Ralph A. Gates Elementary School opened in 1998 to serve students in Kindergarten through 6th grades. The school prepares students for school and beyond with a focus on developing language proficiency in English and Spanish for native English and Spanish speakers.
Along with core subjects, the school offers art courses as well as other activities for its students. Students and parents alike would like to see more options when it comes to activities including sports and student clubs. Some students specifically mentioned student government.
Parents are thrilled with the curriculum at the school as it teaches both Spanish and English. Parents stated that this has taught their children so much and made them well rounded students. The teachers are also loved by both the parents and the students. Parent participation is encouraged by the school, which is a great aspect for many families.
The Academic Performance Index showed an increase of 10 points from the previous year to a score of 838. The statewide goal is 800. Parents are pleased with the number and the increase as well.
The California Standards Tests is used to learn if students are mastering core subjects. The various tests are given to 2nd through 11th grades in English, grades 2nd through 7th are given tests in math, and science tests are administered to students in grades 5th, 8th, and 10th, while history tests are given to students in 8th and 11th grades.
The percentage of students passing the exams was a mix of test results. Some were above the state average and others were below for the students on the 2nd grade through 6th grade exams. Parents are working with teachers to help improve the percentages that were below state averages.
The school is providing students with a great education with teachers that love their job. To learn if the school is a good fit for your family, you should talk with parents that have students enrolled before enrolling your child.
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Ralph A. Gates Elementary School
23882 Landisview Ave.
Lake Forest, CA 92630