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Palm Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1273 students

 

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Posted April 14, 2014

For Palm Meddle School, Moreno Valley, California ***There are excellent teachers and very good administration in Palm Meddle School. Although I understand work needs to be done to get this school up to the standards necessary for all students to achieve geometry level in 8th grade. Right now is not inclusive to all mainly due to resources. Education in this school strives to include all students not just a certain group. I hope to win money for Palm Meddle School for much needed projects, assistants to the teachers, and to provide that extra helping hand to those students that need the must academically. Lest remember that with the right type of instructional approached any, ANY student can thrive and succeed ones expectations.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

My son is in 8th grade at Palm. This is his third year. I'm content with the way the Principal takes care of things. I like how they encourage and motivate kids with award assemblies. At Palm Middle School kids can find one of many clubs. I really like how teachers have before and/or afterschool tutoring. The afterschool program Think Together is great, the coordinator is great.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2011

i go this school its nice love you palm its the best place to be


Posted August 20, 2007

Palm is an awesome place for kids to be. Learning is their focus. I have found the teachers and administration to be helpful and cooperative. My son loves Palm.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2006

The biggest problem at Palm Middle School is the same problem for all of the Moreno valley Unified School District, that of dramatic turnover. The turnover is bad because they get too many new teachers that have not faced classroom experience and are not ready to deal with students. Overall, the programs are weak to non-existant.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted July 24, 2005

The school is good, schedule is set, classes are well organized. The only problem I have with the school is it is year round, I favor the traditional.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 12, 2004

I think that Palm has the best combination of caring teachers and dedication in the area.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 18, 2004

Have been content overall would like to see my son a little more challanged
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2004

I have a child currently attending Palm Middle School in the 6th grade. I have an older son now a Jr in High School that also attended. My experiences have been very positive. I find the staff very helpful and courteous every time I need information. The teachers are easy to work with and I have not found one that was not willing to help my child or talk with me when I requested help. I have become involved with the school by volunteering when I have time and I see the teachers at work. They take on much more than people realize because so many Parents relinquish all responsibility for teaching their child once they are in school. I admire the teachers and staff at Palm. They do a very good job.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 16, 2004

My 7th grade child has attended Palm for 2 yrs. I'm very disappointed in the teachers and most of the other staff members at this school. They focus on the small petty things rather than the larger picture/problems within the school. The ranking this school has for its test scores speaks volumes. They have a 4 out of 10. My child is testing at a 92% in math on the CAT9 and yet has a D in class. The teachers are defensive and don't wish to work with the parents nor students. Teachers lash out at their students for no reason and belittle them on a daily basis. I understand that a huge % of parents don't care, but some of us do. Stop shutting us out of our childrens education! Get better trained teachers/staff and learn to pick up a phone. I wouldn't recommend this school, should've gone to Vista Heights!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 3, 2004

My son is ending his 6th grade year at Palm middle school, which is his first year in public school after attending private school since the 1st grade. I have to say that it was a difficult transition for him and he has shown a great deal of improvement. I appreciate the counselors, and teaching staff (before and after school tutoring) for their support. Hang in there 6th grade teachers! The administrative department is uplifting, supportive and show their passion not only for the students, they also make the effort to communicate their support to thier families. Thank you Mr. Jacobs (Asst. Principal) you are inspiring. To the parents, know that a child requires a balance as a three legged stool- parent, teacher, and love!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2004

My daughter attends Palm Middle School and it has been a great experience. The teachers & principal have been very supportive and helpful. I have been impressed thoughout this whole school year. The PTA at Palm is a great group of people always trying to make this a better place to be!
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

770

Change from
2012 to 2013

+11

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


API Growth scores over time

Did this school meet the API goal this year?
The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school met its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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770

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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

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API Statewide Rank
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4 / 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)
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.

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
36%
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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2011

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

362 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
38%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

361 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
35%
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.

195 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
19%
English Language Arts

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

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
39%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
4%
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.

380 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
28%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
42%
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 Students46%
Females47%
Males46%
African American34%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate34%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate45%
Parent education - declined to state43%

Math

All Students38%
Females37%
Males39%
African American32%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)53%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability22%
Students with no reported disability39%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented87%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate36%
Parent education - declined to state31%
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 Students50%
Females55%
Males44%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduate34%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate53%
Parent education - declined to state50%

Math

All Students45%
Females47%
Males44%
African American33%
Asiann/a
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)58%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate54%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate53%
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

Algebra I

All Students66%
Females68%
Males65%
African American55%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state69%

English Language Arts

All Students51%
Females56%
Males47%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability43%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate51%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to state56%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students22%
Females29%
Males17%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino23%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)31%
Economically disadvantaged22%
Not economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability27%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only27%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)21%
Parent education - college graduate29%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state24%

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 Students37%
Females37%
Males37%
African American26%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Not economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)39%
Parent education - college graduate43%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to state41%

Science

All Students59%
Females58%
Males60%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state50%
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 62%
Black 18%
White 15%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Asian 1%
Two or more races 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 81%N/AN/A
English language learners 11%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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  • Spanish

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School Leader's name
  • Richard Rideout
Fax number
  • (951) 571-4265

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