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Don Juan Avila Middle School

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Posted August 16, 2013

My daughter has attended DJAMS since her 6th grade year & as an educator, I am very impressed with the quality of instruction she is receiving. The majority of the teachers are very committed to their students progress & know how to teach the adolescent student. I am especially grateful to Mr. Dwyer, Mr. Ortiz, Mr. Neeve, Mrs. Byers, Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Arsala, Sra. Standish, & Ms. Price because they knew how to foster & promote independence in my daughter while maintaining a watchful eye on her needs & development. As a parent it's great to hear my daughter say she's looking forward to her 8th grade year at DJAMS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2011

its an awesome school and it is changing my daughter's life she loves it soooooooooo much take my word for it


Posted March 2, 2010

the teacher and staff and principal and everything were great, but some of the teachers just assigned lots of homework and never actually taught a lesson. there are different levels of academics you could be a part of to meet your standards (such as advanced or average) and i came to this school in seventh grade and i was pleased with the other school much much much more beacause the teachers cared more and when we were in elementary and even sixth grade, the students were so much more respectful. there arent really many cliques but i oftentimes notice a lot of rumors and gossip going around so the students arent so mature. im not satisfied with this school that much and i liked my other school a lot better. i would just have to sa be careful who you make friends with and try to keep up with your teachers!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2010

DJams is a great school for my kids. They attended this school since the 6th grade. they also attended the Don juan avilla Elementary since kindagarden. they love it. They have gotten an quality education and lots of friends. the enviroment is really safe aswell
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2010

DJams i s an awesome school. My child attends DJams for since 6th grade. She is now an 8th grader. She has been on the honor roll for about 2years now including this year. The teacher are awesome and the staff is wonderful and attentive. Djams is an very challenging school and the work is advance, but the teachers do take the time to help the child if they are falling behind. I love the clean and safe enviroment that Djams provide. Djams is an API score is 900 and as won the best scoring school in English and Math in the district. The admistrative staff and the teacher are doing a great job. My daughter really loves this school and will be sad to go at the end of the schoo year because she is going to high school. Please do not believe the bad review below.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 22, 2010

Teachers are more concern with their own personal issues than the students. The teachers don't instruct or even teach, they just assign homework and the parents have to do the actual teaching, 2-3 hours nightly. My child has been here for two years and I have found the teachers reject students that have parents who try and discuss issues with the teachers. They punish the student by giving poor grades and lack of direction. During meetings, teachers pass all blame on to the student and their teaching ability. This is a poor choice for educating your child and I believe that the ratings this school has received in the past are from the teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2009

My child has been attending DJAMS since the 6th grade. I have been amazed at how much he has learned over the past 2 1/2 years. The expectations are high, and the teachers offer the support the students need to help each student achieve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2009

DJMAS is an wonderful school. From everyone in the office to the teachers. Everyone who works at this school really seems to care about the students. The office staff is always so pleasant and very helpful. You would not regreat sending your child to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2009

AMAZING! This is a great school for me. It provides me with academic excellence with the best teachers, who do not just make you learn, they make you know and understand. And DJAMS I have reached new heights and happiness. I could not think of a better middle school to go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2008

haha. well i like this school, im an eight grader now and i went to the elementary school since kindergarden, so i really dont know any better. The teachers & staff are good. The kids are very wiiilld, but its a fun school to go to. Not if your shy though. Cause then people will make fun of you. hahh


Posted January 10, 2008

I went to this school last year and thought it was horrible.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2007

I'm an eighth grader at Don Juan and this is my third year. The teachers are incredibly supportive, there is a high emphasis on personal achievement, and GATE is really interactive
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2005

Academics are excellent. Administration seems to be on top of it when a situation arises. They need more art options. The kids seem pretty well behaved at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2005

I am very pleased with this school for many reasons. Even though there are more than a thousand students, my son has had the specific attention he needed to become more motivated through special meetings hosted by the principal where the focus was positive and not accusatory in any way. His teachers are aware of his progress and keep a constant open line of communication between school and home. The principal's focus of generating an exciting school spirit through fun activities and a reward system for good citizenship gets my son excited to attend school and participate.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2003

teachers, principal and staff at this school are the best available. Everyone is available and willing to help with ANY issues or concerns you may have with your student(s). The facilities are both beautiful and efficient too! With new buildings close enough together for quick access, plus a beautiful view surrounding the school, it makes for the perfect atmosphere in which to obtain an excellent education!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

The best thing is that teachers post assignments and grades on the web; however, not all teachers do this in a timely fashion or at all. The worst thing is that this posting provides an excuse for teachers not to update parents if problems start to surface, i.e. missing assignments. Often, I found the web postings were very valuable, but too late. So, my comment is that the teachers, while good, expect the parents to take a greater role, but in the process are abandoning some of their own responsibilities to the student/parents. Perhaps this is a symptom of morale and budget cuts.


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

916

Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

916

What is the API?
The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
The API Statewide Rank ranges from 1 to 10. A rank of 10, for example, means that the school’s API fell into the top 10% of all schools in the state with a comparable grade range. The 2012 rank is based on results from tests students took in Spring 2012.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
The API Similar Schools Rank ranges from 1 to 10. It shows how the school compares to other schools with similar student demographic profiles. The California Department of Education uses parent education level, poverty level, student ethnicity and other data to identify similar schools.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

385 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
75%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 60% in 2013.

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
72%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

110 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 57% in 2013.

366 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
84%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 31% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

56 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
90%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students85%
Females88%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state68%

Math

All Students64%
Females63%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipino58%
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state39%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students85%
Females89%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state76%

Math

All Students68%
Females67%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to state64%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students97%
Females100%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females86%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipino55%
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state76%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students75%
Females80%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability35%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state55%

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students75%
Females76%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state61%

Science

All Students89%
Females90%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to state80%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 57%
Hispanic 18%
Asian 12%
Two or more races 8%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 13%N/AN/A
English language learners 4%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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