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Vina Danks Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 1029 students

 

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Posted December 22, 2012

I think this school is great there is some teacher's that don't help there students with there grades. Not Mr. Escalante he is an awesome Music teacher.. My son's favorite teacher...
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2012

I think this school has fallen short for all four of my children.It's been a mistake for us to put them there. They don't care if you understand the work. They are ok with a child getting a f grade. They just blame it on the child and you and i know the school has to take responsibility as well as the parents and the child. My son felt like the kids were very racist against him. And he got bullied. Life goes on but NEVER WITH VINA DANKS AGAIN.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2011

This school has awesome dances, projects, and students. Mr. Escalante is the best music teacher in the world.


Posted May 24, 2011

This school is terrible. The communication with parents with the grades are terrible. Progress reports are given to the students instead of mailed to the parents. So needless to say we did not receive them. Our previous school district always kept us informed of any slipping grades, but I have to admit that district cares about their School SCORES. This one has been on probation for sometime now. I tried to access the grades or progress reports online; only one teacher made use of the online grading system. When I went to parent - teacher conference I was told by some of the teachers that my child was doing fine in their class. My child was an Honor Roll student before attending this school. Getting a C is not doing fine to me. I now know why this school as well as this district is doing so poorly compared to the surrounding school districts.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 21, 2009

I think poeple should go to these school. it has great teacher.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2009

school is good and teachers are great just students need more motivation from us parents
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2008

this school has good academics but is lacking entirely of school assistings with kids and fighting. they dont pay much attention at all.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 13, 2008

This school is so awesome. I went to this school and now I am planning to work there


Posted December 7, 2007

Its awesome, especially ms.Sawyer!
—Submitted by a student


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

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

783

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 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 did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet 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

783

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

-16

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)

5 / 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)

7 / 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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
87%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
30%
English Language Arts

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

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
56%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
57%
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.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
63%
English Language Arts

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

453 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
48%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

151 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
14%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
17%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
14%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

480 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
31%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

452 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
56%

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

English Language Arts

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Math

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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

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Native Hawaiiann/a
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English Language Arts

All Students51%
Females60%
Males42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate74%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate40%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students52%
Females55%
Males50%
African Americann/a
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)52%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner35%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate46%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate47%
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 Students47%
Females49%
Males46%
African Americann/a
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)53%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented76%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate52%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students54%
Females61%
Males47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate61%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students14%
Females16%
Males12%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino12%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Not economically disadvantaged11%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability18%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only16%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate15%
Parent education - high school graduate11%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)19%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students61%
Females58%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino63%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented71%
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 Students42%
Females42%
Males42%
African American64%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate47%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students60%
Females61%
Males59%
African Americann/a
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)77%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability45%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate61%
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 91%
White 5%
Black 2%
Asian 1%
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 86%N/AN/A
English language learners 26%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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School Leader's name
  • Anthony Ortiz
Fax number
  • (909) 459-2959

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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  • Library
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