School Details

Buena Vista Elementary School

924 West Pikes Peak Ave, Colorado Springs, CO 80905
(719) 328-4100
7

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-5 221 students 16 students/teacher (CO avg is 17)

Test Scores by grade

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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.
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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.
  • This school in 2014
  • Colorado Springs School District 11 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.
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71%
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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.
  • This school in 2014
  • Colorado Springs School District 11 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP)

In 2010-2011 Colorado used the Colorado Student Assessment Program (CSAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10, and in science in grades 5, 8 and 10. The CSAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The CSAP is no longer used by Colorado, instead they use the TCAP.
71%
64%
65%
76%
69%
71%
65%
51%
55%

Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP)

In 2013-2014 Colorado used the Transitional Colorado Assessment Program (TCAP) to test students' skills in reading, writing and mathematics in grades 3 through 10. The TCAP is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Colorado. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the test. The TCAP replaced the CSAP as Colorado's state assessment program effective for the 2011-2012 school year.
  • This school in 2014
  • Colorado Springs School District 11 average
  • Colorado state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Buena Vista Elementary School is a public elementary school in Colorado Springs. 221 students attend Buena Vista Elementary School and are mostly White, non-Hispanic; Multiracial; and Asian/Pacific Islander. 20% of the 221 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Buena Vista Elementary School is 16:1. West Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • P.E. classes
  • Rock climbing
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 76% 53%
Multiracial 7% 7%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 13% 29%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 0%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 7%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 1%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20% 53%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Buena Vista is the only public Montessori elementary school in Colorado Springs. We have found the teachers incredibly engaged and helpful Teachers work with each child's particular learning style to get the most out of them for each subject and constantly challenge them. Our daughter is challenged to figure out tasks in her own way developing her ability for reasoning at a young age.

  • (1 year ago)

    Best public elementary in D 11- kids love to go to school every day- great teachers

  • (1 year ago)

    wonderful school - very caring staff super nice administration this is a smaller school where people still know the students names. The Montessori concept is wonderful. The kids are unlike other public elementary kids - they learn how to learn and most importantly they enjoy to learn. The classrooms are multi age communities not unlike a family with older and younger kids. The kids are not only learning academics but also social competence. A little oasis in the middle of an otherwise test number obsessed public school system.

  • (2 years ago)

    Both our children are thriving at BV thanks to the passionate teachers and the Montessori classrooms. Academics matter to our family and also the encouragement and development of the whole child. Buena Vista Montessori offers both and a great school community. So glad D-11 has this excellent option in the public school system!

  • (2 years ago)

    I have all my 3 kids in Pre K and K and they all love it and so do I .I couldn't ask for a better school.

  • (4 years ago)

    My daughter came to BV two years ago and has absolutely thrived! The teachers know the kids and quickly get them any assistance that they need. The aides ensure that if a child needs some assistance during an assignment they get it. I volunteer regularly and will continue to do so. I have loved our experience and my child will continue to attend BV for the rest of her elementary years.

  • (5 years ago)

    It is a public Montessori school that respects the way children learn.

  • (5 years ago)

    Buena Vista is a vibrant thriving learning environment. The kids are enthusiastic ant the teachers dynamic. As along time teacher BV restores my belief in the public schools.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am a parent of 2 children at Buena Vista Elementary for 3 years now Buena Vista Elementary offers the only Tuition-Free Public Montessori Program in town (K-5th grade). We have paid tuition for our preschoolers to go to Buena Vista for it's Montessori Program. We chose a Montessori Education at Buena Vista Elementary for our children because it cultivates a desire to learn through sensory and experiential means fostering greater conceptual understanding rather than by rote learning. Buena Vista provides a non-competitive environment whereby mixed age groups and grades can work together to learn. Montessori Education also allows children to learn at their own rate fostering confidence independent thinking and a sense of internal reward for achievement. My children are exceeding their grade levels in terms of achievement at Buena Vista thanks to the excellent Montessori Certified teachers. We also have a fantastic Principal who is invested in BV.

  • (6 years ago)

    My son is a first year pre-k student and we are all very happy with Buena Vista. My son's teacher is extremely committed to her students and the staff from principal on down are excellent. We permit in and would not consider going any where else.

  • (6 years ago)

    Great School. Despite recent turnover of principals the staff has remained consistent and my children are thriving. They love to come to school. Buena Vista has a great thing going!

  • (6 years ago)

    New Principal in 2008-2009 who is committed to be here long term. Majority of teachers are great and care about helping students be successful. My children have been here 3 years in the Montessori program and have done well (Pre-K thru K and 1st - 4th).

  • (7 years ago)

    My kids have been at this school since 2004 in the Montessori program. While it has been a tumultuous time because of change in principals the teachers and staff are outstanding. There is a new principal that started this year with outstanding credentials. She is supporting the staff and parents in a much more productive way than the principal we had for the past 2 years. With her guidance and the great staff I only see the Montessori program improving over the next several years.

  • (8 years ago)

    Having come from a school in Northern California that takes education and parent involvement in education very seriously Buena Vista is a real disappointment. Principal staff teachers= uninvolved. This is highlighted daily by interaction with all of the above.

  • (9 years ago)

    Great school with excellent student-based curriculum for both advanced and 'average' learners. Montessori curriculum has been implemented with excellent results. Happy experienced motivated instructors and well-balanced high-achieving students.

  • (10 years ago)

    I have been at this school for four years and have seen a constant improvement! I have found the children to be unlike any others. I have not seen any violence-just the opposite. These kids are incredibly understanding and accepting of kids that have difficulties. Parent involvement is lacking/most schools are the same. The music program is great/after school sports/dance/drama/chior programs. Academically--look at the district scores-much improved! The scores are not only teacher issues-they are parent issues-when you are not involved your child does not do as well.

  • (11 years ago)

    My personal experience; 3rd grade teacher communication=non-existent resistant defensive and un-cooperative. Principal involvement=broken promises no follow-through no consideration for districts policies. 'permit-out rate' very high (check D-11 website) No art teacher=no art class Teacher was insistent that my child has ADD even after he was identified Gifted/Talented denied him a recommendation for a more appropriate school environment (S.A.I.L.) and would not forward me information given by his GT teacher. Including parent support group information and child activities and programs! GT teacher=The bright spot this year! By-passing his regular teacher and making sure I received the information we're entitled to receive. My child stated to me that he hoped that a new school next year would mean less violent kids. Nothing significant gets done to stop bullies check the schools 'accountability report' Not much there for disclipline actions taken. Doesn't match our experiences with problem children. Recommendation=take your child elsewhere if possible. Their solution 'permit out' when unhappy.

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