Willow Street Schoolhouse 6727 Willow St, El Cerrito, CA94530 Willow Street Schoolhouse, based in a private home, is run by Diana Bickham. In September 2011, it added a pre-K program…More to its toddler/early years program. The school, according to its Web site, is "committed to instilling children with a love of learning while immersing them in a warm, nurturing, creative, stimulating, and safe environment." Willow Street also offers music, nature exploration, several field trips and, for an extra fee, gymnastics and (in summer) swimming.
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