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Vinci Park Elementary School

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Posted September 25, 2013

This school is great it needs a bit improvement but will help if the communication between parents and teachers increases
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2013

This school is good, it needs improvement in communication. The School needs federal money to include more extra activities like PE
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2012

My daughter has been attending Vinci park since KG . She is now in 4th grade. She has had the best possible experience there and absolutely loves the school. Every one of the teachers she had since KG through 4th grade have been awesome. It helps that her mom is a stay-at-home mom and can devote time to other activities (swimming / reading / math and other extra curricular etc...) I personally think that the teachers at Vinci park are better qualified and have a better background in most private schools. Having said that, I am not happy with the class sizes. Wish it were smaller.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2012

Vinci Park is a great school. Every school has its own good areas and its own flaws. The principal puts together many educative assemblies-- plays to show the affects of bullying, to ensure that its students are have a treat occasionally-- and understand what to do and what not to do. It's also the only school that I've known that rewards its students with awards, which are good praise. Schools including some in Cupertino and Fremont rarely do that, but Vinci does. Praise helps students become motivated and I'm sure all the teachers there are trying their hardest to promote the learning skills of every student. I disagree with all the low scores parents have given. We are struggling in hard times, and many parents have to work. Parents have also been doing the best they can to seize the chance to volunteer. But they have work to do too. There are many parents that chaperone the field trips, and many of those who participate in helping the school host events, like the book fair for instance. If your child dislikes the school, then there's probably something interfering with his/her climate-- like bullying. One opinion doesn't determine all others.


Posted August 18, 2010

I have read some of these reviews and find it odd. My son has attended Vinnci since 1st grade and now is going into 4th grade. He is reading at a 5.5 grade level and doing math at a 7.3 grade level. He loves to read and it has been very much encouraged by his teachers who promote reading and find ways to make it challenging and fun. And I am allways updated and kept informed with homework and reading and math or any problems my child may be having. As a parent I have involved myself in my sons school as a volunteer on a regular basis. And everything I have seen and been a part of has been very rewarding. I encourage all parents to get involved with there childs education. We can only blame ourselves.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 2, 2008

My son is far behind in reading and writing and needs to attend a homework club but there was no room for him. Some other students are smarter than my son who have been continuing to attend the club from Kindergarten until now but not my son. Is it fair? I worry very much about his education for the next coming years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2008

Vinci Park School has many exciting things taking place. If parents would only take the time to look around and actually spend time at the school rather than driving through to drop off / pick up students. More parent involvement is certainly needed. The current principal has implemented several programs and strategies which are reflected in the faces and attitudes of the children who attend this school, as well as State testing scores. Testing scores have risen consistantly and substantially over the past 4 years. Teachers at Vinci Park are dedicated and truly have the childrens' interest at heart. The field needs a complete overhaul, new playground installed last year. I would confidently recommend Vinci Park to any parent considering the school for their child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

This school has a very poor education. The teachers are not very well at focusing on each students. I dont understand how a teacher can teach combo classes. how does a teacher manage to teach each and every individual when its a mix class. I dislike the fact that this school has poor teacher skills and the ability of not teaching the students individually. I transferred my daughter in another school which has great teacher skills and great academics for kids who want to learn.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2007

My daughter attended Vinci Park for Kinder through 2nd. She was very far behind in reading and writing when she got to 3rd grade at another school and struggled to catch up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2007

I think that Vinci Park is a wonderful school. The teachers and Principal are caring and interested in providing the best for the students. As a volunteer I was welcomed and encouraged to contribute to the school. The level of parent involvement has grown in recent years. My son is in first grade and my daughter is in third and they both have wonderful teachers. Many things are going on in this school to challenge students and enrich their education. Dance is provided for Kindergarten and First. Music is provided for those students interested in Grades 3-5. After school programs are offered. YMCA is on campus for child care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2007

Vinci compared to other schools in the district is clean and well maintained. It's unfortunate that vandalism occurs quite a bit because of its easy accessibility to the public (located next to a park and unfenced). The teachers are not bad either because in any school, you'll find some good ones to the not so good. The principal made a lot of improvements in this school from hiring staff that are well qualified and continually tries to raise funds for more improvements such as the school playground. The parent's involvement however is very poor, same volunteers year after year. I think this could be one reason why a lot of our students don't perform well. We should show our interest to our kids education in order to motivate them and they'll strive harder. Other programs are available at this school to make sure that no child will be left behind.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 19, 2007

We moved to Union School District in San Jose, and I just wanted to share my 7 years old boy comments 'I really love my new school ... I was so bored at Vinci'.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Vinci Park consistently has low volunteerism by parents to help make it a better school for their children. Most volunteers are the same every year. Since the arrival of the newest principal, the school is no longer a parent friendly school or community. Teacher morale is as low as any I have ever witnessed in any company and I can only attribute it to very poor management by the principal and superintendent of the District. All of this translates into a very poor academic atmosphere for the children. If vouchers were legal, I would pull my children out of this school Now!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

This was an okay elementry school. The teachers never seemed like they wanted to be there, but my daughter still graduated with honors. I prefer Noble School, where my other daughter currently attends.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 1, 2005

Great school the teachers really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2005

My daughter attended Vinci Park for Kinder through 2nd. She was very far behind in reading and writing when she got to 3rd grade at another school and struggled to catch up. Great YMCA program for after school care right on campus though. There is band for 3rd grade and up.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2004

I just cannot wait for more improvements hopefully in process. For all the donations and contributions that they are asking hoping to see those in place...
—Submitted by a parent


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852

Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 56% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
50%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

102 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

87 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

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

All Students68%
Females69%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian79%
Filipino73%
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 disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students83%
Females83%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner80%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate69%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate89%
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 Students53%
Females62%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asian68%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner58%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate62%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females76%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
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 Students65%
Females65%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipino60%
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner28%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females71%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipino87%
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate97%
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 Students65%
Females76%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asian78%
Filipino55%
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students77%
Females87%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner64%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students66%
Females76%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipino45%
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate84%
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
Asian 42%
Hispanic 25%
Two or more races 10%
White 6%
Black 3%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43%N/AN/A
English language learners 44%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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1311 Vinci Park Way
San Jose, CA 95131
Phone: (408) 923-1970

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