School Details

Manuel De Vargas Elementary School

5050 Moorpark Avenue, San Jose, CA 95129
(408) 252-0303
8

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 381 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

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88%
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79%
93%
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
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

62%
83%
46%
87%
95%
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
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

65%
93%
65%
82%
95%
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
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

71%
91%
60%
79%
92%
65%
69%
90%
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
  • Cupertino Union average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Manuel De Vargas Elementary School is a public elementary school in San Jose. The principal of Manuel De Vargas Elementary School is Karen Wright and can be contacted at wright_karen@cusdk8.org. 381 students go to Manuel De Vargas Elementary School and identify mostly as Asian; Black, non-Hispanic; and Hispanic. 46% of the Manuel De Vargas Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 22% of the 381 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Manuel De Vargas Elementary School is 16:1. Murdock-Portal Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Orchestra

Languages Taught

  • Cantonese
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming
  • Tennis

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Asian 57% 70%
Black, non-Hispanic 3% 1%
Hispanic 21% 5%
Filipino 2% 1%
White, non-Hispanic 17% 23%
Pacific Islander 1% 0.3%
Multiracial 1% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.4% 18645%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.3%
Unspecified 0% 0.05%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22% 5%
Limited English proficiency 46% 10%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    The Best school. Teachers give an warm and homely environment to the kids. My son was in ELD Program I was very worried how he would learn the language. But the way Ms. Ligocki helped him patiently is awesome. Although he is been moved to his neighborhood school he still misses De vargas. I also have to give a lot of credit to Ms.chow and Ms. Johnson for their efforts to help my daughter too. Thanks to De vargas and all of them Associated with the school )

  • (1 year ago)

    A great healty enviroment for the kids especially coming from private preschools. Teachers are very good and ther is a new wonderful Principal. Go De Vargas!

  • (1 year ago)

    De Vargas is a great school. The teachers principal and support staff are extremely dedicated. It's a fantastic learning environment for children.

  • (2 years ago)

    Our daughter is in First grade here. A school is only as good as its teachers. Be it Harker or Challenger if the teacher isn t good enough the brand doesn t matter. De Vargas has great teachers. My kid is with Miss O Rourke Lauren who is exceptional. She goes above the call of duty and works minimum 12 hours a day. She is very friendly humane passionate exceptionally skilled and truly cares about each kid. She calls the group Team Super Kids and communicates frequently with parents on emails. Ms O Rourke ensures each kid has customized teaching plan based on their skills and monitors performance. She does not settle for anything less and really challenges the kids to go the extra mile. Most kids in her class have already covered second grade Maths/English for which Ms O Rourke takes lot of personal effort. She also ensures kids are disciplined participate in group events and understand / respect people from all cultures. It s a blessing for my daughter to have a school like De Vargas and teacher like Ms O Rourke. Thanks. Mani & Geetha.

  • (2 years ago)

    De Vargas rocks. My son is in fifth grade here. It can t get any better than this with Mr. Shane Tatman teaching them. He is the best. During CUSD middle school open houses when I say those teachers that my son is at De Vargas at Mr. Tatman s class they give rave reviews about him. This shows the respect he commands. Mr Tatman makes teaching simple yet effective and his style is unique. His depth of knowledge is amazing. He gets the kids to present on an interesting topic once monthly gets them to do an auto-biography and positively critiques every bit of output. He is a great motivator and gives kids performance based weekly I Can Manage Myself ICMM certificate. Beyond teaching Mr. Tatman genuinely cares. He talks to them about ill effects of smoking promotes discipline offers school-life balance takes great personal pain to conduct a 3 day offsite science camp executes No TV week conducts walkathon and the list is endless. He is a bundle of energy and always smiling. The positive influence of Mr.Tatman will remain with my son through his career. The best words in dictionary aren t enough to say how great a teacher he is. Thanks. Mani & Geetha.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have two kids who currently attend. One of them used to be advanced when entering school but started getting bored in school and came down to grade level. Some teachers are highly committed but most are stuck in their ways. Course teaching is always behind schedule defined by the California guidelines. Principal is the biggest disappointment - no wonder the teachers aren't motivated. Parent involvement is non-existent partly because the most committed parents want to hog the limelight all the time.

  • (7 years ago)

    I currently have two children who attend De Vargas they both love their teachers and are always excited to attend school. The teachers at De Vargas really go the extra mile for your children. As a parent it is very comforting to me to know that my children feel safe and comfortable at school. I find that whenever I have a question or concern the teachers and/or office staff are always available. On an academic level I see a great improvement in their reading rhyming and math skills. There are always parents that help in the classroom and not only for a special occasion.

  • (8 years ago)

    The academics at De Vargas is at a very slow pace. My child was a fast paced student with good grasping abilities. He felt that the entire class is going slower speed. Not too many extra curricular activites were available.

  • (8 years ago)

    Wow! My son and daughters were there for a month as ESL learners and my son would always mention how fun it was but my daughter gave the thumbs down. I bet they learned a little but both my cildren had different views. The arts there are fabulous although there is'nt really art. Parents are not involved too often though. According to my son they taught him a lot there and it's very good especially for ESL learners but my daughter hated it for some reason; perhaps because she didn't know anybosy and didn't understand anything or perhaps the reason is because she had a bad teacher.

  • (9 years ago)

    I was very impressed with the teachers at this school. They were all very attentive and gave my child quality time-something that I rarely see anymore here in the California school systems. Students were also able to participate in over 8 field trips due to a small $45 donation from parents (a small price to pay). My only complaint is that the playground monitors are horrible! They do not try to help the students during recess and because of this many students were bullied. Academically though my child did extremely well!

  • (9 years ago)

    Though the API ratings are low compared to other schools in this district De Vargas has a good curriculum in place and the teachers are experienced. The arts section of this school could use a lot of improvement.

  • (9 years ago)

    The most I like this school provides longer hour Kindergarten that is from 8am to 2 05pm. My kids are ESL (English as second language) learners. They have been learning a lots from school. I like every teachers I met and worked with as a volunteer. They are so organized and enthusiastic to teach and also they respect us like ESL kids and parents. I guess most of the kids are bilingual or about it. Wish little bit more parents volunteers involved might help this school more significant.

  • (10 years ago)

    My son went to kindergarden in this school couple of years ago. It was a good daycare with strong emphasis on reading. My son was one of the best students in his class however for the following year he was assigned to k/1 (instead of the 2nd) grade which was not academically challenging for him. I feel that the school failed to meet the needs of my son. I told the principal that my son needs to be challenged in order to preserve interest in studying. I was told that the class assignments cannot be changed. The approach to my child was very 'unified' and dissatisfactory. As a result my son was bored at school and developed behavioral problems. I also felt that my son did not acquire sufficent math skills to be prepared for the 2nd grade. I would not recommend this school.

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