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Challenger Middle School

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
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Posted December 30, 2005

We had hoped things would improve with new leadership, but it seems litle has changed, and our children are left out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 14, 2005

I think this school is cool
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 17, 2005

I am not sure about the experiences of others, but this is not a satisfactory placement for disabled children. Challenger staff have little time, training or inclination when it comes to disabled children, and we ended up with very serious problems when all was said and done
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 27, 2005

I am on the PTSA at Challenger, have been here for 4 years now, the best thing about Challenger is the teachers. They are absolutely awesome! They have a great seminar program. The only thing the school is lacking in is extracurricular activities, they have little to none.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 5, 2005

Our experience with Challenger was very bad. Bullying issues were not addressed, and they lack any meaningful programs for disabled children. I could tell some of the teachers tried, but were overshadowed by poor leadership. We certainly did not feel our son was safe in school at any time.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 31, 2005

Both my children went to Challenger and it is a wonderful school. I never had a problem wiht any teacher, classowrk, or administration. Everyone was always extremely helpful. There is a homework helpline and website withc the daily assignments. All the teachers are very accesible and cooperative. The school is so clean it looks new. I highly recommend this school. It has an outstanding gifted program and even the mainstream classes are providing a good educational challenge. They are strict on the dress ocde and violence is not tolerated. The only downfall is there are no sports teams but plenty of tutorials. Thank you
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 28, 2005

Good for all students and teachers.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 18, 2005

The academic rigor at Challenger is great. The school is founded on a solid community atmosphere and the teachers really care about the students.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted August 17, 2005

I am an 8th grade science teacher at Challenger. Compared with other schools with similar demographics, Challenger is at the top.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted August 9, 2005

Great school, fine teachers, needs to add art to accomodate student interest.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted June 24, 2005

Outstanding Staff, sensitive counseling department, high academics, Safe environment for students
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2005

This is a wonderful school.
—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

904

Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

9 / 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.

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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 met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

904

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

-4

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)

9 / 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)

9 / 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.

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
73%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

317 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
63%
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.

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

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

326 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
73%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

263 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
67%
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.

282 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
61%
English Language Arts

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

322 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
75%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
11%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

39 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
n/a
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

338 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
65%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

325 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
86%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
78%
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 Students81%
Females84%
Males79%
African American82%
Asian85%
Filipino82%
Hispanic or Latino79%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged89%
Students with disability36%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduate85%
Parent education - high school graduate74%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)80%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Math

All Students73%
Females74%
Males74%
African American53%
Asian86%
Filipino74%
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability21%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate77%
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)65%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state55%
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 Students98%
Females100%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipino93%
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)100%
Economically disadvantaged100%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only100%
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)100%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students84%
Females84%
Males84%
African American69%
Asian89%
Filipino88%
Hispanic or Latino74%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability86%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented95%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate80%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to state87%

Math

All Students79%
Females78%
Males81%
African American67%
Asian85%
Filipino91%
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)85%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner44%
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate76%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate80%
Parent education - declined to state73%
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%
Females64%
Males63%
African American47%
Asian79%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)66%
Economically disadvantaged63%
Non-economically disadvantaged65%
Students with disability31%
Students with no reported disability65%
English learner33%
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented80%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)61%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate58%
Parent education - declined to state71%

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females83%
Males80%
African American56%
Asian88%
Filipino84%
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)95%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Non-economically disadvantaged87%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented91%
Parent education - not a high school graduate64%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)83%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate90%
Parent education - declined to state76%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

Geometry

All Students93%
Females92%
Males92%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
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 disadvantaged97%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
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 graduate95%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students74%
Females74%
Males74%
African American58%
Asian81%
Filipino80%
Hispanic or Latino67%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)73%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Non-economically disadvantaged81%
Students with disability28%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate83%
Parent education - declined to state67%

Science

All Students86%
Females84%
Males89%
African American78%
Asian91%
Filipino89%
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)92%
Economically disadvantaged80%
Non-economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability56%
Students with no reported disability88%
English learner27%
Fluent-English proficient and English only89%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented94%
Parent education - not a high school graduate54%
Parent education - high school graduate83%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)87%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state82%
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
Asian 23%
Hispanic 20%
White 18%
Two or more races 12%
Black 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 45%N/AN/A
English language learners 9%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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School Leader's name
  • Diane Ryan
Fax number
  • (858) 271-5203

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  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
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