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Valle Vista Elementary School

Public | K-5

 
 

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Posted September 3, 2012

I am very happy with this school. My children look forward to coming to school everyday. The teachers are wonderful and caring. The school offers extended kindergarten and an after-school program for working parents. The school also has a P.E. teacher for all grade levels, and music on Wednesdays after school for grades 1-6, taught by Maestro Darrell. The PTA is great and hosts DEAR nights, spaghetti dinners, movie nights, Zumba classes, clean-up days, etc. The school also has a nice computer lab and an organized library where students can easily find books in their reading levels. The campus is beautiful, with 2 playgrounds, 2 blacktops, and 2 baseball fields. It truly is a great school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2011

My children have been going to this school since kinder. I have one that this is his last year which makes me sad because I hope that i cont.. to have the great communication with teachers that I have at this school. The good thing is that they aren't getting rid of us just yet as I have another one going into 3rd and another to 1st. Not to forget to mention that they have great PTA!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2010

I have a son in the 4th grade and, overall, I feel that the school is wonderful. I see that there are many good teachers and parents who care about their children's education. However, there are also a handful of children (as in any school) who don't pay attention and tend to be bullies. The principal does a great job of dealing with these types of issues if she is notified, but she cannot address what she does not know. No matter what school your children attend, it is important to talk to them daily and find out what is going on at school when you are not there. This is the only way you will know about what things to address as a parent. Otherwise, the school is better than most in the district, which can be seen in its strong API score.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

If this is such a great school, why are there only 3 reviews? As schools go on the east side, I guess it's one of the best. But that's not saying much. As a volunteer, I'm saddened by how much the teachers try, and the parents barely care. The principal this year is also lukewarm in her attention. K-1 are great here, but as my son is going into 3rd grade, there are too many kids around him that get no attention at home. So, they fight, they talk about R-rated movies, and being cool is already equal to being surly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

Valle Vista Rocks, just down the street the school is not as GREAT.. It really takes everyone to make a successful school and I am not impressed by the principal.. Lukewarm is putting it nicely. The PTA seems great and there is so much involement from the teachers, its amazing!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2008

This is a great school, people always think the eastside is bad..But take a look at our kids!! Great job Vikings
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2007

Valle Vista is an awesome School. Our school district may be small but a great number of parents take the time to volunteer,and most of all participate with all of the activities and programs the school has to offer. Our own school superintendent has commented what a tight knit group we are here at Valle Vista. The PTA and parents are organized,committed,and extremely effective. Our school Principal knows all the kids by name. The staff is very helpful. Valle Vista is a well rounded learning institution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2005

Valle Vista is a great school. They offer a lot of extracuricular activities such as music, karate, and mad science to name a few. My daughter has had art the 4 years she has been at Valle Vista and in California it's unheard in some districts. After sitting on the side line for 2 years I got involved with PTA and help raise money for the school. This year I saw an increase in parent participation which is always a good sign. PTA sponsors 3 fund raisers a year and through those sales PTA has been able to buy computer programs/licesens, and needed classroom furniture. PTA also helps sponsor D.E.A.R. nights (drop everything and read nights) where the kids come to school in their pj's and get read to and they get free books. I am really glad my daughter has a great experience at Valley Vista Magnet School.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

794

Change from
2012 to 2013

-13

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 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 did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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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

794

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

-13

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)

5 / 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)

5 / 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.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
67%

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 65% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students64%
Females61%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
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 disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner68%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students75%
Females73%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner78%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 Students46%
Females42%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asian64%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate43%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students61%
Females55%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner68%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate52%
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
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 Students45%
Females52%
Males38%
African Americann/a
Asian48%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged40%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented62%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students46%
Females52%
Males38%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner52%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented77%
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)33%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 Students56%
Females61%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students53%
Females50%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner67%
Fluent-English proficient and English only43%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate52%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students55%
Females53%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asian70%
Filipino73%
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 disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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
Hispanic 45%
Asian 33%
White 6%
Black 5%
Two or more races 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 51%N/AN/A
English language learners 42%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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2400 Flint Avenue
San Jose, CA 95148
Phone: (408) 238-3525

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