School Details

Cerra Vista Elementary School

2151 Cerra Vista Drive, Hollister, CA 95023
(831) 636-4470
5

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 751 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

51%
46%
56%
62%
56%
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
  • Hollister average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
29%
46%
71%
55%
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
  • Hollister average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
52%
65%
75%
65%
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
  • Hollister average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

60%
47%
60%
60%
52%
65%
60%
48%
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
  • Hollister average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

56%
45%
60%
39%
32%
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
  • Hollister average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Cerra Vista Elementary School is a public middle school in Hollister. The principal of Cerra Vista Elementary School is Pam Little, who can be contacted at plittle@hesd.org. 751 students attend Cerra Vista Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Asian. 17% of the Cerra Vista Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 45% of the 751 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Cerra Vista Elementary School is 20:1. Maze Middle School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Drawing painting

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 54% 70%
White, non-Hispanic 28% 23%
Asian 2% 1%
Unspecified 12% 4%
Filipino 1% 0.9%
Multiracial 0.8% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.2%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 5640%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45% 60%
Limited English proficiency 17% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (10 months ago)

    Certain Vista school has an amazing staff. Have been a parent for 8 years. 5 stars and a proud parent!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Great School for my kids and have a wonderful parents that get involve with the School. They have wonderful Music Program for kids. Wonderful Teachers and a very nice Principal.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both of my kids went to Cerra Vista from Kinder to 5th grade. This is our last year. We have had wonderful caring challenging teachers since day one. My kids both excel and love school partially due to the great teachers. Great school great experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    Both of my granddaughters attend Cerra Vista and they are doing extremely well - great teachers great school

  • (5 years ago)

    i think this school is based on accademic achievements only very little time for art poetry singing writting... for my opinion the two have to balanced each other or our children wno't feel fullfilled.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daugter has gone there the last few years and she and I BOTH love it! I feel like it is the best elementary school in Hollister!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son has attended Cerra Vista for 3 years. I have enjoyed the Teachers. My son excels every year and in my experience the Teachers have cared about my son personally and academically. I would HIGHLY recommend this school to any family that happens to relocate here. I feel safe in the mornings when I leave my child in their hands.

  • (6 years ago)

    Love the school great PTO and wonderful teachers and principal who are all very dedicated! Cerra Vista Rocks!

  • (6 years ago)

    This school itself is a wonderful place dedicated to education enrichment for elementary students. That being said this school has a major bully issue. Because the rich upperclass has dominated overthis area the children at this school tend to be materialistic lacking morals and all around ungrateful. Any chance that your child may not wear the last hollister clothes or have an iPhone at the age of ten or even be slightly overweight. Say goodbye to their childhood happiness. The malicious angst present in most upperclass elementary cliques is the sort of thing that turns into the same child-to-child hate found in high schools across the nation; where children everywhere are ostricized for not being the epitome of an abercrombie model. SO much for world peace.

  • (6 years ago)

    My child has been attending CV for 2 years and has been constantly challenged to her maximize her abilities. Her teachers go the extra mile and even have been know to bring homework to student's homes. Not many teachers go to that level. Parents are involved in the classroom alot which has greatly improved the teaching abilities of the teacher. Yes art and music have been cut way back but that applies to all schools in this state. My only complaint for this school is the parent involvement for the PTO has dropped enough significantly from last year to this year and that is in turn limiting our abilities to enhance our child's educations including Art and Music. The good news is that is something the parent's can change with some simple fundraising time. So get involved and keep this school at the top of the list.

  • (7 years ago)

    Cerra Vista is supposed to be the 'best' school in Hollister but it's sadly lacking on extra curricular activies. All of the schools funding is going to ELL students or to keeping the API scores up. This is not the only school in CA that is focused on test scores but for a school that has this much parent involvement it would be great to really push the envelope and have much more available to our kids besides the basics. It's sad that they don't have art and can only take band 30 minutes a week and only in the 4th or 5th grade. That's simply not enough. Contrary to the lack of extra a varied curriculum Cerra Vista does have some great teachers and it's a very safe and good environment for learning. Class sizes are way too big at 36 kids. This needs to be addressed.

  • (7 years ago)

    Cerra Vista is a great school. My daughter was having trouble and we moved to Hollister. After attending Cerra Vista everything turned around for her and she passed with flying colors. I also thank Mrs. Garcia for all her hard work. She is an amazing dedocated teacher.

  • (7 years ago)

    My son struggled through his first year of Kindergarden at this school and from day one the teacher passed judgement on his reading skills. I believe that teacher's should inspire children give up on them so easily. I felt as though the star testing was the biggest concern for the school not my child. My son has been held back. I blame the lack of support from this school. Beginning next year we're moving schools too!

  • (8 years ago)

    Our child is in Kindergarten and it is an awesome experience. He is reading being challenged and has not been slowed down academically by other students having trouble with or unable to read understand or speak English. The teacher is Very attentive to work with All the students to prepare them for their next level of education. With the full day sessions and extra studies the students are exposed to daily it is a positive learning environment. Kudos to the teachers and school staff.

  • (8 years ago)

    I think the thing that makes Cerra Vista a decent school is the parent involvement. I would love to see more extracurricular activities offered. There is no type of GATE program offered for the GATE students which is too bad. There are some great teachers at Cerra Vista. As a parent I would love to see the school district spend the money on a multi-purpose room--it is badly needed! Cerra Vista is a good school and has the potential to be a great school!

  • (9 years ago)

    Academically speaking the school seems to be at the top of the district but individually I see a lot of teachers that are simply there meeting curriculum standards without a lotof enthusiasm. I can't say it's not good and the whole 'ca' thing is so bleak that I feel the school is performing at it's best. I wish that we're good enough to not be looking at private schools. There are very little extras music is only offered to grades 4 and 5. Lots of parents trying to raise money and that helps with the necessities but no art or drama or sports outside from the 'have-to'.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great school. My daughter has been here for 2 years and we are thrilled with everything.

  • (10 years ago)

    my grandkids go to this school. The special day class is bad as they do not push the kids to work at grade level no challenge. The principal doesnt have a clue they need to get rid of her. The first grade teachers dont want to work with the kids they say she is behind so hold her back wont establish level of reading. The only good point is that the resource teacher does try very hard and is willing to help the kids.

  • (10 years ago)

    While this school is called the best in Hollister it lacks sorely. I would not reccomend this school unless you want your child's progression to stop. I am not an 'angry' Mom on the contrary I enjoyed many of the people and teachers and even the principal. The community does not support the school and it shows. Too many parents just drop off and pick up and aren't pitching in. Good luck to all who go there. We're leaving.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter is in 3rd grade and enjoys going to school there. The staff is friendly and receptive to any concerns that you may have. I wish that there were more after school activities for the kids. But I am sure that this may be due to budget restraints.

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