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Posted August 27, 2011

I am so pleased with Washington Middle School. The Staff is what makes the school. My daughter started very close to the end of year, but the whole school INCLUDING students made her feel so comfortable she fit right in. The teachers are all very interested in the students well being from personal to academics. My daughter loves this middle school. I also like the dress code. I also notice even though its a high student volume THE STAFF has an excellent hold of keeping students flowing and getting them to class. I VERY PLEASED with this school. One other thing its the parent involvement that helps this school run well. Washington Middle School is a great school for your middle school aged student to get started for High School.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 11, 2010

This is my daughter's first year here and LOVES it! The teachers and staff have been very involved in supporting the kids to do their best. They are very proacitve in recognizing when the kids make good decisions and rewarding that. Just a note home means a lot to them. The teachers are very respectful, except for a couple that work together. One has been there over 25 years and... well, it's time to retire! They all have email addresses that parents can use to contact them. Some even offered their home and cell #'s. One of their math teachers is there everyday after school until 5pm, just to help anyone who needs it. The dances are like parties for all. You do not need to go as a couple. There is rock climbing, music, games, jump house obstical courses & food. Real fun! They're sports program is awesome too. A++
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 9, 2010

I am a teacher at this school. Our scores are rising, we have dedicated and passionate leadership, committed and knowledgeable faculty, a hard working staff, and a supportive parents network. WMS = We Mean Success
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 5, 2010

Washington Middel School is the best middel school in all of Salinas , but not there dress code black and white was so 2000 now it should be colors.Kids should wear what ever they want!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 15, 2009

I rate this school below average due to the administrations lack of student support. The adminstrators, the Principal and Vice Principal, are more concerned with disciplining these students than making sure these teachers are doing everything they possibly can to help students pass the Standardized Test that are taken yearly. WMS has fallen below standards for the past four years. There are great teachers at this school I will say that; but there are others that are obviously only there for a paycheck and the power trip. .
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2009

OK, so you've probably heard some WMS horror stories,right? Well as a currant 8th grader at WMS, I'm here to straighten that all out! The first concern may be how they handle students who are struggling that was addressed in the Oct. post. Weekly progress reports are (to my knowledge) non-existant. Maybe you get those if your child is really struggling(same with scheduled conferences)? But I know that some teachers like the 7th grade social studies teacher Dr. Geary does that.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 17, 2006

I have had one child in this school and attempted to work with the school to help my child through this difficult transition to middle school. However, after 1.5 years my wife and I decided to pull him out of this school and home school him. This was a last resort after numerous attempts to meet with teachers and having only 50% of them show up for scheduled conferences. It would have helped a lot to have the teachers at least have email contact but even this was not available. The only thing that was suggested to us was weekly progress reports that let us know how our student did for the week and this didn't work at all. I am very pro public school but this experience could not have been worse.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

I wish I had not sent my children to this school. WMS did not have a good handle on inter-student meanness. My children were in GATE. Too many of the GATE teachers appeared to think that gifted students needed to be punished by extra, meaningless work. When you compare WMS to the other middle schools in the district on free and reduced lunch and test scores, it is clear that the other staffs work harder.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 11, 2006

The quality of the academic programs at wahington middle school is very good. There are classes offered in music, art, and woodshop that can be 'chosen' by the students and their parents as an elective class. Try outs are done for those students interested in being chosen as one of the team members for various sports. I am a little disappointed in the p.E. Classes. There doesn't seem to be regular, ongoing daily exercises or sports. They are sort of 'hit and miss'. Another concern of mine is the time it takes for each student to get his/her lunch. There must be a quicker way for each student to get their lunch. The way it is now, they have almost no time to eat it. Being an involved parent, myself, I have seen very few parents attend vaious workshops that have been offered by the school. Overall, it's a great school.
—Submitted by a parent


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765

Change from
2012 to 2013

-10

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

4 / 10


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Algebra I

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

41 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
81%
English Language Arts

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

510 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
51%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
40%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

475 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
37%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
35%

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.

290 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
30%
English Language Arts

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

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
45%

2010

 
 
49%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

133 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
13%

2012

 
 
12%

2011

 
 
18%

2010

 
 
12%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

54 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
68%

2010

 
 
59%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

471 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
43%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

462 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
69%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
64%
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 Students90%
Females84%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)82%
Economically disadvantaged88%
Not economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented90%
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 state88%

English Language Arts

All Students47%
Females49%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino77%
Hispanic or Latino43%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)56%
Economically disadvantaged42%
Not economically disadvantaged61%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant education32%
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate62%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate62%
Parent education - declined to state41%

Math

All Students37%
Females38%
Males37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)32%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged45%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability40%
English learner9%
Fluent-English proficient and English only47%
Migrant education29%
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate54%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state27%
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 Students36%
Females37%
Males37%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)59%
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner11%
Fluent-English proficient and English only41%
Migrant education24%
Gifted and talented58%
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state38%

English Language Arts

All Students50%
Females60%
Males42%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)70%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Not economically disadvantaged70%
Students with disability22%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only62%
Migrant education25%
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to state47%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students13%
Females18%
Males11%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino9%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)42%
Economically disadvantaged8%
Not economically disadvantaged30%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability14%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only22%
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)17%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state12%

Geometry

All Students74%
Females73%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Not economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability74%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
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 Students40%
Females41%
Males39%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino34%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)63%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged58%
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability42%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only49%
Migrant education25%
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate24%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate66%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate65%
Parent education - declined to state32%

Science

All Students72%
Females76%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipino100%
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learner26%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant education46%
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate65%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)90%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state67%
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 82%
White 12%
Asian 2%
Black 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0%
Two or more races 0%
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 23%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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  • Robert Cannon
Fax number
  • (831) 796-7105

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