School Details

Christian Sorensen Elementary School

11493 East Rosehedge Drive, Whittier, CA 90606
(562) 789-3220
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 438 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

73%
58%
56%
80%
65%
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
  • Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
40%
46%
75%
64%
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
  • Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
58%
65%
62%
71%
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
  • Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
59%
60%
68%
62%
65%
74%
51%
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
  • Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Christian Sorensen Elementary School is a public elementary school in West Whittier-Los Nietos. The principal of Christian Sorensen Elementary School is Lilia Vargas and can be contacted at lavargas@whittiercity.net. 438 students attend Christian Sorensen Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 22% of the Christian Sorensen Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 77% of the 438 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Christian Sorensen Elementary School is 21:1. Hadley is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 94% 89%
White, non-Hispanic 4% 5%
Unspecified 2% 4%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.6% 0.8%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Filipino 0.2% 0.4%
Asian 0.2% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.1%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 6400%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77% 69%
Limited English proficiency 22% 22%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Since my daughter has been at Sorensen I have seen nothing but improvements and my child loves it here. I think all the teachers and staff are very helpful and great at their jobs especially the principal. She is truly an amazing principal and so dedicated to all the students and staff. I honestly do believe that when parents are involved in their child's education it shows. Unfortunately it is usually those parents that complain about anything or everything are those that are not actively involved in any school activities or volunteering with the school. The school does more than enough communication with parents thru letters flyers and the Tele-parent on a weekly basis.

  • (1 year ago)

    School is good unless your son or daughter has a learning disability then the teachers are to remain quiet unless the parent request an evaluation. The school knows the students with disabilities may take away from their budget so it is an unwritten policy not to recommend these students for evaluation.

  • (1 year ago)

    How do you as a parent find the new common core standards that are now set and implemented satisfactory to our children? How will the common core benefit our children? Just want feedback.

  • (1 year ago)

    Sorenson is well on its way introducing the new common core standards and implimenting them into the schools daily curriculum. I'm happy with the new changes. Our children need to be more educated & well prepared for any College of their choice.As well as giving them the proper skills to be able to contribute running this Country when its their time. Apart from that we need to stop sending our work to other countries and begin using our own resources. Our people. We are supposed to be the best Nation in the World! With that in mind we need to step up and live up to our Nations standards and help our children fullfill the American Dream... "In God We Trust"

  • (1 year ago)

    Sorensen is a awesome school fro teachers. Staff to the principal mrs vargas. but the school needs a student drop off area in the front so kids dont have to run accross the street and parents should have access to view events at anytime without the teacher giving authorization to see the children. School performance overall is good.

  • (1 year ago)

    This school's performance and API has grown positively over the past few years. Mrs.Vargas principal is excellent and is very supportive to parents.My child is in the RSP program and he has shown a good growth in his reading skills over the past year. The specialist teacher and speech teacher do care about the children they work with and send us feedback frequently. The front office staffs are superb and supportive.

  • (2 years ago)

    I think Sorensen Elementary is a great school and the staff in the office is very helpful teachers have new ideas to work with the students. Also Dr Vargas is always there to help you with any concerns. Adriana

  • (2 years ago)

    I am a new parent in this school and I feel very fortunate to have my daughter here because I see all the support she gets to improve academically in all areas. The staff the principal and the teachers are very supportive and very professional.

  • (7 years ago)

    excellent fantastic principal and teacher grandparent of a 2yrs (K-1st grader)

  • (8 years ago)

    Quality of academic programs are average. The child/Teacher ratio could be better. But we do like very much our daughters teacher Ms. Henning & Ms. Franco. My daughter is in kinder and is not there long enough for me to comment on the availablity of extracurricular activities. The parent involvment is about average also my daughters dad was a class room volunteer. Overall there is decent parent involvment for festivals and carnivals for the whole school. The only thing that the jury is still out on is the principal. She took over the school mid year But ever since she did dropping of my child has become even more of a task due to the officer posted in front of the school issuing citations?

  • (10 years ago)

    This is an excellent school I have been very happy with instruction.

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(based on 12 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement

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