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Rancho San Joaquin Middle School

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Posted February 3, 2014

My 12 year old son goes to 7 th grade at Rancho Middle School. As pampered parents of one of the best elementary schools in town and until the commencement of the school this year, we were a bundle of nerves. But I must admit that the experience with this middle school has been nothing but a pleasure. The teachers, counselor and the principal have been very helpful and encouraging and very engaging. Here, I would like to mention one particular name amongst all the wonderful teachers, the Humanities teacher, Mrs. Zoe Schellenberg. She has been very hands on with the students and extremely meticulous. I was very impressed as to how she knew every child personally and took interest in their overall development. I feel really fortunate to have my son be part of this great school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 4, 2013

My time at Rancho was challenging, however by the end of eighth grade I was completely prepared for UNI. Just like most schools, some teachers are disorganized and frantic, while others are calm and have a plan of what they are going to teach a month in advance. I did not participate in the GATE program in 7th grade, however I was placed into the GATE program in 8th grade and I did extremely well (I had Mrs. Mckay <3). There are few kids who get picked on, but students are encouraged to befriend others and stop bullies from hurting. I've made so many new friends at Rancho, and I absolutely loved it. (The Principle and quite a few 7th grade teachers moved to another middle school this year so the school has had many changes, but my younger brother is currently in 8th grade and he still likes the school even with all of the new changes.)


Posted March 1, 2013

Socially I wouldn't recommend this school for black children. Racial slurs are a regular thing here. For two years my child was teased about not being black enough and called many names. Also one of teacher's here disclosed my child's grades to the entire class. Because of this teacher's action my child was teased. I'm beyond saddened by these events. All children deserve to have a safe environment to learn. Also there needs to be more supervision as the kids do fight at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 24, 2012

My son loves this school. All my worries or concerns went by the waste side after the first month. The administration at this school is great. I can't say enough good things about Rancho!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2012

Our experience has been mixed. Some great teachers and some very poor teachers. Academics would be better if some of the teachers spent more time on organization and communication. Strong P.E. and fitness program (if you care).
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2012

We relocated to So Cal this summer. We were told wonderful things about this school. However, we are very disappointed. It is very difficult to get contact with our childs teachers. When we asked for a conference to discuss our childs progress we were told staff only has time for children with D or F's. Our child in in the Gate classes and has always been an A student. We feel that our childs academic success has been a colaboration beween the Student, Parent, & Teachers. We do not see this unity here. We hope to transfer in the fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2012

I haven't been to this school yet but I've heard it's a great school.I do have to say I'm scared of being bullied because,of course,it's going to be my first year of middle school.I checked out the school's website and they have a strict "dress code" for students to follow and they have a great schedule.Since I've never had periods at school before,I'm kind of scared of that too.I've been trying to find a map of the school to print out so I wouldn't get lost,but I can't find one.I totally think they should put one up.I'm looking forward to going to Rancho!Wish me luck!-Oh and I have like 2 years to go before I go into middle school because I'm in 4th grade.-


Posted January 19, 2011

This school is amazing. My daughter loves to come to school every day, she's challenged in GATE-level classes, the teachers are communicative when you require it and are welcome to parent queries when appropriate. There's lots of activities to get invoved in and the kids know about all of them. The Principal and AP are visible and and firm when necessary. I hope University High School is like this too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2010

This is a wonderful school for my child. The academics are challenging and the principal and vice-principal are on top of things, even socially with the kids! I am glad my child loves to go to school everyday. We do not see much bullying in the school but certain children just love 'hugging' a bit too much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This is one of the greatest schools i have ever been in
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2009

Excellent school...not much else to say about it. Principal and vice principal are always under control of things...even if they don't seem like it...and they've got plenty of work to keep your mind active.
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 17, 2008

Have to say I am not a fan. The teachers overall are adequate. The Humanities teachers are subpar. A few should retire. Ms. Driscol the science teacher is absolutely the best as is Mr. Compton. There is a very serious bullying issue. The principal is a great guy but the attitude is 'boys will be boys'. If I had to do it over again I would probably send my child to private school during the middle school years as this is my neighborhood school and the other middle schools are impacted.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 14, 2008

I am a 7th grader at Rancho and I have to say I love this school. It's a wonderful school and there are so many fun things going on every month. The teachers are really nice and help you learn- especially the librarian. I love this school!
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 1, 2008

good education, poor social environment
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 1, 2008

I graduated from rancho in 2007 and i have to say it is the best middle school in irvine. However, I do believe that this school doesn't prepare students for University High School very well. Uni excels in Irvine, but Rancho is on par with other middle schools thats leads up to woodbridge northwood irvine etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2007

Good school Good music program
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 22, 2007

The quality of the teaching staff is good - they seem to have a group of very dedicated teachers. However, the support staff specially the counseling staff leaves a lot to be desired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 18, 2006

Rancho is a large middle school (+350 per grade level), but has some good teachers in its GATE program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2005

This school helps the students to get ready for high school well. The assistant principal gets along with the kids very well and make it a very healthy and fun environment. With Gate Humanities and variety of courses, it's super.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2005

This is a great school. My cousin stayed with me and began her 7th grade in this school. She barely knows her ABCs. During discussion with her teacher, she found my student's weakness in speech. The teacher then recommended District speech therapist to conduct session with my student to improve her pronounciation in 's' and 'sh' sounds. A remarkable improvement was seen over the past year and she even speaks better in her native language because of the practices in these sounds. The teachers are devoted and loving. It is truly an outstanding school.
—Submitted by a parent


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958

Change from
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-9

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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API score

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Algebra I

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

104 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
99%
English Language Arts

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

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
87%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
82%
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.

189 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
93%
English Language Arts

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

424 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
55%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

The state average for History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative was 52% in 2013.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
90%

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

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state100%

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Females86%
Males82%
African American55%
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state84%

Math

All Students79%
Females78%
Males80%
African American45%
Asian86%
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability44%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner60%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state79%
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 Students97%
Females97%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian99%
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)97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
English learner100%
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state97%

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females87%
Males77%
African American73%
Asian81%
Filipino83%
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
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 state81%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students71%
Females69%
Males74%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
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)66%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner57%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
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 state72%

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state100%

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students83%
Females86%
Males81%
African American82%
Asian82%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
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 state83%

Science

All Students89%
Females89%
Males89%
African American91%
Asian88%
Filipino83%
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state89%
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 56% 11%
White 30% 26%
Hispanic 7% 52%
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 13%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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