School Details

Madera Elementary School

250 Royal Avenue, Simi Valley, CA 93065
(805) 520-6740
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 474 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

75%
67%
56%
77%
73%
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
  • Simi Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
55%
46%
63%
72%
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
  • Simi Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
74%
65%
71%
77%
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
  • Simi Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
68%
60%
79%
68%
65%
69%
70%
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
  • Simi Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
72%
60%
71%
63%
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
  • Simi Valley Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Madera Elementary School is a public elementary school in Simi Valley. The principal of Madera Elementary School is Susanne Wolf, who can be contacted at swolf@simi.k12.ca.us. 474 students go to Madera Elementary School and are mostly Asian; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 12% of the Madera Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 22% of the 474 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Madera Elementary School is 20:1. Simi Valley SDA School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 7%
White, non-Hispanic 63% 62%
Unspecified 6% 3%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 24% 24%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 1%
Filipino 0.9% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.7%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 19431%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 25%
Limited English proficiency 12% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My grandson has been going to Madera for four years (since kindergarten). I am pleased with his academic progress (I am a retired teacher) . I am also pleased that all of his teachers have been willing to meet with me and keep me appraised of his progress.

  • (1 year ago)

    We are brand new at this school with a Kindergartner attending. The school has been very receptive to us answering any questions we may have. The on-site after school care is EXCELLENT. The only reason why I gave four stars and not five - the students need more time at lunch to eat their lunch.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter attended Madera last year for her first year kindergarten. We were very blessed to of had a great teacher MRS. HEDRICK. My daughter thought very highly of her. She learned a lot through the year. She also learned about animals too. I recommend her to any new family's that come to Madera for kindergarten. We miss her dearly ) but the good news is that we can drop by her class and say hello during the school week.

  • (1 year ago)

    Thanks to Mr. Hall we had a wonderful kindergarten year my son has an impulsivity disorder which i feared would hinder his progress but the principal was there to support our family every day! We now live on the other side of the city but driving to Madera is so worth it. Mrs. Hedrick was a wonderful teacher who taught my kindergartener to read and more than I knew about animal science! (The class project was to dissect owls pellets and the kids saw duckling eggs hatching during class!) very thankful my son is attending Madera.

  • (1 year ago)

    We came from a fundamental school to Madera. We have been at the school for the last two years. The same amount of time as the new Principle Mr Hall. It has been a wonderful change. The Principle is very involved he works with you. The teachers have been great. The PTA is over the top. I just wished we started here and not the fundamental school. I would definitely recommend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    First year at Madera so far it has been a great experience. Principal Hall has been so down to earth very engaged with parents and students and you dont get that "fake" vibe from him that you do with other administrators. There is a sincere "caring" vibe from the teachers and my daughter has said nothing but good things about her experience so far. As they say first impression is what counts so this is why I am posting this so soon into the year. We just had our anual Harvest festival and both parents and students had a blast. We are very happy and thankful to have our daughter here. (5th grade) BTW the PTA here is soooo involved and are doing a fantastic job fundraising and coordinating fun events for the kids... GO PTA!!!

  • (2 years ago)

    My family has been at Madera since 2005. While there have been a few hiccups our overall experience has been great. I think a child's education starts at home and the school should expand upon that. My son has moved on to middle school and he and his friends from Madera are involved in leadership NJHS and are in some Honors classes. They learned the basics they need for the future from Madera. At age 13 he still goes back and sees a few teachers. My daughter is going to second grade and has learned so much in 2 short years. A few teachers were irritating along the way but that could just be personality issues. Our true love from the 2011-2012 school year was our new principal. He has made a huge difference in the atmosphere and spirit of Madera. My largest complaint does not fall solely on Madera (economy and pc district policies) however I have noticed it more there than at friends schools; the utter lack of field trips. While as a busy parent I am happy with minimal fundraisers I feel that I would be willing to do more to allow our children to enjoy more out of school learning experiences. Overall my family loves the fun friendly atmosphere at Madera Elementary.

  • (2 years ago)

    The new Principal has been fantastic. He is a positive leader who engages with the kids. He is out there most mornings greeting the kids and directing traffic. He is really down to earth and honest. The positive change is staff attitude is noticeable the moment you walk in the office. Only three stars because only time will tell if the new principal will stay longer than the last three. (Four principals in six years). Madera still has some some great teachers but there are just as many weak ones. Fourth fifth and sixth grades teachers assign homework but never check to see if it was done. Test scores have been droppings due to a loss of strong K 1 2 teachers.

  • (2 years ago)

    The teachers are excellent and really work with you and your child. Madera is one of the few schools in the district that offer both art and music to all students.

  • (2 years ago)

    Maybe there is hope with the new Principle. The campus supervisors/ yard duties do not assist in establishing an enviroment that stimulates growth of desirable social and emotional habits for the children. This is there job description. Adults stand watching after school as the kids bully they take no action and are generally accepting this as normal .

  • (2 years ago)

    If you are ok with your child learning how to tie their shoes and count to 10 in the first grade then Madera is the school for you! This school falsely advertises high performance scores on their website. But all I see is my child doing is doodling cartoons at the bottom of his assignments because he completes them in 5min and sits bored the rest of the day. Every day that goes by I feel like my child's brain is being wasted by sitting in a classroom with underqualified teachers. I will be transfering my son to a private school for the next school year... Madera is the worst school I have ever had experiences with!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school at best offers very little to a child s future and learning skills. My child has attended the school for many years and is soon to be leaving with very little to show for it... a few good teachers do not carry the weight of the rest of the staff just waiting to retire.

  • (3 years ago)

    My son has been going here for the last two years and I can not say enough great stuff about Madera. The principal Mrs. Wolf is very active on the community and with the parents. My son has been fortunate enough to have the same teacher he had in K for 1st grade in a special split class. His teacher Ms. Cogan is amazing with the kids. My son is reading at almost a 3rd grade level. She lets the kids use their creativity. The PTA is amazing. The parent participation is amazing also. So glad my son goes here and my next child will be here next year.

  • (5 years ago)

    My children have attended Madera since 2006. We are entering our 4th year. One thing that impresses me so much is the parent involvement at the school. The PTA is outstanding and the staff is wonderful. I receive personal calls from the principal when my child has done something noteworthy and it seems that children are constantly recognized for their achievements & good charactor. In my opinion these are the qualities that create a good foundation for children to build upon. The teachers in my experience are extremely dedicated & encourage parent involvement in the class as well as at home. Let's face it kids like to see their parents at school...it can do nothing but boost morale! So hats off to all involved with Madera's success story.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an awesome school the staff are freindly the pta is amazing and the kids all work so hard. My kids have been here 2 years and i would never move them if you can get in its a must.

  • (5 years ago)

    My child use to attend Township Elementary although I was happy with my child's progress we had to move because we were not from the area. Then I read comments about Madera and I have yet to be dissappointed. My son has shown great improvement in the area or reading and writing. His third grade teacher Miss Johnson is great! I can't say enough good things about her. The office staff and principal are very friendly and they have lots of family activities throughout the year. I love Madera and hope to enroll my younger son soon.

  • (6 years ago)

    We came to Madera because we thought it was academically a good school. We have not been disappointed as my daughter has definitely improved over the last year. She has a natural weakness in her learning to read and I would say She is borderline Dyslexic however because of budget cuts the school refused to test her independently which is what I wanted I refused their own psychologist to test her because they really don't know much about these types of special need - so She has not been tested at all. However Mre Kuntz has done an astonishing job at getting my daughter up to their third grade level standards and my daughter now enjoys reading chapter books - her reading has improved tremendously - her Dad and I are very happy with her progress at Madera. Sorry to be leaving as we are re-locating!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    We bought our house because it was in Madera Elementary's home school area. My three children have been attending since Kindergarten and we love it. Very active PTA supportive Principal and terrific caring teachers. It's no wonder that there's a waiting list to get into this school.

  • (8 years ago)

    My oldest son has attended a few elementary schools four public and one private. Madera is the best elementary school by far including the private school! The teachers are excellent and the principle is wonderful. They really care about the students and the PTA has really fun events planned throughout the year.

  • (8 years ago)

    Good school..Scores have improved

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