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Sandia Vista Elementary School

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Posted September 24, 2013

This is our 4th school year at Sandia Vista. We moved away over winter break last year and have returned to an absolutely fabulous staff makeover! There is such a different atmosphere at Sandia Vista, the administration really cares about making school a place that children LOVE and LEARN. What a great change!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2013

Last year was our first year with Sandia Vista. While the school is nice and I hear great things about other teachers, my child had a newer teacher who didn't seem to assess students well or teach students who were above average. Also, I do not believe single digit addition and subtraction should be the only work accomplished in OCTOBER of 2nd grade. Education moved too slowly to interest my child. The principal did listen to my concerns and reviewed my issues with the teacher, so that is a positive (though it is completely new admin this year). I am hopeful for this year with a different teacher as I know there are many great teachers here. We just didn't get one last year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2013

I come from a family of educators and principals so I feel like I am extra harsh on schools and staff...with that said I have been very happy at SVE. My child has attended since 2009. I almost moved my child to another school in the district because I wanted him to attend a more established school, but after 1-2 yrs it was evident that this school was on the fast track to success. SVE is now one of the top 2 schools in Rio Rancho despite being fairly new. They have great related arts teachers and the gifted instructor is AMAZING. I volunteer quite often and I find that most of the parents that complain or have negative things to say usually have issues w/ their child anywhere they go and problems are not school specific. All children are different as are schools, and there is no one size fits all formula for success- our family recommends SVE to any parents that want to give their child a great elementary school experience, with a staff that cares and a smaller school population than other area schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2013

The school administrators are arrogant, disrespectful and extremely narcissistic. They lack professionalism, common sense and basic fundamental skills needed to run a facility. The teaching is also sub-par as all curriculum is solely focused on Common Core testing and not educational needs. For example, they actually put up a sign that read, Test Your Best. As if that s the only thing this school really cares about. Don t waste your time here, there are better options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2012

We are a military family and my child has attended this school for 3 years. I have been very pleased with the teaching staff and the extra activities the school has sponsered. The teachers have responded quickly to any questions I may have had . I feel like I could just pop my head into the classroom at any time if I needed to. The community that surrounds the school is very supportive and a great place for families.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

My son has been a student in the Montessori program for going on three years. During this time, we we had the pleasure of becoming part of this small, close-knit school community. We are extremely pleased with the quality of the education our son has received and have been very impressed with the faculty as a whole. The Montessori program has allowed our son to learn in a small, student-directed environment while receiving the benefits of a public school education. This is a school where most of the teachers and all the administrators know your child's name - for all the right reasons :)! Highly recommend this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2012

I have 2 children who attend this school, and another who will attend next year, in the Montessori Program and we are EXTREMELY satisfied! The Montessori program is only 3 years old and my oldest has been in it since day one. RRPS is one of 200 school districts across the US to have a public montessori program. My 2nd grader is excelling, with very high DRA and MQA scores. And my kindergartener is doing fabulous with handwriting, reading, etc.. The principal, the teachers, the families are all great! The school is new and not overcrowded. We drive 15 to 20 minutes each way and it's worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2011

Don't waste your time! My Daughter has gone to Montessori for Pre-Kindergarten and has excelled in it. I wanted to continue her in the Montessori program, so this school caught my eye. I went to the parent meetings and it sounded like they had the concept. She started this year in Kindergarten very excited. It has been a bad experience. They don't teach to the children's level, it progresses at the teachers speed, which is not challenging enough and my daughter is bored. They don't look at the ques of the children as they say they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 4, 2011

The principal is not very communicative. I tried several times to contact her regarding a matter during the '09-'10 school year and she never called back. This was even after I left polite messages for her on her answering service (she never picks up). She can be a bit rude when questioned about anything. The other staff seems to be a bit gossipy and rude to the parents. I have witnessed this first-hand. I am not that fond of the teacher's. I have met quite a few of them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2011

Disappointed!! The school year started great, but after three months, my daughter's teacher went on extended sick leave for two months. During that time, my daughter had several different substitutes whom did not continue with the 1st grade lesson curriculum. Little or no homework had been given. After talking to other parents, we all felt that our children were lagging behind the other 1st grades. Atfer two months of questioning the adminisration with little answers, the principal finally sent out a letter to parents stating that the teacher had resigned and my child would be getting a steady teacher soon. The newly hired teacher had no idea where the curriculum had left off, so she started over again, leaving my daughter's class about six months behind the other 1st grade classes. The principal, who is very kind, handled the whole situation poorly. There should have been no discontinuation in curriculum, even among substitutes. I applaud the parents that volunteered and showed concern for a class that was being left behind.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2011

We have enjoyed this school very much. My son started in the Montessori Charter program last year and we kept him in Montessori, moving up to the 6-8 year old room this year. We are not in this school district, so it was a good way for us to get him into the SVE schools. The school is new, beautiful and seems very technology oriented. The principal is extremely nice and has been helpful with all issues I have had. I also think it's rare these days for kids to have creative arts, but once a week they go to art, music, computers or library. The Montessori program is definitely feeling like a work in progress, but my son is making huge strides in reading and social skills. My only complaint would be that there is not an overwhelming amount of parent-info sent home. I had to look on-line to see about snow make-up days, when that could have easily been a flyer sent home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

Awful school so far! We moved from out of state and the teachers are not very good and seem to not care about what they do. I just hope it's not like this at other schools around here. Compared to where we moved from, it is not good.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2010

We are very pleased with Sandia Vista. After moving to the area a year ago from the DFW area, we had to quickly find a home and school district that would suit the needs of our Kindergartener and pre-schooler. We feel like we hit the jackpot. We love our neighborhood which allows us to walk to school and our oldest had a great first year of school. The teachers and staff were very caring and helpful and we feel that education she is receiving is first rate. The school itself is only two years old, so the building is very nice and well maintained as well. I was also pleased to see that they had dedicated classrooms for music and art. I would recommend this school and area to anyone.
—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.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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69%

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77%

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Reading

The state average for Reading was 55% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 83% in 2010.

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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.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
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Reading

The state average for Reading was 46% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
59%

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Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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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.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Reading

The state average for Reading was 51% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Science

The state average for Science was 52% in 2010.

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: New Mexico Public Education Department

Math

All Students69%
Female66%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic63%
Native Americann/a
White74%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students75%
Female71%
Male80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic66%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged53%
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%
Female60%
Male72%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic51%
Native Americann/a
White84%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities67%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students60%
Female69%
Male52%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic57%
Native Americann/a
White66%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities17%
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Science

All Students71%
Female63%
Male79%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic73%
Native Americann/a
White75%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilities42%
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%
Female60%
Male51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic45%
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English Language Learner Currentn/a
English Language Learner Exitedn/a

Reading

All Students68%
Female76%
Male63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic64%
Native Americann/a
White72%
Economically disadvantaged63%
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
Hispanic 47% 59%
White 43% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 4% 10%
Two or more races 3% 1%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
Black 1% 2%
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 40%N/A68%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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6800 Franklin Rd NE
Rio Rancho, NM 87144
Phone: (505) 338-2526

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