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D. Russell Parks Junior High School

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Posted October 6, 2013

Parks Junior High School is a wonderful school with strong, inspiring, and caring teachers. It offers many elective choices including, but not limited to, art, music, band, orchestra, computers, physical conditioning, forensics, and Spanish. Students can explore different interests and also learn to grow by balancing their classes and adapting to different teachers. It is a wonderful segue to the high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 26, 2013

With the exception of a couple of teachers, the most teachers and staff members are rude and can't teacher. They also don't care about their students. A student got bullied and the vice principal tried to pass the problem on the victim. The victim was protecting theirself and it was called fighting back. When the victim was only holding down the bully. The bully got away scot-free. The victim has to get treatments for the rest of their life.


Posted February 1, 2012

Excellent teachers. love all the staff especially vice-principal. very good programs for good student. challeging academic programs. some kids are racist cause maybe parents are but overall excellent school . i think best middle school in oranage county.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 28, 2011

There are many rumors that this is a great school based on the test scores. However, I've come to learn that you can't judge a school by just the high test scores. I'm currently a student from Parks and I have to call out the office staff of Parks Jr. High. I've honestly never seen ruder people in my life. I came from another district and because of that, had to take the math placement test inside the office. However, the office staff had no consideration whatsoever and were loud and obnoxious. As a result, I failed that placement test and was placed at a lower level than I originally am. Thankfully, there was a retake opportunity and I was able to get into the honors algebra, but that event just showed me how inconsiderate people can be.


Posted June 11, 2011

I'm graduating from Parks Jr. High this year and I must say that it is a very tightly knit family. I consider the academics to be easy but I have had friends who transferred from Nicholas to Parks (and back) who thought that it was WAY too hard. The teachers try to communicate with their students and are considerate, but still enforce their rules. Parks offers a lot of fun electives (Home Economics, Art, Choir, Orchestra, etc). Parks is a great school to help a student prepare for the toughness of high school and definitely meets whatever standards that are given out. Some of the homework given out by teachers aren't that hard; it's just that some of the students don't pay attention to the teacher(s) and then complain to their parents that their teacher doesn't teach them when everyone else in their class understands the material. All in all, Parks is a recognized school and has a great teaching staff and wonderful community that is helpful as well as friendly.


Posted June 30, 2010

It has been three years since I graduated from Parks and things might have changed since then. However, from what I remember, the experience a student has from Parks depends mostly on the student and the friends he hangs out with. In my case, I had good, supportive, and academically strong friends who motivated me to excel during my time at Parks. I also had my own self-motivation to get into an IB program in high school (which I did) and competitiveness that I had to get better grades than my friends. To comment on too much homework, I think this will help with adjusting to high school. At Troy, students get an average of five hours of sleep and the rest of the time is filled with extracurricular activities and homework. Anyways, school is what you make of it. In my case, I had a great time at Parks.


Posted April 28, 2010

I think this school is O.K. Not great, Nicolas is better.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 26, 2010

I always thought Parks to be a great school. Maybe for students who already excel. My child went from one of the brightest to having one of the lowest GPA's in the school his first year around. Teacher focus more on HW and make it a LARGE amount of the childs grade. I am more than willing to help with HW but to make it the main concern is ridiculous. As a teacher it is YOUR job to teach. 3 hours a night just is not acceptable. There are some wonderful teacher that have been a great help to my child and done what they can to ensure the work gets done. then there are teacher that do not care to put the effort. I have been to the principal, the VP, the counselor and teacher none of which will look further into it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2009

I'm currnetley a student at Parks's Jr. High. I like it but sometimes it can be extremley boring, it is also not artsy enough. In the laptop program you olny use you laptop for around half the class. Also the teachers will not ask you if you need help, you need to ask them for help if you need, that I think is not very good. This shcool is also way into the acemdimces also very cliqey like there is a lot of cliques depending on your race. Parks is a good shcool and I recomend it to thoose who want to be well perpared for high shcool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 31, 2009

I think Park's Jr. High is the best middle school in fullerton CA
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

I just recently graduated from Parks Jr. High and it was an interesting two years of my life. Parks Jr. High gives students an opportunity to learn and express themselves. The 1:1 program was an exceptional program. I learned a lot about a variety of things. There are a few teachers who fail in teaching their students to the maximum. But there are really amazing teachers at Parks who have taught me more than just education. There is big problem at Parks with bullying as people think. It is not a bullying school. Parks is a great school, and I highly recommend it to parents wanting a good junior high career with for their children.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 18, 2008

even though i dont like school, this is a school i like. great teachers, electives, after school clubs, sports, etc...some teachers you may not like but overall the staff is great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 4, 2008

very unhappy with the school stuff. Teachers are in their own world. Teacher egos come before kids learning. A very hard 2 years for my daughter and the teachers are of no help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2007

Wow this school is one of the best! I really like Parks Jr High School because the teachers are awesome and you get to make so many new friends! All parents should enroll there child at Parks Jr High
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 30, 2007

any smart parent would put their student in parks jr high this school is filled with awesome kids and I personally love it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2006

This school has a lot of extracurricular activities, whether it is drawing, or if it is homework clubs. The principal is strict, but seems to be missing things that children do. However, overall, everyone in this school tries their best to get good grades.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2006

This school is above average. However there is a lack of discipline which I believe is present in almost all schools. There are many extracurricular activites for students to choose from. I would definitely recommend this school for anyone who is thinking about sending their child here. The oppurtunities are endless.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2006

The teachers at parks work hard to give personal attention to every student. Administrators and counselor really seem to care about the personal issues of children and their families. Our experience at parks (3 kids, 6 years) has been the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2005

Excellent academics, good range of in-depth electives in the arts and technology, and a self-funded sports program make this an exemplary school. Staff puts children first and welcomes parent involvement. No wonder this is a National Blue Ribbon School and a California Distinguished School!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted May 6, 2005

Excellent academic programs Diligent music and art department Athletic and cooperative sports teams Satisfying number of parent involvement to help out with school acitivities.
—Submitted by a former student


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API Statewide Rank
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10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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Algebra I

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

47 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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English Language Arts

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

503 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

455 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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 50% in 2013.

154 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

479 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

298 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

43 students were tested at this school 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.

491 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2010

 
 
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Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

481 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
90%
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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Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state100%

English Language Arts

All Students80%
Females81%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability35%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner38%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state82%

Math

All Students75%
Females74%
Males78%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner51%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state76%
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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Filipinon/a
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Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
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 state100%

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females79%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipino87%
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state66%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students73%
Females67%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner43%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state66%

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
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Asian100%
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Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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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

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students71%
Females69%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipino87%
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state55%

Science

All Students87%
Females85%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability85%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner51%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 43% 11%
Hispanic 25% 52%
White 25% 26%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 2% 6%
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 1%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

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

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1710 Rosecrans Avenue
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