Palo Verde Elementary School
Palo Verde Elementary School serves 399 students in grades Kindergarten-5.
Palo Verde Elementary School placed in the top 5% of all schools in California for overall test scores (math proficiency is top 1%, and reading proficiency is top 5%) for the 2018-19 school year.
The percentage of students achieving proficiency in math is 87% (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 18:1 is lower than the California state level of 23:1.
Minority enrollment is 62% of the student body (majority Asian), which is lower than the California state average of 77% (majority Hispanic).
Palo Verde Elementary School ranks among the top 20% of public schools in California for:
Reading/Language Arts Proficiency
Palo Verde Elementary School's student population of 399 students has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
The teacher population of 22 teachers has grown by 10% over five school years.
Total Classroom Teachers
Students by Grade
Palo Verde Elementary School is ranked within the top 5% 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 Palo Verde Elementary School is 0.67, 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
State Level (CA)
Overall Testing Rank
#208 out of 9659 schools
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
Student : Teacher Ratio
Two or more races
All Ethnic Groups
Eligible for Free Lunch
Eligible for Reduced Lunch
School Statewide Testing
School District Name
Source: 2017-2018 (latest school year available) NCES, CA Dept. of Education
Grew up here and went to Palo Verde, graduated from JLS, and Gunn High. Quite xenophobic to international students and 2nd generation Asian Americans. Absolutely no curriculum on diversity, SEL, or class differences. Also, how about EL program and SPED? This school is certainly not equitable like the other neighboring elementary schools. My only advice to the parent community is, LISTEN to your child. If your child does not feel comfortable with the teacher, your child should tell you and you need to bring it up to admin. And if admin doesn't bat an eye, talk to other parents, email the district office for student affairs. The teachers here, the bad ones at least, cruising for retirement think their union will protect their butt. Don't be complacent parents, teach your children that their voice matters. It's serious business if the classroom is not a positive nor supportive one. Don't ever be afraid to ruffle feathers and report, report, report if teachers disrespect, undermine your child.
The school has a very opaque method of determining the teachers for its students. While the school maintains that they try to achieve a balance for each class and try to place the students based on their particular needs, the reality is that the placement is done primarily based on behind the scenes lobbying by the parents. The school officially maintains that such lobbying should not happen. The reality, though, is that the aggressive parents work diligently to make sure their child is placed with the 'better' teacher. Children whose parents who are less involved in school activities or choose to play by the rules are grouped into the less popular teachers. This is a long tradition at this school, and the select group of parents, the management, and the teachers are all partners in this together. Externally, everyone maintains that classroom placement is done by the book. The reality is quite obviouse to everyone, including the children. This is very sad, but I guess those who live in 'Shalow Alto' should learn to play by the alternate set of rules or leave town.
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