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Wildomar Elementary Schools Make Big Test Score Gains

API scores were released this week and Sycamore Academy of Science and Cultural Arts saw the biggest gain.

Some Lake Elsinore Unified School District schools once again are at the top of the pack when it comes to test scores.

On Thursday, the California 2012 Accountability Progress Report for schools statewide was released. The report shows the 2011-2012 Academic Performance Index (API) scores.

Sycamore Academy of Science and Cultural Arts -- the only charter school in the LEUSD -- was recognized by Riverside County Superintendent of Schools Kenneth M. Young as being in the top five elementary schools in the county for 2011-2012 API change: The school achieved a 47 point gain over last year's score.

, and Sycamore Academy Principal Barbara Hale attributed the API increase to collaboration.

"We are very proud of our learning community and the growth that our students have demonstrated can be directly attributed to the collaborative efforts of our students, families, faculty, staff, the community of Wildomar and the continued support of our authorizing agency, Lake Elsinore Unified School District," she said.

Other schools that saw 20-plus point gains in API scores as compared to last year included Donald Graham Elementary School in Wildomar (+21); William Collier Elementary School in Wildomar (+23); and Canyon Lake Middle School in Lake Elsinore (+20).

Ronald Reagan Elementary in Wildomar nearly reached the 20-plus mark with a 19 point improvement.

Below are the test results for all LEUSD schools as published by the California Department of Education:

  API   Met Growth Target   2012 Growth 2011 Base 2011-12 Growth Target 2011-12 Growth   School-
All Student Groups Both Schoolwide
and Student Groups


Elementary Schools   Cottonwood Canyon Elementary 893 885 A 8   Yes Yes Yes
  Donald Graham Elementary 866 845 A 21   Yes Yes Yes
  Earl Warren Elementary 879 876 A 3   Yes Yes Yes
  Elsinore Elementary 794 788 5 6   Yes No No
  Lakeland Village 738 752 5 -14   No No No
  Luiseno 873 869 A 4   Yes Yes Yes
  Machado Elementary 789 778 5 11   Yes No No
  Railroad Canyon Elementary 821 803 A 18   Yes Yes Yes
  Rice Canyon Elementary 887 892 A -5   Yes Yes Yes
  Ronald Reagan Elementary 866 847 A 19   Yes Yes Yes
  Sycamore Academy of Science and Cultural 831 784 5 47   Yes Yes Yes
  Tuscany Hills Elementary 914 919 A -5   Yes Yes Yes
  Wildomar Elementary 821 834 A -13   Yes No No
  William Collier Elementary 839 816 A 23   Yes No No
  Withrow Elementary 847 847 A 0   Yes Yes Yes
Middle Schools   Canyon Lake Middle 814 794 5 20   Yes No No
  David A. Brown Middle 787 783 5 4   No No No
  Elsinore Middle 781 776 5 5   Yes No No
  Terra Cotta Middle 803 799 1 4   Yes No No
High Schools   Elsinore High 761 760 5 1   No No No
  Lakeside High 762 751 5 11   Yes Yes Yes
  Southern California Online Academy 708 B B B  

  Temescal Canyon High 759 749 5 10   Yes No No
Small Schools   Keith McCarthy Academy 594* 626* 9 -32   No Yes No
ASAM Schools   Ortega High 612* 628* 9 -16   No Yes No

Jenny Nason October 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I have 2 kids @ Sycamore Academy. I am so so grateful for the attention & passion they have for each child. Thank You teachers & staff <3
mo October 12, 2012 at 05:24 PM
I loved the staff but had to go back to public school because of the drive. Unfortunately both my boys were behind when they started school this year. Strange.
Jason EHS '99 October 12, 2012 at 10:17 PM
Good job kids. Keep up the good work!


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