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Posted September 7, 2013

This school is great. It continues to get better every year. Our test scores rise, our kids go on to better high schools. The staff is ahead of the curve on every initiative that puts the kids learning first. Excellent Principal!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2012

My son attended Cal for 2 years. Not a good school overall. there are some very good teachers and some very incompetent teachers. Many students feel as though they can do whatever they want without consequences. There is little in the way of discipline - there were plenty of stories floating around about drug and alcohol abuse by the students. On the surface the school seems great, and there are some redeeming qualities, but a closer analysis shows the bad far outweighs the good. The API is not high and, while this is not the entire story, keep in mind that the test is a way to show the percent of students meeting or exceeding expectations on a very basic skills test. Cal does not perform well on this basic test. Before you send your son or daughter to this school, examine all options carefully.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 21, 2012

this is a very good school the teachers and staff are very helpful the school is very clean all my kids have attended this school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 2, 2010

I'm a student at Cal, and though many people seem to love it, I don't. I can't say that we move at the same pace as Sutter, and I often feel like they'll be more prepared for HISP. The history teachers are sub-par at best, and science isn't Cal's best department. The language arts teachers are better than science, but I don't always feel like we learn as much as Sutter. The math department, however, is quite excellent. I went into middle school hating math, but now, as an eight grader, Algebra B is my favorite class. When I visited Cal as a sixth grader, the VP seemed to know everyone's name, but I learned that they only know the names of the students who don't behave well and have to spend time in the office. I feel like the administration has a sort of hostility towards the students that I do not appreciate. Overall, I wouldn't describe Cal as a great school, it's an okay one, at best. It's music program is weak, but the speech and debate team is fabulous, for the most part. The PE at Cal is also a great class, and everyone likes all the teachers, for the most part. However, I really don't feel like Cal has that much to offer.


Posted November 14, 2010

Both my children attended Cal and it was not only an easy decision to send them there but it was the best decision. They made new friends when their old friends chose Sutter, and they were prepared for the riggors that CKM's HISP program has been dishing out. I was never concernd for their safety and the small, tight-knit campus environment ensures that everyone (parents and students) know that they belong, that they are important, and that they contribute an overall fantastic school community. The principal, VP, staff, teachers and the PTSA are all amazing and 100% committed to your children. With open enrollment, everyone has choices and needs to make the right choice based on your student. Visit Cal and check it out for yourself.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 15, 2009

as student at california middle school i believe cal represents the best in public school because we are able to have fun and work hard at the same time. Mr.davvis is my world history teacher and he makes it easy for each student to learn at the same pase, Mrs.Franzella is a Lang. Arts teacher there and she is the same way, ahe also connects with each student so he/she can't understand something she will explain it in a way he/she can understand and last but not least Mr.Apodaca he is not my teacher but he is a very cool person and he knows just about every simgle person there and will help them in any situation. California Middle School is the BEST school i have went to and i wish i could stay there forever no other school is like Cal. I thank you for taking your time reading this.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 30, 2008

I'm an alumni of Cal Middle, and I absolutely loved this school. Mr. Dell, the 8th grade algebra teacher is the best teacher I've ever had. Mr Holt both coaches Speech and Debate, and directs a Shakespeare play every year. I think I recieved more from my two years at Cal than my 7 years in elementary school in both academics and friendships.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 26, 2008

California Middle School represents the best in public school education, serving students from all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds. Located in one of Sacramento's most desirable neighborhoods, Cal boasts a beautiful tree-lined campus with an 'old University' feel. Within its walls brews some of the most enriching social and academic interactions imaginable. Cal provides rigorous academics for all students, from those needing special education to high-achieving university-bound students. Cal provides a small, nurturing environment during the challenging adolescent years. Cal promotes the open-mindedness that is only possible when students of different backgrounds come together under one roof. Academic achievements in 2007-8 are numerous; yet, as long as Cal serves all neighborhood students, it may not look great on paper. Parents able to look beyond the API scores and accept diversity as an opportunity will recognize that Cal is a gem. Keep an open mind. Come to Cal. Your child will thrive here.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2008

This has been an excellent middle school for our family. My son has been a part of the Gate Program at Cal and has excelled academically, socially and athletically. Mrs. Elizabeth Vigil, the principal, has made a concerted effort to reach out to the neighborhood children and encourage parents to send their kids to Cal. I believe her efforts - and those of her key staff and faculty - made a world of difference. My son recently competed in the National Competition for Speech and Debate. Our school came in first place in the nation. That is incredible! Mr. Michael Holt, Gate Language Arts teacher, has been an absolutely outstanding speech and debate and drama teacher. Actually, an outstanding teacher in every area that he touches. There have been a number of outstanding teachers and a handful that were only so-so. All in all, we are extremely pleased to have chosen Cal.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 26, 2008

This school is the best school I have ever been to! I wish I could stay there forever! I'm so proud I went to Cal!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 25, 2007

My child is in the 8th grade at Cal and it has been a very good experience. The teacher and staff really care about the kids and the amount of problems have been very small.
—Submitted by a parent


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.

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

This school's
API score

832

Change from
2012 to 2013

+8

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

6 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 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 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

832

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

+8

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 2012 and Spring 2013. 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)

6 / 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)

8 / 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.

17 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
English Language Arts

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

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
61%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

305 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
59%
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.

92 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
91%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
90%
English Language Arts

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

321 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
59%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
45%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

238 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
34%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

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.

341 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
49%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
42%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

319 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
60%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
50%
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%
Femalesn/a
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)n/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students61%
Females63%
Males59%
African American45%
Asian64%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability61%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only66%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate58%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)71%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate66%
Parent education - declined to state63%

Math

All Students68%
Females67%
Males68%
African American55%
Asian71%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)87%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner29%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate66%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)75%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate68%
Parent education - declined to state74%
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 Students99%
Females100%
Males98%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)97%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Not economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only99%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate100%
Parent education - high school graduate100%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)100%
Parent education - college graduate94%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students59%
Females65%
Males52%
African American41%
Asian66%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Not economically disadvantaged75%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate57%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to state69%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students54%
Females53%
Males53%
African American42%
Asian62%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino53%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged57%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability58%
English learner22%
Fluent-English proficient and English only58%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate62%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate45%
Parent education - declined to state41%

Geometry

All Students92%
Females91%
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
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students49%
Females51%
Males47%
African American33%
Asian62%
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)73%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged67%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability51%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented89%
Parent education - not a high school graduate47%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)53%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate51%
Parent education - declined to state52%

Science

All Students64%
Females67%
Males60%
African American44%
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino49%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate59%
Parent education - high school graduate55%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate64%
Parent education - declined to state63%
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%
White 27%
Black 15%
Asian 12%
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 67%N/AN/A
English language learners 11%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 7%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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School Leader's name
  • Elizabeth Vigil
Fax number
  • (916) 264-4477

Resources

Extra learning resources offered
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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