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James Workman Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1514 students

 

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Posted March 13, 2013

My child was transferred from 5th grade at Landau in the Special Ed Program to JMS for Middle School because it was his "home" school. He has been on the same level as all the kids in his class and when got to JMS, he was completely lost. The classes were so much harder and I realized something I had noticed years earlier, but it was much more prominent at JMS... The Special Ed was taken up by kids that were not actually Special Ed Students, they were English Second Language learnings, as far as I know, that is not a disability! My child is Autistic, that is a disability! Within the first week at the school the person who was in charge of getting my child to lunch had lost my child! Lost!!! Then he got harassed in the bathroom. He was then transferred to a Life Skills Program by November, which means the district has basically given up on educating him. Because they are too busy with English Second Language Learner.... Pathetic!! They got to keep their score up and with kids like my son there, it brings it down. Maybe if they had actually tried to teach him. Also the teachers seemed to really be annoyed by my son. When you get to that point, do us all a favor, retire!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

I am the president of asb in this school, it is a nice school but it challenging to pass, it has little electives but there is still after school clubs.


Posted June 1, 2010

The school is pretty good, the teachers are approachable, pleasant and seem to enjoy their work and the students are nice kids. I think they need more choice of electives, healthier lunch choices and to ramp up the academic curriculum. Some of those are district problems. The school seems safe and my child really likes being a student at James Workman. Please excuse my mediocre ratings for teacher, principal leadership and parent involvement. I'm only slightly aquainted with my child's teachers as she is an A student and I do not know the principal or involved parents. I don't think the school has even sent out any requests for participation. We used to have our child in private school where parent and principal involvement was a big deal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2010

This school is alright but if your putting your son or daughter your gonna deal with alot like fights . There is a whole lot of peer presure so think about it alot.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2009

James Workman Middle school is such a great school. It is fun and very educated all the teachers are great espeacially the 7 th grade teachers . I lovr going there and it is the number one (# 1 ) middle school in the palms spring unifide school district !!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 21, 2008

James Workman also offers After school tutoring, a lot of electives, and a lot of after school Programs I give James Workman a Thumbs up!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 26, 2008

This school is pretty nice, my duaghter went here for two years and never had a problem she couldn't work out with a school couselor. The teachers could've communicated better with the parents but she did well in her classes despite the lack of. She felt is was a very safe environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2008

James Workman Middle School is a great school beacause they have the best teachers and staff.And people who think JWMS is not a good school they are very wrong because I go there and I have never had a problem with this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 12, 2008

Terrible school my daughter is learning things that she already learned in third grade disciplinary action is unfair and prejudiced its so bad that I am willing to pay 1200.00 a month for private school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

I have one child who attends and we have had a positive experience. Teachers and staff are very helpful and disipline is excellent. The teachers are dedicated. Parent volunteer is good at Jamesworkman.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2007

James Workman is an outstanding school. The teachers are dedicated and the administration is approachable and receptive to parent concerns. The discipline at the school is exemplary.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2006

This is a GREAT school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 6, 2006

I love James Workman i attended for the first 3 years it was open. The school's teachers are great and the staff is even better. They make u feel safe.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted May 8, 2006

I have had two children attend James Workman, and I think the principal and teachers are awesome. They know their subjects very well, and motive their students to excel in every subject, including their personal lives. The teachers really care about their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2006

This scool is great! I love it! Ive been going there for about three years I wouldnt want to go to another school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2005

Parents who want to be involved go to the Site Council Meetings! This is the time for your input. I have a child who just left and a child starting this year. Overall I feel its the best Middle School in PSUSD. Teacher's are appreciated by parents. They work very hard. Ability to communicate, get grades, homework and other info from website is extremely helpful for parents and students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2005

This is a great school that offers student a safe and clean environment in which to learn.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted April 21, 2005

Great staff that loves working with students. Lots of funding for technology.
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

802

Change from
2012 to 2013

-7

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

802

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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.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-7

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API Statewide Rank
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6 / 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)

7 / 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.

420 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
51%

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 86% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

506 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

511 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
75%
English Language Arts

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

464 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
59%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
45%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

485 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

463 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

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

English Language Arts

All Students56%
Females59%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino65%
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%

Math

All Students51%
Females52%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino62%
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 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
Not 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 Students54%
Females64%
Males42%
African American75%
Asian82%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate57%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
Parent education - declined to state38%

Math

All Students51%
Females53%
Males48%
African American79%
Asian58%
Filipino58%
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
Parent education - declined to state25%
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 Students69%
Females68%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students51%
Females61%
Males41%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to state53%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students42%
Females48%
Males35%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate54%
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
Not 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 Students53%
Females53%
Males52%
African American45%
Asiann/a
Filipino67%
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to state44%

Science

All Students62%
Females59%
Males65%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Filipino90%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate51%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate62%
Parent education - declined to state53%
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 75%
White 14%
Asian 2%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Two or more races 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/AN/A
English language learners 17%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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  • Spanish

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School Leader's name
  • Brad Sauer
Fax number
  • (760) 770-8545

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Resources

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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