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Ventana Ranch Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 756 students

 
 

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Posted June 20, 2012

I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! My kids have been there 2 years. We've loved all of their teachers so far, and I have gotten to know many of the staff and teachers. Every single one has been warm, caring, and committed to the students. They promoted the VP to principal 2011-2012 and she is a loving but authoritative administrator (with I think 3 PhD's) who values higher education. My daughter is an accelerated learner, and while not "gifted" needs to be challenged. Her teacher (who is getting her Master's) recognized this and introduced advanced/more in-depth concepts to deepen her (& others in class) learning experience. Both kids had AMAZING teachers this year. There is a sense of community at VRES and I look forward to the rest of my children's education there. VRES welcomes parent involvement and values both education and community spirit. Most of the fundraising efforts aren't just for the school but for charity--raising awareness and funds for JDRF, childhood cancer, and more. Please disregard any reviews pre-2009 because there were 3 schools on campus while 2 of them were being built in the area. VRES is now about 750 students with dedicated staff to support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2011

My child attended K & 1st as a special needs student. There is no classroom integration, even for specials (music/art/PE/Library). My child fell further behind. Special needs students are placed in portables, horrible for someone with limited physical mobility. It further isolates the children too. My child has been in 2nd and currently 3rd grade in a top-ten KidsCount state. There is a world of difference. Teachers are accessible outside of school hours. They communicate. it is fully integrated. There is twice the amount of instruction time (120 mins literacy/writing, 90 mins math vs 60 & 45 mins) and highly personalized attention (12 aids for 30 special needs students vs 4 @ VRES). The only good thing was the extras offered after-school. I was very disappointed at VRES.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2011

Kindergarten went well for my child, but first grade dropped the ball. I was disappointed to learn that integrated classrooms (least restrictive environment) are not a priority here. As a result, my child fell further behind. Since attending a different, integrated elementary in second grade, I have seen my child catching up. I am so sad that I didn't act sooner. Special education services are broken here. Please don't make my mistake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2010

My child is in his fourth year at VRES. His first two teachers were excellent. His last two teachers have not impressed me. Last year, I found that his teacher often misspelled words and used incorrect punctuation. This year, his teacher uses words like "theirselves". This concerns me, because my child hears these words and thinks they are correct because the teacher uses them. I am sadly surprised that university students can receive teaching degrees without basic grammar and punctuations skills.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2009

I've got two school age kids (K and 3rd). the 3rd grader spent 3 years at this school until it was administratively split into 2 and then 3 schools. Both my kids enjoy school and I have no concerns over their safety at school. School has decent academics and good teachers. Neighborhood is relatively young and the NW side of Albuquerque is safe and growing fast and in a managed way. As for overcrowding, the 2 new administratively separated schools have brand new schools that will be ready to move in Apr-Jul 09. Both new schools are close by. With transfer of students to newer schools, areas should be opened up to allow for more extra curricular activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 1, 2009

The staff and the administration are fantastic. The school has such a positive feel about it. It will be great when the other 2 schools leave the Ventana Ranch campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 24, 2008

This school's staff really cares about both the students and the curriculum. My children have been challenged here and have gone on to excel in middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 24, 2008

Horribly overcrowded, with the advent of two administrations it just simply makes a worse situation. Some teachers were good, but others were not prepared, and overall it was a mistake to send my children there. I have moved to the midwest where the schools are much better planned out and run.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 29, 2008

My son has attended Ventana Ranch Elementary for two years. He has progressed rapidly. He's had excellent teachers and education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2008

I had a kinder child last year and the teacher and helper were great! I spent alot of time in the class and on the playground to watch to see how things were done. I loved the classroom but was disappointed with the playground..I was more 'on duty' than the two teachers put there for the childrens safety. I caught children starting fires with magnify glasses and teachers were talking amongst themselves and not watching the children...I had to go and break them up to watch the children..so the playground needs some work..and I can't stand the sand pits..my child brings home the sand in shoes..but really like the chips and tirechip playground. Overall I like the school, and hope that the move this year with the split schools will help it to be less crowded..for a while anyway!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2008

This school is very overcrowed. The principal does not care about students only the teachers. There community tribe rules do not apply and do not work. Some of the teachers my child had were okay.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2008

The school is over crowded and way under staffed. The playground is a free for all! 911 has been called several times due to accidents during recess. The principal is terrible at communication. The school has failed the AYP every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

The teachers are really good, They get to know their kids. The prinicipal is really nice and very supportive of her kids and staff. The parent participation is very high. I have offered to help out on class trips but the parent participation is so high that I was asked to do it on the next trip. The school is a overcrowded but you would never know it because the kids are well mannered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

My daughter went to school here 1/2 the year last year. It is a good school I just don't feel it's the safest school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2007

The education my child has received from this school has been an excellent start to her life. The teachers that I have come in contact with have been professional, educated and helpful. They really need more music, art and/or sports programs at this school. The parental involvement at this school has been fantastic.
—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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
76%
Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

129 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
93%
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.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
56%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
58%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

139 students were tested at this school in 2010.

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students62%
Female71%
Male53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic56%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities12%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students66%
Female76%
Male56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic62%
Native Americann/a
White69%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilities12%
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 Students52%
Female54%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic47%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilities0%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students54%
Female63%
Male46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic52%
Native Americann/a
White63%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students60%
Female50%
Male69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilities10%
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 Students54%
Female58%
Male50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic49%
Native Americann/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited64%

Reading

All Students65%
Female76%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilities20%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exited57%
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
Hispanic 52% 59%
White 38% 26%
Two or more races 5% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 3% 10%
Black 2% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 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 36%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6801 Ventana Rd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87114
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Phone: (505) 880-3744

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