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Aliso Viejo Middle School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $348,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $2,210.

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Posted March 6, 2014

This is really a great school, I love that they send you everyday your child homework and grades. Love it . I just wished they had some after school programs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

My two children attended Aliso Viejo Middle School (AVMS) and had a wonderful learning experience while attending AVMS. The administration and staff are motivated and care about all the students at AVMS. There is wonderful support from the parents and they have an active PTSA program. The students at AVMS are motiviated to reach their goals.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2014

I attend this school. My Social Studies teacher, Mrs. Heavlin-Martinez, or "Mrs. H" as her students cordially call her, is deserving of the title "Top Teacher of Orange County". I say this as her student of two years,(7th and 8th grade) which have been the most entertaining and educational of my time here at AVMS. Mrs. H breathes life and learning into her class by bringing an energetic attitude and warmth into the classroom each day. She shares her kindness every day with the classroom, for she truly cares about the education of her students and their potential. She highlights the potential she sees in each student with her special teaching skills, group conversations, projects, and the opportunity to earn extra credit by reading. I am a better student by having Mrs. H as my teacher.


Posted November 26, 2012

I was always told that DJams was the school of choice for middle school but am so glad we went with AVMS .my daughter is currently a straight A student she has had great teachers for both her 6th and 7th grade school their science club is top notch and really inspires young girls to challenge themselves to go into science as a career . The Prinipal does an outstanding job communicating to the students and parents. I love this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2012

We transferred mid-year from a charter school and have been so impressed! This school is top-notch, high caliber of teaching, consistent discipline policies actually enforced fairly, proactive leadership, positive rewards / recognition. My creative child is thriving in the safe, stimulating and calm classroom environments and he wasn't in the creative charter school we've happily left behind. Incredible irony. AVMS is an excellent school. Highly recommend.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2011

I am going to this school next year and so far i am hearing a lot of good thing about it and i cant wait!


Posted September 7, 2010

I'm going to this school (6th Grade) and so far i have heard from my friends that its a great school, its fun, and that the teachers are very nice.


Posted February 23, 2010

So far my child has been happy with this school, his grades are excellent and he had no complainted to me about anything. I do have to say that there is a consern about kids spending too much time by the park. I've heard these kids are trouble maker kids.. where are these kids parents? regarding kids bullying other kids I have only one thing to say: Parents stand up for your kids, don't be afraid..! USD has nothing to do with you not stopping the situation..!!!!! it is your kid for God sakes.!!! talk to the bully's parent....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2009

We expected alot from this National Blue Ribbon school so we should have expected to be a little disappointed. My son hates going to school each day. He is bullied and although we have followed the advice of the administration, the perpetrators have seen no consequences and the bullying continues. I am at the point where I will take another job to finance private school, if this is the best Capistrano USD has to offer in a middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2008

i go to this school and its awesome. i love the teachers and the curriculum its up and above on the state standards and supervising staff is great and friendly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 25, 2008

I go to this school and I'm going to 7th grade and I love this school its soo much fun and the teachers and staff are so nice
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2008

The school is great. We had our tiny bumps here and there but the teacher and staff are great and have been really helpful the entire three years I was there. However if there was one thing i would change its the fact that if you have refferals you cant get into all year classes. I find that it is not a way to build better habits among students with discipline problems but in fact worsens them by cutting them off from a way to vent through their talents weather that be singing, art, or drama. But other than that the school is great and any parent should feel great sending their student there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 10, 2008

This is a great school. Unlike most schools we run the mile every week to stay fit and healthy. We also have great fund raisers and school supplies. There is a great learning enviornment and the food is great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 21, 2007

Great school, great teachers, great staff!


Posted September 18, 2006

Our son is a top student at AVMS and we are very happy with the school environment, teaching staff, curriculum, parent activities, broad assortment of special classes and extracurricular activities. From the Capistrano School District to the individual teachers, there is every calculated effort to prepare the students for college and this benefits even those not bound for college. We have excellent communication through emails and websites and frequent opportunities to talk directly with our son's teachers. We think highly of the schools generally in this area but AVMS has earned its Blue Ribbon status.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2005

AVMS is an outstanding school. Any parent should feel comfortable sending their children here. Teachers are wonderful, helpful, and challenge their students. The school provides materials necessary for students to learn. Parent volunteers are on campus at all times. Parents who cannot help out on camps are very involed with staff and know what their children are doing in class, how they are behaving, etc. Overall, a wonderful school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2005

I am very dissapointed that this school will not have a Choral Music Program in the 2005-06 school year.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 4, 2004

Great school for kids. My daughter loves this school and couldn't imagine any other middle school could have better teachers! This school is a wonder!
—Submitted by a parent


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

This school's
API score

928

Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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API score

928

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API Statewide Rank
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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)

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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.

340 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

341 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
81%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
96%
English Language Arts

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

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

258 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
83%
English Language Arts

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

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
77%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
57%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

371 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students82%
Females82%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state71%

Math

All Students73%
Females71%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability40%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state59%
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 Students99%
Females97%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only99%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
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 graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students85%
Females90%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state62%

Math

All Students79%
Females79%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
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)78%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state58%
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 Students90%
Females92%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)86%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state94%

English Language Arts

All Students89%
Females93%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability71%
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state91%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students68%
Females68%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability26%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to state70%

Geometry

All Students99%
Females100%
Males98%
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
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only99%
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 graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state100%

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students85%
Females83%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disability56%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
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)78%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state84%

Science

All Students94%
Females93%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disability76%
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate76%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state94%
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 60%
Hispanic 19%
Asian 8%
Two or more races 8%
Black 1%
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 16%N/AN/A
English language learners 6%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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