Buena Vista Middle

Summary:

Buena Vista Middle is a public middle school in Salinas, California, serving 335 students in grades 6-8. This school stands out as a high-performing institution, consistently outperforming state and local averages on academic assessments while maintaining a diverse student population and low chronic absenteeism rates.

Buena Vista Middle's academic performance is particularly impressive, with proficiency rates in English Language Arts and Mathematics exceeding the state averages by significant margins. In the 2022-2023 school year, the school's ELA proficiency rate was 57.63%, compared to the state average of 46.66%, and its Math proficiency rate was 32.7%, compared to the state average of 34.62%. This strong academic performance extends beyond the state level, as Buena Vista Middle also outperforms its district, the Spreckels Union Elementary District, which is ranked 415 out of 1,560 districts in California and has a 4-star rating from SchoolDigger.

Buena Vista Middle's diverse student population, with a racial makeup of 40% White, 47.46% Hispanic, 4.18% Asian, and 8.36% two or more races, is another notable aspect of the school. This diversity is higher than many of the nearby schools, such as Seaside Middle and Los Arboles Middle, which tend to have a higher concentration of Hispanic students. Additionally, Buena Vista Middle has a relatively low chronic absenteeism rate of 11.5% and a low percentage of students receiving free or reduced-price lunch at 14.63%, both of which are significantly better than the nearby schools in the Salinas Union High and Santa Rita Union Elementary districts.


Detail:

Public 6-8

 18250 Tara Dr.
       Salinas, CA  93908-8752


(831) 455-8936

District: Spreckels Union Elementary

SchoolDigger Rank:
761st of 2,798 California Middle Schools

Per Pupil Expenditures:  $7,991 Help


Students who attend Buena Vista Middle usually attend:

High:    Salinas High

Feeder schools for Buena Vista Middle:

Elementary:    Spreckels Elementary

Student/teacher ratio:  17.6 Help
Number of students:  335

Racial breakdown:

Hispanic:
47.5%
White:
40.0%
Two or more races:
8.4%
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Free/discounted lunch recipients:  14.6% Help


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Performance Trends
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Compare Details Buena Vista Middle ranks better than 72.8% of middle schools in California. (See more...)
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Compare Details In 2023 the calculated Average Standard Score was 66.07. (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 Racial makeup is: Hispanic (47.5%), White (40%), two or more races (8.4%). (See more...)
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Compare Details 14.6% of students are receiving a free or discounted lunch. (See more...)
Teachers
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Compare Details The student/teacher ratio at Buena Vista Middle is 17.6. (See more...)
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Compare Details The average total spent per student at Buena Vista Middle is $7,991.
Schooldigger 2023 Rankings:

Buena Vista Middle:

SchoolDigger ranks Buena Vista Middle 761st of 2798 California public middle schools. (See Buena Vista Middle in the ranking list.)

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Spreckels Union Elementary:

SchoolDigger ranks Spreckels Union Elementary 415th of 1560 California school districts. (See district ranking list.)


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Rank History for Buena Vista Middle

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Rank History for all students at Buena Vista Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2004 75.12 350th 1769 80.2%
2005 79.10 303rd 1777 82.9%
2006 78.78 309th 1804 82.9%
2007 77.79 336th 1999 83.2%
2008 74.11 403rd 2005 79.9%
2009 74.04 412th 2063 80.0%
2010 76.91 375th 2179 82.8%
2011 72.75 468th 2236 79.1%
2012 75.73 410th 2259 81.9%
2013 72.19 532nd 2379 77.6%
2015 69.38 658th 2477 73.4%
2016 67.62 700th 2497 72.0%
2017 65.31 770th 2508 69.3%
2018 74.94 545th 2480 78.0%
2019 80.37 478th 2715 82.4%
2021 76.95 162nd 894 81.9%
2022 68.90 707th 2740 74.2%
2023 66.07 760th 2788 72.7%
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Rank History for Multi-racial students at Buena Vista Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 62.39 196th 462 57.6%
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Rank History for Special Education students at Buena Vista Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2023 38.16 818th 1532 46.6%
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Rank History for Low Socio Economic Status students at Buena Vista Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 53.84 869th 2230 61.0%
2019 71.84 457th 2369 80.7%
2021 72.43 139th 721 80.7%
2022 62.50 679th 2458 72.4%
2023 60.99 726th 2535 71.4%
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Rank History for Female students at Buena Vista Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.46 493rd 2262 78.2%
2019 81.19 403rd 2380 83.1%
2021 69.39 192nd 738 74.0%
2022 63.48 747th 2509 70.2%
2023 60.63 803rd 2535 68.3%
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Rank History for Disabled students at Buena Vista Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 35.71 790th 1369 42.3%
2019 71.04 271st 1491 81.8%
2021 72.16 55th 354 84.5%
2022 54.26 488th 1531 68.1%
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Rank History for Male students at Buena Vista Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 71.23 568th 2273 75.0%
2019 76.19 507th 2407 78.9%
2021 80.96 117th 763 84.7%
2022 71.80 588th 2527 76.7%
2023 69.09 634th 2546 75.1%
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Rank History for Hispanic students at Buena Vista Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 75.92 342nd 2072 83.5%
2019 79.43 319th 2213 85.6%
2022 75.75 384th 2359 83.7%
2023 73.67 434th 2379 81.8%
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Rank History for White students at Buena Vista Middle

Year Avg Standard Score Statewide Rank Total # Ranked Middle Schools CA State Percentile SchoolDigger Rating
2018 54.68 673rd 1496 55.0%
2019 69.67 457th 1602 71.5%
2022 49.23 775th 1555 50.2%
2023 41.10 900th 1549 41.9%
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Data source: test scores: California Department of Education, rankings: SchoolDigger.com

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Enrollment information for Buena Vista Middle

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Year White African American Asian Hispanic American Indian Pacific Islander Two or More Races Not Specified Total
1999 222 0 14 71 0 n/a n/a 1 308
2000 236 1 13 60 0 n/a n/a 0 310
2001 197 1 14 55 4 n/a n/a 46 317
2002 234 11 24 52 2 n/a n/a 18 341
2003 234 11 24 52 2 n/a n/a 18 341
2004 221 7 31 72 2 n/a n/a 0 333
2005 220 8 32 76 6 n/a n/a 0 342
2006 200 6 28 85 5 n/a n/a 5 329
2007 195 4 30 91 3 n/a n/a 7 330
2008 188 3 28 103 n/a n/a n/a 0 322
2009 197 4 23 104 1 0 3 0 332
2010 198 5 16 115 1 1 20 0 356
2011 201 2 23 128 1 2 22 0 379
2012 198 1 20 108 1 1 22 0 351
2013 204 1 25 118 0 0 23 0 371
2014 203 2 22 112 0 0 25 0 364
2015 208 2 26 110 1 0 18 0 365
2016 213 3 24 105 1 0 24 0 370
2017 203 3 23 107 0 0 27 0 363
2018 170 3 24 116 1 1 31 0 346
2019 159 2 21 133 2 0 27 0 344
2020 154 2 19 130 2 0 27 0 334
2021 160 1 17 133 1 0 24 0 336
2022 146 0 15 129 0 0 27 0 317
2023 134 0 14 159 0 0 28 0 335

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 Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1999 308 14.8 20.8 15.6
2000 310 15.8 19.6 30.6
2001 317 16.8 18.9 16.6
2002 341 16.8 20.3 11.8
2003 341 16.8 20.3 11.8
2004 333 16.0 20.8 15
2005 342 15.3 22.4 13.2
2006 329 14.7 22.4 11.4
2007 330 13.5 24.4 15.2
2008 322 14.3 22.5 12.7
2009 332 13.6 22.6 14.5
2010 356 14.0 25.4 17.1
2011 379 n/a n/a 15
2012 351 18.0 19.5 n/a
2013 371 17.3 21.3 15.6
2014 364 18.0 20.2 11.8
2015 365 19.0 19.2 15.9
2016 370 18.0 20.5 11.1
2017 363 19.0 19.1 13.8
2018 346 19.0 18.2 17.3
2019 344 19.0 18.1 16.9
2020 334 n/a n/a 15.6
2021 336 18.0 18.6 14.3
2022 317 19.0 16.6 12
2023 335 19.0 17.6 14.6

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 Middle

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Year # Students Full-time Teachers Student/Teacher ratio % Free/Discounted Lunch
1999 308 14.8 20.8 15.6
2000 310 15.8 19.6 30.6
2001 317 16.8 18.9 16.6
2002 341 16.8 20.3 11.8
2003 341 16.8 20.3 11.8
2004 333 16.0 20.8 15
2005 342 15.3 22.4 13.2
2006 329 14.7 22.4 11.4
2007 330 13.5 24.4 15.2
2008 322 14.3 22.5 12.7
2009 332 13.6 22.6 14.5
2010 356 14.0 25.4 17.1
2011 379 n/a n/a 15
2012 351 18.0 19.5 n/a
2013 371 17.3 21.3 15.6
2014 364 18.0 20.2 11.8
2015 365 19.0 19.2 15.9
2016 370 18.0 20.5 11.1
2017 363 19.0 19.1 13.8
2018 346 19.0 18.2 17.3
2019 344 19.0 18.1 16.9
2020 334 n/a n/a 15.6
2021 336 18.0 18.6 14.3
2022 317 19.0 16.6 12
2023 335 19.0 17.6 14.6

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.
Finances

Per Pupil Expenditures for Buena Vista Middle

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YearTotal Expenditures Per Pupil
2018 $7,991

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

Impact of COVID-19 on Buena Vista Middle

The coronavirus has had a profound impact on education in America. Learning shifted online overnight, attendance numbers dwindled, and enrollment decreased. SchoolDigger.com is making it easier for you to better assess how COVID-19 has impacted your school. Through the collection of pre-pandemic (2019) and current data, SchoolDigger.com is sharing test scores, enrollment numbers and school demographics from schools across the country – and we make it easy to see how impacted schools compare locally and statewide.

Rankings

Rank
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Rank
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Ranks 478th of 2715 Middle schoolsRanks 760th of 2788 Middle schools
 9.7%

Test Scores

% proficient
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
% proficient
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Buena Vista Middle)65.154.9
 10.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Spreckels Union Elementary)65.154.9
 10.2%
   6th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)48.544.2
 4.3%
6th Grade Mathematics (Buena Vista Middle)38.533.7
 4.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (Spreckels Union Elementary)38.533.7
 4.9%
   6th Grade Mathematics (California)38.533.2
 5.3%
7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Buena Vista Middle)71.668.6
 2.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Spreckels Union Elementary)71.668.6
 2.9%
   7th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)51.447.4
 3.9%
7th Grade Mathematics (Buena Vista Middle)69.840.2
 29.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (Spreckels Union Elementary)69.840.2
 29.7%
   7th Grade Mathematics (California)37.933.2
 4.7%
8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Buena Vista Middle)72.147.5
 24.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (Spreckels Union Elementary)72.147.5
 24.6%
   8th Grade English Language Arts/Literacy (California)49.445.7
 3.8%
8th Grade Mathematics (Buena Vista Middle)40.523
 17.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (Spreckels Union Elementary)40.523
 17.5%
   8th Grade Mathematics (California)36.629.9
 6.7%
8th Grade Science (Buena Vista Middle)5539.6
 15.4%
   8th Grade Science (Spreckels Union Elementary)5539.6
 15.4%
   8th Grade Science (California)30.828.8
 2.1%

Student Body

Number of students
Pre-pandemic (2018-2019)
Number of students
Post pandemic (2022-2023)
Change (%)
Total Students344335
 2.6%
African American20
 100%
American Indian20
 100%
Asian2114
 33.3%
Hispanic133159
 19.5%
Pacific Islander00
White159134
 15.7%
Two or More Races2728
 3.7%
% Free/Discounted Lunch Recipients16.9%14.6%
 2.2%


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Frequently Asked Questions about Buena Vista Middle

In the 2022-23 school year, 335 students attended Buena Vista Middle.

Students at Buena Vista Middle are 47% Hispanic, 40% White, 8% Two or more races, 4% Asian.

Buena Vista Middle ranks 761st of 2798 California middle schools. SchoolDigger rates this school 4 stars out of 5.

Students who attend Buena Vista Middle usually go on to attend Salinas High


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