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Simons Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 750 students

 

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Posted September 24, 2014

The principal , teachers, staff they are nice my kid's are enjoying their year we really like the school and everyone in there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2013

Amazing school! I'm actually going into 8th grade. The teachers are very caring. Amazing math teachers (Mr.Tran) and all teachers are great and some are really fun. The only think I don't like is the librarian. My class was turning in text books that each period had used and they were written on. The librarian started yelling at use even though we weren't the only ones that use those text books. She's not friendly at all. I have never gotten a book from there because of the way she is.


Posted June 17, 2008

Wonderful School. Many of the teachers are wonderful. All basic core classes are very well covered for both seventh and eighth grade as i have seen. Mr. Lu and Ms. Ruiz are wonderful math teachers, Ms. Mendez and Ms. Zirkle are fantastic Science teachers and have inspired me to move into a science career, Ms. Richardson and Ms. Williams are both great English teachers and have taught me to write very well structures essays, Mr Steven Donahue and Mr. William Donahue were both good teachers, I remember competing with friends with for the top position in class. Overall, this is a wonderful school that works the best possible with what it has. It's principal Mr Knowles Was great and also inspiring. Thank You, Sergio G.


Posted January 3, 2008

teacher are great and have learned many things from certain teachers.(mr.donahue and mrs.zirlke
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 24, 2006

This a school making consistent strides in student achievement
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 1, 2005

The principal is great and really cares about kids. The assistant counselor is a natural, and a great resource to students. Although, I would like to see some type of bully prevention programs. I also believe parents would be able to add much more to the school climate.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted February 11, 2005

It is a very well structured school. Many teachers are kind and understanding of students.
—Submitted by a former 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

716

Change from
2012 to 2013

+5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 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 met 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

716

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

+5

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)

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)

3 / 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.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
41%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
24%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

115 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
16%
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

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
37%
English Language Arts

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

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
37%

2010

 
 
34%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
22%

2010

 
 
18%
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.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
19%

2010

 
 
9%
English Language Arts

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
44%

2010

 
 
33%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

49 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
0%

2012

 
 
4%

2011

 
 
2%

2010

 
 
5%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
36%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

331 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
18%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
37%

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

English Language Arts

All Students42%
Females41%
Males43%
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 disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate48%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state25%

Math

All Students36%
Females30%
Males45%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)33%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 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
Not 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 Students41%
Females46%
Males36%
African American50%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state31%

Math

All Students34%
Females34%
Males34%
African American23%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability34%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)33%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%
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 Students30%
Females35%
Males26%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantaged14%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability30%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only39%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)29%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state30%

English Language Arts

All Students44%
Females56%
Males32%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged44%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state39%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students0%
Females0%
Males0%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged0%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only0%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate0%
Parent education - high school graduate0%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)0%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

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
Not 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

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students28%
Females29%
Males25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged28%
Not economically disadvantaged12%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability31%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only40%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented62%
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)27%
Parent education - college graduate35%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state30%

Science

All Students49%
Females49%
Males47%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino48%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only59%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)56%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state52%
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 92%
Black 4%
Asian 1%
White 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Two or more races 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 91%N/AN/A
English language learners 40%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
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Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Cristine Goens
Fax number
  • (909) 623-4691

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
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