School Details

Vista Grande Elementary School

1908 Vista Grande Road, El Cajon, CA 92019
(619) 588-3170
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 582 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

76%
57%
56%
83%
62%
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
  • Cajon Valley Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

70%
40%
46%
88%
64%
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
  • Cajon Valley Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
64%
65%
88%
74%
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
  • Cajon Valley Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

80%
59%
60%
81%
65%
65%
83%
55%
57%

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
  • Cajon Valley Union School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Vista Grande Elementary School is a public elementary school in El Cajon. The principal of Vista Grande Elementary School is Brian Handley and can be contacted at handley@cajonvalley.net. 582 students go to Vista Grande Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Unspecified; and Multiracial. 15% of the Vista Grande Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 26% of the 582 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Vista Grande Elementary School is 18:1. Rancho San Diego Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Theater drama

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Football
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 71% 45%
Unspecified 7% 10%
Multiracial 3% %
Hispanic 15% 33%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 7%
Filipino 1% 1%
Asian 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.3% 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.7%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 16036%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 51%
Limited English proficiency 15% 28%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    I went to private school 12 years so naturally I was concerned about public education. In addition to being academically challenging we have found Vista Grande to be a supportive caring community oriented child centric environment. Our twin daughters have had wonderful teachers who are appreciative for parent involvement and conscience about making academic progress. The staff and the teachers have consistently communicated with us and they know our names. As a new parent at the school I was happy to make new friends and get involved through PTA and over the past 3 years my daughters husband and I have made lifelong friends. I am pleased with the academic achievement parent involvement and commitment of the staff and teachers at Vista Grande. The value is here it is not just a facade ... it is real!

  • (3 years ago)

    My daughter attended this school from K thru third grade. She was an A/B student and it was not until we had her tested at a private school that we learned she was behind in her grade level. This school will teach your child how to take a test but not much else. The teacher handed out candy everyday for good behavior and the learning environment was chaotic. There is a lack of security at the school and I never felt comfortable dropping my kids off and knowing anyone can walk on campus at anytime and have access to the children. We pulled both of our children out of the over crowded classrooms mid year and it was the best decision we've made! It took a summer of high priced tutors to get my daughter ready for any of the private schools we were considering. Don't be fooled by this schools test scores or your childs good grades.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school is top notch for education and beyond. This is our 5th year at Vista Grande and we have been completely satisfied with the teachers and staff. The teachers our kids have had are unique in their teaching style and offer different experiences for their learning - teaching via projects socially driven or by the book. We feel this is giving our kids a great well-rounded education. Any concerns or suggestions are met with openness and/or explaination by the teachers and principle. Their goal is for my kids to have a great time of learning. Parents are very involved at this school. This is a community where families are a huge part of the kids growth - i.e. sporting programs scouts church etc. Combining these aspects I know my kids are getting the best education in town! Thanks Vista Grande for getting my kids education off to a great start!

  • (4 years ago)

    I feel that I need to put my two cents in after reading some of the reviews online about Vista Grande. My son has attended this schools since Kindergarten he is now in third grade. We have always felt welcome at this school despite the fact that my son is a minority and a transfer student. He has never been told its not okay to be different. They actually encourage diversity. The teachers my son has had have always been willing to talk to me about his progress. When he was getting behind in reading he went to a group before school that helped him catch up. There are a lot of projects that help keep school interesting. If it was all books kids would probably be bored. Overall this is a very good school ultimately you get what you put into your childs education.

  • (5 years ago)

    We too moved to the area because of the reputation. Teachers unsupportive and can not even recognize a child's parent after several one on one contacts with them. Think it is ok to tell a child it is not OK to be different. Parents have to request any special help that may be needed and then the staff acts surprised you even know these propgrams exist. Do not transfer to this school as a new student because you will be treated as an outsider. What a mistake we made. New school here we come!

  • (5 years ago)

    We bought the house so our kids could go here and the above parent is right on the money....it's a boutique school that looks really good in the right light. However my kids were constantly overwhelmed with 'busy cute projects' that were unnessesary. My kids needed to be kids instead of falling in line as little soldiers. Love the administration and staff. But the competitive parents run the school. High test scores though. We transferred to Fuerte.

  • (5 years ago)

    The staff and teachers at this school are the best you will find anywhere!

  • (6 years ago)

    To put it in the simplest terms it is the best school in the district.

  • (6 years ago)

    Simply the best. Kids work for the excellent 'Distinguished School' Award. High achieving students only need to apply. Teachers are very involved and actually care about their students progress. The kids love the flutophone music program. Your child will love being a Mustang. We will truly miss all the wonderful teachers at this school. You will not be sorry buy the home.

  • (6 years ago)

    Vista Grande is a fantastic school! The parent involvement is outstanding. When there is a school event during the day it is very well supported. The teachers are caring and approachable. I have two sons that are currently attending and have been satisfied with their eduction thus far.

  • (7 years ago)

    Parents are very involved. Many classrooms are teacher centered where learning is passive and information to score high on standardized tests is disseminated. Emphasis is not placed on cognitive problem solving abilities but rather on information gathering. Much more teacher effort is given to placating parents with cute projects than on practicing skills for authentic learning purposes. It nicely fits the description of a boutique school - it looks good and the children will do well because of their background in spite of the learning processes used at the school.

  • (8 years ago)

    Having my chidren attendVista Grande is like having them attend a private shcool. We have great teachers super students and a community that is unrivaled. When searching for a home we soley looked in Vista Grande's district boundries because we couldn't imagine our children learning and growing up anywhere else.

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