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Ball Junior High School

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $320,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,560.

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Posted September 26, 2013

My daughter goes there and I know that it is a great school; from the Principal to the teachers, they really do a great job, and communicate with the parents really well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 20, 2012

This school is a good school . Sure , it doesn't have the best people . But the teachers here are amazing , they'll care for you no matter what . They spend their time after school everyday . The choir & band are spectacular . The ASB always gets involved .The sports are fun ! The students are helpful too ! If some people had actually tried , we would be a great school . So please , don't think this school is a bad school ! The teachers here at great !


Posted November 4, 2011

I really don't know why people said this school is" bad"....I'm a student at Ball Jr. High. my first time came to Ball ....i was really nervous, but the teachers was so NICE!!! they are wonderful...well I can't explain it. they helped me and the other students a lot...i learned many things from them.. this year, to encourage students to try hard... the end of quarter they let us enjoy and relaxed by created a carnival.even though, it not fancy..but we do have a great time....THANK YOU all teachers for what you have done for us... and i would like if you can create more fun things like this for us!!


Posted September 13, 2011

this school sucks its a very badd school teachers just dont care about studentss they need to learn this school suckss


Posted August 28, 2011

I was a student at Ball Jr. High last year. I honestly think this school is a great school. The teachers are always there to help you whenever you're having trouble. All the staff is amazing, and VERY helpful! I had 2 wonderful years at Ball Jr. High!


Posted August 28, 2011

I attended this school and i truly have the best memories, i am currently in college finishing the nursing program.


Posted January 23, 2011

As a 6th grade teacher from a nearby school, I have had many encounters with staff and my former students. The pre-Oxford days saw high-level Honors classes at Ball. Those classes are still hgh-level, due to the excellent efforts of staff to ensure that ALL studentsare placed appropriately. Student achievement at this age-level is all about will, determination, and personal drive. These young people are going through so many changes, it's amazing that so many achieve so well. I salute the staff and students of Ball Junior High for their efforts. My motto: Be brave and ask the questions you need answered. Also: never pay retail.


Posted September 30, 2010

I attended Ball jr high back in 1989 I trully love this school. I had the best teachers ever.


Posted September 23, 2010

I'm a student here and I feel that this school is VERY ghetto.. I find my English Teacher and my History Teacher cussing all the time.. I do not fit in this school, I can't make friends, and it is very hard for me to focus with these immature students when they keep yapping. My teachers take to much time arguing with kids, and it is keeping us from learning, I also think they go to fast when they teach, and it is hard for me to write one single thing when the notes I have to write disappear in 5 seconds.. This school is terrible. I am so glad I am going to transfer.


Posted February 27, 2010

well all the schools in the anaheim union high school district are terrible except for lexington,walker,and oxford. cypress high,kennedy and oxford.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted January 13, 2010

This school is the best! even though it is not in the greatest of neighborhoods. This school has great teachers and great curricular! Everyone at this school is very friendly no matter what anyone has to say! They one of the p.e. departments anywhere in AUHSD. I was very surprised by the other reviews this is a great school and they treat ALL people fairly no matter what! So if your child moves within distance from the school don't think about what others say see for yourself and maybe you'll change your mind about the way this school is.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2009

I am an 8th grade honor student. I have been involved in any thing possible from sports to clubs. This school is great. The school was placed in a bad area but that is not entirly their fault. The teachers and staff are great. Its just the students(most not all) that need a reality check.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 9, 2008

I find the administration staff to very uncaring and will allow your struggling child to fall between the cracks. I have witnessed this same uncarless cycle repeating itself for the last two yesrs. If we as parents do not hold administration accountable, I assure no one else will, for they will receive a pay check regardless of your childs acadamic failures. It is Dr Fried' first year of serving our children and community. Let's see if he is man who truly cares for our childrens welfare. Don't forget to get involved with your childs education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2008

I am a honor student that goes to ball this school is in a bad area, is filled with gang violence, and drug abuse. I am shocked by this other reviews. Ask any teacher they'll tell you no matter how harsh, bitter, and incompeitent they are they'll tell you, this school is ghetto.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 11, 2008

this school is awesome! It has amazing teachers that are very caring towards our educucation. I will dearly miss this awesome experience at Ball Jr. High.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 9, 2008

I was a student at this school in 2005 the teachers helped m e through hard times the teachers where easy to work with and understanding about my disability
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 1, 2008

I agree that this school is very poorly run. I have found that the teachers are very difficult and very bitter. Moving to a new school can be a challenge for new students and the staff here has not made this easy. If I didn't like the area in which we live so much, I would surely move back to our previous district. I am saddened by the treatment my children have received and can not wait for day when they leave this hostile environment of learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2007

this is a great school with a great principal. they also have great teachers. they have one of the best p.e departmnets.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 3, 2004

I found this school to be poorly ran. The administration does not meet students needs and do not listen to parents when they offer help. My son has a medical diagnosed brain disorder and he was treated like a behavior problem. He is now in private school at $500 a month. A good move on our part. He is in an environment where he is treated fairly!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

745

Change from
2012 to 2013

+18

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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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.
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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.
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Algebra I

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

483 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

443 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
27%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
16%
English Language Arts

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

537 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
39%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

127 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
6%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

579 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

539 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
46%
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

All Students68%
Females84%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented60%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students42%
Females45%
Males38%
African American46%
Asian72%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate52%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%

Math

All Students33%
Females30%
Males36%
African Americann/a
Asian65%
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)30%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability33%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only39%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented77%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)34%
Parent education - college graduate45%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state27%
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 Students31%
Females29%
Males32%
African American17%
Asian64%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino27%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)23%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability30%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only33%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented55%
Parent education - not a high school graduate15%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
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 state31%

English Language Arts

All Students45%
Females49%
Males41%
African American31%
Asian75%
Filipino69%
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
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 state46%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students3%
Females4%
Males3%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino2%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged3%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability4%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only2%
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 state2%

Geometry

All Students94%
Females96%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
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 state93%

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students39%
Females34%
Males43%
African American36%
Asian78%
Filipino62%
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduate15%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
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 state39%

Science

All Students63%
Females55%
Males71%
African American64%
Asian85%
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner28%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
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 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

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GreatSchools Ratings for this school are based on 2012-2013 test results. Use the breakdown ratings below to compare types of students at this school. Learn more »


Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 79% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 11%
White 7% 26%
Black 2% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 26%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

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School Leader's name
  • Jaron Fried
Fax number
  • (714) 563-9214

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1500 West Ball Road
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