School Details

Orion Alternative School

815 Allerton Street, Redwood City, CA 94063
(650) 363-0611
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 205 students 17 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

71%
48%
56%
80%
64%
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
  • Redwood City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
42%
46%
71%
66%
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
  • Redwood City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
57%
65%
82%
67%
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
  • Redwood City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

54%
50%
60%
71%
59%
65%
59%
45%
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
  • Redwood City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Orion Alternative School is a public elementary school in Redwood City. The principal of Orion Alternative School is Cathy Okubo, whose e-mail is cokubo@rcsdk8.net. 205 students attend Orion Alternative School and identify mostly as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 21% of the Orion Alternative School students have "limited English proficiency." 21% of the 205 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Orion Alternative School is 17:1. The Discovery Center School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 43% 21%
Hispanic 39% 70%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Filipino 2% 1%
Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 10% 3%
Unspecified 1% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 9258%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 21% 61%
Limited English proficiency 21% 48%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Orion is a great school academically and socially. It is the kind of school which makes students and parents cry when they leave. The parent involvement requirement means that there are adults everywhere no bullying or stealing. Teachers can focus on teaching. Children have interest likely due to the parental interest but come from all walks of life. Support for special needs children is excellent and the aids also interact with all children as a bonus. There is an especially dedicated librarian and a very rare focus on reading authors and the literary side. Test scores are not very high likely due to a lack of enthusiasm for test preparation among not only staff but parents and to the very diverse student body. Many teachers are parents of Orion Alumnae turnover is low. Several teachers have spouses or children in high-stress professions so they know what is required for children to achieve. Facilities are constrained but well utilized and very clean and orderly. Probably the best elementary school in RWC though North Star Academy has a Middle School attached and more homework which will attract some. Too many good things to say too little space.

  • (2 years ago)

    Orion is wonderful small tight knit community. Community events include camping trip ice skating night holiday craft fair author/illustrator fair. My daughter entered 2nd grade as a new to Orion student and has been welcomed by all the children. There is a very respectful feeling between all the students and between the students and teachers. I love that they call their teachers by their first names seting a tone of mutual respect to the learning environment. Orion requires parent hours to be fulfilled but it is fairly easy to do so. I work part time and my husband works full time but we are able to fulfill our house pretty easily. There are weekend at home and evening opportunities to volunteer. If each of us takes two mornings off per school year we can drive on 4 field trips where we get double hours going a long way toward our hours and its fun too! Too bad there may only be one kindergarten class next year that will be almost filled with all siblings. Don't let this deter you apply anyway they may open another class you never know. If you don't get in tell the district you want more spaces open for this program they need the feedback from the community.

  • (3 years ago)

    I feel very blessed to see my grandson Andre attend Orion! The teachers are wonderful & work so well w/ the family. We have been very disappointed in many other schools in Redwood City that my other grandchildren went to. Thank-you teachers assistants & volunteers! You have made a great healthy learning environment for our children. My 5 yr. old grandson loves the school! This is so important for his outlook of schools & his learning interest for the future.

  • (4 years ago)

    This is a wonderful schoool my daughter gortin a san carlos district school but we choose Orion over it because of the feel of community and the parent participation make this school feel like the kids are learning from physics to sewing to art Thank you all the parents for enriching my daughters life

  • (5 years ago)

    Orion is such a wonderful elementary school. Enthusiastic skilled and respectful teachers warm and efficient staff plus great parents all foster an environment where our children become happy confident learners.

  • (5 years ago)

    It's a charter school that focuses on teaching the whole child; tolerance conflict resolution respect charity responsibility with top notch academics.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Orion because it gives my beautiful Emeline the opportunity to be the best that she can be!

  • (5 years ago)

    passionate students teachers administrators and parent participation

  • (5 years ago)

    Great head of school great teachers mandatory parent volunteer hours open philosophy

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Orion Alternative School because it is a school that helps make learning a joy for my granddaughter.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Orion because of its small nurturing environment- there is definitely a community not just a school! The staff parents and students all make Orion a very special place.

  • (5 years ago)

    learn through play the kids have fun every day at school and are excited to tell me every thing they have learned!

  • (5 years ago)

    The parents are so involved here that the school has become a community - not just a place the kids go but a place we all love to be!

  • (5 years ago)

    Orion provides a wonderful opportunity for parents to participate in their child's education in a meaningful way.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the fact that so many parents are involved and that the teachers and staff are very dedicated. It's such a warm and friendly atmosphere.

  • (5 years ago)

    I just joined the Orion school and my daughter loves it . It a great environment. The teachers are great and the parents are amazing

  • (5 years ago)

    Orion is an extraordinary school. It is truly a 'gem'. This is small school where everyone knows each other with incredible teachers an amazing and giving parent community and has very bright children eager to learn. Orion should be a model everywhere of what a school should be. My daughter can not wait to go to school every morning!

  • (5 years ago)

    Orion is about teaching the whole child. The parents and teachers make this a special place for learning by expanding the standard curriculum to include multi-cultural events student clubs and activities and school-wide events ranging from hosting an annual author/illustrator fair to a family open invitation campout. The small school atmosphere definitely makes a connected community where parents can help out in various ways. From my experience the more you put in the more you and your child get back.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have sent two children through this school and the great teachers sense of community and parent participation help the students to thrive and give them the skills to suceed well as they continue into middle school. The small number of students and the closeness of the community nourish the student and build their confidence creating a strong ethic which allows them to rise to the challenges becoming active in other schools as they proceed to higher learning.

  • (6 years ago)

    As parents of a new Kindergartner we couldn't be happier with the environment teaching or focus of the school. In every way our expectations have been exceeded. We appreciate the opportunity to help in the classroom and the grassroots atmosphere of taking ownership of our child's education. Seeing Orion's test scores rocket to 870 (one of the best in Redwood City) is only proff of our perception.

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