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Sam Brannan Middle School

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Posted December 22, 2011

The best school I'm going to and I've been to. The school is a place to open up your self and be with old friends but make a lot of new ones in your two years there.


Posted December 20, 2011

At Sam Brannan, everybody is so nice! The teachers are so understanding, and the staff is really helpful. Go wolfs!!!


Posted May 25, 2010

This school, is fun, they have a fantastic music program where they have the best music teacher around! They also have great academic programs with Pre-ap, GATE, and tons others. There are so many electives too! Anime, TA (only for 8th graders), music, band, orchestra, computers, etc. This shool has great spirit and diversity. I promise students will have great memories, of awesome teachers,and students. Drumline,publications too,and a library with so many types of books that comes with a extremely friendly librianan. The staff members are cool too.With a school like this you'd be a fool to not indulge in it using the resources they have to offer. GO SAM BRANNAN!!!!!!!!!!!


Posted March 17, 2010

well what can i say about sam brannan........well....is an awesome school...there really nice and all...am a student there....but...well....its..cool... i used to go to an other school and i haded an awesome time there but i was bully there so i move to sam brannan...its awesome ...but i dont have the same fun as i did in my other school...everybobys nice....but ..i dont know...i jst hope i was in my other school......but sam branna is a really good school...no commlets of that...
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 2, 2009

I graduated SBMS 06-07. My experience throughout my whole 2 years were amazing. I met a lot of people and they're very kind. Although I disliked the fact that students here fight and cause so much drama. I love the staff and teachers, they're very motivated to teach their students and make learning easier, enjoyable, entertaining and fun. I love the mascot, Sammy. The GATE program was enjoyable as well.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 9, 2009

I am a student at Sam Brannan Middle School... and it is almost impossible to put words to how I feel about the school. The leadership and wolfpack classes are amazing with not only helping the community, hospitals, and other schools. We students care about our school. And yes, I will admit that there are students that are lacking the essentials. But they continue to perservere because of the encouraging environment. The extracurricular activities are beyond amazing. For, Sam Brannan offers something for everyone. Whether it is a homework club or anime club. The sports are great aswell. I am a player on one of the sport teams and love the coaches and the support system for the players. Sam Brannan is amazing in every possible ways, and although there are challenges that our school is faced with, we are determined to work through them. Go to Sam Brannan!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 23, 2009

Sam Brannan Middle School is pretty rad. Most of the teachers are outstanding, understanding, and caring. They truly do want whats best for us and they send us off to high school well educated and prepared. There are lots of fun and educational projects and opourtunies to work with friends. Even the most difficult of projects are made fun by the amazing teachers. Each lesson is taught carefully and explained in great detail for maximum understanding. At lunch times on Fridays, music is played, and during sprirt weeks, we have spirit competions. Uber fun! If you want your kid to have a awesome middle school experience, and learn everything they need to know to do well in high school, and also learn mandatory life skills, this is the school for them. :]
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 3, 2008

I love Sam Brannan because I feel so comfortable around the students and staff members. They listen to what I say and they don't straight off accuse you of doing something wrong. For instance, Ms. Lindahl, a new teacher this school year, wants whats best for us. She discusses topics with us during classtime and lets us all state our opinion. -Kelly Dang
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 19, 2006

Morale is not good, leadership sorely lacking, chaos and disorganization greeted returning students this Fall.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 12, 2006

I'm happy to see that Brannan has recently recovered in most academic areas after going through radical changes in 2003. Their weakest link is their History department, which lost all their specialized teachers when the department was merged with the English department. Unlike the school's other standardized scores, the History scores continue to fall. Principal has a history of weighing in on the side of students and parents over the rights of teachers. Recent hires have focused on teachers with multi subject credentials instead of specialized credentials, creating a hybrid atmosphere between elementary school and middle school.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 23, 2005

The school is very well kept. The teachers encourage their students to suceed in their work. Also the activities in the school make school more fun for the students! I was a former student and the teachers there are very nice! I think that compared to other schools in Sacramento, Sam Brannan is the best.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 16, 2005

I personally think that this school was very benefical to the African American race. Sam Brannan made sure that they did everything in their ability to help stop on and off campus violence. Academically I felt like they pushed their students to succeed. They always seemed to want the best for their students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted March 21, 2005

this is an excellent, diverse school full of different and kind, exciting people. students receive an excellent, challenging, but not too strenuous curriculum and enjoy each and everyday of school.
—Submitted by an administrator


Posted December 31, 2004

Sam Brannan Middle school is a wonderful school. All of the staff is really supportive of all of the students, and they know everyones name which makes you feel really welcomed and comfortable.
—Submitted by a parent


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This school's
API score

794

Change from
2012 to 2013

+5

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 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 met its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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794

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Algebra I

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

53 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
90%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
88%
English Language Arts

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

277 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
57%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
58%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

225 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
50%

2011

 
 
37%

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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
81%
English Language Arts

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

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
53%

2012

 
 
59%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
54%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

178 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%

2012

 
 
31%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
40%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

20 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

296 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
33%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

251 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
43%
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 Students94%
Females94%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged92%
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate92%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)92%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students66%
Females71%
Males60%
African American53%
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)77%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability67%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate53%
Parent education - high school graduate72%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate65%
Parent education - declined to state75%

Math

All Students48%
Females50%
Males46%
African American31%
Asian67%
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)67%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged54%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only50%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented74%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate60%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate29%
Parent education - declined to state64%
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 Students63%
Females68%
Males54%
African American48%
Asian80%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino58%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged64%
Non-economically disadvantaged60%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability63%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented65%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate68%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state64%

English Language Arts

All Students53%
Females51%
Males55%
African American51%
Asian63%
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)63%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Non-economically disadvantaged62%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability53%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate61%
Parent education - declined to state58%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students26%
Females20%
Males32%
African American23%
Asian38%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino23%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)30%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantaged29%
Students with disability16%
Students with no reported disability30%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only27%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate24%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)21%
Parent education - college graduate28%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate14%
Parent education - declined to state29%

Geometry

All Students90%
Females82%
Malesn/a
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 disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability89%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented93%
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 Students34%
Females33%
Males36%
African American26%
Asian48%
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)36%
Economically disadvantaged31%
Non-economically disadvantaged39%
Students with disability11%
Students with no reported disability39%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only37%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented76%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate26%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)27%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate42%
Parent education - declined to state48%

Science

All Students62%
Females57%
Males69%
African American46%
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino60%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)74%
Economically disadvantaged57%
Non-economically disadvantaged72%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate68%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate81%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate61%
Parent education - declined to state54%
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 37%
Black 22%
Asian 20%
White 12%
Two or more races 5%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 75%N/AN/A
English language learners 12%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 20%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(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

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

School Leader's name
  • Al Rogers
Fax number
  • (916) 264-4481

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Assistant principal(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
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
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