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Norris Middle School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $180,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,190.

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Posted July 28, 2014

I am a student of Norris middle school and between the teachers and students there is more favoritism with some students them others. The teachers at Norris aren't exited about teaching and the kids are not interested so they don't get it. As a former student I would say they don't decrease the population of bulling they increase it and that's why I hate going there. There are better schools in oil dale where I live and the yard aid (staff) try to get you in trouble and I wouldn't recommend this school to anyone who like learning because they will ruin it for you. I know they did for me!!


Posted November 4, 2012

This school is a joke. We recently moved to this area and my child is already falling behind academically, the standards are so low. The teachers are unmotivated and do not follow through with what they say. The office staff are far to busy controlling (borderline bullying) students instead of acting like adults. These people can't even clear an absence correctly! The principal(s) are no better. We are already looking for a new place to live because I have to get my child out of this school. Do your child a favor and avoid this substandard school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 25, 2008

NMS is high in academics because of supportive parents that keep on top of their children. The staff is excellent to mediocre. It is a great school, but the safety of your child is coming into question. The school is growing as is the community, and the small-town mentality of the administative staff is not keeping pace with reality - fast enough. The diverse group of students get by with a lot more than the staff cares to know. Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2008

Norris is the greatest! It has the best teachers ever! The office workers are great! Homework club could be better, but its still good! On a scale 1 to 5, its a 5!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 29, 2008

Parent, teacher and students should work together. I don't see that. The office staff is so controling and they act like middle schoolers, how can a parent be a parent. The curriculum is awsome. If you are a struggling student I don't see any x-tra help. Homework club is not consistant. At this age kids forget things or they had a bad morning with thier parents, why can't we bring it to them. Office staff could cooperate or atleast be nice so we wouldn't feel like the worst person ever. Calling to ask a question %80 of the time they are rude and the district office is bad too. 11,12,13 year old kids are going through alot of changes and need all of us to work together and Norris could really get some better manors. Teacher's 50% very good and the other 50% need a reality check.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

Quality of academic programs: I think NMS is maybe a 3 on a scale to 5. Some of the teachers tend to favor students and not realize some of the potential of the students. Activities: Sports=girls basketball=champs 2 yrs in a row! cheer=always come in the top 3! Not much involvement in after-school sports, though (student wise). Parent involvement: 8 on a scale to 10. (The majority of parents are stay-at-home.)
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 16, 2005

Norris has a reputation as being a school that is over flowing with parents who are involved and after spending a year with the staff and working with the PTC I saw a staff that was praying for summer vaction and a handful of moms that were worked over trying to provide the world for this group of children. It's a lot of hype!
—Submitted by a teacher


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API score

831

Change from
2012 to 2013

-8

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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Algebra I

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

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English Language Arts

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

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
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.

206 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
English Language Arts

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

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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23%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
62%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

413 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
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

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English Language Arts

All Students70%
Females76%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
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Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
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Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state61%

Math

All Students56%
Females59%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
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Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
Parent education - declined to state50%
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 Students63%
Females63%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino79%
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state59%

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females65%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino88%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state54%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students23%
Females23%
Males24%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)26%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Non-economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability24%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only24%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate17%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate20%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate35%
Parent education - declined to state12%

Geometry

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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 Students59%
Females58%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipino94%
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Science

All Students69%
Females70%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino94%
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state69%
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 55%
Hispanic 29%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 18%N/AN/A
English language learners 2%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 10%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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6940 Calloway Drive
Bakersfield, CA 93312
Phone: (661) 387-7060

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