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Sycamore Junior High School

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Posted May 12, 2014

I'm a 7th grader at Sycamore, the teachers are great but the adminstration is terrible. Bulling is rampant, the teachers and the counslers try to help but the princpal and vice princpals refuses to do anything, except to cover up the problem.


Posted April 18, 2014

Sycamore Jr high is becoming one of the best teaching school of Anaheim district thanks to the good quality teachers who have the patience to all of our students and new programs the help kid's stay focused and encouraging teachers to move forward all theo some improvements can also be made by parents geting involved because to be one of the top schools pta can only do so much I as a parent recommend this shchool for all new students entering jre high thanks to all teachers who help teaching our kids to stay focused ....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2013

Sycamore Junior High School has potential to be the top Junior High School in Anaheim. Mr. Carmona, the school principal inspires Teachers, students, and parent involvement with his tremendous support. Truly shows how committed everyone is to bringing the best possible education to all the students. There are many programs to assist the students and their parents. PTSA is committed to bring up parent involvement to empower parents and their families. Safety is the number one priority of the school. We are blessed to have an amazing staff at Sycamore JHS who my daughter enjoys! She had perfect attendance last year and has earned many awards and acknowledgement from her dedicated teachers. Sycamore Junior Honor Society has taught my daughter many skills such as leadership, time management and to do community service in Peer Court and more. The school counselors are amazing! They strive to go the extra mile. Thank you Sycamore JHS, you are paving the path to success for every student who have the potential to be very bright ready for High School and beyond!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 25, 2012

Sycamore Junior High School is amazing!! My son has always attended a private school, this is his first year at Sycamore and the teachers are very attentive. His counselor is prompt in regards to responding to emails and making appointments. The teachers are readily available to help for extra tutoring!! Great Job
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2011

Luv the school!!! I'm a new PTA member for these coming year 2011-2012 and I have encounter wonderful Parents, Teachers, Students, Office Staff and a GREAT Principal tha is willing to go an extra mile for the Sudents and the Parents! I would like to invite YOU PARENTS to join our PTA and become a Legislative Advocate for YOUR kids School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2010

Sycamore Junior High is a very good school. There are a lot of resources to help studentsachieve. I know for a fact that 100% of the teachers is highly qualified in their subject; about 70% of them hold a master's degree as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2009

it is a great school and is getting major help from cal state fullerton and im proud of going to that school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 3, 2009

I am a student right now attending sycamore jr high and i have to say its the best jr high school around sure most students grades aren't so well but everyone tries hard and everyone's friendly to each other
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2009

I think you really missed the mark on this ranking. Sycamore is a great school. It is probably the best keps secret in the AUHSD. The teachers are terrific, the principal outstanding and the students well behaved. If any student needs help there are a number of programs to help! We have parents nights each month that over 300 parents attend. That is parent involvement!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 30, 2008

I went to this school and i absolutley loved it. The teachers there are awesome and always willing to help students or teachers, they get involved in school activities, and are just hardworking people. Grades and scores are not the best here because most ofthe students don't care. And blaming the teachers is ridiculous because they do the best they can with what they are given with.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 22, 2008

this school is amazing my child has a 4.0
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2006

This Jr High school has a good music instructor. He is great with the kids and started a competing drumline. They have a special class to help the kids with study habits and homework issues.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2004

Having my child attend this school was a huge mistake and will do all I can not to have her attend any schools in anaheim. Amazing how we are so well known for the entertainment aspect, but when it comes to education...how sad! If it weren't for the teachers to help me through the 2 yrs wirh my child, I don't know what I would have done. Even though the teachers were amazing, I had difficulties with administration. They did not understand that they must communicate with me about my child and not wait until the last week of school to let me know what was really going on. It is very unorganized and hope that they improve their standards. I have been in more than enough times to express my concerns as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2004

My child attended 7th grade at this school, he will not be going back. This school and the district as a whole, with the exception of a couple of schools, is in need of some serious help. My child was issued one book for math and none for science, history or English. And while his teachers seemed knowledgeable in their areas, it seemed at times that they were more concerned about giving detentions for chewing gum in class than helping students after school. I tried several times to set up an appointment to talk to his science teacher and she never seemed to be available.
—Submitted by a parent


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751

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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751

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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

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
71%
English Language Arts

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

685 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
31%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

654 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
33%
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.

487 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
20%

2010

 
 
19%
English Language Arts

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

643 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
37%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

174 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
2%

2012

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
75%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

700 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
35%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

640 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%

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

All Students88%
Females76%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
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 state83%

English Language Arts

All Students41%
Females43%
Males38%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)32%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state39%

Math

All Students43%
Females39%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)35%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduate45%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state42%
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 Students32%
Females37%
Males28%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability33%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented56%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
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 state33%

English Language Arts

All Students38%
Females43%
Males33%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented79%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
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 state38%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students2%
Females1%
Males3%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino3%
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 disadvantaged0%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability3%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only2%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate8%
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 Students85%
Females92%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged84%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
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 state90%

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students42%
Females39%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
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 state42%

Science

All Students77%
Females75%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner48%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate71%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
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 state79%
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 95% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 11%
White 2% 26%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 92%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 1%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Joe Carmona
Fax number
  • (714) 776-3879

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1801 East Sycamore Street
Anaheim, CA 92805
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