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Sharon Christa Mcauliffe Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

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Situated in an urban neighborhood. The median home value is $659,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,860.

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Posted October 25, 2013

The school administration does not go "above and beyond" for any student. They do not help students with grade or behavioral problems. Anyone who says differently has never had a student with a problem that any other school district would assist with. There is no counseling, there are no opportunities for academic assistance, there is no sympathy or assistance for any child ---- unless that child already came into the school with high academics and no issues. But the purpose of a school is to help students grow and progress. Keeping the students that make that school look good, and doing nothing -- if not ignoring, expelling and failing to interact with students that require some assistance, is wrong. It is wrong on so many levels. There are other parents on this site who have experienced this. You don't treat kids differently, regardless of their needs. That is discriminatory. No parent should accept this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2013

I am not sure what others refer to meaning "expulsion" of children with issues. I know of several instances where there have been issues but the school has went above and beyond to try to help the student. The school is and should be proud of their academic record. Does the school have high expectations? Yes, but the school district has high recommendations and as a parent, I accept this.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2013

McAuliffe is a great middle school for a child to learn. They provide on campus clubs and many opportunities for a middle school student to put himself or herself out there. As a former student, the experience was very fun. They push you academically and provide fun electives. I am a proud former Eagle.


Posted February 7, 2013

The school gets high test score - good for property value. In reality, the students are not encouraged to check their grades on-line, they do math in science classes and language arts in history. This school is not really project based unless you call posters projects. I guess I expected it to blow the kids socks off with reasons why learning is important. The school is safe and you child will learn their math and language arts. They may not be inspired to save the world. I would like to see some STEM and community service projects to get the kids plugged into their world and not just the video games. I could be wishing for something that does not exist.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 4, 2012

I believe McAuliffe students receive a high-quality education. It's a great school, UNTIL, a student or parent does not agree COMPLETELY with the administration's values of how middle school students should be treated. If you have any important issues occur that need to be discussed with the principal/other office staff, you may not have a positive experience getting those issues resolved. I've found the administration to be complacent, insensitive, irrational, inconsistent, & disorganized. This conclusion is a result of a handful of issues that have occurred over several years. A true test of one's character is revealed when things are not going well, & how one reacts to those situations. Based on the collective experiences I've had attempting to communicate with the office staff, principal, vice-principal, etc., I am not convinced that this administration truly has the students' best interests in mind. Rather, their own interests seem to be the priority. Again, a wonderful school, mostly because many of the teachers are amazing. However, I feel the administrative staff needs to be more proactive with truly listening to the concerns of the families who make up this community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2010

Our daughter went through McAuliffe and especially loved working with Mr. Rose, Miss Tajima, Mrs. Davidson--among the best teachers she has ever had! Principal Sackett is a stellar principal. He is ever-present and visible on campus. The teachers have high standards, and the students rise to the occasion. I am so impressed with the climate of the school whenever I am there. These are middle schoolers who know how to behave.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 17, 2010

I go to McAuliffe Middle School! Mrs. McGovney is the best computers teacher ever!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 22, 2009

My daughter is a student at McAuliffe and we love it! The teachers are excellent and she loves them. As a result, she enjoys doing her homework.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2007

Very pleased to see that McAuliffe Middle School is rated the highest possible. My children attended all Los Alamitos schools and was extremely pleased with their concern over students of all different levels. Thank You
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 25, 2006

Both of my sons have gone through all three years at McAuliffe from different ends of the academic spectrum - the older son in the GATE program and his brother in Special Education. Both children have received excellent preparation for high school. The high quality at McAuliffe begins with Principal Sackett, you'll find him 'walking the grounds' every day. Ancillary services - counseling, school nurse, psychologist and others have also proven to perform at a high level, as well. People move to Los Alamitos for the schools and McAuliffe Middle School is one of the reasons.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

My daughters are in 8th grade GATE program & are sad to leave this school to continue their learning journey in the high school. Mr. Sackett is kind and caring but teaching quality & professional attitude of the teachers vary. My daughters have been fortunate to have had Mr. Phillips, Mrs. Tajima & Mrs. Davidson whose presence have left indelible impressions on my daughters' lives & whose incredible teachings have propelled their learning experience & outstanding performance.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 21, 2005

McAuliffe is an excellent middle school in orange County. The Principal and teachers have high expectations for the students and has a result students work very hard to meet the expectations. Students are expected to be well behaves and the the school has rewards for good behavior and claer concequences for inappropriate behavior. This school has a well established music program which helps students potray their talents in music. Their Jazz band performs like professional musicians. parents are greatly involved in extracurricular activities.My daughter is happy to part of the student body of McAuliffe, a school where every student is supported to reach their full potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2004

Mcauliffe Middle School is very good acedemically and if you want your child to be taught everything about writing get Mr. Phillips the best teacher on the campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2004

This school has a good academic program. Students are encouraged to do their best. I believe that it helps that the teachers are not burdened with teaching English to non-English speaking students. It's too bad that there is not enough money to do upgrades to the school and to have a nice gym for the students. There is a problem with bees, black widows and birds on the campus.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

941

Change from
2012 to 2013

-7

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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This school's
API score

941

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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

-7

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)

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)

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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.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
86%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

399 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

40 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.

405 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
88%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
70%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
95%
English Language Arts

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

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
87%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
86%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
66%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

424 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
94%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
88%
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 Students90%
Females91%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students91%
Females90%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino93%
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged87%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability55%
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)85%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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 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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students86%
Females87%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipino91%
Hispanic or Latino70%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disability58%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students79%
Females81%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian93%
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability20%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
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 Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
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)100%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students80%
Females85%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipino89%
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students73%
Females80%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
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)76%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
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
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students77%
Females76%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipino78%
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability32%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students90%
Females89%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipino94%
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
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
White 56% 26%
Hispanic 18% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 17% 11%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Black 3% 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 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 8%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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Los Alamitos, CA 90720
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