School Details

Burroughs Elementary School

1260 East 33rd Street, Signal Hill, CA 90755
(562) 426-8144

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 258 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

Burroughs Elementary School is a public elementary school in Signal Hill. The principal of Burroughs Elementary School is Teresa Montoya, who can be contacted at 258 children attend Burroughs Elementary School and identify as Unspecified, Multiracial, and Filipino. 16% of the Burroughs Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 71% of the 258 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Burroughs Elementary School is 17:1. Longfellow Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Band
  • Chorus

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 6% 1%
Multiracial 6% %
Filipino 4% 4%
Hispanic 38% 52%
Black, non-Hispanic 24% 17%
Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 18% 8%
White, non-Hispanic 13% 16%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.7% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 82567%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 71% 68%
Limited English proficiency 16% 24%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 years ago)

    Although Burroughs definately has some passionate fans we have found our experience at Burroughs to be lackluster. The school feels tired worn and lacking inspiration. For months I have walked down the stark main hall passing each empty classroom bulletin board. The front office secretary is not friendly. Our teacher although a sweet person is lacking the skills to really be an effective teacher. The school is located in a great neighborhood. The right management creativity and parental involvement could turn this little school into a star.

  • (7 years ago)

    I LOVE BURROUGHS! It's true about walking on campus and staff and teachers knowing your childs name. That is awesome to know that EVERY student is noticed and recognized. PeaceBuilders is alive and kicking on the Burroughs campus and I truly believe is a huge part of the 'behavior' at Burroughs! Great School staff teachers and principal.

  • (8 years ago)

    As a parent of two here at burroughs I can say that this is one of the best schools in signal hill. This school offers music class starting in second grade through 5. It has chorus class. It has an after school program that offers extracurricular activities for the student the program involves the students in art drama sports fieldtrips to various educational places its councelors are well trained in child care and education. They help the students with homework assignments and they have a good relationship with the students and parents. I love the program and so do my kids.Overall I give the after school program a big thumbs up.Thanks to the principal for having a program like this close to home it is a well balanced academic program in your school.

  • (9 years ago)

    This is a great school and the pricipal is the best they have have in the 6 years my daughter have went to school there. Unfortunatly some of the staff and parents have teamed up against the principal not because she is bad but because she does her job and runs a tight ship. Those that appose her are the ones that aren't worth listening to. Just on a band wagon if you know what I mean.....

  • (9 years ago)

    There are so many problems at the school the quality of academic programs may suffer.

  • (9 years ago)

    Burroughs school has many problems with leadership. The teachers are superior but without leadership can not do their job to best educate the students.

  • (10 years ago)

    Burroughs is a great little neighborhood school. A school of days gone by. Teachers and staff work together for the well-being of the students. They truly care about the families there. I have been a parent there for 6 years and hate having to leave this year. Only goes to 5th grade. The school is academically excelling. Test scores prove that. School motto...'Together we make a difference' and it is truly because of the way everyone works together that we are suceeding. This year Burroughs has won the 'Blue Star Award An honorable mention in the California Distinquished Schools award and Title One Award. The awards are nice but better still is the environment within our school. Step back in time experience a school where teachers staff and parents and community members still come together to socialize where children love to come to school and truly love their school. Experience Burroughs.

  • (10 years ago)

    This is our third year at Burroughs. We have been extremely pleased with our child's progress. Each year the teachers have been dedicated and responsive to my child's needs. The teachers also welcome parent involvement in the classroom. Our principal in her second year at this school has supported and proposed many positive changes including Family Literacy Night and other evening programs which gives the working parents the ability to be involved as well. Our principal also approved an exciting optional uniform (still navy/white) with a Hawaiian print. I continue to be very pleased with Burroughs' small community feel - my child would be lost at another much larger school and it's a great feeling to walk a campus where the principal and the teachers know your child's name.

  • (11 years ago)

    Currently this school is more interested in what a parent has packed in their childs lunch box and changing the dress code every year than they are in enriching the students lives by providing quality extra-curricular activities a better ratio of computers per students and improving the shabby appearance of the cafeteria and playground. The teachers are very involved and the educational curriculum is satisfactory heavy on homework however 2-3 hours per night every night except Fridays.

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