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Rolling Hills Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

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Posted May 13, 2013

I recommend this school. The teachers are great and there are fun activities during and after school. The only downside is the band class. The teacher does not teach you anything and you have to learn how to play yourself. He only gives you music and yells at you for playing it wrong. Also, he looks down on the younger students, like the 7th graders playing with the 8th graders. Other than that, this school is Excellent!


Posted January 5, 2012

After moving here from Orange County and spending the first half of the year with my daughter enrolled at local private school (Golden Hills Academy) we moved her to Rolling Hills Middle School. I could not be more pleased. My daughter spent K-7 at a highly accredited private school in OC. I though the private school here would be the correct transition. I could not have been more wrong! After moving my child to Rolling HIlls due to so many inadequacies at the private school, they identified that she was behind in both Spanish( the Spanish text book at the private school here in 8th grade was the one the 7th grade currently uses at both Rolling HIlls and my child's previous private school in OC putting my daughter 6 months behind) and Math. The teachers have been wonderful to her, spending extra time with her to get caught up and even having her as a Spanish aide to offset her disappointment when she couldn't test into their Spanish program. The kids have been great and after first day jitters all made sure she was welcome. Private education doesn't always equal better. RH Teacher also just named Teacher of the Month by community. Excellent School!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2011

Rolling Hills is an amazing school. I have a senior in high school who attended 3 years at RHMS and an 8th grader their now. The teachers really care about their students. They have the kids with a "team" of teachers so that the teachers can work together to give each kid what he/she needs. The team my son is on is amazing. They recently took all 150 kids on the team off campus for a team building experience and they had a pre-school get together at the local yogurt shop. It is a more well rounded educational experience. They do have a few teachers who are less desirable than others but doesn't every school?! The teachers even spend their lunch hour out eating with the students so that they can connect with them on a more personal level. The principal knows just about every kid and greats them with a warm smile and a big hello. She definately thinks/worries about her students on and off campus. I feel blessed to have my kids attend Rolling Hills Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2010

I was a student at RHMS who transferred from the Bay Area. I was appalled by the rude students and the down right bias of the teachers. Besides that, they have no choir or theatre and do not even have a track. During my whole year there I was miserable and unwelcomed by the kids. Was I happy to go to high school!


Posted May 21, 2009

Three of my children went through this school. This high performance public school operates more like a premier academy. They need more art (not technique but critical thinking) classes - then again - they are teaching to the API tests and getting great results. Middle school is all about transition from elementary to high school. This is a birthing process - usually more painful for the parent than the child. Believe me - the children come out happy, healthy, and ready for high school. The parents? If you hear wailing and screaming - its usually because someone's 'perfect all the way through elementary' miscreant just hit puberty and the school is getting blamed for his or her misbehavior. Other criticisms, 'they are too strict,' they are taking home too much homework,' or 'my child did not make advanced this or that.' Yawn... Five stars!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2009

I have two kids at this school, one in 5th grade and one in 8th. This was our first time at this school because we moved here last year. Both kids love this school. Their teachers send out an email daily with a summary of homework. We can access their grades any time online. Strong parent involvement. My 5th grader takes math with 6th graders, because he took a test and was ready for it. The band program is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2008

An excellent school! We are very happy with the curriculum,teachers, and administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2008

My daughter is just finishing up as a 6th grader at Rolling Hills. This has been her best school year so far. She loves and respects her teachers and the administration. This equals a good attitude about school and awesome grades. I would highly recommend Rolling Hills. I should also credit Oak Meadow Elementary for giving her a great foundation for middle school and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 4, 2007

We too moved up here last May 2007 from the Walnut Creek area. This school is amazing. My son is in 6th. grade and receives his grades every Wednesday via printout from his homeroom teacher. Soon however, the parents can access the grades on line at any time. This really keeps our son on task. We know that he is getting the education that we wanted him to have. We know he'll be ready for high school and Oak Ridge High and then off to college.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 7, 2006

We transferred from Walnut Creek in 2005, and Rolling Hills has exceeded our expectations. The entire operation is truly a personable, well oiled machine. The system is strongly geared towards academic achievement-as it should be. Both of our sons are very happy there, and we are very confident that they are getting the attention and education they need to do well today, and in the future. Rolling Hills MS gets a '10' in our book! Tom & Rebeca Vosper
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2006

This is a wonderful school great kids and teachers! recommended to anyone new to the district!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 16, 2006

Great school with great expectations!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2004

My child received a good education. Safety issues was dealt with quickly. The teachers and administrators worked with the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2004

Rolling Hills has been a great school. I like the teachers. It provided a smooth transition for my child to high school. All were friendly. Classwork and homework was appropriate for the workload.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2004

I transfered to RHMS in sixth grade. I absolutely loved it! the teachers are very welcoming and focused on the kids. The kids are very cool as well. Tprincipal Mrs. Silva is totally great as well!
—Submitted by a former student


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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

This school's
API score

909

Change from
2012 to 2013

-11

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 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.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
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This school's
API score

909

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

-11

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 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)

4 / 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.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
80%
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.

67 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

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

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
73%
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.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
52%
English Language Arts

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

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
79%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students80%
Females86%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability57%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
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)63%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students84%
Females82%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability71%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
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 Students99%
Females100%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)98%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only99%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students85%
Females92%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
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)77%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students71%
Females76%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
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)57%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
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 Students74%
Females77%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females81%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
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)77%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students44%
Females54%
Males33%
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)41%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability53%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only43%
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)39%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students81%
Females77%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students88%
Females86%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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)82%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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 State average
White 68% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 13% 11%
Hispanic 10% 52%
Two or more races 6% 3%
Black 2% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 11%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Debra Bowers
Special schedule
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  • (916) 939-7454
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7141 Silva Valley Parkway
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
Phone: (916) 933-9290

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