School Details

Leffingwell Elementary School

10625 South Santa Gertrudes, Whittier, CA 90603
(562) 907-6300
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 442 students 16 student/teacher

Test Scores by grade

81%
70%
56%
82%
72%
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
  • East Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
56%
46%
86%
73%
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
  • East Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
78%
65%
88%
82%
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
  • East Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
70%
60%
70%
72%
65%
71%
65%
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
  • East Whittier City Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Leffingwell Elementary School is a public elementary school in Whittier. The principal of Leffingwell Elementary School is Scott Blackwell. 442 students attend Leffingwell Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Unspecified; and White, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Leffingwell Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 28% of the 442 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Leffingwell Elementary School is 16:1. Murphy Ranch Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 65% 74%
Unspecified 5% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 30% 17%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 2% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Filipino 0.5% 1%
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 9027%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 28% 50%
Limited English proficiency 9% 18%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter just started the third grade and with her being my oldest I don't have anything for comparison but I love Leffingwell Elementary school. All of her teachers have been great. I love all the various themed days they have throughout the year which I think helps keep going to school fun. My youngest starts Kindergarten next year and I'm looking forward to having both my children attending Leffingwell.

  • (1 year ago)

    I felt I needed to post this as my son has been doing so good and received 100% on his spelling test today. My son has a learning disability and Dr. Blackwell his teacher as well as the rest of the staff involved with helping my son have been great. During our last IEP all goals were met and my son is on track with surpassing his current goals. This school is not overrated and it's a shame when a parent adds a negative post that does not reflect the majority. The school may seem cliquey because there is SO much parent involvement. BYW I live in the area and are not on permit.

  • (1 year ago)

    After researching several local schools we purchased our house close to Leffingwell so that we could be sure our kids would receive an education from Leffingwell's incredible teachers and staff/leadership. Leffingwell offers extremely high academic standards with several additional programs that nurture the arts. In addition the staff models and encourages interaction among all students regardless of differences in background or level of need. This school reminds me of the way education used to be with teachers going above and beyond and encouraging children's growth in all areas not just academics.

  • (1 year ago)

    This is the most nepotistic school that I have ever encountered. Most teachers and staff get their relatives jobs at the school and if their relatives attend the school then you better believe their relatives are the children getting all the awards regardless of bad behavior. The staffs children are always being featured and favored. It's such cliquey school too! If you are different in any way good luck! You will not fit in if you are anything other than Christian. Most of the staff including the principal are involved with 2 well known churches in this area and if you go to one of them then maybe you can be apart of the clique. But what's funny is the children of the parents who are most involved with those churches are some of the brattiest children. This school is also allowing a lot more children on permits and many of the students are already on permits including most of the staffs children. They are trying to save the jobs of teachers in the clique by allowing all these permits. The permit students often fill the classrooms of the preferred teachers while children who live in the area are stuck with sub par teachers. This school is very overrated and not diverse at all!

  • (3 years ago)

    If you think the only way your child can get a great education is in a private school.....boy are you sadly mistaken and most likely never visited Leffingwell Elementary. The teachers are top notch and the principal is very dedicated to the school. If your planning to get your kid enrolled in this school you better not wait the waiting list can get filled pretty quick and its well worth the wait. The teachers are very hands on and carry a relationship with the kids more than just a typical student teacher relationship. My daughter loves her school and always comes home with great stories and smiling from her days activities. Make sure to meet Dr. Blackwell (principal) from your first visit with him you get a great sense of his dedication to the school teachers and most importantly the kids! The other great thing about this school are the parents....we all have the same objective in mind and we are all very involved in our children's education.

  • (3 years ago)

    A public school K-5 with a private school education! Hooray the naysayers think that it can't be done. They should just visit Leffingwell.What a staff nurturing teachers who still know that a kid's education has to have some fun in it great principal and warm caring office staff. Extra curricular activites offer a child a well rounded experience.

  • (4 years ago)

    LOVE this school! Great teachers great principle great programs. We couldn't be happier.

  • (4 years ago)

    Hooray for Leffingwell on recently winning the CA Distinguished Schools Award! It was well deserved! Excellent school with an excellent staff!

  • (4 years ago)

    I can not say enough greatness about Leffingwell. From the principal office staff nurses and aids and of course the amazing teachers I am forever thankful to be a two time Leffingwell parent! )

  • (4 years ago)

    An amazing school! From principal teachers to parent involvement. I am a proud parent of a 4th grader who is doing an amazing job. Lefingwell staff and teachers have been amazing role models to him and I thank them for that. Thank you to leffingwell elementary for such an amazing job!!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    A great place for kids! The staff is awesome and cares about each kid. Thank you Leffingwell for providing our child with a top-notch education.

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a proud parent of 3 sons who attend Leffingwell. This school is amazing! I feel like my children are given the morals and values of a private school education without paying for it. Leffingwell Staff show that academics are clearly important while including funfilled activites that enrich a child's education. Go Leopards!

  • (5 years ago)

    I love Leffingwell! Great principal teachers and staff. Go Leopards!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    I have two children at this school a 4th going into 5th grade and a 2nd going into 3rd.This school is great its wonderfull teachers are great principal is great.they do some much things for school after school theres a rescess dance that i just seen for the first time on friday and is best thing ever.Me and my wife enrolled our two girls from the start of 2nd and 4th grade and wish we were there from the start of kinder our kids love Leffingwell so glad we made the change.We will also be enrolling my son into preschool here cant wait.

  • (5 years ago)

    This is an amazing school I have a child who requires special education (at this moment) and have been able to see his growth here. The teachers and aids are all so very understanding and supportive of the students and their familes. It realy feels like a partnership thus allowing the students to thrive and make remarkable progress (at least for us). I was a little concerned when I had to send my child there in the begining but am now sorry that I ever had any types f concerns. I adore the teachers and the aids. Thanks!

  • (5 years ago)

    Leffingwell is the best place to work. the kids are great the principal is a super leader and the staff is both professional and loving. I love Leffingwell!

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter started Leffingwell as a 2nd grader when it opened as both a regular & special needs school. Now my oldest grandaughter is going there. The school is the best !!! My daughter who is now 26 loved it and now so does my grandaughter at 7. I was always amazed at what my daughter was learning (making full size teepees and presidential elections) and its still is amazing that my 2nd grader is doing division and knows more about snails than I could ever imagine !!! I love this school.!!!

  • (5 years ago)

    This school is a rare jewel in the state of California A mix of academics with fun; a focus on standardized education as well as creating lifelong learners. The teachers are dedicated and the administrators are outstanding. You will not be disappointed to have your child attend this school!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am thrilled that my child is able to attend Leffingwell the staff is wonderful and parent involvement is great very friendly and easy to approach.

  • (5 years ago)

    My daughter is now in 3rd grade this is my second child to go through Leffingwell. My oldest attened a different school for K &1st & I could not ask for a better school better staff than we recieved at leffingwell! It is & will always be our 2nd home! Thank you for all the love and support we have recieved.

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