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Desert Willow Intermediate School

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Posted May 5, 2011

Desert Willow is a good school i attend it and the staff is the best


Posted December 16, 2010

this is a good school i like it alot i go here its a good scool


Posted May 5, 2010

I am very please with the school school.My son has diabetes and they take care of him like he was at home.The teachers are good, but like i always said if your kid want's to learn he or she is going to do it no matter how good or bad the school is.Parent involvement is very important for the kids,and i know that a lot of parent's work,but we have days off .It only takes 30 minutes of your time to meet your kids teachers,that help me a lot with my kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 21, 2010

The school is okay based on my childs time there. its just the uniform rule that bothers me. the economy is low and now you have to buy unifroms. and the rul isnt even enforced. they should hire people that can relate to the kids or they will rebel thats what my parenting guid said
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 28, 2010

this school is ok based on my experience there. i havent had any problems and there have not been alot of fights. i think the school just needs improvement on the people they hire because some just want to do their job and others just want to hang out with the students
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 21, 2010

this school is the best school there is but why is it 7th-8th grade really.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2010

this school has been nothing but trouble for me i used to love going to school but when i transfored to this school ive had to wake up at 5:00 am and im usually stressed and tired when i get home . i also have a.d.d and my teachers dont care if i dont understand the material the uniform policie take all the fun away at school and makes me feel like a prsioner this is the worst school ever
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 24, 2009

I am very happy with Desert willow .It's a great school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2009

This school is a joke. Some staff members are great and really involved but most of them are straight up rude to students here. Campus is filthy but nobody is doing there part to help. Uniforms is just making it worse. only 5 people out of the 30 students in my class really wear it. Every day is drama, drama, drama and the coaches dont seem to care. Another thing about coaches is that they dont care much at all about us wich leads into fights and bullying. Parents I do not recomend this school for your students. As for the staff, you better make changes to this school now
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 21, 2009

This has been my son's first year at this school and he and I both love it. The music program is wonderful, the principal, teachers and other staff members seem to genuinely care about the students and go out of their way to stay after school for those who need help or further explanation about a subject. There have been fights between some students, along with some unsavory behavior, but that can happen at any school and it is my belief these are isolated incidents that have no bearing on the school, itself. As parents, it is our responsibility to teach our children respect and proper conduct. Whereas it is the school's responsibility to keep our children safe and enforce proper behavior, it is not their burden to make up for ideals some parents have neglected to teach their kids.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 17, 2009

This school is one of the worst school that I had my kid in, there is no control, the principal needs to do his job and be more involve with the students and involve parent and make them aware of situations happening not just pick on a couple of students as usual
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 14, 2009

My daughter is in the 8th grade at Desert Willow. She has attended this school for the last 3 years. She has struggled all the way thru! The teachers have never notified me she was was not doing well! I have always been the one to call the school requesting information. I think it needs help from both the teachers and especially the parents! Parents have to take responsibility for their son/daughter! We have to understand this is a school not a daycar. If students were taught manners, teachers would not have to spend most of their time trying to teach our kids what they should be learning at home.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 6, 2009

this is my first year at this school and so far there is constant fighting. people seem to not care about the school. the uniform policy does ot seem to help and should just be cut off.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 3, 2008

I believe this school could use alot, especially by the students. it is my first year at this school and i already see how horrible students treat there school. I too believe the uniform policy has done nothing but make the school worse. I wish there was a seperate area or wing for the honors and AVID students, because unlike the other students, i know these two groups of kids actually care and want to learn.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 29, 2008

This school suffers from a lack of leadership. Teachers are sub par. There are a lot of racial problems and constant fighting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 19, 2008

As for the uniform policy, alot of students keep on not caring and ignore it plus there are alot of fights
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 12, 2008

there are many fights between girls and guys. the teachers arent efficient enough and there are many hours of homework which do nothing to help my childs needs.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 17, 2008

This school is so wow.The students are rude and there is no fun.There are many fights and too much drama.Us students could do a little more to better our school.Plus the uniform policy hasn't improved one thing,in my opinion its made it worse.
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 19, 2008

My daughter is attending Desert Willow Intermediate is is having a blast she loves the princiapal and the staff .Also she thinks the kids are cool.(P.S the campus is beautiful)
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 3, 2008

All of the staff that I have come in contact with are hostile, not very knowledgeable, and just plain rude.
—Submitted by a parent


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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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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.

235 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

234 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
37%
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.

273 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
19%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
19%
English Language Arts

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

280 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
40%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

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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.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
51%

2010

 
 
41%
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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Non-economically disadvantaged72%
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English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate33%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%

Math

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Females27%
Males40%
African American28%
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Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged44%
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Students with no reported disability33%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only37%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate31%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state25%
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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Females18%
Males17%
African American18%
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Hispanic or Latino16%
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Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)32%
Economically disadvantaged15%
Non-economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability18%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only20%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented58%
Parent education - not a high school graduate14%
Parent education - high school graduate11%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)19%
Parent education - college graduate35%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state25%

English Language Arts

All Students36%
Females40%
Males32%
African American27%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino35%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
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White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented88%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate55%
Parent education - declined to state35%

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Geometry

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students34%
Females31%
Males36%
African American28%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)54%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disability12%
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented85%
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate45%
Parent education - declined to state10%

Science

All Students47%
Females48%
Males48%
African American42%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to state29%
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 69%
Black 21%
White 6%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Two or more races 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 89%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 3%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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  • Martin Herrera
Fax number
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