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Venado Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 636 students

 

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Posted August 8, 2012

I am a teacher AND the parent of students who attended Venado MS prior to attending Irvine HS. I have always been grateful to Venado's staff for preparing my own children so superbly for high school. They learned the discipline AND the work habits AND the knowledge necessary to make all their school years successful and gratifying to them. I could not have asked for anything more. G-d Bless Venado's fine, conscientious administration and staff for making their school a role model from which all other middle schools could learn!


Posted August 8, 2012

I am a former student who can attest to the first-rate quality, incredible dedication and sincere passion of Venado's teachers. They really stand out above the rest (not just among other middle school teachers but high school too) for going above and beyond. One of their strongest features is setting high expectations for students which in turn elevates both our beliefs about what we can do and our actual achievement. While I was a student many years ago, I still fondly remember many stand-out teachers who made learning come alive, esp. the many who developed creative, interactive programs with real-world applicability that generated such excitement and engagement. Venado is truly one of the best middle schools.


Posted July 9, 2012

This is by far the best middle school in Irvine. The principal and vice principal work very hard and create a positive school climate full of well-behaved, mostly hard-working kids. I am glad they keep the expectations high and the ne'er-do-wells out. Most of the teachers are seasoned and experienced - with some bright, new ones coming in - and the departments all work well together to create a balanced curriculum. They receive honors every year for their music, chorus, and theater programs. The science department is outstanding, with this being home to the district Teaher of the Year. If you can get your kid into Venado, by all means do it!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2012

Venado is an excellent school, although one of the general education humanities teachers gives way too much homework and I've heard her classes are really monotonous and boring. In woodshop you have to be careful because he favors some students and hates some of them, and he has a short temper. So DON'T put your child in woodshop unless they have really good time management skills. Otherwise, the new p.e. teacher, the gate, and science teachers (7th grade) are amazing. To the parent who submitted a post about the gate program being too much stress, it's only because most of the class procrastinates. A LOT. And that's coming from my own experience as a 7th grader at venado. Your child will need to learn how to manage their time wisely for middle school, dividing the work in projects into chunks.


Posted March 23, 2012

We heard mixed comments about the school before the school started, so we prayed a lot and hoped for the best. On the 1st day of school, I was actually a bit anxious, but then I saw the principal firmly and kindly (with sincere smile) correcting some kids' behaviors.. ( 2 kids were standing on the flower bed after the principal had announced not to; 2 girls wearing shorts that were a bit too short..) Another day after school, I saw a kid tried to take a short cut climbing over a fence, the principal paced over and advised him not to using the same firm and kind attitude. He really showed his care for students. He is the kind of principal that I would like my kid to have. Starting from the 1st day, my kid has been loving to go to school everyday. He likes all his teachers and enjoys being with his friends. From our observation, his friends are all nice, fun and hard-working kids, and the teachers are devoted to their jobs and to the kids. I heard the dress code is bit more strict compared to other schools, and that's another thing we like about the school. Generally, we love the school and it has been a great experience for my kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2011

I enrolled my daughter at this school in February 2010. At first she did not enjoy the school but, as she gave it the time she started to enjoy it. But, as she went into her 8th grade year things began to change. On top of the new principal and vice principal, she had brought to my attention about the way kids were acting and dressing in the school. She had told me that a large group of so called "popular" 8th grade girls began to dress in very "showy" apparel. She said this was embarrassing to be going to school with girls like that, and the principal seemed to do nothing about it. This really annoyed my daughter because she claimed that the principal and vice principal seemed to favor the "popular" kids over the not so popular. For example, my daughter and her best friends began to get verbally bullied by some of the "popular" girls, which had gone one for several weeks. When I had brought it to the principal's attention he said to the other girls to "be nice", and told my daughter to leave THEM alone, when THEY were the ones causing the problem! If you think that your child would enjoy being in an embarrassing, rude, and,stressful environment then Venado is right for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2011

I wish I knew more about this school before I enrolled my daughter. In two short years she went from a child that loved school to a child that hated school. There are a few great teachers but to say there are mean spirited teachers is putting it mildly. I would definitely choose another school if I could do it over again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2010

Although there are some seemingly mean-spirited teachers there, they are just trying to do their jobs. I am in my second year at Venado and rather enjoy it. The teachers all love their job and most are experienced and passionate in their work. Students are encouraged to do well on tests and in all work, but are not pressured to the point of exhaustion. Homework varies from teacher to teacher, but overall, it is caround three to four hours, is challenging, and promotes deep thought and critical thinking. Students may be slightly dastardly, but teachers and other staff do their best to keep them in order. As long as your child does their homework and is not disrespectful to any teachers, their experience at Venado will be pleasant.


Posted June 26, 2010

Do not... i repeat DO NOT put your children in this school. My children went there and to mine and their detriment. There are many subpar (putting it nicely) teachers there, actually some downright nasty and mean spirited ones - there are better middles schools in Irvine - for your childrens education and emotional well being - choose one of the other schools
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 18, 2010

Excellent school. The GATE program is awesome. The science teacher is amazing. She deals with the most delicate topics with ease and also educates the kids with do's and don'ts in life. The same thing with Leadership, Histroy, LA and Math. Awesome teachers, awesome school, excellent discipline too.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2010

This school is horrible teachers hate us when we are inside including the library and the principles (including VP) don't help instead they get you into more trouble and most student will harass your kid. Don't go to this school I have moved to Lakeside after this.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 29, 2009

Good GATE program but too much stress on kids because of the high amounts of homework. The student have at least 5 to 6 hours tof homework each night. Many of these kids sleeping 5 hours the most day of the week. Do you think this is correct?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2009

Yes, the homework load might be a little strenuous, but the results speak for themselves! The staff truly cares about our kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 18, 2009

To much stress on kids because the high amounts of work and homework. Worst school I'll ever register! Lakeside is so much better
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2009

the homework had my child up very late at night. there are some good teachers, but still many bad ones.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 30, 2009

This school was in me and my husbands opinion, the worst school we have ever been to. The homework overwhelmed our child; and the students picked on him, but if your child likes being picked on and worked for many hours, then venado is the right school for you.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2008

I am a parent of a child at Venado and I think that it is the best school that I have ever been to.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2007

Amazing school. My kids went there and they gained excellent study habbits.Try It
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2007

I have had two children attend Venado and my experience with this school is if you can find another middle school, do it! I will say that their resource program is great with great staff. As for the teaching staff, while there are some good teachers, it is surprising how many poor teaching staff are there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 26, 2007

From my experience with my 2 years at venado I was very happy. It is an excellent school with great programs and excellent teachers.Dont get me wrong the school is not perfect. If you are going in as a 7th grader be lucky becuase the best teacher at the school just moved to 7th grade. I would recommned teachers such as: Mr. Angel Mrs. Delvac Mr. Loyd Mrs. Johnson (the science teacher) The homework is alot! and the school is challenging....but the best middle school in Irvine! -a former happy student :)
—Submitted by a student


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10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

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Algebra I

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

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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100%

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English Language Arts

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

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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88%

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86%

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Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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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.

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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.

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78%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
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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.

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73%

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78%

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58%

2010

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school 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.

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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83%

2012

 
 
85%

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Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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92%

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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

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English Language Arts

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Males81%
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Asian90%
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Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability58%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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Gifted and talented100%
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Parent education - declined to state84%

Math

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Males76%
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Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
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Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not 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%
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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

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Females98%
Males98%
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White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
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Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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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%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability67%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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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%
Not 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
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Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state73%

Geometry

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Males100%
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Gifted and talented100%
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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%
Not 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%
Not 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%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

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
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

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

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

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