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Fulton (Harry C.) Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

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Posted May 4, 2014

The school is excellent in terms of the quality of an education and atmosphere it provides. Like all schools, there are a few terrible teachers, but they are outnumbered by the rest of the staff. The office staff has an odd sense of humor which takes getting used to, but they're not trying to be rude. When I went here, I loved it and it's a decision I'll never regret.


Posted January 4, 2012

interested in enrolling my child in this school, wish to know your comment about Fulton. Please share.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

Bad staff and services. I am disappointed at the quality of the staff this school. It is absolutely one of the worst staffs I've worked with. They are not genuinely supportive of my child, and it seems like they don't want my kids to go to school there. But at the end, I have no choice because I am in the Fulton zone. Hopefully the teachers are as good as they sound.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2009

Fulton kids consistently score at the top of standardized testing - teachers are warm and caring.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 28, 2009

A great school I came here in 7th grade and everyone was so nice. The teachers are kind and are willing to take time out of there day to help the students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 6, 2009

This school is fantastic! I came in 6th grade and everyone was SO nice. The past reviews have said that P.E. was hard, its really not! They make us run to make us stronger. The teachers are fonominal and the lunches rock! :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 21, 2009

it's so awesome here, i love all the pep rallies!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2009

Fulton is an okay school. Almost all of the kids are nice. There are some things that could be done better. All of the students are LOADED with homework! Probably the least amount of homework I've ever had took an hour. You barely get any time to hang out with friends during weekdays. A couple of the teachers play favorites but not all. P.E. is really hard! We run so much but it doesnt really help us. We aren't going to get six packs! Our dances are pretty bad too. We are not even allowed to dance! Some of my friends and I were dancing, appropriately too, and the Vice Principal told us that the only thing we can do is jump up and down. It took the fun out of it. It's really hard being a GATE student too. Most of the teachers *expect* you to be really smart.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 21, 2008

Fulton is a great school with great electives and stuff but the problem is that in pe, we over run and play boring sports. Plus, the lunch lady is mean. But the good thing is that all of the teachers are all nice and they always try to help you with all your schoolwork and troubles. The principles are very interactive with the kids and are always hilarious. i recommend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 15, 2008

A while ago I read the reviews here and thought the school looked great. I came in at 7th grade and I found out that this school is not as good as it seems. For one thing, everyone hated me because I was a new kid. Almost every single kid in the school tells on other kids for everything, no matter how small. The kids are always trying to get eachother into trouble and they try to make the other students get bad grades by stealing their homework. The teachers are all right, but the P.E. is terrible. You do laps 90% of the time and sports 10% of the time. It's painful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 7, 2008

Fulton is a great school, students get along well with other students and the teachers are well qualified and have great personalities. I highly reccomend this school for anyone who is going into middle school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2007

The students here are nice, the teachers are well qualified, and its really fun! There are a variety of extra curricular activities as well. We have track, cheer, basketball, band, orchestra, softball and soccer.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2007

Hi Fulton is one of the best school ever!!!!!!! I recommend This Middle School. -Student at Fulton
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2007

Fulton Middle School is such a great school! I love all the electives and how all the teachers try so hard to make school fun! The P.E. at Fulton is so great! It's really good for us because we can stay in shape but we still have time in P.E. to play fun sports! I think it's absolutly wonderful how kids are allowed to work with the special education kids as an elective. That school is so great and I highly recomend it for kids going into middle school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 9, 2007

I love this school! This is my last year here at fulton, and it is by far my favorite school I have been to! My teachers were exellent... Anyways, I am sad to leave this school, fulton has taught me well, and I loved the fact that we have a special ed program! It allows me to interacte with them, and I really enjoyed that. I am very pleased with the outcome that I had and highly recommend fulton middle school to all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 12, 2006

My 2 sons recently transferred into Fulton MS fall '05, from a private school. As a parent, I was concerned about the obvious transition during this pre-adolescent period of their lives. The administrative staff, from the Principal to the Office Manager to the individual instructors ~~ all have made the transition a smooth one. Academically, the boys had to 'quickly learn' some material that was foreign to them. But again, the administration worked well with them and they are both on the Honor Roll and will be testing for GATE program this month. I am very pleased with the outcome and highly recommend Fulton Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

The music teachers here at Fulton are involved in music and if your son or daughter chooses they can be in band or orchestra. There is a fee because of budget constraints, but I think it's worth it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 7, 2005

The staff is competent. Many students do well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2005

Fulton is a very good school. The principal is very involved with the kids. The school schelules interesting things for the kids, like bringing high powered telescopes to the school one evening and inviting the kids and their parents to come and see the stars. They have a great music program and the kids are introduced to an array of electives, such as cooking, woodshop, golf, spanish, keyboarding, and more. Fulton does separate the sixth graders from the seventh and eighth, which I found to be nice. The only bad point I found is that some teachers seem to care more than others, but I think you find that in all schools. I would rate this as a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2004

I am extremely happy with the parent teacher communication at this school - it helps keep our children in line with good grades and good behavior. I also LOVE the merit points to particiapte in activites - they have to EARN the right - just like at home - and I think that teaches our children good values and something that will stick with them for years to come.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

931

Change from
2012 to 2013

+2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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API score

931

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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.
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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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

236 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

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.

126 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

302 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
80%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

175 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
75%
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.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
English Language Arts

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
89%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
74%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

286 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students89%
Females90%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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)83%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to state77%

Math

All Students84%
Females83%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability87%
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)81%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state83%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

All Students94%
Females91%
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)92%
Economically disadvantaged86%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
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)86%
Parent education - college graduate98%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Females85%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged84%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability40%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate76%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state79%

Math

All Students75%
Females74%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
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)70%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state80%
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 Students63%
Females65%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate60%
Parent education - declined to state74%

English Language Arts

All Students89%
Females92%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state94%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students8%
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)9%
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 only8%
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

Geometry

All Students96%
Females100%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
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)94%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students83%
Females83%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability52%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state88%

Science

All Students94%
Females96%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian99%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino90%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disability65%
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)96%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to state94%
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 48% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 41% 11%
Hispanic 9% 52%
Black 1% 6%
Two or more races 1% 3%
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 13%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 13%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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8778 El Lago Street
Fountain Valley, CA 92708
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