School Details

California Avenue Elementary School

215 West California Avenue, Vista, CA 92083
(760) 630-4870

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-8 32 students 2 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

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About this school

California Avenue Elementary School is a public middle school in Vista. The principal of California Avenue Elementary School is Rachel Schmidt and can be contacted at 32 students go to California Avenue Elementary School and identify mostly as Unspecified; White, non-Hispanic; and Black, non-Hispanic. 11% of the California Avenue Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 26% of the 32 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at California Avenue Elementary School is 2:1. Vista Magnet Middle School Of Technology, Science, And Math is one of the nearest middle schools.

Extracurricular activities


  • Bicycling
  • P.E. classes
  • Swimming

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Unspecified 8% 6%
White, non-Hispanic 58% 29%
Black, non-Hispanic 5% 5%
Asian 5% 2%
Hispanic 32% 53%
Filipino 0% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Multiracial 0% %
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26% 51%
Limited English proficiency 11% 28%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (2 years ago)

    2/21/13 I went waited for my son(autistic) and the teacher and helpers didn't know where he was. They brought me his backpack and searched for him then finaling walking( not running with concern) to the playground to find him there. I waited ten minutes but adding the time he wasn't in class. I've contacted the principal and district in anger and disappointment that this would happen in a special needs school.

  • (2 years ago)

    Hands down the best preschool ever! The teachers are AMAZING!! I was a little skeptical of the neighborhood and parking is hard to come by but once your in Cal Ave is the BEST!!! We were blessed to have found this school for our two older kids and our youngest will be starting this year =)

  • (5 years ago)

    The BEST staff and programs I could possibly imagine for my preschooler. I am always amazed at the knowledge and experience of the special ed staff. The office staff are always friendly and helpful!

  • (6 years ago)

    Love this school. The teachers care so much for my son. They really are wonderful!!

  • (6 years ago)

    My son loves this school and so do I. The teachers are wonderful and only wished my daughter could go here as well!

  • (6 years ago)

    This is a wonderful school for preschool/ Kindergarten children! It is without a doubt the best kept secret in North County. This school is designed to serve children with various special needs but integrates typical (or non disabled) children with the children who have special needs. The teachers including the assistants are highly trained to work with children and it shows. This has been a great 1st school experience for my 3 year old. I drive 13 miles from Oceanside 3x a week so my daughter can attend this program. If you have a preschooler in the North County San Diego Area check it out! Excellent leadership. Thanks Cal Ave!

  • (6 years ago)

    I love the staff at Califonia Ave. My son attended Pre-school as well as Kindergarten and has shown so much improvement....I hate to see him leave for 1st grade

  • (7 years ago)

    What a positive and well balanced learning environment for my son. He has progressed so much in the past 2 years at Calif. Ave School. We are so impressed with the teachers and staff!

  • (8 years ago)

    What a great place for my kids to attend school. The staff was just great. They had alot of fun stuff going on all the time. The PE program was the best. I can't wait until August so my child can return. I highly recommend this school

  • (9 years ago)

    This school integrates typical children with special needs children. As a parent of a typical child I highly recommend this preschool due to the fact that the staff is so caring attentive and knowledgable. Within the first month my son was counting to 30 knew all his colors & shapes and had incredible language. Where else can you send your child to preschool and use a swimming pool? My child made friends with kids his own age that were in wheelchairs and he fed the helper dog carrots. He has become so sociable with other children due to this school and its incredible staff. Although the school may look a little worn down they are the best little secret in town. Do not judge a book by its cover because you could miss out on an amazing school for your child. From one mom to another check this school out.

  • (9 years ago)

    I think the staff is extremely knowledgeable and provide a wonderful learning environment for the students.

  • (10 years ago)

    Not impressed with the quality/level of DTT training availble and other services for handicapped children. Low IEP goals low budgets availble school building is old and run down.

  • (10 years ago)

    My son is autistic and Ca Ave School was great in transitioning him from early start to pre-school. He is now very communicative and we hope he can be mainstreamed. The teachers and staff are all very nice and helpful and have a very good approach towards the necessary behavioral treatment. We are very happy with his improvement. I would recommend this school for preschoolers whether disabled or not.

  • (10 years ago)

    My daughter spent a year as a preschooler due to significant delays in speech. Her teacher and speech teacher aides etc. were wonderful. She loved the school and received much individual attention. I highly recommend it.

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