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About This School

Vista Square Elementary School is a public elementary school in Chula Vista. The principal of Vista Square Elementary School is Anateresa Herrera-Wood, whose e-mail is anateresa.wood@cvesd.org. 601 students attend Vista Square Elementary School and identify mostly as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 50% of the Vista Square Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 67% of the 601 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Vista Square Elementary School is 14:1. Feaster (Mae L.) Charter School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 80% 65%
White, non-Hispanic 8% 12%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 4%
Asian 5% 2%
Filipino 4% 10%
Unspecified 2% 5%
Multiracial 0.7% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 28093%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.4%
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.6%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 67% 36%
Limited English proficiency 50% 36%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    We have a safe kind and responsible environment in which pupils learn about eachother while in class. Kids have enough time for breaks and lunch which is a gret safety policy.

  • (1 year ago)

    80% of the students are Hispanic everyone speak spanish and is nothing bad see that as skill for the future be proud to be spanish speaker kids will learn english love spanish. Please come to our ELAC meetings.you will learn a lot. As a parent love those committees Im english lerner too. and Im proud..

  • (1 year ago)

    About past comments! If you don't like the school only tranfer your child it is not ok to ranking a school based in a few bad comments I had been there about 8 years since MOMY and Me Classes and never had any problem our secretary is wonderful person and our principal Staff and parents are great!.

  • (1 year ago)

    Vista square is a very nice school. My daughter has been there for about 5 years they really support her. I highly recommend Vista Square.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son has been a student at Vista Square for going on 4 years (k-3). We've always had amazing teachers and classroom aides. In kinder his teacher noticed early that he had a speech delay problem. She immediately got him set up with speech therapy. The therapist reviewed him and set up meetings with me the teacher and the Principal. His speech has drastically improved over the years. I've noticed that bullying has been mentioned in many reviews. We have had 2 incidents involving bullying. In both cases I emailed my son's teacher the same day my son told me about it and in both cases the teacher took immediate action to make sure that behavior ended. Overall my son has been given a great education and even got a perfect score on his Presidential Testing/CST in second grade. Now for the bad. I have a very big issue with the principal. She really doesn't seem to involved in the student's daily lives. Unfortunately the principal has never shown up to a speech meeting. With 6 of them over 3 years you would think she would a least show up to one. Also in talking to teachers and other staff it seems she has a bad rapport with every staff member.

  • (2 years ago)

    I'll start with the positive this school has a great program for those who are deaf and hard of hearing. They are initially given instruction in ASL then are blended into other classrooms as they get older. Teachers & staff are friendly and seem to know all the students by name. Where they can improve While teachers maintain close bonds with their students Vista Square doesn't appear to have a unified action/consequence policy in place and it's reflected in many of the students' inappropriate and bullying behaviors toward each other and even to their teachers. My main concern is the VERY LOW academic bar for their students. Near the end of the school year many upper-grade students are still struggling to write complete & coherent sentences let alone multiple-paragraph essays. It is a disservice to the students to set the bar so low and allow students to get by with minimal effort. It IS possible to cater to English Learners while maintaining high academic expectations for ALL students

  • (3 years ago)

    This school is a joke. The kids are all speaking spanish and the place is rampant with bullies. Mrs. Woods is a hoke of a woman. She has not a clue as to what gies on around her and she has not class. The educational values dont exist in this school. Do yourself a favor a keep your kids away from here.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school could be so much better if they did not only cater to their "English as a second language" students. My brother went to this school and despite not doing well in some of his subjects was allowed to move on to the next grade. In my opinion this school needs to develop a balance between catching up their "ESL" students in the English language and helping their English-speaking students in the other subjects offered at the school.

  • (6 years ago)

    My kids came to Vista Square in 2003-2004 for 2nd & 3rd grade. Unfortunately we only have bad memories of that one year. There was alot of bullying and bad behavior. The staff was aware of it however they didn't do much to make it better. Academically my kids were not challenged.

  • (6 years ago)

    I think Mrs. cristianson is the best teacher i have ever met.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have substituted on and off for the CVESD for about 3 years. Vista Square is my favorite school because the principal is the most amazing principal -- I think she is the reason that it is so great. She is always there she knew my name from the beginning she lets you know she is there to help and when you need her help she follows through. She is an amazing presence at the school and from her the rest of the school just glows.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think this school is great. I have substituted at this school many times and find the staff very dedicated and honorable. They work very long hours and conduct in their free time workshops music classes various intermural athletic teams and tutoring. I recommend this school especially because the discipline is strong and consistent and the principals really rock!

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