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Valley View Elementary School

Public | K-6 | 350 students

Our school is best known for our commitment to the whole child.

 
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4 stars

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2014:
Based on 8 ratings
2013:
Based on 9 ratings
2012:
No new ratings
2011:
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Posted September 4, 2014

I love the feeling of community at Valley View. There is a lot of parent involvement on all levels. The principal is friendly, but firm, easily accessible and interacts well with students and parents. This is her second year at Valley View and fits well with the school culture.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2014

Valley View has amazing teachers, a strong community of families, and a new principal who, going on her second year, is successfully leading the school in a great direction. ZSharp and and the SF Opera music programs will be continuing into their second year at Valley View, exposing students to professional music, opera, and theatre production. It's an exciting time to be at Valley View and we are so glad that our two children attend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2014

Just a note: The 4/5 combo class was 31, not 34. Part of the equation for any class is the parent attitude that students absorb. A positive attitude and willingness to be a part of the solution instead of the problem is helpful.


Posted May 20, 2014

This has been a great year for Valley View. We have great teachers, a great new principal, 2 new music programs and some great after school enrichment classes. I look forward to next year with our parent volunteerism on the increase and look forward to our rebuilt school...whenever it happens.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2014

Valley View has improved DRAMATICALLY this school year! All but one split-grade class have been eliminated (and the principal is working hard to eliminate ALL split-grade classes next year!), there is a new professional music education program (run through zSharp and the SF Opera), and there are MANY options for after school enrichment programs (Lego Club, Soccer, Mad Science, Spanish Through Art, Homework Help, Knitting, Salsa Dance, Hip Hop Dance, Screen Printing, etc!). The new principal listens to the school community and is dedicated to making it the the shining star in the WCCUSD once again. The Parents' Club board is growing from 4 positions to ELEVEN positions next year (and ALL OF THEM ARE FILLED!) because so many parents care about the school and are stepping up to do what they can to make a difference. There has been an incredible momentum shift this year and it is a very exciting time to be part of a school community that not only wants to improve things, but is willing and determined to MAKE IT HAPPEN!! Everyone knows that Valley View took some hard knocks, but we're a STRONG community that can take a lickin and keep on tickin. We are on the rise once again! :)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

I have found that I have to hustle for the good teachers at Valley View. It is still a very good school if you get the good teachers. It seems for every grade there is one so-so teacher and one very good teacher. The new principal is quite good now. The last principal did some damage, which she is having to repair. It kind of reminds me of Obama coming in after 8 years of G.W.B. damage. The bottomline is that my kids are very happy at Valley View and are learning what they need to learn and more. Also, they do have the after school enrichment classes again!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 28, 2014

Valley View used to be a great school, but it has been declining for the last 3 years. The last straw is this 4th and 5th grade combo. I couldn't believe when I learned that my child would be in this 34 student combo class! This is total negligence, disrespect and carelessness to our children education. Shame on Valley View, shame on this district for allowing it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2014

My son is 5 grader we will need to move him to a private school we dont't want him to graduate from this school. The academic level is getting worse,no technology,no after school programs.also no good material in classrooms and not upgrades in school facilities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

This year we have chosen to send our daughter to a private school rather than Valley View where she has attended since 2009. The primary reason for this is that the test scores for Valley View are atrocious and getting worse. There are intellectually disabled students in other public schools that have higher test scores than Valley View's overall scores. We have continued to hope for improvement, but don't want our child to continue to fall further behind academically. There is a new principal this year which will hopefully help, but it will take much more than one staffing change to make the kinds of changes needed in a school that clearly lacks the desire to set high academic standards.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2013

To compare our school to another school outside of California is unfair if not hurtful. Valley View has dedicated teachers and a new principal that brings new life into Valley View. This school has been through some rough times in the past 3 years but between teacher and a supportive community this is the best nieghborhood school. Schools could always use a little improvement and nothing in this world is perfect. I'm dedicated to this school and I am very glad to be a part of this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2013

Valley View is a great elementary school with a diverse student body and an active parents' club. The teaching staff is superb, working effectively with the parents and administration to create a supportive learning environment for the students. As with all West Contra Costa County schools, Valley View struggles to make up for school budget cuts, but the parents' club supplements many programs, such as music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2013

Unfortunately, this school seems to have suffered from the repercussions of poor decisions by the WCCUSD board. We were very disappointed in the terrible administration, the lack of support, the misinformation given, etc. Our child was assigned to a very good and caring teacher, one of several who had to change grade levels last year (after almost being laid off). Our child was in a class of 28 children, with 22 boys. We ended up becoming yet another family who opted to transfer out to a fantastic private school in the area. We were sad to have to take this step, as we enjoyed supporting our own community. Many parents tried to help, but resources were very limited. We both volunteered weekly in our child's class. I would recommend parents look at all their options before enrolling at Valley View. Unfortunately, it is rather difficult to get a transfer to another school, as this school is relatively "highly rated," at least for the time being (we've noticed the rating already slip from 7 to 6). NCLB prioritizes transfer requests from students assigned to "failing schools" in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2013

We have been very happy at Valley View - we've been there 3 years. The teachers are what sets Valley View apart from other schools - we have fabulous, committed and caring teachers. The last principal had his strengths, though some didn't find him strong enough on discipline. The best thing he did for Valley View was to get rid of the few bad teachers that no previous principal would do. Amazing! We should be rocking this year! We are supposed to start a fabulous music program this fall. There are a core group of parents very involved at Valley View - it would be great to see an increase in involvement. But, otherwise, we have been very happy here and look forward to many more years of quality education (younger child to attend also).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

We have been a Valley View family for 5 years. I am currently so gravely concerned about the quality of education at Valley View that I am looking into taking my children elsewhere. Since the arrival of our new principle (2 years now) there has been a steady drop in academic achievement and parent participation. Additionally, there has been a sharp increase in bad behavior. So much so that I fear for the safety of some students and for the well being of the entire student body. Although Valley View remains one of the higher scoring (API) elementary schools in this district, I would keep my eyes open, see who the current principal is and ask what plans are being implemented to lessen the bullying and bad behavior at the school. Additionally i would check into the level of parent participation since this has historically been a key reason why Valley View has been so successful. Good Luck!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2013

Wow, I've been reading past reviews, and yes, our school was great once. But, no longer! Mediocrity runs amok! Thank goodness that most of our same great teachers are still around, however the new principal has changed all the teachers around so this has been a year of transition as our teachers acclimate to new grade levels. The principal is weak on discipline so as a result behavior has declined to the point of disruption in the class rooms and bullying on the playground. Parents are so disgusted with the principal's lack of experience and lack of support for the teachers that participation level has dropped to next to nil! No parents, no money, honey!!! As of this year we no longer have an after school program, a computer program or a reading program. What once set us apart from the rest of the district is no longer! Welcome to mediocrity!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

My children have attended this school now for 5 years. They have received a good education early on but beginning last year I began to notice that the overall quality of their education had suffered from overcrowded classrooms and lack of supervision. The situation at present seems unsafe and several recent incidents at the school have caused parents great concern over the leadership skills of the principle. I question whether the district enforces any checks and balances to hold accountability for overall performance of the school. My children will be transferred out of this school due to the principles lack of concern and regard for the quality of the student's education and safety. Look into other options before your child is troubled by the lack of leadership at this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2013

You'll notice that there are no reviews here after May of 2010. That's for a reason. We started at this school when it was still great, back in 2005. Now the school is awful. Terrible, deceitful, manipulative administration. Turmoil. They care nothing about the children nor the neighborhood. The school has gone so downhill that we left. Ask around and see what's really going on at this school. The people who really care about their children's education have left - and for good reason. STAY AWAY FROM THIS SCHOOL. DO YOUR RESEARCH! Ask the district about all of the problems this school has had in the last few years. The current principal will not keep your children safe, nor will he take their education seriously. Safety is an issue at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

Excellent, devoted teachers and active parents. High quality, neighborhood school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

I love the parent participation, school activities and natural setting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

Valley View has great teachers and an awesome parent group always looking for ways to enrich the students education, however the school is old and in need of TLC. Money is a huge issue, we are desperately seeking ways to squeeze more out of what we don't have and being rather successful too!
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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

This school's
API score

813

Change from
2012 to 2013

-27

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 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.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

813

What is the API?
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

-27

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 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)

2 / 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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
86%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 65% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

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

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

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 60% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
62%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
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 Students52%
Females55%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
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)43%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students52%
Females55%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
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)43%
Parent education - college graduate53%
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 Students35%
Females44%
Males25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability38%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only39%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate25%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students58%
Females53%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
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 graduate46%
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 Students67%
Females77%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females77%
Males63%
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
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 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 Students55%
Females48%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
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)52%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
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)39%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students60%
Females55%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
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)45%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
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)44%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students56%
Females48%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
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)52%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
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)50%
Parent education - college graduate74%
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 Students66%
Females70%
Males63%
African American45%
Asian100%
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)53%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students49%
Females48%
Males50%
African American18%
Asian82%
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)35%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduate60%
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

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 34%
Asian 22%
Hispanic 18%
Black 17%
Two or more races 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/AN/A
English language learners 18%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Behavioral health specialist
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School psychologist
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
Read more about programs at this school
Source: Provided by a school official.

Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Opera
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • School psychologist
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Gifted / high performing
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 2:40 pm
School Leader's name
  • Ann Marie Marinakis
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Fax number
  • (510) 222-8896

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

Don't understand these terms?
  • Core knowledge
  • Direct instruction
  • Gifted / high performing
  • Project-based
  • Standards-based
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular special education needs
Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Autism
  • Cognitive disability
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities
  • Speech and language impairments
Foreign languages taught
  • None
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Behavioral health specialist
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Mentoring
  • Remediation
Transportation options
  • Accessible via public transportation
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
  • tokens for qualified families
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
Partnerships with local resources and organizations
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • None
Girls sports
  • None

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Instrumental music lessons
  • Opera
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • None

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Run After-School Enrichment Program
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Tutor
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • Valley View is currently working collaboratively with all community members on a new Vision Statement. We believe in education the whole child. While academics are important, we also stress the importance of being responsible and respectful citizens.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What are your chances?


10 out of 10students were accepted for the 2013-2014 school year.


Students accepted for the 2013-2014 school year
55
Applications received for the 2013-2014 school year
55

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
Crespi Middle School
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3416 Maywood Drive
Richmond, CA 94803
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Phone: (510) 223-6363

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