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Ranchero Middle School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $96,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $960.

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Posted June 30, 2014

If you want your child bullied and made fun of bring them here this school's staff does nothing to help your child in self confidence your child will be harassed about there appearance I dont recommend this school to nobody
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2014

my schjool is awsome so u should give us the five thousand dollars u know u want to


Posted July 29, 2013

This school is the worst school in hesperia it's loaded with gangs and one of my friends got high because a kid forced him to eat a jello wedged with weed if your a parent I do not recommend this school for your child.


Posted May 29, 2013

The office called to complain about my son making a mess even sent him to detention that entire day. Low and behold they punished the wrong student! No apology or compassion. Getting a straight answer is almost impossible. My kid was bullied to the point of tears with no relief. They never saw the constant teasing as a problem.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2012

This school is not safe for any student to attend unless the student wraps the office staff around their finger. My son who attended this school for two years was bullied by a student on more than one occasion and the school did nothing. On a day when the other student threatened to jump my son, the school finally took a little notice and suspended the kid, but rather than sending him home they told him of my son's allegations against him and then sent him back out onto campus "because he said he was going to behave, and they had no reason not to believe him because he was an office aide". The kid sought my son out and beat him up. The administrator was never reprimanded for allowing my son to be beat up. The administrators fail to call parents when incidents occcur with their children and they have to visit the office, and they have no concern about the students with the exception of keeping them coming back so they get there ADA.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2012

Kiki - Apr 25, 2012 Ranchero is riddled with gangs . My son keeps getting beat up as the school seems unable to maintain safety on the campus. More and more this schools moral is disappearing. My neighbor had to home school their child because the school could not stop the violence from escalating to such a degree that the child feared for her life. What is going on with this "school". I am going to complain to the school board about this horrible school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 28, 2010

has achieved special state achievement award.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 10, 2009

Best school ive been to its clean and has nice tachers/princebels
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 30, 2009

I love this school!! This is my first year at Ranchero. So I'm in 7th grade now. Just from being there a few times I can already tell how much fun the next two years of my life are going to be at Ranchero.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2009

I love this school! This is my last year attending Ranchero and I'm so sad to leave. The teachers are amazing and use to let you stay after school for tutoring, that is until the budget cuts.I have straight A's thanks to my great teachers.Ranchero has lots of clubs and sports.Oh, and Mrs Malone,Ms fouret, and Miss McPherson are the best!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 14, 2008

The best thing this school has going for it and has had going for it in the past is good leadership. The demographics of the school create many challenges that aren't the fault of the teachers. Kids lacking discipline or strong values in the home are the minority but create the majority of the problems and take up the time of the staff and counsellors. There should be far less tolerance of bad behavior and they should be quicker to send them to another school where they can get more directed attention. It would give the teachers far more support to know they can actually control their classes with real consequences for the few who are truly disruptive and often rude, vulgar or even dangerous. It also sends a message to the parents to keep thier kids in line too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 29, 2008

RMS is a great school with caring teachers and staff. Due to budget constraints, there are always problems with offering all that our students need and deserve to help them succeed, but most of the staff will go out of their way to find a way, even dipping into their own salaries. Even with this, parents must be partners with their children's teachers. We can't do it alone. There are too many needs now with the demographics we deal with. The students with the most success have involved parents. At Ranchero, we have many great kids and involved parents. This is the key to being the best for the students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 20, 2008

Not helping the children, that need the most help. Teachers should teach, not expect the parents to do all the teaching after school. The homework is by far to extensive. We have to have family time with our children, for more than just school work.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2007

I love Ranchero Middle School, All though it is pretty complicated, To survive at Ranchero Middle School you have to go to school and stay out of troubles way.Do what you got to do and go home. Ranchero is a talented school. But hey take a look at ranchero you would see that mexicans blacks and whites walk the halls with no problems...when you get started its very easy they show you around and everybodies very helpful.... I lover Ranchero its the best middle school I ever been to
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 28, 2007

I have a student going to Ranchero Middle School. The teachers are great and very helpful. This school rates an A+ from this parent.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2007

Ranchero Middle School is an excellent school that allows students to do good in their work and participate in other activities and clubs. The teachers are amazing at ranchero. Each teacher leaves you with a memories that last a life time. The staff at ranchero helps make a working environment clean.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2007

This school is so fun and is very enthusiastic about learning ____ REBECCA GIBBENS
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2007

Although this is a clean and friendly school, there are exceptions. I felt my child was not challenged enough, not in the sense that they are not given enough work or projects, but that she was not provoked or stimulated mentally or intellectually. However, her teachers were for the most part intelligent and kind. Sports and clubs are available, although i feel as though they could be brought up to higher standards. Ranchero is a nice campus, with excellent safety and good school spirit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2007

Overall, Ranchero is an awesome school. 7th grade Honors S.S. Ms. Pifer is the greatest of the greatest. As for 8th grade, Mr. Thompson is vigorous but great. Many of the staff is great, with exceptions, as in any school. Ranchero is the best jr. high/middle school in the area. Oh, and the new principal could be a little more genuine and enthusiastic. Overall, Ranchero's great.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 3, 2007

Ranchero middle school is a good school. Most teachers are friendly, but some are not helpful enough to the students and they dont communicate to the parents enough. Ranchero has great princible leadership and a healthy environment. Good lunches that are not too fatty so the students stay healthy. There are many after school programs, but they do not encourage the students to get into them. There parental involvment in the school is poor. They send letters home about two times every month and i think that it should be more then that. Other then this ranchero middle school is a fairly well school.
—Submitted by a former student


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API score

755

Change from
2012 to 2013

-9

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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755

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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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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.

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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48%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
49%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

438 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
39%
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.

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
29%
English Language Arts

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

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
48%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

179 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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3%

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2%

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5%

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6%
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.

494 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

461 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
52%
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 Language Arts

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White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate58%
Parent education - declined to state34%

Math

All Students41%
Females41%
Males41%
African American23%
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Hispanic or Latino41%
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)44%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate38%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate40%
Parent education - declined to state26%
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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Females32%
Males32%
African American7%
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Hispanic or Latino29%
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Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)37%
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
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Students with no reported disability32%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only35%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented64%
Parent education - not a high school graduate21%
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)30%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate60%
Parent education - declined to state30%

English Language Arts

All Students45%
Females47%
Males42%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate34%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to state40%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students3%
Females5%
Males2%
African American0%
Asiann/a
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Hispanic or Latino3%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)6%
Economically disadvantaged3%
Non-economically disadvantaged9%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability4%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only2%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate3%
Parent education - high school graduate2%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)6%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state0%

Geometry

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Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students46%
Females44%
Males48%
African American29%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability50%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate60%
Parent education - declined to state42%

Science

All Students60%
Females54%
Males66%
African American39%
Asiann/a
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)76%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state56%
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 58%
White 31%
Black 6%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 74%N/AN/A
English language learners 14%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 13%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Tutor(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
Media arts
  • Technical design and production

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Cindy Costa
Fax number
  • (760) 948-0381

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Soccer
  • Track

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Drawing / sketching
Music
  • Band
Media arts
  • Technical design and production
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17607 Ranchero Road
Hesperia, CA 92345
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