School Details

Van Buren Elementary School

1245 North Van Buren Street, Placentia, CA 92870
(714) 986-7100
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-6 666 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

85%
72%
56%
89%
85%
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
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

67%
63%
46%
83%
81%
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
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

87%
78%
65%
89%
82%
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
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

72%
74%
60%
80%
81%
65%
74%
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
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

83%
76%
60%
84%
73%
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
  • Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Van Buren Elementary School is a public elementary school in Placentia. The principal of Van Buren Elementary School is Ken Valburg, whose e-mail is kvalburg@pylusd.org. 666 students go to Van Buren Elementary School and identify mostly as White, non-Hispanic; Filipino; and Black, non-Hispanic. 7% of the Van Buren Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 16% of the 666 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Van Buren Elementary School is 21:1. Rose Drive Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 51% 50%
Filipino 4% 1%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Unspecified 3% 3%
Hispanic 27% 34%
Multiracial 2% %
Asian 17% 10%
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.3%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.2% 0.2%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.2% 25758%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 16% 29%
Limited English proficiency 7% 14%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    My children attend VBE. Our best years have been K 1 and 3. All of the students participated in stage performances. All teachers were professional kind and understanding. Second grade for one of my kids was difficult because of an inflexible teacher but I was spared her the next year. The new principal was very understanding and helpful with placement. Fourth grade has been a very challenging year. With NO good options for placement I tried to transfer schools. This year my child was saddled with worksheets no instruction and learned how to knit. I will not be able to have another year like this year. I would hate to let two bad experiences sway my opinion of Van Buren. Teachers here truly care about education and participate in extra curricular activities such as the talent show and family nights. Next year a sixth grade science camp is starting. A new recycling program began this year to teach the importance of recycling and raise funds run by one teacher. A new garden was planted this year by all grade levels. Thank you Van Buren staff for making this a school that I am glad to have my children attend.

  • (3 years ago)

    I am a parent of a student of this school and I have to agree with a few of the previous posts on this school. I agree that this school cares about the children in this school and I give credit to the new principal Ken Valburg. I have 2 children 1 of shich is already an adult and went through a private school education and now that my child is in this school I must says that Mr. Valburg is by far the best principal I have come across in all my experiences. I must say though that there are a few teachers that as the parent explained in a previous post that do not seem to care about children and seem to be heartless. Thankfully not this year! Other than that it's a great school!!

  • (4 years ago)

    The school is very concerned with the students well being and teachers work to address students individuals needs.

  • (4 years ago)

    We were very disappointed with several teachers at Van Buren. They seemed to do the bare minimum. Many of the teachers at this school are cold and don't seem to truly love children. I observed one teacher roll her eyes at my son when he asked a question. Communication was lacking. Thankfully this school has a wonderful new principal that will hopefully get some of the teachers motivated. He may be exactly what Van Buren needs.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great school teachers are very connected to the students.

  • (6 years ago)

    All three of my children have attended Van Buren Elementary School and two are now in College and the thrid is in 6th grade this year. Not only have my children attended this school but their dad did and so did his brother. This is an amazing school with caring and educated teachers. I'm going to miss the school once my 6th grader moves on to Middle school next year. I would highly reccomend this school to anyone. Also their after care program is one of the best.

  • (6 years ago)

    This school is lacking in many many things. The PTA is small and inefective. They raise very little money- and do not supplement the science art or PE programs as with other public schools in California. The school environment is detached- no sense of community. We also had problems with a bully. Van Buren may have a blue ribbon award- but it is not great.

  • (8 years ago)

    Van Buren is an awesome school. My daughter 'graduated' to Kraemer Middle School last year. My son is in 4th grade. The PTA is small but very active. The PTA president is awesome! Academics are challenging. 6th grade was tough for my daughter but it may middle school academics a lot easier to tackle!

  • (8 years ago)

    I have two children currently attending Van Buren. We are very pleased with the quality of teachers. I feel the curriculum is creative and challenging. Most teachers we've dealt with are caring and communicate with parents often. Parent participation in our school is wonderful. We have a safe and well maintained campus. This year we got a new principal who is very involved and is always seen around campus. Our school definitely lacked an 'involved' principal last year. I think Van Buren always puts 'kids first'.

  • (8 years ago)

    We just moved to Yorba Linda because we heard that the schools are so great. Unfortunately I am not impressed with Van Buren. The communication is lacking only one Newsletter all year few flyers showing programs or upcoming events. My son went to a great school last year and I expected Van Buren to be even better but I am disappointed. I have requested another school Linda Vista for the Fall. We attended their Open House and we are very excited for the change.

  • (9 years ago)

    Van Buren is a wonderful School. I have 3 children who have attended this school. (My youngest is still there!) The teachers truly care about the kids. The academic programs are challenging but the teachers work closely with the students to make sure they understand. Van Buren has also acheived the 'Distinguished School Award' That speaks for itself! There are so many wonderful things I can say about this school!

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