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Monte Vista Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 890 students

 

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Posted August 24, 2014

This is a great school. I am a student here and it will be the best memories I will ever have. And it is better than Los colinas because we have a block schedule so it will be less stressful. And the teachers are so helpful when u don't understand something.


Posted July 20, 2014

We live in another District but had to move my kids due to problems at their school that the Principal could not fix. We found Monte Vista and my kids had a great year. They met some new nice friends and did very well academically. The Principal is great and so are all the staff. The school Counselor is amazing! We are looking forward to another great school year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 25, 2014

My child just finished 8th grade at Monte Vista. He had a great time the three years he was there. We never had any problems with other students and it was easy for me to contact all of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2013

Students at this school should be doing better. Are they getting the education they deserve? Similar schools seem to be doing a better job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2013

hi i go to this school and i like it. some of the teachers are good some are great and some are uh not so great. i rated it 4 but its more like a 3 in a half.


Posted May 9, 2013

Monte Vista, while not perfect, is an extraordinary school. Almost all of the teachers want to help and guide you to a good future. The programs there are amazing, and some, like the ASB and the Art program, really let the students shine through and show their full potential. I would recommend it to anyone looking for possible options in education.


Posted November 21, 2010

Monte Vista is a great middle school, with a great staff. I remember my parents wanted to send me to a private school. Without some convincing from friends, I would have probably gone to one, but I'm really happy I didn't. Monte Vista has made me the person who I am today. Parents know that a child's teen years are the most important ones, teens begin to think about what they want to do with their lives, what kind of friends they want to have, and who they really are. They have engaging electives to suit ones interests. Their Principal and especially Vice Principal are extraordinary. The connection between administration and teachers is impeccable. All their teachers are great role models that have an impact on the students' lives. Monte Vista has an exceptional "Renaissance" program, that awards students with academic excellence. The ASB, organizes fantastic activities, dances, and fundraisers. This school also offers extra help for 8th grade students struggling in Algebra. The campus is very beautiful, and has a positive influence on students. This school's vision of students enjoying being together, while preparing themselves for the future is what makes this school great.


Posted August 24, 2010

i love this school it is so wonderful all the teachers are wonderful wonderful pricipal and assistant principal
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 16, 2010

I'm a student here, the teachers are so friendly, the lockers aren't super clean and sanitary, but a majority of them are. I love this school and am looking forward to the next school year!


Posted July 4, 2010

I am a student here and I love it. The teachers are great and they do the best they can to help you achieve your goals. The Electives are great and so is the PE program.


Posted November 9, 2009

i feel that Monte Vista is a good school with some problems i went there for 6-7th grade and i liked it. some of the kids there arnt the nicest or the smartest but they try. i believe that Monte Vista gets judged a lot because of rumors.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 7, 2009

Monte Vista is a dynamic school, responding to the needs of students in new and creative ways.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 11, 2009

Monte Vista used to be a great school but it seems as though it is losing direction and momentum. Maybe one day this once wonderful school will regain what has been lost.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2009

Monte Vista is a great middle school.from experience i know this.Most of the kids there a welcoming and great influences, while like all other schools have kids who might be a bad influences.I went to Monte vista in 6th grade and i loved it. and would love to go back
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 27, 2008

monte vista is a bad school the students that go there are not very acceptable if you dont now my son has friends that smoke and i dont want my child to be hanging around bad influences so i do not recomend monte vista and i believe that mrs.pfeffier is too hard on students that are trying so thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2008

Monte Vista is a wonderful school with teacher that care about the success of their student and counselors that help tremendously during events and that help when a student is in need. I highly recommend sending your child here. The kids here are HIGHLY motivated and focused. Last year, we got about 20 new excerise bikes and alot of other equipment for physical education use. You can also use it after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2008

I Feel Monte Vista is not a great school. Most of the teachers do not want to go out of their way to help students who really need it. Unless your child is a 4.0 student , they want nothing to do with you. They need to get some new teachers in there that have a new way of teaching that gets kids motivated and stay focused.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2008

I love all the opportunities that MV brings up. I have many new friends and I love the sports and clubs that are here.There are so many different kinds of people here, everywhere I look I see someone I haven't met. All my teachers are so much fun and I have really boosted my grades.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2007

Wonderful principal, some good teachers and some that need to retire; it's never appropriate for teachers to speak disrespectfully to students, and that is a common occurrence at Monte Vista. They need to slow down and realize they should be setting a better example.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2006

Great teachers, staff, and website.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

816

Change from
2012 to 2013

-12

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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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.
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API Statewide Rank
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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.
English Language Arts

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

246 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
45%
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.

166 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
21%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
69%
English Language Arts

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

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
72%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

93 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
11%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
15%

2010

 
 
31%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

275 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
79%
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 Students66%
Females70%
Males62%
African American50%
Asian91%
Filipino94%
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Math

All Students48%
Females46%
Males50%
African American35%
Asian83%
Filipino67%
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate14%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate52%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to state27%
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 Students66%
Females77%
Males57%
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)85%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented69%
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 graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females76%
Males67%
African American55%
Asian92%
Filipino94%
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state71%

Math

All Students42%
Females36%
Males48%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Filipino55%
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)44%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only43%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)33%
Parent education - college graduate48%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to state38%
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 Students21%
Females20%
Males22%
African Americann/a
Asian54%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino16%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)22%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Not economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability21%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only21%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate5%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)10%
Parent education - college graduate31%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate39%
Parent education - declined to state21%

English Language Arts

All Students64%
Females65%
Males63%
African American23%
Asian78%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state47%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students11%
Females12%
Males9%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino7%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)18%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Not economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability14%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only12%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate0%
Parent education - high school graduate21%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)10%
Parent education - college graduate0%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state15%

Geometry

All Students93%
Females94%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students63%
Females57%
Males70%
African American43%
Asian83%
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state55%

Science

All Students67%
Females65%
Males70%
African American23%
Asian87%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability40%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state55%
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 41%
Hispanic 39%
Black 6%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/AN/A
English language learners 9%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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School facilities
  • Computer lab

Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Joseph Herzog
Fax number
  • (805) 987-8951

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
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Boys sports
  • Basketball
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