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Natomas Middle School

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Posted December 2, 2004

My daughter attended natomas middle school as a 6th grader and had a horrible experience. She was picked on repeatedly because of her race. Many of the students showed complete disregard for the rules. They would yell profanity in the classroom and even lock the teacher out of the room. I believe this school is an unsafe place to send your children. The violent, rude and disrespectful behavior continued with little or no punishment the entire time my daughter attended this school. The students who acted up were sent to the timeout room, what a joke! maybe harsher punishment might stop the behavior and make the school safe for the kids that are there to learn! seek other options for you children! My daughter is now at a Natomas charter where the administration takes punishment seriously! Maybe the administators at Natomas Middle could take some lessons! Suspension and expolsion works!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 30, 2004

natomas middle school to me is not the best place to send your child. this school would be a ok school but parents would have to be strict and stay on top of there kids education if want kids to go here. meaning talk to them find out what they learned and try to your best effort to keep them ahead of the classes they take.this school does not do a good job of teaching students what they need to be taught so what i did was enroll my child there for one year 6th grade made sure his math and reading skills was best and 7th grade put him in natomas charter school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 11, 2004

Natomas Middle School is unorganized and a disappointment to the district. There is very little discipline, and few qualified teachers teaching at the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 17, 2004

This new school sure does need attention. The desire is there to be a good quality school, especially since it is so very new. The staff, by far, sure does need to be re-evaluated/re-directed. For the most part, most of my daughters teachers (for 2 years) are not accountable for their own actions. They are not responsible either for the duties of being a teacher. My complaints can go on and on. Let's just hope for the future, this gets serious attention and restructured. Get rid of some of staff and take the parents concerns seriously! Return a call or an email! Make the teachers be accountable for their job, for that is what our tax dollars are paying them for! Funny how more teachers are the ones stating that they just can't seem to find the homework that the student turned in! But the student gets the F!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2004

This is the worst school I have ever dealt with. The principal refuses to answer or return phone calls and the curriculum is based on the lowest common denominator. We are very unhappy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 24, 2003

My son is in his second year at this school with positive feedback for the most part. Every family's experiences are different and must be considered when looking at comments. My son is a B student, no problems with students and the staff have handled any concerns I may have had promptly. The district budget constraints, not the school is to blame for any short comings the schools in our district experience.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 8, 2003

I moved into the nice neighborhood of Westlake with the intention of sending my kids to quality schools. Instead I am faced with some of the worst schools in the Sacramento region. Very disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 6, 2003

This school needs all new staff and training. the front desk and over school is a mess. Students appear to be stressed and depressed. This unprofessional, unorganized school can be damaging to a growing Teenager. Everytime I've gone to the school I overhear an angry parent, or see 3-6 sad or sick students hanging around the front desk.The locker rooms have no showers, or drinking water. It's dark and dangerous and could cause injury and needs to be closed until they finsh. My calls and numerous emails go unanswered. I believe more than 95% of students will have disastrous experience here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 6, 2003

I do admire the teachers and administration that serve this school, it is very uncomforting and unfortunate to see lack of responsibillity and leadership from the principal. While I do believe the intentions are well intended, the political 'schmoozing' within NUSD has highly affected the talent and effectiveness of its leaders. Words of wisdom, seek a quality education and rewards will be a plenty.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 3, 2003

Teachers do not show up for school on time and are not organized. I'm very sorry I sent my child to this school, I am looking at other choices. There must be a reason that three of my child's teachers have left and the first trimester is not even over yet. Not surprised that principal did nothing, he has yet to do anything that I have found to improve this school. I should have known we would have problems when they couldn't even get the schedules out before the first day of school, and now the website is gone and you can't email or get messages to the teachers.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 29, 2003

My child has had nothing but a disastrous experience at this under-achieving school. When another student began verbally and physically abusing him, I appealed to the principal, who basically did nothing about it. The teachers and administration are ignorant and disorganized. Your child's safety and education is at risk if you enroll them here. Whoever wrote the August 2003 review obviously has little or no standards for their child! Thug school! Beware!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2003

This school shows little or no discipline over the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2003

My child attended N.M.S. last year and had a horrible experience! She witnessed violence on the school bus that went virtually unpunished. The students still rode the bus, what about zero tolerance? She witnessed students yelling profanity at the staff with only 'time out' as punishment. She was bullied and ridiculed by other students because of her race. The staff did not punish these students and the problem lasted the entire school year. My child thankfully does not attend this school any longer. I would advise other parents to seek other options for their children.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2003

My daughter will be starting her 3rd year at Natomas Middle School, next week. I have had nothing but positive remarks for this school,its teachers and principal. The school is run on a very positive note. The teachers are very informative regarding my daughter. I feel that treating all kids equal and making them feel good about themselves is a high priority for this school. A+
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

725

Change from
2012 to 2013

-18

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

3 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 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.

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This school's
API score

725

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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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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)

5 / 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.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
84%
English Language Arts

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

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
47%

2010

 
 
47%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

291 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
31%
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.

232 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
62%

2010

 
 
51%
English Language Arts

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

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
46%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

145 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
5%

2012

 
 
7%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
21%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

52 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
78%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
38%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

401 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
38%
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 Students68%
Femalesn/a
Males71%
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 disadvantaged67%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
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 Students43%
Females46%
Males40%
African American28%
Asian53%
Filipino67%
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)58%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner15%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate36%
Parent education - declined to state55%

Math

All Students28%
Females25%
Males29%
African American11%
Asian43%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)48%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Not economically disadvantaged37%
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability30%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only31%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate13%
Parent education - high school graduate24%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)24%
Parent education - college graduate44%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate40%
Parent education - declined to state30%
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 Students31%
Females33%
Males29%
African American24%
Asian46%
Filipino59%
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)36%
Economically disadvantaged29%
Not economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only32%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduate52%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state26%

English Language Arts

All Students49%
Females58%
Males42%
African American45%
Asian59%
Filipino70%
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander42%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)55%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state48%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students5%
Females8%
Males3%
African American4%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino0%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)10%
Economically disadvantaged6%
Not economically disadvantaged4%
Students with disability2%
Students with no reported disability6%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only6%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate6%
Parent education - high school graduate2%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)9%
Parent education - college graduate6%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students68%
Females67%
Males68%
African American62%
Asian91%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability67%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented54%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students43%
Females45%
Males42%
African American33%
Asian51%
Filipino78%
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander42%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)49%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged47%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate56%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to state47%

Science

All Students49%
Females53%
Males45%
African American42%
Asian52%
Filipino78%
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islander42%
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged47%
Not economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to state47%
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 33%
Black 28%
Asian 10%
White 9%
Two or more races 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 62%N/AN/A
English language learners 17%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

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
Nurse(s)
PE instructor(s)
School social worker/counselors(s)
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish
Staff resources available to students
  • Speech and language therapist(s)

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Carla Najera
Fax number
  • (916) 567-5549

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • School social worker/counselors(s)
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Soccer
  • Wrestling
Girls sports
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Design
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
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School culture

Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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3200 North Park Drive
Sacramento, CA 95835
Phone: (916) 567-5540

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