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Las Palmas Middle School

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Posted June 15, 2014

This school has some of the most engaged staff that I have ever seen. They have high expectations of their students in academics but they also know how to have fun. The teachers and staff perform for the kids during their Renaissance Rallies which has truly been entertaining every time! I think this shows the students that they need to work hard but can also play hard. I LOVE THIS SCHOOL!!! My child has accelerated her learning and has been motivated by such a strong learning environment. I feel that she is more than ready for her first year in High School. -Parent
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 23, 2012

My child was bullied 3 times within the first 3 weeks of school. They did put a stop to it. I wish teachers would send information on homework and projects directly to parents via email or keep website updated. The school is Ok, not super impressed yet. I hope next year is better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

im a 7th grader at las palmas middle school and in my opinion it is the absolutelkly best school. everyone is nice and theres hardly any bullying. the teachers and staffulty is very considerate and the renessaince rallys are the best !! (: plus its verryyy clean and kept in order.


Posted August 16, 2010

I graduated from Las Palmas this year and I must say it was the best year LP has had i encourage parents to get their kids involved in ASB its teaches kids leadership and WEB is another program where you as the eighth grader show your 6th graders around the school. my year was phenominal because i was a comissioner in asb and a WEB leader. We also have Renaissance rallies that give honor to the hundreds of students who show us they want to succeed in school and keep improving by having the most improved student win a ipod. Las Palmas is an amazing school.


Posted February 13, 2010

child is in 7th grade says its very slow paced.Says since she came from charter oak district its been very differnt .Charter oak graded her harder and now she is streight A s .It is great for self esteem to get As but at what cost boardem. We are looking to move out of the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2009

because i went there.i had alot of fun with the school activities.the teachers re great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2009

Las Palmas is a really great school!! I just graduated there 09.And every time I pass by I remember all the fun times I had at LP and I will never forget them. I love all the teachers.Students. And fun activities that happened when I was there all my 3 yrs:)). LP rocks<3
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2009

i love las palmas becuse all the taechers and staff are the best they help you when u need help just eveything if u go ull wont regert it!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 16, 2009

It is the best school in the whole district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 10, 2009

We have a strong administration & staff that is compassionate and on top of any problems. They really promote that the student's wellfare is their utmost priority. I have been here 10 years and feel each year is a little better than the last.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

I love Las Palmas because they really care about the kids. They have after school tutoring programs and the teachers make themselves available for students before and after school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

The staff is very helpful and caring. Its always clean and they put families and their students first
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 7, 2009

I'm totally in love with this school! I went to Las Palmas for all 3 years and I'd rather be at school than home any day! The teachers are so nice and we learn so much! The staff works so hard and we accomplished so a lot! I can't think of any school more deserving of the money!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 6, 2009

the teachers are extremely dedicated and you have an awesome principal who takes interest in every student and is involved!!! As a parent, I feel my child is safe and the curriculum is preparing him for high school and future years. The Renaissance Program increases kids to do better. I love our middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2009

Keep up all the great work! The school as a whole is making great progress.....yeah!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Las Palmas has great teachers. My children have learned a lot at Las Palmas and take pride in all they do. I attribute a lot of that to the great teaching at Las Palmas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

I like that the teachers keep good communication with parents about homework, projects and upcoming events on a regular basis through e-mail.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2009

They have a wonderful administrative team and awesome teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2009

My children really excelled at Las Palmas. Can say enough about the staff, principal, etc... Just that they are AWESOME!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

Las Palmas Middle School Rocks! We have the best students that want to grow and learn and be better people. Our teachers are outstanding and challenge our students everyday to do their best. Our administration and our support staff are always encouraging, caring and empowering our students to strive for excellence. We have it all here at LP. I've been a teacher here for the past 13 years and the is no place I'd rather be then here at Las Palmas Middle School.
—Submitted by a teacher


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API score

810

Change from
2012 to 2013

0

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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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.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

810

What is the API?
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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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)

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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.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
43%
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.

70 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
75%
English Language Arts

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

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
32%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
57%
English Language Arts

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

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
48%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

186 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
34%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

45 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
87%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

337 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
50%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

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

English Language Arts

All Students55%
Females58%
Males51%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)53%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students53%
Females55%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)50%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate57%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
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 Students94%
Females95%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino94%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate100%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students55%
Females57%
Males52%
African Americann/a
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)70%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate49%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to state45%

Math

All Students40%
Females44%
Males37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)45%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate48%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 Students81%
Females82%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
Parent education - not a high school graduate60%
Parent education - high school graduate79%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students56%
Females63%
Males50%
African American46%
Asiann/a
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)68%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability57%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state74%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students38%
Females39%
Males37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disability12%
Students with no reported disability43%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only39%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state29%

Geometry

All Students94%
Females88%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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)92%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students63%
Females62%
Males64%
African American79%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate51%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state59%

Science

All Students75%
Females76%
Males74%
African American85%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate69%
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state68%
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 83%
White 9%
Black 3%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%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 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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