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Walnut Creek, CA
Students enrolled: 520

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2355 San Juan Avenue
Walnut Creek, CA 94597

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(925) 944-6822
(925) 934-8907
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November 03, 2014
I just had my older child graduate from Buena Vista Elementary this summer and my second one is currently in 2nd grade. We became part of the BV family a little less than 2 years ago and my kids joined mid session. All of my fears of uprooting and moving my kids mid year were completely blown away after just the first day of school. The teachers and other staff were so warm and welcoming. Particularly my son's 4th grade teacher went out of her way to bring my son up to speed as they had not gotten as far in math in his previous school. All the teachers we have had the opportunity to work with are tremendous. They are kind, approachable and truly take an interest in your child. Their after school care- Buena Vista Club is a wonderful, safe environment for kids to hang out after school. Even if there aren't organized activities at Club, it's a safe environment and they are flexible with your schedule if required. I am lucky to have had a very positive experience thus far and I look forward to more great years as a BV parent.

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October 11, 2013
Our experience at Buena Vista has been stellar; my low expectations of the public school system have been blown away! Not only is my daughter receiving a caring and thorough education, but the administration has been amazingly receptive to discussions about accommodating my daughter's severe food allergies. I have gone from a skeptic seriously considering private school to a huge fan. I look forward to sending my second child here soon!

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July 18, 2011
Our son is about to start his 2nd year at Buena Vista and so far, we really like this school. BV has wonderful teachers and families. There is a very active PTA with a lot of parental involvement. The after school daycare (Club) is run extremely well by young adults who truly care about the welfare of the children. I never worry when our son is in their care. We are proud to be part of BV and are very much looking forward to having another great school year.

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March 14, 2011
We moved to CA almost three years ago from Northern Virginia where our kids were in amazing schools. We have been so pleased with Buena Vista. The teachers and staff are so invested in my children's success. While we are appalled at the budget cuts to education in CA, we are amazed at what Buena Vista gets done! Art, music, science, library, and P.E. all have really talented teachers also. The community of parents is very welcoming also.

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January 11, 2011
isn't a school supposed to help those in need? i think bv has the largest number of ELL in the district or one of the largest. the stats show that they aren't lacking academically. my son started in 1st grade and he has grown in amazing ways. he is one of the kids who needed reading help and any deficit he started with no longer exists. this was within 4 months! the parents are so cool and easy to talk to. the teacher always answers my emails timely. so the principal is taking classes. how could that not be good? she is accessible if you need her. why would one need to talk to the principal more than occasionally anyway?

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June 11, 2010
Unbelievable emphasis, time and money is spent on the numerous number of children that cannot read, write or do math by third grade who have attended this school since Kindergarden. The few children that TEACHERS know will meet state standards are left to fend for the school year without challenges. All of this before the budget crisis and class size increase. The Principle is rarely on site due to taking classes herself (the last two years). If your child is below average academically, this is the school for you. If you want your child who is average or above to be challenged, you should find to a different school. As to parent involvement. Very "click-ish" and rumor-mongering. Parent of child who attended K-5 at BV.

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October 03, 2009
Buena Vista is graced with children from many different backgrounds, countries, and religions. The teachers are hard working and truly care about all children advancing. The mixture of diversity, caring, and shared goals make Buena Vista an excellent place to be educated.

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March 28, 2008
Because my children are spread out, we've attended 3 different schools in California. Buena Vista is, by far, the best school we've experienced. The staff show true care for our children, each other, and the families at the school. They go above and beyond to take care of our children's academic, social, and emotional needs. The Principal is actively involved in keeping the school organized and managing the school so that families are involved in decision making and building community. Student are learning and our school is distinguished in every way. We are lucky to be here.

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August 24, 2006
We cannot imagine being a part of any other community! Buena Vista is such a wonderful school, with so much parental involvement, emphasis on the kids treating each other with respect, and just an all around great atmosphere for both my kids And myself. We love BV!

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July 15, 2006
Excellent school with lots of parent involvment. Although my son's K teacher only had two years experience, he is now (at the end of K) reading 2nd grade books fluently.Wow! She also really tried to understand each child's character & really tried to work with them individually to best motivate them. I loved the old principal (lots of energy) but there is a new principal this year, so I cannot speak to the principal leadership. The after school program (for working parents) is superb. The Buena Vista Club is a jewel in terms of after care programs. I cannot say enough good things about them. Go Buena Vista Club! Good science teacher, and Mr. Fong in Kindergarten is also very talented musically, bringing that into not only his, but other K classrooms.

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January 11, 2006
My grand daughter goes to Buena Vista Elementary School and I volunteer there each week. I am very impressed by the school and their teachers. They have wonderful programs there for children that may be a little behind their classmates. The principal and her staff are very attentive and know the children by name. Buena Vista is an outstanding elementary school and I am very happy that my grand daughter is attending this school.

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July 04, 2005
This school is top notch all the way around.

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June 06, 2005
Excellent parent/teacher involvement results in a wonderful, diverse environment for the kids. My daughter loves BV, and so do I.

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January 11, 2005
Good School! Send your kids to this school.

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December 10, 2004
I moved to Walnut Creek six months ago. I researched all of the public elementary schools and chose BV Elementary. I am glad I did

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May 17, 2004
Buena Vista is a wonderful school! The school administrator is so organized and knows many students and parents by name. The teachers are very organized, caring and professional. There is great diversity. There is so much dedicated parent involvment and PTA and site counsel work hard to make improvements.

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April 25, 2004
Buena Vista Elementary is a wonderful school! We have been a part of the BV community for the past 2 years. The teachers and staff are caring, dedicated and professional. My children love going to school because of the family atmosphere. We love the diversity and different ethnic backgrounds of the BV students. There are so many other positive aspects of BV such as the wonderful leadership of our Principal. The whole Walnut Creek School District is top rate and we wouldn't want to live any place else!

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March 01, 2004
Buena Vista is adequate in most areas. However, the principal is fairly new to the school. Some of the primary-grade teachers are rather rigid and seem better fit for upper grades. Buena Vista has not satisfactorily met our expectations.

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February 29, 2004
Our experience at this school has been extremely dissappointing. Our child's first grade teacher is incredibly rigid for a primary grade teacher. Thankfully, the parent involvement and support is awesome!

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February 10, 2004
It was only after we left this school (moved out of state) that I realized how wonderful it truly was. A wonderful group of teachers with a warm and family atmosphere to the school. We were a part of Buena Vista for 3 years and two of my children attended. My children loved it there.

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Buena Vista Elementary School
2355 San Juan Avenue, Walnut Creek, CA  94597
(925) 944-6822
Last modified Buena Vista Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-5. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Buena Vista Elementary School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top