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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted October 16, 2009

I am currently an 8th grader at CPMA middle school and i have to say this is a very great school. Our school has won awards for Choir, we have an excellent band who has also won awards, same with our orchestra. I could make this review 4 pages long telling you how many great programs we have. overall great school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted May 18, 2009

Cpma is one crazy jungle in there my kid was horrified going back to the second semester of school. Soon as possible we pulled him out the staff is nice and kind yet there students behavior is wild ! Save your kid!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 14, 2009

My son attended CPMA for 6th grade (he is now in 9th so things may have changed). We disliked it so much we pulled him out and sent him to SCPA (School of Creative and Performing Arts) which meet our needs much better. While my son personally didn't have any trouble with bullies he had stories about incidents almost every day when he came home. The kids were beyond wild and out of control. Not sure why its so bad but I've never seen such out of control behavior from students. Some of the teachers were wonderful though and we felt bad leaving them. The principal was absolutely horrible but she's left and I don't know anything about the new one. Hopefully much better for the students there now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 9, 2009

WOW what a dissapointment this school is .The only thing my child has learned at this school is how to defend herself,and by looking at past reviews this problem has been around awhile and not at just the new site . my child will not be attending this Creative piece of work next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 11, 2008

Pretty good school (academic but there's something I don't always agree with the school policy. They call you about every little thing. Let's say your kid picked on someone, they call you. Your kid got in trouble for talking to someone in class, they call you. Your kid just happened to be sitting next to a kid who picked on someone, they call you because they assume that your kid was involved (they don't let kids explain what really happened). BUT they don't call you when YOUR KID IS BEEN PICKED ON. It just doesn't make sense to me. In the beginning, I appreciated that they call the parents about everything but now I know that so many parents feel the same way I do, I just think that enough is enough. Kids do stuff, let the kids BE KIDS for god's sake.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2008

i am currently attending cpma, and i love it. We have currently moved to a new location and that has even been successful. i think that our last year at the cpma campus (07-08) was a very warming community, and wasnt a school. I also love our teachers, because our teachers were there from the start and spend their own hard earned money on events at school but its for things that dont have anything to do with their subject... but just to wrap it up... we are working our way up.... ps- i dont recommend you to send your child if he or she doesnt want to be there because we offer so many things that people wish they could have and that means if they dont take pride in their schooll... i think you get it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 29, 2008

Great school, great staff, and outstanding extracurricular activities. Not over crowded any more. Parents are more involved. My son has learned much more than at a regular middle school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 19, 2006

Wonderful school and staff. Needs a lot more parent involvement. Great availability of art and other extracurricular activities!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 17, 2006

Great school! Needs more parental involvement. Staff is caring and attends to the needs of the students. Principle is very accessable.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2005

Was over crowded and very disorganized last year 04/05. Campus was very rough, especailly for new students and 6th graders.
—Submitted by a parent


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

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API Statewide Rank
(2012)

5 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

3 / 10


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The state goal for API is 800. All schools that are below 800 are assigned an API improvement target each year.
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  • This school has not yet met the state goal of 800.

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785

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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.
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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.
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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.

255 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
61%

2010

 
 
64%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

254 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
42%

2010

 
 
42%
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.

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2011

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

301 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
63%

2010

 
 
60%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

299 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
41%
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.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
34%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
26%
English Language Arts

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

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
57%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
66%

2010

 
 
58%
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

 
 
4%

2012

 
 
8%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
17%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

315 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
52%

2012

 
 
48%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
46%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

284 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
72%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
66%

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

English Language Arts

All Students60%
Females63%
Males54%
African American47%
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino54%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)71%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability25%
Students with no reported disability63%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented82%
Parent education - not a high school graduate60%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state55%

Math

All Students45%
Females43%
Males49%
African American26%
Asian69%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino39%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)67%
Economically disadvantaged38%
Non-economically disadvantaged69%
Students with disability20%
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner3%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented71%
Parent education - not a high school graduate32%
Parent education - high school graduate28%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate46%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate71%
Parent education - declined to state23%
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 Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
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 disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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 Students62%
Females66%
Males49%
African American60%
Asian82%
Filipino57%
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged56%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability81%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented80%
Parent education - not a high school graduate51%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate75%
Parent education - declined to state25%

Math

All Students51%
Females54%
Males44%
African American38%
Asian82%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)65%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability37%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented73%
Parent education - not a high school graduate51%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate69%
Parent education - declined to state32%
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%
Females31%
Males31%
African American24%
Asian87%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)33%
Economically disadvantaged26%
Non-economically disadvantaged42%
Students with disability18%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only32%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented54%
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate37%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)24%
Parent education - college graduate36%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate36%
Parent education - declined to state30%

English Language Arts

All Students57%
Females64%
Males49%
African American51%
Asian75%
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)79%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability60%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented79%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate70%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate74%
Parent education - declined to state52%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students4%
Females3%
Males5%
African American0%
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino4%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)9%
Economically disadvantaged4%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability5%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only6%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate0%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)5%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Studentsn/a
Femalesn/a
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 disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disabilityn/a
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English onlyn/a
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 Students52%
Females52%
Males51%
African American56%
Asian72%
Filipino73%
Hispanic or Latino36%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability23%
Students with no reported disability59%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only56%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented78%
Parent education - not a high school graduate33%
Parent education - high school graduate42%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
Parent education - declined to state50%

Science

All Students72%
Females76%
Males67%
African American62%
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)91%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability58%
Students with no reported disability74%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate63%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate82%
Parent education - declined to state68%
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 48% 52%
White 19% 26%
Black 18% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 11%
Two or more races 4% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 17%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 4%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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