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Martinez Junior High School

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4 stars

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Posted April 28, 2014

My daughter is a graduating senior at Alhambra HS, who also attended MJHS. We are very satisfied with the education she's received at both schools. The science program at MJHS is particularly outstanding and comprehensive, providing a solid base for students who desire to pursue future studies in science. Thanks to the substantial preparation both schools provided my daughter, I'm proud to say, she'll be majoring in Biology this coming Fall!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 10, 2014

This is a very good school but there is alot of bullying and middle school children who are miss treating and we need to have add more extra after school programs and keep are kids from bullying and doing drugs maybe the grades would improve more then they all ready have but we need to tell them that this is unaccaptable and push thrm teacher need to be more involved


Posted August 6, 2012

MJHS is probably the best school i could put my kids into but the dress code is a bit over the top like the "no holes in pants " but other than the dress code good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2012

I am a student here at MJHS and I LOVE it. Though it might have a bad reputation, it's a fabulous school. At MJHS, there are some just FABULOUS teachers, not to mention the principal. She tells you how it is and runs an extremely organized and efficient school. MJHS offers both advanced and support classed in the subjects of Math and English Language Arts. It offers many extracurricular programs, such as basketball, wrestling, golf, track and field, Earth club, student government, and the annual school play and talent show. The campus is beautiful and well groomed, and, while it does have a computer lab and smart boards in every room, the school is not taken over by technology like many schools are these days. I think that it is the best and most well-funded school in the district. I love this school!


Posted February 1, 2011

On the surface the MUSD staff act like they have your childs best interest in mind, but after 5 years in Spec. Ed. my child still has not/ is not receiving any of the support, or modifications that they themselves say they will provide! When I did inquire about things, I was greeted with 'carbon copy' answers, followed by my child being treated harsher than before. Yeah, they sound like they're competent and innovative, but the truth is they are completely useless, if not harmful to your child's development. Never have I seen such lousy instructional performances-and I should know, I have been involved with Spec.Ed for over 25 years. Most of all I feel awful for placing my child into their care. Don't make the same mistake I did--find another place for your child! Somewhere that understands the importance of providing a positive learning environment. MUSD is NOT that place!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

It is a great school with staff that care about the kids!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 15, 2009

The couselors at this school are amazing and they generally care about the children. I wish I could say the same for the rest of the staff at this school; there seems to be a consensus that all is well in this school district but that is far from true. There is a reason why this school has had falling test scores for the last two years; our child was at this school, and needed special acomidations. The teachers like to play games with those acomodations and we had the same experience at John Muir el. ; so instead of playing more games with the system we are sending our child to private school. We should have done this years ago; Martinez is a great city just don't trust the schools to educate your child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

MJHS is a caring, nuturing and safe learning environment where every student matters. Teachers and staff go above and beyond to meet the needs of all students, both socially and academically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

The Principal, Ms. Helen Rossi, sets the tone of caring about each individual student's education which is echoed by the teachers and staff.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2009

Mjhs is a really great school the teachers there really care about your education and going to college in a few years i recomend this school for your child to go to.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 23, 2009

Martinez Junior High is a great school. i really feel like my daughter is getting the education she needs to succeed in life.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 1, 2008

This is an excellent school with a good level of parent involvement. Beautiful campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2007

The Martinez Junior High School is an excelllent school! We have great sports programs which the girls and boys basketball teams did fairly well (the class of 2007)and the other grades did well too. Also the girls 8th grade team this past year did very good going 10-0 and bringing home the league tournament first place trophy. The teachers are great but the dress code here is very strict. But it is a beautiful environment and I was very lucky to attend there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 9, 2007

Martinez jr. High school is like any other school. The education staff there may be some of the best I've seen, but by the cost of it being practically the only public middle school in the area, so many kids struggle because they cant't get the special attention they need from teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 14, 2006

My son has thrived at MJHS during his three year attendance there. Teachers are excellent and the curriculum is strong
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2006

On one of the most beautiful middle school campus sites in the Bay Area is MJHS. With a new principal and vice principal on board the changes have been amazing. The teachers truly care about the children. They are taking steps to help our kids academically by leveling students and enrolling them in more than one period of math or english. Parents are quick to jump in and help out whenever needed. My children have truly thrived in this environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 13, 2006

Best school I could have ever hoped my children could attend!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 22, 2004

my child is doing all right there. it really depends on the kid.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2004

My child if is in 7th . Test scores went down. Not sure what to think.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2004

Excellent facilities! Great teachers! Very easy to get hold of teachers. Teachers want to help and actually care about you child.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

843

Change from
2012 to 2013

-27

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 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

843

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

-27

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 2012 and Spring 2013. 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)

8 / 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)

5 / 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.
English Language Arts

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

278 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

279 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
56%
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.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
95%
English Language Arts

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

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

226 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
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.

118 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
85%
English Language Arts

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

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
58%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

130 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
39%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

29 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.

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
54%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
69%
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 Students63%
Females65%
Males62%
African American36%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students54%
Females51%
Males57%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate8%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
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
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students72%
Females82%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state72%

Math

All Students64%
Females72%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state56%
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 Students72%
Females69%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented75%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students67%
Females65%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state33%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students47%
Females51%
Males43%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)52%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate54%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate55%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students57%
Females56%
Males59%
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)64%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state31%

Science

All Students83%
Females81%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate77%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state75%
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 53%
Hispanic 28%
Two or more races 9%
Asian 4%
Black 4%
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 26%N/AN/A
English language learners 6%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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