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Talbert (Samuel E.) Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 519 students

 
 

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Posted January 24, 2013

I have never had such great response from administration at a school for all the years my 3 children have attended schools: private and public. An issue arose with one of my kids this year. I brought it to the Administration and it was respectfully resolved within hours! So impressed! The principal and Asst P and staff are amazing, pro-active, involved and respected amongst parents and children alike! :) Wish all my kids had the experience of going here! Kudos FVSD for a great staff selection & kudos to Principal Ms Robinson for leading & maintaining such a great staff!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

Talbert has the teacher of the year Mr.Wood who went to Antartica and Alaska twice provided by a science assostion. He also got a grand total of 15,000 dollars.


Posted February 28, 2012

The teachers are very supportive of my daughter's health. The school is great. I am very happy , that my daughter has a lot of new and old friends. Also Mr. Howard, you make teaching fun. Thank you...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 13, 2009

i luv this school. It is the best. Mr. Howard u rock so does ms. murphy, mrs. woo, mr. wood, mrs. walters, mrs. mcnally
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2009

my son is loving this school , wonderful team of teacher, fantastic group of kids, everybody cares for each other ia the best school in the area we are so happy!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2009

Talbert is a great school the teacher's are great espically ms.James (Best history teacher to get) and Mr. Howard (Funnist teacher ever!) I went there last year some of the kids were a little rude but overall it's a great school. If your having probelms with other kids and you talk to a teacher about it they'll actually try and do something about it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 20, 2008

Talbert is phenomenal. I have one student who graduated and another who just entered 6th grade. Mrs. Abdel and her staff provide a warm and caring atmosphere and they also have a great sense of humor with the kids. This age is tough but they do an excellent job making it feel like a family. I have never seen a school staff that so clearly enjoys each other and supports one another like the staff at Talbert. The teachers seem happy to be there which is a breath of fresh air and it rubs off on the kids. We love it here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2008

I think that the teachers and staff at the school are the finest around. They inspire and motivate the students to do the best they can and to go above and beyond. My 7th grade daughter has had the best two years there, and is at the top of her class!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2008

We love Talbert. I have children in 3 different area middle schools and it is by far the best. The quality of teachers, education, social oppotunities, service, and high feel of community have all exceded our expectations. I wish that all my children had gone to Talbert and I plan on sending our younger children there. Talbert has been a safe place despite the fact that it's a middle school and that also recommends it. Way to go, Talbert!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2008

This is my son's first year at Talbert Middle School. He is in the GATE program. I am continually impressed with the teachers, their enthusiasm and creativity in the classroom. The principal, Mrs. Abdel, is fanastic! She and her staff are positive and encouraging to all students. The real gem at this school is the Acitivites Director, Mrs. Clay, she is phenominal! We love Talbert.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2008

I love this school! Talbert is the schoolthat I go to i am currently in sixth grade, they have great sports teams and wonderful acedemic programs. Please 5th graders come to our school. It is the best
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 4, 2004

I go to Talbert (8th grade) and it is one of the best schools in the world. Unfortunately, we got a new Assistant principal who is not so great and we are currently running a petition against some of her rules. Overall though, if your child has to choose a middle school to go to, please choose Talbert because you won't regret it. There are wonderful extra curriculars, like cheerleading (it's very fun, I'm on the team), sports, surf club, storytelling club, and I know a lot of other middle schools don't have the opportunities that our school offers. In 7th grade there is mideval times and in 8th there is astrocamp where kids can learn about space and gravity just like real astronauts and I promise you this is the best school to choose.
—Submitted by a student


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This school's
API score

872

Change from
2012 to 2013

-11

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

872

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-11

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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.
API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
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.

223 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
76%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

59 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

193 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
66%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

124 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
96%
English Language Arts

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

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
75%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

68 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
10%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
57%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

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.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
61%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

204 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
84%
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 Students86%
Females82%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability61%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate94%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state79%

Math

All Students76%
Females76%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
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)74%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability39%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
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 Students88%
Females95%
Males84%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females81%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
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)82%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate71%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state52%

Math

All Students61%
Females62%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
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)60%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
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 graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate60%
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

Algebra I

All Students46%
Females52%
Males41%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
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)41%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability48%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
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)38%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate59%
Parent education - declined to state59%

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females76%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state62%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students10%
Females0%
Males18%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino15%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)9%
Economically disadvantaged5%
Non-economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability12%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only11%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate10%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)18%
Parent education - college graduate13%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state0%

Geometry

All Students87%
Femalesn/a
Males81%
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)82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students65%
Females68%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state53%

Science

All Students86%
Females83%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability73%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate85%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state85%
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
White 65% 27%
Hispanic 19% 51%
Asian 13% 11%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Black 1% 7%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 19%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

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Phone: (714) 378-4220

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