Harding Elementary School opened in 1943 and was extensively renovated in 2005, adding more classroom space, a…More library, a media center and a kindergarten play yard. Part of the cash-strapped West Contra Costa Unified School District, the school says it compensates for financial limitations in part with active parent involvement and a rich after-school program that in the past has included classes in tennis, Chinese dance, basketball and many other activities. Music and a garden project are among the school's special offerings.
Fairmont Elementary School first opened in 1903, before El Cerrito's incorporation in 1917. The school's website…More describes the school as having "a family-like atmosphere, small class sizes and our safe, nurturing, environment." It has a "Green School Project" and a school garden. Its special events include a science fair, a book fair, a family math/science night and a solar cookout, among other activities. It also has several after-school classes. It is part of the financially struggling West Contra Costa Unified School District.
The data below are from the 2008-09 school year:
Average class size: 24.7
2009 API (Academic Performance Index): 765
2009 API state rank: 4th lowest decile (60% of elementary schools had higher API scores and 30% had lower scores)
Percent of students who are: African American 26.4, Asian 16.1, Filipino 1.5, Hispanic 37.7, White 7.9, Multiple/no response 11.2
Percent of students who are English learners: 37.3
Percent of students who receive free or reduced-price lunches: 69.4