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Vista Grande Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $305,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,460.

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Posted September 5, 2012

I went to private school 12 years, so naturally I was concerned about public education. In addition to being academically challenging, we have found Vista Grande to be a supportive, caring, community oriented, child centric environment. Our twin daughters have had wonderful teachers who are appreciative for parent involvement and conscience about making academic progress. The staff and the teachers have consistently communicated with us and they know our names. As a new parent at the school, I was happy to make new friends and get involved through PTA and over the past 3 years my daughters, husband and I have made lifelong friends. I am pleased with the academic achievement, parent involvement and commitment of the staff and teachers at Vista Grande. The value is here, it is not just a facade ... it is real!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 21, 2011

My daughter attended this school from K thru third grade. She was an A/B student and it was not until we had her tested at a private school that we learned she was behind in her grade level. This school will teach your child how to take a test but not much else. The teacher handed out candy everyday for good behavior and the learning environment was chaotic. There is a lack of security at the school and I never felt comfortable dropping my kids off and knowing anyone can walk on campus at anytime and have access to the children. We pulled both of our children out of the over crowded classrooms mid year and it was the best decision we've made! It took a summer of high priced tutors to get my daughter ready for any of the private schools we were considering. Don't be fooled by this schools test scores or your childs good grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2010

This school is top notch for education and beyond. This is our 5th year at Vista Grande and we have been completely satisfied with the teachers and staff. The teachers our kids have had are unique in their teaching style and offer different experiences for their learning - teaching via projects, socially driven, or by the book. We feel this is giving our kids a great, well-rounded education. Any concerns or suggestions are met with openness and/or explaination by the teachers and principle. Their goal is for my kids to have a great time of learning. Parents are very involved at this school. This is a community where families are a huge part of the kids growth - i.e. sporting programs, scouts, church, etc. Combining these aspects, I know my kids are getting the best education in town! Thanks Vista Grande for getting my kids education off to a great start!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2010

I feel that I need to put my two cents in after reading some of the reviews online about Vista Grande. My son has attended this schools since Kindergarten he is now in third grade. We have always felt welcome at this school despite the fact that my son is a minority and a transfer student. He has never been told its not okay to be different. They actually encourage diversity. The teachers my son has had have always been willing to talk to me about his progress. When he was getting behind in reading he went to a group before school that helped him catch up. There are a lot of projects that help keep school interesting. If it was all books kids would probably be bored. Overall this is a very good school ultimately you get what you put into your childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 27, 2010

We too moved to the area because of the reputation. Teachers unsupportive, and can not even recognize a child's parent after several one on one contacts with them. Think it is ok to tell a child it is not OK to be different. Parents have to request any special help that may be needed and then the staff acts surprised you even know these propgrams exist. Do not transfer to this school as a new student because you will be treated as an outsider. What a mistake we made. New school here we come!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2010

We bought the house so our kids could go here, and the above parent is right on the money....it's a boutique school that looks really good in the right light. However, my kids were constantly overwhelmed with 'busy cute projects' that were unnessesary. My kids needed to be kids instead of falling in line as little soldiers. Love the administration and staff. But the competitive parents run the school. High test scores, though. We transferred to Fuerte.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 22, 2009

The staff and teachers at this school are the best you will find anywhere!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 11, 2008

To put it in the simplest terms it is the best school in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2008

Simply the best. Kids work for the excellent 'Distinguished School' Award. High achieving students only need to apply. Teachers are very involved and actually care about their students progress. The kids love the flutophone music program. Your child will love being a Mustang. We will truly miss all the wonderful teachers at this school. You will not be sorry, buy the home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2008

Vista Grande is a fantastic school! The parent involvement is outstanding. When there is a school event during the day, it is very well supported. The teachers are caring and approachable. I have two sons that are currently attending and have been satisfied with their eduction thus far.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

Parents are very involved. Many classrooms are teacher centered where learning is passive and information to score high on standardized tests is disseminated. Emphasis is not placed on cognitive, problem solving abilities but rather on information gathering. Much more teacher effort is given to placating parents with cute projects than on practicing skills for authentic learning purposes. It nicely fits the description of a boutique school - it looks good and the children will do well because of their background in spite of the learning processes used at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2006

Having my chidren attendVista Grande is like having them attend a private shcool. We have great teachers, super students and a community that is unrivaled. When searching for a home we soley looked in Vista Grande's district boundries because we couldn't imagine our children learning and growing up anywhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

905

Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 10


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API score

905

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9 / 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.
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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.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
71%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
84%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
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.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
89%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

85 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
71%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

84 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students76%
Females85%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Math

All Students83%
Females94%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner76%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)91%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state73%
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 Students70%
Females71%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate41%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females88%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students82%
Females85%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state85%

Math

All Students88%
Females90%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learner80%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state92%
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 Students80%
Females88%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students81%
Females85%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students83%
Females81%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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
White 71% 26%
Hispanic 14% 52%
Two or more races 10% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 11%
Black 1% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

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

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El Cajon, CA 92019
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