School Details

Bella Vista Elementary School

2410 Findlay Avenue, Monterey Park, CA 91754
(323) 721-4335
3

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 707 students 20 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

32%
32%
56%
36%
46%
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
  • Montebello Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

25%
25%
46%
50%
51%
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
  • Montebello Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
48%
65%
49%
56%
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
  • Montebello Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
45%
60%
34%
52%
65%
64%
47%
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
  • Montebello Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Bella Vista Elementary School is a public elementary school in Monterey Park. The principal of Bella Vista Elementary School is Stephanie Hardaway, who can be contacted at hardaway_stephanie@montebello.k12.ca.us. 707 children attend Bella Vista Elementary School and identify as Hispanic; Asian; and White, non-Hispanic. 27% of the Bella Vista Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 84% of the 707 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Bella Vista Elementary School is 20:1. Meher Montessori School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 91% 94%
Asian 7% 3%
White, non-Hispanic 1% 2%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.3% 0.3%
Filipino 0.3% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.1%
Pacific Islander 0.1% 0.1%
Unspecified 0.1% 0.07%
Multiracial 0.1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 84% 85%
Limited English proficiency 27% 34%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (5 years ago)

    I am a parent with my 3rd child now in his last year at BVE. My other two (now in High School) attended BVE and it was the best experience of public elementary school my children could have experienced. With my 3rd child we experienced only one 'sketchy' year and it truly was the teacher not the school. I just had to keep on top of it to make sure the year remained positive. The Principal's ONLY focus is running the school. This can be perceived as a positive thing but a little more connection with the parent community would be great. She literally looks right through you in the event you meet with her to touch on a concern. She began with her term here with the 'If you don't like it let me get the door for you' attitude. It has since subsided but only a bit. GREAT teachers!

  • (7 years ago)

    I give BVE an A-. Pros 'dedicated' content knowledgable teachers; K-5; friendly staff; safety/security; strong leadership; new ELO afterschool program; GATE. BVE has had 4 or 5 principles in the past 5 years and exceeded or placed honarable on state testing (API). Therefore for a school to go through so many administrators in a short timeslot in my opinion speaks loudly that BVE has a rock solid foundation and incredible potential. Cons Safety/Security is a top priority at BVE and improves with each incoming manager but I am dissapointed to see no permanant solution to address the 'possible' accident prone intersection behind BVE on Markland/Via which has no stop signs or assighned crossing guards. We (city parents BVE) should be held accountable and liable if an accident were to take place. Second increase parent involvement. Last 'flexible' evening meeting times for working parents and continue to address traffic patterns around BVE.

  • (7 years ago)

    Both my daughters attended BVE. My eldest daughter did wonderfully at this school. If your child is a gate child then you are in great luck but if you have a special needs child forget it! Teachers individually are good but have no idea how to work as a team. This is why there is no consistency and no raising of test scores. The support staff is condenscending and rude to adults and students. I find this to be unacceptable. I do see the current principal working hard to make this school better. I wish her much success!

  • (9 years ago)

    Bella Vista has great potential. Thier Academics are great as for other extracurricular programs they don't offer many. They are learning from the problems in the past and working forward to correcting them. They don't have any Parent involvement and thats not good for we need more of that. There is no motivation from any where so like with everything its a routine parents drop of thier child/ children and go on with every day life. We as parents need to know whats going on and need to be told or made aware matters involving our children & school so we can help change them together & not have 'them' change things for us. We as parents are the first roll models. This is a new year and a new Principal & I see alot of good things coming & hope for the better of our child/ children and school. Parent

  • (10 years ago)

    Parents at this school are not involved. Teachers were great. GATE program available.

  • (10 years ago)

    Parents at this school are not involved. Teachers were great. GATE program available.

  • (10 years ago)

    Awesome school great teachers fun activities good after school program I miss this school after our move.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter has just entered kindergarden at Bella Vista. I have to say that I am impressed by the level of structure in her curriculumn. The work that she brings home is challenging and each week her teacher turns it up a notch. I am glad that I enrolled her at Bella Vista.

  • (10 years ago)

    Both of my children have been attending this elementary school for the last four years. It was a challenge coming from Moreno Valley only because of the large amount of students attending here. The teachers academic teachings are excellent. The administrative staff is professional and courteous. Belle Vista has a new principal and he has been doing an excellent job. However I would like to see more of the teachers working together in a more team effort in assisting the principal. Overall I give this school five star rating of excellence.

  • (11 years ago)

    I am very happy with this school. My son has attended 3rd and now 4th grade at BV. He had to deal with some uncomfortable issues when he started there but he made it through with confidence. The reason he did is because of his teacher Ms. Takanimi. She is the best teacher I have ever encountered for any of my 3 children. She is patient stern and manages to give each child the attention needed.

  • (11 years ago)

    Bella Vista is a wonderful school. My three children attended from K-4th and now I have a grandson that also attends BVE. Parent envolvement is low! Teachers are great role models for our children and most of them get involved with PTA to make our school a better school.

  • (11 years ago)

    All the children in my family (9 children) have attended BVE we have been very happy. The teaching staff is strong and very committed. There have been several turnovers of principals but the staff still remains strong. Myself as well as my children love our school.

  • (11 years ago)

    My daughter attended this school from 1st to 4th grade. Her experience there was great. I was very happy with the staff and the every single teacher she had. I think that there are great teacher resources in this school which go unmentioned. The enviorment is safe and positive at Bella Vista and it's a shame that more parents don't get involved. The only negative thing I have to say about this school is the parent involvement or rather the lack there of.

  • (11 years ago)

    My child attended Bella Vista from the 2nd to the 4th Grade. In the 2nd Grade my son was still young and accepting of authority. However things changed in the 3rd Grade. I was looking for a strong teacher who was also fexible with his behavior in and out of class the school was quite willing to work with me in finding the right teachers. There were times that I may not have agreed with the way things were handled in the school but overall with as many students as were enrolled the staff was fair. After all that's all that we can expect. My son had excellent teachers while he was there and if I had to do it again. I would send him to this public school again.

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