School Details

Valley View Elementary School

Test Scores by grade

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46%
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65%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

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37%
46%
58%
58%
66%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
55%
65%
71%
62%
72%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
46%
60%
60%
51%
65%
56%
42%
57%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

66%
48%
60%
49%
42%
55%

California Standards Test (CST)

In 2012-2013 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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Valley View Elementary School is a public middle school in El Sobrante. The principal of Valley View Elementary School is Ann Marie Marinakis and can be contacted at amarinakis@wccusd.net. 350 students go to Valley View Elementary School and identify primarily as Filipino; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 18% of the Valley View Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 40% of the 350 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Valley View Elementary School is 20:1. El Sobrante Christian School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Bicycling
  • Martial arts self defense
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Yoga

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Filipino 7% 5%
White, non-Hispanic 34% 11%
Unspecified 22% 5%
Asian 22% 10%
Hispanic 18% 46%
Black, non-Hispanic 17% 23%
Multiracial 1% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 0.6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40% 64%
Limited English proficiency 18% 33%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    Valley View is a wonderful neighborhood school. Don't let the (needs-a-facelift) exterior fool you - the inside is full of energetic and dynamic teachers caring staff members and a community of families that support each other. The parents club is the backbone of the school providing extracurricular activities for the students through the After School Enrichment Program and financing classroom activities and programs that are not funded by the district. There is a very strong sense of community at Valley View that sets it apart from the other WCCUSD schools.

  • (6 months ago)

    I love our school and I think you will too! Please come to our Incoming Kindergarten/New Family Tour on Thursday January 15 2015 9 30 - 10 45 a.m. Come for a school tour and meet the dynamic group of teachers and parents who are building a great public school in El Sobrante. Learn all about our programs and what sets us apart. Light refreshments will be served and children are welcome. RSVP at valleyviewcommunity@gmail.com or call the school at 510-223-6363.

  • (8 months ago)

    Our son is in Kindergarten and we LOVE Valley View. His teacher is wonderful--enthusiastic energetic and incredibly on top of fostering a positive community in her classroom. Our son is now doing reading writing and math at a level that I didn't even touch in school until the end of my 1st grade year. The afterschool enrichment programs are great and my son loved the science program this semester. The parents club is very active and does a great deal to support and enrich the experiences of all kids at the school. And on the rare occasions that I have brought up a troubling dynamic with other children or parents the teacher and principal responded immediately and reinforced that they always want to know right away when parents notice something that might be an issue. They are ON IT. We are so fortunate to have this school right around the corner from us. The diversity of children and families is such a terrific mix and my son is really enjoying school and learning a lot. It's a real neighborhood school.

  • (9 months ago)

    This is a great school. I don't understand why people are writing bad reviews. I understand there might be some issues that need to be address but overall the school is good and improving every day. We have the most wonderful first grade teacher. She is great and organized her method of teaching is great. she encourage our children to do their best every day. The Valley View parent club is awesome they brought back music to the school and recently the After School Enrichment Program (ASEP) allow students to have a variety of classes such as LEGO ROBOTICS MAD SCIENCE QUILTING and HOMEWORK CLUB . Valley View is a school that welcomes everyone no doubt. We are very happy to be part of this great community.

  • (10 months ago)

    We were initially leery about sending our Kindergartener to VV considering some of the horrendous reviews below. After actually taking the time to speak with parents of children who have attended Valley View for several years and visiting we decided we would make a go of it and we couldn't be happier!! My daughter loves her class- she comes home telling me all the wonderfully engaging activities she gets to do daily. We look forward to being part of the VV community for many years to come. One huge suggestion- don't let reviews from this or other websites sway you. Come check us out! Between the amazing teachers & staff the great after school enrichment classes & the VERY hard working parents club Valley View has transformed into a spectacular environment for students.

  • (10 months ago)

    Great School!!! I love the community the new principal is working very hard with teachers parents stuff and community members to make the school the great school we knew. I have been in Vally View since 2005 and experienced the difficulties for the last years when we had principal issues but the new principal is bringing the school together again. We have great teacher who do their best despite the difficulties of having many students in their classrooms. We love and support Valley View our great school.

  • (10 months ago)

    Valley View is beginning to thrive again! My daughter is in 1st grade and her second year at Valley View. We are exceptionally pleased with the changes that have been occurring during this time. We were well aware of the troubled past with poor principals but the current one is phenomenal! She is engaged interacts with the kids talks to the parents and really has our children's success at the forefront of her mission. The teachers are also fantastic. A huge part of the school's success is the relentless Parents' Club who has brought in the SF Opera has just opened enrollment for our 3rd session of After School Enrichment Programs and is continually thinking up new ways to include every student and family in the VV community. There was a lot of mess to clean up but the current team work and collaboration at this school is making it better than ever! I am proud to have my daughter learn and grow here.

  • (10 months ago)

    A comment on the 4/5 grade split class for 2013-2014 Frankly only those who had children in the class or TRIED to participate in helping in the classroom or for class events should comment. No one is interested in hearing about what one THINKS the experience was like. This class was FULL of families that give much time money and energy in to Valley View. Plus the majority of them had been doing so the whole 5/6 years. Attitudes were stellar among the families and their frustrations were valid. The bottom line is they made the best of it because there was no other choice other than to pull their kids out of the school. How do you know that parents didn't try to be part of the solution? Are you privy to the countless conversations many of these parents had with the teacher and principal?

  • (11 months ago)

    I love the feeling of community at Valley View. There is a lot of parent involvement on all levels. The principal is friendly but firm easily accessible and interacts well with students and parents. This is her second year at Valley View and fits well with the school culture.

  • (11 months ago)

    Valley View has amazing teachers a strong community of families and a new principal who going on her second year is successfully leading the school in a great direction. ZSharp and and the SF Opera music programs will be continuing into their second year at Valley View exposing students to professional music opera and theatre production. It's an exciting time to be at Valley View and we are so glad that our two children attend this school.

  • (1 year ago)

    Just a note The 4/5 combo class was 31 not 34. Part of the equation for any class is the parent attitude that students absorb. A positive attitude and willingness to be a part of the solution instead of the problem is helpful.

  • (1 year ago)

    This has been a great year for Valley View. We have great teachers a great new principal 2 new music programs and some great after school enrichment classes. I look forward to next year with our parent volunteerism on the increase and look forward to our rebuilt school...whenever it happens.

  • (1 year ago)

    I have found that I have to hustle for the good teachers at Valley View. It is still a very good school if you get the good teachers. It seems for every grade there is one so-so teacher and one very good teacher. The new principal is quite good now. The last principal did some damage which she is having to repair. It kind of reminds me of Obama coming in after 8 years of G.W.B. damage. The bottomline is that my kids are very happy at Valley View and are learning what they need to learn and more. Also they do have the after school enrichment classes again!

  • (1 year ago)

    Valley View used to be a great school but it has been declining for the last 3 years. The last straw is this 4th and 5th grade combo. I couldn't believe when I learned that my child would be in this 34 student combo class! This is total negligence disrespect and carelessness to our children education. Shame on Valley View shame on this district for allowing it.

  • (1 year ago)

    My son is 5 grader we will need to move him to a private school we dont't want him to graduate from this school. The academic level is getting worse no technology no after school programs.also no good material in classrooms and not upgrades in school facilities.

  • (1 year ago)

    This year we have chosen to send our daughter to a private school rather than Valley View where she has attended since 2009. The primary reason for this is that the test scores for Valley View are atrocious and getting worse. There are intellectually disabled students in other public schools that have higher test scores than Valley View's overall scores. We have continued to hope for improvement but don't want our child to continue to fall further behind academically. There is a new principal this year which will hopefully help but it will take much more than one staffing change to make the kinds of changes needed in a school that clearly lacks the desire to set high academic standards.

  • (1 year ago)

    To compare our school to another school outside of California is unfair if not hurtful. Valley View has dedicated teachers and a new principal that brings new life into Valley View. This school has been through some rough times in the past 3 years but between teacher and a supportive community this is the best nieghborhood school. Schools could always use a little improvement and nothing in this world is perfect. I'm dedicated to this school and I am very glad to be a part of this community.

  • (2 years ago)

    Valley View is a great elementary school with a diverse student body and an active parents' club. The teaching staff is superb working effectively with the parents and administration to create a supportive learning environment for the students. As with all West Contra Costa County schools Valley View struggles to make up for school budget cuts but the parents' club supplements many programs such as music.

  • (2 years ago)

    Unfortunately this school seems to have suffered from the repercussions of poor decisions by the WCCUSD board. We were very disappointed in the terrible administration the lack of support the misinformation given etc. Our child was assigned to a very good and caring teacher one of several who had to change grade levels last year (after almost being laid off). Our child was in a class of 28 children with 22 boys. We ended up becoming yet another family who opted to transfer out to a fantastic private school in the area. We were sad to have to take this step as we enjoyed supporting our own community. Many parents tried to help but resources were very limited. We both volunteered weekly in our child's class. I would recommend parents look at all their options before enrolling at Valley View. Unfortunately it is rather difficult to get a transfer to another school as this school is relatively "highly rated " at least for the time being (we've noticed the rating already slip from 7 to 6). NCLB prioritizes transfer requests from students assigned to "failing schools" in the district.

  • (2 years ago)

    We have been very happy at Valley View - we've been there 3 years. The teachers are what sets Valley View apart from other schools - we have fabulous committed and caring teachers. The last principal had his strengths though some didn't find him strong enough on discipline. The best thing he did for Valley View was to get rid of the few bad teachers that no previous principal would do. Amazing! We should be rocking this year! We are supposed to start a fabulous music program this fall. There are a core group of parents very involved at Valley View - it would be great to see an increase in involvement. But otherwise we have been very happy here and look forward to many more years of quality education (younger child to attend also).

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