Alvarado Elementary made double-digit gains on the 2011 API, State of California Academic Performance Index. Alvarado improved by 17 points, to 852 and is up 111 points since 2004-05. Alvarado is the second highest performing elementary school in the New Haven School District only behind Delaine Eastin.
In the last few years Alvarado has implemented programs such as Writer's Workship, Balanced Literacy, and Leveled Literacy Intervention to improve scores. The focus for 2011 was on Comprehension Strategies. These along with the teamwork of the staff have helped to get these scores up.
Unfortunately, Alvarado did not meet the federally mandated AYP, Adaquate Yearly Progress, target for English & Language Arts from No Child Left Behind so they will be in the second year of program improvement.