School Details

De Laveaga Elementary School

1145 Morrissey Boulevard, Santa Cruz, CA 95065
(831) 429-3807
6

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 637 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

56%
55%
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70%
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
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

43%
49%
46%
63%
69%
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
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
71%
65%
62%
69%
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
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
69%
60%
63%
64%
65%
58%
63%
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
  • Santa Cruz City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

De Laveaga Elementary School is a public elementary school in Santa Cruz. The principal of De Laveaga Elementary School is Angela Meeker, who can be contacted at ameeker@sccs.santacruz.k12.ca.us. 637 students go to De Laveaga Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Multiracial. 24% of the De Laveaga Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 41% of the 637 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at De Laveaga Elementary School is 17:1. Ocean Alternative Education Center is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 48% 48%
Hispanic 42% 37%
Multiracial 4% %
Asian 3% 2%
Unspecified 10% 10%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Filipino 0.9% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.6% 2336%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Pacific Islander 0.5% 0.2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41% 41%
Limited English proficiency 24% 29%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    My stepdaughter went there my nephew went there and many friends of mine's children went there - all with very good experiences. They really get the kids involved and the parents and other family members. Went to several parent/family things there that I really enjoyed. I think their curriculum and standard of care and teaching are excellent!

  • (5 years ago)

    The entire staff has been extremely helpful and friendly to my son and i as he transitions into his first year of school! I have seen a complete improvement in my childs behavior at home.He is more focused and vocabulary has expanded in just this week. Also his penmanship is extremely improved as well! Thank you soo much for being our school )

  • (6 years ago)

    DeLaveaga has inspiring teachers and a great school staff who really care about the kids; There is also a very active parent-teacher club which organizes events and raises funds to help pay for art music educational speakers and other things not covered by the school budget.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school offers a strong sense of community motivated (and motivating) teachers and great 'extras' such as music a strong art program chess club a fabulous library lots of clay work running club and an on-site after-care program. The downsides are a brand new principal and a full-to-bursting campus. Nevertheless I'm glad to have my child at Delaveaga.

  • (6 years ago)

    I have two children at Delaveaga (both gifted) and am thrilled with the level of parent involvement and teacher quality. There's a new principal this year (2008-09) and she has a lot of challenges due to the large school size but my children are learning and thriving.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think some of the teachers are great but a lot of them are burned out! I feel the safety needs to be better at the school and their is a lot of bullying going on at recess and lunch. The dual immersion program is overcrowding the school and they cater more to that program than the other classrooms!

  • (6 years ago)

    I think some of the teachers are great but a lot of them are burned out! The safety at the school is horrible! At lunch and recess their is a lot of bullying going on! Overall I wouldn't send my child to that school if I had to do it all over again.

  • (6 years ago)

    Delaveaga has been a very good school for our children- wonderful teachers and a lot of parent support. It's a bit overcrowded but we're working on facility improvements to accommodate the increased enrollment.

  • (7 years ago)

    The teacher is great the classrooms are great the principal is great the other parents are great - when we moved we made sure to stay in the district because of the school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My child is in 2nd grade and has been in the Dual Immersion Program since Kinder. The program is incredibly successful. My child did not speak a word of Spanish when she entered and she is bilingual and biliterate in Spanish and English - at a 2nd grade level of course. (Most of the day in Spanish at the beginning of the program was a bit daunting but the loving caring smart Kinder teachers are amazing in supporting kids through the first few difficult months.)The program adds English incrementally each year until by 5th grade teaching is done 50%/50% English/Spanish. The Dual Immersion Program allows both English speakers and Spanish speakers to thrive educationally. There is an extremely committed and involved parent/teacher community in the program and a solid active Parent Teacher Club for the school in general. Extra music and arts programs are a great bonus.

  • (8 years ago)

    I transfered my children to this school since we moved and my kids seem very happy. The only thing is the duel emergen program. I think it is not good. I thought that the school was going to teach my sone spanish part of the day and English the other part of the day. But they teach spanish the whole time and only take the spanish speaking kids aside for an hour or so to teach them english. My child is only 5 and is just getting the concept of english so I think it is difficult for him to understand anything the teacher is saying. Even for me. I can not even really talk to the teacher unless it is only her and I. I think the teacher is nice its just not good for kids who only know english.

  • (8 years ago)

    A good to very good school. Many comitted experienced teachers. Many parents volunteer but more should. Very good administration.

  • (8 years ago)

    Great school very committed and communicative principal. Nice facilities and safe environment.

  • (8 years ago)

    I am looking into moving to a new school I do not like a lot of things about this school. It might work for some parents but not me. My son does not get his needs met. I do not feel children should be forced to fit in a box and learning is more than a in the box issue.

  • (10 years ago)

    There are a handful great parents involved at the school. It is very easy to get involved here in the community. Academics are okay..it depends on the teachers you get. There are some amazing teachers that make learning exciting. But there are also some to avoid. Observe the classes before your child enters so that you have a feel for who their teacher is. I hear they will not change a childs placement after the year begins (If this is a concern please check for yourself as this could change). PTA (those great parents) pay for many of the extras p/t aides art and music too I think.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have been very impressed with DeLaveaga. The music program the sense of community the library the upkeep of the campus are top notch. I think all families feel welcome there. The school administration is very responsive to concerns.

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