School Details

Alamo Elementary School

500 South Orchard Avenue, Vacaville, CA 95688
(707) 453-6200
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 595 students 20 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

58%
53%
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62%
60%
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
  • Vacaville Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
51%
46%
80%
68%
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
  • Vacaville Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
65%
65%
82%
73%
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
  • Vacaville Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
65%
60%
68%
62%
65%
60%
58%
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
  • Vacaville Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
65%
60%
66%
60%
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
  • Vacaville Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Alamo Elementary School is a public elementary school in Vacaville. The principal of Alamo Elementary School is Kimberly Forrest, who can be contacted at kimberlyf@vacavilleusd.org. 595 students go to Alamo Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Black, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 6% of the Alamo Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 39% of the 595 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Alamo Elementary School is 20:1. Hemlock Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 63% 48%
Black, non-Hispanic 4% 7%
Multiracial 3% %
Asian 3% 2%
Hispanic 25% 25%
Unspecified 13% 14%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 12555%
Filipino 0.7% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.7%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39% 32%
Limited English proficiency 6% 12%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My love for Alamo runs far and wide! Like lots of other people I also attended Alamo school. I had a wonderful Alamo life to the point where when I had kids I made sure they went to Alamo. I loved all of the teachers and staff back then just as I do now. My first job was at Alamo school during the summer. My kids now have had some of the same teachers that I had.. I love Alamo school.. We are all about Family! If you send your child to Alamo You won't be disapointed.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have a long history with Alamo School having attended myself K through 6th and as a parent of three children who attended K through 6th. My husband and I enjoyed our children's cumulative 14 years at Alamo! We found the teachers to be enthusiastic and our children were challenged and happy to go to school each day. Currently two of our children are successful college students and one is in on the honor roll in middle school. Their academic success was built on their fantastic elementary education in each and every grade and with many different members of the Alamo teaching staff.

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a grandmother of a student at Alamo School. I myself attended Alamo School when it first opened. Unfortunately i am disappointed in Alamo School. My husband (who was a history teacher prior to being called up to active duty in the Air Force) always said that "some teachers teach for the love of teaching and some teachers teach because it is an absolute power trip." I firmly believe the second grade at Alamo school is not staffed with teachers who teach for the love of teaching. Perhaps Alamo School's reputation needs to be redefined.

  • (3 years ago)

    Both of my boys were lucky enough to attend Alamo from K-6th grade and I couldn't have asked for a better experience. I quickly joined the PTA and was very excited to help with the many events that the children and families were able to enjoy. All of my sons teachers were wonderful. Just stepping on the campus tells you just what kind of school Alamo is and that is geared towards not only learning but family. After 10 years of having children at Alamo my youngest child is now moving on to middle school but we will never forget Alamo and will always be part of the Alamo family.

  • (3 years ago)

    We have had our child at Alamo since the 1st grade and he is now in the 4th grade. He has had wonderful teachers and is an A student. He loves his teachers enjoys the school activities and continues to thrive at Alamo. There is lots of parent involvement at this school and it really shows. We live outside of Vacaville and prefer Alamo to any of the other schools offered in either Vacaville or the FSUSD. I met with at least a dozen schools before coming to Alamo. The staff at Alamo was by far the warmest and most inviting and so was the principal. We saw what the school offered and knew this was the school for our child. I can't imagine him in another school. Thank you Alamo.

  • (4 years ago)

    We bought our house because it was in the Alamo school district and had heard such wonderful things about the school. After a year of kindergarten we have transferred to a different school. The teacher we had was not willing to challenge our child who read far above grade level. She was expected to do the same work as the other children and was extremely bored at school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Very nice older school small and friendly

  • (6 years ago)

    My son was a first grader here who was struggling from kindergarten at a different school....all of his grades increased x3.Great teachers staff and principle!!!!

  • (7 years ago)

    My son will be going into fourth grade this coming school year. He has attended Alamo on an inner-district agreement because I truly believe that Alamo is the best school in Vacaville! From the teachers and school staff to the wonderful parents I have made long lasting friendships. Alamo has one of the strongest PTA involvements that I have seen in Vacaville. The PTA is constantly giving back to the children teachers and the community. From the much anticipated Fall Festival that people from all of over the community as well as surrounding communities attend to the Valentine balloons that fills the halls with visual love and color. The year ends with a beautiful Spring Soiree which consists of a live/silent auction and dinner. This allows the faculty and parents (not just PTA parents) and evening to unwind and enjoy a wonderful night with their 'Alamo family'.

  • (7 years ago)

    I have three children that attend Alamo and they receive a better education than what I see offered in many private schools. The staff is excellent and I could not be happier. I attended Alamo as a child and moved back to Vacaville as an adult so my children would have the experience of attending this high quality school. Parental participation is high and the results show. The yearly Fall Festival brings in people from surrounding school districts and other cities. Extracurricular activities have been reduced due to District cuts but the Administration and Staff have provided other great programs and opportunities resulting in net positive gains in education and diversity. For instance Mr. Russell teaches the after school 'Mad Scientist University' allowing children in white lab coats the chance to expand their scientific knowledge in a fun filled environment. The band program is fantastic too! Open enrollment allows a varied student population.

  • (7 years ago)

    Wonderful school and caring staff. Alamo is the perfect example of a great school.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had 3 children go through Alamo Elementary. We were originally at another school where parent involvement was discouraged. After much research we decided that Alamo was the school for us. A school works best with a partnership between the administration the faculty and the parents. This school has more parent involvement than any other I have seen. It is evident when you walk the halls and see the curtains in the doors the flowers and the hand painted bathrooms. Alamo is not just a school but a community. My children were very well prepared for middle school and my two oldest have graduated from Vaca High with honors. My youngest leaves Alamo this year and I will be sad to be leaving this wonderful school. I know for my family Alamo was the correct choice.

  • (8 years ago)

    Quality of academic progams do not always keep pace with the childrens ability. Music / art / sports & extracurricular activities are average. Level of parent involvement is average. Some teachers would benefit from additional courses in child development and class room management.

  • (8 years ago)

    I currently have two children at Alamo and my older child went there as well. Alamo is a great school with dedicated teachers and a great principal. The PTA is very active and there is a lot of parent involvement. However for the 2005-2006 school year all schools in the district have been designated site improvement schools and I think this has negatively impacted the children's learning experience. The teachers are expected to follow the curriculum exactly with no deviations allowed for creativity. The fourth grade camp was cancelled and no field trips or class celebrations are allowed until after the STAR test results.

  • (9 years ago)

    My son attended Alamo Elementary and the dedication to individual child development was wonderful. The staff carefully assessed each child and placed them with the most appropriate teacher to ensure acedemic achievement. The staff is informed and the classes are geared toward a total learning experience.

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