Welcome to Flora Vista Elementary School, three times recognized as a California Distinguished School by the California Department of Education. The California School Boards Association also recognized Flora Vista as a 2004 Golden Bell Award winner for its Early Intervention Pre-school Program. Flora Vista opened in July, 1979 and is one of nine elementary schools located in the heart of the Encinitas Union School District. Flora Vista's attendance area serves the Village Park area in the city of Encinitas. The city is situated along the coast in north San Diego county and is often referred to as the "Surf and Flower Capital of the World".
Following a single track, modified year-round calendar, Flora Vista serves approximately 500 students in grades kindergarten through sixth, two K/1 special day classes and three preschool special day classes in our award winning Early Intervention Program. The campus also houses a YMCA Preschool Program. Taking advantage of the Class Size Reduction program enabled Flora Vista to have 20 students in each kindergarten through third grade classroom. Flora Vista is considered to be a true neighborhood school, all children live within walking distance, and many ride their bikes to and from school.
Even though STAR test scores of Flora Vista students have consistently been high ("Advanced" and "Proficient" scores on the Content Standards Tests, 80th and 90th percentile rankings on the CAT/6), we are continually looking for ways to improve our programs and meet the diverse needs of our students. This has resulted in continued annual improvement in our student achievement scores, high Academic Performance Index (API) rankings (most recent score is 939), meeting targets in Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and state recognition in theGovernor's Performance Award program.
The Flora Vista school community is dedicated to having students develop into life-long learners and responsible members of society. The Flora Vista vision is to develop children who are confident, competent, compassionate, competitive, and creative. Our commitment is to provide a child-centered education of the highest quality. By utilizing the unique resources of home, school, and the community, we seek to ensure a nurturing learning environment that values diversity and is rigorous in academic standards. Our reputation as a high performing school with a nurturing environment is well-known and is a result of a dedicated professional staff and an involved enthusiastic community.
The high level of parent involvement at Flora Vista demonstrates that education is a priority within our school community. A large percentage of parents attend school functions on a regular basis (i.e., 94% attended our most recent parent/teacher conferences). We have an active and supportive School Site Council, PTA and Encinitas Educational Foundation which provides support to many programs for students and families.
Several years ago (1996) our community passed Proposition O, a facility bond that provided funds for a multi-purpose room, new classrooms and technology infrastructure for all classrooms. Using input from our annual staff and parent surveys, art, dance and music consultants and instructional assistants in technology, and library/media services have been hired. The services of a learning resource center specialist, school psychologist, and speech/language therapist help promote success for students with special needs. In November of 2010 Proposition P was passed and we are looking forward to improvements in facilities, technology and and green initiatives.
Major challenges for Flora Vista over the next five years will include changes in family demographics, increases in extended day opportunitiesand the challenge to maintain a comprehensive high-quality academic program while meeting and exceeding the mandates of the federal government's No Child Left Behind Act of 2001, No Child Left Behind (State of California), and the state's Public School Accountability Act.
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