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Buena Vista Elementary School

Public | K-5 | 680 students

 

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Posted March 19, 2014

Some great programs - Robotics, Strings/Violin, Student Council, many UIL categories (get your child involved with UIL, it starts early in the school year). UIL is well know if you live in the area, if you are new, ask a teacher . Basically it's a competition (mostly academic, but not all categories are) between all of the Del Rio Elementary schools. Buena Vista was the District Champ for 3 years in a row. There are several really great teachers (Mrs Ortega-Ford, Miss Limon, Mr Evans, to name a few). The school is very open to parental involvement, as long you get the back ground check done. I used to help out a lot while we lived there. They welcome parents to eat lunch with their kids, & attend the assembly they hold every marking period to recognize top readers, perfect attendance, all A honor-roll. Like every school, not all teachers are fantastic, but over all my daughters and I were happy with the school. The office staff are super friendly! Don't wait in the car line to pick up your kids, go into the lobby to meet other parents & chat while you wait for the children to be dismissed. The car line is a pain in the neck, & takes much longer than going inside does.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 26, 2014

We left the district as they were not inclined to help my daughter or follow the psychiatrist or psychologists recommendations. Their opinion was to send a teacher to my house for 4 hour a week for her schooling instead of helping her. They do not care for special needs children as it interferes with their perfect 7 score and the prestige they so desperately crave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2013

Horrible school! bad teachers and staff! The teachers and staff at this school yells,bullies and belittle the children. My child was attack by a class mate in the class room, while the teacher left them alone and I was not called. They lie and cover up to protect themselves. I had to pull my child out. The school has a very closed door environment ! They don't want Parents around or helping out. Beware. If you care about your child's mental and physical well being you would keep them away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2013

This school is more interested in attendance. Extreme lack of intern as communication, dropped of paperwork for child regarding injury,in fact enough copies for all teachers and when something happened no one claimed to have any paperwork. They are more interested in covering their butts then following doctors orders. Run from this school and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 20, 2012

My husband is military and we were stationed here during the middle of the school year. Everyone was very welcoming to my son. He was in K and had Ms.Vaughn. Her teachers aide Ms.Hernandez is SO sweet and caring. His first grade teacher now is Mrs. Scholz. She is a very good teacher, caring, and I feel she treats all of the children like her own. The parents are very involved in the school. They always have fundraisers going on, but that helps the school out. I love this school and can not say enough good things about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 8, 2012

Bad District, run for the hills!! I would agree 100% with the 2 previous posts. Only about 3 out ouf 4 students are promoted to the next grade. Principal & many teachers are buddy, buddy, & aren't going to listen to your concerns, especially if you are an "outsider". If you complain, to the principal, or the superintendent, or ask them questions, you will become their target for retaliation. If you complain about their retaliation tactics, you will be even more of a target. Currently as I write this post, a federal investigation is underway with the United States Department Of Education Office For Civil Rights. I have written many letters to this district. They have never answered any letter, or question I have asked of them. They are not open for suggestion. They will continue their trend of "business as usual" until they are stopped forcibly. They still think they are in the "wild west". I do want to say there are a few good teachers, but the "buddy, buddy mentality is a great hindrance to a positive change in this entire district. Report violations to The Texas Department Of Education (TEA), or The US Department Of Education, That is my opinion since they don't answer questions
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2011

We are military and have lived in quite a few school districts. Overall this district is the worst we have seen. The school lacks good leadership, and they seem more interested in attendance and testing than actual education of students. At our Kindergartener's orientation, the teacher told to go ahead and send kids in that were mildly sick and they would "keep an eye on them". They reward kids with candy (which I thought they stopped doing circa 1970). On a more positive note, there are several teachers that are outstanding, they are just the exception rather than the rule. I also don't fear for my child's safety
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2007

The school offers more extracurricular activities than some of the other elementary schools. The school leadership is of poor quality at best. There isn't much parent involvement at the school. The leadership doesn't encourage it. My child also attended Ruben Chavira and the school was overall much better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 11, 2006

Quality of acedemic programs are average. Not enough challenging subjects. Good array of extracurricular activities. Good parent involvement
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

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.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

112 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 85% in 2011.

100 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 88% in 2011.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
90%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 90% in 2011.

101 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 82% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
95%
Math

The state average for Math was 81% in 2011.

111 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Science

The state average for Science was 87% in 2011.

112 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students90%
Female93%
Male87%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Special educationn/a
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English92%
Migrant89%
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students89%
Female90%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education80%
Not special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English90%
Migrant89%
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students93%
Female90%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%
Proficient in English96%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students92%
Female96%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education83%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant93%
Gifted/talented100%

Writing

All Students96%
Female94%
Male98%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant98%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students95%
Female94%
Male95%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education57%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)67%
Proficient in English97%
Migrant71%
Non-migrant96%
Gifted/talented100%

Math

All Students95%
Female98%
Male92%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education57%
Not special education97%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English93%
Migrant100%
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%

Science

All Students88%
Female86%
Male89%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged95%
Special education63%
Not special education89%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English91%
Migrant57%
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 79% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 72% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 68% in 2013.

129 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
69%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 71% in 2013.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 77% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 75% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 73% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Female82%
Male72%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic71%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education50%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)20%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant77%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingual13%

Math

All Students77%
Female75%
Male79%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic74%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education57%
Not special education79%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Female88%
Male77%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic79%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special educationn/a
Not special education83%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English82%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant83%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted80%
Bilingual20%

Math

All Students73%
Female79%
Male68%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic72%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)38%
Proficient in English73%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted69%
Bilingual27%

Writing

All Students77%
Female83%
Male72%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic75%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White85%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)19%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant78%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted74%
Bilingual7%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Female90%
Male76%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic80%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education84%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English83%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted81%
Bilingual20%

Math

All Students79%
Female82%
Male76%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic76%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White88%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special educationn/a
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)33%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant80%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted76%
Bilingual20%

Science

All Students73%
Female80%
Male63%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic69%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Special educationn/a
Not special education73%
Limited English proficient (LEP)17%
Proficient in English73%
Migrant40%
Non-migrant74%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted68%
Bilingual20%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Recognized".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 77% 50%
White 20% 31%
Asian 1% 3%
Black 1% 13%
Two or more races 1% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Mrs Cynthia Salas
Fax number
  • (830) 774-9875

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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100 Echo Vly Dr
Del Rio, TX 78840
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