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Aptos Junior High School

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Posted December 2, 2013

This school is not a bad one. It is academically possible to succeed. However, the staff and teachers seem absolutely merciless; when I voiced my complaints about teachers making me feel bad about myself (and that I wanted to switch classes), they would not listen and still continued to file me associated with that class. Punishments such as detentions and Friday schools seem to be given out like party favors. In English I read [the] entire book instead of the allotted chapters we were given, and got reprimanded with punishment. I was punished for doing more than I should have? What? I wouldn't recommend this school. I found myself incredibly reluctant to go each day.


Posted June 17, 2010

I think it's interesting that teachers are married and siblings and daughters are hired, this should not be allowed in a professional workplace. Overall the school is good, but some of the teachers do not like you questioning them, and asking questions, and if you do complain they take it out on your child in class. The elective teachers, such as Cooking, leaves a lot to be desired, she was simply hired as her husband works there. It's a small school and the kids are confined to a small area without much mentoring, so you can see the kids emotionally struggling to survive, without much support, and the teachers, probably jaded, standing by assuming they'll get over it. Middle Schools can have a lasting damaging effect on kids, it would be nice to put some policies in place to help them succeed emotionally, as well as academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2009

I am a student in Aptos Jr. The teachers there are great but they need to work on less homework!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2008

This a great school full of dedicated teachers who love their jobs and the kids. The new principal is especially good, and his presence seems to have energized the school to even higher levels.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2007

This school seems to have some terrific science and math teachers! As for the core classes, that is another story in my opinion. Teachers are either overbearing (and overwhelming) or bland (downright boring). I feel that students need to be challenged without being overwhelmed. Also, students need to have teachers who are really passionate about their subjects, which would naturally make our kids want to be in school and learn. But hey, I guess nothing is perfect, although it should be darn close when it involves educating our future adults. So I say, 'Clean up the Core' and this school will have it 'goin on' as far as teachers are concerned. Just my honest opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2007

Teachers need to be careful about the homework load. Parents would like to see their children get to college level without burning out. School has a responsibility to choose homework wisely. Teachers, please lighten up on after school busy work as students have sports, other activities as well as an outside life (with family) too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2006

Wonderful School with extremely high test scores.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2006

Aptos Junior High is a fantastic school. The Admin is very supportive of parents and students. Music Art and Sports are all available. Library is open before and after school for students. Good teacher communication system.Grades posted online.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2005

Strong math and science program.
—Submitted by a student


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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

816

Change from
2012 to 2013

-19

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 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.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

816

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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.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-19

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 2012 and Spring 2013. 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)

7 / 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)

3 / 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.
Algebra I

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

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
95%
English Language Arts

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

308 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
70%
English Language Arts

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

332 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
66%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
32%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
84%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
77%
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 Students97%
Females100%
Males92%
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)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state92%

English Language Arts

All Students70%
Females76%
Males63%
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)84%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability71%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state69%

Math

All Students56%
Females59%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability60%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state59%
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 Students72%
Females76%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Females68%
Males63%
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)76%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state30%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students24%
Females23%
Males24%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino15%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)29%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability27%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only26%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented55%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate10%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)26%
Parent education - college graduate46%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate36%
Parent education - declined to state8%

Geometry

All Students100%
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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 Students49%
Females49%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state14%

Science

All Students75%
Females73%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state41%
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
White 57%
Hispanic 39%
Asian 2%
Black 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 38%N/AN/A
English language learners 13%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Aptos, CA 95003
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