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Louise Van Meter Elementary School

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Posted January 12, 2014

The school is NOT as good as others at the same score level. Kids are not learning at their best. They teach kids across the whole grade the same material (teacher using the same material and the same homework). There is no individual things that they would do for the kids. If your kids are more advance in math, expect he/she will get super bored at their math class. My kids finish their math work early, and end up reading their books during math class. Express several times to the teacher (I am not the only parents complaining). They do not foster kids at their levels, which is very disappointing to me (seen this for 2nd, 3rd, and 4th grade)..At the end of the 5th grade, the kids might be just leveled to the middle. The exploding in housing development will just make things worse. I could not believe that people will pay the high housing price for this school now. The new principle, not impressed. We missed the old Principle very much. She is kind and caring about kids. Greeting every kids in the morning and know their names.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2013

This school has suffered as the town council has allowed the town of Los Gatos to build sprawling subdivisions in every spare spot of land anywhere in town. A school that was originaly built for about 400 students now accommodates almost 700 students and the building isn't done and there are no new schools on the horizon. All this and we have a new principal who is no Roseanne Adona. She doesn't know the names of the students and cannot deal with any kind of crisis or conflict. Lacking leadership and guidance the weaker teachers are doing even worse than they did before. The teachers that excel and care about children always do great - hope that you get one of those great dedicated teachers and not one of those who is just phoning it in. The teachers who are just in it for the paycheck (which isn't exactly minimum wage) don't want to do any extra work and aren't afraid to throw around their attitude, take it out on the students, or gossip about you behind your back. Compare the curriculum to Saratoga next door. Our kids funnel into the same high school district shouldn't the elementary districts have similar curriculums? Numbers aren't the whole story.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2013

The 2011 reported student body was 634, it's grown since then with new housing developments. New principal, the one who knew everyone by name retired. Not expecting anything dramatic to improve as new principal is near end of her career, probably looking to coast into retirement. With her and the upper admin, not expecting any new academic focus areas. Teachers are friendly, most are fine, but this isn't a top district. Now the schools are large and the system is strained, board and Sup focus on construction not academics or kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2013

Great school. We liked our every year at LVM. Principle knows each student by name, meet and greet students when they come to school. We were really lucky. Unfortunately Fisher is not even nearly the same.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2013

I must disagree with the last review, my daughter and son both attend Van Meter. Daughter in third grade and has attended since kinder, she has never had a class size larger than 22, my sons kinder class was the largest I'd seen to date at 24. That being said, I have never seen or known of children that are so excited about learning, I feel very lucky, and happy with my choice to buy a home here 4 years ago.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 27, 2013

Sorry your numbers and statistics are drastically outdated. Enrollment is 770 with class sizes closer to 28.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2010

I went through this school and it was the most friendly, loving, caring environment imaginable.


Posted August 27, 2010

Principle of our school one more time showed how meticulous and prompt she's by posting all the information that us, the parents, need for the upcoming school year in the school's website way before the rest of the schools in the district. Luckily a very small percent of the parents still think school is just to hang out rather than an academic place for learning and studying. The teachers, the principle and rest of the very devoted parents are making miracles in terms of creating the productive, family like atmosphere.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

Biggest problem is the parents. The teachers we have had so far have been great and have really encouraged our daughter, who has excelled. The previous review is totally off base. Do some parents give gifts? As far as I know only in class wide gift baskets or certificates, and I have never seen any favors done as a result.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2010

This was our first year at LVM and what a year! I have a gifted son who is also a challenge to work with as he is intense and somewhat anxious. Let me tell you, Mrs. Adona, Mr. Gerken and the resource folks have been fantastic! They allowed my son to attend above grade level classes and have been fabulous about working with me for his school year next year. I can't think of a better school with better teachers that actually care if your child is successful. Bravo!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

extremely disappointing environment.. academically curriculum is okay. The teachers are biased and extremely political.. big time gift exchange and favors done to rich kids/parents in exchange to the Nordstorm gift cards which are concealed as teacher's birthday presents. The principal does not take any specific interest in kids problems if a parent raises a question. Something's cooking big in this elementary school, I have yet to discover.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2009

Excellent star testing scores, amazing principal, organic foods for lunch, and amazing parent volunteers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

This school is unparalleled in the areas of quality and dedication of teachers plus parent involvement. Top it off with an outstanding principal and you have 'Van Meter'!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2008

We love the quality of education at LVM. We have a forth grader and a kindergarten student. Rosanne Adonna and the teachers are completely committed and supported by a lot of parents who are fortunate enough to be able to volunteer on campus and in the classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2008

I have two children going to LVM - We love the school. I would like to see more done with advanced students. Even for fee advanced placement classes would be ok. My oldest used to score very high in math and reading but has since lost a lot of interest in both. We have an outside tutor but since he is forced to learn at the class place he really does retain a lot. - still a great school with very good teachers - Go Bulldogs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2006

We agree with prior comment about a poor teacher. It appears that there are some problematic issues with singular teachers. I would also say that top performers in the classroom setting should be encouraged more vs. treated as average. This may be a problem with modern schools but in an environment as well funded as los gatos you'd think they would have more attention on promoting top learners not just the bottom of the stack.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

Very high quality school, enormous amount of pride taken by the faculty and the parents in the school and in its future. The school has gone through a tremendous amount of upgrades and the facilities are what you expect from the area. An excellent place for your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2005

Over-all, the teachers at Van Meter School are exceptional, many with several years of experience. There are also at least a couple of teachers with serious problems and where this becomes a problem is that a child 'stuck' with one of these teachers. So, it is very possible to speak with two differrent parents and wonder if they are speaking about the same school.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

935

Change from
2012 to 2013

-11

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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API score

935

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10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
88%
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.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
94%
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

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

111 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
91%
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%
Females80%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
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 graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females81%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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%
Females87%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
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)84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students92%
Females89%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
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)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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 graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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 Students90%
Females86%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Math

All Students85%
Females79%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state64%
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 Students94%
Females91%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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)95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
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 graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students95%
Females90%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate99%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students91%
Females91%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
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)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
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 graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
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
White 68%
Asian 13%
Hispanic 7%
Two or more races 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Black 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/AN/A
English language learners 2%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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  • Vivian Martin
Fax number
  • (408) 356-9487

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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  • Monitor the playground
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  • Volunteer in the classroom
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16445 Los Gatos Boulevard
Los Gatos, CA 95032
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