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Magnolia Intermediate School

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Posted July 13, 2013

Magnolia has been great for my 6th grade son. He is new to the district, a good student and doesn't have social problems. So for us, it's been fantastic. I can't comment on how a special needs family would be treated, but I have to assume that these quality teachers and administrators would do a wonderful job in that scenario, too. I've read several reviews from 2010-2012 that comment on excessive bullying. The principal and VP are new this past year and I haven't heard anything about bullying. So, it seems that this administration has improved or eliminated the problem. My overall feeling is so positive. My child is very, very happy at Magnolia.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

My best advice to parents (at any school) is to make every attempt to be active and visible at your child's school. Whether selling tickets at lunch time, helping with Teacher Appreciation week, assisting with a fund raiser or volunteering for an event, a little goes a long way. Even if you work, there are evening opportunities to attend Parent Club, Site Council, and Board meetings. Much can be learned about what's going on by attending these public meetings. The more the administrators and staff know who you are and how much you care, the better experience you and your children are likely to have. We're lucky to have wonderful, caring administrators, and by working together we can all make a difference for our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 19, 2013

I have to say, I was really nervous about my 6th grader starting this year after the reputation of bullying in this school. But, since the new principal has taken over, my son has had a great experience, and no bullying whatsoever at this school. He says he does not even see it. He has a lot of friends, great kids. The teachers at this school are hit or miss. Some have mood swings, come off as grumpy most of the time, and are not for the more sensitive child. Some are great,. such as Mr. Nat. But I do believe this is a much better school now than it ever was before, and there is a large effort being made against bullying. Unfortunately, many of the parents who come from Cottage Hill (LOP) bully other parents and gossip way too much, so their children see it and become bullies and they are very clicky as well. However, the effort made is definitely making a difference, as much as it can for the climate we are in. And the Alta Sierra kids that attend this school, have been a great group of kids, and are very open to other kids joining with them. This has been a great experience so far this year. The bus, well, that still needs some work. But at school, it has been wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2012

Computer lab (AKA Rattler PIT) is epicness!!!! :) I wrote the rest of this to achieve 15 words!! Rattler PIT is still epic.


Posted August 12, 2012

Whoa, Whoa, Whoa. A 1 star rating? Magnolia is far from deserving such a poor rating. While no school is perfect, you only need to visit a few other school districts to realize how good we have it at Magnolia. Magnolia has awesome students, parents, teachers, and administration. Magnolia has a wide variety of programs for students, including sports, music, and academic programs. The technology resources are outstanding. (The technology lab is "ok"?) All are dealing with difficult times as positively as they are able. It is time to stop the bashing just because you have personal grievances.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2012

most of the reviews are very bad and i disagree with alot of them because the bullying isnt a big problem there were only like 2 fights this year and they wernt that bad and yes its very cliquish ( srry bad spelling) but thats just school and the teacher was very good i thought and people are out of control but we are teenagers and its normal and the leadership was exalent mark was a greet principle and im going to miss him


Posted July 23, 2012

My son and daughter both attended: daughter 8 yrs ago and son for last 3 years. This used to be a 'good' school, not excellent but good never the less. Now this school is completely out of control. I also can say the same for Bear River High. Female gym teacher @ BRH is completely out of control . Both are extremely clique-ish and to add to the problem almost encouraged by staff. Do your child a favor and find a different education system/school. We have transferred to private schooling.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 2, 2012

There is something seriously wrong with this school! The bullying is out of control. The lack of discipline and supervision is ridiculous. These kids are acting like a bunch of savages, causing nothing but trouble. Hopefully with the new principal things will get better, because Lord knows, they have had terrible leadership for far too long.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 6, 2011

this is the crappiest school, I know because I go here. It is filled with a lot of potheads and juveniels. I have been messed with ever since I have been here. Woodshop class is great and the computer lab is o.k.


Posted February 3, 2009

Awesome school, the technology is amazing how they have integrated it into the teaching. Great computer labs and teaching.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2007

i had a great funfilled year there the kids and staff are great and the vice princaple mrs. johns and the princaple mr. rodriguess are the greatest ever.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 29, 2004

This school is a wonderful school to send your children. We have had no problems with safety, discipline is handled in a very professional manner and the teachers are wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


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858

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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858

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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.

152 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
69%
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.

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

170 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
69%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

106 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
71%
English Language Arts

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

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
66%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
27%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
100%

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.

199 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
64%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

191 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students66%
Females68%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students49%
Females44%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
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 Students84%
Females79%
Males91%
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)87%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
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 graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females79%
Males76%
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)79%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students61%
Females63%
Males59%
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)63%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
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 Students34%
Females31%
Males38%
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)34%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged34%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability33%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only34%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)29%
Parent education - college graduate33%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate44%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females78%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
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 disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students36%
Females23%
Males43%
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)38%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability44%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only36%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate27%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate45%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students89%
Females94%
Males83%
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)91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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 graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students70%
Females70%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability43%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students84%
Females85%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability86%
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 graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 84%
Hispanic 10%
Two or more races 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Black 1%
Asian 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 33%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 1%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • Ranked 44th out of about 1,050 middle schools in California (2006)

Arts & music

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  • Painting
Music
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  • Drama
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  • Video / Film production
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00am
School end time
  • 3:00pm
School Leader's name
  • Gene Morgan
Fax number
  • (530) 268-2819

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Targeted Assistance program (TAS)
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Track
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
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Students typically come from these schools
Alta Sierra Elementary
Cottage Hill Elementary
Pleasant Ridge Elementary

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22431 Kingston Lane
Grass Valley, CA 95949
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Phone: (530) 268-2815

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