Buena Vista Elementary

Summary:

Buena Vista Elementary is a public elementary school in Bakersfield, California, serving students from kindergarten to 6th grade. With a diverse student population, the school consistently outperforms the district and state averages in academic performance, particularly for its Hispanic and English Language Learner students.

Buena Vista Elementary's academic achievements are impressive, with 55.43% of students proficient or better in English Language Arts and 47.13% in Mathematics, compared to the district averages of 46.56% and 30.97%, respectively. The school also performs well in Science, with 31.58% of students proficient or better. Notably, Buena Vista Elementary ranks in the top quartile of California elementary schools for its Hispanic and English Language Learner student populations, and in the top half for African American and low socioeconomic status students. However, the school's performance for Asian, White, and students with disabilities is relatively lower, ranking in the bottom half of California elementary schools for these subgroups.

While Buena Vista Elementary outperforms most nearby schools in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District, the school has seen a significant increase in chronic absenteeism, from 6.7% in 2018-2019 to 19.8% in 2022-2023. This is an area of concern that the school and district should address. Despite the high percentage of students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds (63.65%), Buena Vista Elementary's academic performance remains strong, suggesting the school is effectively supporting its economically disadvantaged students.


Detail:

Public K-6

 6547 Buena Vista Rd.
       Bakersfield, CA  93311-9792


(661) 831-0818

District: Panama-Buena Vista Union

SchoolDigger Rank:
1653rd of 5,868 California Elementary Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $10,106 Help


Students who attend Buena Vista Elementary usually attend:

Middle:    Earl Warren Junior High
High:    Independence High

Student/teacher ratio:  24.3 Help
Number of students:  718

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
56.1%
White:
18.8%
Asian:
16.2%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  63.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Buena Vista Elementary ranks better than 71.8% of elementary schools in California. It also ranks 4th among 18 ranked elementary schools in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 68.37. (See more...)
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Chronic absenteeism in a high school refers to a situation where students repeatedly miss school, with the threshold often defined as missing 10% or more of school days for any reason, excused or unexcused.
Student Body
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Compare Details Student population at Buena Vista Elementary is diverse. Racial makeup is: Hispanic (56.1%), White (18.8%), Asian (16.2%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 63.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Buena Vista Elementary is 24.3, which is the 4th best among 18 elementary schools in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Buena Vista Elementary is $10,106, which is the lowest among 18 elementary schools in the Panama-Buena Vista Union School District!
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Buena Vista Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Buena Vista Elementary 1653rd of 5868 California public elementary schools. (See Buena Vista Elementary in the ranking list.)

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Panama-Buena Vista Union:

SchoolDigger ranks Panama-Buena Vista Union 706th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Buena Vista Elementary

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Rank History for all students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 76.92 1037th 4809 78.4%
2005 76.35 1078th 4822 77.6%
2006 59.66 1751st 4818 63.7%
2007 59.60 1847th 5113 63.9%
2008 44.65 2682nd 5113 47.5%
2009 56.41 2103rd 5193 59.5%
2010 51.56 2485th 5314 53.2%
2011 52.61 2443rd 5377 54.6%
2012 48.48 2714th 5390 49.6%
2013 46.13 2918th 5530 47.2%
2015 51.76 2355th 5611 58.0%
2016 66.07 1712th 5614 69.5%
2017 55.31 2260th 5692 60.3%
2018 57.00 2185th 5662 61.4%
2019 62.19 1960th 5789 66.1%
2022 71.94 1537th 5883 73.9%
2023 68.37 1647th 5848 71.8%
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Rank History for English Language Learner students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.30 837th 3246 74.2%
2022 91.23 150th 3311 95.5%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 37.09 1322nd 2416 45.3%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 55.24 2021st 5084 60.2%
2019 68.94 1242nd 5173 76.0%
2022 84.34 584th 5264 88.9%
2023 79.14 801st 5355 85.0%
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Rank History for Female students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 61.11 1925th 5413 64.4%
2019 67.60 1625th 5492 70.4%
2022 71.84 1447th 5635 74.3%
2023 68.24 1575th 5595 71.8%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 49.14 797th 2128 62.5%
2019 53.65 878th 2585 66.0%
2022 23.70 1819th 2227 18.3%
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Rank History for Male students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 51.92 2341st 5431 56.9%
2019 54.26 2243rd 5510 59.3%
2022 69.35 1562nd 5663 72.4%
2023 66.03 1671st 5627 70.3%
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Rank History for Asian students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.38 619th 1071 42.2%
2019 49.34 714th 1149 37.9%
2022 46.54 758th 1154 34.3%
2023 50.82 734th 1183 38.0%
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Rank History for African American students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.06 205th 700 70.7%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 60.46 1599th 4830 66.9%
2019 68.41 1239th 4963 75.0%
2022 81.43 689th 5084 86.4%
2023 78.09 825th 5079 83.8%
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Rank History for White students at Buena Vista Elementary

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Elementary Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 42.05 1759th 2737 35.7%
2019 46.05 1674th 2834 40.9%
2022 48.52 1507th 2726 44.7%
2023 38.82 1750th 2659 34.2%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

As you review the school rankings data, please be aware that some of the information from certain demographics is missing. The reason for this omission is that the data has been redacted from the source data itself due to low population samples in these specific demographic groups.

Redacting data from low population samples is a necessary step to ensure the reliability and accuracy of the results, as small sample sizes may not be representative of the broader population. Additionally, this measure helps protect the privacy of individuals belonging to these demographic groups.

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Enrollment information for Buena Vista Elementary

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1988 24 2 0 9 0 n/a n/a 0 35
1989 32 1 0 5 0 n/a n/a 0 38
1990 58 1 0 17 2 n/a n/a 0 78
1991 74 2 2 16 1 n/a n/a 0 95
1992 110 2 6 16 5 n/a n/a 0 139
1993 125 5 8 18 0 n/a n/a 0 156
1994 156 10 21 30 0 n/a n/a 0 217
1995 223 18 37 131 3 n/a n/a 0 412
1996 223 18 37 131 3 n/a n/a 0 412
1997 213 20 36 133 4 n/a n/a 0 406
1998 229 33 30 136 6 n/a n/a 0 434
1999 239 30 43 118 7 n/a n/a 0 437
2000 266 37 37 79 7 n/a n/a 0 426
2001 259 28 30 74 6 n/a n/a 0 397
2002 290 47 40 116 9 n/a n/a 0 502
2003 290 47 40 116 9 n/a n/a 0 502
2004 303 54 41 123 9 n/a n/a 0 530
2005 355 70 63 207 14 n/a n/a 3 712
2006 394 76 95 322 13 n/a n/a 3 903
2007 401 88 138 453 13 n/a n/a 5 1098
2008 282 111 159 503 11 n/a n/a 0 1066
2009 283 65 136 433 9 2 4 0 932
2010 272 62 129 395 7 1 0 0 866
2011 271 61 130 408 6 3 2 0 881
2012 271 60 125 409 7 8 4 0 884
2013 286 57 125 407 4 9 19 0 907
2014 287 55 131 425 5 9 22 0 934
2015 254 55 121 456 4 8 19 0 917
2016 239 56 110 456 2 7 23 0 893
2017 251 56 95 492 1 5 24 0 924
2018 225 57 112 518 1 3 30 0 946
2019 230 58 113 492 5 3 39 0 940
2020 213 63 118 493 4 4 40 0 935
2021 199 59 123 488 4 5 38 0 916
2022 150 39 99 408 1 2 18 0 717
2023 135 45 116 403 1 2 16 0 718

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Enrollment/Ethnicity

For more information about how the Department of Education defines ethnicity, see Defining Race and Ethnicity Data, National Center for Education Statistics

Students eligible for free or discounted lunch at Buena Vista Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 35 2.0 17.5 n/a
1989 38 2.0 19.0 n/a
1990 78 4.5 17.3 n/a
1991 95 5.0 19.0 n/a
1992 139 5.1 27.2 5.8
1993 156 7.0 22.3 3.8
1994 217 8.0 27.1 15.7
1995 412 16.5 25.0 24.5
1996 412 16.5 25.0 24.5
1997 406 21.0 19.3 22.7
1998 434 22.5 19.3 20.7
1999 437 22.0 19.9 18.1
2000 426 19.0 22.4 12
2001 397 20.0 19.9 9.6
2002 502 24.0 20.9 14.7
2003 502 24.0 20.9 14.7
2004 530 25.9 20.5 5.8
2005 712 36.0 19.8 25.5
2006 903 45.9 19.7 26.9
2007 1098 51.5 21.3 30.5
2008 1066 52.5 20.3 37.1
2009 932 47.6 18.1 38.8
2010 866 34.4 25.1 41.1
2011 881 n/a n/a 45.5
2012 884 27.0 32.6 40.5
2013 907 31.7 28.5 44.3
2014 934 31.6 29.4 43.7
2015 917 38.0 24.1 43.1
2016 893 30.0 29.7 46.9
2017 924 31.5 29.3 49.6
2018 946 32.5 29.1 56.2
2019 940 29.0 32.4 57.1
2020 935 n/a n/a 58.8
2021 916 34.5 26.5 52.6
2022 717 30.5 23.5 66.4
2023 718 29.5 24.3 63.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Students eligible for discounted/free lunch:

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP) provides low-cost or free meals to students in U.S. public and nonprofit private schools based on household income. Those with incomes below 130% of the poverty line receive free lunch, while those between 130% and 185% qualify for reduced-price lunch. The percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch serves as a marker for poverty, as it reflects the socioeconomic status of families in a given school or district. A higher FRPL rate typically indicates a higher concentration of low-income families, suggesting that the school or district may face additional challenges in providing adequate resources and support for student success.

Student/Teacher Ratio Buena Vista Elementary

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1988 35 2.0 17.5 n/a
1989 38 2.0 19.0 n/a
1990 78 4.5 17.3 n/a
1991 95 5.0 19.0 n/a
1992 139 5.1 27.2 5.8
1993 156 7.0 22.3 3.8
1994 217 8.0 27.1 15.7
1995 412 16.5 25.0 24.5
1996 412 16.5 25.0 24.5
1997 406 21.0 19.3 22.7
1998 434 22.5 19.3 20.7
1999 437 22.0 19.9 18.1
2000 426 19.0 22.4 12
2001 397 20.0 19.9 9.6
2002 502 24.0 20.9 14.7
2003 502 24.0 20.9 14.7
2004 530 25.9 20.5 5.8
2005 712 36.0 19.8 25.5
2006 903 45.9 19.7 26.9
2007 1098 51.5 21.3 30.5
2008 1066 52.5 20.3 37.1
2009 932 47.6 18.1 38.8
2010 866 34.4 25.1 41.1
2011 881 n/a n/a 45.5
2012 884 27.0 32.6 40.5
2013 907 31.7 28.5 44.3
2014 934 31.6 29.4 43.7
2015 917 38.0 24.1 43.1
2016 893 30.0 29.7 46.9
2017 924 31.5 29.3 49.6
2018 946 32.5 29.1 56.2
2019 940 29.0 32.4 57.1
2020 935 n/a n/a 58.8
2021 916 34.5 26.5 52.6
2022 717 30.5 23.5 66.4
2023 718 29.5 24.3 63.6

Data source: National Center for Education Statistics, U.S. Dept of Education.

About Student-Teacher Ratio

Student/teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the total number of students by the total number of full-time equivalent teachers. Please note that a smaller student/teacher ratio does not necessarily translate to smaller class size. In some instances, schools hire teachers part time, and some teachers are hired for specialized instruction with very small class sizes. These and other factors contribute to the student/teacher ratio. Note: For private schools, Student/teacher ratio may not include Pre-Kindergarten.

Kindergarten Immunization Rates

Buena Vista Elementary

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YearCompletely ImmunizedReligious ExemptionMedical ExemptionConditionalPolioHepatitis BVaricellaDTPMMR
201296.0%2.0%0.0%2.0%97.0%98.0%98.0%96.0%96.0%
201397.0%0.0%1.0%2.0%98.0%99.0%99.0%98.0%97.0%
201497.0%2.0%0.0%2.0%97.0%98.0%98.0%97.0%97.0%
201594.0%2.0%0.0%4.0%97.0%97.0%98.0%98.0%95.0%
201695.0%0.0%0.0%5.0%98.0%99.0%100.0%97.0%98.0%
201798.0%0.0%0.0%2.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%98.0%
201896.0%0.0%1.0%0.0%98.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%98.0%
2019≥99.0%≤1.0%≤1.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%≥99.0%
202097.1%0.7%0.7%97.8%97.8%
202196.9%0.8%2.3%97.7%98.5%98.5%96.9%
202298.3%0.8%0.8%

Data source: California Department of Public Health
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Per Pupil Expenditures for Buena Vista Elementary

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $10,106

Data source: California Department of Education
Pre and Post Pandemic Data

Impact of COVID-19 on Buena Vista Elementary

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Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 1960th of 5789 Elementary schoolsRanks 1647th of 5848 Elementary schools
 5.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Buena Vista Elementary)60.557
 3.5%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Panama-Buena Vista Union)53.141.8
 11.4%
   3rd Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.543
 5.6%
3rd Grade Mathematics (Buena Vista Elementary)56.363
 6.8%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (Panama-Buena Vista Union)5241.4
 10.6%
   3rd Grade Mathematics (California)50.245.1
 5.1%
4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Buena Vista Elementary)52.452.2
 0.2%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Panama-Buena Vista Union)53.845
 8.8%
   4th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.543.7
 5.7%
4th Grade Mathematics (Buena Vista Elementary)46.846.7
 0.1%
   4th Grade Mathematics (Panama-Buena Vista Union)45.640
 5.6%
   4th Grade Mathematics (California)44.940.8
 4.1%
5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Buena Vista Elementary)60.957.1
 3.7%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Panama-Buena Vista Union)51.144.7
 6.4%
   5th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.746.7
 5%
5th Grade Mathematics (Buena Vista Elementary)47.840.4
 7.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (Panama-Buena Vista Union)32.427
 5.5%
   5th Grade Mathematics (California)3833.4
 4.6%
5th Grade Science (Buena Vista Elementary)33.331.6
 1.8%
   5th Grade Science (Panama-Buena Vista Union)26.128
 2%
   5th Grade Science (California)31.731.9
 0.1%
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Buena Vista Elementary)49.155
 5.9%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Panama-Buena Vista Union)51.446.8
 4.6%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Buena Vista Elementary)40.241.1
 0.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Panama-Buena Vista Union)35.727.7
 8%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students940718
 23.6%
African American5845
 22.4%
American Indian51
 80%
Asian113116
 2.7%
Hispanic492403
 18.1%
Pacific Islander32
 33.3%
White230135
 41.3%
Two or More Races3916
 59%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients57.1%63.6%
 6.5%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Buena Vista Elementary

Students who attend Buena Vista Elementary usually go on to attend:

Middle : Earl Warren Junior High
High : Independence High

In the 2022-23 school year, 718 students attended Buena Vista Elementary.

Students at Buena Vista Elementary are 56% Hispanic, 19% White, 16% Asian, 6% African American, 2% Two or more races.

Buena Vista Elementary ranks 1653rd of 5868 California elementary schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.


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