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Is Ellis Elementary a good school? It is API ranking is 7, is that likely to improve?

Asked by a, Sunnyvale, CA Mon Aug 19, 2013

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API score is 858 and improving. This is a great school as this was my school long ago. I went there k-6th grade I'm 57 now and still live in this great neighborhood. Love being able to walk downtown. Born, raised, live and work right here in Sunnyvale. This is my town, always has been and always will be. Go Ellis Eagles!! You'll love living here.
1 vote Thank Flag Link Mon Aug 19, 2013
I most definitely wouldn't judge a school just by its API. My daughter attended one of the top schools in Palo Alto. For a number of reasons it was not all that good for her. Fortunately I was able to move her to a different school in Palo Alto which although had slightly lower API scores was an excellent match and provided an excellent education. Ellis Elementary is neither the highest nor the lowest ranking elementary school in Sunnyvale. It falls roughly in the middle.

You might want to get in touch with the Parent Teacher Organization if you have any concerns. Click the Ellis Elementary PTO link at
http://www.sesd.org/education/school/school.php?sectiondetai…

I have general information about Sunnyvale schools at
http://julianalee.com/sunnyvale/sunnyvale-schools.htm

Sunnyvale home values at http://julianalee.com/sunnyvale/sunnyvale-statistics.htm

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Oct 15, 2013
I use http://www.greatschools.org/ to find out information about local schools.

J.R. Thrasher
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
Do you have children which will attend this school now? The question of school is always subjective. The other agents gave great responses. The other factor to consider is your personal demographics and how others are scoring in that same demographics. I have found that parents that care and are involved pass those value on to their own children and their children will perform or out perform the API.

Talk with parents at the school and get an understanding if the school offers the programs and education that you would like to see for your children. Art, Science, Math, Special Ed, etc. each school has a focus an it is not a one answer which fits all parents and students.

As for the future improvement if anyone could see the future I'd like to meet them. The funding available for schools, property taxes, school management of money is a moving target. The best way to be informed is to be involved.
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0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
Hi A and thanks for the post.

To be frank, most buyers feel that a public elementary school with an API of 800 or more is an asset in terms of home value, purchase price and resale. Although an API score is the state's public school report card, it is based on the performance of students through a standardized test, the STAR test, given yearly to students in grades 2 thru 12. Because the API score can be broken down into both current and previous years performance, performance by race, and performance by grade, the API also necessarily provides parents with school demography and student population profiles.

Now as for Ellis, a score of 858 is certainly good and the school has consistently achieved its academic goals for the year. However, it is not the highest rated nor the best performing school (based solely on API scores) in the Sunnyvale area. Schools in West Sunnyvale have elementary schools in 900-960 API score range,and it is because these schools are also a part of the Cupertino School District that housing prices and demand in these areas can be so very competitive.

But the real question to ask yourself is, what is public school education worth to me and my family? Is private school an option? Sometimes the trade-off between affordable housing and buying into a more highly desired school district is worth the trade especially if your child is on the cusp of going to middle or high school where the districts overlap into your desired school area. These are questions and issues to explore with each purchase.

So talk with your family members, even visit the school to get more information, and look at the full API report for the school before making your decision. There is so much more in the API reports...simply looking at a one digit ranking is not the full picture of the academic institution.

Good luck,
Grace Morioka
Cherry Chase Elementary School Alumni, Sunnyvale, Ca
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
Hi A,
Depends on what your definition of a "good school" is, this is very subjective......most schools are good.. . I look at schooling a little differently. API is not my childs score, its an overall school score.........Faculty and their qualifications is more imp to me....location, environment, academics and other facilities and activities offered by the school....go check out the school, it may be what YOU want and is acceptable for your child.
Let me know if you are interested in more information. Be well and safe,
Regards, Nina Daruwalla
BRE#01712223
0 votes Thank Flag Link Wed Aug 21, 2013
Hi A,

"Is Ellis Elementary a good school?"

Yes, the API score of 858 is good. Is it the highest it's been in the past? No. However, just because you are not seeing a positive API growth each year it does not mean you should side-step this school.

For an easy way to review schools I suggest you take a look at http://www.SchoolAndHousing.com

Based on property address, this site provides attendance area schools (Public, Private and Daycares) along with useful statistics and other information you should appreciate. They also have a cellphone mobile application, which is quite handy when you are viewing homes! Just access the website on your mobile phone to download the app. NOTE: Before making an offer on a property call the School District to CONFIRM the schools the property will feed to!


"It is API ranking is 7, is that likely to improve?"

Most probably, based on the School's history; here's Ellis' API trending charts:

http://www.schoolandhousing.com/jsp/school_locator/schooldet…

-Steve
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 20, 2013
Trulia changed the formatting of my table below (They combined the space characters that I had inserted to line up the columns.), so here's a link to a more readable table:

http://siliconvalleyhouses.blogspot.com/p/silicon-valley-sch…

then click on the hypertext that says:
Here is Cupertino Union & Sunnyvale School Districts Sorted by 2012 Growth API Scores (Highest to Lowest)

to arrive at:

http://siliconvalleyhouses.files.wordpress.com/2012/10/api20…

Scroll down one page to see Sunnyvale.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 20, 2013
The API score is 858, which is a slight drop from the previous year. Schoolwide it met its target, but not for all student groups. Looking overall at the Sunnyvale Elementary Schools, Bishop gained the most, improving by 25 in going from 770 in 2011 to 795 in 2012. The biggest drops were Vargas dropping 17, Lakewood dropping 16, and Cherry Chase dropping 11. Ellis only dropped by 4.

Here's the data:

School: 2012 Growth 2011 Base Improve/Decline Schoolwide? All Groups? Both?
Cherry Chase 955 966 -11 Yes Yes Yes
Cumberland 947 942 +5 Yes Yes Yes
Ellis 858 862 -4 Yes No No
San Miguel 797 790 +7 Yes Yes Yes
Bishop 795 770 +25 Yes Yes Yes
Lakewood 791 807 -16 No No No
Vargas 743 760 -17 No No No
0 votes Thank Flag Link Tue Aug 20, 2013
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