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La Paz Intermediate School

Public | 7-8 | 995 students

 
 

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4 stars

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Posted September 4, 2014

My 8th grader has really soared at this school. He went from average grades to all A's and a few B's. It is obvious how much the teachers enjoy teaching by their enthusiasm and my own student's development. The parent involvement is pretty great. Those parents who are involved put in 100% and put together: International Day, 7th grade Renaissance Fair, Zombie Fundraiser, etc. I would only suggest that the District invest in more technology including a more robust wifi for the technology classes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 27, 2014

In response to the previous review. The scores speak for the school. I suggest you use spellcheck, or review the more rigorous English curriculum before posting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 8, 2014

This school is awful they do evrything there own way not the districts way, and the music teacher is awful she visited my daughters school and look at her and said "i bet you want me to shut up now dont you" this school deserves a 4 too much ressecces los alisos only has one its a way better school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2013

My son is in 7th grade and absolutely loves La Paz. One of his comments was, "You can't not learn there. The teachers make it so easy." He has become so much more independent and responsible with his homework. The teachers are very involved with each student's progress and encourage them to achieve their best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 5, 2013

I have never seen such a high concentration of teachers who refuse to teach and instead assign worksheets that they *hope* give some knowledge to the student. I feel bad for the few teachers who really try to teach and who's reputation is just ruined by the others.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 5, 2012

Excellent. I am very happy with this school. My son just graduated from the school. He has gain the skills and confidence he needs to prepare for high school. The teachers are 6 stars. Everything was super, including the fun sports activities during lunch time. Best pick intermediate school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 25, 2012

with only two years of middle school & 900+ students, people have a variety of experiences. My sensitive 7th grader had an easy entry b/c of the WEB program (Where Everyone Belongs) & that La Paz places all students in groups- "tribe, village, or camp"- where they share the same teachers. Yes, there will be some students who tease & bully others, & you may not like a teacher anywhere, but the school culture matters. Staff involvement in school activities was great (even after school--better than our top-rated elementary school!) & when my student had a tough time, the school counselor, VP, & teachers were extremely helpful. Love the music program (band w/ Mr Robbins-- I hear great things about orchestra too). Since it is a daily class, with performances at night, kids feel a part of something special. (I hear similar things about Drama, & the Arts electives from other parents.). The key for me is parent involvement, & since many struggle to find a balance b/t allowing their tween some space yet staying involved, it's sometimes lacking. Office staff are very helpful, the principal (Ms Carroll) is amazing, with just the right amount of the "cool" factor for the kids & authority.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 3, 2008

I am a student in the seventh grade at la paz. It is a great school, and has the best teachers in the state. It would be very hard to find a better than this. All of the classes are really intense, though, and require a lot of effort and focus. But it's because of the intensity of the school that I've learned so much. The teacher are really involved, and they're constantly doing things to make the experience at La Paz more enjoyable. This would be a great school option. Trust me
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 16, 2008

I don't care for this intermediate school. My daughter went there for 7th grade and will be attending La Paz for 8th grade also. There are two things that bothered my husband and I. 1. P.E. was all fun and games and not much exercise involved. 2. There are no honors classes for 7th grade so our daughter was required to complete regular class work as well as honors work. We feel they should offer honors classes for 7th grade. Our former school district, Newport/Mesa, placed her in all honors classes but when we moved to MV we found out they didn't offer honors for 7th grade only extra honors work. Now she will be going into 8th grade honors. I have to say the teachers are great. We just don't care for the school districts policies.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 1, 2007

I am a student at La Paz.I'm in the 8th grade there. And I am in Theater production. Wow! Theater is so much fun, it's a really good department at La Paz to get in to. Mrs. Doherty, the drama teacher, is amazing. We put on excellent shows! The campus is very clean and safe. At lunch we have lots going on with ASB! The teachers are also great as well and help you to the best of their ability! This year we got a new principal, and she is really nice! You always feel welcomed at La Paz, it's really cool!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 31, 2006

I am a student at La Paz, I'm in eighth grade. La Paz has one of the best music programs in the district; and I just happen to be in it. The music teacher, Mr Robbins, is amazing. I am in orchestra, and it is so much fun! The La Paz orchestra rocks!
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2006

Teachers and counselors are very involved. Each child is given individual attention. The downside...The school is old and too small for the student population. School lunches are not nutritional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 19, 2005

A dedicated Principal and staff makes all the difference. Online grades, homework, and communication helps keep parents and students up to date. This eliminates many excuses to common problems. La Paz is still an intermediate school with a huge teen population, that no one can control completely, but they work hard on focusing the students in a positive manner. Parents still need to be held responsible for backing the school towards this focus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 6, 2005

I am a student at La Paz. I am in 8th grade and I think that La Paz is a great school. This school has a very cool program called Student Aideing. I am currently an Office aide. I think working in the office for one period is a great way to prepare for the future. -Phil Defibaugh
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 31, 2005

The Principal, Mr. Mucerino sets the tone for this school and is intensly involved with every aspect from monitoring the flow of traffic around the school to encouraging communication between parents, teachers and himself. The Grades Online and Teacher Web Pages allow the parents to be involved completely, while giving the students the chance to monitor their own progress, track their assignments and communicate effectively with their teachers without fear or embarrassment. The quality of teachers and their unique styles and approaches to teaching have far exceeded my expectations and I cannot say enough positive things about La Paz Middle School. I really do feel that the Principal sets the tone of the school and it's obvious that Mr. Mucerino has put his heart and soul into this one.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

914

Change from
2012 to 2013

+9

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


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914

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9 / 10

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Algebra I

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

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
98%
English Language Arts

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

492 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
84%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

428 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
83%
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.

295 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
44%
English Language Arts

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

473 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

144 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

51 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
92%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

491 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
74%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

477 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
78%
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)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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females86%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability57%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner39%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate79%
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state63%

Math

All Students80%
Females84%
Males76%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability62%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state57%
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 Students86%
Females86%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino82%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged76%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate92%
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state93%

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females83%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state61%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students47%
Females47%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disability12%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate40%
Parent education - declined to state43%

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

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students81%
Females80%
Males82%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino66%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate68%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Science

All Students86%
Females83%
Males89%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)90%
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate73%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state73%
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 60%
Hispanic 25%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 4%
Black 1%
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 23%N/AN/A
English language learners 8%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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