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Golden Valley Charter School

Preschool | Grades K-12 | Mesa Union Elementary
2421 Portola Rd
Ventura, CA 93003
(805) 642-3435

About This School

Golden Valley Charter School is located in Ventura, CA and is one of 3 schools in Mesa Union Elementary School District. It is a charter school that serves 581 students in grades K-12.

Charter schools are public schools, but differ from traditional public schools in that they are independent and are operated by educators, parents, community leaders, educational entrepreneurs, or others. Funding for charter schools is based on designated local or state educational organizations. Those organizations are responsible for monitoring and assessing the quality and effectiveness of education, but permit the schools to operate outside of the traditional public school education system. See Golden Valley Charter 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.

Golden Valley Charter School had an API growth score of 817 in 2012. California uses the Academic Performance Index (API) to measure annual school performance and year-to-year improvement. Golden Valley Charter School's 2012 base score was 808 and the school did meet its 2012 school-wide growth target.

In 2010, Golden Valley Charter School had 24 students for every full-time equivalent teacher. The California average is 24 students per full-time equivalent teacher.

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Students Per Teacher (2010)

Female/Male (2011)

54% 46%

District Spending (2010)

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Almost finished with our second year with Golden Valley Charter School. Their program really allows families to customize an educational curriculum individualized for each child. GVCS has a very good library in Ventura with a wide variety of materials available for check-out and some consumables as well (workbooks that can be kept). GVCS also has a nice list of vendors so that the student can use some or all of her allotted funds for classes in the arts, sciences and/or athletics. We have been very pleased with our experience with GVCS. We have the flexibility of homeschooling, but also the checks and balances (ie; standardized testing) that let us know we are keeping pace with the site based public schools as well. This school has been a great fit for our family.

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