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Prairie Vista Middle School

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Posted January 3, 2014

I believe that this school is the ideal middle school in my opinion because it brought me happiness just by going to school on the week days. The teachers are very nice and made students feel as if they were to come first.there is also various beneficial after school programs,sports,and electives that can improve your knowledge and give you more experience towards a specific subject.


Posted October 14, 2013

My son is In the seven grade now but he has been At Praire Vista since Six grade And up To now I have not had a problem At this . I think that this School is a great place where kids can come And learn. My oldest son also atended Praire Vista. Mr Po the School security has a attitude towards the kids Thank You Mr. Po taking care Of Our kids In the School campus over all my opinion Of Praire Vista Middle School is GREAT thank To all staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2012

Horrible school, to many fights and the Staff was very rude and unhelpful. Do not send your child here. I know I'm not sending my daughter here next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2011

This school is very good. As a student, everyone is friendly, and the teachers are very supportive and helpful.


Posted May 20, 2009

i am in the 7th grade and i have been going to Prairie Vista since 6th grade and i think it is a great school. i think you should really consider enrolling your child in this school. this school is also easy for you child as a newcomer to make a lot of friends and fast. on my first day of school i had already made alot of new friends
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2008

I love coming to Prarie Vista Middle School. Right now im in 7th grade so all my middle school experiences have been on the new campus this school is so great
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2008

My daughter has been going to PVMS since 6th grade...& so far I like it. I like the fact the I get emails on my daughters progress. I have never seen any other schoold that does that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2008

Hi, well I might disagree with all the letters on this bulletin. In my opinion Prairie Vista Main is actually a perfect school to send your child to. I am not a perfect student at all but I know for a fact that Prairie Vista is pretty awesome and not undisciplined. This school has disciplined teachers. Unfortunately, is not the teacher's fault that the students are so undesciplined and are so out of control but is actually the parents who don't bother to pay attention to their kids. I love this school and I think you should send your child to this school. This school also has many extracurricular activities and programs and also the A.L.L Program. The A.L.L Program helps you understand class lessons and helps you with your homework plus let's you have some free time with your friends to hangout.This is my opinion.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 20, 2007

I am a student from prarie Vista. It's not the most decent school, yet it is average. From my point of view, some of the teachers don't put much effort into teaching us a new lesson, or helping us understand some problems we have. Also, they most be stricter and get students to understand authority espiecially when we're entering the teenage life.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2007

I am a student at prairie vista and it is a okay school.although most kids will not listen to the teacher I managed to get a 4.0 grade average,and so did a few other students.most kids however did not get such high standard grades.at prairie vista we do have plenty of extracurricular activities and programs such as band/strings,drama,and sports.we even have exploratory classes I know most schools do but some of the schools dont.prairie vista is a okay school but it is not the best school I would recommend you to send your child to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 8, 2006

This is an okay school with little extracuricular activities but ample oppurtunity to succeed academically.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 2, 2005

My child attended the 6th grade campus last year. I met with most of his teachers , except PE, and was very happy with them and their lesson plans. However, I found out that some of them had to curb their planned lessons to prepare the kids for state testing. I don't think my child had a full year of indtruction in history and science because the teachers are forced to concentrate on math and languarge arts. Students also have the option of only one elective class - art.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 2004

My child has attended Prairie Vista Middle School since the sixth grade and it has been a terrible experience for her. The students at this school are undisciplined and have no respect for authority. Since she has arrived to this school, she has been torrmented and bullied everyday without an end. Cursing, including cursing at the teachers and staff, fighting, and refusal to do work are common occurances at this school with these students. The faculty and staff have been uncaring and unhelpful--despite many attempts on my part to get help for my child. The environment is so bad at this school that a serious, well behaved student, like my child, has a difficult time even concentrating, much less learning. The curriculum is far behind and parent involvement is non-existant. Overall, the school is not worth sending your child to.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

771

Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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771

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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.
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4 / 10

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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.
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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.

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

27 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
92%
English Language Arts

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

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
52%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

172 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
23%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
49%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
n/a

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.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
25%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
46%
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 Students52%
Females60%
Males44%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state45%

Math

All Students49%
Females53%
Males46%
African American58%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state25%
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 Students96%
Females100%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students52%
Females60%
Males42%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state38%

Math

All Students47%
Females53%
Males41%
African American39%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state68%
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 Students62%
Females62%
Males64%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate77%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state64%

English Language Arts

All Students54%
Females60%
Males48%
African American48%
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state41%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students23%
Females26%
Males21%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino23%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged23%
Non-economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability27%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only26%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)24%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state27%

Geometry

All Students72%
Females56%
Males89%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented73%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate82%
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%
Females25%
Males28%
African American23%
Asian47%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantaged21%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability29%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only30%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented71%
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)22%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state17%

Science

All Students46%
Females41%
Males51%
African American43%
Asian87%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state41%
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 69% 52%
Black 24% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 4% 11%
White 2% 26%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 93%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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  • Christine Fagnano
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13600 South Prairie Avenue
Hawthorne, CA 90250
Phone: (310) 679-1003

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