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University Heights Middle School

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Posted August 25, 2009

Amazing school and administration and the after school program is ideal. VP Shaw is a great motivator.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 27, 2007

This school has dedicated teachers and administration that is concerned with students success in life and in academics. They have a terrific after school program that assists in the overall academic goal of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 30, 2005

I feel that this school is one of the nicer schools in the district I don't like the fact that there are no buses that will pick up or drop off in my area - they have an after school activities program that is very beneficial to my childs situation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2003

The teachers and counselors are helpful. There is a new gymnasium.
—Submitted by a parent


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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

744

Change from
2012 to 2013

-27

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 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.

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

744

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

-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 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)

4 / 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)

9 / 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.
Algebra I

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
86%
English Language Arts

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

382 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
41%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

342 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
35%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
29%
English Language Arts

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

348 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
50%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

35 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
3%

2012

 
 
3%

2011

 
 
0%

2010

 
 
0%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
93%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

384 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

374 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
59%

2010

 
 
54%
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 Students93%
Females90%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged97%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only95%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate85%
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 Students47%
Females47%
Males46%
African American52%
Asiann/a
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)65%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students40%
Females42%
Males39%
African American30%
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)48%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged55%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate54%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 Students36%
Females36%
Males38%
African American34%
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 disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate35%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)37%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate57%
Parent education - declined to state64%

English Language Arts

All Students44%
Females46%
Males43%
African American47%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented83%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state46%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students3%
Females0%
Males4%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino4%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged3%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only4%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate6%
Parent education - high school graduate0%
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 Students88%
Females92%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino93%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged94%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability88%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
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 Students36%
Females33%
Males38%
African American38%
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)58%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability39%
English learner2%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented76%
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)35%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to state54%

Science

All Students51%
Females49%
Males53%
African American49%
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)69%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability56%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state69%
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 79%
Black 9%
White 8%
Asian 2%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
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 89%N/AN/A
English language learners 23%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 8%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • Coleman Kells
Fax number
  • (951) 328-2566

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Cafeteria
  • Gym
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • Drama
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