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Royal Oak Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 882 students

 

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Posted October 16, 2005

Royal Oak is in the middle of a changing environment,three principles in three years do to actions taken by the district board that has greated instability and professional uncertainty causing tension in the school community.However parents along with some dedicated staff teachers have stepped up to insist that problems and concerns be delt with and managed. This is a large middle school but with the quality teaching staff your will recieve a quality education.The school has programs to enhance your childs education such as traditional sports, an outstanding music program and video studio prgram.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2005

Over the last four years this school has struggled do to unstable administration,(three principles in three years). Staff with no contract-unhappy teachers. Lack of or poor student supervision, Overcrowded student population.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 26, 2005

The Odyssey Program at Royal Oak is one that should be supported by the principal and the district. It is a great program that teaches students how to be life long learners not just in school but also in life. The founders of the program are superb teachers and people. How wonderful to know that my child is learning virtures and how to use them in life. The whole school could learn from this concept.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 24, 2005

Royal Oak Intermediate is a school in a crisis right now. The administration seems to be in turmoil. My child is in 7th grade. Although the school is having some problems, my son's teachers are excellent, qualified teachers. I'd say right now, the teachers are holding the school together.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2005

Student body and class sizes are too large. Availability of music, or accelerated learning programs are needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 6, 2005

Academics are not up to par when it comes to california guidelines. The availability of extracurricular activities is good, though I never really see too many parents around. The level of pay for the teachers is evident as their enthusiasm towards the children for learning is minimal. I just wish they would pay attention to the childrens work as much as they do enforcing the rediculous dress code.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2004

This school is vey disciplined and really good. You always have an adult to talk to for things and its also very fun because the teachers know how to connect with the students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2003

Teachers actually give children extra credit for conforming to Islamic religious standards but they don't allow prayer in school. This is absurd.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

great teachers, great school, great learning ethics
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

Severe lack of discipline. Some of the teachers are ecxellent, others are not motivated. There is a lack of leadership. Parental involvement is only by a very few. No sense of 'community.' Sexual education is a disaster. Drug use is very common. Administration does not respond to any type of crticism or concern. 'Good comments' are welcomed and talked about, negative comments from parents are usually brushed aside. Academics can be very strong for those who choose that direction. The vast majority of student body are malcontent and underachieve.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 7, 2003

My kid's gets A's on papers that have no quality at all. The more you spend on a project the better the grade. This is a rich district and such a disappointment. I hope these 'teachers' send their kids here. I never had faith in the teachers but when my GATE child/student can't make a paragraph in junior high, what is going on?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2003

I was very pleased with the academics at Royal Oak. We have just moved back to Louisiana and I am already missing the school system in Charter Oak. I had 3 children in school there and in the 3 1/2 years they were there I feel they learned a lot more than in the previous several years here. I also was impressed with the fact that the few times I felt I didn't get answers quickly enough from the schools that I was able to contact the School District directly and my problems were handled immediately. Overall I was really happy with the entire school system there. The band and choir programs were amazing!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2003

children not challenged, too many teachers not motivated or motivating. Parents complaints not taken seriously or given consideration. 'Don't rock the boat' attitude by administration
—Submitted by a parent


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781

Change from
2012 to 2013

-21

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 10


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781

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Algebra I

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
94%
English Language Arts

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

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
59%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

323 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
41%
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.

377 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
29%
English Language Arts

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

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
61%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

444 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
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 Students94%
Females97%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino97%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)90%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Females62%
Males54%
African American50%
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
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 disadvantaged64%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to state48%

Math

All Students35%
Females30%
Males40%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)41%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability36%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only36%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate32%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate41%
Parent education - declined to state29%
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 Students28%
Females30%
Males27%
African American18%
Asian36%
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)41%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability30%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only29%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented65%
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate19%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)32%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate25%
Parent education - declined to state28%

English Language Arts

All Students53%
Females58%
Males49%
African American35%
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to state45%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

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 Students50%
Females47%
Males52%
African American32%
Asian65%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate66%
Parent education - declined to state49%

Science

All Students68%
Females65%
Males71%
African American44%
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to state70%
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 61%
White 25%
Asian 4%
Black 3%
Two or more races 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 56%N/AN/A
English language learners 5%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
  • Maria Thompson
Fax number
  • (626) 331-2074

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