Alta Vista Elementary School

200 Blossom Valley Road, Los Gatos, CA 95032
(408) 356-6146
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 589 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

87%
80%
56%
86%
81%
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
  • Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

79%
75%
46%
92%
87%
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
  • Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
88%
65%
91%
91%
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
  • Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
87%
60%
92%
89%
65%
94%
91%
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
  • Union Elementary average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Alta Vista Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Alta Vista Elementary School is Karen Miller and can be contacted at millerk@unionsd.org. 589 students go to Alta Vista Elementary School and identify primarily as Multiracial; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 9% of the Alta Vista Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 5% of the 589 students here have subsidized lunches. The ratio of students to teachers at Alta Vista Elementary School is 18:1. Carlton Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Multiracial 9% %
Hispanic 8% 17%
White, non-Hispanic 62% 61%
Unspecified 2% 3%
Asian 18% 13%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.9% 3%
Filipino 0.7% 1%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5% 13%
Limited English proficiency 9% 13%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Moving our kids from private school to public was a concern but Alta Vista has far exceeded our expectations. The community is A+ and it shows with tremendous parent involvement at the school. API test scores are impressive so I believe the leadership and teaching is first rate. Feel very fortunate to be a part of Alta Vista!

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is great the teachers are great. My only concern is for the kids who have social issues. I wish the school could do more to help those students who are being socially outcasted (not necessarily bullied). Create a buddy system for these kids and create play time for these kids so they get educated on how to be social.

  • (3 years ago)

    Excellent teachers an outstanding accessible principal terrific parent involvement and programs. We moved here a year ago because our kids were struggling academically and have been very happy with the teachers efforts to reach and motivate them. Great field trips school traditions enrichment and very strong sense of community.

  • (5 years ago)

    Our children have been attending Alta Vista for many years and their teachers have always been excellent. The qualitiy of our childrens' education has been excellent due to both the teachers and parent involvement. We will greatly miss this school when we leave.

  • (5 years ago)

    Everything you see in the reviews gives a good view of this school. The teachers are excellent! Every one of them has a reputation for getting to know each child in the classroom and developing him/her as well as making accommodations to the child's unique style. Academically the core curriculum is dictated by the state's proficiency standards which sets the bar lower than many other states. Some teachers invest more time into enhancing the curriculum than others so the academic challenge (breadth and depth) varies within each grade. The administration does not dictate what happens in the classroom. The message is that the teacher is an independent entity. Also the district does not provide art or music in the school. Parent involvement is essential parents are used to teach art classes and to fund the music teacher and program.

  • (6 years ago)

    I'm very pleased with the level of education that my daughter a 4th grade student is getting at Alta Vista. I believe that the teachers are dedicated and excellent. Alta Vista does have a high level of parents involvement which is great! My daughter is very happy to go to school every morning. Even though she does well in school I still am happy to sit down and read with her.

  • (6 years ago)

    I am sorry to say that as a parent of a Special day class student (my child is not in mainstream) I am disappointed with this school. The Special Day class teachers are very nice and I believe they are doing their best (don't get me wrong) but my son is in the 4th grade and still cannot read well even though he is in Speical Day Class for the majority of the day and is only mainstreamed a few times per week. We have to pay a tutor twice a week $50.00 per session (=$100.00 per week) to move things along. I wish I had found a better school to take my child to when he was in 2nd grade.

  • (9 years ago)

    This school has an excellent reputation as one of the best schools in the Union School District. The school has a high level of parent participation and the home and school club raise many thousands of dollars in supplemental funds each year. This is a good school by California standards. The parent involvement makes up for many shortcomings. However some of these same involved parents operate as a clique dominating the H&S club site council and allocating funds and reponsibilities to the inner circle. The majority of the teachers are excellent and work under somwhat difficult conditions due to lack of support by the district and district policies. The test scores w.r.t other Union schools have slipped and the school seems to have no plan in place. The leadership is too accepting of mediocrity.

  • (10 years ago)

    Principal Donna Lewis is responsive participates and manages Alta Vista well. Most of the children are civilized despite the violence from other sources like TV xbox. My child had ADD behaviorial problems until he attended Alta Vista last year. His teachers and students from his class at Sutter Elementary did not helped to overcome his weakness or understand him. Principal Lewis helped my child and me in finding a solution thru discipline strategy techniques school psychologist and parent meetings thru conference calls (due to my work schedule) or face-to-face meetings. Teachers at Alta Vista are experienced and well qualified. They are gentle but firm in discipline matters-- consistency and perservance. My child's scores on the California standarized testing and (STAR) program were high His scores reading 100% writing 80% and math 100%. FYI-Make sure that working parents are able to participate in school activities thru flyers phone calls emails. Thank you Alta Vista!

  • (10 years ago)

    Excellent community support dedicated teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great community with fantastic parent involvement rounds out the job of great teachers.

  • (10 years ago)

    Great school. Lots of parent participation. School is small. It was almost closed this year due to district budget shortfall. Fairly disorganized in the beginning of the year though improving.

  • (11 years ago)

    Alta Vista has been a great school for our kids. We have 2 there now. Teachers and principal seem to be on top of things and when special needs arise (as they have for one child) they seem to get taken care of. Considering the current finacial crisis facing California schools they are doing a great job.

  • (11 years ago)

    I have been continually frustrated in my attempts to get help for my special needs child at this school. I do not feel that my suggestions and requests have been taken seriously. Has taken the better part of the school year to get help for my son and we are still not there yet. Perhaps the district administrators principals and psychologists need better training on dealing with kids like these rather than shoveling them off into a program elsewhere.

  • (11 years ago)

    I really love the parent participation I think it makes a huge diffrence in our childrens education.

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(based on 23 ratings & reviews)

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