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Reginald M. Benton Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

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Posted April 30, 2014

Benton middle school is a great school. My son has so far enjoyed it very much. His grades are excellent and he has also been given the opportunity to play the piano. The teachers are great, anytime I have a question, I email them and they get back to me in a very timely manner.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2013

Awesome academic and arts programs for all students. Many electives offered to students. Best Middle School in La Mirada.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 4, 2013

I have never seen an AP who cares so much for her students. She is far from cruel. If your child is misbehaving and requires discipline from the AP she is fair and just. Only repeat offenders are hit with harsher punishments such as in house suspension. I feel that Ms. Rebholz gives the students EVERY opportunity to turn their behavior around. I also believe that some parents refuse to see the writing on the wall and admit that their children are in more serious trouble than they are willing to admit.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 22, 2012

THIS SCHOOL DOES NOT OFFER A F.A.P.E AND THEY SHOULD NOT BE CHARGING MONEY TO GET YOUR SDC STUDENTS' DIPLOMA.RIDICULOUS AND ABSURD POSITION TAKEN BY THE SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION.SPECIALLY DURING THIS DOUBLE DIP RECESSION.WHAT IS THE PRINCIPAL DOING TO STOP THIS INJUSTICE! ! ! ! ! ! ! MY SON WAS DENNIED HIS DIPLOMA BECAUSE THE RECEPTIONIST SAID THAT HE OWES MONEY FOR BOOKS. LORD HAVE MERCY..................THIS IS SUPPOSE TO BE A PUBLIC SCHOOL ,LAST TIME I CHECKED THE ADMINISTRATION AT BENTON M. S. GETS PAID TAXPAYER MONEY ...............................
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 12, 2012

This school has a great principalbut terrible,cruel and despicable assistant principal.Behavior support class need a better teacher.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 10, 2010

i hate this school i need to put 15 words so blah blah blah blah


Posted September 19, 2006

Great new leadership, great staff. Many changes seem to be creating a new culture of discipline and higher expectations. I've seen it, and things are looking very positive.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

This is a great school with lots of opportunities for the students to learn and grow. The teachers are very helpful in letting the parents know what is going on with their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2005

New principal this year. Not thrilled. The new principal was the VP last year. Otherwise, the teachers are good, seem to be doing fine with students. A couple however are book only teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 2, 2005

This will be my daughters third year at Benton and she loves it. All the teachers she's had have been very positive,and expect nothing less than your best. The teachers are always available for the students, whether its to prepare them for a big test or if the student has fallen behind the class, in the mornings before school starts. The school itself is a distinguished school led by a great principal and staff. We've had nothing but excellent experiences with Benton.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 8, 2004

I had one special ed student and a regular student who attended here. I have to say that some staff and teachers would benifit from sensitivty training. Special ed students were often not notified of field trips and assemblys and derogatory terms were used toward them by [the] staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2004

I couldn't be happier with the teachers and Principal at Benton. All teachers have a website for homework information, and the Principal, David Crabtree has an open door policy. I have always dropped in at the last minute, and I have never been told that he is unavailable. Personally, I see very little parent involvement. They are the first to complain and the last to help out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 19, 2003

What many people don't know is that Benton has a good size special education population and their SAT9 and CAT6 scores are included into the regular education percentage. Not all other middle schools have this situation. This can bring down the percentages. Benton Middle School is a wonderful school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 9, 2003

School could use more informative ways of letting parents know what s going on.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2003

I think that Benton Middle School has very horrible teachers. My daughter had attended Benton for her 8th grade year, and had some of the worst teachers I had every seen. Not at all prepared. The principle of Benton did nothing about such camplaints that were made to him from parents and students. There was also high drugs abuse at this school, meaning that the kids there were selling drugs, and using. I wish I had known earlier.
—Submitted by a parent


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

799

Change from
2012 to 2013

-14

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

799

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The Academic Performance Index (API) is a single number assigned to each school by the California Department of Education to measure overall school performance and improvement over time on statewide testing. The API ranges from 200 and 1000, with 800 as the state goal for all schools.
Change from
2012 to 2013

-14

Change from 2012 to 2013
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. The API ranges between 200 and 1000, with 800 as the statewide goal for all schools. Schools scoring below an 800 are given at least a 5 point target for the next year.
API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 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)

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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.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

165 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
38%

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 86% in 2013.

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

190 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
26%

2010

 
 
47%
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.

125 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
17%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
5%

2010

 
 
19%
English Language Arts

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
50%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
22%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

18 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
45%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

220 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
48%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
57%
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 Students64%
Females66%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students45%
Females50%
Males39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino55%
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented76%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students32%
Females32%
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged17%
Non-economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability30%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only32%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented42%
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

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Females75%
Males49%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students54%
Females58%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduate20%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students17%
Females16%
Males17%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino14%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)21%
Economically disadvantaged13%
Non-economically disadvantaged22%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability17%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only17%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented43%
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate9%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)12%
Parent education - college graduate19%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate47%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Females60%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability60%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students14%
Females12%
Males18%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino14%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)19%
Economically disadvantaged14%
Non-economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability15%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only15%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate17%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)19%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students44%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only44%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented54%
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 Students54%
Females49%
Males58%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability55%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented80%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate63%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students64%
Females59%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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
Hispanic 69% 52%
White 21% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 5% 11%
Black 3% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
Two or more races 1% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 39%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 10%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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