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Buena Park Junior High School

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Posted April 29, 2014

My schools is the best I ever had there are great teachers and awsome environment Iam so lucky to be part of it.


Posted February 11, 2014

Second, the punishments are commonly innapropriate and/or fail to punish the trouble makers. Last year, a fight (which are quite common) occured. The brawlers escaped, so the school punished the entire 7th grade. Also, in honors algebra (eighth grade) a teacher sent a child to the office for "talking" even though the kid next to him was bothering him and even admitted to be guilty. Teachers typically yell at kids to behave, which disupts the class and often, the class must endure being barked at by an angry teacher while the real trouble maker ISN'T punished. There is a SEVERE lack of moderation and EFFECTIVE punishments- keep this in mind for when someone bothers your kid. Third, there is rampant trouble. The restrooms are usually vandalized- there is even a stall in the boy's restroom WITHOUT a LOCK! Graffeti is a common sight: be it on the walls, on the floor, even in the stalls!. Fights are a natural sight with an average of 1-2 each month. Sometimes, even the police are needed to assist- including a time when a student kicked an officer. This school presents a terrible learning environment and with the lack of effective punishments, YOUR child could be a victim.


Posted February 11, 2014

Retched shool. This school claims to be a safe place for children to learn, but this facade is far from true. I'm an eighth grader at BPJHS and the absent-minded teachers had MADE ERRORS on my grades FOUR TIMES. First, they gave me a D- in 7th grade honors english, even though I had gotten 100% on ALL test including a test "few had passed" and I was one of the few who actively participated. Second, they gave me a C- in honors 7th grade history even though I scored A's on all tests, did most of the homework and scored well on all the projects assigned. Third, they sent home a FALSE teleparent saying that I was failing 8th grade honors science due to "low test scores", although I had scored A's on all tests. Fourth, my foolish 8th grade honors english teacher gave me a D+ with no extra credit available, it was only after I turned in a late work assignment that I had noticed my teacher's inemptedness, she had failed to grade a story I PRESONALLY turned in. After I told her, she ARGUED with me, until she actually looked in the pile of stories to find mine. I wound up getting a B+ in English. Clearly, the teachers CANNOT grade effectively- putting your child at risk if he comes here.


Posted September 26, 2013

I am very pleased with the academic and student involvement requirement this school has for all of their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 19, 2012

Ahem. Hem hem. I went to this school last year, going into the honors academy For the very first year it started. I loved my math teacher and my English teacher, but I did not like my pe teacher, science teacher, history teacher, or any other. However, my most favorite teacher had the most patience and she was kind. And she was my choir teacher. What does that say about their academics? Apparently non-academic teachers aren't as good and that's not what's supposed to happen. Also, the honors classes put such an incredible Mount of pressure on me that I dropped out mid year and nowhere I am, homeschooling through eighth grade. Basically, this school needs to rethink their methods for teaching academics and otherwise.


Posted August 26, 2011

I tried everything to avoid sending my child to this school - had a complete misconception about the quality of the school. I had no choice but to send him here and it ended up being a good thing. My child is in all honors classes, the class sizes are decent, the teachers are so helpful and care for the students and are clearly invested in the student's success. I love the parent portal which allows parents to keep track of assignments, grades, and list teacher email addresses making it easy to get in touch with the teachers. The school also has a automated phone system that leaves messages alerting parents of absences, up coming assignments or bad grades!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2011

Great school despite some of the careless students here. I definately reccomend Ms. Bright as a history teacher and Mrs.Bolicek for English. You will do well in this school if you try your best, the teachers try their very best and if you want to suceed, you should do so too.


Posted July 31, 2010

8th grader- this school has made me changed alot. the friends i make, the teachers, and even the staffs:) my rating for this school is way above excellent! my teachers NEVER give up on me even if it means 24/7 of teaching. i promise to the new comers that you'll experience a whole new life and a whole new way of learning. when i was in elementary my grade was like 2s and 3s on everything, but then now im a honor student and has a 4.0 gpa. my mom didnt want me to go to this school in the begining but now she love it too!!!


Posted June 12, 2010

Love this school! Both of my children have received excellent educations. The Triple R program rewards good/expected behavior with BBQ lunches, fun events and the ability to purchase school supplies using school script. Most teachers care about students and do their best to develop the skills and knowledge students' need to succeed in high school and beyond. Elective classes (home ec, woodshop, spanish, music programs, etc) are exceptional. There are lots of ways for students to be involved (ASB, PALS, lunch-time activities, after-school dances and sports, etc) if they choose to be. I could have put my children in a different junior high, but I am so glad I didn't. BPJHS is a hidden gem in the public school system. Love it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 10, 2010

This school is an excellent place for my child to go to. The teachers are wonderful and there are many opportunities for my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2010

BPJH can be seen by many people as a bad influenced school,however this is not true.I attended this school last year and I can honestly say they were the bestest school years I've ever had.In my opinion it is the people students hang out with that could ruin enjoying such an awesome school like this.AVOID THOSE PEOPLE! Have fun but stay safe. This school is filled with oppurtunities and memories for a lifetime. (My own experience:bpjh ROCKS!! :) )
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 22, 2010

I'm currently attending Buena Park Junior High as an 8th grader, and I can't say I love it here. It has its positives and negatives, but I can honestly say many bad influences lurk around the campus-- from drug addicts to fights. /:
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2009

These were the most frustrating two years of school experience for us. There is NOT a high standard at this school unless your child is at risk. We had several bad experiences w/ four teachers. Administration was slow acting. P.E. clothes were stolen 2x and staff blamed my child instead of taking responsibility. Teleparent was barely used by teachers, communication is minimum. BPJH is on the school improvement list again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2009

I am currently a student at BPJH 8th grade. this is a great school to attend because there are many opurtunities and the teachers dont give up on you.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

I went to this school befor I came to live in Mexico I had the best teachers and the best educacion thatnks


Posted April 26, 2009

I am currently attending BPJH, and it is an excellent school. We have many events, and we have a lot of fun while learning. Thanks to our new gym we can play ringo, volley ball, and basketball in the cool air.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2009

this school is a great place for kids to have fun but at the same time get a good education
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2008

I was a student at BPJH from 2006-2008. Right now, I currently attend Troy with full IB and Tech with no problems and I know many people with Sunny Hills IB. The teachers at this school helped me along very smoothly, some starting very easy, and others pushing us to our limits and learning much more than I would have. I was also in PALS and ASB. I now know a lot about tolerance and different views of life. Some fail to realize that the lack of parent involvement is due to the fact that many parents are busy working. Through the people I met here, I found how lucky I was to be born to my family. I never regret attending BPJH.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 5, 2008

Great teachers and staff. Students need to work harder.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2007

Good school if you have a A student. No real attention to most students. To large of classes! Need a summer school that all students can attend.
—Submitted by a parent


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API Statewide Rank
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7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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Algebra I

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

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
English Language Arts

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

542 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

480 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
64%
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.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
78%
English Language Arts

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

536 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
52%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
43%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

570 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
56%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

539 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
66%
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 Students94%
Females94%
Males94%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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 disadvantaged90%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students66%
Females69%
Males63%
African American47%
Asian84%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner39%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state68%

Math

All Students56%
Females57%
Males55%
African American39%
Asian80%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
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

Algebra I

All Students78%
Females76%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipino91%
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner88%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduate76%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)92%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state78%

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Females65%
Males58%
African American68%
Asian87%
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state61%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students30%
Females31%
Males29%
African American30%
Asian36%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino27%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability33%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only39%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate20%
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate31%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state26%

Geometry

All Students91%
Females93%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipino100%
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 disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)91%
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students68%
Females69%
Males67%
African American72%
Asian86%
Filipino90%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate52%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state65%

Science

All Students72%
Females74%
Males69%
African American79%
Asian93%
Filipino98%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability20%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state70%
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
Hispanic 64%
Asian 13%
White 10%
Black 5%
Two or more races 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 73%N/AN/A
English language learners 28%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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6931 Orangethorpe Avenue
Buena Park, CA 90620
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