School Details

Silver Spur Elementary School

5500 Ironwood Street, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275
(310) 378-5011
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 527 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

92%
88%
56%
96%
92%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
80%
46%
95%
91%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

93%
90%
65%
94%
91%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

96%
90%
60%
95%
91%
65%
95%
90%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Silver Spur Elementary School is a public elementary school in Rancho Palos Verdes. The principal of Silver Spur Elementary School is Jane Tasker, whose e-mail is taskerj@pvpusd.k12.ca.us. 527 students attend Silver Spur Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Hispanic. 5% of the Silver Spur Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 527 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Silver Spur Elementary School is 18:1. Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 65% 58%
Multiracial 6% %
Hispanic 6% 6%
Asian 21% 27%
Unspecified 10% 4%
Filipino 1% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.4%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.4% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 11821%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 1%
Limited English proficiency 5% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I don't see what all the fuss is about & frankly am very surprised by a lot of comments. All this school cares about is API score. There is no respect for the students if your child does not keep up they are not helped but told to hurry up. There is no scope to teach the individual either those that excel to push further or those that require help. The school is akin to a military camp where everyone must march at the same pace. Every child given the right environment yearns to learn in my opinion that environment is lacking. Maybe we had a bad experience but there was no communication from the teacher to us informing then of the expectations of the teacher we only found out at reports evening when told your child is behind! After discussing with the child they said they could have completed the easy tasks but didn't want to & wanted more challenging tasks which take longer. This one would have thought would be a positive BUT the teacher said do the easy ones to increase your score hence the conclusion API scores are more important than teaching or learning. Another example of no respect our child was told to "go away" by a teacher! Are API scores that important?

  • (1 year ago)

    Silver Spur elementary my child is in second grade and his teacher is not good or nice. Like other comments the principal does nothing to correct the disrespectful way in which the teachers communicate with the partents. We get treated like idiots for asking questions regarding unclear instructions etc. The principal also does nothing about bullies even allowing a terrible repeated bully to remain in the school after moving residence out of the school boundary for attendance! It is pathetic and I'm extremely disappointed. In addition the kindergarten students are not effectively watched by adults in the morning which is a huge safety concern that I've brought up to the principal time and time again along with other parents. Any adult can freely enter the campus at any time and go into any classroom. I also second that any parent that is able to give LOTS of money and responds to their non-stop requests for money gets preferential treatment at every turn. Each year I am asked to pitch in for at least 4 separate gifts for the teacher alone in addition to paying the annaul fee which already covers a teacher appreciation breakfast/gift.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is run by an ineffective principal who never addresses the issues brought on by concerned parents. This school is all about conformity and any parents who ask questions or bring up issues concerning their children get absolutely no support or assistance from the principal. Her responses are always short and vague that never offers solutions or corrective actions. It seems that she is a pawn to influential parents who seem to run the school. Very few teachers are effective with most being ineffective due to the poor leadership at this school. Most good teachers have been forced out because they don't conform to the robotic non nurturing environment. This school is all about who has the money and who can raise the most funds for the school and district. The principal chooses to look the other way regarding district state and federal policies to appease those who can benefit her position. The children have no examples of good moral characters except for the few teachers who try to break out of the disingenuous mold. This campus is in need of new leadership so the focus can go back to the safety and well being of the students.

  • (2 years ago)

    Silver Spur has a number of strengths good teachers excellent parental involvement and great programs in place for intervention and enrichment. My main issue with the school is the fact that about half of the kids in each grade are a year older than they are supposed to be. A ridiculous number of parents send their kids to developmental kindergarten which drives the curriculum for each grade level up to the next grade level. So your first grader will be expected to work at a second grade level etc. If this problem was addressed however I would have mostly good things to say about the school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Overall we are happy with this school. Academically challenging and well structured. Caring teachers and principal.

  • (2 years ago)

    Silver Spur is a wonderful school with caring teachers and a fabulous Principal. Parents are highly involved in both the classrooms and the PTA. I'm very happy that both my kids have had a chance to attend such a great school.

  • (2 years ago)

    If you are looking for a military style bootcamp school this school is for you. Kids do not get required age appropriate exercise. Kids are not allowed to run at recess in the yard. Kids are not allowed to contact even during free play. This school is very poor in emotional nurturing of kids. Some teachers are great but most are rigid. This school is all about conformity - if you would like a programmed robot child rather than a creative and critical thinker then this is the perfect school for you. This school maintains its rating by weeding and bullying out the children and parents that do not fit their mold. This school was a traumatic experience for my child. Write your own review

  • (3 years ago)

    The best elementary school on the hill! Due to the great teachers there knowledgeable principal's leadership and all the parents that choose to be involved. Very competitive!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have a son in this school who loves it! He's doing very well and has many friends. Parents are very involved. We are looking forward to our second child attending next year. Principal is great! Addresses issues at the school immediately discreetly and with grace. Teachers are concerned and work with the individual in mind. Wish more permanent structures!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school professional and qualified staff and a solid principal combined with high parent involvement all add up to a quality education. I work in education on the other end of the spectrum and I can say we are blessed to have our child go to this school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall the school is strong but the short K day can be a frustration as can be the lack of attention until forced recently by a local proposed charter school to the high number of highly gifted students. Some cliqueishness among parents you will find that anywhere. Most teachers are outstanding a few are best in the LA area but there are a few who need work in terms of motivation. Students are 100% safe except in the 2 far first grade classrooms that border the street and necessitate a solo walk to the bathroom outside. Principal works hard office staff could use some congeniality training but again that is true everywhere!

  • (7 years ago)

    The key to success has been assembled by a professional staff tenured and outstanding faculty and parents that stand in line to help in the classroom and campus life. Both of my kids have exceeded their goals in fun and learning with displined skills for middle school.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is an awesome school! The teachers are the best. The school programs are great too. Parent involvement is at an all time high.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is a wonderful elementary school. The teachers are outstanding and very involved. The children love to attend school. Parent involvement is high.

  • (9 years ago)

    We're extremely happy with Silver Spur. The principal and teachers are very strong and committed to the success of all students. Parent involvement is exceptionally high too. Our daughter loves her teacher and is thriving in such a positive environment.

  • (9 years ago)

    Silver Spur is an amazing school.

  • (9 years ago)

    The parent participation at Silver Spur is unbelievable. It is not mandatory but their is a waiting list to be able to get in and work in your childs classroom.

  • (11 years ago)

    Silver Spur is a top-notch school. The teachers are among the best in the nation. Their professionalism and dedication to our children is unsurpassed. If you are planning to move to Palos Verdes this is the best elementary school on the hill!

  • (11 years ago)

    Silver Spur is an excellent school. Our daughter is thriving both academically and emotionally in an atmosphere of high educational standards within a nurturing and positive environment.

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(based on 21 ratings & reviews)

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