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Nicolas Junior High School

Public | 7-8 | 767 students

 

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Posted November 25, 2013

I go to Nicolas Junior High and i think it is a wonderful school it has really helped me grow and I really do recommend this school. The teachers are wonderful and the staff is very nice and helpful. I really do love Nicolas Junior High.


Posted August 29, 2012

I don't know why there are so many negative reviews about Nicolas. Nicolas Jr High School is a great school. The current Principal is Great! He is very friendly to students and staff. The Assistant Principal is also very friendly student are very comfortable with him and are able to tell him things they wouldn't feel comfortable telling other administrators. All the teachers in my opinion are Excellent. Teachers are very kind and caring. Not one teacher is mean or disrespectful to students or staff. Nicolas also has great academic programs like AVID and Nicolas is the only school in Fullerton you can go to have a program that provides a scholarship if a student stays in AVID from Nicolas and takes AVID through High School. There are other Academic Programs like Honor Society, ACE, and their Leadership Class. Nicolas also has a Honors Program called ACE which is a program for "Honors Students" and has higher classes like Math, ELA, Science, and History. They also have great selection of electives like Band, Choir, Dance, Foods, Art, Design, Printmaking, Publications, and ect. . I highly recomend Nicolas Jr. High School. ~A Current Student


Posted January 19, 2012

My daughter has attended 7th and 8th grade at Nicolas Junior High. I am really pleased with the school. It has wonderful programs like avid. Nicolas is the only Jr . High School in the Fullerton District that offers this program Also, my daughter went to the 7th grade Science Camp for girls and had a great experience . Nicolas was the only Jr High that offered the Science Camp at that time . My daughter has had a wonderful experience at Nicolas. I highly recommended this school . Don't listen to other negative comments that other parents say. Come see for yourself. In addition . Nicolas has a great Principal,Vice Principal. Teachers and Staff. They encourage the students to behave well and encourage high academics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 16, 2012

My son has attended Nicolas Junior High School for both 7th and 8th grades. I must be honest, my husband and I sent our son to this school with great caution. However, to our surprise Nicolas turned out to be a wonderful school. Dr. Barnett is very involved with the students and eager to see the students succeed. Our son enjoys going to school at Nicolas. We are very proud to call ourselves Nicolas Knights!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2010

I went to nicolas and i really did not like it. I had alot of problems.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 11, 2010

My Child has gone here for 7/8th grades. His test scores have gone up and he is much more confident.We a minor problems with different things from teacher to other student. The problems were quickly addressed and without alot of involvement on part. My son was able to approach the correct stafff members and handle situations mostly on his own. I am very pleased with Dr. Barnetts business approach to the shool and students. I feel he is very accessable to both parents and students and genuinely cares about each and every student in his care. I recomend Nicolas to anyone thats asks my opinion.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 7, 2010

Not happy about the administration and the moral of the staff and students. You would think that a jump in test scores would make Nicolas a better place to be at, but with my third child attending here, I see a big difference in the school. Test scores raise, but at what cost!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2009

This school is is making amazing strides, against the odds. Very impressive. Excellent administration.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2009

I am a parent of Nicolas Jr. High Student for the 2nd time. I had a few issues from my first child with teachers by them not listening to me, I know my child and they would not even simply ask for homework at the start of every class. My 2nd child is flourishing here. I am really involved with my children so that helps the teachers. You will only be sucessful with your children if you are truly involved with their studies and keeping track of their grades week by week. Why have children if you do not help them become upright outstanding citzens. It starts at home and the teachers are their to help guide them when in school. You teach them guidelines of respect and they in turn will respect their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2009

it is a great school with excellent teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2009

I am a second year parent at Nicolas Junior High School. I wanted to wait until my student's final year to post a review since it's often hard to judge a school on a one- year performance. My first impression of the school will be my final impression. From day one, I have been met with a friendly, consistent, and professional staff. Dr. Barnett is a third year principal at the school and has made wonderful strides met with progress to improve the students, academics, athletics, and attitude of the school. I have never seen a harder working or more dedicated principal anywhere. Dr. Barnett has implimented many successful programs for students of all academic levels. He works just as hard to improve the success of the higher academic students as well as the lower, stuggling students. He truly, deeply cares for each and every student at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

Dr. Barnett is really different. I think that school is super low and can even reach expectations that the district require but I think Mrs. Quiroz and Mrs Calvo are doing great as teachers my kids love it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 22, 2008

Great School! Teachers show a real interest in teaching our kids. Extra curricular activities are great also!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 15, 2008

The school is pretty good! I really enjoyed being their! I have been out of the school for 3 years now. I know it has changed a lot. From the dress code to the way it looks around the campus! The new principle i dont know how he is my Mrs. H and Mr. Gordon are great people! Also one of the science teachers Mrs. Ritacco (science) i recommend her for your students!


Posted October 3, 2008

I agree with the last poster. It is time for parents to step in and get more involved. We can't expect the teachers to teach our children morals. It comes from home first and your child should take it to school and respect what the teachers ask of them. If your child does not respect you at home then a teacher is not someone then can demand for your child to pay attention in class and learn what they are suppose to. Parents stop blaming the teachers and lets help the teachers that give 100% to our kids while we are at work. I think Mr. Barnett is Excellent and all the teachers I have come in contact with have been wonderful. I just don't really care for the office staff. I think they are rude and not pleasant.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2007

I do agree the school needs Ext. improvements,mainly around the lunch areas. My child takes pride in her school work and respects the teachers. We as parents need to stop complaining about the teachers and school attire and actually participate and get involved!Join the PTA where you can have a voice that will be heard. Make sure your kids understand that their test scores and academics are partly their responsibility and that they are privileged to have such a place to go and receive the education they need. Complaints about the classrooms and the principle?The behaviour and opinions of the parents are transformed onto our children. Our children spend more time with the educators then they do with their parents, we should be thanking these teachers. Take time and listen be supportive, soon you will see that a child that really wants to learn will no matter what!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

I'm not sure what that last post is all about, but I am a parent of a happy student at Nicolas. The new principal is very caring and ambitious. I don't think Nicolas is an unsafe school. I can't vouch for the quality of all the books, but my daughter's books that she has brought home look fine.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2007

I attend the school, and I think the school needs a lot of improvement. This school is a joke,the classes don't inform us of the proper information we need to be learning. The princepal needs to get involved much more in the school then he already doesn't. While he's changeing useless things like the dress code, he's not understanding the more important issues like, books, funds, and student safety.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 7, 2007

Nicolas is a school in transition. It is finding it's way up. The 2006-07 school year is bringing up state scores, school pride, student's attitudes. The admin. is working hard to make sure the students are learning in a safe and positive environment. My son is in the band program and loves it. We look forward to a positive 07-08.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 13, 2006

My daughter attends Nicolas. The school is overcrowded, under prepared and the worst school in Fullerton! The laptop program is unsuccessful and takes valuable time and funds away from educating our children. The new principal is heavy handed and out of touch with parent-teacher-student issues. This is the age group for nurturing and listening. Mr. Gordon is a great Vice Principal.
—Submitted by a parent


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API Statewide Rank
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4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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Algebra I

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

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English Language Arts

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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45%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
42%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

310 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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37%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
47%

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.

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
66%
English Language Arts

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

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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40%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
49%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

288 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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44%

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44%

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42%

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

392 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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34%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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63%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
55%
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

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English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
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Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state41%

Math

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Males40%
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Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged42%
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Students with no reported disability38%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate55%
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

Algebra I

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Females57%
Males81%
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Asian92%
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Hispanic or Latino63%
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Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
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Students with no reported disability69%
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Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented75%
Parent education - not a high school graduate77%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state59%

English Language Arts

All Students40%
Females45%
Males35%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability39%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate44%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state39%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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Females48%
Males41%
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Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state40%

Geometry

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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Females32%
Males35%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
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Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability35%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state36%

Science

All Students63%
Females60%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
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)90%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state61%
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
Hispanic 85%
White 8%
Asian 3%
Black 2%
Two or more races 1%
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 79%N/AN/A
English language learners 34%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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School facilities
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Language learning

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

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  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Mathew Barnett
Fax number
  • (714) 447-7586

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
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1100 West Olive Avenue
Fullerton, CA 92833
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