Big Lagoon Elementary School

269 Big Lagoon Park Road, Trinidad, CA 95570
(707) 677-3688

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Public Grades PK-8 37 students 11 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • Big Lagoon Union Elementary average
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% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Big Lagoon Elementary School is a public middle school in Trinidad. The principal of Big Lagoon Elementary School is Rea Erickson, who can be contacted at 37 children attend Big Lagoon Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 85% of the 37 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Big Lagoon Elementary School is 11:1. McKinleyville Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 7% 0%
White, non-Hispanic 65% 82%
Filipino 3% 3%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2% 54%
Multiracial 17% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 11% 13%
Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Unspecified 0% 0%
Asian 0% 0%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 85% 68%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    I hope the new year brings great things to our school. Take a moment to check out our web page. If you have a child at our school take a moment to review the school. Thank you.

  • (2 years ago)

    There are many things about the school I love. However like all schools there are some areas that need improvements. Hopefully it will get better in time.

  • (2 years ago)

    That last review was written by Ms. Blanc. We actually don't miss her at all! Unless somebody misses being yelled at and intimidated by a crazy person who hates children. Many families have come back to school since she is gone and that is great. Things seem to be run by somebody who cares now. Most of the changes are for the better and that is a positive turn for Big Lagoon. The teachers seem to have more say in how they teach. The new principal seems to know what he is doing. I am concerned for my daughter going into the 7/8th grade teacher's class since he seems to pick favorites and fails to teach to everyone but we shall see.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is a unique school in a wonderful setting with the forest and nearby lagoon and ocean. Your child will receive individualized instruction and benefit from small class sizes. For a small school they have remarkable programs that other bigger schools have cut Art Music and an outstanding hands-on Science program K-12. All the teachers are dedicated and care about kids. Unfortunately the staff morale has always been high until this year when they hired a new principal. I wish Mrs. Blanc was still here. She was really terrific and cared about kids and the school. The new principal has made a lot of people really unhappy and caused people to leave the school. The school doesn't feel the same. I hope it gets better. It deserves the best.

  • (3 years ago)

    We were very disappointed when our daugher who was alway a straight 'A" student at this school seemed VERY unprepared when she entered high school. Studends are heavily prepared for CA standardized tests and even a failing student will 'apparently' do well. The teacher supervision is often lacking allowing problematic students to be continually disruptive and disrespectful without consequence. They accept repeatedly suspended or expelled students from other local schools. The arts program is creative but there is nearly no music and zero organized sports or even so much as a PE class.

  • (3 years ago)

    We transferred our children to Big Lagoon 6 years ago and we made the right choice! They are thriving with all of the personal attention they receive the guidance they are given and the fun they have outdoors. Stats show that children in K-8 settings do better academically. This little school is a "family" . The science and aquatics programs are amazing. The setting is incomparable.

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