School Details

Vallemar Elementary School

377 Reina Del Mar Avenue, Pacifica, CA 94044
(650) 738-6655
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 557 students 22 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

72%
69%
56%
85%
79%
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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
60%
46%
73%
77%
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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

82%
72%
65%
87%
78%
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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
71%
60%
73%
73%
65%
78%
73%
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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

75%
71%
60%
69%
66%
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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
69%
60%
67%
55%
52%

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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

48%
45%
50%
77%
72%
57%
69%
67%
52%
82%
77%
67%

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
  • Pacifica average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Vallemar Elementary School is a public middle school in Pacifica. The principal of Vallemar Elementary School is Barbara Ng, whose e-mail is bng@pacificasd.org. 557 children attend Vallemar Elementary School and identify primarily as Asian; Filipino; and White, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Vallemar Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 15% of the 557 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Vallemar Elementary School is 22:1. Cabrillo Elementary School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Mandarin
  • Spanish

Sports

  • Bicycling
  • Fencing
  • P.E. classes
  • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 7% 6%
Filipino 6% 11%
White, non-Hispanic 52% 49%
Hispanic 26% 15%
Unspecified 12% 15%
Multiracial 12% %
Pacific Islander 1% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.9% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.9% 3215%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.5% 3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15% 17%
Limited English proficiency 3% 8%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Vallemar is a great well-rounded school! Excellent teachers principal and staff. There is a very active and diverse group of down-to-earth parents. Vallemar values building social and emotional development as well as academics. We have a new principal who is very approachable and seems to be just the type of leadership our school needs. Our first grader and sixth grader are very happy here and so are we.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter started school here in Kindergarten and is now a 4th grader. This school was considered the best academically when she started but there was a new principal and the school went downhill while she was here. Now there's a new principal but it remains to be seen if she can help the school. Unfortunately this year there are multiple problems with the PTO leadership that has impacted the overall school climate. While I used to be more active in volunteering with the school and my daughter's classes it no longer feels like a nurturing environment due to these few individuals. My daughter will likely not continue here for middle school unless things turn around for the better.

  • (2 years ago)

    My son entered Vallemar school in the last four weeks of the 6th grade coming from out of state. The best thing about this school for the middle school age child is the smaller environment. If you have a child who like mine is not mature enough yet for the high school like environment of some of the larger middle schools this is ideal. We liked the smaller school environment and easy to navigate campus. Last year my son's two teachers were very young. While they were nice they were not as responsive to email etc. as I would have expected and that was frustrating at times. This year his new teacher is a seasoned professional and I am very happy with her so far. The only thing I notice about Vallemar is that even though it is reputed to be one of Pacifica's more academic schools the children the boys at least don't seem to care much about learning. My son is applying to private high school and it isn't "cool" to be smart as a boy at Vallemar. So parents with ambitious children beware - your child may not be in an environment of peers at Vallemar that supports those goals. Lastly the principal is the most invisible principals of any public school I've ever encountered. MIA.

  • (3 years ago)

    This is a fantastic school with excellent staff members. Teachers are very caring and implement a lot of technology within classrooms.

  • (3 years ago)

    The lower elementary experience is good. The teachers are caring insightful and creative. Increased class sizes and a few combination classes are an unfortunate reality now. Students are very much expected to learn in the traditional sit-and-learn manner as a teacher imparts information. If you have a child with learning differences or is overly active this is not a good choice. A few very talented teachers step outside this teaching style and really engage the students in a more contemporary fashion with hands on activities. You cannot request teachers at this school. 5-8 grades is a very different experience. Some teachers communicate well others have little contact. It shows in how the children are educated. Behavior problems have gotten worse with a new principal who has little experience. Leadership is lacking and the little bullying there is pawned off on the new counselor. The parent group is active but they spent a lot of money on electronic whiteboards. You don't have to volunteer at this school which is great if you work full-time. The daycare is good. I have sent more than one child through Vallemar it has changed a lot.

  • (3 years ago)

    good kids safe neighboorhood great teachers great principal nice staffs great PTO. It's the best school in the district! !!

  • (4 years ago)

    The Teachers students principal and educational standards! And the PTO!

  • (4 years ago)

    It's the best school. The teachers are truely care about their students.

  • (4 years ago)

    It is the best school the teacher are super nice with all the children. Their curriculum is excellent is located in a very safe neighboorhood and I appreciate all the parents involvement. The staff truly cares about their students.

  • (4 years ago)

    The teachers are simply the best. They really care about our children and educating them to the best of their ability. It is a wonderful place.

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the parent involvement which makes this school such a great school!

  • (4 years ago)

    The parents really work with the teachers and it shows in the kids work and social skills. Keep up the great job!

  • (4 years ago)

    The staff works well together and truly cares about the students. The school community at Vallemar supports parents and students.

  • (4 years ago)

    It enables a creative atmosphere for my kids to learn and grow. The teachers are very supportive caring dedicated and teach the kids the very best way they know.

  • (4 years ago)

    vallemar is a community geared academically challenging school

  • (4 years ago)

    My child and grandchild are in the 2nd grade. From K to 2nd grade all the teachers have been fantastic. The teachers are not only very nice but are also very communicative and helpful. I can email the teacher in the morning and receive a response by noon.

  • (4 years ago)

    Excellent teachers and staff...active PTO which raises and uses funds for dynamic classroom/academic enrichment materials.

  • (4 years ago)

    All three of my kids go to Vallemar and they are all getting a first class education. As an English teacher I am especially amazed at how well they teach composition.

  • (4 years ago)

    my grandchild is a student of this school and she excells in her class.If it weren't for the interest of the teachers in their students the children would not be successful.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have had two of my children attend Vallemar so I have been around for the last 12 years between the two of them. I have really enjoyed the teachers they have always cared for the children kept me involved and listened. Vallemar keeps the parents involved in the school.

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