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Thornton Junior High School

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Posted November 16, 2008

Thornton is a great school if you know who to hang out with :) The teachers may not be the best, but its thre greatest palce to grow up. It's fun, and its a big school, so you'll always find friends. There are some really good teachers there. Like Ms.Oliva. She may be a really hard teacher, but she really knows how to teach a class. Thornton is a great place for Jr.High. I left the school last year, and I really miss it. If you put an effort into your grades, and put an effort into making friends, you really can't go wrong. Have a positive attitude, and you'll see how great of a school it is. (:
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 1, 2008

Thornton is a decent school. Teachers seem competent and do a good job. Campus should be more secure. There are always students who come from families with crude language and lifestyle, but that's everywhere in America.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 19, 2008

This school is absolutley terrible. Most teachers who work at this school are only there for the money, and show no appreciation, or care for the students. The principal is a terrible role model for the students. I LOVE running, but during P.E. teachers make you run during the cold and in grass thats frozen solid! They make you run even when its RAINING! Think TWICE before you EVER enroll for this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 29, 2008

Thornton Jr. High is quite a good school. The music program is outstanding the the music teacher is one of the best I've ever seen; very passionate about music and about teaching it to the children to
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2008

I go to Thornton too and I've learned plenty. If you go to any school, there are unsafe environments. Standing out in the cold is nothing compared to what my parent endured when they went to school. We kids can take care of ourselves we don't need to be babied. In elementary school we had recess a lot and I didn't have enough to challenge me. Here at Thornton I learn a lot. Aren't parents always saying homework is good? What's wrong with a little more homework?
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 16, 2008

Thornton is a decent junior high school, although it has been getting some nasty remarks. I would know, because I go there, and the teachers generally have good intentions to the students. They have also built a new gym along with stiltlike structures on the old gym, used on cold days for PE. Thornton in a good school. Not that ugly. Not that small.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 3, 2008

This school is not the best... But the teachers are trying their best. The school could try making the school more safer for the kids!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 17, 2007

I wouldn't say this school is awesome but it's not as bad as others are saying. I've talked to parents of the other Fremont Jr Highs and they all seem to have the same issues as Thornton. It's the age of the kids. We are used to them being 'mothered' in elementary school but in Jr High, the schools expect the kids to take their own responsibility for things. I agree there should be more of a transition from Elementary to Jr High to help the kids but the other Jr Highs are the same. Don't look at Thornton so badly. As far as it's looks, there is only one Jr High in Fremont that has had a facelift. They are all older schools so they WILL look like that. It's only for two years and not the end of the world. The teachers work hard and care about the kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

Thornton is an ugly school. Teachers here give a lot of homework.When students are dropped to school, they have to stay in the open.The whole school is an open building.It is not a covered one with corridors.In winter, it's like freezing cold.My children got cold because of this.They have the subject P.E. They do have a gym, but the children have to do P.E in the grounds. Even when it is extremely cold. In my opinion, think twice before going to this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2006

Good school with many great teachers. There are as many extracurricular activities as can be expected from a junior high school, and the parent involvement is very high.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 27, 2006

Poor and ugly, small school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Terrible administration. Principal is very out of touch with students and parents needs. There's a few good teachers, but many are just there as a job. They will not go the extra mile that it takes to be a good teacher. There is one very good 7th grade math teacher. She is one teacher that will go the exta mile and help her students. Her good moral values and love for her students show. If you are considering this school, think twice!
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

903

Change from
2012 to 2013

+17

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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9 / 10

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Algebra I

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

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
96%
English Language Arts

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

487 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

450 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
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.

387 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
67%
English Language Arts

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

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
73%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

95 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
24%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

498 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
77%
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 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)n/a
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females85%
Males76%
African American50%
Asian91%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner34%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students78%
Females76%
Males79%
African American25%
Asian90%
Filipino68%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability26%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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 Students81%
Females84%
Males79%
African American53%
Asian93%
Filipino78%
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate69%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students75%
Females80%
Males71%
African American39%
Asian89%
Filipino68%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state62%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students24%
Females23%
Males25%
African American14%
Asian36%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino12%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Non-economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only24%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)17%
Parent education - college graduate41%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalesn/a
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)n/a
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 Students76%
Females76%
Males76%
African American35%
Asian91%
Filipino74%
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state58%

Science

All Students80%
Females78%
Males81%
African American47%
Asian94%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to state62%
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
Asian 54%
White 15%
Hispanic 11%
Black 5%
Two or more races 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/AN/A
English language learners 8%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Nurse(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Art teacher(s)
Assistant principal(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Special education coordinator
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Stan Hicks
Fax number
  • (510) 793-9756

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Special education coordinator
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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