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Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate School

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Posted April 24, 2010

The principal is wonderful and the teachers very motivated to help the students learn, lots of extra help at lunch/snack
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2009

i think it's a good school and i'm happy my daughter is in it
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

this is the cleanst school i have ever been to and the teachers are amazing
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 23, 2006

I am a former honor student of this school, and I am extrememly proud to be one. This school has offered me more activities, challenges, support, and appreciation than any other school I've attended. This school has truly made learning fun and exciting for me because of all the outstanding and caring teachers(like Mr. Giraud, Mrs. Kutcher, Senora Kaufman, Mrs. Hall, and Mrs. Churchill) and all the enjoyable(and at the same time academically challenging) activities offered. I would highly recommend this school for any parent even considering allowing their child to attend here. Go Roadrunners!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 3, 2006

This school has many electives, but everyone is in at least one elective, so they fill up fast, but you have 7 back up choices... Sometimes they you get one that is not even one of your choices, and most of the time they won't let you transfer out. The year-long electives are great especially the music program. They are able to provide students with the school instruments, even drumsets. The discipine and safety is moderate. Most of the students there segregate into their own groups that don' t really cooperate with one another.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted September 1, 2005

The campus is large and feels more like a high school or small college, but students are arranged in villages to provide a more intimate feel. The facility is beautiful and many electives are offered.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2005

Rancho Santa Margarita Intermediate is a wonderful school. My two daughters who attend the school really like it. They offer so many electives for the kids. The music program is awesome. My daughter plays the French horn and the school was able to provide an instrument to use at home in addition to one at school. The school has a ton of kids and I was very concerned about this. The staff really has good control over the kids and the supervision is excellent. One of my daughters had an incident where another student was harassing her. It was brought up to the staff and they took care of the situation very quickly. The school has a lot of spirit. Overall I was pleased with the academics except for the Language Arts area. I think the kids need more writing assignments. I would highly recommend this school!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 23, 2004

I think RSM Intermediate is an outstanding school, performance shows enthusuastic student involvment, good habits taught. Leadership in the principal is outstanding. Communication with parents ranks high also.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 18, 2004

RSM Intermediate seems to have the perfect philosophy for helping students make the transition from elementary school to high school by putting seventh graders into 'villages'. My child has the same group of core teachers as all the other students in his village. Also, the school has a daily television broadcast by the video production students. The other uses of technology at the school are phenomenal ie: class sets of laptops, video microscopes, every teacher has a website, and I can check my child's grades online! When my son was having trouble in Math, he was helped by the additional tutoring hours that the school offers before school, at lunch, and after school.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

901

Change from
2012 to 2013

-18

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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This school's
API score

901

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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

-18

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(2012)

10 / 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)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)
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Algebra I

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

34 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

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

696 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

659 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
74%
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.

304 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
49%
English Language Arts

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

734 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
81%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

30 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

774 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
83%

2010

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

716 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
89%
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 Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females79%
Males74%
African American69%
Asian85%
Filipino79%
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Not economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability58%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate85%
Parent education - declined to state70%

Math

All Students72%
Females72%
Males73%
African American54%
Asian79%
Filipino79%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability75%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state65%
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 Students94%
Females95%
Males93%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
Filipino83%
Hispanic or Latino95%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged96%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)88%
Parent education - college graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state100%

English Language Arts

All Students78%
Females82%
Males75%
African American82%
Asian84%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate60%
Parent education - high school graduate54%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state76%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students60%
Females61%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian70%
Filipino53%
Hispanic or Latino38%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Geometry

All Students100%
Femalesn/a
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students77%
Females77%
Males76%
African American73%
Asian89%
Filipino89%
Hispanic or Latino64%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability33%
Students with no reported disability82%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate53%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate84%
Parent education - declined to state77%

Science

All Students88%
Females87%
Males90%
African American82%
Asian89%
Filipino88%
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability77%
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)84%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state87%
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 62%
Hispanic 20%
Asian 7%
Two or more races 6%
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 5%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 1%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688
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