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Vandenberg Elementary - 02

Public | 4-5 | 391 students

 

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Posted December 7, 2006

I can't say enough positive things about Vandenberg Elementary. My daughter's teacher is by far the best teacher she has ever had or hope to have in the future. She is not only extremely dedicated but also has a special way of connecting to her class and making them feel so warm and welcomed. The academics are top notch and the small size of the school and classrooms creates a very personal and close knit atmosphere. We feel very blessed to have our daughter in such an exceptional school. We could not have asked for a better situation. Thank you so much! Holly Bartlett
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Posted March 16, 2006

Both of my children attended Vandenberg School and have nothing but wonderful things to say about the school, its programs and staff. The curriculum is right on target and testing scores prove this. The teachers and principal have always been helpful when there is a question about my childen's education. The Special Education department is very highly qualified as well. I would recommend this school at the top of the list for any child's education.
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Posted March 16, 2006

Both my daughter and son attended Vandenberg School. It has excellent academic programs. The reading and writing programs are awesome as is the care of my children by their classroom teachers. Science is hands on and the STARBASE program is exciting. They have friends and enjoy the new playground. Their love of music and art has been encouraged in the classroom, band and after school chorus. In fourth grade they went to the Black Hills Symphony. A before and after school program supports my work schedule. And I have no worries about my children's safety. There are many extra activities including Books for Bingo, Splash Down, Field Day, Family Dance Night and Concerts. The front office staff offers a warm greeting and invites me in. I always feel welcome in the school.
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Posted February 15, 2006

We have had two children attend this school and had issues with both. The academic's are lower than we are used to coming from Alaska. Both Children are reviewing work they learned in past grades and nothing really challenging. Teacher quality has been lacking and they are not challenging all of their students. Extracurricular activities are less than ideal if available at all. Faculty and leadership has little interest in seeking help from parents and instituting any program or offer for assistance outside of their set perameters. Safety has been good but discipline has been inconsistent. Overall this has been the worst school my children have attended and we're considering home schooling. Other schools in this small district have been better in all catagories other than academics. Planning to change districts or home school before years end.
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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.
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
86%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 76% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
79%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
78%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 74% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

All Students78%
Femalen/a
Male71%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Native American54%
White82%
Students with disabilities78%
English language learners71%

Reading

All Students75%
Femalen/a
Male64%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic67%
Native American64%
White78%
Students with disabilities73%
English language learners64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Math

All Students72%
Femalen/a
Male59%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic82%
Native Americann/a
White73%
Students with disabilities74%
English language learners63%

Reading

All Students72%
Femalen/a
Male62%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Students with disabilities66%
English language learners64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 South Dakota used the Dakota State Test of Educational Progress (Dakota STEP) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math. The Dakota STEP is standards-based, which means it is aligned to South Dakota's educational standards and measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state. The standards-based Dakota STEP results are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

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

Source: South Dakota Department of Education

Breaking down the GreatSchools Rating

GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 78% 78%
Two or more races 7% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 12%
Hispanic 6% 4%
Black 2% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 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 47%N/A39%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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600 North Ellsworth Rd
Box Elder, SD 57719
Phone: (605) 923-0060

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