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Buena Vista Elementary School

Public | PK-5 | 281 students

 

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Posted December 27, 2013

Don't count on being welcomed to participate greatly in your child's classroom activities, even fieldtrips. Your child's teacher, depending on who they are, might like your participation or they might act like it's an imposition, and the principal really doesn't encourage it (Except for the PTO fundraising. Now that she loves and that's her only idea about "parent participation"). Also, don't count on any conversation that you have with the principal being private. I found out that her calls are always on speaker and anyone who's near her office, like the secretary or anyone in the outer office like teachers or other parents can hear everything. And even if you have a face-to-face conversation with her, you can be sure it's going to be discussed with other staff members that have nothing to do with the issue. I know this because I have had staff members that I have known outside of the school that have contacted me and have been able to tell me exactly what I discussed with the principal. And they themselves knew that they should never have been privy to that info. So, if you can handle these issues, it's an okay school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2013

Have you been in a school where kids are happy, teachers are happy, janitors are happy EVERY time you go there? This is BV. This is our second year there and we have not met anyone bitter or impolite yet. This makes the difference in the quality of the education offered. 5 stars are too little for this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2009

My children went to North Elementry last year, which I was discouraged because they never came home with any homework or anything to study. They are going to Buena Vista this year and they are happier, have different attitudes about learning, come home with homework to do. The teachers are great and though my children are new to the school, seems like all the kids and teachers know them. This school makes a great effort in childrens lives, love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2008

I think this is a very good school with highly trained teachers. Unfortunately class sizes are high which is out of the schools control. The educators have a lot of pressure placed on them to meet state standards. I feel compassion for what they do. I wish the school had more technology in place. The new principal is very good!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2006

I would have to say that I am not impressed with this school. The teacher seems to be more worried about her meeting state standards, than making learning fun and productive. Stats show that children in this type of environment tend to burn out easily. Overall; the staff seems a bit overwhelmed, there is a new principle, new teachers, and many changes happening at this school. My son will not be attending next year.
—Submitted by a parent


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

The state average for Math was 51% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
71%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

40 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

48 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
92%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 45% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

The state average for Math was 43% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
59%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
69%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

39 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students80%
Female94%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female78%
Male68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students66%
Female66%
Male67%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
White67%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students49%
Female50%
Male48%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic42%
Native Americann/a
White53%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female69%
Male74%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students77%
Female81%
Male71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic50%
Native Americann/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students73%
Female81%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic61%
Native Americann/a
White79%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 New Mexico used the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA) to test students in grades 3 through 8, 10 and 11 in Reading and Math, and grades 4, 7 and 11 in Science. The NMSBA did not report Science results in 2012. As of 2012, New Mexico no longer uses the New Mexico High School Standards Assessment (NMHSSA) to test high school students, and instead uses the NMSBA to test high school students. The NMSBA is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of New Mexico. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test.

The different student groups are identified by the New Mexico Public Education Department. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 57% 25%
Hispanic 31% 58%
Black 6% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 13%
Asian 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 0%
Two or more races 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 53%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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2600 19th St
Alamogordo, NM 88310
Phone: (505) 439-3270

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