School Details

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary School

Test Scores by grade

88%
83%
56%
93%
87%
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
  • Pleasanton Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
73%
46%
96%
87%
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
  • Pleasanton Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
88%
65%
91%
90%
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
  • Pleasanton Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

81%
86%
60%
88%
86%
65%
87%
87%
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
  • Pleasanton Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary School is a public elementary school in Pleasanton. The principal of Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary School is Mike Kuhfal and can be contacted at mkuhfal@pleasantonusd.net. 709 students go to Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary School and are mostly Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 10% of the Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 6% of the 709 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Phoebe Apperson Hearst Elementary School is 23:1. Walnut Grove Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 9% 8%
Multiracial 5% %
White, non-Hispanic 42% 58%
Asian 41% 26%
Unspecified 3% 2%
Filipino 2% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 14875%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 5%
Limited English proficiency 10% 6%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Hearst is an absolutely amazing school. We had our children in private school in Concord before moving to Pleasanton and I'm happy to say that we are much happier with Hearst than we were with a school that we had to spend thousands to attend. Mr. Kuhfal is absolutely amazing and knew all of my kids' names within 3 weeks of the school year beginning. The children are expected to be polite and courteous to others and are challenged in the classroom. I am especially impressed with the playground rules that are designed to leave no child friendless. It made for a very easy transition for my kids! Academically the school is obviously top notch as the scores indicate. It's all the extras that surprised me. I feel like we won the lottery with this school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Excellent School. The techers are very hands-ons making sure everyone is attended to/cared for. We are very happy with the school. PTA is very strong and active. Well rounded Curriculum.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent school and committed principal. My children adore the principal and they came from a school where the principal didnt even know their names. The PTA works hard to keep our school above average despite the state funding challenges. Great school with for the most part committed teachers and committed parents.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a great school with dedicated principal and teachers. But some of the tenured teachers who have been there for a long time are too laid back and don't challenge the students adequately. I wish there was a way to give the principal and the board feedback in terms of an year end evaluation of the class teacher.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is our first year at Hearst and we are extremely impressed by the leadership of Principal Kufhal. He is a great administrator and caring towards all the students. The teaching staff is great also. The only downside of this school is the parents and students are not as friendly to the new families or students. I don't feel there is a sense of community at this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a great school. I have 2 kids enrolled there and they both love it. This school is well balanced on all levels. They have great school spirit enthusiastic parents and great staff at the school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Our family moved here 4 years ago. Initially I was worried about how our children would adjust but the transition period was minimal. Each of them are very happy that we moved here and each is doing very well both academically and socially. I credit the success of the school to a number of factors Mr. Kuhfal is a tremendous administrator the teachers and staff are extremely dedicated and there is very high parental participation & enthusiasm.

  • (8 years ago)

    When I moved here I had no transportation and I could not get my daughter to school making me have to home school. The staff at Hearst as well as the District worked so hard to get her into the school. Within three weeks she was enrolled at Hearst. Making it easy as we just live right across the street. Thank you Hearst!

  • (10 years ago)

    What a wonderful school! Parent involvement is outstanding with several parents helping each classroom. My (2) Kindergarteners adore their teachers. The classrooms are fun but focussed equally on respect and consideration amongst the students.

  • (10 years ago)

    We moved here from another supposedly 'better' school. However as my kid attends his second year at Hearst we feel that the school the principal the staff everything is top-notch. I am most impressed to see Mr. Kufal directing traffic rain or shine even when he was on crutches. You can't find a more devoted and committed group of educators and administrators here. Way to go Hearst!

  • (11 years ago)

    Excellent school. Teachers are enthusiastic. Our kids like Hearst.

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