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Clifton Middle School

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2011:
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Posted April 11, 2012

My child is a special education student who needs a little more attention than most he was put in rsp classes and the teachers have no patients what so ever. You would think a special education teacher would be very patient. My son hates going to school at clifton and begs everyday to go to another school. The teachers are rude and have made my son who at one time loved school hate it with a passion!!!! Clifton is a horrible school for children with learning disabilities ........
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2011

Clifton is a wonderful middle school. There is something for everyone. The teachers/staff are very supportive. The library is fully stocked and the librarian is the best around. You feel welcomed the moment you step on campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2011

My oldest child had a wonderful experience here when Deb Rinder was the principal. Now that Traci Gholar is here, the experience for my youngest is less than stellar. Ms. Gholar has never answered an email. The teachers are focused solely on state test scores. During parent-teacher conference week, it was impossible to see his teachers -- even though he was failing two classes. Why? His state test scores were Advanced, so he wasn't on the list of kids who could be seen.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 10, 2011

My child came to 6th grade at Clifton after going to private elementary school. We tried to register in the spring for the following fall, but were told that they only accept registrations two weeks before school starts. We registered in August, but were told that 2 out of the 3 of the honors subjects our child qualified for were completely full. The Principal never seemed very sympathetic and just said that our child would have to wait until someone dropped out of honors. Be warned if you're thinking of transferring from private school.... you're in the back of the line. You'll only get into honors classes or anything else only if there is space left after the kids that are already there, irrespective of your child's qualifications. Unless they change things to accept new admissions when they do their class planning in the spring, you'll only get into honors if there is already an extra seat.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

The teachers and after school programs are awesome!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

Clifton Middle School is one of the greatest middle schools in our Monrovia District. The parent involvement and the great teachers help made this possible. I like the participation of the parents and the awesome involvement of our kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 13, 2010

I love this school because my kids feel safe and they get a great education .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

Traci Golar, the principal, is absolutely outstanding. Leadership starts from the top down, and you can see the results of this new leader already! The support the Clifton provides for students amidst a devastating budget crisis is commendable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

Our girls have been at Clifton for 6 years and it has been a great experience.Wonderful staff and families -- Go Cubs!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

Great school that has gone through an incredible rebirth since our oldest started there 7 years ago. The CA Distinguished School award was only the start on the path to giving our kids a great education.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

What I love about Clifton is that it provides such a great opportunity for kids to excel academically but to enjoy their middle school experience. They have the right balance of activities and events that keep the love of learning alive. Thanks Clifton staff, you're the best.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

Provides Students with a good education. Prepares well for Highschool.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

My nephew does very well at Clifton. It seems the staff keeps the kids engaged in learning at every level.


Posted April 12, 2010

Great teachers who take the time to help the students and the principal and other administrators really care about the kids education and well being.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

I love the way all of the teachers make each student feel valued and take the time to meet the individual needs of each student. The staff strives to help each student reach their full potential. Both of my sons love Clifton!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

We love the teachers and the challenges and support that they provide for our daughter. It's a great learning environment.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

Good programing. I love school loop keeps me informed
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

The teachers at Clifton are very dedicated to the students and go above and beyond every day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 12, 2010

The reason why I love Clifton , it offers so much Love their extra curricular activities.. as well as all their teachers and staff .. Great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 12, 2010

Perhaps this school deserved the high ratings at some point, but not anymore. I currently have two children there - and this is the worst school experience I have ever had. My oldest daughter went to a different middle school in another city and it was wonderful compared to Clifton! With few exceptions, the teachers are unavailable to assist the students outside of the classroom. They don't give the extra attention needed to actually help students learn. I've even written letters to teachers for clarification on projects and assignments and gotten no response. On one occasion my daughter waited patiently after school outside the teachers office (as instructed) to get some tutoring on a subject she was struggling with. After waiting for almost an hour, the teacher told her he didn't have time for it and blew her off. Some of these teachers need to reevaluate their profession.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

843

Change from
2012 to 2013

-20

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 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

843

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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

-20

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)

8 / 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.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
61%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
54%

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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
72%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
65%
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.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
64%
English Language Arts

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

237 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
63%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

97 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
16%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2010

 
 
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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

248 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
67%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

241 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
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 Students66%
Females65%
Males66%
African American57%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students48%
Females39%
Males57%
African American21%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate60%
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 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 Students70%
Females73%
Males68%
African American64%
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)82%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students61%
Females55%
Males66%
African American71%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability26%
Students with no reported disability64%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
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 Students68%
Females72%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate70%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Females68%
Males62%
African American47%
Asiann/a
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)80%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students37%
Females34%
Males40%
African American12%
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)58%
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability42%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only39%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)32%
Parent education - college graduate31%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

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 Students64%
Females64%
Males63%
African American57%
Asiann/a
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)79%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students78%
Females77%
Males78%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only78%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate68%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)79%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
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 51%
White 32%
Black 8%
Asian 3%
Two or more races 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 54%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 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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