School Details

Clifford Elementary School

225 Clifford Avenue, Redwood City, CA 94062
(650) 366-8011
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 794 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

59%
48%
56%
79%
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

54%
42%
46%
75%
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

68%
57%
65%
83%
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

61%
50%
60%
71%
59%
65%
57%
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

51%
53%
60%
48%
48%
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
  • Redwood City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
61%
60%
51%
56%
52%

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

67%
40%
50%
60%
57%
57%
53%
23%
31%
48%
46%
52%
61%
61%
67%

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

Clifford Elementary School is a public middle school in San Carlos. The principal of Clifford Elementary School is Carla Torres, whose e-mail is ctorres@rcsdk8.net. 794 children attend Clifford Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 26% of the Clifford Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 37% of the 794 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Clifford Elementary School is 18:1. St. Charles Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 3%
Hispanic 47% 70%
White, non-Hispanic 39% 21%
Filipino 3% 1%
Pacific Islander 3% 2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3% 9258%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Unspecified 2% 0.9%
Multiracial 2% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 61%
Limited English proficiency 26% 48%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    I have an amazing Son finishing 8th grade. He earned his early education at an amazing private school named Woodland School in Portola Valley. Our family went thru some changes which made it important that he go to our neighborhood school. Ever since he transitioned to Clifford he has learned the value of applying himself. He is now on honor roll again and has acquired an incredible since of self. He has good relationships with the teachers at Clifford. We have really enjoyed what Clifford has added to Spencer's life and he became a leader there. The school went thru several changes while we were there and the children always came first! We leave soon and I'm sure as Spencer heads to high school with confidence it is due in part to Clifford's influence.

  • (1 year ago)

    Clifford can be a great public school. BUt if you really want your child be be challenged and be taught well i recommend a private school. My son used to complain how the learning environment is loud and obnoxious and it is very hard for the middle school teachers to control their class

  • (1 year ago)

    Clifford is becoming better and better each year my child attends. As each year continues you can see the parents evolve and involve themselves with Clifford. You can see every mother father nanny sitter grandparent etc. getting to know one another. Each finding the way can assist their child's classroom volunteer bring products to help other families. Clifford I hope will continue to grow in community effort and not dramafy every little mistake a teacher may make a student may make. Build its strength with in one another will be a great tool we can teach our our children.

  • (1 year ago)

    My child is in 1st grade and has been doing well ever since he started at Clifford in Kindergarten. I do think my child's teacher puts too much emphasis on cursive-ish handwriting (teaching the kids to write with curly letters that are a little more like cursive than print but still print.) The goal of this to my understanding is to make it easier to learn cursive but in a world where they will type or dictate for most of their communication it seems more effort than it's worth. I have no criticism of the math curriculum - my child has been doing extremely well there but I do think the spelling words haven't been quite as challenging as they could be. As a working parent my child also attends before and after school care and the staff is terrific. They really care about the kids and although I feel guilty for not being able to pick up my child earlier I know my child is in good hands.

  • (2 years ago)

    I had some serious doubts about Clifford after a long love affair with this school but this year with our new Principle and Assistant Principle I have new found appreciation. My son is in 8th grade and last year had some serious challenges but with some major changes the buzz on campus is positive and full of opportunities to learn. My 3rd grader is enjoying her class and has taken on a whole new ownership of her achievements. I could't ask for a better learning environment! She is on a waiting list for NS but it would be very hard for me to move her away since Clifford is back on track.

  • (2 years ago)

    There is a great sense of community at Clifford School. My kids have been attending Clifford for the past 8 years and they love it.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have are having a wonderful experience at Clifford. Our teachers have been excellent and the adminstration fair. There is a great sense of community at Clifford with the parents and the kids. The kids are getting a well rounded education with slices of real life every day. Very positive experience!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have worked at Clifford School for 16 years and love it! I live in the San Carlos School District and if I had children they would be in the White Oaks boundaries but I wouldn't send them there. I would send them to Clifford! I work with very dedicated hard working teachers who are here until 7-8pm at night and on weekends preparing their classrooms and lessons. Our parent community is very suppotive and involved. They do amazing volunteering fundraising and provide enrichment opportunities such as assemblies field trips and after school enrichment classes. We have a very close knit community/family feel to our school that when you are on campus you get the vibe that it is a very special place.

  • (2 years ago)

    As a Parent and Substitute Teacher for the Redwood City School District I choose to work at Clifford above all other schools. The inclusiveness of staff and collaborative nature of administrators and parents have made this school a wonderful place for both staff and students. The sense of community on campus as well as the "family feel" of this K-8 is unlike any other. I don't understand why anyone in this neighborhood would choose to send their child anywhere else!

  • (2 years ago)

    During the 7 years I have been teaching at Clifford and my children have been attending I have experienced an amazing sense of community from the parents teachers and school staff. Making the choice to have our children attend Clifford instead of the San Carlos school they were designated to attend wasn't easy. However this many years later we are pleased with our decision to do so as our children have been well educated and are very well rounded. Currently there are 6 teachers and staff members who have their children attending Clifford and over the past 20 years there have been many more. This in itself speaks to the character of this fine school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Have no fear sending your children to Clifford! It is a fabulous and well-rounded school. We have had a terrific experience there. The school has a richly diverse student population. The administration is responsive and fair. The teachers are dedicated and skilled.

  • (2 years ago)

    While my children have been at Clifford for the past 6 years I have seen what a fantastic education my children are getting. Based on my childrens' high scoring on the state's standardized testing I feel the academics at Clifford are great. Equally important are the home lessons that are reinforced at school such as dignity respect and awareness of others talents despite their differences. It is important to my wife and I that that our children are taught in an environment that supports those values. Another great aspect of Clifford is the amazing Parent-Teacher Organization that has supported interests from PE & Sciene to Theatre. I can't ask for a better overall school experience for my family. GO CLIFFORD!

  • (2 years ago)

    This First Rate school is a highly academic community oriented and diverse K-8 school that offers countless opportunities to be creatively educated and enriched. As a parent at the school for more than 5 years I have worked in the classrooms of my children and have experienced first hand the dedication creativity openness and excellent academic knowledge of the teachers. These teachers are skilled in working with children at all academic levels and work with them to achieve higher scores no matter where they start from. Clifford has numerous after school programs from Reading Math and Music to Chess Gardening and Art. Clifford's vibrant Parent-Teacher Organization funds the PE & Science programs as well as many community building events especially important since all the recent budget cuts. The teachers administration and families embrace and celebrate the diversity at our school on many levels which is apparent in the way the children play with one another. We are truly thankful to have our family educated at this wonderful school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have been very happy with my kids teachers and instruction. Great supprt from most parents

  • (3 years ago)

    Clifford School is an excellent example of what a top-notch community school looks like. The highly qualified dedicated and caring teachers keep the best interests of students in mind providing education to meet their needs and raise them to the next level and beyond. Parents are encouraged to actively participate in the classroom and in various schoolwide activities. Administrators and staff are always happy to answer questions. It also has a very diverse student population with a wide range of ethnicities religions and socioeconomic backgrounds- which are all welcomed and embraced. The administration always fairly addresses any issues. Even though class sizes have increased (everywhere not just Clifford) additional support is provided where it is needed. The dedication to making Clifford a welcoming positive educational environment truly makes it a great place to be!

  • (3 years ago)

    Clifford is a good school. It is not however the best choice that I made for my child. I have read what most parents say about how great it is and how the teachers are dedicated...how many of these opinions are coming from Hispanic families? I feel like for the most part if you are Hispanic you are categorized as non english speaker and as not being able to contribute to the school. We are all from different social classes and from different backgrounds. The school which is made up of parents teachers aides vice principle and principle should learn to embrace. Just because a family is not able to contribute money wise does not mean we do not support the school. Is this what we are teaching our children? Our children are a clear reflection of who we are...we should ALL REMEMBER THAT!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I only put 4 stars because of the district's decision to raise classroom size. With the district raising the classroom size to 30 in the lower grades (including kindergarten!) it must not be easy - but you'd never know it - the quality of teaching and positive attitude of the staff never waivers! Clifford's sense of community and commitment to teaching the "whole child" is amazing! The teachers are devoted and the parents club is phenomenal. I'm lucky to have received a transfer to get my child in.

  • (4 years ago)

    Clifford school is an excellent learning environment that not only support the many academic but social needs of the students. Not only does it have wonderful extra curricular activities for it's incredibly diverse population but it's very clear that the staff loves the students through all the work they do for them. I LOVE Clifford School!!

  • (4 years ago)

    We have been at Clifford for 6 years and have had three children there. Like any institution or business there are strengths and weaknesses. If you know what you are looking for Clifford can be an exceptional choice. As one of the parents stated if you truly have a gifted child then you may want to look for alternatives. But even if your child is an above average child they will receive a quality education. While there may be a few bad apples most of the teachers are wonderful and they all have a positive and caring attitude. I am not sure why people think the administration is not responsive. I found if you are involved and participate (which every parent should do) the administration has been more than helpful and caring. In fact I can't imagine a school with a more caring and FAIR administration. They treat everyone as equals.

  • (4 years ago)

    Clifford is a dedicated community of parents students teachers staff and administrators. I am lucky to be a part of this community.

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