School Details

John E. Steinbeck Elementary School

1714 Burlington Drive, Salinas, CA 93906
(831) 753-5780
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-7 604 students 21 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

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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
  • Alisal Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
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63%
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
  • Alisal Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
46%
65%
72%
65%
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
  • Alisal Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

52%
40%
60%
68%
59%
65%
36%
33%
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
  • Alisal Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

68%
43%
60%
68%
50%
55%

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
  • Alisal Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

John E. Steinbeck Elementary School is a public middle school in Salinas. The principal of John E. Steinbeck Elementary School is Dora Salazar and can be contacted at dora.salazar@alisal.org. 604 students go to John E. Steinbeck Elementary School and identify as Asian, Hispanic, and Filipino. 33% of the John E. Steinbeck Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 100% of the 604 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at John E. Steinbeck Elementary School is 21:1. Creekside Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 0.4%
Hispanic 77% 94%
Filipino 7% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 0.9%
White, non-Hispanic 11% 2%
Multiracial 0.6% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.07%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 8554%
Unspecified 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 100% 0.7%
Limited English proficiency 33% 70%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great teachers great parents (those who actually help out in any way) I'd like to see more activities and things centered around the kids just because and not have the only reason we do something for them to raise money. Their are many things we can improve on a lot of which require little or no money. A big reason for this situation is the lack of parent volunteers/donations. One possible reason we may be lacking help is because there isn't a decent system in place to communicate to parents. The PTO and many teachers aren't working together so that is one reason parents simply don't know help is needed. I think if parents and teachers all got on the same page and were excited about our school we could make a big difference! I'd love to see a spelling bee family reading night spirit days holiday themed celebrations student government sports for the lower grades school and/or possibly student ran newsletter student reading contest jog- a- thon and fitness week (which are in the works) ect ect. The bottom line is to see these improvements and have some fun while teaching our children we need parents to help in anyway they can and teachers need to get excited as well!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love going to this school like any other schools it had it's up and downs however it had more ups than downs than I can recall. I know the school right now is going to some hardship but the school was better served when Dr. Loya (RIP) was serving as superintendent; my class was fortunate enough to see him before he was forced to retire due to leukemia after the school went to a talespin but I think it's coming back to it's normalcy. Also Bob Schaar (RIP) may the school all worthwhile Bob-o you're surely missed my friend. He was a child's best friend while being a superior supervision to the kids and always wanted to helped out anyone that need his help.

  • (4 years ago)

    i love john steinbeck because its a great school my kids go there no gangs and its in a great area.the teachers and staff there are so nice and the teachers are good with kids.i think john steinbecj is a great school and should win.

  • (5 years ago)

    Steinbeck school does not seem to be very tentative. Parents and students are given misinformation on a daily basis. The Parent Handbook is misleading and lacks much needed information. I have requested that my son's teacher contact me over 5 times and I still have not received a response. The school lacks in communication skills and the staff are rude and disrespectful to parents and students.

  • (5 years ago)

    Steinbeck school is under some new 'management'. We have a new Principal and a part-time Program Manager who work great together as a team. I see some great and much needed improvements on the way. The teachers staff and parent involvement continue to be the best in our district.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son had Mrs. Montes for Kindergarden last year and she was great with the kids. She is by far the most popular and requested teacher for that grade level and for a reason. My son is now in 1st grade and Mrs. Edery has been very supportive and is a great teacher as well. John Steinbeck is a wonderful school that has a high parent involvement art class and music. I am very happy that Mrs. S in now our principal. She seems to be making a lot of changes to the school and for the better. The staff seems very happy with the change and I would highly recommend John Steinbeck for your children. I dind't rate Steinbeck 5 starts because unfortunately they don't offer the GATE program

  • (7 years ago)

    This school has lost it's luster since our first child attended in 1999. Unfortunately the principle Mr. Nava is more concerned about playing politician than attending to the deficiencies in his staff. When cornered with 'real life issues' concerning my child and how her teacher admonished her in an open forum in her classroom he sidestepped his way around the questions (like a politician) and had his staff (teacher) only reply to 'HIM' during a conference. If you enjoy watching your child prosper and get an education you might want to investigate a little more. The school does have some very good/great teachers.

  • (7 years ago)

    Overall this is a very good school if not best in the area.

  • (8 years ago)

    My oldest son started first grade at John Steinbeck School. He has been a good student with excellent grades and has participated in the Gifted and Talented Education Program. This school's principals teachers and parents have all been great and this is why this school is one of the top schools in the our city. Now my younger two sons are attending this school where the teachers and parents are doing all that they can to keep the art and music programs available to our children. I love this school and I know for a fact people move to this area just to send their children to this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Both of my kids have gone to this school. The education level is very high. Parents get very involved in their education. The music program is excellent. The teachers are great and very professional. I recommend steinbeck elementary to any parent that wants to have their child start in the right direction.

  • (9 years ago)

    Steinbeck is like a home away from home. A family. Parent involvement is phenominal. I love steinbeck

  • (9 years ago)

    This Kindergarten class (Mrs. Montes)in this school is simply wonderful. My son went in not knowing his letters or knowing his numbers and came out reading and doing math problems! Mrs. Montes uses the most fun ways to teach the children and to keep them interested in learning. The class is so well behaved and I am sad to be moving away from this school. The children of this class illustrated a book I wrote and 100% of the proceeds go to saving the Salinas Libraries!

  • (9 years ago)

    What we like best about this school is that it is a neighborhood school.

  • (9 years ago)

    Nice local elementary school in a quiet neighborhood. Most children walk to school. The school is newer and in good condition the teachers well qualified and the education is pretty solid - the only problem is the district in which it operates. The top-heavy district has been increasing class sizes and reducing programs requiring the parent group to raise money to maintain those programs. My two daughters did enjoy attending Steinbeck.

  • (9 years ago)

    Steinbeck has a strong parent support system including the Parent Teacher Club who suppport and fully finance a full time music teacher and part time art teacher. The presence of a principal was lacking at the beginning of the school year. Classroom sizes are way to high.

  • (10 years ago)

    I am a parent who has been with this school for 9 years. My oldest is in 8th grade and has excelled in every academic opportunity because she was well prepared through her 7 years at Steinbeck. Middle schools in the Salinas area covet students from Steinbeck because of their abibilty and readiness to learn. I have had exemplary experience with the teachers and staff. Both of my children have enjoyed their experience.

  • (10 years ago)

    My son has gone to this school for 3 years. He loves it. The students are happy and well behaved. The PTC funds fieldtrips the Science Learning Center a part time Credentialed Music Teacher and and Art Teacher. They put on annual Art Show and supperb musical presentations for parents. Although the school has high test scores the district does not financial support the school in technology fieldtrips supplies. Parents school staff and the PTC are what make this and excellent beautiful school where students are safe and happy to learn.

  • (10 years ago)

    Steinbeck is a beautiful school they seem to have large parent involvement a good PTC and even good API scores. The problem is all of that looks good on the surface but what about attending to your individual childs needs? I have found the school is NOT equiped in any way with programs to help the individual child succeed and ensure learning success. I find teachers often seem over run over worked and frankly out numbered with the large size class rooms. How in the world could they even have the time to see your child growing academically the way you might want? They cant. And the school cant. They are not set up with support programs special resources or other to assist a failing child to achieve greater results. If your child goes to this school and has any learning difficulties then you can expect to pay big bucks out of pocket to send them to programs outside of the school just to get the basics they need!

  • (10 years ago)

    We've put six children through this school. Parent participation and support is high. Excellent and concerned teachers make up for district neglect and the Principal's failures. Parents demand respect and demand that children's needs are met. This school has a high turn-over rate for principals as a principal unwilling to listen to or work with parents will not be tolerated. This makes for a wonderfully supported school. Most teachers on staff work above and beyond what is expected to offer the most to their students. Class size in grades 4-6 are in fact 31-35 students not the listed 29.

  • (10 years ago)

    Steinbeck is the best school in the Alisal School District. Besides having the highest test scores every year the parent involvement at the school is also very high. The Parent Teacher Club(PTC) raises money every year to pay for an Art Teacher and a Music Teacher. The PTC also pays for field trips for the students. The school has the highest quality teachers and other teachers in the district continue to try to transfer into this school. The staff is very efficient considering the lack of budget they recieve from the district. The district does not support this school very well because the other schools in this district have major problems and lower test scores.

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