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Alta Loma Junior High School

Public | 7-8 | 822 students

 
 

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Posted October 24, 2013

All three of my boys have gone to ALJHS. They provide an electronic monitoring system to let me know just what homework they are being assigned and what grades they are getting -- which allows up to be able to help them before their grades suffer. In addition, the "tribes" system allows them to take advantage of a smaller class size in many of the activities. I think that the school cares and does what it can to help their students prosper -- recognizing that the final outcomes are still up to the students and their parents. They do have some need for improvement in communication of general school events as my sons do not always pass along flyers and such (and don't always receive them in their home rooms).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

I think the teachers are great and kids actually like the teachers. The school is clean and the teachers seem to have a great attitude.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2010

I have to agree with the comments of the last parent. The dean does not handle situations well. There seems to be no accountability when it comes to teachers and their behavior towards students. There is no follow-through. The burden of academic success is placed completely on the student and the parents. If a students is failing I find this to be a reflection not only on the student but also the teacher and school. How are the teacher and school addressing this? Their job is to ensure that students succeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2009

The school and its teachers I really have nothing to complain (well maybe just a little) about however, the counselors and principle have yet to be desired. These so-called professionals NEED to go back to school themselves and learn to how to handle situations in a responsible manner and stop playing favortism or dismiss those who do wrong without consequence . I would seriously rethink BEFORE placing your child at that school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 28, 2009

i really love this school. its fun but some teachers are strict but really fun sometimes! this school is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 7, 2007

I had the best years here! Some teachers are strict, but most are really nice and cool, and you still learn things! This is a great school!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2007

As a parent of six children, I have already had three children go thru this school. One is currently attending. I am very pleased with the academic program. The teachers are dedicated and make themselves available to students in addition to class time. The extracurricular activities and clubs are outstanding, making junior high a fun and rewarding transition from elementary school! I must also say that the principal, asst. principal, and dean of students are really there for the students on a personal level. They treat students based on individual needs, and truly care for them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2007

My daughter went to to Western Christian and Upland Christian prior to Alta Loma Jr. High...Wow she is so much happier now, she's meeting more and more students that are kind like her.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 22, 2007

I LOVE going to this school! it is sooooo fun and the teachers are great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2006

Great school, my daughter really enjoyed her 7th grade year. I feel most of the teachers genuinely care about the kids, and there are great opportunities for the children with a large variety of sports, and extracurricular activities!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 23, 2005

My son had a really wonderful experience attending his 7th and 8th grade years here. He is now going to be a senior, but still does not miss an opportunity to revisit teachers and office staff when he can. Before ALJH, he attended a Christian school since kindergarten. He was used to a very controlled and protective environment at school, and was frankly, very apprehensive about public schools. He was afraid of gang activity and the usual public school issues. Yet instead, he found the environment to be very warm, nuturing, and caring. The students are under control, and for the most part, are respectful of their peers and teachers. Also, the academics and athletics are superior to his prior private school. I would highly recommend this school to anyone.
—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

872

Change from
2012 to 2013

-17

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

872

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-17

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9 / 10

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Algebra I

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

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English Language Arts

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

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

339 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
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.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
86%
English Language Arts

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

372 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
68%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
56%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
58%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
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

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English Language Arts

All Students75%
Females82%
Males69%
African American71%
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state60%

Math

All Students76%
Females74%
Males78%
African American57%
Asian92%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
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)72%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state70%
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 Students68%
Females69%
Males66%
African American63%
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented87%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state64%

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females72%
Males71%
African American52%
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state65%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students34%
Females24%
Males42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability42%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only34%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate36%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

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Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students67%
Females64%
Males71%
African American60%
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to state71%

Science

All Students78%
Females71%
Males83%
African American68%
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state75%
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 State average
White 47% 27%
Hispanic 38% 51%
Black 8% 7%
Asian 5% 11%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Alta Loma, CA 91701
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