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Tetzlaff (Martin B.) Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 603 students

 

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Posted May 27, 2014

What a wonderful school. I have two kids that attend Tetzlaff and they love it. The kids are friendly and well behaved. I think this is due to the awesome principal, who is amazing, as is the staff (best secretaries-always friendly, never rude.) and caring teachers. All this and a great Principal makes a difference and sets the tone for a fine school. It's no wonder why Tetzlaff has so many accolades, especially the most current received this year - "Schools to Watch" award. A big honor and well deserved. Thank you Tetzlaff for being the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

I'm a parent who has two 7th graders that attend Tetzlaff. The Principal has done a complete 180 with this school and there has been major improvements across the board. I am very impressed with the communication between the teachers & parents. Anytime I emailed a teacher, I got a response within a few hours. Teachers are willing to tutor the students during their lunch time and after school. They want the students to succeed just as much as us parents do. One of my children is in band. The band teacher is an amazing music instructor. He goes out of his way to make sure his students have the highest level of learning. He goes above his teaching realm by scheduling his band to do various performances so his students can experience how music is outside of school. If you have a child who plays an instrument, dances, or sings, Tetzlaff has the best music department! Tetzlaff won the Schools To Watch award because their growth of improvement is escalating rapidly. They are a Distinguished School, A Blue Ribbon School, and won the Golden Bell Award. Tetzlaff is the only National Demonstration school for SpringBoard in California, which is a college & career readiness program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 1, 2011

Oh my, where to begin? Well if u hate drama and cyberbullyinh, don't go here! Tuis is far by the worst school for it. I have been cyberbullied here numerous times and picked on. Dnt go here it's ghetto


Posted September 14, 2010

Every school is different and as a parent of a child with disabilities spending a second year at Tetzlaff, I have seen very little improvement or cooperation assisting my child in advancing or overcomming the difficulties that face all students. Trying to learn complex concepts in an ever changing world while allowing children to excell. Children without disabilities seem to do fine but a school is only as good as it's slowest learners. When a school is incapable, unwilling or has difficulity getting teachers to modify teaching methods for the slow learners THEY FAIL! I am a parent who understands the 504/IEP system that exsists to assist learning and what is the best for my child just like any parent. Slow learners need to receive a fair chance for a future just like normal children. Say what you like but the truth is in the schools test scores which have fallen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 5, 2010

The parent who stated that the principal of Tetzlaff was not involved-must have an ax to grind. I've always found the entire adminstrative team at this school to be welcoming, caring and concerned. Obviously, this parent did not get her/his way on an issue. Children and parents are treated with respect and dignity.Students are encouraged to reach for the stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2010

Well, I honestly think that its all not true about our pricipal not being involved at all. She is constantly there and is always concerned with her students! There is only ONE prinicipal and so many students she tries her best and you can notice her effort! Yet, many students love the school and their friends. Making friends at Tetzlaff is so easy. When I started there I knew NO ONE, but everyone was so kind and cool and I made friends fast. This school has some of the best electives and the band is OHHEMMGEE! AMAZING is an insult to them!! They work so hard to sound PAST AWWSOME!! YAY MR. MITTS!!! I love it and proud to say I attend Tetzlaff. I would recommend it to anyone I know
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 19, 2009

I really like this school because of all the awesome teachers, the cool electives, and all my friends that I made which is weird for me since I hardly have any friends. There's an anime club for anime lovers at lunch in Mr. Okumura's art class. I think our band is the best!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 9, 2009

The school was bombay skizzz and I loveed going to it alot. It was TIGHT!:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 25, 2008

Tetzlaff is the best school in ABC Unified School District.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 9, 2008

Tetzlaff is a great school. I attended Tetzlaff and now teach at Tetzlaff. The curriculum is challenging and many teachers spend extra time in their classrooms during lunch and after school providing extra help to students that need it. All schools have areas that could use some improvement and the teachers at Tetzlaff continue to work hard to help all students achieve excellence. I, personally, have had students that have kept in touch with me while attending NYU, Berkley, UCLA, USC Law School and West Point. Each of those students credit the excellent preparation that the teachers at Tetzlaff gave them for their continued success in high school, college, and beyond. With continued changes taking place in the upcoming school year, parents should feel confident in their student's education and preperation for future success at Tetzlaff Middle School.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 13, 2008

tetzlaff is an 'okay' school. it is acedemically sufficient, and the teachers are alright. however, the teachers just skim through the students work and dont really care about it, unless the students ask for the teacher to show them what they need to work on. also, some of the teacher's grading system is confusing. you turn something in, you just get a confusing number, and you dont even know why you got it. this is all bearable, but the worst is that the student's spirit goes is very weak. students do not show much apprieciation to school.


Posted January 13, 2008

This school has given me my ground of my studying skills. By far, this was the best school I've gone too. Tetzlaff has given me a very good education. The school made me study even harder than before.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 10, 2006

A very good musical and sports program. The school is dominated by the asian culture due to its location so the academic situations are a bit challenging
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 15, 2005

Great teachers and excellent axtracurricular actavities. Sports, band, art class, home economics, woodshop, and computers. Teachers are glad to talk with you and will communicate with you throughout the year.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 17, 2005

The quality of this school is amazing. They are just 12 points away from being at the 800 API. Then, they can qualify for the Statewide Best School Contest. The teachers here are absolutely the best. The band program, led by Mr. Mitts have already won numerous prizes and have been in many parades, including the Disneyland Parade. The school is also a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School. Parents are always willing to help at the band's parades and other activities. One of our teachers, Mr. George Everett, has been qualified for the Top Ten California Teachers Awards.
—Submitted by a student


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

This school's
API score

857

Change from
2012 to 2013

+12

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

857

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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

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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.
Algebra I

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

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
76%
English Language Arts

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

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
38%
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.

94 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
44%
English Language Arts

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

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

120 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
17%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

83 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
94%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
73%
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 Students73%
Females72%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian78%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students73%
Females77%
Males70%
African American67%
Asian86%
Filipino87%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner37%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant education73%
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate71%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students60%
Females54%
Males63%
African American48%
Asian62%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students31%
Females37%
Males25%
African American13%
Asian36%
Filipino53%
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)27%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability32%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only29%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)5%
Parent education - college graduate43%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate33%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Females65%
Males65%
African American49%
Asian79%
Filipino78%
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant education45%
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students34%
Females31%
Males36%
African American35%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)23%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only36%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate8%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)32%
Parent education - college graduate30%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate55%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students86%
Females79%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino75%
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%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students70%
Females66%
Males73%
African American71%
Asian88%
Filipino79%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant education42%
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate20%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Science

All Students85%
Females83%
Males87%
African American76%
Asian95%
Filipino98%
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner61%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant education45%
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 37%
Asian 24%
Black 14%
White 6%
Two or more races 4%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 41%N/AN/A
English language learners 10%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 11%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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