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Marina Vista Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 563 students

 

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Posted October 8, 2013

Marina Vista is really improving all the way around the board. They have PE night and my son really enjoys it.. wish they'd have more. I hope they get a after school program really geeared towards helping students with homework parents may not understand. They need to have PTA meetings in the pm for working parents that want to participate or bring ideas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2013

This is going to be my son's first year at Marina Vista and I already had trouble trying to get him in the school they are so unorganized I had to go to the school three times in one day because the lady I needed to speak to was never there and they tell me return at 12 she will be here I returned at 12 she was at lunch! Wow, not so organized for a new school if I wasnt such a responible parent I probably wouldve never got him enrolled lets see how the new year brings us with this school. They never answer there phone by the way these other reviews scare me......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2013

My daughter has attended this school and from the outside, you feel like "Wow, this has to be a great school." But we learned the hard way to not judge a book by its cover. Just because the school is brand new, doesn't mean the teacher quality is there. What makes a great school is the teachers and the support staff and principals. And from what I've seen of this school, is that it is run like a prison for deliquent children, or at least it was from the experience with my daughter's teacher. The principal is nice, however a push over, so if you have an issue with the teacher, good luck seeing any resolution in changes, as the bad behavior toward the students will continue because the issues weren't fully addressed. When it comes to the Special Education Department, the aid is nice, but under qualified to serve LD students, and the Special Ed teachers refuse to provide accomodations if it cost the school anything, and puts up red tape where not necessary and without having a policy in place to justify why such accomodations can't be met. We had so much hope for this school, but I stress without great teachers, principles and staff...All That Glitters Is NOT Gold!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2013

I have a kindergartener at this school and I must say it has its up and downs. He and I love his teacher but the structure of the school need revising. One of the women in the office needs an attitude adjustment and the cafeteria helper is to nosey and needs to be a teacher is she is that concerned for the kids. They give you last minute information about any and everything going on there. THE PARENT PARTICIAPTION IS POOR BECAUSE THEY SCHEDULE STUFF IN THE AM. If you are a working person like myself then you will never be able to participate. I would love to start some activities that will make a difference and keep the kids entertained. Pittsburg city as a whole needs to step up kids activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2011

My child has been going to that school since they opened. It s an ok school. I think the school needs to be more proactive on teaching the kids basic stuff (neat work, no wrinkled papers, titles, dates) The school is just overcrowded 30-35 students per class. I think the principle needs to learn how to better influence the kids. She is one that is quick to pass judgment and I don t think she gives the kids a fair chance. In a way it seems she tries to let the kids set them self up for failure instead of encouraging them. Thank god she is retiring this year, hopefully they will get a much more positive principle. They have a couple of teachers there that do not need to be teaching elementary kids, maybe high school kids would be a better fit for these teachers. If the school wasnt so crowded. I think it would be a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2010

This is my child's second year at Marina Vista. The facility is great, but we have had issues with her Teachers both years. Kindergarten was a Teacher who could not/would not control her class and didn't do enough to really teach/engage the children (this teacher is no longer there). I hoped first grade would be better but it turns out it's worse! Granted there are 4 other first grade Teachers that may be great and I have met and spoken to a couple of other Teachers at this school that seem really wonderful. The Principal appears/talks like an old school Principal which I was encouraged by, but does not run a tight ship. I don't know what other Pittsburg schools are like, but I would say that this school although beautiful on the outside is a mess in many crucial ways that affect the kids. These Teacher's need some additional training or help in managing their classrooms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2010

My daughter is in Kindergarten, and she is very excited about going to school at Marina Vista. She is making good progress with reading stories to me, sounding out words, she knows her right from left, and she's even writing and telling me stories! My daughter has alot of energy, which I was initially concerned about, but her teacher seems to be very patient and resourceful for my childs needs, as well as for the other students. The staff are great and they seem to relly care aout the children and their safety. Thus far, I don't feel like I could've asked for a better teacher for my child's first year of elementary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 11, 2009

This is a brand new school. And so far I think they have done a good job at organizing the structure of the school. I have no complaints so far about the staff. Lets see what to come this school year.
—Submitted by a parent


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763

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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API score

763

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3 / 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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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.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
29%
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 Students44%
Females43%
Males47%
African American30%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students56%
Females52%
Males63%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner55%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 Students38%
Females47%
Males30%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate31%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students66%
Females71%
Males62%
African American78%
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner59%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 Students44%
Females63%
Males28%
African American43%
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students52%
Females56%
Males48%
African American43%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate52%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate40%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 Students48%
Females55%
Males40%
African American40%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate46%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students52%
Females51%
Males52%
African American55%
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner34%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students26%
Females26%
Males26%
African American25%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability27%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)27%
Parent education - college graduate25%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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
Hispanic 59% 51%
Black 27% 7%
Asian 6% 11%
White 5% 27%
Two or more races 3% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 87%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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