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Newark Junior High School

Public | 7-8 | 998 students

 

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Posted February 1, 2014

The leadership, teachers and administrative staff are great! My child is having an excellent experience and is doing well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2013

I have a long commute to work, but we will not move because we are so pleased with the quality of education at Newark Jr. HS and Schilling Elementary. Our kids LOVE school (how often do you hear that?). Classroom size is reasonable and kids get individual attention. Most of our neighbors are either from the technology or biotech industries, and you see that the kids don't fall far from the tree. The kids are bright! The teachers help each child to determine his or her path. Not all kids choose college, but a lot do! This school teaches great values and respect.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2013

I know the teachers and staff here work really hard for the student. Great school!


Posted September 26, 2012

My child is doing fair in school. getting decent grades and stays out of trouble. Not nuts about the new principal. He is snooty, and always figiting with his cell phone. He isn't interested in getting to know his students unless they are the attractive. well-liked females. I have a son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 16, 2010

Both my daughter and I met our first truly best friends there and have nothing but good memories of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

I just went to back-to-school night for my 8th grade son and I was very impressed with his teachers. Each teacher had at least 10 years teaching experience and still showed passion for their profession. I have 2 older children who went to this school and another younger daughter to follow. The two older children are doing fine. One is at Newark Memorial and the other starting Cal Poly. This school can provide a great education for your student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

NJHS has some really awesome teachers
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 16, 2009

I have been going to this school just for 8th grade, I really like it!
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 18, 2008

Wonderful staff! Great location!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2008

this school is the best school my child has been to and she transfered 7 times!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2007

Although my child had some problems with math last year, the teachers where very helpful. Anytime I call or email I get a response right away. I feel the teacher really love what they do and go above and beyond. They are available most of the time before and after school to help students. All that the student has to do is show the enthusiasm and the teachers will help. My child has come in before and after school and there is always someone to help. A great thanks to all the staff for loving what you do. A special that to Ms. Huerta for your prompt responses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 13, 2007

The Teachers that care do work hard to inform parents, update websites & help kids who are having trouble. Some Teachers just shrug off and say they didn't have time or forgot to inform parent of failing.. They don't answer emails, etc. We try get help from the Teachers we get a Lecture and little help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2007

Teacher are over worked and pressured to push students [through] there subjects to make the calender year. Students are failing in Math and Reading. Most teacher are good,but to much pressure to roll out these subject and student are left behind and /or sent to the next grade level without full knowledge of the much needed skills in math and reading. This is seen now by lack of parent and board member involvement. Gangs/bulling are vastly taken over due a lack dress code enforcement and school holding zero tolerance codes. Kids need to have program and city involvement,Not lip services!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 2, 2005

This is a very good school. Teachers pay lots of attention on academics. Principal is fully involved and open for suggestions. Teachers run advance programs to motivate the gifted kids. This school has a very good PE teacher. Lots of parents are fully involved and as a result school is doing better and better every year. My son has been in this school since first grade to 6th grade and I am very happy about this school in all aspects. This school has wonderful teachers and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2004

I have an 8-grader boy in this school and am really glad that all people involve in my kid education from this school always try to be in touch with parents by any way, (i.e. email, letters, notes, etc.) This close contact between the school and parents, gives a better results on the educational growth of the students, I really recommend this school especially for those students that are learning English as a second language.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 31, 2004

We moved out of the Newark School District when we discovered how poor the junior high and high schools were. The truly sad part of both schools is that neither the parents, teachers or administrators think that their awful test scores are a problem. Time again and again, we heard test scores mean nothing, they can be manipulated, who cares about test scores, don't make trouble. So we moved to the other side of the bay where our kids attend schools that rank in the 90th+ percentile instead of the 60th. Parents, administrators and teachers actually care that the kids perform well on tests. Plus it's great to be in schools where parents want their kids to attend college (just compare the % of kids who go on to universities at Palo Alto High vs. those at Newark High - no contest!)
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

819

Change from
2012 to 2013

-6

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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API score

819

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2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
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6 / 10

API Statewide Rank (2012)
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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.
Algebra I

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

25 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
92%
English Language Arts

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

435 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
35%

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.

198 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

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

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
60%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

167 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
22%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
54%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

419 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
54%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

389 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
64%
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%
Femalesn/a
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
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students61%
Females64%
Males57%
African American41%
Asian80%
Filipino85%
Hispanic or Latino48%
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 disadvantaged74%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state63%

Math

All Students55%
Females57%
Males52%
African American27%
Asian68%
Filipino72%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate49%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate68%
Parent education - declined to state59%
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 Students72%
Females72%
Males72%
African American55%
Asian75%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate73%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state67%

English Language Arts

All Students57%
Females60%
Males54%
African American47%
Asian74%
Filipino69%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander54%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to state58%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students22%
Females23%
Males22%
African American14%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino17%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability24%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only25%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate13%
Parent education - high school graduate20%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)34%
Parent education - college graduate23%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state25%

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged100%
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)100%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students56%
Females51%
Males59%
African American31%
Asian74%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander62%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability12%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to state61%

Science

All Students71%
Females68%
Males76%
African American42%
Asian84%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander83%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate68%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state65%
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 16%
Asian 11%
Black 6%
Two or more races 2%
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 58%N/AN/A
English language learners 16%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Computer specialist(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Reading specialist(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Computer animation

Language learning

Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Swimming pool
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:10am
School end time
  • 2:45pm (mondays-thursdays); 1:35pm (fridays)
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Mark Neal
Fax number
  • (510) 794-2079

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Science lab
  • Swimming pool
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Sculpture
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Computer animation
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Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Volunteer time after school
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6201 Lafayette Avenue
Newark, CA 94560
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