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Atascadero Junior High School

Public | 6-8

 
 

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $270,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,030.

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Posted January 8, 2014

Many of the teachers at this school are just going through the motions and don't care about individual students. The young immature social studies teacher is only interested in being seen as popular. He behaves as if he is still in junior high, ignoring some children while trying to be Mr. Cool with others. One Scary algebra teacher stands at the board and in a rapid fire method blurts out the procedures, then goes and sits down for the remainder of class. No helping individual students in this classroom. If they don't understand, that's their problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

Atascadero School is Awesome. I am not sure why other reviews fall short. The teachers work hard and are in tune with what is best for all students. My children love the activities, sports, and academics. Saints Block is a time each day for students to receive help or choose an enrichment activity: guitar, drama, computers, extra PE, and much more. This is in addition to their regular elective. There are advanced courses for students in Math, Language, Computers, Art, Drama, Vocal Arts, and I am sure I am missing some. My daughter loved the track team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

Love This School!!! Principal (2013/2014,) Lori Thomas-Hicks, is very good. The staff is excellent seemingly all are very dedicated; at least all my children have felt so. The Leadership Class on campus has so many well thought out fun activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

Love It. Give it 5+ Stars. Atascadero Junior High is dedicated to helping all students and making sure all students feel safe, secure, and included. Mr. Martin is the best teacher EVER; really changed things around for my child. The new Saint's Block program gives students a needed break to do something fun OR to receive extra help every day. The parent program is run well. I was able to offer to help and get involved very easily. The school's electronic newsletter keeps me informed. The Aeries system for grading keeps me up to date.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2013

Every single student I asked about their experiences at AJHS gave it glowing reviews. From talking about their teachers to the overall feel of the school, all these kids loved their time here. Now my child is half way through the first year and having the same kind of experiences. Great teachers, nice kids, cool classes...hooray to AJHS for making middle school a positive place for our kids!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2010

From experiance of many yrs; this middle school has contributed to the challenge's of many wonderful and gifted students. The leading administration continues to decline. There is only a handful of compassionate, understanding instructor's that are giving their all in making a difference in the life's of all students struggling or not. Parents' if your wanting to make a meaningful difference in your precious childs educational experiance this would not be a school of choice.Our family chose North County Christian School, and our children have excelled in all areas! Most important Is that each student is accepted for who they were created to be. The intructor's are gifted mentor's, as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2008

we give it 10 stars ~ we are new to the area and we just love the school and the staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2008

I find the administration to be friendly and helpful. I especially benefit from the weekly e-mail newsletters. The teachers vary from class to class. My daughter has had a couple of terrific teachers and one we could certainly do without. Her counselor is a great woman. The school has had some technical difficulties that makes communicating with teachers via e-mail difficult and their website isn't always up to date. But overall, I have no major complaints and would recommend this school to others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2007

What a great school! A very caring staff, supportive and energetic administration, especially the assistant principal. My child has had a positive and truly growing academic experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 12, 2007

I was very nervous about sending my child to AJHS, but she had a fabulous 7th year, and is on track for an even better 8th! the Principal and VP have a wonderful approach, and her teachers were inspiring for her. However, the much touted ability to monitor HW and student progress via the website is woefully inadequate. In balance though, I am very pleased, and would recommend AJHS to interested parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2007

I very much regret ever sending my child to this Jr. high school. I feel that the teachers are not interested in our childrens well been and hope that any parent sending your child to this school should reconsider. It is my personal opinion that the level of education is not in the least commendable. thank you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2004

Not a very orginized school. Teachers are spread too thin. Staff needs to be more accountable.
—Submitted by a parent


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836

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2012 to 2013

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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2012 to 2013

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7 / 10

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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.

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The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

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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.

43 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
English Language Arts

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

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

257 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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46%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
29%
English Language Arts

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

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
59%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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7%

2012

 
 
8%

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
95%

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83%

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
69%
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

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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 Students98%
Females100%
Males97%
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Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)97%
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Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
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)100%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Females70%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students48%
Females48%
Males47%
African Americann/a
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)55%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disability28%
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate59%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students46%
Females53%
Males39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate52%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students67%
Females72%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students7%
Females7%
Males6%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino5%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)8%
Economically disadvantaged3%
Non-economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability9%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only8%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate0%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)10%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

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Males91%
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
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 graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students63%
Females64%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
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 disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students82%
Females87%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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
White 67% 26%
Hispanic 26% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 11%
Black 2% 6%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 36%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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