School Details

Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts

600 North Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, CA 92083
(760) 941-0880
4

(out of 10)

Public Grades K-5 1063 students 18 students/teacher (CA avg is 21)

Test Scores by grade

41%
49%
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49%
55%
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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

37%
38%
46%
48%
59%
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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

50%
62%
65%
68%
75%
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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

46%
58%
60%
44%
58%
65%
45%
51%
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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

55%
61%
60%
31%
56%
55%

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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

61%
62%
60%
53%
58%
52%

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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

63%
50%
50%
74%
57%
57%
8%
9%
31%
32%
39%
52%
65%
63%
67%

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
  • Vista Unified School District average
  • California state average

% scale represents number of student who met or exceeded standards

About this school

Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts is a public elementary school in Vista. The principal of Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts is Catina Hancock and can be contacted at catinahancock@vistausd.org. 1,063 students attend Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts and identify as Hispanic; White, non-Hispanic; and Unspecified. 56% of the Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts students have "limited English proficiency." 88% of the 1,063 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Vista Academy of Visual and Performing Arts is 18:1. California Avenue Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular activities

Arts

  • Band
  • Ceramics sculpture
  • Chorus
  • Computer arts
  • Dance
  • Drawing painting
  • Photography
  • Theater drama
  • Video film production

Languages Taught

  • Spanish

Sports

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Football
  • P.E. classes
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 88% 53%
White, non-Hispanic 7% 29%
Unspecified 4% 6%
Multiracial 2% %
Black, non-Hispanic 0.8% 5%
Filipino 0.8% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0.5% 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 0.3% %
Pacific Islander 0.3% 1%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0.3% 25425%
Asian 0.2% 2%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 88% 51%
Limited English proficiency 56% 28%

Community ratings & reviews

  • (1 year ago)

    I am so excited that Vista Academy once again offers weekly specialty classes in Art Drama Dance and Music. Additionally the staff collaborates with the specialists to provide arts integrated lessons regularly. This year the entire teaching staff has begun rigorous training so that VAVPA will become an IB Primary Years Program School. I love this school! All three of my children attended VAVPA. Two are college grads and the youngest will graduate this year. I am proud to be a part of the VAVPA faculty and work with such wonderful students and families where the ARTS and Inquiry are the basis for learning.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter has been attending VAPA for a few years and she LOVES it. The teachers truly do care about the students and their learning. The new principal Mrs Hancock has done wonders for the school and seems to be always thinking of ways to make the school better for all students. The teachers are good about using their email to communicate as well as notes home if necessary. Currently there is a massive amount of construction going on "next door" which can me for a "dusty campus" however the plan of action for after completion seems to be one that will benefit the school as a whole and for that my family is very excited to see what the future holds. One improvement I would suggest is more parent involvement. Sadly I am not able to be as available for volunteering but I help out when I can I wish that those parents who can help out during the day because they don't have a job to report do on a daily basis would take the step to volunteer on campus more just my 2 cents from conversations I've overheard during drop off and/or pick ups. I am very happy that my daughter goes to this school and to be involved in her education.

  • (2 years ago)

    This is an excellent school and the way the teachers collaborate with one another to create specialized learning enviroments for all types of learns is what makes the school special. There is a diverse group of students which of course gives the teachers some challenges with english learning students. But research proves that these students also benefit from the arts integration programs and this school scores high with these students despite the budget cuts that have happened in the past. This school pulls many parents into the district due to its programs. If this magnet schools funding is cut there will be no reason to parents to keep their kids in this district.

  • (3 years ago)

    AMAZING AMAZING VAPA is like no other school in Vista. The teachers are wonderful and the ARTS are everywhere!

  • (3 years ago)

    LOVE THIS SCHOOL Our daughter is just finishing her Kindergarten year at VAPA. The school has been amazing this is not a cookie cutter school. No where else in the district will you find and Arts program like this school has.The teachers staff parents and students are top notch. I look forward to anther year at this school.

  • (4 years ago)

    Amazing school The API score doesn t fully reflect this school. Yes there are English learners but this in no way effects the teaching. The school scores one of the highest score in the district (API 925). The arts are amazing one day they are in dance class the next art than drama and computer lab. You don t get this at any other school in the district!

  • (4 years ago)

    Arts Arts Arts This school has it all excellent teachers and staff. An amazing involved and informative principal. The principal has monthly tea and coffee sit downs with the parents. She wants to hear what they have to say face to face and improve the school any way she can. With so many budget cuts and the arts and music being taken out of the schools this is one of the few gems left where that doesn t happen. I am so pleased with this school. The teaching is amazing and our son is excelling in all subjects.

  • (4 years ago)

    Love this school can t say enough good things about it. The students and teachers are the best I have ever seen. If you are thinking about sending your child here you won t be disappointed. The academics are spot on and the arts program is out of this world. It might not be the newest facility but that doesn t stop the teachers from doing an amazing job.

  • (4 years ago)

    LOVE THIS SCHOOL The reviews speak for themselves. If you are in the Vista district look at the other elementary school reviews on this site. VAPA has 90+ all other schools have around 20 or less. That tells you how involved the parents are and how much they love this school. It is truly an amazing school. I have heard so many people say they are sending their child to a school because the buildings are newer or the ratio is more even. That doesn t mean you are going to get a better education. The staff and teachers are the cream of the crop at this school. If you want a well round education than VAPA is a good choice.

  • (4 years ago)

    This school rocks there is so much going on here all the time. The parents are very involved. My daughter is in kindergarten and there is a teacher helper 5 days a week in the class and she is amazing! I m so happy we chose to send her to this school. Many parents over look this school only to send their child to a school with a different ratio I really don t get that. The teachers are amazing I can t say enough about them. There are book fairs pep rallies art shows talent shows musicals drama/dance productions fall festivals Haunted house and more! My daughter is already reading adding and subtracting all with comprehension.

  • (4 years ago)

    We ARE an arts magnet school. Go to any other elementary school in the district and you will immediately see/hear/notice the difference. None of the other elementary schools has a dance teacher an instrumental music teacher a visual artist and a drama teacher for all grades. Some of our students do come from the neighborhood but just because they live close by does not mean they are not here for the arts. We have a campus supervisor which no other elementary school in the district has. We are an old campus - but the bathroom is just around the corner for the kindergarten students and not across the campus. And yes the parking lot is an issue which is more about the parents who are driving than about the school itself.

  • (4 years ago)

    My child just starting going to Kindergarten at VAPA this year. There are way too many students per teacher ratio. With there being so many students the school had to create a kindergarten class room outside the kindergarten compound . This class doesn t not even have a bathroom so the kids have to walk across campus to go to the bathroom. This school is lacking safety I never see a security guard on campus and the parking lot is the Indy 500 most the times. It seems the students going to the school are only going there because it is close to their home and not for the arts! This is really not a magnet

  • (4 years ago)

    This schools teaches not just regular subjects but integrated all of the arts into its curriculum and that makes the difference in how students view learning. Not just as something they have to do but as something to look forward to learning is fun once again and students get to be kids too!!!

  • (4 years ago)

    I love that my 5 yr old has been introduced to an arts based curriculum. It allows for so much creativity & thought into everything he does! Great teachers who truly care about the kids!

  • (4 years ago)

    This school has a pep rally every Friday for the elementary students to celebrate their successes and then they all do a line dance called the Bull Dog Boogie! The teachers and Principal have great school spirit and really get envolved. I love that they are keeping the arts alive in this school!

  • (4 years ago)

    I have been to all the school sites and this one has teachers and staff that have an interest in the arts on a personal level and wish to share their knowledge with students far above the average Reading Writing & 'Rithmatic. FIVE STARS

  • (4 years ago)

    I love the teachers who truly care about their students' success!

  • (4 years ago)

    they have a good educational program and great teachers. The special education program is spectacular.

  • (4 years ago)

    I am aware of the beneficial Acedemic Achievement of this facility and (especially Debra Hogue) and the knowledge and compassion of the staff to teach and prepare 'our' children to live a productive life that contributes to the well being of our world.

  • (4 years ago)

    Vista Academy is an amazing school - using arts to teach. Kids who graduate from VAPA do really well in highschool. They feel comfortable in front of an audience and this helps through their highschool years and college.

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