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Matilija Junior High School

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Posted June 22, 2012

already being challenged in 7th grade Advanced Math. As a parent, I stayed involved on line with my son's progress and was part of helping a student get what he needs to advance. My son is an enthusiastic about to be 8th grader. My advice; stay involved with your child's learning. The school is all about helping your child be the best that he/she can be!


Posted August 21, 2009

The school is grate .Teachers are fun and nice . Some can be strict in there teaching manors but get us to do our work.as a 7th grader here in matilija i thought this school would be boring but after a week past by i new some was difrent and that difrince was a good . I nodest even when we dont have PE in between classes we still do some exersise by walkin our naxt class.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 18, 2009

My son came from a private school in Los Angeles when he began 7th grade at Matilija Junior High School. It was obvious to the 7th grade English teacher that my son was bored. The principal telephoned me to let me know that after looking at my son's progress, the school decided to move him into 8th grade English. He was already being challenged in 7th grade Advanced Math. As a parent, I stayed involved on line with my son's progress and was part of helping a student get what he needs to advance. My son is an enthusiastic about to be 8th grader. My advice; stay involved with your child's learning. The school is all about helping your child be the best that he/she can be!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2007

The teachers really care about educating our children. Sports are very organized and fun for the kids. Great coaches.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 16, 2007

Not very impressed so far. My son started 7th grade last year and basically did no major report writing - no science projects - no studying for major tests and still got decent grades. How can a child go thru an entire year of jr high school barely crack a book and still be an A/ B honor roll student ?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 28, 2005

School was ok. Some teachers problematic, but altogether a good experience.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted April 11, 2005

My daughter is in her sencond year at Matilija and she is very happy with the teachers and programs. She is an honor student and in the Honor Society. There is a good drama program with a theatre with proper lighting. There are after school activities for kids to be involved in and they have transportation--- not just to and from school, but they have a late bus so kids can stay after school and participate! The kids are friendly and no gang or drug problems are evident. I had sons in the Simi Valley Unified School District. There were gangs, drugs, violence and no transportation and we lived 3 miles away from the school. We are very fortunate to have moved to Ojai!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 31, 2005

I have been very happy with my 7th grade daughter's experience this year. She has excellent teachers and has made wonderful friends. She has participated in many clubs and extracurricular activities. Give it a chance!
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Posted March 31, 2005

Mr Becker indeed has the childrens best interest in mind.. He is constantly reminding the parents to stay involved in their childrens activities. He is also aware of the changes the kids are going through and the support they need from school and home. I think the kids see this and their own interest in school is heightened and they become more involved in the extra-cirricular activities. This was proven when the Honor Society Students were inducted last month. I think they felt proud to put that smile on Mr Beckers' face as well as all the parents.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 18, 2004

This school is a joke, they do not even have a nurse. The teachers are all horrible except for a few. You would be better off broke sending your child to some small pravate school, because about 700 kids go to Matilija.
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Posted July 4, 2003

im not a parent but i went to matilija and i can just say i loved it. it was kind of hard at first because i had just come from a small elementry school, but at the end of 8th grade i really didnt want to leave. i would reccomend this school to anyone who wants a good, fun, and diverse school.


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816

Change from
2012 to 2013

-26

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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816

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2012 to 2013

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Algebra I

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

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English Language Arts

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

203 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

196 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
57%

2010

 
 
53%
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.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
62%
English Language Arts

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

211 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
66%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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10%

2012

 
 
24%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
10%
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.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

214 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
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

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English Language Arts

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Females68%
Males71%
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Filipinon/a
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Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Math

All Students55%
Females60%
Males51%
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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)64%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state38%
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 Students51%
Females52%
Males50%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)55%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disability12%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students62%
Females67%
Males55%
African Americann/a
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability30%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students10%
Females11%
Males8%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino5%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)13%
Economically disadvantaged4%
Not economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability12%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only10%
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)12%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

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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%
Females66%
Males62%
African Americann/a
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)66%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disability22%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learner45%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state36%

Science

All Students68%
Females64%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability35%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner40%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate81%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 64%
Hispanic 31%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Two or more races 1%
Black 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 44%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 0%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Awards

Academic awards received in the past 3 years
  • California Distinguished School

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 7:44am
School end time
  • 2:16pm
School Leader's name
  • William Rosen
Fax number
  • (805) 640-4398

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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