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Buena Vista Elementary School

Public School | Grades K-5 | Carlsbad Unified
1330 Buena Vista Way
Carlsbad, CA 92008
(760) 331-5400

About This School

Buena Vista Elementary School is located in Carlsbad, CA and is one of 11 elementary schools in Carlsbad Unified School District. It is a public school that serves 276 students in grades K-5. See Buena Vista Elementary School's test results to learn more about school performance.

A school's Academic Performance Index (API) is a scale that ranges from 200 to 1000 and is calculated from the school's performance in the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program. The state has set 800 as the API target for all schools to meet.

Buena Vista Elementary School had an API growth score of 902 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Buena Vista Elementary School's 2012 base score was 888 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.

In 2010, Buena Vista Elementary School had 13 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

Student Ethnicity (2011)

Students (2011)


Students Per Teacher (2010)

Female/Male (2011)

51% 49%

Subsidized Lunch (2011)


District Spending (2010)

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Buena Vista Elementary School Reviews

By , a Parent on

I love Buena Vista my family has been attending this school since it opened 50 years ago. My son is in kindergarten rite now and he is doing great! The teachers and staff go out of thier way to make sure the students get what they need. It might not be the schools fault it might be your child. We have had nothing but satisfaction with our sons education. If they close this school it will be a great loss to olde Carlsbad. But of course its always about the money, forget our childrens education and what the parents want.

By a Parent on

I was seriously disappointed in this school.  We tried it for a year.  When I expressed my concerns with the principal, she told me that every child can afford to have one bad year.  What kind of advice was that?!  My son had an IEP and we definitely couldn't "afford to have one bad year".  While my son's math scores plummeted to far below failing, I was told that he was still within average.  I don't believe in bell curves, and when grades are below 65%, I consider them failing.  The only obvious choice was to leave.

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