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Valley Middle School

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Posted January 29, 2014

As a student of Valley Middle School, I believe that Valley really is the place to be. The teachers are extremely nice, and they make me feel like I want to be at school. I don't think the school needs to improve, because I love it just how it is. As I said before, Valley Middle School is truly the place to be.


Posted August 21, 2013

As a parent of two VMS students, I can say with a great deal of confidence that the current principal and vice principal have been a great addition to the school. Previous administrators were/are more about their public image than the kids' best interests. VMS utilizes a "village" system that I perceive as a plus. My kids are straight-A students, so maybe I am sheltered a bit, but it seems to enable better communications between my students and their teachers. Even between their teachers in coordinating homework loads and special events. I have had a lot of contact with support staff and most have been above and beyond pleasant. There is, sadly, still a great deal of students who believe they are more entitled than others. The "Do you know who I am?" question gets pulled out of some of these brats' rear ends when getting busted. It's OK, mommy and daddy will pay full pop to send them to the State University system to get a junk degree. The neighborhoods that feed this school vary from extreme ghetto to six-figure daddies and doltish trophy wives with air flowing out of their vacant cranial appendages, usually bragging about doltish endeavors.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2009

My son attends Valley middle. He absolutely loves it. The teachers are open to communication and suggestion with parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2009

Valley Middle School was a very fun school. My 8th grade year was my favorite year out of all three years I went there. The teachers were fun but sctrict when necessary. Electives and p.e were fun also. Valley rocks. I told my previous teachers I would go back and visit.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2008

Don't bring your kids to this school 1. The teachers are not that great at all 2. If your kid doesn't fit in to a certain friend mold then they're a loner 3. PE is kinda harsh and 8th grade is the hardest year. But really it depends what elementary school your kid is coming from. I don't recomend it, it's kinda ghetto.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 14, 2008

Valley MS is a 'big' middle school and has a very diverse student population with diverse personalities. Academics, specially for advance learners, help students get ready for high school. VMS has a variety of electives to choose from (Spanish, showchoir, band, science tech, broadcasting to name a few). It's been a good school for our family. With my getting involved with school activities, I have gotten to know students, teachers and administrators (who really do care about their students and appreciate their parent volunteers). They actually have a volunteer breakfast at the end of the year as a thank you for all the hours put in. Valley is a great school with lots to offer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

this school has given me a lot of memories and knowledge i believe the staff is great and the teachers are wonderful exspeacily mr.bess my science teacher he is great our principals are wonderful not really knowing vallley before i love it.......GO VIKINGS.......RDAD
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 27, 2007

Teachers vary widely in their dedication and expertise and only if your child gets the best village, will he or she receive creative, nurturing and challenging instruction. Administration too concerned with politics than individual student well-being. This overcrowded school lacks the ability to reach the lonely, left out child. Parents do get involved but are not rewarded or recognized, Few challenging extra activities. Unfortunately a sub-standard education here. Kids are more interested in social status than learning or being kind. Character education sorely lacking. Sorry to be so negative, but too many children are suffering at this school. Our children now thrive in this small southern town where edcuation is number one!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 21, 2006

I was one of the several people to transfer to Valley from Calavara and boy, did I notice the difference. It feels like middle school. Not an extenstion of elementry. If you have a choice Valleys the way to go.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 1, 2005

I have one son at Valley Middle School. I know the school is above average academically. My biggest concern is that of allowing military recruitment posters on campus and in the classrooms. I feel that Junior High School is no place for this, and in particular the age and maturity of the students. The Teachers I've met at Valley are Great! I feel overall it is an above average school. Thanks for allowing me to share my experience of Valley Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2005

I'm a 14yr. Carlsbad resident, with one child in middle school, and another in preschool here. Valley Middle School is a tightly run ship. Necessary emphasis on discipline due to overcrowded student body. Not much offered in way of extracurricular; representative of most schools in Carlsbad where i see large pop. of retired tax payers without children in schools. Overall, school rates well academically though not calibre I expect for a community in our socio-economic standing. Classroom equipment outdated and lacking. Parent involvement is essential and school's success rests on that atleast in keeping decorum on campus. There is little collaboration between schools in the community with less focus on the resulting H.S. graduate and their readiness for college level educ.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2004

My daughter attended Valley Middle School last year in 7th grade. This was her best year ever. Not only did she stay on the honor roll all year, but actually looked forward to school everyday. Great Teachers.....Great School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2003

This established school (built in 1966) has new energy and spirit. The principal sets the tone with high expectations and gives his staff strong support to make that possible. Students know there are many caring adults on campus who want to help them do their best. Parents are welcomed on campus, especially as lunchtime visitors, to help stay connected with their kids and see what really goes on there.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

868

Change from
2012 to 2013

-13

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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API Statewide Rank
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9 / 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)

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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.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

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English Language Arts

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

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
69%
English Language Arts

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

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
17%
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.

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
68%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students71%
Females80%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state75%

Math

All Students68%
Females74%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
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 Studentsn/a
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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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Females77%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate63%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Math

All Students63%
Females63%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
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 Students58%
Females54%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females71%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state45%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students7%
Femalesn/a
Males0%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged13%
Non-economically disadvantaged0%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only10%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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 Students67%
Females65%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state82%

Science

All Students89%
Females86%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate59%
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to state91%
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 54%
Hispanic 33%
Two or more races 5%
Asian 4%
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 20%N/AN/A
English language learners 8%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

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  • Thomas Bloomquist
Fax number
  • (760) 720-2326

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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1645 Magnolia Avenue
Carlsbad, CA 92008
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