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Horace Ensign Intermediate School

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Posted June 21, 2014

I would give it negative stars but it is not option. I went there and so did my kids. Some of the teachers are very responsive some are not. It is very hard to get EVERYONE on the same page. Some of the administration don't deal with children the correct way and just assume kid is lazy or bad rather than trying to understand what is going on especially one that needed special education and I had to get an advocate to get him tested. When I went the bullying problem was horrendous, and when my son went it was even worse. SOME of the administration don't know what to do with the problem and with the kids who are doing the bullying. The anti-bullying campaign they are using isn't working and they need to find another way to address the problem other than turning it on the victim or just blowing it off. The two worst years of my life were there and the two worst years so far of my son's life were there. You would think something had improved?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 5, 2014

I hate going to Ensign. Eighth grade honors english is ridiculously pointless, because I am learning the same concepts as I did in seventh grade with Mrs. Cross, but in a worse and far more confusing way. Honors english teacher is unorganized and I notice she is often asking us "Is this helping you?" as if she thought of the lesson five minutes before class. I have a friend who once TA'd for her in a separate period from her own. She said that it was like a whole different class between the two (in the same day). Few good teachers, but some include Ms. Rain, Mr. Harrell, Mrs. Rush, Mrs. Cross, and a few more that I have heard about, but do not have myself. Very disappointed with atmosphere here. I myself fall victim of being too self obsessed at times but most white kids have psychological issues with being too confident in themselves. Programs developed to "end bullying" do not help atmosphere at all. In fact they just draw attention to a dying epidemic (I'm hesitant to even call it that) and waste students time. Renaissance program to reward good grades is not motivating at all. Most teachers either unenthusiastic or annoyingly overenthusiastic. I have hated my time here so much.


Posted October 25, 2013

The staff and teachers at Ensign are dedicated and very inventive. We like the Life Skills Class for 7th grade elective. The chior and all of the clubs are great too. Wonderful school. My daughter is doing very well at Ensign this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2013

My son has always done well in school however, math was an issue. While math is even harder this year, being in 7th grade, he is getting an A!!! In fact, he is excelling in every class. I love his teachers, they are attentive and challenging. So far, this school has been very good to my son.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2012

My child attended both 7th & 8th grade here. While the teachers were decent and some were great there is a huge bullying problem. In addition to the bullying issues the administration, on the whole, handles issues in a very unprofessional manner. I can't name names here, but you will quickly learn which VP is effective and humane and which is on a power trip. Sadly despite being in a wealthy area with financial resources this school is only average, largely do to it's poor social policies and not so much the intentions of the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 24, 2012

The teachers are constantly paying attention to students and trying their best to give them a perfect learning experience. Any student that fails is not trying their hardest to get an acceptable grade in their class. Sorry.


Posted April 2, 2012

My son is thriving at Ensign! The teachers have shown awareness of his abilities and needs and have been responsive to my requests. A very good middle school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 20, 2009

Absolutely fantastic! Excellent and challenging learning environment. Steve McLaughlin, the new principal is incredible, and the teachers are outstanding. Our daughter is an eighth-grader, just about o graduate and go on to Harbor High. We've had two fantastic years at Ensign - couldn't imagine how it could have been better. she's learned so much!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2009

grat school.teachers are very good vat getting the point to children
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 14, 2009

My child attends this school and it has helped her go from a D- all the way to an A+ she transferred from Tiwinkle located in Costa Mesa. She loves Ensign!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2009

And you are correct to say that. But the main problem is not the teachers. They are bombarded with apaperwork and forms to fill out due to the principals goals to self achivements. So many programs like ' Champs' and etc, are not working related by the teachers. If the teachers show no support to the students it is by the abundant of forms and reports introduced by the principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2009

This is the best school ever. My son was a drug abuser from CDM so we transfered him to Ensign Intermediate School and his grades went up from d's to b's. 10 out of 10
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

principal very involved, works well with parents and is liked by students. our son excelled here last year, and my daughter will begin next week.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

My child, who has always been a good student, starting failing half way through the school year. Once this was brought to my attention, via progress report, I immediately started contacting his teachers. Only a couple responded, but we worked together with the counselor and vice principal to change classes around which seemed to solve all of the problems and ended the year with a 3.5 versus the 2.0 he had months before! My only advise to parents is that if your child is having a problem and the teachers are not responding, go directly to the counselor and vice principal. They will work to take care of any issues!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 25, 2008

Teachers show little or no interest in student's progress. Teachers not responsive to studen'ts needs or parents requests. In general, this school is a 'sink or swim' environment!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 3, 2008

I attend this school and I must say I haven't enjoyed my stay here at all, the teachers aren't to happy with their jobs and class sizes are to big, can't wait for harbor next year though, I've heard great things!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2008

Ok I dont understand why everyone is bashing my school. Maybe the years they went were bad but I started this year with a new principal and its great. Also, most of the people writing comments about the horrible teachers and they weren't even the ones in their classes. And the woodshop teacher, although he isn't always the nicest teacher ever he is very nice if your nice to him and you do your work. Ensign has been good, and its a great place to grow up.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2006

What happened to Newport Beach's great schools? Frankly at this point I am ready to pull my daughters out of school and do home-schooling program, simply to keep them away from the terrible influence of the other unparented children. I wish I could say some nicer things,but no...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2005

Quality of academic programs weak. Too little time given to each subject. Extra activities scarce and hard to get information on them. No PTA involvement that we are aware of, nothing sent home with our child. Too many children in the classes, no individual care given. Out of 7 classes, only 1 gives our child any individual time and effort. Most teachers are out the door as soon as the last bell rings and can't be reached for discussion. Leadership is lacking, nonresponsive to concerns. Overall we are very disappointed in the quality at this school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 10, 2004

I also agree that the teachers have an incedibly bad attitude and many shoud think of retirement. They do not present a positive attitude toward the students or a strong desire for the students to do well for them. Many are placed in the wrong level class, and this hinders their performance and ability to do well. I just hope you will consider my opinion in the future when making class placement choices.
—Submitted by a parent


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849

Change from
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-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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Algebra I

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

74 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
English Language Arts

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

486 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
65%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

412 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
61%

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 50% in 2013.

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
76%
English Language Arts

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

581 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
61%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
45%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
97%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

608 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students94%
Females100%
Males93%
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)95%
Economically disadvantaged83%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)91%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students65%
Females66%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asian73%
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)77%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state50%

Math

All Students53%
Females50%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)64%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state34%
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 Students83%
Females81%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only83%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduate79%
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state73%

English Language Arts

All Students66%
Females71%
Males61%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino46%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state61%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students43%
Females41%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented64%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate56%
Parent education - declined to state24%

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students65%
Females63%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state54%

Science

All Students86%
Females84%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner46%
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate66%
Parent education - high school graduate81%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)86%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to state81%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California Standards Tests (CSTs) to test students in English language arts in grades 2 through 11; math in grades 2 through 7; science in grades 5, 8 and 10; and history-social science in grades 8 and 11. Middle and high school students also took subject-specific CSTs in math and science, depending on the course in which they were enrolled. The CSTs are standards-based tests, which means they measure how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of California. The goal is for all students to score at or above proficient on the tests.

The different student groups are identified by the California Department of Education; if there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: California Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 54%
Hispanic 39%
Asian 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Black 1%
Two or more races 1%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%N/AN/A
English language learners 18%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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