School Details

Empresa Elementary School

4850 Avenida Empresa, Oceanside, CA 92056
(760) 940-8454
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 744 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

60%
49%
56%
67%
55%
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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

51%
38%
46%
82%
59%
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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
62%
65%
78%
75%
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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

76%
58%
60%
88%
58%
65%
62%
51%
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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Empresa Elementary School is a public elementary school in Vista. The principal of Empresa Elementary School is Debbie Gosselin, whose e-mail is debbiegosselin@vusd.k12.ca.us. 744 children attend Empresa Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 16% of the Empresa Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 29% of the 744 students here get reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Empresa Elementary School is 21:1. La Petite Academy is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 8% 2%
Multiracial 6% %
White, non-Hispanic 49% 29%
Hispanic 32% 53%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 5%
Filipino 3% 2%
Unspecified 15% 6%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.8% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0.7% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 25425%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 29% 51%
Limited English proficiency 16% 28%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The school is fantastic- we came from a private (Montessori) kindergarten not knowing what to expect and were blown away! The principal is very involved knows the kids by name. Music program is amazing!

  • (1 year ago)

    The principal and teachers engage and value the parents as well as the students. I can't say I ever remembered my principals of the past- but Empresa kids know and love their principal on a personal basis. We have seen her rap at Friday Flag and perform "Gangam 5th Grade Style" to honor the 5th grade graduates just to name a few ways she stays relevant to parents and students alike. The music program it top notch; it shows in the academic performance and achievement of the students and provides a backdrop to school spirit. While any elementary school parent would be hard pressed to find a functioning GATE program in most local districts this staff and administration have been open and responsive to the needs of gifted students.

  • (1 year ago)

    Having attended many schools as a "military brat" including small tightknit overseas DOD campuses as well as schools on the East Coast and in California I offer this opinion regarding Empresa. It is an extraordinary school! Beautiful campus with the rolling hills of Camp Pendleton as a backdrop it's staffed by a team of people who obviously love their mission of educating motivating and caring for the kids of our community. Their enthusiasm is reciprocated in the community support they receive (ie good level of parental involvement). It's no surprise they are a California distinguished school. One cannot talk about Empresa without a nod to the excellent music program with funding made possible by EPAF and under the excellent direction of Mr Cook . Empresa Rocks!

  • (3 years ago)

    This is the best school I've ever dealt with. I attended Empresa Elementary as a child along with my two siblings and they have nothing but the best. Their academic standards are high ensuring a great education and future for your child. Most teachers are tough in the best ways that will ultimately really help your child achieve their goals. Im starting college soon and will always be a huge supporter of Empresa Elementary because of how much I learned there with great discipline and a lot of fun at the same time! My best memories and most favorite teachers are from that school. Mostly because of how hard they pushed me and honestly did benefit me in the future.

  • (3 years ago)

    My child attended Empresa for 3rd grade she loved her teacher the Principle and the school. The staff is wonderful and under the current Principle and all her hard work Empresa is now a California distinguished school. We will be returning to Empresa for my child's 5 grade. I have been so happy with this school!

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has good teachers but is terribly ruined by the current principle. Please back Mr. Goldberg or someone with his drive to make a better school.

  • (4 years ago)

    The performing arts program for the kids and great teachers!

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are extremely helpful and they have a music and arts program.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers love to teach and my children love to learn! The music teacher and music program are out of this world. There are so many reasons I love Empresa Elementary it is hard to name them all.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is the best all around school in the area with its music plays and academic programs. The teachers are so thoughtful caring but tough when they need to be. Empresa Rocks!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great teachers and performing arts program

  • (4 years ago)

    It is such a dynamic school. My grandson has been there for 5 years and he has loved every one of them. The school spirit is fantastic and the teaching staff and principal are stupendous!

  • (4 years ago)

    Empresa is a wonderful school with great parent participation and a dedicated staff. This school community takes matters into their own hands when state budget cuts create hardships that would negatively affect our children. Great kids great staff great families!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Want to see the kids grow and develop into great adults!

  • (4 years ago)

    The special attention the teachers and staff give each student is impressive. My Grandson LOVES his teacher and school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Parent involvement is amazing!

  • (4 years ago)

    They have a great staff and special thanks to mr. Cook for doing great job in his music class )

  • (4 years ago)

    Teachers and staff are very friendly and professional. Mrs. Gosselin is very active and visible in school. My kids love and enjoy their schooling

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the dedication of both the administration and our teachers. They are concerned not only about each child's education but their emotional well-being too! We are like one big family! )

  • (4 years ago)

    Empresa has always had the best interest of their students in mind by offering a well developed academic visual and performing arts program with an amazing music teacher.

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