An API--or Academic Performance Index--score represents a composite of standardized tests that students in each California public school take. An 800 score, out of a scale of 1 to 1000, is considered excellent, and all Walnut Creek schools cleared that hurdle.
Some principals will have more bragging rights than others, especially when asking parents to donate money to school programs. Parents and real estate agents can also study these scores, because they do use them to determine whether a certain neighborhood, based on its school's API score, is better than another.
As you can see, most schools improved upon their scores from the previous year, but others edged down but only a little. The first score--in red--represents the new 2009 base score; the second number represents the score for 2008.
Walnut Creek School District elementaries:
- Buena Vista: 880, 887
- Indian Valley: 918, 913
- Murwood: 887, 892
- Parkmead: 938, 927
- Walnut Heights: 935, 925
Mt. Diablo Unified elementaries:
- Bancroft: 903, 888
- Eagle Peak Montessori: 873, 886
- Valle Verde: 927, 903
- Walnut Acres: 934, 924
- Foothill Middle: 881, 889 (Mt. Diablo Unified)
- Walnut Creek Intermediate: 894, 900 (Walnut Creek School District)
- Las Lomas High: 858, 844 (Acalanes Union High School District)
- Northgate: 855, 835 (Mt. Diablo Unified)