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Sylvan Middle School

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Posted January 1, 2014

This school is good but bad. About three teachers ruin this school.. If your on the honor role and avid, you should get a really good education, if your not, hope you don't get the teachers that scream at you and don't teach you.


Posted March 31, 2013

this is the worst school i could have sent my child to. when i went to sylvan the teachers talked the parents and cared for the students now im referred to a website that is never updated. i know teachers dont make much money but they choose their cereer path and they should follow through and help our kids. strait A's to F's what a sad school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

my son was a honor role student his whole school career until he started at sylvan and now we are lucky he brings home a D. this is the worst school for middle schoolers in the area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 17, 2012

ThIs school is not bad at all they have increase the safety and the teachers great dont listen to the bad comments they were wriiten years ago it has changed alot and its getting redone soon. also i'm in avid and its helping a lot with grades and help with homework i would recommend this school to anyone


Posted February 5, 2011

I am a student attending Sylvan Middle School, and I must say it is doing a fine job in teaching me not only the subject of that class, but other important life lessons as well. I can guarantee my own safety and I am certain that I will leave Sylvan knowing I can have a bright future. The principal is not a nice man however.


Posted December 29, 2010

i am a student at sylvan middle school and i can tell you that this is a great school. I wasn't so sure about it at first, but then I felt very welcome by all the teachers. I am a 4.0, straight-a student and i am also in AVID and HA classes. I do not feel any uncertainty about my safety. If your child is not getting good grades at sylvan, then send them to the counseler, Ms.Nancy. She is a very nice lady who helps you and guides you to success. I would definetely recommend your child/children to go to this school.


Posted March 11, 2010

Despite the new principal - Sylvan remains an unsafe school and an unlikely place for your child to get a good education. There is very little parent involvement. Judging from the class of students - it is not surprising. The parents don't care and it is reflected in their kids. If you can manage to get a kid through this school with a decent education and no battle scars - it would be a miracle. The overgrown vegetation at the back is a magnet for inappropriate sexual behavior and drug use on campus. Despite being notified of this - they rely on the District to cut down the bushes. Needless to say - the San Juan District is a complete failure. If you can send your kid anywhere else - do so.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2009

Sylvan Middle School has committed teachers that have been teaching at Sylvan for many many years. The are truly dedicated to making sure each child makes the most of his/her education. The principal, Mr. Banks, is a wonderful new addition to the staff who has made it his mission to improve the standard of education at Sylvan Middle School despite the State budget and funding. Sylvan staff work together with parents to ensure each child gets the attention and resources they need to be successful. I truly enjoy being a part of the Sylvan Middle School family.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2008

I have a daughter in the HA and AVID programs at Sylvan. We love this school. Her teachers are enthusiastic about teaching and very helpful when a parent has questions. I believe that having a positive school experience starts in the home...if a parent is focused and excited about their child's education, then the child will be too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2007

Sylvan is an excellant school. The staff at Syvan are very helpful. You get a fast and friendly response if you have a question regarding you son/daughter. The teachers are also wonderful, very focused on your child. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2007

Sylvan is and excellent school. This is my fourth year with a child at Sylvan and I am very happy. I feel my children are very safe when they are there, there are not Sherriffs there all the time. I have never had a problem with contacting the staff at Sylvan. I have called, emailed, and walked in and I have always got an imediate responce.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 31, 2006

I love this school and I would never want it to be gone . I want my kids to go here and I wish it wouldn't go down in 2009. I love this school. I never will hate it the only thing is the subsists should respect the students. I love this school so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2006

I removed my son from Sylvan and put him in a charter school Safety and complete lack of response from the staff when his grades started slipping and when his safety was uncertain. I have two other children and no way will I put them in this school. I will homeschool them or charter school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2004

I attended the open house this fall and found this school to have a young teacher base which can be good and bad. Not a lot of experience, but very enthusiastic.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2004

My son goes to Sylvan and I have to state my extreme displeasure with the school. In 2 years the staff has never responded to any of my requests for PTC, even though my son went from a GPA of 4.1 and Intermediate Bachlaureate candidate to almost failing 7th grade. Not once did anyone return my contact attempts. It is a shame because Sylvan was an outstanding school when we went there. I cannot wait for the school year to end and get him out. I have heard similar responses from other parents in my community. It seems as if the student doesn't matter unless they are outstanding academically or a severe behavior problem, then they get noticed and paid attention to. Others, like my son who do the work and don't cause problems, just float through without much notice. Sylvan should seriously revamp the current failing academic program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 16, 2004

My 8th grade daughtor goes to sylvan. I am vary unhappy with the school. There are sherriffs there all the time. They do not have the childrens safety into consideration. They dont help the children when they need homework help. they are rated in the bottom of the acidemic profile. my daughtor has been scared to go to school. My complaints/concerns have not been heard; they just dont care at all. It took 3 months for the counclers to call me back about concerns I had about my child. I wood never send or refer any parent to put their child in this school.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

727

Change from
2012 to 2013

-46

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

727

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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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4 / 10

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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.
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Algebra I

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

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
90%
English Language Arts

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

221 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
20%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
50%
English Language Arts

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

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
51%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
41%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
82%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
41%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students47%
Females38%
Males53%
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)45%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
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 Students43%
Females44%
Males42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented55%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%

Math

All Students27%
Females28%
Males27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino21%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)30%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Non-economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability29%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only31%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate23%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state22%
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 Students20%
Females14%
Males27%
African American9%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino21%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)24%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantaged19%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability20%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only20%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate13%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)15%
Parent education - college graduate26%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state21%

English Language Arts

All Students51%
Females55%
Males46%
African American33%
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)58%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state41%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students27%
Females26%
Males27%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino23%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)28%
Economically disadvantaged24%
Non-economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner8%
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 graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)29%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state20%

Geometry

All Students77%
Females73%
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)82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
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 Students37%
Females35%
Males39%
African American16%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only40%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state28%

Science

All Students60%
Females54%
Males67%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state51%
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
White 62% 26%
Hispanic 24% 52%
Black 7% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 3% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
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School Leader's name
  • Kristan Schnepp
Fax number
  • (916) 971-7896

Resources

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Transportation options
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School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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7137 Auburn Boulevard
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
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