School Details

American Lakes Elementary School

2800 Stonecreek Drive, Sacramento, CA 95833
(916) 567-5500
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 522 students 15 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

44%
54%
56%
35%
61%
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
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

25%
45%
46%
48%
60%
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
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
65%
65%
60%
72%
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
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
62%
60%
41%
55%
65%
39%
55%
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
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

45%
60%
60%
46%
53%
55%

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
  • Natomas Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

American Lakes Elementary School is a public middle school in Sacramento. The principal of American Lakes Elementary School is Suzen Holtemann, whose e-mail is sholtemann@natomas.k12.ca.us. 522 students go to American Lakes Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial, Asian, and Hispanic. 29% of the American Lakes Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 80% of the 522 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at American Lakes Elementary School is 15:1. Rio Tierra Junior High School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Bicycling
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Asian 6% 13%
Hispanic 47% 28%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 20% 25%
Filipino 2% 7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 0.9%
Unspecified 2% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% %
White, non-Hispanic 10% 22%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80% 55%
Limited English proficiency 29% 17%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is small with a very involved principal and teachers who work as a well-blended team who meet the needs of the challenged and gifted students. Sstudents are closely monitored and this team teachers-principal have created their own local assessments to measure students. The school motto is 'Failure is not an Option and they really challenge themselves to live this every day. All what parents need for their children can be found here.

  • (6 years ago)

    My children just started at this school coming from H.Allen Hight (a brand new school) and I have to say that I am more impressed with this smaller (older) school. I have heard that previous years were quite a different experience but with the addition of the new prinicpal I have nothing but great things to say. The academics are more challenging the class sizes are much smaller as is the school. I feel as if my children are not swallowed up in the gigantic school size/classrooms any more. The staff is a little more mature in teaching experience and even the secretary at the front office make it her mission to have you feel welcomed and informed as a new family member of the school. I am excited my children have become Eagles of American Lakes and their excitment to learn has been evident ever since the move. Thanks A.L.

  • (6 years ago)

    I love the teachers here. The rsp teacher Mrs. Nakahara made my daughter who she is today. And that is what teaching is supposed to be.

  • (8 years ago)

    My 3rd grade son has been a student at American Lakes since Kindergarten. When he first started I thought the teachers didn't really care (nor the former Principal). Now with all the new teachers and a Mr. K the school is really turning around. The school scores went up this year due in part to more teacher and parent involvement. Also the PTA has helped tremendously and we will continue to help wherever we can.

  • (9 years ago)

    Modearte rating for the Special Education program. Teachers really care but it's not a strong learning program. No extra curricular activities offered other than the after scool programs offered through the City Rec programs.

  • (10 years ago)

    I feel the overall quality of this school is very poor. I can't speak very highly of the principal. My kids never liked her. I feel it's been wasted educational years for them at this school.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have a 1st grade granddaughter at American Lakes. She has had a wonderful year. It is so vital important that parents play a role in their child's education. My granddaughter has had a wonderful 1st grade teacher thanks to her teacher and her parents.

  • (11 years ago)

    American Lakes is a school that is continually growing and improving. Two years ago nearly half the staff were recent hires and new to the district. The teachers and the principal are focused on doing what is needed to help all children learn and succeed. With recent district cutbacks causing further roadblocks in curriculum development teachers are finding new and creative ways to teach the CA Standards. I encourage all parents to come into the classrooms visit and ask any question that they have. Open communication is the key to our continued growth and improvement.

  • (12 years ago)

    I have a 3rd grader at this school he's been their 2 years his first year was okay but this year has been awful. The curriculum is uninspiring no one is addressing the diversity issue besides the token multicultural night and the teacher he has now advised me that one reason things are so haphazard at the school is because in herwords' They have a lot of kids with issues'

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(based on 11 ratings & reviews)

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