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W. E. Mitchell Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

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Posted February 5, 2014

My son had the worst time at this school, was picked on for having good grades. The staff is rude and lazy. The principal and vice principal cannot handle behavior problems before they escalate. I can't imagine why parents continue to gush over this school and give it five stars.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 17, 2013

We are so pleased with the quality of education our children are receiving from Mitchell Middle School. We are fortunate to be at a school that offers the International Baccalaureate program. The teachers and staff are professional, highly knowledgeable, and caring. Our child was involved in an incident of being bullied. Both the Principle and Vice Principle quickly addressed the incident with us and our child, handled it properly, and left us to feel our child is in a safe learning environment. We have open communication the teachers and feel they are willing to work with us to make sure our kids do their best. Most importantly, our children love the school. They are active in many of the clubs and sports the school offers, have excellent grades and have made many new friends. We did not let the negative opinion of others sway us sending them there, and have found out for ourselves what a great school Mitchell truly is.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2013

W.E. Mitchell Middle School can benefit from a new vice principal.I would have to sadly say he is bias with students and he is one step from being reported to the Rcpd.He shouldn't act like a bully himself to the children after all the kids are "students" not his own children and should treat them accordingly regardless of race or gender.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2013

W.E. Mitchell has wonderful office staff. Thank you very much to Mrs. Black for all of her cheerful help. I adore the music/band teacher he really gives of himself to all of the students. Mr. M the 7th grade English is amazing a huge improvement over last years English teacher. I wish I could take the Spanish class myself..good job teacher. I really like the new scheduling program this year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 12, 2012

I agree with the reviewer who said Mr. Berns was a great principal. The new one is pretty horrific - along with the office staff. I too have a child with special needs. The office staff couldn't be bothered to ask her one-on-one aide to drop off her homework at the office so that I could pick it up in the afternoon. Rather than addressing the staffing issue, the principal called it a "customer service" problem and dismissed the issue. Now my daughter insists on going to school when she is sick because this school can't even be bothered with contacting her aide for homework. Hey - here's a thought - put the homework on edline. These people are just ridiculous/lazy - no wonder this is such a low performing school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2012

Want to transfer my student as soon as possible. School is in violation of special education services for my son and teachers cannot be bothered to communicate. They are passing my student along, who cannot read. Have sent daily emails to teachers and have just begun to get some accountability. Mr. Berns was good, new principal not so much.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2011

Gave the school a scathing review two years ago, won't mention any names to avoid being flagged this time. I yanked my son out of this school after one semester, was not learning much and student conflicts were effecting every aspect of his life. Not much has changed since I wrote my review, severe behavioral problems overshadow any attempts to improve the school's environment. Teachers and staff I interacted with were rude and unhelpful, although I see the principal makes a concerted effort to maintain discipline, you can't fan out a house fire.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 16, 2010

It is a great school where the principal and the teachers really care about the students. I graduated from this school along with having two children that graduated. I requested this school for my third child and will request for my last child.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Why do you love W. E. Mitchell Middle School? Worked her for 13 years and love it. Also, had kids of my own come through. Great staff and teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

I love W.E. Mitchell Middle School because of the sense of pride my child and other students, teachers and parents have for this school. Also, this is where I went to school at. The principal and vice-principal really care about the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Principal, teachers and staff are outstanding. My two children are excelling in middle school and enjoy their friends and activities.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

Great staff and principal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 13, 2010

It provides the teachers and staff that truly care whether or not my daughter succeeds.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 27, 2010

Dr Berns is an outstanding principal! He will go to the ends of the earth tomake sure students have as many opportunities to succeed as possible. Sure their are fights, but fights happen at every middle school because of biological changes teens go through! Dr Berns offers numerous incentives to encourage good behavior, but all the incentives in the world cannot supersede the affect of biology. Dr Berns follows school district policy, NOT HIS POLICY, to the letter, to ensure that due process is carried out fairly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2010

Well Mitchell is a great school the have teachers who will stay after school if you need any help they also have lots of fun activities for the end of the trimesters I will never forget this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2010

mitchell middle school rocks.from a student in 6th grade and in honors english
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 16, 2010

I`ve had bad experiences. There have been fights, improper students who cuss, and had a little tradition called 'boobie thursdays'. I just don`t feel very comfortable with this going on.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2009

Well Mitchell is the best middle school. Well you maybe asking,'Why in the world would enroll my child in Mitchell?', well .. 1.) Teachers stay before school,after school, and after school. 2.)Mills actually have a lot of fights there and that could influence YOUR child to do that. 3.) And last your child WILL make friends because when I was in elementry I did not have any friends but now I do.Mitchell is all about being educated and making lots of friends so you could be you. That is why your child SHOULD enroll in W.E. Mitchell Middle school:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 14, 2009

excellent school. i am graduating next year and will miss this school sincerely.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

Over the past year I have seen a big change at Mitchell. I have found the teachers are spending more time on interventions and allowing opportunities for students to improve their grades. I have also noticed a difference in discipline. Students seem to be better behaved this year. I have also noticed that they have a PTA and there seems to be more activity than I have seen in past years.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

763

Change from
2012 to 2013

+27

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

763

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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
Comparing the API Growth to the Base shows whether or not this school’s test score performance improved between Spring 2011 and Spring 2012. 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)

3 / 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.
English Language Arts

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

168 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
39%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

169 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
42%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
43%

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 86% in 2013.

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2011

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

250 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

245 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
26%
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.

132 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
43%

2010

 
 
38%
English Language Arts

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

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
45%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

121 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
19%
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.

253 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
39%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
49%
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 Students41%
Females39%
Males43%
African American27%
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)48%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate12%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state24%

Math

All Students42%
Females34%
Males49%
African American15%
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)54%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Non-economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state24%
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
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 Students52%
Females57%
Males45%
African American44%
Asian63%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)46%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate65%
Parent education - declined to state56%

Math

All Students44%
Females44%
Males44%
African American37%
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)47%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate60%
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 Students47%
Females50%
Males46%
African American33%
Asian58%
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)43%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability47%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented73%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate43%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state56%

English Language Arts

All Students52%
Females55%
Males50%
African American43%
Asian71%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state43%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students30%
Females29%
Males30%
African American38%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino23%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability38%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only32%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)34%
Parent education - college graduate22%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state37%

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
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

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students52%
Females49%
Males55%
African American32%
Asian93%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)57%
Economically disadvantaged46%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state46%

Science

All Students56%
Females48%
Males63%
African American35%
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino44%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)62%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disability14%
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only60%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state46%
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
White 46%
Hispanic 26%
Black 14%
Asian 6%
Two or more races 3%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 70%N/AN/A
English language learners 14%N/AN/A

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 3%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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