School Details

Laurel Elementary School

316 36th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
(650) 312-7555
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 437 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

49%
66%
56%
63%
75%
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
  • San Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

47%
58%
46%
68%
76%
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
  • San Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
70%
65%
65%
74%
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
  • San Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
68%
60%
79%
72%
65%
76%
69%
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
  • San Mateo-Foster City average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Laurel Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Mateo. The principal of Laurel Elementary School is Susan Glines, who can be contacted at sglines@smfc.k12.ca.us. 437 children attend Laurel Elementary School and are mostly Asian, Filipino, and Hispanic. 36% of the Laurel Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 37% of the 437 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Laurel Elementary School is 17:1. St. Gregory is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 21%
Filipino 6% 4%
Hispanic 45% 30%
Multiracial 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 33% 32%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% %
Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 11198%
Unspecified 13% 7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 37% 30%
Limited English proficiency 36% 26%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    It's my sons second year at Laurel. What a wonderful experience! We've had great teachers in our two years at the school. There is a lot of opportunities to be involved. The art program is run by the PTA and taught by parent volunteers. I've had a good experience with the principle so far She seems to get things done and is always present around campus. It really does take a lot of parent involvement to keep this school going and even this has been an amazing experience for us. We have several children in class that have parents who work and are not able to help out as much but they do what they can and those that are able do alot. I am incredibly happy with our years at Laurel and look forward to many more. I would not switch schools if given the opportunity.

  • (2 years ago)

    I think this school is great. This is my daughters 2nd year at Laurel and I have found that our school is awesome. The PTA is amazing here! And we have a bunch of extras that not many other elementary school have anymore due to budget cuts.

  • (3 years ago)

    I like this school. The teachers are friendly. The school is clean there is a lot of funding and parent involvement. For example the dad's club (TFK) is excellent and the PTM teacher Liz really works well with the kids. THe previous principal Wong was good. The current principal Glines does not communicate well. Teachers that have been there for a while are excellent. Newer teachers aren't as good and it might be the principal not screening them well enough.

  • (3 years ago)

    I couldnt have picked a better school for my sons. The staff is amazing the kids are friendly and my son just loves it and enjoys himself! i would like to appericate miss Armstrong and mr Agius for their excellent job .

  • (4 years ago)

    This is the third year that my son has attended Laurel and we are a proud Eagle family. I believe that a family and student can only get out as much as you put into the school. I see an active pta and gladly participate in the art in action program which is terrific. Like most things in live there is a percentage of people who do the work and I'd estimate it as an active 40% of parent participation. I've made some really good friends. The teachers we have experienced have been very strong and the after school staff at the annex is really on it. My son gets made if I every pick him up early. I think principal Glines does a good job and her responsibilities are many. I think she lacks in really connecting with people in a friendly manner and that can be off putting. I have seen her at every pta meeting and many other after school activities and I appreciate her time and efforts. Again glad to be an Eagle!

  • (4 years ago)

    I agree about the principal problem in Laurel. A few months ago they have a theme of " No name calling week " ??? There's gotta be a better way to name it or what. From the previous school my daughter talks about their principal a lot (who is involve with the kids a lot) she was only in Kindergarten then now 1st grader at Laurel she does not even know who the principal is. Security is way too lax.

  • (4 years ago)

    Laurel Elementary is a wonderful elementary school. Brilliant teachers capable of handling children from all walks of life including kids who need improvement and kids who are intellectually gifted. BEST elementary school in San Mateo County.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have spent 4th and 5th grade here and I love the teaching staff as well as the admin. staff. Get to know the movers and shakers of the school (PTA) and get involved and you will get plugged in to this small community.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter just c ompleted First Grade and I have been so impressed with her first grade teacher Mrs. Amato. She really cared about my daughter and always kept me informed even with my busy schedule at work I always was kept up to date with my daughter's performance. Mrs. Amato is wonderful and so is Teacher Gina at the annex!!!! )

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has fine parents who care. For those who do wish to be involved with their child's education there are dad and mom's social clubs fund raising events and so much more. The principal is hands on and truly cares and responds when called upon. I'm proud to be apart of Laurel and what they are accomplishing-840 API and climbing Go Eagles!

  • (5 years ago)

    I hope others can learn from my experience. I'm not trying to be negative but to let others know that my child was not prepared for a middle school other than Abbott. She was definitely behind and took a few years to catch up. And yes I agree that there are wonderfully dedicated parents at Laurel. However only about 50% of the parent body is committed. The others are not involved with their time or money and this makes a huge difference. Other schools have much more money therefore more programs and more resources. A commitment level of 90%+ of the parent body also makes a huge difference. I wish Laurel lots of success and I enjoyed the community immensely. I would not send another child there however and I hope that is helpful for some parents to hear. I would recommend comparing Laurel to other programs and enrichment activities.

  • (5 years ago)

    I'd like to respond to the recent review calling Laurel mediocre and lacking parental involvement. Laurel is a good neighborhood school. Yes there are some children bussed in but San Mateo is a diverse city with many languages spoken and ethnic groups. I have 2 children who attend Laurel and an middle school son who attends Abbott. He was very well prepared for middle school and is thriving there. Also there many very dedicated hardworking parents at Laurel who dedicate time and money to the school. I feel my children have received an excellent education and have made wonderful friends at Laurel. We can always make improvements at the school but I don't think such negative comments are productive.

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a very good school. I removed my son from another school because of poor teacher parent/principal involvement. The teacher made my son very comfortable entering her class mid year and the parents are very nice and acually parent their kids verse the last school which most could care less. I recommend this school if you want a safe enviorment for your child to excel.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children attending Laurel this year. So far we have had a very good experience at the school. I am encouraged by the high level of parent involvement and the dedication of the PTA. There are a variety of activities driven by the PTA that make Laurel unique compared to other schools that I know of in the Bay Area.

  • (6 years ago)

    Don't let the recent California Distinguished School ranking fool you. There's much room for improvement but the staff is not inclined to make any effort for positive change. Teaching to the test lives strong here.

  • (7 years ago)

    Laurel is a very good school my daughter is in kindergarten her teacher is excelent the PTA is doing a very nice job and the principal is great my daughter and I are very happy and we love Laurel.

  • (7 years ago)

    I think Laurel is a very good school. The PTA evolves in activities alot. Mrs. Chinn is a very nice principal.

  • (7 years ago)

    Very average school-nothing special about it-

  • (8 years ago)

    Laurel is a great neighborhood school. I would prefer more music and creative arts but it's not just Laurel that doesn't have the funding for that. The PMT program is terrific the library is very good. Overall my children feel very happy and safe there and the teachers have done a great job meeting their specific needs above and beyond regular classwork.

  • (8 years ago)

    Laurel has blossomed under Mrs. Chen's excellent leadership. The teachers seem happier my children are learning material well above state standards and the after school program (the Laurel Annex run by Vanessa) is exceptional. It would be nice to have more variety in the enrichment programs and music classes for all grades but overall Laurel does an excellent job of providing a well rounded and high quality educational foundation. Art in Action and PMT are essential and extremely well managed and appreciated at Laurel.

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