School Details

Las Palmas Elementary School

1101 Calle Puente, San Clemente, CA 92672
(949) 234-5333
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 752 students 19 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

37%
67%
56%
52%
72%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
59%
46%
69%
74%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
82%
65%
79%
81%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
77%
60%
51%
71%
65%
60%
78%
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
  • Capistrano Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Las Palmas Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Clemente. The principal of Las Palmas Elementary School is Kristen Nelson and can be contacted at knelson@capousd.org. 752 students attend Las Palmas Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 44% of the Las Palmas Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 49% of the 752 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Las Palmas Elementary School is 19:1. St. Michael's Christian Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 62% 19%
Multiracial 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 32% 65%
Asian 0.6% 5%
Filipino 0.4% 2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.2%
Unspecified 0.3% 8%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.1% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 52468%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 49% 19%
Limited English proficiency 44% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Sending my son & daughter to Las Palmas Elementary school was by far the best choice we could have made in their education! Our homeschool (when my son started Kinder) was a brand new school also we have since moved to another city so we now commute to LP but I would not trade LP for a new school facility or convince ever. Simply fantastic bilingual & multicultural education just ask the many teachers in the CUSD district that send their kids here.

  • (1 year ago)

    my child is in the preschool program. i done feel he is advancing at all compared to when he attended lobo elementary. also the parent teacher communication is horrible. i never know when things are going on with my child until it is either too late or the day before. i missed him singing because i was not notified by his teachers. he was upset i wasnt there.

  • (1 year ago)

    Las Palmas is an amazing school! What a gift to provide our children with a second language at such a young age. Awesome teachers support sense of community ! It doesn't get any better than this

  • (1 year ago)

    We love our school! The teachers have high expectations and provide an interactive and collaborative learning environment. There is a wonderful feeling of family at our school. There is an active PTA and a very engaged principal. It is a very diverse community which we love! The dual language program is a real plus for the community and most important the students. To be competitive in the 21st century bilingualism and being open minded is a must! LP could be a bit stronger in technology for both kids and staff. I am looking forward to teacher integrating the Common Core in the classrooms this year.

  • (2 years ago)

    A great public immersion school with quality and committed teachers administrators and parents providing a great quality education on a limited budget. The only reason I am not giving 5 stars has nothing to do with the academic program; the facilities could use upgrading but that is an issue with many California schools due to the lack of priority funding for education. Don't be swayed by test scores; smart kids do really well here and in my opinion are much better off here than in higher testing schools because they learn a second language at a time when they are primed for it and also learn to deal with a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures.

  • (4 years ago)

    Tight community lots of love! Teachers are excellent and their cultural backrounds have inspired the school to learn more about all different countries and their cultures.. We are simple and humble but a new library would be amazing!! And muuuuch appreciated!

  • (4 years ago)

    Las Palmas is a terrific school with dedicated teachers principles and staff. All of my children have had a wonderful experience at Las Palmas. We will be sad when it is time to move on! Great school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love that our school provides an education to a diverse population yet we come together as a school. I enjoy coming to work everyday.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great class size dedicated teachers involved families and an immersion program!

  • (5 years ago)

    Las Palmas is a wonderful school. We have the best teachers teaching our students to be bi-lingual in a multi-cultural community. We love the staff and the parents that are so committed to making this school the best elementary school in California.

  • (5 years ago)

    Las Palmas is a wonderful school that promotes intercultural awareness and education and fosters a welcoming community attitude. The teachers are enthusiastic to participate in the Spanish immersion program and really put extra effort and love into their teaching. The children's basic educational requirements are enriched with many creative and unique programs and opportunities for learning beyond the standard curriculum.

  • (5 years ago)

    The Dual Immersion Program at Las Palmas is second to none! It's truly amazing how much parental support is at school as well. Staff rocks principle rocks!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the diversity of both language and culture that is taught at Las Palmas but it is the excellence of the teachers their commitment to the immersion program and the love they have for the students that sets this school apart!

  • (5 years ago)

    My son comes home happy and excited about learning every day from Las Palmas. Every member of the staff are helpful and positive every time I have a question or occasional concern. I have never heard a single negative comment about Las Palmas from anyone you has attended the school in the last 2 decades they have been running the Spanish Immersion program. I am so lucky and blessed to have my son in this school I can't say enough wonderful things about the program!

  • (5 years ago)

    The best teachers the best family environment - everyone is valued and included.

  • (5 years ago)

    It has an incredible group of families from all over the world. Who all share the same vision. A cohesive and loving community. And They are all learning spanish as a second language. What an advantage for our children.

  • (5 years ago)

    Las Palmas is an amazing school I love it. I have a daughter in Kindergarten and she has been in the school for only 3 weeks and is already speaking some Spanish. Las Palmas feels like an extension of our family. Diane McDonald

  • (5 years ago)

    The parent teacher student co-operation. Spanish emmersion program AND the entire faculty make this school top notch. We LOVE Las Palmas School in San Clemente CA !

  • (5 years ago)

    My son just completed his second year at Las Palmas. He loves it and so do I. The curriculum is exciting and challenging. There are many special enrichment programs. The parent community is more diverse than others in this area (a plus!) and very involved. Our principal and staff are terrific. My son is well on his way to being bilingual and biliterate. It's hard to believe this is free public education!

  • (5 years ago)

    Incredible learning opportunites are offered at Las Palmas. Because students are learning in two languages teaching methods must go above and beyond what CA State standards suggest. Organization of Thought (thinking maps) are taught in Kinder! The staff and teachers are the top picks in the district. Once at Las Palmas no one wants to leave. Education is superb parent involvement is extremely high and the kids are educated far beyond their peers at other schools. (Longevity tests scores prove it.) Awesome education all around. (I feel I can compare fairly my child attended another CUSD school to begin with.)

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