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Los Alisos Middle School

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Posted April 28, 2014

Great Opportunity for students - Los Alisos has a new Dual Immersion Program (English/Spanish). Students have an opportunity to learn two languages while in middle school and when they start HS they can take AP Spanish.


Posted October 8, 2013

Los Alisos students have many opportunities to engage in 21st Century Skills (the use of technology, Project Based Learning, and STEM). I recommend parents to check out all programs available. Great school, Great teachers.


Posted August 24, 2013

This school has accomplished great things among extreme circumstances. The staff and students are the best example of a learning community.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

Los Alisos has two new programs for the 2013-14 school year. If accepted in the Magnet, students will have a choice to continue in the Engineering Pathway 6th-8th grade or NEW this year, a Biomedical Pathway class in 7th and 8th grade and a Video Production in 8th grade, WOW!!! In sixth grade a brand new Dual Language (English/Spanish) Class, students must meet a criteria to be enrolled. Wya to go Los Alisos.....


Posted November 6, 2011

I had taught here for many years and now am teaching in elementary school. The students I send to Los Alisos will get the education to carry them onto college and beyond. The teachers are all professionals and the students are ready to learn from them.


Posted November 5, 2011

Los Alisos is a fantastic school for student to get prepared for college. This year they introduced the magnet program where students are focusing on robotics, technology, and science. Our school is also very fortunate to start our very first science lab! Los Alisos also has Honors Classes and Zero Period P.E. for those in Magnet or Avid( Avid is a class where students are learning more and more about college.) Many of the teacher's in this school are quite nice, our classrooms aren't filthy and we have A.C. in the main buildings. Snack and lunch is held in the quad, but on rainy days it is held in the cafeteria. There is also the GATE program where students have the privilege to learn more about the basic topics instead of just "scratching it on the surface". Los Alisos also enters the Orange County Pentathalon, we have our own cheer leading squad, we have our own basketball team, there is also the band olymics and much more! :) This year we will probably reach the 800 API score, so we are trying our best to succeed in the test. I am very pleased to be a 7th grade student here at Los Alisos! ~GO LOBOS!~


Posted October 11, 2010

Los Alisos is the best middle school in Norwalk, students come here to learn and teachers care for all students.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 30, 2009

I believe that the students are very proud of their school and it shows when they wear their school shirts and how much pride comes from them. Proud to have a student attend Los Alisos and be an involved parent. The parent participation has grown tremendously this year. Great feeling to have so many students involved with activities for the school. Good job students,teachers and staff...Keep up the pride!!!Go Lobos!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2009

This is my daughter's fist year at middle school.. and so far the school spirit at Los Alisos Middle School is Great! Staff at Los Alisos is very friendly and informative!!.. Proud to be a parent of Los Alisos Middle School in Norwalk!!!! Go Lobos!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2008

It is a wonderful school and has the best teachers. The after school activities have grown this year and I am glad my child attends it. My only complaint is the principal seems to expect the students have have caused problems in the past to cause every problem and always be guilty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2007

I think the school and the teacher are doing a great job. My only complaint, that I have voiced many times is that they need to update the online calendar. I've been told they don't have time. It's not that time consuming to do this. It would be a tremendous help regarding outings, report cards, conferences, dances etc. Not much opportunity for parent involvement. Award ceremonies, PTA meetings ect. are during the day. How are working parents supposed to attend?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Los Alisos Middle School in Norwalk has the best teachers, they support the parents as well as the kids. They stay on top of the students and with this helps the parents to see where there child needs additional help. They don't believe in letting your child fall through the cracks like that old saying. I honor the teachers at Los Alisos
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2005

Los Alisos has improved the quality of its education over the last 2 years. Besides significantly increasing parent involvement reflected in the growing PTSA, student interest in band has grown as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2005

What a gteat school to have your child to attend....
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

I think that this school is average a few things can be improved on such as parent involvement and more field trips but over all its a very good school and im glad my child attends. The principal is a good principal and I agree that the childen should be disciplined and shouldn't run around like they own the school. Good job Ms.Holstrom.
—Submitted by a parent


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The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

815

Change from
2012 to 2013

+11

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 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 the state goal of 800.

API Growth scores by subgroup

In addition to schoolwide API scores, each student subgroup receives an API score.
Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
The state goal for the API is 800. All the student subgroups at a school that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
  • This school did not meet all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

815

What is the API?
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

+11

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)

6 / 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.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
46%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

364 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

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 86% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
52%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

264 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
52%
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.

247 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
46%
English Language Arts

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

333 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
47%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

72 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
0%

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

31 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

355 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

336 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
59%
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 Students58%
Females60%
Males57%
African American55%
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)79%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner2%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant education52%
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students55%
Females52%
Males58%
African American55%
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant education54%
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate52%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 Students96%
Females90%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino96%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant education100%
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate95%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students61%
Females67%
Males55%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
Filipino91%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)46%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant education60%
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students61%
Females67%
Males56%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant education56%
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate70%
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 Students40%
Females44%
Males37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino55%
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)40%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability42%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant education40%
Gifted and talented76%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students58%
Females65%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino50%
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant education57%
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students34%
Females44%
Males26%
African Americann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only39%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students65%
Females67%
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented74%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
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 Students63%
Females66%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino54%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant education75%
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students75%
Females75%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino83%
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant education79%
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate70%
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 87%
White 4%
Asian 3%
Black 2%
Two or more races 1%
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 87%N/AN/A
English language learners 15%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Michael Garcia
Fax number
  • (562) 864-2967

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14800 South Jersey Avenue
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