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Ardis G. Egan Junior High School

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $1,745,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,630.

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted July 20, 2014

Among the best middle school in the area after doing much research and excellent community feel.


Posted April 19, 2014

This school has some stellar teachers who really care. However the principal has proven to be worthless. She does not care about students as demonstrated by the fact that she allows many low performers to be funneled into remedial math classes only to languish there with little to no instruction. This is a dire problem with 8th grade. Talking her to her is maddening because she simply does not care what you think and fails to honor the opinions of those receiving the "services". She thinks she knows more than anyone else about everything at Egan. She suffers from a terrible case of "certainty" and it's high time she and her damaging practices be retired.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2013

This school is definitely a school that your kid should go to. This is the best school I've ever been to.


Posted December 17, 2012

Egan provides a calm and comfortable place for most children. They focus on the API score. It fits in with the lifestyle of Los Altos. Pleasant and not so challenging. Few clubs and extra curricular activities. The teachers are competent and experienced but the school is not cutting edge. However for the average student, its a safe place to be . For the curious child, it is not very stimulating. Most LASD schools are faced with stiff competition from a local charter school which should serve as a wake up call. The charter has lots of problems otherwise they could take over Egan.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 9, 2012

Egan is a jewel of a school and a model of the public system for middle school. It is demanding, the teachers are passionate and inspiring, but it is an environment in which the expected student difficulties are supported by a senior staff that just "gets" what it is like to be a young teenager at a key life transition. This is a place where it is expected to make mistakes, and you will find the support and true learning of that experience. It is not just about academics, but about growing the individual. Our son is not a high-flier, flirted with F for a variety of reasons,but I have no doubt that this experience at Egan will set him up in the best way for high school and beyond.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 20, 2011

Egan is an absolutely wonderful school. The transition into the seventh grade can be difficult for some students but as long as you keep up with the work, everything is excellent. Egan was by far the best experience I have ever had during my adolescence. The transition from Egan to LAHSflowed very well and I was well prepared in every one of my classes. Beware that Egan can set the bar too high because some of its teachers are so incredible!


Posted June 1, 2011

I am very proud that my kid was a studet of this school! I am looking forward to be have a look on thid school again.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 15, 2010

Mrs Dyckman is very discriminatory about kids requiring special ed. She does everything in her power not to accept enrollment of any kids who requires special ed: In our case, she did this by being extremely non-cooperative. When we insisted, she threatened us about taking the issue to the court so that the judge can force the kid to attend some other school "which can provide better support for the kid". She did not strike me as a principle who cares the best interest of the kids. She is only interested in kids who can fit her standard of "normal". The worst part is my kid is not even challenged academically (gets all As and Bs). Even though she did not even know my kid, she did not even bothered to learn/ask about my kid.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2010

By far my greatest experience I have had during my entire schooling process. The teachers are well educated, connected to one another, and interactive with the students. There is no group exclusions and the school activities really help unify the school. Egan has healthy food products and offer great preparation classes to the students preparing them for high school in tremendous ways. Everyone takes their work seriously and I had so much fun being able to meet new people. There are so many great classes offered at this school and I had such an amazing experience.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 26, 2009

Egan's culture is very respectful of the middle-schooler. The principal has hired a very strong staff that adhere to this culture. My daughter was well prepared for high school, especially in writing, math and science.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2008

We had 3 students go through this school and it is the most outstanding middle school in the state. Most of this is due to the leadership of the principal Mrs Dyckman. The level of instruction, particularly in Spanish was at an extremely high level. The school particularly kept bullying under control and really cares.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 7, 2006

Quality of teachers is not homogeneous. Some are excellent. I found 7th grade English particularly weak. Mr Schneider's science, Mr. Rosen history, Ms. Beeman English are excellent. Team sport program are exteremely selective, there aren't many opportunities for not so good players.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 1, 2006

Excellent, dedicated teachers, a wonderful principal and staff. The only downside is the amount of stress this school places on 7th and 8th graders.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 21, 2005

The academic curriculum is satisfactory. There are a lot of really good teachers and some not so good teachers. Math classes are at different levels. The elective classes are very fun and productive. Egan offers chorus, band, orchestra, art, foods, newspaper, yearbook, French, Spanish, tech, and computers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2005

Egan is a fairly good school. The teachers are very good and responsive. Its weaknesses are in the area of electives. The choices are very very limited, and the quality of teaching drastically deterioriates.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 5, 2005

Good job of teaching the kids how to get organized to keep track of all assignments. Teachers seem to be enthusiastic and good. I wonder how rigorous it is, my child doesn't have much homework, although others say they do.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 19, 2003

Egan is a high quality school. The principal, teachers and the families are all high quality.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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

This school's
API score

976

Change from
2012 to 2013

-5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 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 met the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

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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 met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

976

What is the API?
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
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)

10 / 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.

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English Language Arts

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

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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93%

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94%

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92%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

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91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
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.

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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81%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
88%
English Language Arts

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

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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90%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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23%

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31%

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25%

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19%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% 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.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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91%

2012

 
 
91%

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90%

2010

 
 
90%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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94%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
93%
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

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English Language Arts

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Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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Math

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Males93%
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Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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 Students81%
Females80%
Males82%
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Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
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Students with no reported disability82%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

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Females93%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
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Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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 graduate93%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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Geometry

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students91%
Females93%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only93%
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 graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students94%
Females94%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)94%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
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 graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
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 46%
Asian 31%
Two or more races 11%
Hispanic 9%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 7%N/AN/A
English language learners 6%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

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

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  • Brenda Dyckman
Fax number
  • (650) 949-3748

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