School Details

Spreckels Elementary School

Fourth Street And Hatton Avenue, Spreckels, CA 93962
(831) 455-1831
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 625 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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
  • Spreckels Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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46%
80%
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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
  • Spreckels Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
65%
65%
76%
76%
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
  • Spreckels Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
76%
60%
79%
79%
65%
64%
64%
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
  • Spreckels Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Spreckels Elementary School is a public elementary school in Salinas. The principal of Spreckels Elementary School is Teresa Scherpinski, who can be contacted at tscherpi@monterey.k12.ca.us. 625 children attend Spreckels Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 9% of the Spreckels Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 14% of the 625 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Spreckels Elementary School is 20:1. Monterey County Home Charter School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
White, non-Hispanic 59% 62%
Asian 3% 5%
Hispanic 27% 27%
Filipino 2% 2%
Unspecified 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 976%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 14%
Limited English proficiency 9% 5%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    The Good News Club really has no business being at this school using the classroom. Seems that parents let their kids go to it right after school to either have an extra hour for their kids to be or because they think that they are learning about Christianity. I peeked through the little pink book they handed out to the children on the first day and I was shocked. Almost every page was filled with words to scare the children into not sinning. Satan this and you better be like this and like that. It was not just one page every page I picked was similar. I believe in God and I just don't think that is the right way to teach our children. They may not be affiliated with the school but passing out flyers in my child's class and starting right after school gets out seems pretty well tied in. Checking it out almost every kid in there if not all of the kids attends Spreckels. Other than that the school has been great and teachers are great and really care.

  • (3 years ago)

    Our twins joined Spreckels in Fall of 2011 as first graders and they love it. In kindergarten (at a different school) they begged us every day to stay home because they were so unhappy there. We put a lot of time research and thought into selecting Spreckels; and we know without a doubt that we made the right choice for our boys. The principal Teresa Scherpinski and their teacher Mr. Price clearly love the kids and their work. They make it easy and comfortable for parents to be involved; and they respect each student as an individual. They make school interesting and fun - and the boys come home every day telling us about the new things they've learned. Both kids have made significant progress in all subjects. We love Spreckels!!

  • (3 years ago)

    Really disappointed with this school. Communication to parents in general has been awful. There are some great teachers but it seems like the disorganization and lack of professionalism comes from the top down. There have been countless times that the office has failed to notify the teacher of an absence as well as the office failing to notify us of significant events regarding our child. This school seems like it's in a time warp as far as the lack of discipline holding kids responsible for their performance and using newer teaching tools. This is the type of school that your kid can fall between the cracks if you're not on top of things. We received a notice today that Spreckels Elementary has failed to meet the "no child left behind" standards and that we can move our kid to any other school in the district and even receive FREE tutoring. This school district is in financial trouble and that could be impacting morale among the people running this school but that's no excuse for administration not running a tight ship. If you like a school that your kids can show up late or not at all and not get any sort of phone call then then Sprekels is for you!

  • (3 years ago)

    I am supremely dissappointed in the handling of a certain second grade class. Ask anyone and you will get an earful. It pains me that one bad seed may cause lasting damage to my child's educational experience. Apparently this certain teacher is "better" now than before. I am surprised there has not been a lawsuit yet. I can tell that the core educators care and that the administration is doing the best they can while covering their own rears but this teacher should not be teaching and apparently they can't do much about it. It is a very difficult situation and it pains me because outside of this teacher this school has been great.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am 40 and attended this school as a child. I was in a bilingual program throughout my years there. I learned Spanish fluently and took AP Spanish in high school. Learning a second language gave me a better understanding of English language mechanics as well. Don't listen to the conservative parents who tell you that "other" people's children who are not white and don't speak English will adversely affect your child. Wa all know what that's really all about.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is more interested in treating English as a second language and tends to favor students who attend from areas other than the local neighborhood. Children are forced into a classroom environment with other children that may not be at the same academic level or may not even speak the same language. The learning process is slowed down for an above average student in these circumstances.

  • (4 years ago)

    Both my children attend this school and my older child is moving on to middle school now. It has a been a great experience for us. It is not perfect but no school is. As a parent it does help to volunteer in the classrooms to get to know the teachers and the other children. It also helps to know what the academic expectations are. If you get involved in the volunteer efforts of the parent groups that can be beneficial as well. That way you truly find out how the school works... the teachers staff admin. and the school district and school board. You have to stay involved as a parent because the expectations are enormous. This comes from the state level and curriculum. Because of the small town flavor it can really feel like a family and from that end the teachers and staff are very approachable. Great1

  • (7 years ago)

    I think that there is too much paperwork at my son's kindergarten. Why does kindergarten need to be so rigorous? He doesn't ever seem to come home and excitedly tell me about what he is done and learned. It's very strict. Whatever happened to learning through playing music clay gardening and field trips? It doesn't even seem like the kindergarten gets to take much advantage of the supposedly magnificent computer lab music center and greenhouse. I should note that they had a great festival in the fall but most of the other events are all fundraisers.

  • (8 years ago)

    The academic programs are great. The tech lab is awesome. The Mathability was kind of a shock of a shock for a first grader (timed test) but it's helping him alot.My sixth grader enjoyed Fifth grade band last year and plays pretty well thanks to Ms. Dermody!

  • (9 years ago)

    We just moved from this school and realized how special it was after we left. The involvement of a core group of parents and teachers make it that way. The administration lacks in many areas but teachers make up for it in most cases.

  • (9 years ago)

    The staff is young and fresh for the youngest students. Fourth grade is the most difficult due to grumpy teachers crowded classrooms and lots of work. The music program is fabulous.

  • (9 years ago)

    Spreckels is horribly lacking in administrative leadership. The teacher do all they can considering the circumstances but unfortunately they lack the leadership in their principal. It definitely has a small town feel to it which can be nice. There are daily safety concerns that aren't addressed. Compared to some schools in the area it may be better than most but it's sorely lacking in challenging curriculum and leadership.

  • (10 years ago)

    I've read that parents are saying there are 30+ students in 3rd grade-however before enrolling my child I confirmed there are 5 3rd grade classes with no more than 20 student in each class. We must have missed the fight to keep the classes smaller.

  • (10 years ago)

    We have two children at Spreckels and we have been happy so far. Our main complaint would probably be the large class sizes.

  • (10 years ago)

    Oh My. Fancy financing' I'd say. This school district has its priorities out of whack. In relation to Spreckels Elementary.....Can you believe they would begin the school year with Kinder class' whose class rosters were above 35 pupils per class/teacher. 3rd grade is super high as well. Only until parents threatened with action did they make a plan to hire 2 new Kinderteachers and 2 third teachers. This situation of over 100+ students planned enrollment per class was known last year. However the board voted to eliminate 7 teaching positions and increase class sizes in 3rd grade and Kinder. Yet the board still has medical benefits. and the administrative costs are in huge proportion to the total budget. This district needs a shake down admistratively and across the Board. Excellent Teachers..... Excellent Parent participation and fundraising.... But The parents have yet to control the Funky Financing... Parents have to bail them out.

  • (10 years ago)

    While I was sincerely disappointed in the Superintendent's and the Board's 'hands off' approach to managing the budget to the student's best interests but rather to their own pocketbooks I felt the teachers did the best they could with the resources they had. Also for the most part parents have played an active role in keeping this school running. This is evidenced in the school's repeatedly meeting and exceeding the state's target goal. Generally a good school with good kids good parents and good teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    What a mess this school and district is in. Children suffer class size reduction is eliminated in Kindergarten and 3rd grade. Who can Imagine their 5 year olds in a class with 30+ children and only one teacher. The School Board thats who! You would think they would give up their medical benefits for the sake of quality education. Dont these board members have other daytime jobs with benefits? There is funny business with the financial numbers and they expect and are hinting to having the parents reach in thir pockets to cover their fiscal irresponibility. Wrong! Children are the ones not being considered. There are some excellent Teachers that will be lost. The best thing for this school/district is to have the State take it over. The Parents will still be as generous as ever and continue to pay for the extra'S that make this school.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have been very pleased with my experience with teachers and the principal at Spreckels Elementary School. I feel that the staff has the better interests of the students at hand and makes every effort to address their needs including those at needing to be challenged. While most parents are helpful some go a little over the top and end up being pushy often times questioning the professional teachers at the school and bogging them down with minute concerns. They should realize that the extra time they are taking from the teacher is coming out of the time the teacher can spend with my child.

  • (11 years ago)

    This school would not survive if it weren't for the parents. Many families in this area are committed to the education of their children and spend numerous hours volunteering at Spreckels elementary. The sad part is - if you are a full time working parent with little extra cash to donate to this school your voice will not be heard. The principle is so busy supporting her staff that she doesn't take the welfare of her students needs into any consideration. She talks like she does but when situations occur she lacks the appropriate concern for the student. As for the teachers there are a select few in the lower grades that will challenge your child and bring their abilities up. Unfortunately there is only a few and when the student hits third grade only one or two teachers keep them challenged. The rest teach to the lowest level student and don't challenge the more advanced child. That child is expected to sit quietly until All students finish their work. I pulled my daughter out to homeschool her at the fourth grade level and my son out when he hit third grade. This school had a great K-3 small class program but now that CA has budget cuts going on - this program is being stopped. I recommend putting your child in either a private elementary school or homeschooling him until the middle school level.

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