School Details

Rancho Vista Elementary School

4323 Palos Verdes Drive North, Rolling Hills Estates, CA 90274
(310) 378-8388
10

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 433 students 17 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

88%
88%
56%
96%
92%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
80%
46%
93%
91%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

94%
90%
65%
96%
91%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

88%
90%
60%
88%
91%
65%
93%
90%
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
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Rancho Vista Elementary School is a public elementary school in Rolling Hills Estates. The principal of Rancho Vista Elementary School is William MacDonald and can be contacted at macdonaldw@pvpusd.k12.ca.us. 433 students attend Rancho Vista Elementary School and are mostly Unspecified; White, non-Hispanic; and Multiracial. 12% of the Rancho Vista Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 3% of the 433 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Rancho Vista Elementary School is 17:1. Chadwick School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

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

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • P.E. classes

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 8% 4%
White, non-Hispanic 56% 58%
Multiracial 4% %
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 2%
Filipino 3% 2%
Asian 23% 27%
Hispanic 10% 6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.5% %
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.4% 0.1%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.2% %
Pacific Islander 0.2% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3% 1%
Limited English proficiency 12% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    Great school! Wonderful new principal in 2013. Wonderful community with involved families. The teachers are amazing!

  • (5 years ago)

    Rancho Vista is a parent participation school. It gives parents a chance to interact with the kids at school and meet their friends and classmates.

  • (6 years ago)

    A fantastic school. Principal takes care of business and listens to parent's kid's concerns and appreciates all the help parents give her. She enforces zero bullying policy 100 percent. 4th grade has been a wonderful experience for my child and he has all 3 of the teachers each day. PTA provides great field trips assemblies art and music programs. PTA proactive and always lots to do there. Only downside is if this isnt your home school (and your child gets in per lottery) your child may be separated from his RV friends by going to different middle school. Also w/ baseball you may not be able to play on same team as RV friends. I love the school but these last 2 factors still haunt me a bit. I do highly rec the school- mostly great teachers and parents. Nice kids. Beautiful landscaping- a nice overall environment for elementary school.

  • (7 years ago)

    Great school. Very challenging curriculum outstanding teachers engaged families and lots of extracurricular activites for the kids.

  • (8 years ago)

    I have had nothing but a positive experience at Rancho Vista. It is a warm friendly environment for my children to learn in. They love their teachers. There is a strong academic program and many supporting extracurricular activities - Spanish and Performing Arts to name a few. The program is further enriched by the parent participation aspect. All around this is a fabulous school!

  • (8 years ago)

    I am please to say my child had a good experience while attending Rancho Vista. His 1st grade teacher was excellent in motivating instructing and teaching her students on a wide range of curriculum. This school is very good at high cutting edge instruction. The school grounds are meticulously clean and in well repair. There is one shortfall however I did not feel the full support of the principal as there were many instances where she needs improvement. Her leadership style is one of passive. I would have liked to see more involvement from her both in and out of the classroom. The parent support is good but could be improved to assist with hard to fill positions like the PE teacher slot! This school is is desperate need of upgrading its outdoor recreational supplies I.E. Basketballs Soccer equipment etc. Overall I think with a few changes this school is Outstanding.

  • (9 years ago)

    The school's parent particpation program is excellent. It has great parent and teacher cooperation. It is very diverse and active with community involvement.

  • (11 years ago)

    We are so pleased with the school the staff the PTA and all the parent participation we experience. Rancho Vista also takes pride in their appearance and the kids benefit from this as well.

  • (11 years ago)

    This year Rancho Vista has started a new parent participation program. Parents contribute 8 hours/mo of their time (in or out of classroom) and in exchange we get Spanish 3x/wk a 'full day' kindergarten lower student teacher ratio in kindergarten than elsewhere in the district and all the wonderful things that come from being involved in your children's education. There are so many neat things going on at this school and it's thanks to the great parents we have. This is a great program that I believe will only get better as it grows into its potential.

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(based on 12 ratings & reviews)

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