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Black Diamond Middle School

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Posted February 2, 2007

Our daughter attends Black Diamond and is doing really great in her studies and also is enjoying all her teachers and class time. The atmosphere is friendly and team oriented. Students help one another and get along very well on a daily basis. We truly could not be happier with Black Diamond's staff as well as fabulous teachers that genuinely care about each of their students and it shows.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2006

I'm wondering if other parents are finding BDMS having very low expectations for the students? My children in elementary school have harder spelling, vocabulary, reading and science assigments than my BDMS student. I fear that when my student moves on to high school, they will not be prepared. Two months into the school year, and there has yet to be an assignment of an essay, report, project, research and/or presentation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2006

School is really bad. They really won't help the the student but they will just said the stuff out of the textbook and the textbook doesn't mean anything. Teacher has to do the work to show how they do it not just follow the direction in the book.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2006

I praise the terachers for working together with the students and the parents, I was happy that this style of team teaching continued from teh 6 to the 8th grade. In the 8th grade when ever the parents need to meet with a teacher, the whole tam of teachers meet, this was helpful to my son because he still struggled with so many teacher and classes compared to elemantary. If you want anything done at this school talk to the VP. The best and most dedicated teachers were in english and history.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2006

Its a cool school.I went here in middle school. Kinda miss it,kinda don't. I don't think the school is that bad right now. My sis attends currently and I dont hear alot of complaints.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2006

Black Diamond hired a new principal in 9/06, and he had turned the school completely around. He takes discipline and accountability seriously. There has been a marked improvement in students' attitudes and respect towards one another. I am extremely pleased with my child's experience this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2005

Good teachers here. Nice area too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2005

The school has some highly educated teachers but very little money to work with. There is only some programs before and during school for music and only some sports after. The parents seem to only care if their child is failing or is an overachiever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 13, 2005

While the facility is impressive, the school is overcrowded, discipline is lax and it seems that much of the teaching staff is inexperienced.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2005

Some major problems exist in the 8th grade Special Education (Resource) Department and BDMS. The teachers and administrators should be the studen't advocates but the children are not being given the tools they need to be successful and they are not being supported. The students seem more like a problem to the teacher instead of the students in need of extra help that they are.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2004

I am very disappointed in this school, and its lack of attention to our students needs. This school tends to pass on failing students, with minimal or no effort in helping them achieve better test scores and more positive learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2004

This is my son's first year and its been rough. I agree that teachers take no reposibility for anything and that includes the principal. When will they realize that there are problems that need to be addressed? When Black Diamond Middle becomes another Columbine or when a child kills theirselves because they are not getting the additional attention that is needed when they are at school. As parents we can only do so much. the teachers and the prinicpal are w/ our children more than we are. I pray that the day doesn't come when I have to make them partially responsible for the welfare of my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2003

I have had problems in the past with the principal. I have been familiar with her for over 10 years now. She seems to lack the responsibility it takes to keep kids from not only bad behavior, but also physically threatening behavior. Like in all schools I've dealt with, if you or your child has an issue with a teacher, there seems to be a tendency to downplay situations or to back up the teacher on most issues without investigating, even when others have complained. The staff tends to deny there's a problem under most circumstances. Hmmmm.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

768

Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

768

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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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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 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)

6 / 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.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

26 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
69%
English Language Arts

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

78 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
35%
English Language Arts

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

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
49%
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

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
26%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

14 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
40%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

207 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
53%
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 Students43%
Females44%
Males43%
African American26%
Asian42%
Filipino79%
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate40%
Parent education - declined to state48%

Math

All Students37%
Females35%
Males40%
African American18%
Asian67%
Filipino58%
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)33%
Parent education - college graduate57%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to state33%
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 Students81%
Femalesn/a
Males83%
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
Not economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
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 Students50%
Females48%
Males52%
African American32%
Asian71%
Filipino61%
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to state35%

Math

All Students35%
Females30%
Males40%
African American21%
Asian50%
Filipino53%
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability35%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only36%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)26%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state15%
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 Students42%
Females47%
Males36%
African American35%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability42%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only43%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)39%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%

English Language Arts

All Students51%
Females60%
Males41%
African American33%
Asian50%
Filipino81%
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state38%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students20%
Females22%
Males19%
African American12%
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)36%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability24%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only23%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate8%
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)25%
Parent education - college graduate23%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state11%

Geometry

All Students86%
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
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
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 Students47%
Females50%
Males42%
African American26%
Asian50%
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state34%

Science

All Students69%
Females68%
Males71%
African American55%
Asian88%
Filipino94%
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state62%
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
Black 36%
Hispanic 32%
White 16%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 63%N/AN/A
English language learners 11%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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