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Virginia Avenue Elementary School

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Posted May 19, 2014

I never thought I'd be so disappointed in a school. The staff is lazy. They obviously have low standards when it comes to teaching. I have a bright daughter who is board at school because they teach the same thing over and over. Where is the challenge in that? I've also whitnessed bulling at the school because my daughter is white. The school staff often ignores it. My daughter should never have to come home with bruises on her legs! After this year my daughter will never come back here! I have nothing good to say about this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2012

I have found that the key to being happy with a school is parent involvement, with that said, Virginia Ave. does a great job! Of course there are teachers everywhere that maybe should not be teaching, but our experience so far at this school (my daughter has attended K 1st, and 2nd here) has been positive. The teachers and administrators work very hard, they are caring and committed to seeing their students succeed. The only issue I've noticed is when a booster club meeting is scheduled, we're lucky to get 2-3 parents to show up out of 800 kids, the parents are not being involved and it is not because the school doesn't encourage it. Recently I attended 1 of 3 district wide parent meetings to discuss the new school demographics where about 5 parents showed up. I support Virginia Ave and stay involved and have had a positive experience with this school and the teachers there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 9, 2006

Virginia Avenue School has a staff of caring and committed teachers. The teachers work hard to make sure the students receive the help they need to be confident and successful. Teachers also work hard to help parents understand the academic requirements and how they can help their children. Parental involvement makes all the difference in a child's success. The Kindergarten teachers do an excellent job meeting with the parents and giving workshops for the families with concrete ideas and activities to take home. It's a great school with a friendly and welcoming environment.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 22, 2005

My daughter went here for the 2004-2005 school year. This school does absolutely nothing for the kids. My daughter will not be returning to this school. She now has a very bad view of school at the age of 5. Hopefully this year and the new school will change her view.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

Grade level

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

699

Change from
2012 to 2013

-36

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

699

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-36

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
20%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
39%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students28%
Females29%
Males26%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino27%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability30%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only33%
Migrant education21%
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)25%
Parent education - college graduate44%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state13%

Math

All Students48%
Females46%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)40%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability16%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant education43%
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state27%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 89%
White 5%
Asian 2%
Black 2%
Two or more races 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/AN/A
English language learners 56%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Moishe Garde
Fax number
  • (661) 366-2043

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3301 Virginia Avenue
Bakersfield, CA 93307
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