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Sierra Vista Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $302,900. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,420.

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Posted August 13, 2012

Sierra Vista is an average school , what concerns me is that The school is very dirty, The Bathrooms are disgusting. students do not throw away they're trash and leave it lying around... Other wise The Principal is Fair . I once had a problem and she took care of it right away... The teachers I've had were okay, some I didn't understand, And did not make the effort to help me.I had to transfer out of class and start over with an other teacher. There are alot of fun clubs, field trips to fun places, and my favorite is dressing up for Halloween!


Posted June 18, 2012

My experience at Sierra Vista was AMAZING!!! At first I was scared to go to middle school because I thought kids would pick on you but not at Sierra vista everyone is friendly and care about each other.!!! I love the teachers they help you a lot and they have many clubs to participate in. The school is so fun I love it sadly I'm not going there next year but if I could I would :) If you're looking for a middle school in Covina consider Sierra vista .


Posted February 22, 2011

I have been a teacher at Sierra Vista for over 15 years. When creating an opinion I ask myself would I want my child to go to this school. The answer is definitely yes, in fact many teachers have had their children at the school. The strengths are the teachers and the parents and community the students come from. The teacher, for the most part, care, are creative and continue to evolve. Parents care and generally kids come to the classroom with manners and respect.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted February 15, 2010

I think this school i the best I've been to, and I''m constaly movin Ive been t 6 middle schools before and i refuse to leave Sierra Vista. Every since ive been going there my grades are way better and I'm a better student. The staff teachers and principal help me extremely
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2009

i'v been attending this school for 3 years and i admit there are some very good teachers but the teacher dont help you the way they should you are left trying to do things yourself the principle is the worse he dosent help with problems and the school dosent maintain order like they should
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 28, 2009

this school is great.classes arent that over crowded, theirs alot of empty seats in half my classes. and the sports programs are great, we have an intermural soccer team to. The sudents might be a bit crazy, but its middle school, and kids are kids, thats how they learn
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 19, 2008

this school is somewhat good. its good in ways but bad in others. one way its good is that there are plenty of after school activities to do but then a bad thing is that they don't keep it very clean (for example the bathroom,or at least the girls one) and a good thing is that the teachers are good...so all in all the school is good.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 18, 2008

this school is so awesome yea some of the teachers are a little naggy but hey there just doing there job.the things i really like about this school is that the teachers (even though sometimes naggy) are awesome they give you a chance to explain and thats what makes it awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2007

I think the quality of the academic programs are actually great. Most teachers are awesome. They do have several sports programs, quite extensive for middle school, from cross-country, track, volleyball, basketball, football, etc. I do have to agree that many parents are apathetic here. They just want to complain so they can feel important. However, the parents that actually volunteer, like myself, are supportive of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 13, 2007

This is an ok suburban school. My kid started in 7th grade 2005. We moved to Covina fm Los Angeles were most public schools are not that good however we attended the finest independent private school in LA which gave us the best start ever. I must say that 7th grade for my kid was a repeat of 6th grade with a little extra but not close to the what was being taught in vocabulary and library science type, at her grade school. I was sole on the Spanish program since my kid had been studying Spanish since kindergarten and was able to continue. The Music program is great. I think more social programs would make that community tops, hence higher test scores. My kid was a 4.0honors 2007 grad but I'm still concerned about vocabulary skills for SAT. If not for massive off site reading on our part.... An AfricanAmericanFamily.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 26, 2007

Lacking sports programs? Football, volleyball, basketball, track, intra-mural softball, what more sports do people want for a middle school?
—Submitted by a former student


Posted December 15, 2006

My child has been going here for 3 years, and I have been nothing but disappointed with the academics programs. I see children slipping through the cracks and nobody seems to care. I would personally like to see more sports offered and go on for a longer period of time, maybe that would help get our kids in better shape.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 3, 2006

School overcrowded. Some teacher apathy. Some very good teachers. Limited language classes. Extracurricular activities extremely lacking. Need uniforms.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2006

Above decent academic programs, excellent staff. Quite dirty and very crowded. Little to no extra-curricular activites, sports programs are less than decent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

Too crowded. Sports programs limited. Apparent teacher apathy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2005

This school is very okay, the principal, however, is outstanding, and the staff can do their job well, and the administration and staff can enforce saftey and dicipline like they should.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 21, 2004

Our scores speak well for us, but pesonal experience means far more. For example, when I talk to the other teachers about what is going on in their classrooms, I've found that we all feel it is important to 'be on the same page' so students learn the material the state asks us to cover. We all have Email so that parents can contact us easily at all hours of the day, and we respond quickly to phone calls. When parents call anyone on staff, we do our best to treat each person individually according to what he or she needs. I've watched kids who have come to here from 'rougher' areas; they tend to mellow out after being on our campus, which I take as a sign that we have great kids along with great staff and parents.
—Submitted by a teacher


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This school's
API score

807

Change from
2012 to 2013

+6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

807

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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

+6

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 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)

2 / 10

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.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

281 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
46%
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.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
71%
English Language Arts

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

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

271 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
28%
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.

71 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
21%
English Language Arts

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

311 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
64%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

217 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
4%

2010

 
 
4%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
80%
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

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
56%
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 Students52%
Females55%
Males50%
African American40%
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate68%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students46%
Females47%
Males46%
African American45%
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
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 Students96%
Females95%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)94%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Females58%
Males57%
African American46%
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate52%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students38%
Females38%
Males38%
African American33%
Asian82%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only40%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented79%
Parent education - not a high school graduate10%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate43%
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 Students89%
Females89%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate88%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Females62%
Males58%
African American50%
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students30%
Females24%
Males35%
African American31%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)22%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Non-economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only31%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate8%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)32%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate25%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students98%
Females95%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
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)100%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students52%
Females47%
Males57%
African American40%
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability16%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students73%
Females69%
Males77%
African American67%
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate60%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
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 68%
White 17%
Asian 7%
Black 4%
Two or more races 1%
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 67%N/AN/A
English language learners 7%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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777 East Puente Street
Covina, CA 91723
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Phone: (626) 974-7300

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