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Rio Tierra Junior High School

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Posted June 5, 2010

I believe Rio Tierra supplies both academic and social growth for students. There are many programs that promote the social development that is needed for students to successed at the high school level. The academic programs at Rio Tierra are very structured and rigor. The placement of students by the counseling dept and adminstration is second to none! Great job Rio Tierra as being a positive aspect to the North Sacramento/Natomas area.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

I am a new teacher at Rio Tierra, but I have been in teaching for 20 years. I believe the staff on this campus is very dedicated to the success of all students. Jr. Highs in our area have a lot of disruptions; however the principal, Paul Orlando works hard to maintain an orderly campus. The students have a positive attitude and work hard to learn the curriculum.
—Submitted by a teacher


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The API reflects year-over-year schools performance based on STAR test score results from spring 2013.

This school's
API score

707

Change from
2012 to 2013

-19

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 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

707

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

-19

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 2011 and Spring 2012. 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)

2 / 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)

4 / 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.
English Language Arts

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

98 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
n/a
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
n/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.

Source: California Department of Education

Algebra I

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

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

185 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
37%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

159 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
38%

2011

 
 
34%

2010

 
 
35%
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.

131 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
16%

2012

 
 
23%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
20%
English Language Arts

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

210 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
39%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
40%

2010

 
 
30%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

76 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
9%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
13%

2010

 
 
10%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
55%

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

229 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
29%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
18%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
32%
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

English Language Arts

All Students49%
Females49%
Males49%
African American46%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged50%
Non-economically disadvantaged44%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students48%
Females44%
Males51%
African American50%
Asian36%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability48%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented77%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)40%
Parent education - college graduate61%
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 Students29%
Females33%
Males25%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino6%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged22%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability26%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only30%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented28%
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 Students31%
Females34%
Males29%
African American24%
Asian46%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino28%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)44%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Non-economically disadvantaged31%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented71%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)28%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students18%
Females13%
Males22%
African American10%
Asian33%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino15%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)36%
Economically disadvantaged20%
Non-economically disadvantaged8%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability18%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only20%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented53%
Parent education - not a high school graduate10%
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)15%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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 Students16%
Females14%
Males18%
African American19%
Asian6%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino16%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged15%
Non-economically disadvantaged18%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability17%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only17%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented18%
Parent education - not a high school graduate9%
Parent education - high school graduate21%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)16%
Parent education - college graduate7%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students39%
Females33%
Males45%
African American26%
Asian45%
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)65%
Economically disadvantaged33%
Non-economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability39%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented63%
Parent education - not a high school graduate21%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate52%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate53%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students9%
Females6%
Males12%
African American6%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino5%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged6%
Non-economically disadvantaged23%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability10%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only13%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate4%
Parent education - high school graduate13%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)6%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students55%
Females55%
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability55%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented56%
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 Students29%
Females22%
Males35%
African American17%
Asian39%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino24%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)61%
Economically disadvantaged23%
Non-economically disadvantaged49%
Students with disability10%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only36%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented59%
Parent education - not a high school graduate14%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate48%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate33%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students48%
Females39%
Males57%
African American39%
Asian55%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented74%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)57%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate73%
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 State average
Hispanic 58% 52%
Black 15% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 11%
White 9% 26%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 46%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Librarian/media specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
School psychologist
Speech and language therapist(s)
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Special education / special needs

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

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Music teacher(s)
Music
  • Band

Language learning

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

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • School psychologist
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School basics

Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Paul Orlando
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
Fax number
  • (916) 263-6971

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • School psychologist
  • Speech and language therapist(s)
Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Cafeteria
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Soccer

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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