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Somerset Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 872 students

 

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Posted May 8, 2014

this school is amazing i am a formal student and as i went through 6th grade i had a very great experience and this year 7th grade i have amazing teachers the reason they dont give homework is because they expect to you to study and if your kids say they dont get homework they are lying cause they do give homework not frequently but sometimes .Most of the time, i also learned how to type from this school. so i bet recommend you to rate this school 5 stars .


Posted April 2, 2014

I like the way the kids are able to interact with all grade levels instead of being isolated like many other middle schools. I don't care for the no lockers for sixth graders since hey have to share their desks. That's a lot of books to bring back and forth. Heavy to carry also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 21, 2014

Seems like an okay school, except its odd that my son rarely has homework. If he has so much time to finish his homework at school, doesn't that mean that there's less teaching happening. Also from the few encounters with office staff, their attitude just wreaks of rudeness. For standard visits or request they act like were being a nuisance and pestering them. Like an angry old women is how I would describe it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2013

I feel that the teachers at Somerset do not go the extra mile for there students. They teach what they have to and send them on there way. There might be a few teachers but the majority does not. The assist principle is to busy trying to do a principles job. There isn't a strict enough policy for fighting.When going to pick up my daughter early on day I felt as if I was putting them out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 9, 2011

My son was a student at Somerset 2005, 2006 and 2008. If you ask him now he would tell you they were the worst years of his life. He was bullied all three years. I don't feel the faculty did enough to prevent it either. Even when they were told about problems and I also asked that my son be watched, especially during P.E. He was constantly tormented by bullies. Bullying is such a problem now that even the president of the United States will be discussing this important issue tomorrow. I am thankful that as kids grow older they mateur and realize that being cruel is no way to treat another human being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 16, 2010

Somerset is a GREAT school! Excellent teachers and administration, it is a model school for others to follow. I was very impressed by the 8th grade staff- VERY professional. They helped my children in more ways than I can say. One history teacher in particular spent a lot of time making home visits, assisting my son with his agenda, and providing so much support. His science teacher was OUTSTANDING! She was an inspiration. Parent and board participation is amazing. GREAT principal- you can tell she cares about the children and staff. Thank you, Somerset!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2010

Somerset is a great school as far as academics, test scores, and etc. They have really good teachers, although i feel that some of them are racist and treat you from streotypes, and i feel that a coulpe of the teachers put a limit on some students success, but overall i am about to graduate in this year of 2010, but i would give it 7.5, overall
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 2, 2008

I went to the school last year. The 8th grade teachers teaches more then school stuff. They teach life as the know it. You get a mild dose of life. The teachers make the best.... they try and help you. But you have to know what you want and sorry to say but your going to have to work your butt off to get good grades. Friends make it better. If you know how to get around then it should be easy. Oh yea 'Don't Eat The Tuna' -Mr. Borill If you reading this I hope you or your kids have a blast like I did. Try to make it the best. Best teachers ever: Mrs. Smyth and Mr Broill ^.^ -Class of '08 M. W.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 13, 2007

this school is the best!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

Last year, i was a student at Somerset Middle School. To say the least, this school is amazing. I had no problems at all making friends, liking my teachers, and getting the grade i worked for and deserved. Sometimes although, i felt as though the school is too cliqued, and for people who had a hard time making friends, that would be a hardship to endure. I attended the Honor/ATG program, but was unhappy with it so I moved down to 'advanced' classes. For me, they went to fast with learning and wasn't teaching the way I learned best. Once i moved down though, I felt better. Somerset helped me very much changing my classes and were very supportive of my decisions, and they helped a lot of my friends over the year also, with no complaints. I would send your kids to this school. -Lily Monson, class of '07
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2006

Quality, My daughter is in the ATG program. I think the program is somewhat disorganized. Extracurricular activities- Great musical program. Sports is taken way to serious. These ar 12 and 13 y/o kids. Let 'em play. Parent involvement- I am involved quite a bit with my own child. I go tho the school office at least once per month. I do not feel parents are welcomed nor the ooposite. With a score of 772, this is the best school in Modesto. I think the school could do much better by communicating more with parents, especially for ATG students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 24, 2006

The school is okay.Good neighborhood.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 23, 2004

Both my daughters are acheiving all that they set out for. Their grades are the best that they have ever been. I credit that to the renaissance program, the Sommerset staff, and the safe school envirment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 25, 2003

My boy went to Sherwood Elementary and is now at Somerset Middle. This is a power one-two learning combination. The teachers and administrators are as dedicated as can be found anywhere. Thanks!!!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

811

Change from
2012 to 2013

+18

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 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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811

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Change from
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5 / 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)

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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.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
54%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

215 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
58%
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.

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English Language Arts

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

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
44%
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.

91 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
85%
English Language Arts

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

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
60%

2010

 
 
60%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
32%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
54%
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.

309 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students54%
Females57%
Males53%
African American40%
Asian67%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate62%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students49%
Females47%
Males50%
African American25%
Asian62%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)60%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate9%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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 disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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

English Language Arts

All Students59%
Females62%
Males56%
African American33%
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)67%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students44%
Females46%
Males42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)51%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)42%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate60%
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 Students74%
Females75%
Males71%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students64%
Females68%
Males57%
African American56%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state47%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students32%
Females36%
Males27%
African American53%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino26%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)31%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability35%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only33%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state45%

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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 disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students51%
Females48%
Males54%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate53%
Parent education - declined to state30%

Science

All Students73%
Females73%
Males72%
African American74%
Asiann/a
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)76%
Economically disadvantaged64%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state68%
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 42%
White 41%
Black 6%
Two or more races 4%
Asian 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 61%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 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Patricia Lingerfelt
Fax number
  • (209) 529-1110

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