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Cactus Middle School

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Posted December 17, 2013

I came to this school for 7th and 8th grade, it is a great school. You just have to know how to relate and adapt to the staff members and the kids there. If you are or will be going to Cactus you will enjoy it there :)


Posted August 5, 2013

If your child goes here, he/she is either (1) a very problematic and violent child (or "impoverished" to be PC), or (2) one that will be tortured by (1). Avoid if you want your child to succeed. One of the worst middle schools in this district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 3, 2013

i went to this school for 2 years and it is a very bad school


Posted April 23, 2013

Hello..I do like this school alot,my son is doing very well, so I was wondering what electives he has to choose from??
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 15, 2010

I LOVE this school I love the people in it and the teachers GO MS.WOLEY WHOO! But i had to move not cause of the school other stuff...i miss cactus soooooooo much its the best school that i have ever been too! i wish i can transfer back!
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 8, 2009

We have a most pro active principle, we love her. She cares!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2009

Hey! I just wanted the whole entire world of webbers to know that, The principal of Cactus middle school Rocks and has more energy than a football stadium and is cool with her students and is a very caring individual also should be nominated for the best and coolest principal in the world all her teachers rock and everystaff member and employee due they're best work because of her high energetic spirit, keep up the great energetic, super, great, excellent ,terrific, outstanding, awesome ,heavenly,ethusiastic job Mrs.Kate Laf. This is from every happy parent that forgets too appreciate people like you whoo! you Go Girl and entire staff adios.


Posted July 2, 2009

i think this school is pretty fun vice princepal mr luke iz thee real deal catus is bom but needs more city funds
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 27, 2009

it has so much good techers & has great wonderfull students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 2, 2008

Cactus has a wonderful Principal and she has done wonders at this school. She uses the term proactive as well as her faculty, and she walks the talk. Her first priority when she came to this school was creating a safe and orderly learning environment for the students. She's accomplished that. Next the administration is working on parent involvement She has and is accomplishing that by welcoming parents on campus with morning and evening coffee and making time to interact with parents herself and have an open forum about school and community issues. To boost student success they've established a homework afterschool detention and they have a wonderful phone system that lets parents know the same day if the student has detention, if they went to it, it also issues morning wake up calls for students that are continually tardy and gives school and community information to parents. Great job Cactus!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 14, 2008

I just moved here from L.A. and I am impresssed so far. The staff is very helpful and informative! Lots of parent involvment and after school activities! My daughter had no trouble fitting right in because if there roundup they had before school started where she walked the campus and got her books, found her class,bathrooms,cafeteria,etc. so she didnt feel out of sorts the first day of 6th grade! So far its the beginingo of the school year and im so impressed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 9, 2008

This school is very important to me i love this school i have this year and next year to go but so far i have done very well and i hope i do the same next year and forever cactus made me relize that you need to follow your not run away from them so for who ever goes to cactus take care of it and follow your dreams and you will be a leader not a follower xoxoxo love and kisses to all the teachers especially mr.Parisio we all liked you as a teacher
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2008

I think this is a very educated school with very wonderful teachers and lots of athletic programs. But the dress-code is not very well it needs to be improved and not too strict.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

Excellent school with excellent programs. Children are challenged. This school is rated a highly performing school by the state department. Parents are very actively involved and the school welcomes parents onto the campus. Art, music, PE, library and computer instruction is offered and students really benefit from the programs. Tutoring and assistance is offered for struggling students. This is a great school!
—Submitted by a staff


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

This school's
API score

693

Change from
2012 to 2013

-27

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 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.

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Did this school meet all the API goals for student subgroups this year?
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This school's
API score

693

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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

-27

Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 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)

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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.
Algebra I

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

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
29%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

414 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
28%

2010

 
 
22%
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.

444 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
22%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
10%
English Language Arts

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

459 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
28%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

521 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
27%

2010

 
 
20%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

473 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
35%
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

All Students80%
Females75%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino80%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged81%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability79%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
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 Students34%
Females37%
Males30%
African American19%
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)50%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability34%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)32%
Parent education - college graduate40%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%

Math

All Students33%
Females31%
Males34%
African American18%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)44%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged27%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability33%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only37%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduate29%
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

All Students16%
Females17%
Males13%
African American10%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino15%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)19%
Economically disadvantaged16%
Non-economically disadvantaged15%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability16%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only17%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented67%
Parent education - not a high school graduate14%
Parent education - high school graduate14%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)18%
Parent education - college graduate32%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state7%

English Language Arts

All Students36%
Females39%
Males31%
African American25%
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)52%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability36%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state31%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

Geometry

All Students33%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged36%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability33%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only33%
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

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students34%
Females30%
Males37%
African American19%
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)37%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduate35%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)33%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state37%

Science

All Students58%
Females53%
Males63%
African American44%
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)64%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged64%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner30%
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate58%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state53%
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 State average
Hispanic 72% 52%
Black 17% 6%
White 7% 26%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 11%
Two or more races 2% 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 5%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Ruth James
Fax number
  • (661) 273-5514

Resources

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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3243 East Avenue R-8
Palmdale, CA 93550
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