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Olympus Junior High School

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Posted May 27, 2014

I have been waiting a while to write this review, because I wanted to make sure I write a completely unbiased, honest one. Yes, overall, Olympus is a fantastic school. The principal and vice principal go above and beyond and are truly wonderful assets. Mostly all of the teachers are completely dedicated, caring, and do their jobs well. That being said, there are two issues at this school that continue to stick out to me. The homework load is...huge. My child's math and science classes are fine, but the core class has been absolutely over the top. I understand these students need to be prepared for high school, and boy will they be after going through Olympus, but I do believe at some point it starts taking away from the learning environment and causes burnout. The second is the bullying. There is plenty of it at this school, particularly in the PE program and during break and lunch. Yes, the administrators will step in if they notice it. Yes, they take it seriously. But then it just happens again, and again. I realize this is junior high, but if the same kid(s) keep bullying/picking on others over and over, obviously how they are being dealt with is not effective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2014

I love Olympus Jr. High! It's best one of our best school experiences in the district - great leadership & young/enthusiastic teachers! My one (and very BIG) complaint is the rude/unhelpful front office staff. There are 2 middle age women who do not smile, do not offer to help and have actually refused to assist me when I needed help (finding a teacher after school, leaving a message for my student, etc) They are the only downside to this school, but it's a big downside! I hope the great principals there are able to make some changes in the coming years. I do NOT look forward to dealing with these "ladies" as the rest of my children go through the school :(
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2012

Our 7th grader is loving her experience. I really appreciate the leadership and they really set the tone for excellence. Our kid struggles with the huge amount of homework but has a renewed effort in the 2nd trimester. The music department is top notch.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2011

Olympus is an outstanding Junior High-school with a very good reputation. Excellent principal, involved and proactive, and the teachers are very high-caliber especially in Math, Science, and English. A little too much homework most nights of the week, maybe! In the end, excellent preparation for high-school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2011

Great preparation for high school and teachers seem to work well together. Only complaint would be excessive homework assignments. Be prepared for 3-4 hrs of hw most nights. Paticipation in extra curric is difficult with this much homework and high achieving student.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2010

My son came to OJHS last year from out of state and having spent the previous 3 years in a private school. Our expectations were exceeded by far! He has gone from a struggling, C/D student to a A/B student who loves school and participates in band and sports! His ADHD has been dealt with in a kind, professional manner. The school uses REFOCUS techniques to deal with disruptive behavior, which keeps all teacher/student interaction on a very positive footing. I cannot say enough good things about our experience here!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

The music organization is very well built and promotes anyone interested, as well as supports members who are serious about it to reach greater heights. The director is very succseeful and cares about every student she has. Everyone learns a well rounded curriculum of music with her teaching and benefits in independence, responsibility, and respectfulness with her as well.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 17, 2008

School is well organized and with a good team of teachers that like what they do. Only problem is the schedule starting too early in the morning, giving the students a form of anxiety because principal and staff are extremely strict, giving detention time even on a one minute late entry.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 29, 2007

I love being a student at OJHS because you always feel very safe and comfortable & most of the teachers are awesome!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 11, 2006

My son attends ojhs and the teachers are the best around. I have never met a more caring and strong group of teachers and office staff in a school system before. My hat is off to everyone involved in providing our children with such a wonderful safe learning environment. The principal and vice principal are both very helpful and accessible. One of the best schools in the system.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 10, 2005

We loved this school. Had a great expeience here. Homeroom teacher was excellent, Hamasaki. Digital Art was great. Principal wass very responsive to students and parents needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2005

My daughter attends OJHS and we have found that the teachers at the school to be very high quality. They are also fairly flexible regarding students with special needs. The principal and vice principal are very approachable and it is never a problem to schedule a meeting. Overall we have been very pleased with Olympus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 3, 2004

My child will graduate this year from Olympus. Prior to attending OJH she only attended private schools. The level of academics are far higher than the private schools. There is total teacher/parent involvement from electives to core. Wow, I only wish I was prepared like this for high school!
—Submitted by a parent


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935

Change from
2012 to 2013

-16

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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10 / 10

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Algebra I

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

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
94%
English Language Arts

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

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
83%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
85%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
60%
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.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
66%
English Language Arts

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

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
87%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
85%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
76%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
51%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
88%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

289 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

285 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
88%

2010

 
 
87%
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 Students98%
Females96%
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 disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only98%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students83%
Females88%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino71%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability57%
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students72%
Females73%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
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)48%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
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 Students88%
Females86%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
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 graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students87%
Females86%
Males88%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino76%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate77%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students73%
Females69%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged50%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
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)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 Students78%
Females77%
Males80%
African Americann/a
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability29%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students90%
Females87%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino81%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged78%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability91%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
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

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school
White 68%
Asian 12%
Hispanic 9%
Two or more races 8%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Black 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 10%N/AN/A
English language learners 2%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

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