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Van Buren Elementary School

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Posted August 5, 2013

A little skeptical about this school, but we'll try it out and see how it goes..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2012

The school has a remarkable job in the past two years to hold students to high expectations academically and with their behavior. The school has received the Distinguised School Award and LEP Program of the Year. Great place for kids, parents, and the community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 21, 2011

I am very unhappy with the School, my son loved to go to school and now he hates to go. Kids try to steal his lunch and tell him not to be a baby. My son has ADD and I do not expect him to be treated any different but his teacher as said things to me, such as him being a motor mouth. No parent likes to be told bluntly with no sympathy from a teacher. I call every few weeks to touch base with the teacher and she avoids my calls, I leave her messages and she never calls back. The children Swear and are just rude and yes home environment has lot to do with it, but the school needs to put the FOOT Down. I cant believe it continues and schoold does nothing to improve the environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 18, 2010

I am a parent of a student who attends Van Buren currently, and two students who have since moved on to the middle school. I love Van Buren, it's teachers, and the administration that works there. They go above and beyond what is asked of them to encourage and ensure that there kids are succesfull! I have volunteered for many years and have an inside view of what goes on at Van Buren. I agree that there are issues with kids and there inappropriate behavior, but these things are being taken care of. The issue is really the lack of parent involvement. The school is definately not perfect but if you look at what these teachers, principle, and especially kids have accomplished academically in the last few years it really amazing. I am proud and glad that my kids do and did attend here. Thanks so much for all you do!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

I have had my children enrolled at Van Buren Elementary for 3 years now. Currently, I have a 5th grader, a 2nd grader and a Kindergartener. I must say, I sympathize with the comment from the other parent about the behavior problems at VB. My fifth grader actually went to a school online for half of this year becuase he was tired of hearing all the bad words. He has already been picked on by several kids since re-enrolling. However... I do not think the problem lies in the school, but in the environment these kids are coming from. Parental involvement is key is creating a positive learning environment for our children. This is why I have recently started a PTA at Van Buren. If you are a concerned parent, which I believe you are or you would not be on this site, please join PTA and become a part of the solution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2009

I have a son in the 5th grade at Van Buren and I have been completely dissatisfied with the school. We moved here a little over a month and a half ago and since then my son has started to hate school. The kids are horrible and use profanity on a daily basis. I have had issues that I have talked with the principle about and to the best of my knowledge the issue have not been taken care of. They definitely need to run a tighter ship!!
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 73% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 90% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 83% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 86% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
89%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 90% in 2013.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
82%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

The state average for Language Usage was 80% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 79% in 2013.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
79%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 89% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 72% in 2013.

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
41%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students74%
Female77%
Male72%
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
American Indiann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)54%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students87%
Female92%
Male84%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic84%
American Indiann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)75%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students89%
Female96%
Male84%
Asiann/a
Hispanic86%
American Indiann/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)75%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students84%
Female93%
Male77%
Asiann/a
Hispanic81%
American Indiann/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)89%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female91%
Male85%
Asiann/a
Hispanic85%
American Indiann/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)79%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students90%
Female95%
Male87%
Asiann/a
Hispanic88%
American Indiann/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)83%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

Language Usage

All Students74%
Female76%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)62%
Migrantn/a

Math

All Students83%
Female79%
Male86%
African Americann/a
Hispanic81%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)67%
Migrantn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female86%
Male76%
African Americann/a
Hispanic77%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)67%
Migrantn/a

Science

All Students39%
Female28%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Hispanic28%
Multiracialn/a
American Indiann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Special educationn/a
Limited English proficiency (LEP)5%
Migrantn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Idaho used the Idaho Standards Achievement Test (ISAT) to test students in grades 3 through 10 in reading, math and language usage, and in grades 5, 7 and 10 in science. Students may also take the ISAT in grades 11 or 12 if they were not able to do so in grade 10. The scores from the spring administration are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The grade 10 ISAT is a high school graduation requirement. The ISAT is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering the specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Idaho. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

The different student groups are identified by the Idaho Department of Education. If there are fewer than 11 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Idaho State Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 68% 16%
White 29% 78%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Black 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 86%N/A48%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3115 Marble Front Rd
Caldwell, ID 83605
Phone: (208) 455-3326

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