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Venado Middle School

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Posted May 16, 2007

Venado has been under new leadership for the past couple of years, and things are looking up. I expect that things will continue to improve as long as the current principal and assistant principal stay. However, there is still a lack of flexibility and high amount of stress on the students. There is still an exaggerated workload/learning ratio, which, in turn, hampers extracurricular activities. Parent involvement in Irvine is always high - the new administration seems much more willing to listen to parents' input. Teacher quality is mixed: there are some truly outstanding teachers and some truly awful ones (why don't teachers change careers if they don't like kids?) Definitely ask around, and believe what your kids tell you about their teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2007

Venado Middle School is blue ribbon school and thouroughly deserves that award. The principal leadership is apparent throughout the school. The teachers are mostly experienced and provide a great and interesting place to learn. Its assortment of extracurricular sports activities make sure al the kids here are well-balanced. Parent integration is lacking but the supportivness is shown in the students. Speaking as a student, this school has provided a lot for my education. Its advanced classes are very challenging which brings my only major contreversy of the workload on students. On some nights the work can pile up to approx. 4 hours not excluding weekends. But overall this is an excellent school and place to grow.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2006

It has been my experience that the staff and teachers at this school will assist students and their parents in any way possible. Our child has done better in this school than any other school to date. The students at this school are given every chance to succeed. Our only concern is the amount of homework that is assigned. There are occassions when out child will do homework util very late at night. Overall, we are quite pleased with this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2005

I am new in knowing this school.I have noticed that this school has a hi/deaf program aside with the regular prigram. Every one signs and most speak as well(except deaf). I was told that the school is challenging, which is a plus in my book! But, what I was concern that the hearing impaired students who are verbal might lose their speech due to extensive signing at the capus. The signing is an elective to take for the hearing students to encourage them to interact with deaf students and there are a lot of understanding of this deficit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2005

We are not very happy with this school: the classes are too big, children do not get enough attention.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2004

Venado claims to be a 'blue ribbon school.' However, this is at the expense of children who don't conform to their rigidity. If you are a conformist and willing to subject your children to immense pressure in order to boost their test scores, Venado is probably right for you. However, if your child dares to be a critical thinker or otherwise doesn't fit their mold, watch out.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

939

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

939

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Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

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API Statewide Rank
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10 / 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)

8 / 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.
Algebra I

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

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

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
79%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
75%
English Language Arts

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

316 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
87%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

180 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
57%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
88%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
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)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%

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Females88%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability58%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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 Students76%
Females76%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner66%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
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 state76%
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 Students98%
Females98%
Males98%
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)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
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 state98%

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females83%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
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 state78%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students73%
Females70%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability26%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner56%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
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 state73%

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%
Females79%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipino86%
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability61%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
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 state83%

Science

All Students92%
Females90%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)97%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability83%
Students with no reported disability92%
English learner56%
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 state91%
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
Asian 47%
White 30%
Hispanic 12%
Black 3%
Two or more races 2%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 20%N/AN/A
English language learners 13%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

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

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  • Robert Valdez
Fax number
  • (949) 936-6809

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