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Ramona Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

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2013:
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2012:
Based on 6 ratings
2011:
Based on 1 rating

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Posted September 9, 2008

Ramona is an AWESOME school. If you want to know which teachers are best here they are: For sixth grade, the best teacher is Ms. Berkler who is a Physical Education teacher who pushes the students to new heights in their personal fitness. For seventh grade, the best teacher is Ms. Stenmo who teaches English. She is young, funny, modern, has a great vocabulary, and loves UCLA. For eighth grade, I choose Mrs. Brownlee who teaches Algebra. I do not have her as a teacher but as a tutor. She pushes her students to their full potential and is very appreciative of her students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 7, 2008

I was very disappointed with this school. I was expecting more. The teachers weren't very nice or smart in my opinion.The principle could have been nicer and more understanding of the children's needs
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 29, 2008

I have a 7th grader at Ramona & we both love the school. Great teachers, staff, & students. Never have had a problem with any bullies(see below). Communication with the teachers & school is great with the recorded phone calls & e-mails. This is my 3rd child going thru Ramona & I really have had a great experience with this middle school!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 20, 2008

My daughter attended here 2 years ago and now I have a second child I am forced to send here due to scheduling conflicts and unable to send to private school. It is worse than it used to be and the administration is severly lacking and appear almost clueness to the needs of the students. It is a depressing school with little to offer in terms of assistance or challenge. There are far too many bullies and fights and not enough caring staff to handle them effectively or efficiently.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 26, 2007

The RSP program at Ramona is not well organized. The homework class accomplishes little and the work done and supposedly checked is often incorrect. My child thinks he has done it right because it has been checked. Therefore, the rest of the math sheet is wrong. Each year at the annual meeting the goals are set yet the RSP program does not follow through. Phone calls have not been returned. I think the RSP program needs to be reviewed.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2007

Our son is really happy with Ramona. He is getting the most out of his science class because it is so 'hands-on'. Mrs. Miller is such an excellent teacher who has a passion for her students and helping them really understand science. I was devastated to hear that she will not be returning next year due to the districts lack of understanding how important it is for kids to learn through exploring and understanding concepts first-hand, through doing experiments and hands-on lessons. It has paralyzed teachers throughout the district by taking away the importance of true understanding and replacing it with surface knowledge that won't last a lifetime. I hope, for the sake of our children, that the Director of Curriculum/Assessment soon realizes that all these 'standards' mean nothing without real knowledge, and the wisdom from experienced teachers, or creativity from any teacher should not be brushed away.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 30, 2006

The fact that the teachers show interest in connecting with a parent through informative e-mails is a positive. The teachers should continue to keep the parents informed of progress. The weekly progress reports help in making that possible. I'd say it's a pretty good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

My son is very happy at Ramona. All my experiences with the teachers and administrators have been positive. Twice there were issues with bullies and the teachers, Principal, and VP solved the problem the very next day.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 30, 2005

Romona Middle School provides an excellent parent/teacher communication plan that includes many online options.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 8, 2005

Ramona is an adequate school, if you have an above average student. For a parent to get their child extra help is like pulling eye teeth. A stuggling student will not receive help unless it is too late. There are few excellent teachers, but not enough for me to send my children back there next year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted June 29, 2004

Of all the schools in La Verne, this one school appears to get the least help in improving and is the most critical for the future of the children. The ages of the students attending is still in the very formative years and should be given more attention by the district. Computer ratio to children is extremely bad, discipline and education levels are still very poor compared to the grade schools and High School. Why isn't more attention, money, parent involvement, and staff involvement encouraged for this school? If these problems could be resolved, perhaps more students would continue to keep an interest in their education. This is a critical three years in their lives and should be treated accordingly.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 25, 2003

its an ok school. look around b4 u choose.
—Submitted by a former student


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This school's
API score

889

Change from
2012 to 2013

+2

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 10


API Growth scores over time

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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.
  • This school met the state goal of 800.

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API score

889

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Change from
2012 to 2013

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Change from 2012 to 2013
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API Statewide Rank
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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)

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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.

416 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
68%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

418 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
72%

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 86% in 2013.

48 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
96%
English Language Arts

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

408 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
67%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

357 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
66%
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.

294 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
80%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
50%
English Language Arts

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

455 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
74%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
73%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

138 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
33%

2011

 
 
39%

2010

 
 
27%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
95%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
92%

2010

 
 
86%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

469 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

470 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
81%
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 Students71%
Females75%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asian85%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged60%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability71%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate42%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)73%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate79%
Parent education - declined to state91%

Math

All Students73%
Females77%
Males70%
African Americann/a
Asian95%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino65%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)84%
Economically disadvantaged62%
Non-economically disadvantaged80%
Students with disability41%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner32%
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate50%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate77%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
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

Algebra I

All Students96%
Females96%
Males95%
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)96%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged95%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability96%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
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 graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Females73%
Males74%
African American64%
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disability39%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only74%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state44%

Math

All Students77%
Females74%
Males79%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino72%
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 disability50%
Students with no reported disability78%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate79%
Parent education - high school graduate73%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate85%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate88%
Parent education - declined to state57%
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 Students80%
Females82%
Males78%
African American58%
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)86%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged82%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability80%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only81%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate75%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students74%
Females76%
Males74%
African American63%
Asian88%
Filipino92%
Hispanic or Latino68%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)82%
Economically disadvantaged54%
Non-economically disadvantaged83%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduate56%
Parent education - high school graduate49%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state48%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students45%
Females45%
Males44%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino45%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)45%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged52%
Students with disability5%
Students with no reported disability52%
English learner25%
Fluent-English proficient and English only46%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)43%
Parent education - college graduate47%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state33%

Geometry

All Students95%
Females100%
Males90%
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)95%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
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 graduate94%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students77%
Females77%
Males77%
African American79%
Asian94%
Filipino92%
Hispanic or Latino73%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability8%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learner24%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate63%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate86%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state42%

Science

All Students84%
Females84%
Males84%
African American84%
Asian100%
Filipino92%
Hispanic or Latino78%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disability28%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learner41%
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate68%
Parent education - high school graduate67%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state58%
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 49%
White 35%
Two or more races 6%
Asian 5%
Black 2%
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 32%N/AN/A
English language learners 2%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 5%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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San Dimas, CA 91773
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