School Details

Mira Catalina Elementary School

30511 Lucania Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 377-6731
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 345 students 15 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

80%
88%
56%
85%
92%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
80%
46%
90%
91%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

85%
90%
65%
74%
91%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
90%
60%
86%
91%
65%
90%
90%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mira Catalina Elementary School is a public elementary school in Rancho Palos Verdes. The principal of Mira Catalina Elementary School is Grace La Tegola and can be contacted at lategolag@pvpusd.k12.ca.us. 345 students go to Mira Catalina Elementary School and identify as Multiracial; Unspecified; and White, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Mira Catalina Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 2% of the 345 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mira Catalina Elementary School is 15:1. Miraleste Kindergarten is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Unspecified 7% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 63% 58%
Asian 6% 27%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Filipino 3% 2%
Hispanic 16% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.1%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2% 1%
Limited English proficiency 6% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I think I'm in a unique position to critique this school. I have had several children at Mira Cat spanning several years starting when Todd Mirsky was principal up to the current administrator Mr. Eagan. The school has really changed over the years. The Keeney years were by far the best. Recently I have been seeing a rise in bullying and aggressive behavior teachers who seem to have lost their mojo (these are the same teachers who taught my eldest children over 10 years ago) and an overall decline in what used to feel like a warm and nurturing environment. For the first time in all of the many years my family has spent in. PVPUSD I'm considering other options for the education of my child all because of this school

  • (1 year ago)

    Have had 2 children attend through 5th grade. Last year started very tough but ended on one of the brightest notes of our history there. The new principal Mr. Egan did make and I'm sure will continue to make an amazing difference in this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Grades K-3 Excellent. . . . Grades 4-5 - Could use more emphasis and rigor in the math program perhaps looking closer at the teachers covering this topic and assessing if another teacher can do a better job. This is a key area where a student can easily fall through the cracks and this will impact the pathway through middle and high school. Find the best math teachers and pay them extra (of course the teacher's union would be against this along with many other meaningful reforms). Many parents ask about tutors after a difficult math test when the subject matter was not well covered. Unfortunately class size jumps by about 10 students in grades 4-5 not just at Mira Cat but all elementary schools on the Hill. The PTA is excellent and (with help from the District) was able to fund a new $100K+ play structure for the lower field. Hopeful that the new principal will put Mira Cat on a better footing all signs are looking positive! PS - A few years ago during State funding cuts a beloved 5th grade teacher one of the two best teachers at the school was given a pink slip due to union-driven last-in first-out seniority rules. Fortunately for our kids he was retained.

  • (1 year ago)

    Agreed. This school used to have a great reputation years ago. Many teachers take their jobs lightly and don't spend time really teaching the kids how to read. Kindergarten should be doing more than parties when there's a need for the kids to be learning how to read in the classroom and not just at home. Which leads me to my next point so much of what the teachers "teach" is passed on to the parent. Projects are busywork and not ever done at school and teachers expect parents to either teach it themselves or pay top dollar for a tutor. Most people don't say that they have tutors but it's a common factor for way too many kids. The new principal seems very good but hopefully knows that he can't make everyone happy and do the right thing too. Hope he starts to light a professional fire at the school or we may look elsewhere for future years.

  • (1 year ago)

    Mira Cat is a great little gem of a school hidden on top of the peninsula. The parents are very active and work very hard to make sure their children have valuable school experience. With new principle leadership this year we should continue to improve.

  • (1 year ago)

    As a new parent to both the school and the state last year I am pleased to say our experience has been a very good one. From the staff to the families to the PTA I don't have anything but good things to say. Involvement in any school is key and I got a lot out of going to the PTA meetings especially since things are very different here with the funding for education. My son made friends easily (and so did I) and we are pleased with the smaller enrollment compared to other schools in the area. The energy level is very positive too with a new principal coming in the fall and lots of new faces in the school getting involved in the PTA and in the classrooms.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a great school and the principal strives to listen to everyone's input. The PTA on the other hand leaves a lot to be desired. It is basically the "good ole gals club" and if you have fresh ideas you are seen as a threat. The PTA can be cut throat at times. Mira Cat has a lot of parent talent but parents are turned off from being part of the PTA.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has excellent principal leadership and exceptional administration staff however it does have a few teachers who seem to be 'racing to retirement'. This school boasts excellent tests scores as proof of its method of 'teaching to the test' and there are many areas in which the students miss out on other ways of learning. I have watched this school continue to improve greatly over the last few years and my students felt very content and secure while attending. Mira Catalina could use technology a little more efficiently and possibly look around and see what other resources are being used by other school in the district as well as the state of Califoria. Overall a parent should feel very good about having their child attend this school.

  • (6 years ago)

    Mira Catalina is a great school. The teachers are committed and the principal (Mr. Keeney) is genuinely concerned about his students--both socially and academincally. I would highly recommend the school to any parent.

  • (8 years ago)

    It's an excellent school. Kids will be challenged to reach their highest academnic potential. Thanks to high parental involvement and donations the school provides a music program and P.E. in all grades. Mira Catalina also strives to teach kids the principles of good character.

  • (11 years ago)

    Great school! The children thrive there and feel a place of belonging. The staff is wonderful.

  • (11 years ago)

    There is a lot of parental involvement a great plus. The school lacks effective leadership. There are quite a few great teachers and some mediocre ones.

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