School Details

Rio Vista Elementary School

4243 Satsuma Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91602
(818) 761-6147
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 408 students 15 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

82%
54%
56%
83%
57%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
40%
46%
84%
65%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
58%
65%
95%
70%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
53%
60%
64%
61%
65%
70%
51%
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
  • Los Angeles Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Rio Vista Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Rio Vista Elementary School is Kevin McClay and can be contacted at kmcclay@lausd.net. 408 students attend Rio Vista Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Filipino. 8% of the Rio Vista Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 55% of the 408 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Rio Vista Elementary School is 15:1. Toluca Crossroads School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • French
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 35% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 31% 9%
Filipino 3% 2%
Unspecified 3% 0.7%
Black, non-Hispanic 18% 11%
Asian 10% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 1% 0.3%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.7% %
Pacific Islander 0.7% 0.3%
Multiracial 0.5% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 55% 75%
Limited English proficiency 8% 32%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (7 months ago)

    The school has very high standards in meeting students academic needs. The beautiful arts and music programs are a great addition. The PTA are very involved in making sure these EXTRA programs don't go away. My son has excelled since starting the school two years ago and the teaching staff has been a big part of this success.

  • (9 months ago)

    I used to LOVE this school when McClay was principal. He ran it by inclusion responding to parent and student needs while balancing teacher input. It was a great little neighborhood school where everyone knew everyone only 3 classes per grade. Now parents are prohibited from walking their kids onto campus. Teachers want it this way. The feeling at RVES unlike other lausd schools in Studio City is isolation alienation and lack of community. No chance for much teacher parent interaction. And it's getting worse. The new principal Ms. Sadaquatmal doesn't care about parents. Despite requests to open the campus to bring back that lovin' feeling she forces parents to do pizza sales off campus and pass food through the bars of the locked gates to students in the after school program. It is a sorry sight. New this year are big NO Tresspassing signs at both gates. How unwelcome! I thought we were partners in our kids' education. Not under the Sadaquatmal regime. Many parents with the means to donate are looking for alternatives. So the school that rose from 2000 to 2012 will most likely return to its 1990 days when most homeowners didnt send their kids there.

  • (11 months ago)

    It's the time to stand for this school and raise parents voice from falling down its gratitude . My kids are very unhappy even wants to change the school after six year. Why????.

  • (11 months ago)

    Rio Vista Elementary School Very Unsatisfied. My child lost her motivation to learn just because she had the worst teacher who yelled at them for no reason . I let the Principal know but looks like she didn't even care so I had to change my child's school .

  • (1 year ago)

    I've been a parent at Rio Elementary School since my son was in pre K. He is now in first grade. I'm pleased with not only the education that it provides for my son. But also the eduction that it provides for parents as well. I've learned so much in attending some of the parent workshops that have been provided for us. From fun games to play to help in teaching site words math and reading to earthquake prepardness. It certainly goes above and beyond to help equip not only the students of the school but the families as well.

  • (1 year ago)

    We love our small (just over 400 students) community-oriented school in the Valley. The families are wonderful. Teachers are dedicated and take the time to help each child learn in their own way. We are proud to have our children growing up in this environment and they are thriving. We love Rio Vista!

  • (1 year ago)

    This is our first year at Rio Vista. We were a little bit nervous because we loved our school last year but we moved and wanted our kids to be in school in their home neighborhood. As it turns out there was nothing to be nervous about. What an amazing school Rio Vista is from teachers to events to the PTA we are so happy that our children get to go to a school where each child is pushed on their particular level to be better. We couldn't be happier this was a good change for our family!!!!!

  • (1 year ago)

    Rio Vista Elementary is like a little country school in the middle of a very busy city. My child has been there since kindergarten and she is happy! I have personal been involved with both the PTA and LAUSD board for my her entire career so when I tell you we have a great group of hard working parents who truly love our kids. I mean it from the bottom of my heart. With all of the changes that our kids have to deal with it's nice to still walk her to school and know that teacher staff and parents all one goal-To make this the best school possible! It's both an honor and privilege to have my child attend Rio Vista Elementary North Hollywood California. Ari Mc Intyre Rio Vista PTA EVP 2013-2014 Valley Gateway PTSA EVP 2013-2014

  • (1 year ago)

    My children have been at Rio Vista for the past three years and we have been very happy with staff and school. Staff is very friendly and helpful. Principal Mrs. Sadaquatamal is very involved with school activities and students. Teachers have been extremely helpful and academically excellent. Excellent parent involvement. Strong and extremely active PTA group. Academically my children are learning a lot Homework is given everyday and helps teach them accountability and to be responsible. Submitted by a parent

  • (1 year ago)

    Rio Vista Elementary School is a very diverse school with very smart & dedicated teachers. Parent involvement is great and very welcomed. Its score last year was an amazing 905!

  • (1 year ago)

    I have three children - and I LOVE Rio Vista because it is small diverse and the teachers are fantastic! From the moment you walk into the parent center or on campus you get the feeling of a united community where everyone is working together for the children. It is warm and inviting and not overcrowded. It reminds me of the kind of elementary experience I had in the 70s. We are so lucky to have smart boards in grades 2-6 music art and P.E. (even ballroom dancing for 5th graders.) The API score is now over 900 and we have a new principal Pia who is a mom herself and a former teacher. I couldn't be happier. Rio Vista also has a hidden garden located in Weddington Park (a gift from the city) where the kids grow their own vegetables. It is comfortable to have a school with only 3 classes per grade. But the flip side to that is fundraising is much more difficult than at the other 2 schools which have deeper pockets a bigger/overcroweded student body and more PR. But I wouldn't trade it for the neighborhood - family feel to Rio Vista.

  • (1 year ago)

    Rio Vista Elementary has been a wonderful school which my child has attended for the past 5 years. Each teacher has supported and challenged. Our principal has strived to improve our school whether by working with parents attending and contributing his time to PTA functions or working with our community partners. Our PTA has grown stronger becoming a true partnership with our staff to continue our educational and arts programs in spite of educational funding cutbacks. I could not be happier with our home school and will truly be sad to leave at the end of this our last school year at Rio Vista.

  • (1 year ago)

    Rio Vista Elementary is a wonderful school. We have a diverse student body excellent and amazing teachers and staff and involved parents. The Music Program is awesome!

  • (1 year ago)

    Rio Vista Elementary is the little school with the big heart. We love our students who come in all shapes sizes and abilities. We have amazing and brilliant teachers! We have dedicated parents and grandparents who do everything possible to make certain we have the best learning environment possible.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son has just completed 5 years here at Rio Vista and is on his way to middle school...I would not trade the memories he has made at this school for anything in the world. Diversity is certainly not an issue here as there are just a little of everyone here and I know that no matter what your background is you will not be disappointed!

  • (2 years ago)

    So happy with Rio Vista!!! Our son loves it and enjoys going to school there everyday. We love the entire staff and feel completely safe sending our boy there. Support your public schools everybody! Especially the ones like Rio Vista who really really care about their students and the community.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school does not value diversity. Take a tour and see who is with you on tour then look at who consistently gets left out. Chandler ES is a FAR SUPERIOR education and everybody doesn't look the same. I wouldn't send my dog to this school after how I was treated for more than a year.

  • (2 years ago)

    This school is on its way from good to great!!! The kids love being in school. I wish they offer more challenging academic programs in the coming years.

  • (2 years ago)

    EXCELLENT! EXCELLENT school. I've could of not ask for more. I'm very proud of this school so happy my Daughter attends this school. very organized the staff is very friendly and helpful the principal great. he stands outside by the maing entrance every morning greating parents and students. The valet drop off/and pick up nice touch and convinient for parents.

  • (3 years ago)

    My Child has been attending Rio Vista since Kindergarten and is now going to be begin the 4th grade. I also used to work at this school for 8 years and actually moved out of our residential school Carpenter Charter Elementary to make sure she could attend Rio Vista. The positives at this school are small campus small class size teachers who stay happily at Rio Vista for years very DIVERSE atmosphere and that family feeling that everyone genuinely cares here. We have an amazing principal and office staff as well. I am so happy I was lucky enough to judge a school from behind the scene as well as a parent. If your thinking of considering this school for your child you will not be disappointed. It has the feel of a private school with out the yearly tuition!! Hope this post helps a lot of you )

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