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Vista Grande Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted July 4, 2012

The one star 2007 review is puzzling. I think they meant another Vista Grande in another district as there are a lot of schools by that name. They could't be more off about this district or this school. Shocking that they felt they needed to move out o state to get away from one of the nations most affluent neighborhoods as well as top ranking school districts. Odd.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2010

We love this school and are sad to be leaving. Our son has learned so much in the short time we've been here. His teacher makes learning fun, exciting and engaging. We are thankful for the positive first experience she has given him.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2009

This is our first year at VG and we love it! We moved from another school district because we had heard such positive feedback about Vista Grande and it was all true! Dr. Vincent is a very involved, warm, and professional principal. My daughter's teacher is excellent. There are plenty of extracurricular activities. There is a lot of parental involvement. It's a fairly small school (approx. 320 students) and in a very safe neighborhood. I'm extremely impressed with the well-behaved students. It's almost the end of the school year and I have yet to see an arguement between any of the students. It seems the parents and staff are looking out for the childrens' safety, encouraging their academic accomplishments, and acting as positive role models.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2007

Strong academic programs, many extracurricular activities, including a variety of after-school enrichment programs, and active parental involvement make Vista Grande an outstanding school. Academic excellence and good behavior are emphasized. Although the students are mostly high-achieving, the school environment is not competitive. ALL the students are recognized for their accomplishments, big and small. I think the teachers and principal are doing an excellent job of teaching the students. My children look forward to going to school everyday!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2007

My children attend Vista Grande and we only have positive things to say about this school. The school provides quality education for the students and academic excellence is emphasized (as it should be). Besides the rigorous academic programs, there are music programs, art education, sports/physical activities, and educational field trips. There is a great after-school enrichment program that offers a variety of activities from dance, art, and science to golf, rock-climbing, and cheerleading. There is also an active parental involvement. I know that my children are getting the best education from an outstanding school. Two thumbs up to Dr. Vincent, the principal, and the VG teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Vista Grande is an excellent school. You need only to look at the test scores and compare these to see that they are doing something right. These are high performing students with committed parents who volunteer many hours to the school and support the programs. I have found the teachers dedicated, students who consistently perform in the top percentile for California schools and nationwide, and parents who are caring and interested. Who could ask for more? This district offers many programs that cannot be found elsewhere in the public school system (before and after school care, enrichment programs, regular PE, music, and so much more).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 15, 2007

Purely as a dedicated parent wishing to help others in our position, I have to comment on how poor this teaching is at Vista Grande. Our teacher had very little interest in encouraging students or did not know how to. I spent many hours at the school and observed long conversations in Chinese (approx a third of the class was of Chinese origin) which totally alienated the other children. Ultimately, as responsible parents, we ended up moving state to ensure our child had quality education. In the year and half since leaving this sub standard school, she has become a straight 'A' student and is in the gifted program (and we did not go private) The usd has abandoned this school for some reason so I would encourage parents to keep on top of ensuring the school delivers even basic education before it is too late!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2005

This is the best public school system in SoCal. We are thrilled with the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

This school is great. Well-balanced, positive and inclusive. There are opportunities for children and parents to be involved in a variety of ways. and it is because of a wonderful 'community' environment that our kids benefit so highly. The teachers and staff are receptive and responsive to input, and encourage hands on involvement. I actually had my children registered at another school in the district, moved and considered keeping them at that school. I couldn't be happier about the decision. My kids are happy, I'm happy and we have made friendships with lasting ties. Tomorrow is meet the teacher day and I have no concerns about which classes my children end up in...they're all great!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 17, 2005

Great school. Vista Grande is excellent elementary school. Positive encouraging attitude of Principal Dr Vincent and her staff helpd build solid foundation for kids. Lot of fun activities inside the clas and outside the class as well, brings out an all-rounder in our kids. Special outdoor science camps to plays and stage performances builds childs self image and confidence. Teachers are well educated in helping students boost theri performance and push the laggards to strive for the best. Parents are involved in the class activities and teachers like that a lot.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2005

Outstanding education level, top in the South Bay area. Highest API in the last few years!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2004

Vista Grande is an excellent school. The academics are excellent and the adminstration and teachers great. Parent participation in the classroom is encouraged and there are many opportunities to volunteer from teaching art in the classroom (Art At Your Fingertips), to helping in the library, classroom and many other special events. The atmosphere is supportive of the student while academics are stressed. Overall, I highly recommend Vista Grande.
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

935

Change from
2012 to 2013

-1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

935

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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
(2012)

10 / 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)

1 / 10

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.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
77%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

82 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
92%
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.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
96%

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 60% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
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 Students79%
Females80%
Males79%
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)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner65%
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 graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females89%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
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)86%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner88%
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 graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
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 Students75%
Females79%
Males72%
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)79%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner68%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
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 graduate80%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students87%
Females86%
Males88%
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)82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner79%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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 graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
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 Students88%
Females84%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
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
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner80%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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 graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students94%
Females94%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learner87%
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
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 graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
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%
Females90%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
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 disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
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 graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students87%
Females90%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
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)78%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner83%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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 graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students85%
Females85%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
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)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner75%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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 graduate89%
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
Asian 53%
White 35%
Hispanic 5%
Two or more races 4%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 2%N/AN/A
English language learners 21%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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