About Ramona School

Ramona Elementary School is located on the south side of Oxnard, where the population is predominantly of Latino/Hispanic descent with a significant immigrant population. Our school is comprised of 99% Latino, 1% white, 98.3% socioeconomically disadvantaged, and 85.4% English Learners. Among the English Language Learners, we have dialects such as Mixtec and Zapotec, which comprise 10% percent of the English Language Learners. Although the odds are against our students, Ramona Staff made a commitment to our students, and through collective efficacy, we had significant gains on our English Language Arts CAASPP. Overall, we had a four percent improvement in grades three through five. In addition, our longitudinal data showed fifth-grade students with a significant gain of 13 percent. In addition to our teachers’ collective efficacy, students had the support of Lexia CORE5, which enriches the academic instruction and reinforces learning in an adaptive personalized, and individualized learning that motivates students by their success creating customized and personalized learning path. Lexia Core5 provides a systematic and structured approach to six critical areas of reading{ phonological awareness, phonics, structural analysis, automaticity/fluency vocabulary, and comprehension. ST-Math starts by teaching the foundational concepts visually and then connects the ideas to the symbols and language. ST Math is a standards-aligned program that creates opportunities to move away from digitized math drills and puts them in the mindset to think creatively. Challenging games help students explore non-routine problems and build numbers sense instead of memorizing disconnected facts. Both Lexia and ST Math programs create personalized learning paths for students of all abilities through adaptive placement and scaffolded activities that align with rigorous standards.

Lastly, we believe we need to develop lifelong learners where every student can explore the world through reading, therefore at Ramona, we celebrate every child's success by acknowledging their reading success through the Accelerated Reading Program. With our Mission, Vision, and Commitment in mind, we at Ramona Elementary School work consistently and diligently to improve upon our strong gains in student achievement. Hard work and dedication to our goals have shown an increase in student achievement, especially in the area of Language Arts, mathematics, and with our English Language Learners.

We critically examine and determine what actions empower our students to achieve and which areas need further development to enable students to achieve greater success. Professional Learning Community, grade-level teams collaborate after each assessment to analyze data from both formative assessments such as Star 360 Early Literacy, Reading, Math, CAASPP Interim Assessment Blocks, Writing prompts, ELD assessments, curriculum-embedded assessments, and summative (CAASPP, ELPAC) assessments to monitor student achievement and identify key learning targets within the Common Core State Standards to target and modify instruction. Teachers use grade-level data to plan lessons, identify instructional strategies, target students’ intervention, and adjust as needed. Acquiring academic English language continues to be an essential goal for Ramona School students, especially for our English Language Learners (ELLs). For the 2019-2020 School Year, Ramona Elementary is providing parents the opportunity to enroll their children in a 50/50 Dual Immersion Program (DLI) starting in Kindergarten and first grade. We believe this switch from TBE School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) Page 3 of 94 Ramona Elementary School to DLI will empower and validate students’ first language, while simultaneously offering monolingual students access to non-English language. Every year we will be adding one year, up until every grade Kinder through fifth grade becomes DLI.


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