School Details

Valley View Elementary School

4900 Maryland Avenue, La Crescenta, CA 91214
(818) 241-3111
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 430 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

81%
72%
56%
81%
79%
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
  • Glendale Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

73%
58%
46%
83%
77%
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
  • Glendale Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
80%
65%
82%
85%
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
  • Glendale Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

95%
76%
60%
94%
81%
65%
85%
72%
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
  • Glendale Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

92%
77%
60%
86%
69%
55%

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
  • Glendale 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 elementary school in Glendale. The principal of Valley View Elementary School is Carla Walker, who can be contacted at cwalker@gusd.net. 430 students attend Valley View Elementary School and identify mostly as Unspecified; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 20% of the Valley View Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 11% of the 430 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Valley View Elementary School is 20:1. St. James the Less Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Orchestra

Sports

  • Baseball
  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 6% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 51% 55%
Asian 36% 13%
Filipino 3% 6%
Multiracial 2% %
Hispanic 10% 21%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.09%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 26187%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11% 43%
Limited English proficiency 20% 25%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (8 months ago)

    My two kids attend Valley View and love going to school every day. It's a small school with a real community feel to it. The teachers and staff are dedicated to the school. So a couple staff members retired or moved to different positions in the district big deal. We also had two of our best teachers return. Not sure about the no librarian comment there is one there every day. All in all a great school with lots of parent involvement and a great education for my kids.

  • (9 months ago)

    There is so much to love about this school. It has a strong parent involvement and although there are some negative reviews here about the new principal she is fantastic and really cares about the school and the children. My son comes home and tells me that he sees her often and she knows most of the students by name. The community of parents are great. The PTA is very involved and does some exceptional work for the school. The teachers are kind caring and very supportive of the students (at least that has been my experience with my sons teachers). We love the school and I look forward to my younger children attending

  • (1 year ago)

    I have been a parent for 6 years and can't wait until my children move on. Seriously thinking about pulling them out. Our principal left no notice given to the students or parents. One day we went for a family walk and there was a banner hanging on the fence. New principal I agree with the last comment she needs to lighten up. Gee.....unapproachable and defensive. Teachers Parents and Students are the heart of this school. The teacher that left as stated in the other comment happened to be my child's teacher. No notice just the change. Lots of teacher turnover and all of a sudden lots of teachers are retiring even the office help. Our health clerk left no communication. New hires no communication....New faces feels like a strange place to be. Got rid of the librarian so that's a bummer. There are lots of unhappy parents at this school. It's sad because this was a GREAT school.

  • (2 years ago)

    I have to agree with the 2 previous comments. Curriculum is minimal and not that great. I know public schools teach for the State-mandated exams not really for the students. I wrote the previous comment about the Admin Assistant. It's actually the office clerks not teachers giving worse image to the school. I guess public employees forget that their paycheck comes from taxpayers like us; they totally forget that a little bit even just a tiny bit of customer service will help. No not even customer service but at least a tiny bit of professionalism and politeness would do. I'm glad my daughter is out of the school. New principal has to really look at all these areas to succeed.

  • (2 years ago)

    Outstanding school w/some potential issues. We've had kids in VV for years. School enrollment is smaller than other schools which we like. Teachers are dedicated w/heavy parent involvement. Family like environment. Past principal whom most loved was suddenly transferred to another school; probably to turn that one around. New principal is more of an academic type (PHD); very nice but needs to loosen up and improve communication skills. Time will tell. Within first weeks of the school year one of the best teachers retired suddenly. Not sure if it was for personal or professional reasons. Curriculum is test based and minimum skill competency versus individual student development but that's par for the course for public schools. Creative gifted scientific or artistic kids that tend to have focus issues may struggle since the school has minimum curriculum to work with kids that don't fit standard molds. Extra curriculum programs are fee based; typical for public schools. Glendale school district is great but needs reorganization to reduce top heavy overhead costs so money can be plowed back into programs to help kids deal with emerging technologies. Overall A School.

  • (2 years ago)

    We had a HORRIFIC experience at this school. My kids went from doing extra work for the love of it at their old school to doing the absolute minimum so they wouldn't get in trouble for putting too much information on the paper or offering ideas that they weren't sure the teachers would want to hear. Communication was the pits and they were freaked out because they kept seeing kids getting benched for things like talking to eachother during lunch. They loved school before they came here and now they cry in the morninig. We moved them to another school but they are both terrified to start because they feel like failures and the environment at Valley View was so unfriendly and nasty. I really wish I had never exposed them to that school

  • (4 years ago)

    Valley View is a great school not only because of the great teachers but a great community of parents supporting the classroom through volunteer programs and after school activities.

  • (5 years ago)

    Valley View is an excellent school that has high academic expectations and results. It has an involved parent community that supports the learning and social environment. The administration and teachers really know what they are doing. I am so pleased both my children received there education here.

  • (5 years ago)

    We had a horrible time with this school and the principal in particular. This school probably does fine for most kids but it is a toxic environment for gifted kids. The principal has a very negative attitude towards the gifted and seems more concerned with how they help her test scores than what is best for the kid. After a year and a half of trying to get some sort of positive environment for our kid we had to pull out and do homeschool. Since then we have met with other parents who have had a similar experience with other Glendale schools. If your kindergardener can read and loves to learn... be wary of this place they will turn that around.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am so impressed with Valley View both with the teachers and the parents. The school itself is such a positive enviornment. The teachers are outstanding and really take pride in the school and this translates into outstanding testing scores but more importantly really happy kids. There is a tremendous amount of parent particpation and the students are kind and enthusiastic about learning. The school is a smaller school and ethincally diverse. There is great leadership and very postive teachers at Valley View. I could not have asked for a better experience for my kids and I think it is better than anything they would have recieved in private education.

  • (8 years ago)

    A few years ago we moved to this area for the public school's accomplished reputation. Little did I know then we had hit gold. My son finished kindergarten this past year. I could not have chosen a better teacher for him. His first experiences with schooling have been so positive and rewarding that I feel he will forever view learning as

  • (9 years ago)

    Fantastic school with great parent/teacher involvement. Far excels over other elementary schools in district.

  • (9 years ago)

    I really love Valley View. I have a K and 1st grader and both love their teachers and I love the program. The teachers adapt well to the varying needs/abilities of each child. The special education services is also very good (speech APE)which one my children is involved with. The after school program is also very good. They offer a number of extracurricular activities. The parents are very involved and there is a strong sense of community I like. There is a new principal this year so it is not clear how strong her new leadership is. The prior Principal brought strong teachers to school. Overall I have no complaints.

  • (10 years ago)

    It's a great school that is very small and very quiet. (It's almost like a small private school. My son always feels safe. The teachers are good and are always open to conferences and questions. The PTA and Education Foundation are tops! We are a very good school but I would like us to be great!

  • (11 years ago)

    A very supportive environment with firm but kind teachers. I am a very happy mother.

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