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Charles W. Eliot Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 725 students

 

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Posted December 4, 2012

You will not find harder working, more dedicated or more talented staff anywhere. They are working uphill to secure the best for Altadena's kids. Support your teachers!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2012

This school is horrible. My daughter went there ithis year in the 6 grade she will not be returning. It is just like a school with no rules and no stucture. The teachers are just as bad as the students, my daughter learned nothing from this school. She will be attending Blair next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2012

MY SON WILL BE GOING TO THIS SCHOOL NEXT YEAR, IM VERY NERVOUSE SINCE ALL I HAVE HERD IS BAD THINGS ABOUT THIS SCHOOL.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2010

I Leslie Luna, think this is an awesome school, the teachers are awesome, they make school exciting, and worth while.


Posted May 25, 2009

The new Principal and some change-over in staff has made Eliot the school to work at. Along with that, the caliber of student and parent that are enrolling, has made Eliot a stronger school academically and socially for years to come. Come join us. Go Public!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 25, 2007

I think that some of these parents are way out of hand with there comments on Eliot. I attended Eliot not too long ago, I took honors classes and fortunately I had amazing teachers who taught me lifelong lessons along with everything else that they taught me. I will never forget Eliot or how it changed my life. I think that before you criticize the school, consult the child, see what he or she thinks of it. Oh, and by the way don't blame the school for your child's lack of interest in his or her school work, if somebody doesn't want to learn, nobody's going to push them into it.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 24, 2007

I expected more out of this school. They let my stepdaughter fall thru the cracks. Teachers didn't contact the parents until it was too late for her to be helped.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 14, 2006

I was very impressed with this school and the staff/teachers I encountered while my child was there. The school is old and needs some upkeep but the most important aspects of this school are the staff/teachers and the education they provide. My child learned a lot while he was there and the teachers he had for the most part were knowledgeable, great with the kids and some of them took their own time to participate in after school activities with the children that wanted to participate. IMO, this school has a lot to offer to those that are willing to look past the school appearance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2006

Eliot Middle School has a beautiful facade, but as soon as you walk through the doors you feel like you're in a warehouse. They take no pride in the up keep of their school. Most of the teachers try, but are arrogant and have stopped developing their curriculum. I think Eliot Middle School has the potential to be a wonderful school with more parental involvement, student accountability, and better use of funds spent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2005

I had a child graduate from Eliot last year, and I have to say I was less than impressed. There is little parent involvement and the kids are not getting the help that they need. Pasadena Unified as a whole has taken a downward spiral.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2005

This is a good school. Very good profesors. However, I think there can be some improvement.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 3, 2005

its alright but the uniform policy is strict.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 14, 2004

I think this school is the bomb school almost all the students know each other when ever someone is new this schools students welcome the new kids.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

649

Change from
2012 to 2013

-47

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

1 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 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 did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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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 did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

649

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

-47

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 2011 and Spring 2012. 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)

1 / 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)

4 / 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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

202 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
33%

2010

 
 
24%
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.

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English Language Arts

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

163 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

157 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
29%
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.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
24%

2010

 
 
22%
English Language Arts

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

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
48%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

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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.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
28%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
41%
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 Students28%
Females29%
Males25%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged26%
Non-economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability29%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only34%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented68%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate22%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate33%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate27%
Parent education - declined to state16%

Math

All Students20%
Females20%
Males20%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino19%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Non-economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability23%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only26%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented74%
Parent education - not a high school graduate22%
Parent education - high school graduate16%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate13%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate18%
Parent education - declined to state10%
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

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Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students26%
Females29%
Males24%
African American24%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino22%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability26%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only30%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
Parent education - not a high school graduate16%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state22%

Math

All Students22%
Females16%
Males26%
African American20%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino19%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged19%
Non-economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability22%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only24%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented80%
Parent education - not a high school graduate14%
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)19%
Parent education - college graduate23%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state23%
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 Students21%
Females21%
Males22%
African American22%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino18%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Non-economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability22%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only24%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate16%
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)29%
Parent education - college graduate7%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state24%

English Language Arts

All Students38%
Females42%
Males33%
African American44%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability39%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state41%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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
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White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)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 Students21%
Females18%
Males23%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Non-economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability22%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only23%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented68%
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate15%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)25%
Parent education - college graduate22%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state19%

Science

All Students34%
Females31%
Males38%
African American35%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability35%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only37%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate29%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state43%
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
Hispanic 63% 51%
Black 26% 7%
White 5% 27%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Asian 1% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 80%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Peter Pannell
Fax number
  • (626) 794-7238

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