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Tahoe Valley Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 445 students

 

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Posted August 14, 2009

This school has an outstanding variety of teachers who go above and beyond conventional teaching. This school has an outstanding blend of socioeconomic and ethinic diversity rarely found in South Tahoe. Children at the school are happy and well adjusted, eager to learn and supported in multiple ways. Teachers at this school incorporate foreign languages, music, art, sustainable living programs and much more...all with little or no support from the school board and superintendent, Dr. Tarwater. The principal is outstanding in his support of staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2008

The most recent posts were written during the year after our district closed two elementary schools. All the district's elementary schools were overcrowded. Learning was adversely affected. Since that time the district has reopened one school and instituted class size reduction in grades K-3. Now there are only 20 students in each K-3 class. My daughter is in first grade and has great teachers both this year and last. I think Tahoe Valley is a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

My husband attended Tahoe Valley years ago. I have had one child graduate from there, one enrolled now and, two more growing old enough. What a difference a year can make. Tahoe Valley was an awesome school. Now with so many extra kids and few teachers it doesn't seem fair. NOT FAIR to the teachers, any of the staff, and not fair to my kids (or anyone else's). How are we supposed to meet state requirements when the workload has doubled! Please someone do something to help our kids...Our future depends on it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2005

I am very unhappy with this school. My son's class has 32 students to one teacher. There is no time to provide learning to that many kids. Their day consists of a list of work sheets ('busy work'), and if they don't finish they aren't allowed recess! Nothing new and challenging is being taught to them. They don't work on computers, they don't learn about music or foreign languages or countries which all of these where taught at my son's old school. Another mother told me she was outraged when her son's teacher basically told her she, 'didn't have time to teach her son'! My son has been sent home with homework that they haven't even learned yet. It's very sad when you ask, 'what did you learn today?', and they reply, 'nothing', and that is the actual truth- they learned nothing- but, went over the same repetitive worksheets.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 23, 2005

I am very disapointed with this school. My son entered 2nd grade (relocating from another school) with a 3-4th grade reading level and sadly has not been challenged. They hardly learn anything other than the 'paper work' that they do all day. They aren't introduced to foreign language, music, or art, except for being allowed to draw if they finish all their worksheets for the day! There are too many kids in each class which basically provides the teacher to just maintain control of them, but no learning. We will be moving, and I can't wait to get to a new school, where maybe my son will be excited about learning again. This type of education may be acceptable if you just want a 'day-care' for your kids. The staff is very nice & caring, but I feel their hands are tied with that many kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2004

My child is attending Tahoe Valley Elementary School. I am disapointed there is no music or foreign language programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2004

My kids have been here for two years. We are sad we have to move from the area or they would be going to this school again next year. We have had a great experience at Tahoe Valley and can only hope that the new school will be as good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2004

My child has been attending Tahoe Valley since Kindergarten and I love the care and love his teachers have shown throughout the years. The school has bent over backwards to try and help my son be a better person. I think this school is very nurturing. I feel academically every school in California is strapped and they depend more and more on parents help for education and support in extra-curricular programs. Mrs. Jackie Nelson (the principal) is the best and has always taken time for my son and I when needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Overall I find the school to be average to below, each grade is one year behind major big city school when I first came here my children came home saying they allready learn the infomation last year at there old school. In talking to other people in big city I found out that the schools here are still behind other school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

My daughter entered Tahoe Valley Elementary School in 1997. I was very apprehensive about this. I had checked out private schools and wasn't too impressed with them. I then went to a few functions at Tahoe Valley and met the principal and I was feeling very comfortable. So I decided to send her to Tahoe Valley. She now is a 5th grader and doing very well. She is a very well-rounded individual not to mention intelligent and a delight to be around. This is not only my opinion as a mother but these are the comments that have come for her report cards. I owe so much of this to Tahoe Valley teachers and staff. They are such an outstanding group of professionals. We could have missed out on so much. Thank you Tahoe Valley, you are awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 20, 2003

The State and city need to recognise this school for the amazing job they do.I cannot find a decent job in this area and have been offered great jobs in other citys.My wife and myself have decided to stay in tahoe because of this school.We cannot deprive our children of the amazing love and dedication of Tahoe Valley Staff.


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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

786

Change from
2012 to 2013

-28

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 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.
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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

786

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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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.
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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

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

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

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64%

2011

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
63%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

57 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
54%
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 Students54%
Females60%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students60%
Females67%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner56%
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 graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
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 Students36%
Females46%
Males30%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)43%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only40%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students60%
Females54%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner56%
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 graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
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 Students58%
Females54%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)70%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner25%
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 graduate62%
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 Students44%
Females39%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
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
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 Students72%
Females69%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students64%
Females61%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
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 graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students56%
Females52%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)65%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
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 State average
White 54% 27%
Hispanic 37% 51%
Asian 5% 11%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 7%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 76%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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School Leader's name
  • Mark Romagnolo
Special schedule
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Fax number
  • (530) 543-2362

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943 Tahoe Island Drive
South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150
Phone: (530) 543-2350

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