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Terra Nova High School

Public | 9-12

 
 

Living in Pacifica

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $453,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,840.

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Posted July 5, 2013

I had planned on transferring my son in for his Freshman year instead of Oceana. Unfortunately one of your teacher's has left a very bitter taste in my mouth during her extreme lapse in mental judgment on the 4th of July when this teacher (graduated in 2007 from SFSU, specializes in mathematics. We won't say any names...) decided to start screaming out of her window at my children enjoying the fireworks the rest of the neighbors were lighting off. Saying "you need to teach your kids to stop being so selfish and shutup". And then after we were all inside around 1030pm and the neighbors were still lighting fireworks, her husband starts screaming at the top of his lungs all sorts of obscenities towards us, in front of my children and she calls the cops on us accusing us of using illegal fireworks when we were inside at the time! She didn't like me correcting the address for her and came storming outside and her husband was right behind her with GOLF CLUBS. YES, IN FRONT OF MY CHILDREN! Her husband then tells me to learn how to use birth control and I told him he should actually leave the house and take a look around before accusations are made. A mental health evaluation is needed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 8, 2013

Our 3 children have gone to Terra Nova and I have to say that you can get a very good education here. The AP teachers are fabulous. My son's Spanish teacher was dedicated and excellent. Another Spanish teacher was bad, but he is retiring, thank goodness. TN has an impressive array of sports, and there's a sport for everyone, from competitive badminton to water polo to football (which helps pay for the rest of them)! TN also has a competitive Mock Trial team, a consistently award-winning Band, and a Robotics Team which just won First Place in Design, Internationally. Yes, #1 in the world. So, students can choose to party if they want to--there's going to be that choice at any school--or they can get involved with the challenging opportunities that Terra Nova provides. It's really up to them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2011

The system for monitoring my student;s grades is great. Thank you for getting it up and running. Also, all six teachers have been great at communication with me.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 18, 2011

Still can't access my son's grades. This makes supervising one's child extremely difficult and frustrating. They also allowed my son to play sports when he had below a 2.0 gpa. Of course, they said this could never happen but it did. Also, communication with the teachers is difficult because of the junk mail filters they have. So, if you want to know anything about your child's education/progress, you're going to have to get the information from your child themself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 11, 2010

This school is horrible. I went to Terra Nova my freshman year and then I transferred out at the end. Terra Nova is the number one party school in the Bay Area, I feel. Terra Nova's students practically have parties every night, kids show up to class high, drunk, etc. Aside from that, the school's curriculum is desgined for kids that do not wish to excel in life. Terra Nova offers basic education, and nothing more. There are smart students at Terra Nova, sure, but the school itself focuses more on sports than they do academics. So, if you care more about your child's ability to throw a football than their education, then this is just the school for you. I transferred out because I simply was partying too hard, and not getting enough work done. I attend Ocean now, and there is a vast improvement. I am now a senior with a 3.7 GPA, I am motivated about school and life after high school. Even though Oceana pushes me to my limits academically, I am glad they do. Terra Nova is a horrible school that as an ex-student, I really know what it's all about.


Posted October 3, 2009

They manage to help their students at every angle to succeed!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

Responsive to student needs, still offers after-school programs, despite budget issues without compromising other programs, very good sports teams, distiguished GreatSchools high rating, and more....


Posted September 21, 2009

I love the small town feel at a fairly large school, the semse of community and the strong support of the athletic programs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 21, 2009

My son is really enjoying high school at Terra Nova. He is active socially and is doing well in his classes. He has also taken advantage of the sports programs available and there are lots of them to choose from. It's a great scholl.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

TN is a great school with lots of wonderful, caring, dedicated staff/faculty and even more enthusiastic, involved students!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

Great administration, great location, my 3 kids, nephew and friends love it.....super colors and mascot - traditional school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 20, 2009

They have something to keep every child challenged!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2009

Many dedicated professionals who put students first.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

A truly dedicated staff who work their magic on a shoe string budget! I enjoyed my 4 years there, and all my kids have too! GO TIGERS!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

At Terra Nova, the students, teachers, parents, and Pacifica community all care about TN and do their best, and more!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 18, 2009

Two of my kids made National Merit Semifinalists out of Terra Nova.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 14, 2009

Terra Nora is mediocre academically, but has few safety problems because it's in a small, lmiddle-class town. It underperforms academically despite having few low-income or bilingual students relative to elsewhere. Math was the best-taught subject since it's 'objective.' So-called AP English classes are terrible. Students read very little literature and almost no classics. Almost all 'literature' is popular works of the last fifty years (best-sellers). For 4 years AP classes assigned nothing before 1900 except Shakespeare, 2 Dickens novels and 'The Scarlet Letter.' No classic poetry was read. Nothing is presented in chronological order. The teachers could easily offer chronologically-organized American and English literature reading Chaucer, Milton, Romantic poets, Austen, etc. or in American literature Twain, Dickinson, Whitman, Faulkner, etc. since it costs no more to read classics than bestsellers but teachers are afraid to challenge students. Also, assigned papers were absurdly short (typically 3-5 pages!)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2009

I am currently a Senior at TN and I have nothing but great things to say about this school. The teachers here have helped me without hesistation whenever I was confused, and they really do care about their students. The sports at TN are great (especially the football program) and it only makes the school spirit vibe even better. Coming from a very small middle school of about 200 kids, TN seemed huge to me as an incoming freshman, but I got used to it after about the first week. I have made so many friends here and I feel like this school has prepared me for UC Berkeley (which I will be attending in the fall of 2010) and the real world.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2008

I graduated from TN a few years back. The school curriculum wasn't too challenging (my average GPA after 4 years was a 3.8) and there were only a handful of good teachers. I think most of teachers there don't really care if the student learns or not as long as they get their paycheck. Only a handful of them would care if the student learned anything, Mrs. Tom and Mr. Ellison to name a couple. I don t think TN prepares students well enough to succeed at the top tier schools like UC Berkeley or UCLA, but do a decent job at preparing students for lower tier schools like UC Davis or UC Irvine and the CSU s. The school is also very sports oriented which is nice, but really lacks diversity, which is a shame.


Posted August 24, 2007

The school is alright i went there for three years caused my troulble but i woulds ay that some of the teachers have a lack of respect for students and some councelors are rediculous.
—Submitted by a student


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This school's
API score

790

Change from
2012 to 2013

+3

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

7 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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API score

790

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 25% in 2013.

161 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
19%

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24%

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7%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 65% in 2013.

16 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 58% in 2013.

119 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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71%

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75%

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80%

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78%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 38% in 2013.

147 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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33%

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44%

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44%

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43%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 62% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

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70%

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General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

The state average for General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards) was 16% in 2013.

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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 45% in 2013.

88 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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57%

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61%

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68%

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Integrated/Coordinated Science I

The state average for Integrated/Coordinated Science I was 26% in 2013.

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Physics

The state average for Physics was 38% in 2013.

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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 13% in 2013.

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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25%

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5%

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8%

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4%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 39% in 2013.

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
46%

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40%

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49%

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46%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 41% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
33%

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38%

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32%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 46% in 2013.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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66%

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76%

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Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 35% in 2013.

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English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 52% in 2013.

268 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

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64%

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51%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 15% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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27%

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16%

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19%

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30%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

The state average for High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11) was 76% in 2013.

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Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2013.

267 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

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60%

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62%

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55%
World History

The state average for World History was 46% in 2013.

265 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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59%

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60%

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66%

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51%
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 10% in 2013.

90 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
15%

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16%

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19%

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9%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 15% in 2013.

89 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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7%

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15%

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20%

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25%
Biology/Life Sciences

The state average for Biology/Life Sciences was 51% in 2013.

46 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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41%

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60%

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63%

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50%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 32% in 2013.

107 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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54%

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61%

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59%

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45%
Earth Science

The state average for Earth Science was 37% in 2013.

23 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

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35%

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40%

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25%
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 48% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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55%

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63%

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58%

2010

 
 
51%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 8% in 2013.

22 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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14%

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7%

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17%

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24%
High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

The state average for High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11) was 49% in 2013.

55 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

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50%

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49%

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43%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 58% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

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42%

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93%

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46%
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 50% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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61%

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65%

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70%

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World History

The state average for World History was 19% in 2013.

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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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Algebra II

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Biology/Life Sciences

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Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

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English Language Arts

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Females80%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asian82%
Filipino74%
Hispanic or Latino61%
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Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability76%
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Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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Geometry

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Males51%
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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 Students25%
Females24%
Males25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)30%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability28%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only26%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate12%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)24%
Parent education - college graduate27%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate42%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

All Students46%
Females42%
Males50%
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)32%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability46%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
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)48%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate40%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students28%
Females27%
Males29%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino31%
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)36%
Economically disadvantaged9%
Non-economically disadvantaged36%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability29%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only29%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)27%
Parent education - college graduate33%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate38%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Chemistry

All Students66%
Females65%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
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)58%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females76%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino56%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability16%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students27%
Females15%
Males37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino16%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)40%
Economically disadvantaged30%
Non-economically disadvantaged26%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability28%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only27%
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)21%
Parent education - college graduate25%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students59%
Females61%
Males57%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino50%
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability24%
Students with no reported disability61%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate77%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

World History

All Students59%
Females57%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino44%
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
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 Students15%
Females8%
Males19%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino14%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)13%
Economically disadvantaged19%
Non-economically disadvantaged13%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability20%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only15%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate5%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)25%
Parent education - college graduate14%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Algebra II

All Students7%
Females8%
Males6%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino0%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)4%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged5%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability6%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only7%
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)3%
Parent education - college graduate12%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate6%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Biology/Life Sciences

All Students41%
Females43%
Males40%
African Americann/a
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)56%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged46%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
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)38%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Chemistry

All Students54%
Females45%
Males62%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino38%
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability54%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
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)45%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Earth Science

All Students70%
Females62%
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students55%
Females63%
Males47%
African Americann/a
Asian65%
Filipino58%
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students14%
Females8%
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability14%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only14%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

High School (Summative) Mathematics (Grade 9-11)

All Students66%
Females59%
Males74%
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)59%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability65%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Physics

All Students42%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability42%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

U.S. History

All Students61%
Females57%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asian71%
Filipino61%
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate44%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

World History

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 83% in 2013.

274 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
90%
Math

The state average for Math was 84% in 2013.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
87%
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.

Source: California Department of Education

English Language Arts

All Students91%
Females95%
Males87%
Gender Unknownn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino69%
Hispanic or Latino89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Declined to state92%
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Economic Status Unknownn/a
Students with disability43%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learnern/a
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a

Math

All Students92%
Females92%
Males91%
Gender Unknownn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino94%
Hispanic or Latino87%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)96%
Declined to state95%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Economic Status Unknownn/a
Students with disability65%
Tested with modificationsn/a
English learnern/a
Language Fluency Unknownn/a
Migrant educationn/a
Scale: % proficient or advanced

About the tests


In 2012-2013 California used the California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE) to test high school students' skills in English language arts and mathematics. The results for grade 10 students taking the test for the first time are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The CAHSEE is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined by the state of California. Students must pass all parts of the CAHSEE in order to graduate from high school. If they do not pass it the first time, students have multiple opportunities to retake the test. The goal is for all students to pass both sections of the test.

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 38%
Hispanic 32%
Two or more races 13%
Asian 5%
Black 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 17%N/AN/A
English language learners 4%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 8%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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