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Austin, TX
Students enrolled: 1,301

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8455 Spicewood Springs Road
Austin, TX 78759

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(512) 464-8102
(512) 464-8210
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June 21, 2014
My kid attended grade 6 here and it was extremely disappointing. this school is not deserving of the 10 or 5 stars I see on the internet. My kid was BORED the entire time in 5th grade part 2. CVMS and RRISD policy is to ignore grades, test scores, and recommendations from other districts - even highly rated districts within Texas. If your kid is high achieving &/ gifted stay out of RRISD and far away from canyon vista. Your intelligent kid will be lumped with the on level or below kids. Canyon vista's only concern for students is perfect attendance and STAAR test results. The TAG counselor told me that the only goal for CVMS is to teach the students how to get through Westwood. It wasn't to teach the students on how to learn or how to be successful. The only positive thing I can say is that my kid felt safe at this school. There isn't any risk of gangs or drugs. Probably because the administration belittles the students to have then believe they are still in elementary school. I really regret sending my kid here and feel duped by all the glitters of the rewards this school flaunts. This school isn't gold.

- submitted by a parent

June 11, 2014
I really enjoy going to Canyon Vista and the teachers really care about the students, but the only flaw that I personally see is that if you really want to perform well, then there is always going to be a lot of competition , which is a good thing really, but leaves kids frustrated and they perform "lower" than they might in a different school. Which as I said before is a good thing but I guess makes kids more rigid and in the desire to defeat others. But really, this school has increased my standards and has taught me many important lessons and there is a lot of academic opportunity.

- submitted by a community member

May 10, 2014
We have now put four children through three different highly respected middle schools, and none of them compare to Canyon Vista. You can't put a price on this level of educational quality or scholastic experience. Top core academics, top extracurricular programs, and a great community.

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2014
This is an excellent school.My daughter loves all of her teachers,they are extremely nice,outstanding,supportive and give specific comments for each student !The staffs help the students exceed in their talents!

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2013
really good school. Teacher is nice, band and orchestra are good too!! Great school for children!!

- submitted by a community member

November 08, 2013
I have been involved with this school since 2006. The staff is exceptional. They love what they do and really ace about the kids. The whole office support staff are the same way from the principal down. Middle school is a tough time and I cannot imagine sending my children anywhere else

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2011
This is not a school for special ed students. The culture is negative for slower learners.

- submitted by a parent

May 02, 2011
As a parent with children currently attending this school, and as a teacher myself (but not at this school), I congratulate the teachers at Canyon Vista for always holding students accountable for their own learning, for keeping expectations high, and for going the extra mile to help students whenever they need it. I also appreciate the administration for instituting the sixth grade "Mustang Discovery" elective, which requires sixth graders to learn study/organizational skills, leadership skills, and technology skills. Anyone who knows anything about the challenges that public educators face should be highly impressed the quality of this school. In addition, CVMS receives annual excellent ratings along with one of its feeder schools, Laurel Mountain, and the area high school, Westwood. Their latest kudos come from the nonprofit Children at Risk, which ranks thousands of schools statewide based on standardized test and college entrance exam performance, attendance rates and graduation rates, among other factors. All three of these schools topped this organization's rankings. My children all currently attend these schools, and I could not be more pleased with their educations.

- submitted by a parent

January 25, 2011
It's hard to argue with quality of the academics and the academic competition. I think they have gone a little over the top on the rigidity with the new administration, but the reasoning is usually to prevent any class disruptions. So that makes it harder to argue with. Excellent academic preperation at what is probably the most competitive Middle School in RRISD. The arts programs are excellent and the Chior program has improved dramatically. Located in NW in a cluster of nice neighborhoods, with a nice quality fo life, green space component.

- submitted by a parent

January 06, 2011
Canyon Vista is the perfect middle school if your child is a tag (talented & gifted) student. If your child has a learning disability it is a hostile environment. Teachers and admin band together to cover-up mistakes and provide as little accomodation to the special needs students. Teachers are impatient and aggressive with slower paced students. I actually had the 504 coordinator, Julie Engelmann, tell me my child with adhd just needs to try harder to pay attention in class. The exceptions have been the Art and Orchestra classes and teachers. They have been patient, caring and above average.

- submitted by a parent

December 14, 2009
Moved into the area because I heard good things about the school. I am a bit disappointed because I have seen a lot of rigidity and rules, combined with a lack of respect for students. Guess this is what happens when you teach to the TAKS tests, a flaw in all Texas public schools. The one exception is Band: all of the band instructors are very warm and the kids love them.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2009
Great staff, facilities, strong community & unique camaraderie.

- submitted by a parent

March 08, 2009
This school has practically everything!

- submitted by a student
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February 13, 2009
Canyon Vista is a middle school with high-potential students. However, the enthusiasm of the students at CaVMS is limited. Sometimes, these students don't really try to learn just for the love of learning, and most of the teachers are not very energetic. This school is above average, but not so much that they would be considered as a 'top-notch' high school.

- submitted by a community member

December 27, 2008
I remember my first days attending this outstanding middle school-I was simply blown away by the awesomness of the school. Not only does it have a high academic standard, but its Fine Arts division is very impressive and fun, and its exterior and interior are well cared for. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL! It cannot even be compared to Grisham or Cedar Valley Middle School!

- submitted by a student

September 21, 2006
it is awesome every one loves it and its a great school! You learn alot and they make learning fun.

- submitted by a student

February 18, 2006
CaVMS is an excellent school. It has great students, teachers, and parents.

- submitted by a parent

December 19, 2005
Although we have been impressed with the teaching for the most part, it is enormously frustrating when the teachers use the 'team' approach to avoid discussing a student's progress in one particular class. Parents and that one teacher need to discuss and resolve any issues with the student involved. Not every teacher in the student's day needs to be involved in the discussion of that one class. Teachers hide behind others to avoid specifics. It is a great way to disguise disinterest or incompetence and it is used too often. A group evaluation is useless if there are issues in only one class. When so many students in that one class have those issues, questions are rasied yet the team approach deflects accountability from that one teacher involved.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2005
Canyon Vista is a great school. The Band, and Choir are good and the Orchestra is Fantastic. Academically this school is one of the finest in Austin and is probably one of the best in RRISD.

- submitted by a student

April 25, 2005
Outstanding school! Best of all neighboring areas. Excellent in every category.

- submitted by a parent

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Canyon Vista Middle School
8455 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin, TX  78759
(512) 464-8102
Last modified Canyon Vista Middle School is a Public school that serves grades 6-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 10 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Canyon Vista Middle School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 26 reviews. Top