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Fort Miller Middle School

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Posted November 7, 2013

When I went there we had some good teachers who cared, but that was in the early 90s. In fact some of the best teachers I had up until college were from there. The worse thing was that there were so many children into gangs at the time, so there were large gang fights. Some of the teachers were too intimidated to intervene, so the kids acted like they had control. To succeed I had to be as invisible as possible and get lower grades than I was capable to better blend in. In some classes the teachers graded on a bell curve so that most children would pass. Hopefully it has improved. I know that they were starting to test uniforms and not allow colors or sports wear when I was leaving the school.


Posted June 27, 2012

I Was A Student At This School This School Does A Little More Than Teach The Peers At This School I Learned To Become Responsible , And Unprofain With Mrs.Buckman Being Like The Best Principal Ever and Mrs.S The Gate Way Program Here Is Excellent It Pushed Me To My Full Potential When I Say Full I Meam FULL My Classes Here Where Algebra 1 With Vang Period 1&2 PE SN With Vanduzer Period 3 RCTA with Salazar Period 4 English With Williams Period 5 History With Williams Period 6 Science With Tudman Period 7 and Algebra TA With Vang Period 8 All Being Gateway I Could Honestly Say All Of Them Cared About Our Grades and Education More Than Needed Pushed Us Toward Success I Recieved Most Improved In Science How Awsome! This School Got Me Into Design Science High! I Really Love All Those Teachers I Recommend Sending Your Kid To Fort Miller Middle Where Everyone Is Equal Because We Dont Discriminate Race Nor The Special Needs Where Everyone Is Respected Where The STAFF Pushes and Cares Where You Have A Chance At Success Id Say We Didnt Even Have To Stay After School To Learn We Stayed Because We Wanted To! As I Grow Older I'll Never Forget My Expirence Here Or The People Falcoln Forever!


Posted November 11, 2011

i believe fort miller is the best middle school. cant say its better than computec but its 2nd best to computec. mrs. buckman and the whole staff really push us students to do our very best in preparing ourselves for high school.even though i may be a 7th grader who doesn't know very much yet since were in the second quarter but i do know this is the best because of how safe and secure the school it is.fort miller gives us students a great opportunity to volunteer in the community,reward us for how hard we work,and to see colleges and universities in California that we may attend in the future.


Posted February 21, 2011

Fort Miller has wonderful teachers who really care about their students. The security here is excelent, though there are still a few major fights. There is a strict no tolerance policy. The curriculum is presented in a way to push students to the next level. Fort Miller is all about being proud to be who you are and there we focus on high school readiness. Mrs. Buckman, the principal, is very commited to her job and loves her students. Every student knows that when they're in Falcon Country they're safe, secure, and have a lot of support. Go Falcons!! - Submitted by a current student


Posted February 27, 2010

I can say that the school has lots of things for the kids to do besides regular school. They got a lot of electives and the kids take more classes than at other the other schools. It is not that easy for my son to get A's here like at his old school wich is ok I guess. I like how the principal is always with the kids and my son say that she is hard but fun.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2008

Fort Miller does everything in a professional way trying to help the kids succeed in school as well as in life. There are tons of programs for the kids which keep them out of trouble and focused. The campus security is far superior than any other school in Fresno Unified. The grounds are well maintained and graffiti is removed immediately. There is an excellent no tolerance policy which keeps the kids inline and at the same time shows them genuine concern for their well being and education.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

676

Change from
2012 to 2013

-17

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

1 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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  • This school did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

676

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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

-17

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

1 / 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)

3 / 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.

60 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
82%
English Language Arts

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

307 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
32%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

249 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
31%

2010

 
 
26%
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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
69%
English Language Arts

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

422 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
29%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

256 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
30%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
69%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

448 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
21%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

415 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
33%
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 Students65%
Females62%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate68%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state83%

English Language Arts

All Students28%
Females31%
Males25%
African American31%
Asian38%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)35%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability28%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only35%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)26%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state30%

Math

All Students30%
Females30%
Males31%
African American18%
Asian31%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)37%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability31%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only31%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)24%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state35%
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 Students56%
Females60%
Males52%
African American68%
Asian67%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner50%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented67%
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state58%

English Language Arts

All Students29%
Females30%
Males28%
African American27%
Asian37%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability29%
English learner1%
Fluent-English proficient and English only35%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented52%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)29%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state28%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students15%
Females19%
Males13%
African American14%
Asian18%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino16%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)17%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability18%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only20%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate12%
Parent education - high school graduate10%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)14%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state25%

Geometry

All Students68%
Females72%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students26%
Females22%
Males28%
African American25%
Asian46%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino19%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability27%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only30%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented48%
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state23%

Science

All Students37%
Females34%
Males39%
African American40%
Asian55%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only43%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented52%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state31%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


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

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

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 67% 51%
Asian 11% 11%
Black 10% 7%
White 10% 27%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 90%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher resources

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Special education / special needs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:55
School end time
  • 2:35
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
  • Before school
School Leader's name
  • Deborah Buckman
Special schedule
  • Block scheduling
Fax number
  • (559) 221-7548

Programs

Specialized programs for specific types of special education students
  • Significant developmental delay
  • Specific learning disabilities

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cheerleading
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Drama
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