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Golden West Middle School

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Posted August 15, 2013

I have got to disagree with some of the other reviewers. We moved to this district specifically to get into this school. While all districts have had budget cuts, this district and this school in particular have dealt with them unbelievably well. The teachers teach, but they are also available to the kids before and after school. The teachers have to have papers graded in a timely fashion and the entire district has an online grading system where parents can see grades and attendance-often before the kids get home from school. The classrooms/teachers have computers, smart boards and printers. They have an active library and librarian as well as a school nurse and 2 counselors. The principal and asst. principal are both very active in the school population and with parents. They even still have buses! As far as dealing with medical issues, my daughter has learning disabilities and they have bent over backwards for her-changing schedules, teachers calling me to see what they could do to help. Most teachers send out frequent emails advising parents of what is going on. Unlike many schools in the area, they still have extra-curricular activities including robotics and music.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2013

this school does very little to protect our children form bulling.I 've never had to deal with kids that have respect for anyone
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2013

I have been extremely disappointed in this schools attitudes with instilling confidence in childrens work. They do not bend in helping to meet the children halfway even when there are medical and social issues involved. It is overcrowded and budget cuts are remaining very problematic in California school system at our childrens expense and possibly even their futures. I have pulled my son out and put him in private education for the first time in his life due to becoming concerned of him falling in the the third of the student population who drops out of high school in the CA public education system on account of him just getting frustrated and feeling incompetent. He was failing his courses constantly yet scoring advanced on his STARS tests. The staff didn't seem concerned because his end of year testing was fine and he was a "bright and respectable student"!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2012

I currently am a student here and i think so far this school is one of the best middle schools here in fairfield because there isnt so much gang violence its very rarely when the principal has to call the campus police with his guard dog and check out somthing suspicious. So if your looking for a good middle school in fairfield i would reccommend you choose this one.


Posted August 16, 2011

The school, I heard was a great school. My son attended in 7TH and 8th grade. I realized during the 8th grade that the budget cuts, although did not have a drastic affect on the school, it had an affect. He was not moved to Algebra I because, "there are too many students in the class"....well, that doesn't excuse it!! Upon review of the 2011 scores, I realize the scores decreased in EVERY area from the year prior-- not good at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 24, 2011

My child was a student of Travis Unified and then went to Golden west middle school for 7th and part of 8th grade. I must say that my child was a honor roll student but once she got to Golden West her grades dropped to there lowest...teachers mistreating the children to the point to where i filled a formal complaint and had to have the teacher apologize to my child PUBLICALLY...students being threatented by other students and the Vice Prin and Principal refuse to get a back bone and stop the maddness....even well after parents are involved...If you send your child to this school...BEWARE!!!!! Check on your child and the teachers frequently...i have since taken my child out of this school and within less than 60 days......SHE IS BACK ON THE HONOR ROLL!!!! Go figure!!!!! Principals have no backbone to help the children...the children are being mistreated by teachers...and the atmosphere is thick with tension amongst the children.....that campus needs revamping ASAP
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 24, 2009

Golden West is failing to educate my child. The hype of being a good school has not manifested. I feel my child is being left behind and denied. I am disappointed! Don't believe the hype.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2008

The Travis School District is a hidden secret in Fairfield. With 5 elementary schools, 1 middle, and 1 high it's a small district. However, the schools rate as high as Benicia schools. A major reason is the location in and next to Travis Air Force Base. It is attended by many military students and (I'm generalizing) they tend to be very disciplined and have parents that are involved in their education. That being said, Golden West is the best middle school in Fairfield. With API of 841 it obviously teaches its students well. We are very pleased with the school. The band program consistently wins high awards. Because the majority of students are bused from their neighborhoods, there are no kids hanging out after school causing trouble. The The teachers are excellent. My only issue is that there aren't more options for GATE students. They take the same courses as everyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

Great schools! We moved into the Travis School District specifically to attend Foxboro Elementary, Golden West Middle, and Vanden High Schools. We've lived here for 5 years and have children at all three. Very happy with these schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2007

This school has a good academic system, meteoker extracurricular activities, and some teachers who prepare you astoundingly for high school. Seeing as this school has been around for many many years, you can imagine that the classrooms, as well as the school itself, hasn't had many upgrades in the past few years. And the students, most are very friendly and caring. While others can be judgemental and sterotyped.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 16, 2007

I haven't been impressed with the way the school handles conflict among the students. There is no communication between the school and the parents other than the automated phone calls which come on the day of the event/activity, doesn't give you much notice. I found most of my daughters teachers to be pleasant with the exception of a few rude teachers and conselours. My daughter loves the sports program. As a 7th grader last year she made honor roll for the year but I felt that some teachers weren't challenging enough. Given the other schools in this area it is among the best, I just wish it was The Best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

My son is a 7th grader at Golden West. So far I find the instruction to be stellar and the teachers provide feedback anytime! Not just on progress reports or report cards. All my emails are replied to within a day or two and calls always returned. The teachers are candid with me and tell me like it is...no sugar coating!! I love it!! So far so good. I have two more children that will attend this school within the next two years!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2006

Outstanding school and school district! Consistently one of the top rated (STAR testing) in the county. We moved here just so our kids could go to these schools (Foxboro Elementary, Golden West Middle, Vanden High) and it was the best move we ever made!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 26, 2005

Excellent Arts program with a great band director.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2005

Golden West middle school is a great school. Our 7th grader has had much success there. The staff and teachers are friendly and genuinely care about the children. If you happen to be in the military, it is right outside the gate of Travis AFB. making it very convenient for those folks who live on base or very close by.
—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

833

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 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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This school's
API score

833

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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

-16

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school's test score performance improved between Spring 2012 and Spring 2013. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
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7 / 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)

5 / 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.
Algebra I

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

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
79%
English Language Arts

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

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
40%

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 50% in 2013.

134 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
64%
English Language Arts

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

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
59%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
92%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

425 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

427 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students97%
Females100%
Males94%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students63%
Females73%
Males56%
African American51%
Asian83%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability16%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state40%

Math

All Students53%
Females53%
Males52%
African American39%
Asian71%
Filipino50%
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate65%
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 Students59%
Females58%
Males60%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Filipino63%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
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)51%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Females62%
Males61%
African American51%
Asian72%
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to state67%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students51%
Females42%
Males60%
African American40%
Asian54%
Filipino79%
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability58%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate46%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate62%
Parent education - declined to state62%

Geometry

All Students68%
Females63%
Males75%
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 disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
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 graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students64%
Females61%
Males68%
African American56%
Asian65%
Filipino87%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state56%

Science

All Students72%
Females67%
Males79%
African American57%
Asian77%
Filipino95%
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability24%
Students with no reported disability78%
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 graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state78%
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
White 38%
Hispanic 22%
Black 14%
Two or more races 9%
Asian 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 30%N/AN/A
English language learners 2%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 9%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Jackie Tretten
Fax number
  • (707) 437-3416

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  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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