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Buena Vista Elementary School

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Posted August 22, 2013

My daughter is 3rd grade at Buena Vista and she likes the school. The teachers are great. My child get honor and principles list. She loves the garden because they show her how to plant different kind of vegetable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2013

My children have been attending here for the past 5 years. The principle and the teachers are awesome. The support I have had is awesome. The Parent club is prenominal and my children get honor and principles list.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2012

My daughter is 2nd grade at BV and we like the school. The teachers are great. They also have a wonderful garden school that is extremely benefited.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2011

My son attended Buena Vista 2010-2011. He was behind in reading and math. We attended an SST meeting and made a plan, when we followed it it was just dropped and the plan was never implemented. I found that my child's education has been externalized and that if I don't teach him he will never improve. We were told he would have to start homework during the weekend if he was going to keep up . He had two to three hours of homework a night. He also had to learn all his spelling words at home as the teacher said" that is a parent/child activity" I had to question what they did at school all day. His teacher was very inconstant in getting SST plan materials home to me I had to go pick them up often or we would just have to do without. He never missed a homework package and yet they insisted on holding him back . I am going to move forward with a formal complaint as my son never benefited from the SST plan of action due to his teachers lack of focus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2011

I have a first grader and third grader at BV and our experiences with the school have been very good. They have each had wonderful teachers who have challenged them and provided positive classroom environments. I've been pleased with the principal and office staff as well. The school is large but they know my children by name. Yes, class sizes are too large and programs have had to be scaled back or cut, but those issues are a result of the state budget deficit and not just BV in particular.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

My daughter loves her teacher and school and we are impressed with her reading this year. Just the class size we don't like, she has 30 kids in 1st grade, with an aide but still far too many!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2010

Love Buena Vista. Fantastic parents, staff and students. Very down to earth and yet highly educational. My children have excelled greatly at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 27, 2009

my son is a 1st grader at B.V and i don't like it i rather would of like to put him at old river but it was full b.v has to many flies and bees during the summer and has a swamp and fields surrounding it and that makes it smell bad. then when its time to pick up my son i have to leave 10 min before because or else theres trafic
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2009

My son is currently in their kindergarten program and has extremely benefited from the immersion program they run. However, my only complainant is based on the parent leadership at the school. It is very apparent that the PTA and other parent volunteers are not reflective of the community nor its needs. The voice of parents of color are often unheard and overshadowed. A more ethnic and socio-economic based representation of parent leadership is crucially lacking here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2005

Our experience with this school was fantastic. My son went to this school for his kindergarden year. The class time was very classical and sweet. Academically, their time was very encouraging and profitable. Yet there was a great deal of time spent on art projects.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2003

This is a great school. However, my one complaint is that they push the children too hard with homework. My 3rd grader has more homework than her cousin who attends a different school. This is a cause of frustration in our home as it does not allow us to have a life after school. We concentrate all of our time on homework! I have two children attending this school. One is in first grade the other in third grade.


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API score

817

Change from
2012 to 2013

-1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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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 met the state goal of 800.

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API score

817

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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

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Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
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6 / 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)

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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.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

136 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
65%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 46% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

122 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
71%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
60%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
52%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
48%
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

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
56%
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 Students66%
Females73%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state68%

Math

All Students65%
Females69%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asian62%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state67%
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

English Language Arts

All Students52%
Females57%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state51%

Math

All Students66%
Females69%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability60%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state66%
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

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females75%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state72%

Math

All Students65%
Females72%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state71%
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

English Language Arts

All Students54%
Females57%
Males51%
African American38%
Asian57%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability55%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state56%

Math

All Students51%
Females53%
Males49%
African American50%
Asian71%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state54%

Science

All Students49%
Females49%
Males49%
African American38%
Asian50%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state51%
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

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Females66%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asian71%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%

Math

All Students53%
Females54%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asian65%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state37%
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 State average
Hispanic 46% 52%
White 31% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 14% 11%
Black 7% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Brandie Dye
Fax number
  • (661) 831-4842

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6547 Buena Vista Road
Bakersfield, CA 93311
Phone: (661) 831-0818

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