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Vista Ridge High School

Public | 9-12 | 1980 students

 

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Posted October 19, 2013

Awesome school! Everyone is nice and makes a great, friendly community! A great school for anyone and everyone. Very accepting and plenty of ways to get involved.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 4, 2009

Vista Ridge High School is one of the Best Schools out there..Great with the kids and trying to keep every child in the game..I think they are better than the private schools my Children have attended.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2008

I am a senior at the Ridge and really involved in the school. I feel that I am not challenged academically, but I do think that it is just me because I have found that many of my friends do put a lot of hard work in to make their grades. As for the teachers, they are AMAZING! I have never seen a more competent group of educators than there are at Vista Ridge! The AP's are all awesome, they are qualified and really go out of their way to get to know the students. We recently got a new prinicipal at our school and he has too many useless rules that no one enforces, he is also way too worried about his image and saving face. I LOVE VR AND I WOULDNT WANT TO GO TO ANY OTHER SCHOOL!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 7, 2008

As a student i find the choice of classes to be excellent. As for the disciplinary, I find it greatly lacking. Though, they do a good job of sweeping up small offenses like candy, they seem to over look any major offenses. Unless, it stares them in the face.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 8, 2008

I am a parent and I do not like the principal leadership at all. It seems as if the current principal has created several perposturous rules that i find unnecessary. Other than that, it is a great school with great teachers and an exceptional athletic program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

We had to pull our child out of this school and relocate to another one. The lack of responsiveness and accountability by both the administration and teaching staff negatively impacted our daughters safety as well as academic progress.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2008

I work with the band program as a supplemental instructor, and I have to say, this school has fantastic faculty, parents, and students. I love going to work and working with the students because they work hard and have great attitudes and work ethic. The staff works very hard, all the time, and so do the students. I highly recommend this school. Of course, it also has a very new campus with great technology to work with.


Posted June 5, 2008

Vista Ridge High School is an exceptional High School. This is coming from a graduate of VRHS. The high school Academically is harder three times harder than almost all the public schools in the Austin,except for Westlake,Westwood, and Anderson. Get ready to work your but off to get into college. It is an dogfight!Take Pre-AP classes getting a B+ or better,getting above 4.3 does it in top 25%&Up. Just work Hard you will do fine. VRHS is also an exceptional Extra-curricular school. The Teachers make you work hard but not to a point of no return,Athlectics frequently go deep into playoffs,usually Play Regional Championship,State Tournments,Fine Arts constantly place students into All-State Bands,Choirs.,Do awesome at U.I.L.(Sweepstakes) .Dance and Cheerleading always wins everything. Theatre Has amazing talent. socially the school is pretty much a family,everybody gets along.The Administrators,Faculty,and Staff really care and try to know you by name. GO Rangers!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 12, 2008

The school is okay. The teachers are laid back which is great. But the Assistant Principals are very rude to the students and the parents. Other than that, the school is great academically. Socially there are a lot of bullies and social cliques.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

The staff, for the most part, really care. They take the time when needed and don't do the in-one-ear-out-the-other I've come to expect from schools in general. The teachers and counsellors are top notch! They are always available and are very open and friendly. I can't rate this school high enough.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

Fantastic staff & school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2005

Very good staff. Campus is awesome and teachers seem to enjoy their jobs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

My son and I recently moved to Texas from Florida. I am so thankful! Everyone I have come in contact with, from teachers to staff, have been so wonderful! They have involved me from the beginning, and made me feel very comfortable. My son (finally) really likes school! And thats saying a lot! He said the teachers have included him, and not made him feel like an outsider. He has made lots of friends, as they are open to accepting him as well. My son plays sports, and all the coaches could not be any better role models for my son.
—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.

428 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

430 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
83%
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 91% in 2011.

450 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

434 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
78%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

439 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
86%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

437 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
96%
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 95% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

410 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
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 Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black or African American90%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Special education69%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students92%
Female93%
Male91%
Black or African American68%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Special education67%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students97%
Female97%
Male98%
Black or African American86%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged95%
Special education74%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students98%
Female98%
Male99%
Black or African American91%
Asian100%
Hispanic96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged94%
Special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/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

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".
  • 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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
84%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
87%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

488 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
92%
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

499 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
84%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

512 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

441 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

444 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

368 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
90%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

500 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
95%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
n/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.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students90%
Female91%
Male88%
Black or African American86%
Asian95%
Hispanic88%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White90%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education72%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant90%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students100%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic100%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged99%
Special educationn/a
Not special education100%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English100%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant100%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students97%
Female98%
Male96%
Black or African American96%
Asian100%
Hispanic97%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Special education74%
Not special education98%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English97%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant97%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted96%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students99%
Female99%
Male99%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic98%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students89%
Female92%
Male85%
Black or African American87%
Asian91%
Hispanic87%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Special education49%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English89%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students75%
Female83%
Male67%
Black or African American57%
Asian91%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education19%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)22%
Proficient in English76%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted71%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students89%
Female92%
Male86%
Black or African American76%
Asian97%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education60%
Not special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)50%
Proficient in English90%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant89%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted87%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students75%
Female77%
Male73%
Black or African American58%
Asian97%
Hispanic64%
Multiracial56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White78%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Special education29%
Not special education78%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant75%
Gifted/talented97%
Non-Gifted70%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

English III Writing

All Students57%
Female60%
Male53%
Black or African American36%
Asian78%
Hispanic45%
Multiracial22%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White61%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Special educationn/a
Not special education58%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English57%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant57%
Gifted/talented78%
Non-Gifted51%

Geometry

All Students92%
Female95%
Male89%
Black or African American76%
Asian100%
Hispanic90%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education88%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)83%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant92%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted90%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Non-migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Non-Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students94%
Female94%
Male94%
Black or African American85%
Asian100%
Hispanic92%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White94%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education68%
Not special education96%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students85%
Female83%
Male87%
Black or African American63%
Asian92%
Hispanic85%
Multiracial81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White87%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education55%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)78%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant85%
Gifted/talented99%
Non-Gifted82%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 60% 29%
Hispanic 23% 52%
Asian or Pacific Islander 8% 4%
Black 6% 13%
Two or more races 3% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 2%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Special education coordinator
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • PAUL JOHNSON
Fax number
  • (512) 570-1805

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Note: Data provided by community members,
needs to be verified by school leaders.

School culture

Parent involvement
  • Join PTO/PTA
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200 S Vista Rdg Blvd
Leander, TX 78641
Phone: (512) 570-1800

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