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Serrano Intermediate School

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Posted July 17, 2014

Reading the one star ratings makes me realize how truly awesome this school really is for my child. My child read them and asked me why there are only a few one star ratings and so many five star ratings. I asked her what she though and she had this to say, 'From reading the one star comments it seems like they were either students who were not involved, or a parent who wants their child to have a statue of them on school grounds for being in honors.'
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 3, 2013

Serrano Intermediate has been a very positive experience for my son thus far. He will be in 8th grade this year and looks forward to high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 12, 2010

As a prospective educator, I observed English and History classes at Serrano Intermediate School and was amazed at the quality of education. Courses were taught in an engaging way for students, with one teacher providing the class with advanced technology, another with interactive group activities, and the last with a well-known song spoof of the Declaration of Independence. English as a Second Language is taught by a very competent and published educator. I would rate this school very highly.


Posted November 10, 2009

My son attended this school and my daughter is currently in 7th grade. Phenomenal teaching staff, very professionla and caring towards the students. The concetrp of no child is left behind really applies to this shcool and how the teachers treat the students. The music and drama programs are fantastic!!! The office staff is also very friendly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2009

If you want to learn about music this is the place to go. The band director rarely has to punish students because he makes the class entertaining. Even though I have to say the teachers can have a lot of favoritism, I enjoyed it there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 15, 2009

This middle school is excellent. My son sent there 6 years ago and my daughter goes there right now. The teachers are great and they are very good at working with and identifying talented students and encouraging them and pushing them. New gym and other facilities are also a plus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2009

I hated this school. The teacher's were mean and they didn't treat the kids good. The rules were pathetic and lame. The kid's were really nice though and I miss the good times with my friends.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 26, 2008

My only complaint about Serrano is the large gap between Honors courses and Regular courses. The regular courses are so diluted and basic and the teacher's expectations are quite low. But the Honors are almost too much the opposite.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 29, 2007

I find this school, the teachers and the principal to be amazing. They are very involved in the success of every child. I receive emails from the teachers notifying me of upcoming tests - one even sent us a study guide to help our child study for a final! The new principal is amazing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2007

I find that this school is largely impersonal, and get the feeling of being a cow, only to be 'herded' through this school without having gotten to know the principle and vice principles. Though most of the teachers were enthusiactic even in events that lacked sense.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2007

Though into lesson plans, teachrs and faculty at this school lack personability and often only get to know (befriend) students who get in trouble, often failing to recognize students in honors programs or who are high achievers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 5, 2006

I think the quality of the academic programs is very good. The teachers all all very involved in new projects and highly motivated. There are many extracurricular activities offered in all areas of music, art and sports. Parent involvement is moderate. The new principal is wonderful.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

894

Change from
2012 to 2013

+5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

894

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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

+5

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)

7 / 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.

33 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.

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
75%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

545 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
38%
English Language Arts

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

604 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
74%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

44 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.

632 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

609 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
83%
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
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not 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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females78%
Males74%
African American83%
Asian87%
Filipino81%
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 disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students68%
Females67%
Males70%
African American50%
Asian93%
Filipino76%
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 disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
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 Students88%
Females90%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino86%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged91%
Not 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 talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females79%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipino83%
Hispanic or Latino58%
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 disability40%
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students58%
Females59%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not 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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students75%
Females73%
Males77%
African American67%
Asian92%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability37%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students87%
Females88%
Males87%
African American55%
Asian94%
Filipino92%
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability60%
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
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
White 51%
Hispanic 31%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 5%
Black 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 32%N/AN/A
English language learners 10%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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