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Val Vista Lakes Elementary School

Public | PK-6

 
 

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5 stars

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Posted March 30, 2014

VVL has the feel of a small, private school where everyone knows everyone else. Even the crossing guards know all the students. The kids feel safe and protected. Parents and teachers work well together. The fundraising is top notch and brings in the funds needed for music and other programs. My granddaughter loves going to school each day and I am so happy to be helping to raise a second generation of VVL students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2013

When we moved here from Colorado we were nervous about the school systems. VVL made us feel comfortable and the boys are happy with their school! My husband and I feel confident the boys are learning and being challenged.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2011

I have had nothing but excellent experiences at this school. Both of my children have done well at VVL; and one is on an IEP. There was a great transition to Junior High. Band and Orchestra are outstanding.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2010

I love this school. They have helped my son get caught up after falling behind at another school, helped get him an IEP he needed. The staff are great and friendly too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 7, 2008

this school is wonderful.. teachers are great. my daughter is new this year and teachers and faculty have made us feel so welcome.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 22, 2007

I'm going to Junior High now, but I was at Val Vista Lakes for eight whole years and they were all fantastic ones. All of my teachers, my principal, and everyone else were terrific! Thank you all for eight awsome and educational years together!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 15, 2007

My daughter has been at VVL for 3 full years now, the school as a team has been acceptable or slightly above average in regards to general curriculum and learning. I must say in regards to parent involvement it is too obvious that the 'groupie' parents that run around thinking they make all the difference there are in it for their own personal social reasons. It is unfortunate that some of these individuals set set such a poor example for the environment at the school, and for the school at other places in the VVL community. Art and music programs are disappointing, don't get me wrong the kids are fantastic, and incredibly talented but have so much more to offer than the music and visual arts programs can provide. Moving on to Jr High this year and ready for a real challenge.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 13, 2007

We love VVL. I am very impressed at the amount of learning that happens during the day - I don't know how the teachers are able to fit it all in, but they do! Parent involvement revolves around a core group of women who obviously care a great deal and have bounds of energy! I think the Principal is a fantastic woman ,I would like to see her be more progressive - push the envelope, take a risk and take VVL to a higher level.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2006

We love VVL! The entire staff, including the office and all the staff that help in the classrooms and the playground are wonderful. We felt they really cared about our kids, to keep them safe, learn to the best of their ability, and have fun. We always felt welcome and the principal was very accessable and more than willing to go the extra mile. I can't imagine having my children go anywhere else. Thank you Mrs. Apel for creating such a wonderful environment for my kids!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 21, 2005

My son went to preschool there and the program and teacher were just wonderful, I have heard good things about the higher grades also. He learned so much and just loved going to school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2005

VVl has a great learning environment. An excellent community with lots of parent involvement assures that students have high standards and achievement. My daughter is involved in the orchestra and loves it. The orchestra instructor seems very qualified and runs a tight ship. My children also participate in chorus and love music. PE has a solid program. I would like to see more done with the visual arts. The Art Masterpiece program seems to be very successful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

I was so impressed with VVL. My daughter has several IEP issues and we received assist after assist that went above and beyond the call of duty on the part of her 6th grade teacher, the resource teachers, the principal, the school nurse, the school psychologist, etc. What a stellar staff! VVL has an amazing array of extracurricular activities available as well as an incredible level of parental involvement to implement them. Academics at VVL are thoughtful and interesting and though my child didn't qualify for AP classes due to her other issues she did learn this year. Thank you VVL for your many wonderful staff members and programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 23, 2005

Val Vista Lakes Elementary is a wonderful school. They have a caring, experienced staff that really know what is best for my children. The class sizes are kept fairly small to provide low teacher to student ratios. The academic programs are superior. There is an Accelerated Learning Program teacher on campus who sees our students daily for Math and Language Arts. There are also wonderful special education programs on campus to serve our special needs students. The regular programs are also excellent. The teachers raise the bar to challenge students at whatever level they are achieving. Our Music programs are top notch. We have band and strings instruction for our 5th and 6th graders. We have Art , PE, Library, and Computer Lab as well as two desktop computers in each classroom. The parent involvement is the best. We have a very active PTSO and opportunities to help out all year long.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted April 24, 2005

Being a grandparent of three Val Vista students, 'have nothing but good comments. Their academic achievements are enhanced by competitions which may even focus on geography a neglected subject in many schools. The art program manages to provide a fun but highly informative way for the students to be introduced to artists with time to practice the techniques the artist initiated. After school the children enjoy running, which is fun for families, and jump roping contests are also available to name a few. Parents help not hinder the competent teachers. Their involvement is supportive not critical. As 'said. Positive comments prevail.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2005

my son is on the honor roll.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2005

I love VVL! As a parent, I have been very impressed with the level of parental involvement in each and every activity at school. I have also been impressed with the caliber of teachers at VVL, and their teamwork approach towards teaching, both at school and at home. My kids love their school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2005

The quality of academic programs are top notch. The extracurricular activities are great and parent involvement is very high.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2004

This is a great school with a very good taechers and the office staff is very comprehensive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2004

My oldest daughter just thrived here at VVL and we loved the staff. There are a few teachers that stand out like Mrs. Wagner and Ms. Richeson who taught, loved, and inspired my daughter. Parent involvement is slipping as more dual income families move into the neighborhood, but it is still higher than many schools, especially if you are coming from CA. The school has a thriving band/music program, art classes weekly, and many before/after school clubs. Great school, wonderful principal and staff. A 'homey' feeling, yet not lacking in educational quality.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2004

we love Ms. Walker she always takes the time to teach correctly and tries to understand the needs of her students
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
88%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2013.

69 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
74%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
80%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
91%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 79% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
91%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 53% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Excelling".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Excelling".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 79% 42%
Hispanic 14% 43%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 3%
Black 3% 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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1030 North Blue Grotto
Gilbert, AZ 85234
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Phone: (480) 926-6301

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