really care about the students.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is the best elementary school in the Placerville area. The teachers are great an so is the parental involvement.

  • (3 years ago)

    I have two children that have attended Sierra since kindergarten. The office staff teachers and principal are all amazing! They are all caring dedicated individuals whose priority is to see that all of their children feel safe confident and have the tools that they need to become successful adults!

  • (5 years ago)

    We absolutely love this school. My son is in 1st grade and cannot wait to get to school. The teachers are excellent and the principal shows great leadership.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is our first year at this school. I have two boys and they were a little nervous starting a new school. They started school a week ago and love it. Both really like their teachers the school offers a lot of things for the kids to do as where the last school we came from didn't offer anything. A+++ for Sierra!

  • (6 years ago)

    My oldest daughter goes to Sierra Elementary. This has been a great learning environment for her. The teachers really seem to love their jobs. I cannot wait for my youngest to be old enough to start at Sierra

  • (6 years ago)

    My children feel so safe here! Its like one family. We moved from southern California and were welcomed with open arms!

  • (6 years ago)

    Both my girls go to Sierra School and love it the teacher's are great and the Principal is 100% from what I have seen my oldest daughter needed help in Reading and she go it with the help of Title one. Parent's need to get involved and really see how great Sierra School is..KK

  • (7 years ago)

    I had to move my child from here. The reading program was weak and math was not consistent between teachers. I understand the school recently has gone through some changes. Hopefully they can work this out.

  • (7 years ago)

    Sierra school is a prime example why 'pay for performance' is a good idea. The quality of instruction is not consistent between grades or even teachers of the same grade and the dedication to the student seems to be lost on seperate agendas. The 'yard duties' have a very difficult job and would probably benifit from more organization and instruction on child behavior. Too often a child is hit or kicked while the yard duties attention is elsewhere. The music program is superior to programs I have seen in other districts and is definately worth mentioning. The teachers and principal could be more communicative to the parents and on a more timely basis. Sierra has all the ingredients to be a very nice top notch school and would be if the focus could be redirected to what really matters the student and his/her education. Parental involvement has been extremely high.

  • (7 years ago)

    The quality overall seems to be lacking compared to other schools in the area. Perhaps a little more focus to the curriculum could resolve this. Parental involvement in some classes is almost too high as some teachers tend to lean on them to complete their work.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son hates going to school now because of the 4/5 academy parent do not have a choice to be in the academy or not. Most of the teachers are very nice & love teaching the office staff is nice and the lunch program is great.

  • (7 years ago)

    The principal is not very approachable. She does not take care of issues that need to be addressed or welcome parent involvement. Overall teachers are dedicated but are working with lack of leadership and needed supplies to succeed.

  • (7 years ago)

    My children have attending Sierra School for 3 years. I have seen many changes with the schools organization communication safety and overall Performance. There is no communication this year between teacher/principle and parents. My fifth grader has struggled to stay afloat with the piles of homework he receives daily in the 4th-5th grade academy. He has been failing and only received a notice at report card time. My opinion if a student is failing you would want to get the parents involved.

  • (7 years ago)

    School is supposed to be a safe environment for a child. This year my child was hit kicked and picked on too many times. There is a no hitting back policy. Why doesn't the principal do something about someone getting hurt? As far as academics go they rush through math. The early bird program is too big to help so many students. I've tried numerous times with the help of the district office to get on the internet program to check my child's progress. I can't get on it won't work. Feeling helpless.

  • (7 years ago)

    Not happy with the current school year. I agree that expecting 4th and 5th graders to change classes 'to get ready for Markham'(middle school) is way too early. Isn't that what Markham is for? There has been very little personal voice communication from the staff/faculty this year as opposed to the two previous years that my child was enrolled. This year most correspondence is printed like a news letter however not all kids at this age are responsible enough to ensure that the parents actually receive these notices. Had a very bad experience with the last fund raiser (flowers). Order didn't get turned in on Monday I went to school Tuesday morning to turn in $126.00 in orders but was rejected for being late?

  • (8 years ago)

    The teachers [are] not very effective in communicating assignment expectations as well as giving prompt feedback to the parents as to the problems or progress.Their lesson plans need more development also assignment coordination needs to be done among periods. I think expecting a 4/5th grade to perform to a Jr. High regimen is too soon to attempt.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great atmosphere for kids to grow and learn. After two kids and 8 years at this school I would highly recommend it. No negative comments we miss the school after both kids have now graduated. Very approachable staff and administration who like parent envolvement but have a wide variety of students with social and economic backgrounds.

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