Today I am using the California School Dashboard to see if I made the right decision in sending my children to schools outside of my neighborhood. Both of our kids attend public schools in the San Bernardino Unified School District. One attends an IB (International Baccalaureate) Middle School (Cesar E. Chavez MS) across town, and the other attends a non-traditional high school/college hybrid program (Middle College HS), also on the other side of town. Both require extensive traveling from home to school. Both are also among the best rated schools in the district, at least according their local reputations. But let’s find out what the California School Dashboard tells me.
The two schools that we are comparing them to are the local neighborhood schools that they would normally be attending if we did not have them on intradistrict transfers. Golden Valley MS and Pacific HS.
I will first be entering the name of the district and then I can compare schools. You will see the populate with the area schools, it will look like this: ↓
The Math scores at Golden Valley MS are significantly lower than those of Cesar Chavez. The ELA scores are also much lower. And while I am comforted to know that we made the right decision to enroll our child in Cesar Chavez, I am troubled to see that my neighborhood school is performing so poorly. We live in one of the nicest neighborhoods in the city. The homes here are way above median and our property taxes should be supporting good schools for the kids in this neighborhood. Why aren’t they?
Let’s look at the High Schools.
As you can see, the colored pie charts make it very clear and easy to understand the strengths and challenges in our schools. Unfortunately, not all schools are great. This valuable tool provided by the California Department of Education (CDE) can aide you not only in finding a great school for your kids but also in holding schools accountable. It is crystal clear that are some significant deficits at my neighborhood schools. It’s to ask the Board of Education why these deficits exist and what is being done to improve the these schools.
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