School Details

Mira Vista Elementary School

6397 Hazel Avenue, Richmond, CA 94805
(510) 231-1416
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 560 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

69%
46%
56%
73%
51%
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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

39%
37%
46%
61%
58%
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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

69%
55%
65%
70%
62%
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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

38%
46%
60%
23%
51%
65%
33%
42%
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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

36%
48%
60%
29%
42%
55%

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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

44%
41%
60%
48%
39%
52%

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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

34%
22%
50%
42%
41%
57%
32%
36%
52%
39%
57%
67%

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
  • West Contra Costa Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Mira Vista Elementary School is a public middle school in El Cerrito. The principal of Mira Vista Elementary School is Gabriel Chilcott, who can be contacted at gchilcott@wccusd.net. 560 students attend Mira Vista Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic; Multiracial; and Black, non-Hispanic. 31% of the Mira Vista Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 64% of the 560 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The student to teacher ratio at Mira Vista Elementary School is 18:1. Windrush School is one of the nearest middle schools.

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 36% 46%
Multiracial 3% %
Black, non-Hispanic 23% 23%
White, non-Hispanic 21% 11%
Filipino 2% 5%
Asian 14% 10%
Unspecified 12% 5%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.2%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.4% %
Pacific Islander 0.4% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 64% 64%
Limited English proficiency 31% 33%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I like this school because teachers and principal are very nice.Parents are friendly. Thanks to PTA members school is going to have it's own soccer team.

  • (2 years ago)

    I was a student here from Kindergarten to 6th grade and I loved every minute of it. It's rare to find schools like this with such diversity and teachers who genuinely care. Not to mention the gorgeous view! When I have kids I will definitely send them here.

  • (3 years ago)

    Student council president 11/12 graduates. Mr. Tsugawa IS AMAZING! Mrs. Van Der Meer ROCKS! Mr. Chillcott actually knows what hes doing! Take your kids to this school. Mrs.Cruger-Hansen Ms.Hillagass Dr.Tuttass. I actually learned something. Everyone is like family because of small school

  • (4 years ago)

    Great community great teachers great principal great kids!

  • (4 years ago)

    Mira Vista has a very diverse population where students of all backgrounds can feel comfortable learning and socializing amongst their peers. The teachers are dedicated and the parents are involved. I chose to transfer in to Mira Vista and have two of my kids there currently. However since the school does not qualify for Title 1 status we receive a pitiful amount of funding from the WCCUSD and struggle just to provide everyday supplies. Many fundraising efforts take place each year but the district needs to do more to help this school serve students effectively.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have a wonderful school community - dedicated teachers and staff eager students and committed parents. We also have a beautiful campus in the East Bay hills in the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have great teachers and a lot of hard working parents

  • (4 years ago)

    Mira Vista is a school with parents who care.

  • (6 years ago)

    Mira Vista the little school up in the hills was once and still is one of the better community schools. I agree with most of what's said here . Wonderful parents keep our library open 4 days a week. We need more volunteers and we need a wake up call to the parents with attitude problems. Mostly this appears in the parking lot. Horn honking illegal parking loud radios swearing (come on parents! knock that off). This is not a north richmond school this is our little school on the hillside have more respect for us and our community school. Act like an adult and set a good example for your child. Mira Vista was once and still is a wonderful school. Lets get rid of the 'ghetto' attitude and behave like responsible respectful adults so our children will too.

  • (6 years ago)

    I recommend Mira Vista. My daughter went here for all 6 years and I have been extremely happy with all of her teachers. They just redid the parking lot to be more safe as well as the recess play area. I would like there to be more activities on the 6th grade level perhaps setting aside one half of the upper section dedicated to the 6th graders as they are much older and mature now adays than in the past. They need to be prepared for middle school as it is such a big change. We need more parent volunteers so please help out! The library alone is run by parents so make a difference and help out your school!

  • (7 years ago)

    Please I am a Parent and a Staff member here at Mira Vista the students here well some of them are very disrespectful and the language is disgusting I am pulling my child out of the school because I feel that it is not the right school for them and as far as saftey goes the yard is so big with so little yard supervision and there are so many free openings for just anyone to come onto the school grounds Mira Vista needs help

  • (7 years ago)

    Mira Vista is an awesome school with some of the most wonderful teachers ever. The school tries its hardest with the limited funds but parent participation is pretty good with some room for improvement. We have a library (with parent volunteers!) computer lab music science (starting from 4th grade) and a nice 'community' feeling to it. What it does need is art and less emphasis on the standardized testing. Give the teachers some freedom to use their own creativity.. Although I think this is a WCCCSD thing not necessarily Mira Vista. Parents need to give a wee bit more but I've grown fond of the many parents whom I have met over the years at Mira Vista who continually are always around and helping out as much as they can! 'Mira Vista Rocks!'

  • (8 years ago)

    Mira Vista Elementary and Mrs. Brown Garcia is topnotch. As the grandmother of a handicapped child the faculty invovled with him have gone above and beyond to make sure that he has what he needs to excel and to be a productive adult. Mrs. Evans had him put in the regular classroom instead of the Special Education classes and because of her and Mrs. Brown Garcia and her staff is doing well. God Bless them for caring about the children in their care. I believe if asked Mrs. Brown Garcia can tell you about the personalites of each child. She and her staff are a God send. Their should be more like her.

  • (8 years ago)

    This is my son's 6th year at Mira Vista. In earlier years I thought this was a fantastic school. The school has lot of wonderful and creative teachers. It's a shame that the school and district administrations are moving increasingly towards the standardization of students and further away from creative expression and independent thought. The school has a limited music program. There are no art or PE classes. Some of the teachers will let the children draw or take them down to the playground for activities but there is no opportunity for organized classes in these areas. Science education does not begin until the 4th grade. Studies in the humanities are limited. Like many public schools the students are being trained to perform well on standardized tests - most emphasis is placed here. Creativity individuality and critical thinking have waned in the past two years.

  • (9 years ago)

    Quality of teachers who are able to balance their class load and remain sensitive of the individual students needs is lacking. More creativity needed to make students want to learn instead of feeling bored.

  • (9 years ago)

    My child has attended Mira Vista Elementary K-5th grade. I highly recommend this school to all those who want teachers that care about the children and teaching. The school is so popular and has high parent envolvement which makes a nice tight knit community for children.

  • (10 years ago)

    great dedicated teachers good parents diverse student population.

  • (10 years ago)

    Overall I feel that Mira Vista is a warm familial school with great caring teachers and dedicated staff. I have had three children attend Mira Vista and we have been very happy there.

  • (10 years ago)

    A great community school with a very diverse population. If you want your children to share their school experience with students representing a wide variety of cultures this is the place. The teachers are wonderful and dedicated many are exceptional the others are well qualified. As with any school public or private it is what you make of it. Parent involvement is extremely important and the parents here have been growing in their level of participation. After-school chess club is a bit hit with the kids. This is one of the most beautiful school sites and designs around. The school is currently being remodeled. (2004-2005)

  • (11 years ago)

    Mira Vista Elementary school's staff is caring and I think that a large majority of them truly want the best for our children. But there are a handful of teachers who are lacking in the department of movitivating inspiring enhancing and teaching. My daughter was doing okay in Mira Vista but she lost interest and the teachers didn't try to challenge her capabilities. My daughter stopped bringing home - homework and her grades were below grade level. Yet she was able to go to the next grade. I'm pretty sure that this is just not at Mira Vista but at every school in the district. Since the district is taking away the libray's counselors and sports they might as well take away our children's education too. Every Child Counts/ No Child Left Behind is a political lie! Signed Concerned/ Honest Parent Karen

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