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Valley Elementary School

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Posted February 24, 2014

My kids love this school and the teachers are awesome! Everyone is friendly and professional. Go Tigers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

This is a great school my daughter is in forth grade Mr.P. She has been getting such good grades. She's gotten A+ all year.Her grades are the best she has 225 math maps score from 213. She has the highest math reading and language arts maps score in her class. Also 100% on science social studies math language and reading.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

a great school!! The commitment of the teachers is outstanding! All teacher go beyond their time to make sure ALL students succeed. They are now a NO EXCUSES school and all the parents just need to step up to the new challenge!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2012

Please DO NOT send your children to this school. My daughter attended this school for one year. There was bullying going on in the classroom and the teacher was unresponsive. When called, the office said to talk to the teacher first then they didn't know where to go from there. Issues were not resolved and damage was already done. My daughter hated this school. She was hurt so bad I had to move her for she would not go back to this school. Staff was unwilling to help in anyway.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2011

This school allows bullying to go on and even though numerous parents complain the school does nothing about the problem. The principal seems bothered when i address the issue with him. He says he will deal with it, yet the problem gets worse. Many parents have removed their children from this school, which is why it is the only elementary school in the district that has open space for more students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 18, 2011

The teachers are great. Their interaction with the kids and the parents is awesome. Dr Johnson is a huge asset.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2010

Valley s Dual Language Program is exceptional! The yearly academic and linguistic growth for each of our kids can t be measure. The constant hand-on activities, innovative classroom practices and ongoing events makes my child happy to be part of this Valley family. The amazing hard working teachers at Valley are not only highly qualify but are passionate about teaching our kids beyond CST and other tests. I know my children are in excellent hands at Valley and are being prepared to excel as global citizens, enjoy learning, and challenge their thinking.. Go Valley!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2009

What do I love about Valley, the caring teachers and staff. They are dedicated and hard working. The principal is also a fine leader. I am very proud of Valley and all they do to help our children achieve and become all that they can be. The budget cuts no doubt have affected all the schools across the board so we have bigger classes and less teachers, which is a shame because we are cheating the kids out of a better education because of finances. Overall this is a wonderful school to be a part of. I disagree with the low rating of this school, it should be a 10
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2009

The school has the best faculty! Their dual immersion program is excellent!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2008

Our kids have had a great experience at Valley thus far. The teachers are phenominal, there is a wonderful PTA, and the school is now under construction for further classroom improvements. We love Valley!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2008

I have two (will have a third shortly) enrolled in the dual language program at Valley. It's the only program like it in the district which is why I drive all the way across the district to go to it. Having the dual language program presents unique challenges to the school, but it also offers kids an amazing opportunity to learn a second language from top-notch teachers at a time when they can really gain fluency. The school is really old, and doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, but it's getting a face-lift, so some of the aesthetic issues are being addressed finally. Overall, from the teachers, to the new principal, to the kids' pride in their school, to the outstanding education, I think Valley is a really good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2008

I have two children in the Dual Language Program at Valley and I am very happy with the education they are getting. The teachers are top of the line and extremely commited to their students. We have a new principal this year who seems to be very commited to the DL program as well as very interactive with the parents and students. My husband and I feel very lucky to that Valley is our neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2007

This school has a serious lack of supervision topped off with an even more serious bullying issue that never seems to get addressed. The communication between faculty and parents concerning these issues is extremely poor.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2007

Both of my children are in the dual immersion bilingual program at Valley, and I am thrilled with their academic success. Their teachers have been excellent, and their fluency in both English and Spanish is good. My children are also enjoying orchestra, technology class, art classes, dance classes, and a play being run by Poway high students. Plus, the school is right next to the Poway Boys & Girls Club, which is a fantastic deal for after school care. Two thumbs up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 31, 2006

Terrible supervision. Poor communications between principal and parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2006

This scholl lacks supervision of the students. There are constant disipline problems that are not handeled correctly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2005

This is a highly educated staff who is committed to the academic growth of the students. All students who need extra help are giving further instruction by additional, qualified staff.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted November 4, 2004

My daught has done very well in the GATE program there. The teachers and principal are top quality and the facility is just what it needs to be.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

841

Change from
2012 to 2013

+5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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This school's
API score

841

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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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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.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

123 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
66%

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.

113 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
43%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
47%

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

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students58%
Females67%
Males48%
African Americann/a
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)76%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner39%
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 graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state46%

Math

All Students77%
Females79%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner71%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to state69%
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%
Females49%
Males54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner31%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to state34%

Math

All Students68%
Females56%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)88%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
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 graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state54%
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 Students65%
Females68%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)81%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
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)50%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Math

All Students63%
Females62%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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 disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state63%
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 Students71%
Females69%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)82%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner42%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state65%

Math

All Students68%
Females63%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)74%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state65%

Science

All Students53%
Females47%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to state35%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
Hispanic 56%
White 28%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 4%
Black 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/AN/A
English language learners 47%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 18%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Andy Johnsen
Special schedule
  • Year-round
Fax number
  • (858) 748-6587

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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13000 Bowron Road
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