School Details

Valley Charter Elementary School

16514 Nordhoff Street, Los Angeles, CA 91343
(818) 810-6713
9

(out of 10)

Charter Grades K-5 175 students Unknown students/teacher

Test Scores by grade

73%
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65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

58%
40%
46%
78%
65%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

84%
58%
65%
82%
70%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2011-2012 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.
  • This school in 2013
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Valley Charter Elementary School is a charter elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Valley Charter Elementary School is Leslie Lainer and can be contacted at llainer@valleycharterschool.org. 175 children attend Valley Charter Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 6% of the Valley Charter Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 24% of the 175 students here get reduced lunch prices. Our Community Charter School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 59% 9%
Hispanic 33% 73%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 0.3%
Asian 2% 4%
Filipino 1% 2%
Unspecified 0.4% 0.7%
Multiracial 0.4% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 646343%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 24% 75%
Limited English proficiency 6% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (11 months ago)

    Valley Charter Elementary School is a warm and welcoming school. The teachers are loving and smart. The education my kids are getting is unsurpassed and the individualized expectations have really been put the test! Conflicts between kids are not always handled by the aides on the yard but if they reach the teachers are handled swiftly and effectively. All in all not a perfect experience but a great one!

  • (1 year ago)

    Funny thing about writing this review is that I don't attend Valley Charter. But lots of my friends' families are there and they LOVE it. I've heard nothing but good stuff about it. I loved the tour myself. If we get in we're going! Please ignore my star ratings - it's not fair to rate a school that I don't attend. I just wanted to comment on what I've heard.

  • (1 year ago)

    I agree this is an excellent school. I also have never had anybody speak in Spanish. Who ever wrote that review is not saying the truth. I say go check for yourself and you will be amazed what a marvelous school this is -)

  • (1 year ago)

    That last review is simple not true -I have had nobody speak to me in spanish or a meeting held in Spanish. The kids are great at VCES!!! WE have a dedicated wonder principal and staff! That review is far from the truth!!

  • (2 years ago)

    First and foremost this is a GREAT school! Our son is excited and happy about the many projects he is invoved in at school and we couldnt be more thrilled! This is a school that cares and we have never felt there were any "cliques" that affected things in any negative way....The teachers are really supportive and challenging the staff is lovely and parent involvement is strong.If your looking for a really fine school for your children Valley Charter should be at the top of your list!!

  • (2 years ago)

    For a parent faced with public school as the only other option Valley Charter turned out to be a blessing. I am most thankful every day when my kids leave the house with big smiles and come home with big stories about all of the amazing things they did at school. High praise to all the teachers at Valley Charter and to an amazing principal and staff. As for the other parent who felt somewhat "left out" of what goes on with the parents and the play dates.... all I can say is don't take things so personally or you will be miserable all your life. It is up to you as a leader and not a follower to break down those barriers and extend yourself. I am a working parent and I find that simply volunteering at the school and becoming involved with the fundraisers and other school related events people know me and I know them! You really have to put yourself out there to make things happen and volunteering is a great way to do that. I am not one of those "clique" type parents and I have connected with many parents at VCES that care more about the kids than they do about themselves. It is not just about the play dates! It is about the kids and how we can best serve them.

  • (2 years ago)

    The school and it's community talk about community building and embracing diversity but it is ALL TALK and absolutely NO action! Most of the founding parents that talk about "including" everyone are happy that they will be out of there before he 50% diversity HAS to be implemented because its written into the charter! Is pathetic. The parents only allow play dates with children who's parents are with in their own "clique". I strongly believe that the only reason parents think is it such an AMAZING school is because they get to see all their own friends there. What're they reaching their own children? Just be friends with the classmates in the right zip code? Unfortunately we made a mistake by changing schools. We gave it 3 years but nothing has changed. We will be gone next year. Academically speaking it is ok. My child is at least a year behind we will be spending the summer catching up.And we will find another school for next year.

  • (2 years ago)

    VCES is a wonderful school! We made a tough decision to change schools mid-year and the transition could not have gone better. Amazing and nurturing teachers differentiated instruction so that children learn more effectively and a true sense of community make the school stand out. Though the school may not have all of the enrichment activities and amenities of more established schools (private or public) they more than make up for it when it comes to creating an enriching project-based curriculum and environment in which the children truly love to learn and go to school. Before transferring to VCES there were several mornings that our children did not want to go to school. I do not exaggerate when I say that our children NEVER complained about going to school once at VCES (not even for state testing!). In fact after giving her teacher a hug goodbye on her last day of first grade our daughter couldn t stop crying - she literally cried the entire drive home (and then some) because she was so upset at the thought of leaving for the summer. It s still summer break right now but our children can t wait for September to be back at VCES! And we can t wait either!

  • (2 years ago)

    We feel so fortunate to be a part of the community that is Valley Charter. No it isn't perfect and lacks some of the bells and whistles of larger more established schools. There is no library or science lab for example. But the classroom environment I think is far more stimulating than the typical classroom due to the excellence of the faculty and the commitment to project based learning. What a wonderful place for our children to learn and grow.

  • (3 years ago)

    To damm it with faint praise - Valley Charter is better than most public schools. Unfortunately here is a lot of lip service about differentiating instruction for learning differences but very little real understanding or meaningful support. As a former parent I found the Principal and teaching staff to be difficult and obstructive displaying a willful ignorance to the harm they were doing to my child. There is no meaningful support provided for struggling children within the classroom.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is by far the best decision we have made for our son. The caring nurturing environment has been extraordinary. Being in a child centered project based learning has really helped him blossom. He loves school. He is excited to read write experience math and science. Apply!

  • (3 years ago)

    Both of my kids attend Valley Charter and the school has met all of our expectations. The community is tightly-knit there is tremendous parent involvement and it strives for a child-centered hands-on approach to learning. My children look forward to school and have thrived both academically and socially. I highly recommend this school for families who want their children to develop their own ideas and ways of thinking.

  • (3 years ago)

    VCS has been an exceptional experience for my son and his education. We transferred from Blue Ribbon Award winning school which is Pinecrest and I saw no difference in the level of education just in the level of parent involvement and caring faculty and staff. Unfortunately do to job relocation we had to move out of state but I would highly recommend Valley Charter for your child's/children's early education.

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