RealSAVI Number For Garden Grove Unified School District

Orange County 2008 API High School Index Average Price Per Sq Ft RealSavi Number Average Price Per Sq Ft RealSavi Number
Garden Grove    Feb-09 Feb-09 Mar-09 Mar-09
Bolsa Grande 770  $ 263.40 2.92  $ 309.23 2.49
Garden Grove  782  $ 272.17 2.87  $ 282.92 2.76
La Quinta 849  $ 292.06 2.91  $ 305.92 2.78
Pacifica 798  $ 291.62 2.74  $ 285.78 2.79
Rancho Alamitos 740  $ 254.94 2.90  $ 239.58 3.09
Santiago 720  $ 225.08 3.20  $ 267.47 2.69



RealSAVI Number For Garden Grove Unified School District

County / School District / High School 2008 API High School Index Average Price Per Sq Ft Per High School Real Savi  Average Price Per Sq Ft Real Savi
Orange County               
    Jan-09 Jan-09 Feb-09 Feb-09
Garden Grove School              
Bolsa Grande    770 265.04   2.91 263.40   2.92
Garden Grove     782 251.28   3.11 272.17   2.87
La Quinta   849 231.76   3.66 292.06   2.91
Pacifica   798 318.02   2.51 291.62   2.74
Rancho Alamitos   740 255.36   2.90 254.94   2.90
Santiago   720 250.40   2.88 225.08   3.20

Orange County School District Layoff Updates: Westminster School District And Garden Grove Unified School District Are Not Announcing Any Job Cuts While Los Alamitos Unified School District Says Up To 100 Teachers May Lose Jobs

 LOS ALAMITOS– One hundred teachers may lose their jobs as school officials look to offset a $5.6 million budget deficit prompted by the state’s grim financial status.The district will hand out 100 pink slips to teachers by Sunday, officials said. The slips do not guarantee that teachers will lose their jobs but it warns them of the possibility.

The district is researching possible budget relief measures that could restore some program and personnel cuts, officials said.

Los Alamitos Unified School District serves about 9,400 students in 10 schools in Los Alamitos, Rossmoor and Seal Beach.

School board members have approved $618,000 in cuts to its current $88 million budget and $4 million in reductions to its 2009-10 budget, school officials said.

WESTMINSTER – The school district will not lay off any teachers, but will most likely make the cuts with its temporary teaching staff, officials said.

The Westminster School District cut $3.4 million from its $80 million budget last year in anticipation of the state budget crisis, said district spokeswoman Trish Montgomery. The district also reduced its categorical budgets by 6.5 percent or $500,000, she said.

“We are not planning on laying off any teachers,” Montgomery said. However, the district usually hired about 75 temporary teachers each year, which may change, she said.

“We’re hoping not to lose all of them,” Montgomery said.

GARDEN GROVE — The school district, despite a severe budget deficit, will try not to eliminate teaching positions, officials said.

“We have not nor do we plan to send out any layoff notices to our teachers,” said Alan Trudell, spokesman for the school district. “We’re trying not to cut people, but we are cutting positions.”

The district will also need to scale back on several programs considering the projected $62 million budget shortfall over the next three years, Trudell said.

“That means we’ll be scaling back summer school as well as eliminating most conference attendance,” he said.

The district has also negotiated its teacher-to-student ratio from 29.1 to 31.1 beginning the next school year, Trudell said. But the district will still preserve the 20-to-1 class sizes in grades one, two, three and kinder-1 combination classes.


(From OC Register articles….)

Fountain Valley 92708 Is Home To Ethan Allen Elementary School, 2004 California Distinguished School, With 2008 API = 963


2008 API = 963

2004 California Distinguished School

Ethan Allen Elementary School “Fountain Valley 92708″  serves grades K – 6. It is one of 68 schools in the GGUSD, and serves students from the cities of Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, and Westminster. The ethnic population at Allen is comprised of the following: 0.7% American Indian, 68.1% Asian American, 0.5% Filipino-American, 10.4% Hispanic, 0.2% Pacific Islander, and 20.1% White. Of these students, 28.7% are English Learners. Thirty-one percent of the students receive free or reduced price meals. Although Allen School has a large gifted population, and a Special Education program that includes full inclusion students, all data is compiled as one school.

16200 Bushard

Fountain Valley, California 92708

714-663-6228 FAX 714-775-7134




Westminster 92683 Is Home To La Quinta High School, #7 Ranked Public High School In Orange County


2008 API = 849 (Out of 1000) 
La Quinta High School (Westminster, CA 92683) sits at the border of four cities – Westminster, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley and Santa Ana – and draws from ethnically diverse neighborhoods that include some longstanding Latino families and many recent immigrants from Vietnam and Mexico.

La Quinta High School opened its doors in 1963 and now enters its forty-fifth school year. “La Quinta”, which means fifth in Spanish, acquired its name as the fifth high school built in the Garden Grove Unified School District and as an acknowledgement of the Hispanic heritage of this area.

La Quinta is a comprehensive high school currently enrolling 1,925 students, grades nine through twelve, who reside in Westminster, Garden Grove, Fountain Valley, and Santa Ana.

The student population is about 70 percent Vietnamese, 20 percent Hispanic, with other ethnicities making up the remaining 10 percent. More than half of students are on the federal free and reduced lunch program.

“Once they are here, they are all part of the Aztec Family,” said 27-year athletic director James Perry, referring to the school’s nickname. “Like any family, they push each other to succeed, whether it’s in the classroom, on stage or in the gym.”

Many students said that at home they speak to their parents in their native language, Spanish or Vietnamese. Parents have high expectations for their students’ success, but in many cases are limited in how much they can help with academics.

So students have to rely on one another for help, whether it’s geometry homework or advice on applying for college.

“It really starts with the students and the community,” said math teacher Cork Snider. “There is a culture of success here.”

Snider said students know the school’s API score and recite test scores as a matter of pride. They’ve even been known to chant test scores at athletic events to taunt other schools.

“Students honestly ask if they can get extra study material before state testing,” Snider said. “When I was in high school that would have been sarcasm. Not here.”

Vocational training also is emphasized at La Quinta, with training in the latest computer classes. And the school’s arts program continues to grow, next year increasing from 18 to 19 classes.

While many teachers complain that standardized testing has put too much emphasis on test scores, teachers at La Quinta said it has been great for their school because it’s brought the spotlight to a campus hidden for years.

As athletic director Perry put it, “We’re the best kept secret in Orange County.”

(Excerpts from OC Register)