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Alvarado Intermediate School

Public | 7-8 | 903 students

 

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Posted April 8, 2013

The school just got renovated and the learning environment is very nice. There are many opportunities because of the variety of electives. Overall, this school doesn't have many problems and i encourage all kids to have a chance to learn there.


Posted September 19, 2012

I cannot see why students should be upset about the dress code. The dress code keeps everybody wearing appropriate clothing and nothing that shows too much skin. The teachers are great. There is also free after school tutoring for students that need help. After school tutoring is also good for the honors students because they help the students that are in tutoring. The traffic has also gotten a lot better. Fights are rare and are broken up quickly and the students do have consequences. The catwalk is convenient for the students who walk and is monitored by the staff to prevent trouble. Overall, it's a great school.


Posted April 19, 2011

Not crazy about the principal. The traffic to get there is horrible, too. I agree to following from a previous review: "The principal NEVER avails herself to the parents, is difficult to understand in voice messages home, and there is absolutely NO opportunity for parental involvement, unless you are of the majority demograoh(s) of the school." and "The district is aware of these problems at this school and has failed to address them. " When will they get rid of this principal?!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 30, 2011

This is THE worst school that my children have attended. The administration is almost never available, the traffic situation is horrendous EVERY day of the week, the students are NOT well-disciplined like some other reviewers have claimed. In fact, there are MANY fights that occur in the immediate area surrounding the school between students of different races and those that come from the local high school and continuation school to loiter around. The "thoroughfare" walkway near the school is littered with gang graffiti, the school in in an area that is ripe for all sorts of crimes to be committed. The principal NEVER avails herself to the parents, is difficult to understand in voice messages home, and there is absolutely NO opportunity for parental involvement, unless you are of the majority demograoh(s) of the school. The uniform policy is antiquated, at best, and should be updated to reflect the current way that certain "groups" of students dress. The other middle schools in the district aren't any better, in fact they are worse, just as the high school that those others feed into. The district is aware of these problems at this school and has failed to address them.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2009

Four stars for the school and the wonderful kids. It would have been 5 but the principal (even though she has the kids well disciplined) needs to really interact with parents more. My son has become a very happy student here at Alvarado compared to all of his years in elementary!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 30, 2009

Okay, I am a student at this school now and I like it except for a few minor things. First of all, the dress code is horribly strict. Also, it is dirty and the outside of the school doesn't look very inviting. However, the school's teachers are very helpful and nice and the students there are mostly friendly. If you are a parent reading this review, then I suggest you send your child to Alvarado. If you are a student and you are reading this, then you're cool.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2009

I'm a current student in Alvarado. And I personally think the school is great!During my first day the kids were really helpful and sweet. And the teachers are always there for you, so if you're having trouble keeping up they'll make sure of it you'll understand clearly. The only negative thing I have to say is that the Dress code is kind of a little too strict. But it still doesn't get in the way of how much I love it. :) So if you're a student/parent reading this and wondering where to put your daughter/son go to alvarado! wooo! LOL.
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 4, 2009

Very strict, bad mascot, not much choices of electives, and strict uniform type code.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 18, 2009

This is the best school I have ever heard of! My child has gone from all C's to all A's! Also my child is happy and loveing that amazing school with her kind and smart friends!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 1, 2008

The principal needs to interact more with parents and students. We like the after school tutoring and I have that the teachers really care about the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 24, 2008

This school will tell you that they are doing everything to help your child but they are not. What in the hell happened to NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND. My child needs addition help and is not getting it even though the school said they would help.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 16, 2008

i love this school my daughters grades have been improving ever since we moved her plus they have free after skool tutoring
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 31, 2008

Alvarado is one of the amazing schools in the county in my opinion. Lots of activities available after school hours. I also love the fact that they call your home daily in the evening and give us updates and reminders. Thumbs up!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2008

i really am not a great fan of the dress codes. otherwise the school is good
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 18, 2008

I agree with the parents about the dress code and how the school is pretty old. The schools inside should not show bricks like it is in the outside. The dress code is very strict for I don't have a lot of choices on my clothes. It also makes my parents frustrated because we have to buy new clothes even though even though we don'tlike it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 31, 2006

Traffic is a problem getting into this school. The dress code is too strict and I think they should consider uniforms. Many students-especially boys-if part of their shirt is tucked out get called on. Dress code confusing and frustrating. Academically, this school does well...has many honors classes and elective classes. A summer Earth science class that the students can take before high school is a nice plus. The school is old and needs a face lift. However, the current principal is effective and highly motivated.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 27, 2005

Academic programs seem to be adequate but not top-notch. Class size is fairly large, over 35 in most cases. There are a wide variety of music and sports programs available. This school encourages parent involvement as much as possible.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 15, 2004

This school is a great school for education, but for the moral teachings, it does poorly. There are many fights, and the dress code is not the best thing. My child has had trouble with the dress code and was given a referal the first time she did something wrong in the way she dressed. I think they should just give us a uniform and save us the trouble of having to go through the strict dress code.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2004

This school is very well in the academic area. They have many special programs for kids who are at a higher level academically and slower pace classes for those who are a little slower, which is good. However, they are very strict on their dress code, making it a tough in the morning for my child to pick out what to wear. My child has to take out her booklet and read up on what she can or can't wear. She is very creative and cannot show her creativity at school. Thus, leading her to frustration. In my opinion, Alvarado should get a uniform. Overall, academically, this school does very well, but as far as dress code and standards of clothes, this school does not do so well.
—Submitted by a parent


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897

Change from
2012 to 2013

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 10


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Algebra I

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

100 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
86%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
71%
English Language Arts

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

400 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

300 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
51%
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.

155 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
54%
English Language Arts

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

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
69%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

137 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
16%

2011

 
 
16%

2010

 
 
15%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

79 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
87%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

439 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
81%

2010

 
 
70%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

417 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
83%
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 Students99%
Females100%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian99%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only99%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate100%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)95%
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students69%
Females73%
Males65%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipino90%
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only80%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students67%
Females63%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability66%
English learner37%
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate63%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate89%
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 Students89%
Females88%
Males90%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learner100%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate89%
Parent education - high school graduate86%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)90%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students76%
Females79%
Males73%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipino90%
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged70%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate51%
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)76%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state64%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students30%
Females28%
Males32%
African Americann/a
Asian59%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino21%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged21%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability33%
English learner23%
Fluent-English proficient and English only33%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)29%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students85%
Females84%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian89%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability85%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate93%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students77%
Females74%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipino97%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)83%
Economically disadvantaged69%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability41%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate49%
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state58%

Science

All Students84%
Females83%
Males85%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipino97%
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner47%
Fluent-English proficient and English only88%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate67%
Parent education - high school graduate82%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state82%
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 44%
Asian 43%
White 5%
Two or more races 1%
Black 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 61%N/AN/A
English language learners 15%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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