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La Vega Elementary School

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Posted July 12, 2011

I'm a college student who has observed at this school. To say that the school "labels" is a true fact, but the way students are labeled is not what most people think. Students are "labeled" by the academic areas they are both good and bad at. They put students in groups based on their skill level, then they work with the separate groups individually based on their needs. For example, if four students are struggling in subtraction, these four students are put in a group; same with other subject areas. During group time, students form into their group and the teacher and teacher's aide work with separate groups focusing on the area the students are struggling with. Another good thing La Vega Elementary does is do teacher/grade rotation. This way, students have the same teacher for both 2nd and 3rd grade; which is a good thing because the teacher knows where the students left off the previous year. This has proved to work very well for the students based on their TAKS scores the last several years. It is very difficult to receive a rating of Exemplary, but La Vega has seemed to do that. I hope to send my children there and teach there someday.


Posted November 10, 2007

I have lived in waco for 8 yrs. now and all i here is how bad La Vega is well some people need to look at their own schools because,trouble is all around .i believe it`s the way you raise your kids .So far all 3 of my kids have all A`s and B`s.So cheers for the La Vega teachers......
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2007

The school is not all that it is cracked up to be, the sad part is that they are so focused on the TAKs, that there are children falling through the cracks, and there is alot of labeling that goes on within those wall of that school. If your child has problems, they label them, and that is very unfair. You will not see this if you don't really get into the school much, but it is there, and it breaks my heart. The principal is very unfair and seems to be partial to certain kids, and that makes her a poor principal as far as I am concerned, however she is better than the last principal that was there, that lady was totally clueless.


Posted September 1, 2007

This seems to be a great school....My daughter made straight a's last year...So far so good...The teachers are all really friendly and are eager to help...The principal is outstanding...I just love her....I would refer this school to anyone...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 2, 2007

La Vega Elementary school is a beautiful school. It is well maintained. The teachers are so GREAT FRIENDLY and full of KNOWLEDGE! They get the most out of their students. WOW! This is an AWESOME school!
—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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
Math

The state average for Math was 87% in 2011.

198 students were tested at this school in 2011.

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 Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
Gifted/talentedn/a

Math

All Students99%
Female98%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asiann/a
Hispanic100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White98%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special education100%
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)100%
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant99%
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.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
86%
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 Students91%
Female93%
Male89%
Black or African American89%
Asiann/a
Hispanic89%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education73%
Not special education92%
Limited English proficient (LEP)89%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted91%
Bilingualn/a

Math

All Students88%
Female92%
Male85%
Black or African American78%
Asiann/a
Hispanic90%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White91%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Special education83%
Not special education88%
Limited English proficient (LEP)91%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Non-migrant88%
Gifted/talented100%
Non-Gifted88%
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
Hispanic 59% 52%
White 20% 29%
Black 19% 13%
Two or more races 2% 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native N/A 0%
Asian or Pacific Islander N/A 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander N/A 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 33%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • SHAUNTE STEWART
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  • (254) 799-4453

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3100 Wheeler Street
Waco, TX 76705
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