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Herbert H. Cruickshank Middle School

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Posted November 15, 2013

I have found the entire staff of this school to be exceptional team players in a cohesive effort to educate and enrich the lives and education of students in their program. They show genuine regard and respect for each and every student and parent in the program; as well as staff and auxilliary staff members. It has been my experience that, this team of exceptional educators, administrators, and classified staff, put out 150% personal and professional effort in the course of each and every day.


Posted October 19, 2013

I have horrible experience with this school. Beware. My son don't want to go to this school. And the 6th grader teacher always picky and put my son on detention all the time. I can tell you more about how horrible my experience in this Cruikshank Middle School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2010

the most supportive middle school and best middle school to just be a kid and have fun!


Posted October 21, 2009

I am a parent of a 7th grader and i think this school is great. The principal is wonderful
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 19, 2009

Cruickshank used to be a very good school. The teachers need to realize that parents want to help their children with their school work but we don't understand what they send home. Our sports teams lack proper coaches and uniforms. These kids will go into high school without the proper guidance needed to become a great athlete. I'm really disappointed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2008

Cruickshank is a very good school, yes we may have fights and a lot of problems, but one thing we don't have a problem with is pulling it together and trying our best to get up to the next grade. My teacher has read us the DMA test results from about 3 years ago and we do better than any middle school in Merced
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 15, 2007

This school has an excellent opporotunity for your student to be able to be enriched and to grow in their education. Cruickshank offers plenty of resources for your student to learn as well as make friends. The teachers and the staff are very friendly yet have the touch of discipline to make the students cooperate. The students at CMS are very mature and learn very well. The environment provided for study at CMS is superior in the fact that the teachers are very well trained and able to teach the classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2007

Cruickshank is an excellent school. There is a lot of opportunities for students to do different things. The parents that are involved are a great help. If you like music you can join band. There is a newsletter that is sent home to the parents every month to give updates about the school. Everybody does a great job on cleaning the school. Classes aren't too long and they aren't too short.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 2, 2007

Cruickshank is an absolutely wonderful school. It is the best middle school in Merced
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 2, 2006

Its an ok school. Though it is new, I dont like it much because of the sense of superiority of plenty of students which attend the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 10, 2005

Cruikhank is a good school. They have good teachers and a good principal. It is one of the newest schools in merced and the campus is great. I would reccomend it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2005

The special education teacher (Ms. Salm) is just terrific!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2005

This school is an okay school but it needs a lot of improvements.
—Submitted by a student


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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


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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.
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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.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

262 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
55%
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.

37 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

240 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
62%

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
35%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
32%
English Language Arts

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

269 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
62%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

50 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

32 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
49%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
54%
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 Students58%
Females63%
Males52%
African Americann/a
Asian59%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students49%
Females51%
Males47%
African Americann/a
Asian57%
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)48%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate65%
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 Students95%
Females95%
Males94%
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)89%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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 graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students71%
Females74%
Males67%
African Americann/a
Asian66%
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)86%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate60%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state58%

Math

All Students59%
Females56%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asian65%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to state44%
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 Students35%
Females33%
Males36%
African American38%
Asian44%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)35%
Economically disadvantaged28%
Non-economically disadvantaged40%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability34%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only34%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate28%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate37%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Females64%
Males56%
African American32%
Asian57%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students16%
Females22%
Males13%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino4%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Non-economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability21%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only18%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)18%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students91%
Females94%
Males87%
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 disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
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 graduate85%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students47%
Females42%
Males52%
African American29%
Asian55%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability16%
Students with no reported disability49%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate52%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate68%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students63%
Females61%
Males66%
African American50%
Asian75%
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)73%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
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
Hispanic 46%
White 32%
Asian 12%
Two or more races 4%
Black 3%
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 51%N/AN/A
English language learners 5%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

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

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  • Jill Settera
Fax number
  • (209) 385-6338

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