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Arroyo Vista Elementary School

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Posted May 13, 2014

We are an incoming family for 2014 and loved our tour with a highly experienced and professional principal supported by enthusiastic staff working in well-maintained facilities. We can't wait to join the Arroyo Vista Family! It's the most diverse of the three south pas elementary schools and is extremely high performing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2010

Great community of parents and teachers all working together to give our children a wonderful education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 2, 2010

I love the school and its teachers, and my daughter enjoys it more than any school she has ever gone to. Arroyo Vista is her third school she has attended in Elementary, her father's job moves us around sometimes . . .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2010

We moved to South Pasadena so that our kids could attend the schools here, and we have been extremely pleased with AV. The new principal is outstanding, and the teachers and community support are wonderful. I am delighted to be a part of the AV community!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2010

I am constantly blown away by this school. The teachers and staff find creative and artistic ways for my daughter to learn every day. I feel like she is getting a private school education at a public school and parent involvement is like nothing I have ever seen. We could not be happier! We feel lucky to have her enrolled at Arroyo Vista.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Great little school. With good teachers and staff. My child is learning so much and the involvement of the parents is outstanding. Very picturesque little school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

Great teachers and academic starndars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2008

I am interested in moving to the scool district and this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

While this is certainly still an above average public school, much has changed in the last year. We began over 3 years ago and were embraced by an amazing principal who had cultivated an unusually supportive and unique culture and community. The new very young and inexperienced principal is sweet and earnest but lacks the vision and forcefulnessthat could have moved this school even further - upward towards 5 stars. The school district has been very ineffective in finding the replacement so we had 2 interim principals before finding the one we now have.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 30, 2007

We are really happy with Arroyo Vista- the parent community & PTA is so involved & committed to excellent, the school itself is excellent academically & our experiences in the 1.5 yrs we've been here with the teachers & the principal (old & new) have all been really positive. The GATE class is stellar. Highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

A wonderful school with a positive vibe. Parents are very involved and there is a feeling of cooperation with staff. The principal is outstanding -- very accessible and hands on. Drama and music are available. Art docents contribute to various classrooms. Academic standards are stressed and are somewhat competitive. All in all a good learnig and growing environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2006

Two yearly book fairs, an Art fair, a science fair, jogathan, all-city track meet, Sports Day, etc., are all sponsored by PTA. A nice little school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

High expectations, friendly staff, involved parent community
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2006

Great School! Active parents, diverse community, fabulous principal. Highly recommend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2006

AV has wonderful parental involvement, and therefore a great community spirit. The principal knows all of the kids by name and is always very visible on campus, with the kids and the facutly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2005

High expectations for students, teachers assign the work, but don't prepare the students to do the work in all cases. Need more arts in the curriculum. Extra programs are pay as you go, very little available for gifted students. Criterial for identifying gifted students needs to coincide with National standards. Parents expected to fund and run programs. Lunches served at school are very high fat content, high ratio of teachers leaving every year. School site full to the brim with extra classrooms being placed in children's play area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2005

Parents work so hard to make this school work, providing countless hours of involvement, driving to field trips, assisting teachers, and donating thousands of dollars every year. We are lucky to have a school board, especially Tammy Godley looking after the interest of the parents, students, and staff in making South Pas. better than it ever was. The school board donates thousands of hours every year without receiving a salery and not much thanks, but their hard work and proven integrity as well as a committment to students is invaluable. The new superintendent, Rob Arias is a breath of fresh air, a much needed welcome relief to S.P. He has the courage and the conviction to lead this district to the top. He has already started modeling a pattern of excellence in how to deal with parents and students with respect. This a positive change.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2005

Very positive community, staff works well together, friendly office staff, clean campus, displayed student work everywhere, well-organized.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2004

Excellent school with significant parental involvement. The principal is especially good and very responsive. Each of the teachers I have encountered has been very good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2004

I had been looking for a good public school district and South Pasadena is definitely that. Everyone had talked to me about Marengo specifically not Arroyo Vista and it is certainly a wonderful school. However, both my sisters' kids go to Arroyo Vista and spoke so highly of the principal, Mrs. Jennings and the entire staff. There is such a feeling of community and support that I am really looking forward to my daughter attending in the fall. Even the preparatory meetings have helped enormously with both my daughter's trepidation at starting a new school and my own accompanying nervousness. We are looking forward to a great year.
—Submitted by a parent


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

This school's
API score

927

Change from
2012 to 2013

-3

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 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.

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This school's
API score

927

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

-3

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 2011 and Spring 2012. 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)

10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

103 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

99 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
89%
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.

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 72% in 2013.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 65% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 57% in 2013.

114 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students90%
Females92%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learner80%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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 graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females90%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner87%
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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 graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females80%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner82%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females80%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner82%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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 Students86%
Females92%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner54%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students88%
Females92%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner62%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females81%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
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)82%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)36%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students80%
Females83%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner73%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students75%
Females75%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
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 37% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 29% 11%
Hispanic 24% 52%
Two or more races 8% 3%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

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

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  • Cheryl Busick
Fax number
  • (626) 441-5845

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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335 El Centro Street
South Pasadena, CA 91030
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