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Rancho Del Rey Middle School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $278,400. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,200.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted February 22, 2014

Horible! This will be my second year at Rancho with my son and let me tell you staff can careless about helping your child out. Even when it comes to just returning a phone call. My son got his bike stollen and the school staff don't care to show any concern. Went in to speak with The assistant principal and to my face he acted like he cared but when I left that room never heard back from him. Which is bothersome that I told him my son had a idea who could've stollen his bike. Again staff is horrible!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 17, 2013

I went to Rancho last year, until my family moved us up north. I actually had a fun time there since I knew most of the people and grew up with them ever since elementary school. However, I did see a lot of kids being bullied and many were lonely. I would hear a lot of girls talking behind each others backs, and fights happened. Don't get me wrong, there were only like 2-3 fights last year, but there was bullying nonetheless. There's just a lot of people there that think they are superior to others, and there is definitely a separation of the popular and the "nerds". The academic portion of this school was okay, although they could have pushed me a bit more. The school I'm going to now is definitely better- academically and socially. Overall, it was an okay school it just had a lot of bullying.


Posted September 1, 2013

My child is now in 8th grade at Rancho and LOVES it. The teachers are amazing. Office staff & counselors are friendly, respond quickly to phone calls - even "off hours" - and have always been there to help in any situation. While she was bullied in elementary school, she has not had any problems at Rancho. She says the kids are nice; they are smart; and she actually enjoys going to school! The accellerated classes are excellent. The school is beautiful, clean, grounds are gorgeous. This place has its act together. Can't recommend it highly enough. Feel so blessed that we are able to have our child attending there. 3 class on/3-class off is a great schedule & allows the kids to spend more time learning vs. running from class to class all day. My child comes home with stories each day about things discussed in class & her teachers. She LOVES the teachers! That says it all. She works hard because they've have helped motivate & challenge her, & I can see the confidence & pride this has given her. I hope high school is as wonderful an experience as Rancho, & look forward to the same excellence in education at Rancho for my other children when they enter 7th grade. A+!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2013

I love this school. Teachers really helped me throughout the year. There's clubs and different things you can enjoy here. The campus may be big, but I've never gotten lost and I like the block schedule. 123 on one day and the next day is 456 day. I was bullied in elementary school, but in Rancho I wasn't. It changed my life because I made new friends and I did really well in this school. So Rancho is a wonderful school in my opinion.


Posted June 13, 2013

Rancho really helped me throughout the year. It's an excellent school because teacher's are there to help you and you make a lot of friends. The year has been really great


Posted June 12, 2013

This school is ridiculously overcrowded and the staff only wants to pass the children through -- like cattle. They don't care if your child fails, they just want to pass them along so the next wave of children can come through. Unfortunately, my child did really poorly the entire time while he was at Rancho Del Rey, although I BEGGED his teachers and administration for assistance. It's a shame because this was his "transition" school from being an elementary school kid to a teenager; the lack of concern from his teachers really destroyed his self esteem and did not prepare him for high school. I really, REALLY wish I had enrolled him in another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2013

My child started out here and was bullied, tortured, and made a fool of even by teachers reading her work Outloud and mocking her. We are now looking into enrolling her in Pilgrim Lutheran. We are in the middle of getting tuition assistance application done. This new school will be safe, willing to work with us financially (trust me, we can't afford it but they are so helpful.) and will just be a better place for my daughter. They principal even takes calls on her cell on weekends...where will you find that?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 12, 2013

Horrible!!!!! My son was bullied, teased and treated horribly at this school. The staff and teachers aren't friendly. School has waaaaaaaaay to many kids, this makes it hard for kids to adjust here. The kids at this school are very cliquish and not very welcoming to new students. My son did well at every school he attended but not at this school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2012

My daughter moved to this school for 8th grade, and she has been bullied to the point where she cuts herself and cries in her closet. Sometimes she comes home from school happy, but it doesnt last long, in a few days she'll come home with no emotion and wont eat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2012

I feel that Rancho is a great school. They offer accelerated classes if you want your child to be challenged. The teachers have always returned my e-mails within 24 hours...even on weekends. I do wish that they had more teachers participating in online grading, but we do have a few and it has been super helpful. Our principal is very approachable and has a "coffee with the principal" monthly to update us about Rancho. My son has a new councelor this year who has been extremely helpful. She has even set us up with a 6year plan to prepare for college. They do have a PTSO where parents can get involved. Rancho is always trying to recruit parents, so I am very surprised to read about how they are so not welcoming. I receive an e-blast weekly that tells me of all upcoming events. If you are not receiving them, then call the school and they will get you on it. Get involved...go to meetings...go to the parent workshops when they offer them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2012

Both of my kids have gone there. My daughter had no problems except for some bullying and my son who is there now, I have some complaints about how the school runs and the teachers who have not helped him. I never received a phone call regarding any problems yet I find out later he is failing 3 classes. They mention tutors on their website but when I asked to get my son a tutor they told me that they didnt have any. I called any spoke with his counselor Mr. Miguel Mendez-Bautista and he was of no help. All they said was he can go to Saturday school. Saturday school is just like detention - you work on your own if you bring homework, there is no help. The school is very overcrowded, the teachers are not much help either. I am considering taking him out of this school and doing home schooling until he reaches highschool. Very disappointed at this school. The school should try to get parents more involved, I think that would help a little.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2012

I was not impressed by this school. Is overcrowded and untidy. The staff, not friendly at all and as a parent, if you ever want to get into the campus to help, see the place or try to deliver something to your child, forget it, they won't let you in. The teachers they don't care if the students can give more, they would not bother to ask for projects or something extra to complete their learning, they teach for a test. My daughter is now doing her 8th grade in another school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2012

This school is TERRIBLE. I've had numerous issues with admin as well as faculty. They are completely incompetent and I am convinced this must be the school in the district where baboons. There are inconsistencies when dealing with grading criteria. Be sure to follow up to individual faculty change grades based upon subjective criteria. If I could give this school a zero, I would.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2011

I cannot speak for everyone but I loved the school. I had one child attend Rancho and one attend Bonita. Rancho is superior in academic rigor.The teachers of the accelerated classes have extremely high expectations of the students. The teachers are young and enthusiastic for the most part.This attitude rubs off on the students! If you are undecided about which one of these two schools to send your child to,pick Rancho and make sure you get them into accelerated classes!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2011

I was not impressed with this school and I've dealt with plenty of schools ...this is the first bad experience I had ..all I can say here is they definitely dropped the ball in my sitution.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2011

I worry about my son every day he goes to school; between the racial comments from the students as well as teachers and the rude and borderline bullying behavior. I am currently trying to get a transfer or possible home schooling. If you want a good piece of advice...spare your child and take them elsewhere
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2011

Junior High is such a tough time for the kids....I don't think it matters what school you're at, you're never going to have a perfect experience during these years....however, I can say that overwhelmingly, the teacher's we had were amazing. They truly cared about the student's achievements and what they were experiencing emotionally. High achieving students were clustered together and my child was challenged and performed exceptionally well academically in that environment. I hope they continue this program. There were some issues with bullying, which were handled adequately, but I believe that the best thing that could happen to that campus would be much more parent involvement. If parents would just volunteer to be present during nutrition break and lunch times, it would make a huge difference in behavior during those times that there nearly 2000 kids with very limited supervision. The district/school needs to make it easier for parents to volunteer by removing some of the roadblocks and really making an effort to let parents know they are welcome rather than treating them like they are an inconvenience. Parents, partner in your children's education and volunteer!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2010

take it from a former 7th grade student, the teachers' way of teaching the academics was helpful but honestly, MANY other students and i can agree that the staff was rude and most of my teachers complained to us on a daily basis about how they can't handle all the stress of so many students. WOW. I've heard it way more than once from the students and some parents there. also, the campus is so huge it's hard to get around and theres way too many students, so they don't give you much individual attention. so, it's not the best school. . .


Posted January 7, 2010

The teachers were very good in keeping up communication with me. Most teachers post their grades on MyGradebook.com which is a big help for those of us that keep track of our children's assignment completion and test scores. The school is very big on safety and I was contacted immediately when I left a voicemail on the 'Bully' hotline. I'm not sure about parental involvement, but I know that I received a recorded phone call every Sunday evening from the principal, providing information on upcoming events and important dates to watch for.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2009

i love this school is a great school and it is easy for students it has a very big campus and very fun teachers it is better than bonita
—Submitted by a student


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Change from
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API Statewide Rank
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9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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Algebra I

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

837 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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74%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

804 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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67%

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74%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
66%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

742 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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48%

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

21 students were tested at this school 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.

778 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

745 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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80%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
74%
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 Students98%
Females94%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latinon/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
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Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Females76%
Males71%
African American73%
Asian74%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander73%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state82%

Math

All Students67%
Females65%
Males68%
African American55%
Asian77%
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander67%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to state73%
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 Students87%
Females87%
Males86%
African American87%
Asian88%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino85%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged85%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state82%

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females79%
Males72%
African American74%
Asian75%
Filipino87%
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability30%
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state71%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students48%
Females47%
Males48%
African American43%
Asiann/a
Filipino53%
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate46%
Parent education - declined to state44%

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalesn/a
Males100%
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 disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students68%
Females64%
Males72%
African American60%
Asian68%
Filipino84%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability28%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state66%

Science

All Students80%
Females78%
Males81%
African American67%
Asian89%
Filipino90%
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability53%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate52%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state77%
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 State average
Hispanic 55% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 23% 11%
White 11% 26%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Black 4% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012
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1174 East J Street
Chula Vista, CA 91910
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