School Details

Arroyo Vista Elementary School

335 El Centro Street, South Pasadena, CA 91030
(626) 441-5840
9

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 657 students 21 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

90%
90%
56%
91%
92%
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
  • South Pasadena Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

78%
80%
46%
84%
88%
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
  • South Pasadena Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

86%
87%
65%
88%
87%
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
  • South Pasadena Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

77%
87%
60%
80%
89%
65%
75%
85%
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
  • South Pasadena Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Arroyo Vista Elementary School is a public elementary school in South Pasadena. The principal of Arroyo Vista Elementary School is Cheryl Busick, who can be contacted at cbusick@fc.spusd.net. 657 students go to Arroyo Vista Elementary School and identify as White, non-Hispanic; Asian; and Hispanic. 11% of the Arroyo Vista Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 14% of the 657 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Arroyo Vista Elementary School is 21:1. San Pascual Avenue Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Drawing painting
  • Orchestra
  • Theater drama

Sports

  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
White, non-Hispanic 34% 34%
Asian 25% 35%
Hispanic 24% 15%
Black, non-Hispanic 2% 2%
Multiracial 13% %
Filipino 1% 2%
Unspecified 0.4% 11%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.1% 0.3%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 4581%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 14% 9%
Limited English proficiency 11% 7%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    We are an incoming family for 2014 and loved our tour with a highly experienced and professional principal supported by enthusiastic staff working in well-maintained facilities. We can't wait to join the Arroyo Vista Family! It's the most diverse of the three south pas elementary schools and is extremely high performing!

  • (4 years ago)

    Great community of parents and teachers all working together to give our children a wonderful education.

  • (5 years ago)

    I love the school and its teachers and my daughter enjoys it more than any school she has ever gone to. Arroyo Vista is her third school she has attended in Elementary her father's job moves us around sometimes . . .

  • (5 years ago)

    We moved to South Pasadena so that our kids could attend the schools here and we have been extremely pleased with AV. The new principal is outstanding and the teachers and community support are wonderful. I am delighted to be a part of the AV community!

  • (5 years ago)

    I am constantly blown away by this school. The teachers and staff find creative and artistic ways for my daughter to learn every day. I feel like she is getting a private school education at a public school and parent involvement is like nothing I have ever seen. We could not be happier! We feel lucky to have her enrolled at Arroyo Vista.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great little school. With good teachers and staff. My child is learning so much and the involvement of the parents is outstanding. Very picturesque little school.

  • (5 years ago)

    Great teachers and academic starndars.

  • (7 years ago)

    I am interested in moving to the scool district and this school.

  • (7 years ago)

    While this is certainly still an above average public school much has changed in the last year. We began over 3 years ago and were embraced by an amazing principal who had cultivated an unusually supportive and unique culture and community. The new very young and inexperienced principal is sweet and earnest but lacks the vision and forcefulnessthat could have moved this school even further - upward towards 5 stars. The school district has been very ineffective in finding the replacement so we had 2 interim principals before finding the one we now have.

  • (7 years ago)

    We are really happy with Arroyo Vista- the parent community & PTA is so involved & committed to excellent the school itself is excellent academically & our experiences in the 1.5 yrs we've been here with the teachers & the principal (old & new) have all been really positive. The GATE class is stellar. Highly recommend this school.

  • (9 years ago)

    A wonderful school with a positive vibe. Parents are very involved and there is a feeling of cooperation with staff. The principal is outstanding -- very accessible and hands on. Drama and music are available. Art docents contribute to various classrooms. Academic standards are stressed and are somewhat competitive. All in all a good learnig and growing environment.

  • (9 years ago)

    Two yearly book fairs an Art fair a science fair jogathan all-city track meet Sports Day etc. are all sponsored by PTA. A nice little school.

  • (9 years ago)

    High expectations friendly staff involved parent community

  • (9 years ago)

    Great School! Active parents diverse community fabulous principal. Highly recommend!

  • (9 years ago)

    AV has wonderful parental involvement and therefore a great community spirit. The principal knows all of the kids by name and is always very visible on campus with the kids and the facutly.

  • (9 years ago)

    High expectations for students teachers assign the work but don't prepare the students to do the work in all cases. Need more arts in the curriculum. Extra programs are pay as you go very little available for gifted students. Criterial for identifying gifted students needs to coincide with National standards. Parents expected to fund and run programs. Lunches served at school are very high fat content high ratio of teachers leaving every year. School site full to the brim with extra classrooms being placed in children's play area.

  • (10 years ago)

    Parents work so hard to make this school work providing countless hours of involvement driving to field trips assisting teachers and donating thousands of dollars every year. We are lucky to have a school board especially Tammy Godley looking after the interest of the parents students and staff in making South Pas. better than it ever was. The school board donates thousands of hours every year without receiving a salery and not much thanks but their hard work and proven integrity as well as a committment to students is invaluable. The new superintendent Rob Arias is a breath of fresh air a much needed welcome relief to S.P. He has the courage and the conviction to lead this district to the top. He has already started modeling a pattern of excellence in how to deal with parents and students with respect. This a positive change.

  • (10 years ago)

    Very positive community staff works well together friendly office staff clean campus displayed student work everywhere well-organized.

  • (10 years ago)

    Excellent school with significant parental involvement. The principal is especially good and very responsive. Each of the teachers I have encountered has been very good.

  • (10 years ago)

    I had been looking for a good public school district and South Pasadena is definitely that. Everyone had talked to me about Marengo specifically not Arroyo Vista and it is certainly a wonderful school. However both my sisters' kids go to Arroyo Vista and spoke so highly of the principal Mrs. Jennings and the entire staff. There is such a feeling of community and support that I am really looking forward to my daughter attending in the fall. Even the preparatory meetings have helped enormously with both my daughter's trepidation at starting a new school and my own accompanying nervousness. We are looking forward to a great year.

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