School Details

Valley Center Primary

14249 Fruitvale Road, Valley Center, CA 92082
(760) 749-8282

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-2 505 students 16 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade


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
  • Valley Center-Pauma Unified average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Valley Center Primary is a public elementary school in Valley Center. The principal of Valley Center Primary is Patty Christopher, who can be contacted at 505 students attend Valley Center Primary and identify mostly as Hispanic; Multiracial; and White, non-Hispanic. 36% of the Valley Center Primary students have "limited English proficiency." 51% of the 505 students here get reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Valley Center Primary is 16:1. Valley Center Elementary is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 49% 41%
Multiracial 4% %
White, non-Hispanic 35% 45%
Native American or Native Alaskan 10% 10%
Filipino 1% 1%
Asian 1% 0.9%
Black, non-Hispanic 0.7% 0.9%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.7% 4157%
Unspecified 0.4% 0.2%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.3%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 51% 42%
Limited English proficiency 36% 23%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (3 years ago)

    I have had a pleasant experience with this school staff and volunteers. It is unfortunate that due to budget restraints many positions have had to be cut. The principal makes herself available to parents and the teachers are open for questions and parent involvement.

  • (4 years ago)

    Sadly the school suffers because of the administration. The principal has issues not conducive to being a principal. She has a temper and is known to be controlling and does not have good rapport with all parents and teachers. That being said there are several outstanding teachers at each grade level. In speaking with these teachers their primary disappointment is the principal and her temper. They do not fully and freely communicate with the principal because she will hold grudges and make things difficult for her staff.

  • (4 years ago)

    I have lived in Valley Center for 12 years because of the quality of the schools here. There's no where else I want my 4 children to be raised. I have one graduating high school one in middle school and two at the primary. I also LOVE the fact that they provide free bus transportation unlike most other schools in San Diego County. The teachers listen to parental concerns and you can tell that they actually care & enjoy teaching. They are some of the BEST teachers and I couldn't have been happier with them. It takes a village definitely holds true here in VC.

  • (9 years ago)

    Academics are good if your child is in the right class. Music is minimal the amount of art depends on the teacher sports & extracurricular activities must be provided by you as a parent (which is best anyway). Valley Center has good parent involvement (by those that are involved).

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Overall score

(based on 8 ratings & reviews)

  • Teacher quality
  • Principal leadership
  • Parent involvement


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