School Details

Hickory Elementary School

2800 West 227th Street, Torrance, CA 90505
(310) 533-4672
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 872 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

79%
72%
56%
87%
78%
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
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
62%
46%
86%
81%
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
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

90%
82%
65%
93%
85%
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
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
79%
60%
83%
78%
65%
84%
77%
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
  • Torrance Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Hickory Elementary School is a public elementary school in Torrance. The principal of Hickory Elementary School is Edna Schumacher, who can be contacted at eschumacher@tusd.org. 872 students attend Hickory Elementary School and identify as Multiracial, Filipino, and Asian. 32% of the Hickory Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 10% of the 872 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Hickory Elementary School is 21:1. Bread of Life Church School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
Filipino 6% 4%
Asian 47% 31%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 17% 33%
Hispanic 16% 18%
Unspecified 1% 9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.8% 24081%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.6% %
Pacific Islander 0.6% 0.8%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10% 19%
Limited English proficiency 32% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We have been in this school for three years. Great school. Very active PTA. Every teacher that both my children have had have been approachable and involved and dedicated. There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in class or school if we choose to. Teachers handle the bigger class sizes efficiently owing to their experience. Mrs. S the principal is always on the school grounds and willing to listen and address any concerns. GATE programs are run by an awesome volunteer group of moms. Academically There seems to be the right kind of workload for each of my child one is advanced in his class and my other child fits in his age group well so I should say differentiated education is active Many programs volunteer-run (either by teacher or parent)/ PTA sponsored/ or after-school programs are available in the year...like School science fair track and field meets bike rodeo Jog-a-thon Adventures in art multi cultural week Math Olympiad academic penthalon preps field trips talent show Choir movie night..so the children have a choice to participate in a variety of activities if they'd want to. Overall these have Been a good few years for my children.

  • (1 year ago)

    You are so right teachers deserve to know how the parents and students feel about them. My kids went there for 4 yrs. as for being over-whelmed and over crowded I guess so I remember the same complaints when I was in school. And my parents said the same about school for them. Often problem is pressure from the principle. Schools all over Calif. were being scrutinized these past couple of yrs. Like any job. If administrations goals aren't being met...they tend to blaming the staff! In turn the kids get caught in the cross fire.

  • (1 year ago)

    Hickory is in torrance so it has a rating of being a good school. Ms Evans is a caring teacher. Ms Pendrick is great too. PTA volunteers work hard for the teachers to give them the tools and supplies for their teachers. Volunteers work great together. I don't know the principle that well. I've heard good and bad about her. Well wait and see. What I do know if you request something you may not get it. On the other hand ..... She does seem to care!

  • (1 year ago)

    Hickory Elementary is overall a good school. However this dual teaching being allowed... Does this benefit the student or teacher. All who knew the previous principal. All of the comments about teachers being overworked I agree. We all work and are under paid and overworked. I hope students and parents could rate teachers performance as well one day. I must give props to teachers like Mrs P and Mrs O. There are many more great teachers at Hickkory. This school would be awesome if some Educators had cultural training and some adult people skills. Hickory Elementary is a good school it just needs a few adjustments. I can't wait for the renovation to be completed.

  • (2 years ago)

    I use to like this school and I had no problems until recently. We moved out of the Torrance area and now my kids are on a permit and it just seems like they are getting nit picked for EVERYTHING. The 4th grade teacher my daughter has shows no emotions it just looks like shes their for the sake of having a job and then says my daughter might have a learning disability...BS. I'm tired of the over sized class and how much they want the parents to be involved and all the PTA fundraisers they have. All the think about is raising money (not to get the students the help they need) and test score #'s. Each kid is a walking number. Very disappointed!

  • (2 years ago)

    Hickory's principal (Mrs. S) is awesome and so is Mrs. E (kinder). We were very nervous about moving to the "big" school from preschool but after we experienced the first couple weeks the nervousness subsided. Mrs. E is what every kinder teacher should be and she cares about her kids. She takes great pride in her classroom and it shows. Mrs S (principal) is always available to the parents and accepts walk-in parents with questions/issues emails phone calls etc. She is very prompt in her responses and communicates well with her teachers. Go Hounds!

  • (2 years ago)

    There are great teachers and excellent parent involvement. The only reason the CST scores are lower than they would is because there are many students from other countries who do not speak English fluently and the test is in English. Hickory is still an exceptional school though.

  • (3 years ago)

    Great teachers...worst principal. Used to be a great school but the recent principal is ruining the school. My son is in a combo class during his final year but his class is running so behind his peers and his shy personality made him a victim to a combo class his final year. He is miserable and can't wait to start a turn a new leaf and have classes with his grades students and make new friends next year. Unfortunately I will not be sending my last child (already had 3 kids that went to Hickory) whom were all highly academic to Hickory as long as that woman is still principal!!!

  • (3 years ago)

    I completely disagree with the previous review. My daughter attends kindergarten at this school and we have nothing but positive things to say about Hickory. Her teacher is spectacular and the principal goes out of her way to listen to our concerns. Our daughter has been provided the appropriate services to aide her in her first year of school. I completely agree that the classes are large but if you do some research on the local private schools (with the exception of First Lutheran down Carson - which is okay if you are willing to spend an enormous amount of money!) there are plenty out there that have about the same class sizes! I give Hickory 5 stars!

  • (3 years ago)

    Terrible. There teachers are overwhelmed with large classes causing them to be over worked and lacking that "love for their job" attitude. If your child has problems or needs additional help you won't get that here. The principal is even worse...unprofessional and lacking of experience. Looking to transfer my student the first chance I get. If your a loving parent send your child to a loving school. This one is not it.

  • (3 years ago)

    We absolutely love Hickory. It exceeds all my expectations from a school that I have for 2 of my kids. They are exceleent academically socially and have lits of extracurricular activities offered everyday afterschool. We moved from a private school to this public school. and have been so impressed by the academic standards genuine teachers wonderful PTA and sweet students.

  • (4 years ago)

    Due to the increased class sizes teachers are completely overworked. Academically weaker children are being left behind. Detentions are being given out for the smallest infractions including because staff and teachers are too overworked to spend the two minutes to teach constructive conflict resolution. So sad to see a great school turn to this. Children of previous years were prepared for leadership. The kids that go through Hickory this year can be happy to qualify for fast food service positions if this keeps going.

  • (4 years ago)

    For the school year of 2010/2011 the class sizes have increased to 30 from K-3 and up to 36 for 4th & 5th grades. The high test scores of Hickory Elementary school are largely due to the fact that a very high percentage of students receives after school tutoring on several afternoons a week. Most teachers are very good but all of them are overwhelmed by the class sizes. The PTA is very active. Every month there are at least two fundraisers that children can participate in during school hours. They can purchase photos books calendars and a lot of other things. The money that is raised supports the arts program field trips and the purchases of equipment for the classrooms and the facility. Bullying is a very big problem at Hickory school. Recently a survey went around asking the kids whether they got bullied and how the teachers and staff reacted to it. The school is aware and baby steps to address this are being taken.

  • (6 years ago)

    The PTA at this school which is loyally supported by a few parents is excellent. Without it the art and library programs as well as several enrichment activities would not exist. There are some very good teachers; however some teachers are not as concerned as they should be about whether all students learn. Some children attending this school are not very respectful to their parents or to other adults. My kids learned some words and behaviors that were not appropriate. The special education program is not sufficient to service all children. Many parents are unconcerned with safety of other students when dropping off/picking up their children. The staff and local law enforcement have had a difficult time addressing this issue. Overall the school performs well for a campus of 800+ students with large class sizes in the upper grades (20 in K-3 32 in 4-5) but there room for improvement.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school has everything a child will need to sugceed in the future.

  • (9 years ago)

    My daughter is now in 4th Grade and I've been pleased with her education at Hickory so far. The school's PTA is awesome. My only concern is the number of students per class is increasing every year now but I guess there is nothing we can do about it except for voting to elect officials that will care about our public schools...

  • (9 years ago)

    Good curriculum good teachers tight budget

  • (9 years ago)

    Hickory elementary focuses on education and child development. The teachers and staff at Hickory are excellent. My child has needed and received some additional support and guidance beyond the norm. Each of her teachers been willing to work with us and her to shape an experience that has helped her to learn and grow. The music and art programs at Hickory are good and supported by parents. Parent involvement at Hickory is excellent with many volunteers in many programs. Having a flexible work schedule my spouse has been welcomed by her teachers into the classroom. Even though we moved out of the Hickory school boundaries and live down the street from another very good elementary school we continue to take our daughter to Hickory.

  • (10 years ago)

    The teachers are wonderful and the parent involvement is really high. The student to teacher ratio is low. My child's class only has 17 students. The PTA has a strong presence on campus and the school is recognized for its community involvement. But moreover as a mother of a child with a disability the programs available are well planned out and highly accessible.

  • (10 years ago)

    This school offers a great education. Teachers are keep up-to-date on the latest teaching criteria class sizes are appropriate and there is a large population of parent involvement.

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