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Thomas Russell Middle School

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Posted February 10, 2014

This is a horrible school. It is overcrowded and it is poorly run. Much of this has to do with it being part of a school district with a low budget. The staff and vice principal are very unhelpful, although the new principal is good. The kids here are horrible. I'm pulling my daughter out of this school district and moving to another school district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2013

My daughter is in 7th grade at this School. She had a health issue that needed special attention from the school staff. I sent an email to the principal explaining her problem and asking for special accommodation. I was surprised the principal immediately took an action: he answered right away letting me know the counselor would take care of the special request. I was amazed that counselor/staff/teachers involved worked together to give a solution, and at the same day I was called to the school and everything was accommodated. My daughter loves this school. She loves all her teachers. Everyone in this school is kind and welcome parents and students. Congratulations to everyone who work hard to make this school pleasant to everybody.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 20, 2012

Some teachers were mean, but over all, it's a really good school with fun activities and nice people, I enjoyed this school very much ^_^
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2011

I really did not enjoy my two years of school here. The principal and vice principal have got to be the worst! As well as some of the teachers. One teacher I had always yelled at me and as well as other students for no reason! One of them did not even let me go to the bathroom due to the fact that he believed that I would not be able to learn anything if I went for a bathroom break.


Posted April 11, 2010

It think this school is terrible. I am looking forward to high school next year to get out of this one. The teachers are ok, but the principle and vice principle are terrible and unhelpful.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 4, 2009

i really like trms cuz its a great place to make new friends and such =P yea sure some kids get out of control sometimes but its cool (: great school even though they changed the team names XD 5* [:
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 15, 2009

This school gets way too over competitive over the smallest things including competitions against other schools.On the contrary, most of the students know how to respect others during gatherings or competitions.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 26, 2008

All the teachers teach you with their heart put into it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 6, 2008

This school is my favorite shool, it has great techers , awesome people, and fun activities ! It is a place where you can build self esteem and make friends. It is great!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 25, 2006

Some good teachers in a supportive environment. Good response from principal and counselor. Teachers attentive to student's needs in most cases.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 25, 2006

Mostly good teachers. Stress their importance in the transition to high school, but value not necessarily seen. Choice of elecives could be better.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 7, 2005

Excellent teachers and teacher to student ratio. Younger teachers seem to get in touch with students more.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 31, 2005

My husband and both of children have attended this school and are very satisfied with academic programs and extracurricular school activies. Academic staff is knowledgable, understanding and caring to student's needs. Most important key to success of Thomas Russell is parent teacher communication. School faculty has encouraged parent envolvement in their children's school activities which helps in making the student's school experience as pleasant as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

I just want to say first off I think Russell has a great and caring teaching staff. The teachers are wonderful & really give 110%.. With that said I also feel that the campus is not safe. Too many times are there youth on campus right after school that do not belong there. Too many times are Russell students confronted and challanged by kids who dont even belong to the school district. It really concerns me that they do not have control over their environment when it comes to safety.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

871

Change from
2012 to 2013

-18

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 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.
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This school's
API score

871

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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

-18

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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.
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API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

74 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.

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
74%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

347 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
77%
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.

312 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
54%
English Language Arts

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

358 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

47 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.

376 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
79%
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
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)n/a
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 Students78%
Females78%
Males79%
African American44%
Asian84%
Filipino84%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner54%
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate77%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students76%
Females72%
Males79%
African American50%
Asian87%
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability77%
English learner54%
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
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)74%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
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 Students55%
Females61%
Males48%
African Americann/a
Asian76%
Filipino52%
Hispanic or Latino21%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner41%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate62%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females75%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state50%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students0%
Femalesn/a
Males0%
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 disadvantaged0%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only0%
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 graduaten/a
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)n/a
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 Students65%
Females66%
Males63%
African American17%
Asian82%
Filipino60%
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state58%

Science

All Students72%
Females72%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asian87%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability40%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state55%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 64% 11%
Hispanic 20% 52%
White 8% 26%
Black 4% 6%
Two or more races 3% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 22%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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1500 Escuela Parkway
Milpitas, CA 95035
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Phone: (408) 635-2864

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