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Cajon Valley Middle School

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Posted October 6, 2013

I wen to this school last year and, quite frankly, I didn't enjoy any day I went there. The teachers and the students were very nice and all, but coming from New York, where the standards of learning are a lot higher than what it is in California, it was just not very good. I had a 4.0 all year and didn't even apply myself as much as I could have. I think this school is okay if you're just trying to have a mediocre education, but if you're trying to be something in life either attend a private school, as I'm doing for high school currently, or do your research on schools. The higher the test scores, the better the education. ~A displeased alumnus


Posted August 24, 2012

I really like this school and the teachers are great some kids do have a bad behavior but ALL THE SCHOOL have kids like that and just because of those kids are like that doesn't mean everyone is like that everything is going better now and this school is totally the best one in El Cajon it just takes someone to see it


Posted June 30, 2012

I went to this school in 2003. While I was attending this school ,I don't remember any teacher caring about me. One principal did care about me and she helped me so much. The teachers however were only concerned with behavioral problem students had. I don't remember a teacher ever helping as an individual teen.


Posted February 16, 2010

love the school, the teachers make me smile every day i attend. alot of the students are very rude and really dont respect the teachers. a few girls i know get picked on way too much by students but teachers could try harder to resolve this issue. in the three years i have been here i think its a great school and you wont find a school were kids dont pick on others. everyday is new and fun. i find it not hard to get a good grade as long as i try!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 4, 2010

The principal is excellent person he is working so hard every day on all areas. I am a parent and I live across street. I see him every morning arrive at 6 to 6:30 a.m. He works actually on weekends. The school is improving a lot!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2010

It is alright , but it needs more academic and more disipline.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 7, 2009

Cvms school is great i have a son in the 8 grade and his grades have improve since he has moved to cvms. He used to go to Greenfield in 6 grade but he said that the techers were not supportive of what he wanted to success in life. He also said that the teachers in Cvms are great.U
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2008

This school is great, I'm going into 7th grade this year and even though there are a few fights its not like it happens every sin gle school day I love this school we're getting more things under control like theres technical arts in this school and in greenfield middle too but ours is more taken care of the only thing that has been stolen in the last 2 years is a magnifing glass the problem isnt the school its the parents that dont get involved in the school... if you have a problem with this school just talk to the principle this is an amazing school and I love it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 5, 2008

I have a son that just finished 6th grade @ evms. I have not been impressed with the way the staff deal with the chilren and there lack of control. At times I have felt as if they want you to observe from a distance and mind your buisness. The children on campus for the most part are extemly disrepectful and seem to be there only to give there parents a break from them during the day and to get free lunch not to learn anything. There are a select few that really care and want to learn but at that age it's difficult when you have so many negative people around you. The school needs to be more open to parent participation and on a good note I recently received a flier about a PTA meeting. So hopefully that will be a step in the right direction.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

I am Extremely disappointed with this school. The teachers on a whole have negative and over burdened attitudes. The few that still care and have good attitudes are dwindling. I do not hold much hope for them while surrounded with negative peers. I do not feel the school is supportive of me as a parent. I feel like they would prefer I just stay out of Their business...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2006

My daughter attends this school, I am very uncomfortable with all the stories she comes home with. All regarding fights, suspensions and students attitudes toward teachers. I had two older children attend this school and I really do not see this school improving. There used to be a cheer team, which unfortunately was run by a volunteer coach and not much support from the school. Those of us who were involved (parents) had a great time! It kept alot of the students busy and with something to look forwared to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2005

My daughter was a student at evms for two years. For those two years some of the teachers were good some were not.My daughter wanted to be a cheerleader but there wasnt a team to cheer for. There wasnt any parent involvement at all or teacher involvement at the school. Most of the kids at this school got transfers to other schools were they got better grades and became interested in sports and there grades. This scool is a disappointment.The teachers who were suppose to teach their chosen subject were teaching other subjects. They were not given history or geography. I was told they would get them in high school.
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

732

Change from
2012 to 2013

+1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
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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API score

732

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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.
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2 / 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)

7 / 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.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

259 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

2013

 
 
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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.

239 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
36%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

244 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
34%
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.

188 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
27%
English Language Arts

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

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
40%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
6%

2012

 
 
2%

2011

 
 
3%

2010

 
 
8%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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2010

 
 
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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

303 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

287 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
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 Students38%
Females42%
Males35%
African American31%
Asiann/a
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)30%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability39%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented76%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate42%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state34%

Math

All Students41%
Females40%
Males41%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)38%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate54%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state31%
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 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
Non-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

English Language Arts

All Students35%
Females38%
Males33%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)25%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability35%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state18%

Math

All Students44%
Females44%
Males43%
African American50%
Asiann/a
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)44%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state24%
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 Students38%
Females33%
Males42%
African American32%
Asiann/a
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)39%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state38%

English Language Arts

All Students33%
Females32%
Males34%
African American35%
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)21%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Non-economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability34%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate21%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate45%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state29%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students6%
Females4%
Males8%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino2%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)10%
Economically disadvantaged2%
Non-economically disadvantaged9%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability7%
English learner2%
Fluent-English proficient and English only16%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate0%
Parent education - high school graduate8%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)18%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state6%

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
Non-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 Students49%
Females49%
Males50%
African American56%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)26%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate57%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%

Science

All Students51%
Females43%
Males58%
African American58%
Asiann/a
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)33%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state46%
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 51% 51%
White 26% 27%
Black 14% 7%
Asian 4% 11%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 77%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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  • Don Hohimer
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El Cajon, CA 92020
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