5353 Kester Ave.
Van Nuys, CA 91411
(School attendance zone shown in map)
Rating
10/
10
Top 10%
Kester Avenue Elementary School serves 1,022 students in grades Kindergarten-5.
Kester Avenue Elementary School placed in the top 10% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 10%, and reading proficiency is top 5%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 72% (which is higher than the California state average of 40%) for the 2018-19 school year. The percentage of students achieving proficiency in reading/language arts is 82% (which is higher than the California state average of 51%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The student:teacher ratio of 26:1 is higher than the California state level of 23:1.
Minority enrollment is 61% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is lower than the California state average of 77% (majority Hispanic).

Top Rankings

Kester Avenue Elementary School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:

School Overview

Kester Avenue Elementary School's student population of 1,022 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 40 teachers has grown by 5% over five school years.
School Type
Grades Offered
Grades Kindergarten-5
Total Students
1,022 students
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Total Classroom Teachers
40 teachers
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School Rankings

Kester Avenue Elementary School is ranked within the top 10% of all 9,659 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2018-19 school year.
The diversity score of Kester Avenue Elementary School is 0.70, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data
This School
State Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank
#509 out of 9659 schools
(Top 10%)
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Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
72%
40%
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Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
82%
51%
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Student : Teacher Ratio
26:1
23:1
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American Indian
n/a
1%
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Asian
10%
12%
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Hispanic
36%
54%
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Black
7%
5%
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White
39%
23%
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Hawaiian
n/a
1%
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Two or more races
8%
4%
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All Ethnic Groups
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Diversity Score
0.70
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Eligible for Free Lunch
43%
53%
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Eligible for Reduced Lunch
9%
7%
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Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education

School Reviews

5  
The information listed here is quite outdated, as there are more than 1,000 students at this school and the student-to-teacher ratio is much higher. Check GreatSchools for more current info. Kester does very well with its limited resources; the teachers are very dedicated and there is a group of parents that is energetic and involved, making a tremendous difference. There is a new science lab and PE and art programs, thanks to the PTA. The school is pretty and neat. After-school care lacks sufficient supervision.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • School Type: Magnet School
  • Grades: Kindergarten-5
  • Students: 1,022 students
  • Student:Teacher Ratio: 26:1
  • Minority Enrollment: 61%
  • Overall Testing Rank
    : Top 10% in CA
  • Math Proficiency
    : 72% (Top 10%)
  • Reading Proficiency
    : 82% (Top 5%)
  • Diversity Score
    : 0.70 (Top 10%)

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