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Van Buren Elementary School

Public | PK-3 | 342 students

 

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Posted October 27, 2010

Can not say enough good things about Van Buren Elementary!! My son attended there K and 1st grade and absolutely had the best teachers both years. Very caring and work so well with parents in making sure their child(ren) get the best education possible. The entire staff at this school is like a large family all working together to better the children that go there. Parent involvement is very high due to such welcoming teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2008

Excellent school! The teachers are exceptional. Having a child with a disability, I am very cautious and a little over protective with my son. Everyone at VB campus was wonderful---from the principal to the custodian, they are all fabulous! They all accepted my son's abilities rather than focusing on his disability. No complaints...well one, we had to move on to the next campus...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2006

Awesome school! Great principal and teachers. Very high standards. Students are required to try their best. A great experience for the children.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 29, 2005

My twins went there for first and second grade and they had a great time. Their teaches were very dedicated and helpful. The principal was very nice to all children and parents. The secreataries and nurse were marvelous! My children enjoyed their music class very much. Their teacher was superb, and due to her hard work with the children, they got to perform several times around the area. the parent involvement is very high and that what makes the difference in the school.
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Posted May 22, 2004

I attended Van Buren as a child, and my two children have attended. This is an exceptional school, providing quality education in a safe environment. The teachers are the best anywhere. My son had some of the same teachers who had taught me! There is a very active PTA, and the children thrive here. Plus, there is nothing better than growing up as an 'Indian'!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2003

This is an outstanding school! The teachers are caring, creative and give their students a positive enviroment to learn in. Our children are fortunate to have a school like this that not only gives them a sound foundation for their journey through the world of education, but it also fosters a love of learning as well.
—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.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

83 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
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 Students95%
Female97%
Male94%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education100%
Not special education95%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English95%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant95%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students96%
Female97%
Male96%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education100%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant96%
Gifted/talentedn/a
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.

75 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
77%
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 Students87%
Female86%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Special education71%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English87%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant87%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students86%
Female83%
Male88%
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanic92%
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged93%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education57%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English84%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant86%
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Gifted86%
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

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

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

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 74% 29%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 3% 4%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Black N/A 13%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 3%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • JOE CEGIELSKI
Fax number
  • (409) 962-2043

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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6400 Van Buren Street
Groves, TX 77619
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Phone: (409) 962-6511

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