School Details

Parkmead Elementary School

1920 Magnolia Way, Walnut Creek, CA 94595
(925) 944-6858
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 522 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

86%
77%
56%
82%
80%
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
  • Walnut Creek Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
70%
46%
93%
83%
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
  • Walnut Creek Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
84%
65%
83%
87%
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
  • Walnut Creek Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
83%
60%
80%
83%
65%
78%
82%
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
  • Walnut Creek Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Parkmead Elementary School is a public elementary school in Walnut Creek. The principal of Parkmead Elementary School is Christopher Reddam and can be contacted at creddam@wcsd.k12.ca.us. 522 students go to Parkmead Elementary School and are mostly Multiracial; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 7% of the Parkmead Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 6% of the 522 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Parkmead Elementary School is 18:1. Dorris-Eaton School, The is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 8% %
White, non-Hispanic 65% 65%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Filipino 2% 3%
Unspecified 17% 11%
Hispanic 12% 9%
Asian 11% 9%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 3529%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 6% 10%
Limited English proficiency 7% 9%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    We have been extremely pleased with our experience at Parkmead! Amazing teachers an active parent community and a Principal who gets to know each child. Our children enjoy school and the great opportunities offered!

  • (1 year ago)

    My son study in Parkmead Elementary School K/1 class I love this school because the staffs and principal are great the teach is really care about students they teach students make good choice and do their best.

  • (1 year ago)

    Parents are very involved in this school which goes a long way toward making this school feel like a real community. One of the best things about Parkmead is the monthly focus on different characteristics like responsibility empathy etc. - they weave these themes into the academic teachings and it feels like a great way to ensure the kids turn into well-rounded people and citizens. Great school!

  • (3 years ago)

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this school. To be a member of the Parkmead Community is an honor and a privilege. The children thrive because the community works as a family supporting one another with an emphasis not only on education but character. I have a son with special needs and I couldn't imagine getting more support than I am receiving right now. Thank you Parkmead!

  • (3 years ago)

    Worst school ever. My child went there and we were so unhappy. She came home from school with nothing to do and said she was higher than the rest of the kids. We transferred her to a private school and she excels there. Thank you Dorris Eaton!

  • (3 years ago)

    My son is in the fourth grade and returning to this school. I am so happy that we were able to get him back into this school. The staff and principal are great. My son was out of school for one week because of a misunderstanding in the Mt.Diablo school district. The way they handled his dismissal was unprofessional and traumatizing to my son. Parkmead staff stepped in and made sure he was back in school within days. My son had attended this school last year and I had a great experience with the teacher and staff. There is great communication with the teacher and parents. Resource staff is wonderful with my son. This school is a great example of what parents look for when they are looking for a great school.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Parkmead because the teachers truly care about their students. I also love that there is a lot of parent volunteers!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school has 3 'normal' and 2 PALS classes for each year. The PALS classes merge 2 age groups - with half the class moving up to the next class each year. (and with some subjects taught by age) Plus Friday has Multi Age Group classes. This makes PALS a big family with some of the best socially well adjusted kids that you will ever encounter.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an extremely well-run school - the principal is fabulous and focused on the right issues.

  • (8 years ago)

    Comprehensive academic programs at all levels. Music art and PE stressed equally at all levels. Extracurricular activities about throughout the school year.

  • (9 years ago)

    Our son went to Parkmead for one year - third grade. He and we really liked it - he had a great teacher and in general it was a good experience. Our only complaints were with the after-school care - it was very unstructured with little discipline and almost no projects or educational groups. It was almost solely play time - very different from the Indian Valley after-school setup which combines play with projects and really fun educational/craft opportunities. He attended Parkmead in 2002 so things may have changed for the better in terms of after-school care there.

  • (10 years ago)

    Parkmead is located in a great community and parents are generally both involved and happy with the resources and teachers. Class size is limited and teachers are accessible. There is onsite daycare available and the facilities are generally comprehensive. Concerns would include a lack of accountability for the progress of individual students and limited control of what teachers your child has access to. Some of the cirriculum appears geared to the lowest common denominator which is a concern to us - but not necessarilly one that is easy to find an alternative for. In general the school appears better than most of its peers.

  • (10 years ago)

    After one year at Parkmead Elementary I feel like my first and forth graders are receiving a private school education. The Principal is forward thinking and the teachers are experienced and enthusiastic. We couldn't be happier.

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