School Details

Van Buren Elementary School

6400 Van Buren Street, Groves, TX 77619
(409) 962-6511

(out of 10)

Public Grades PK-3 342 students 15 students/teacher (TX avg is 15)

Test Scores by grade


State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness (STAAR)

In 2013-2014, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.
  • This school in 2014
  • Port Neches-Groves Independent School District average
  • Texas state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Van Buren Elementary School is a public elementary school in Groves. The principal of Van Buren Elementary School is JOE CEGIELSKI, who can be contacted at 342 children attend Van Buren Elementary School and identify primarily as White, non-Hispanic; Asian/Pacific Islander; and Black, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Van Buren Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 33% of the 342 students here are classified as "economically disadvantaged", and 44% have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Van Buren Elementary School is 15:1. Groves Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 74% 71%
Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 6%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 3%
Multiracial 2% 2%
Asian 2% %
Hispanic 19% 18%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44% 40%
Limited English proficiency 3% 4%
Economically disadvantaged 33% 25%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (4 years ago)

    Can not say enough good things about Van Buren Elementary!! My son attended there K and 1st grade and absolutely had the best teachers both years. Very caring and work so well with parents in making sure their child(ren) get the best education possible. The entire staff at this school is like a large family all working together to better the children that go there. Parent involvement is very high due to such welcoming teachers!

  • (7 years ago)

    Excellent school! The teachers are exceptional. Having a child with a disability I am very cautious and a little over protective with my son. Everyone at VB campus was wonderful---from the principal to the custodian they are all fabulous! They all accepted my son's abilities rather than focusing on his disability. No complaints...well one we had to move on to the next campus...

  • (9 years ago)

    Awesome school! Great principal and teachers. Very high standards. Students are required to try their best. A great experience for the children.

  • (10 years ago)

    My twins went there for first and second grade and they had a great time. Their teaches were very dedicated and helpful. The principal was very nice to all children and parents. The secreataries and nurse were marvelous! My children enjoyed their music class very much. Their teacher was superb and due to her hard work with the children they got to perform several times around the area. the parent involvement is very high and that what makes the difference in the school.

  • (11 years ago)

    I attended Van Buren as a child and my two children have attended. This is an exceptional school providing quality education in a safe environment. The teachers are the best anywhere. My son had some of the same teachers who had taught me! There is a very active PTA and the children thrive here. Plus there is nothing better than growing up as an 'Indian'!

  • (11 years ago)

    This is an outstanding school! The teachers are caring creative and give their students a positive enviroment to learn in. Our children are fortunate to have a school like this that not only gives them a sound foundation for their journey through the world of education but it also fosters a love of learning as well.

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