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William Sheppard Middle School

Public | 6-8 | 751 students

 
 

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3 stars

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Posted August 5, 2014

This is school has many bullying issues and I've been here for 2 years and going to 8th grade and my experience was terrible. Each year, there's a food fight and a number of students with behavior problems. Lots of people cut in line and the wait of 30 minutes to go to lunch takes up lunch time. The school is also dirty and the bathrooms are absolutely pathetic. But some of the teachers here actually care and are great at teaching. The only reason that makes them yell all the time is the students who don't shut up. There's going to be a change for the 2014-2015 year for Sheppard which will provide classes like Drama and Art so hopefully this year it won't suck. So all the students coming to Sheppard, don't be one of those kids who don't care about learning and tries too hard to be cool. The only reason why I regret going to this school is because of the society in this school. Good Luck! - from a student


Posted July 27, 2013

This school isn't the best but it isn't the worst either. Some staff are dedicated while others just stand in the background. Some violence has happened around here from my perspective. The staff here are like the students here: some are dedicated while others are just struggling. The one thing this school and staff are trying to do is deal with the recent and constant changes that has been happening in the district and this state. Anyways this school has some really good potential. They have been number one when it comes to star testing. Highest score out of 800 which is very impressive. So there are some really good things and there are some things that I wish were taken into consideration. Nothing more nor less to be said


Posted July 26, 2013

This school is the worst, bullying is a big problem, when brought to the staff's attention nothing is done it just gets worst. Also, no help for grade improvement. VERY Poor School
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 12, 2012

Worst school i have ever been to. Got bullied for three years. The teachers are ****.


Posted March 21, 2011

i currently attempt sheppard it is awesome!!! we have advisory which means that if your a good student you get a fun class like an elective i have drums rite now! i love it! if u dont get a fun class they give u a helping class which helps you in math or what ever you need help in the schools staff is great they are fast and do everything rite away! the principals are very dedicated Mrs. Almason is great she gives advise when you need it. Mrs. Zarmianto is great also. they both go to our games and cheer for the schools team ( specially Mrs. zarmianto she has a loud voice that really gets you going in the game :) ] all the teachers are very helpful and very nice!


Posted June 30, 2009

this school has great scores. they have lots of great students who have positive personalities
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 17, 2008

I was a previous student at Sheppard before, and from all the changes that had occurred Sheppard is a pretty good school. It's becoming better and better by the year. It isn't that bad as it seem though. Staff members are decent as well. Violence is decreasing too!
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 28, 2007

Sheppard Middle School along with the other schools in the ALUM Rock School District should be taken over by the state. The entire school district suffers from poor leadership.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 29, 2006

Yes I agree with the above. With constant chopping and changing, it's really hard to follow any plan, as there is a new plan every year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 19, 2004

I am an eigth grader here.The teachers are not very good. We keep changing principals but they aren't understanding, it's like they don't care.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 28, 2003

With the constant changes taking place within the Alum Rock School District, it's hard to create relationships with the school staff when there's so much shuffling going on. Sheppard Middle has yet another new Interim Principal this year. Which means another year of reintroduction to work style, personality, etc. I feel that if Sheppard Middle were able to retain its credited staff for longer periods of time, learning will NOT be a goal but an accomplishment this time around. More parent involvement is definitely needed and we need to make the contact.
—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.

This school's
API score

746

Change from
2012 to 2013

-27

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

4 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

6 / 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 did not meet its schoolwide API target for 2013.
  • This school has not yet 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

746

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

-27

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)

4 / 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)

6 / 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.

209 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
62%

2011

 
 
46%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

208 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
31%

2012

 
 
45%

2011

 
 
35%

2010

 
 
48%
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.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
81%
English Language Arts

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

216 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
55%

2011

 
 
55%

2010

 
 
55%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

218 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
48%

2012

 
 
36%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
30%
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.

101 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
65%

2010

 
 
57%
English Language Arts

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

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
43%

2012

 
 
58%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
57%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

149 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
18%

2012

 
 
26%

2011

 
 
12%

2010

 
 
6%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

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.

252 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
33%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
55%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

228 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
53%

2011

 
 
56%

2010

 
 
62%
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 Students45%
Females49%
Males42%
African Americann/a
Asian59%
Filipino50%
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability9%
Students with no reported disability47%
English learner2%
Fluent-English proficient and English only57%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented74%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state20%

Math

All Students31%
Females31%
Males31%
African Americann/a
Asian50%
Filipino42%
Hispanic or Latino22%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged31%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented63%
Parent education - not a high school graduate23%
Parent education - high school graduate23%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state7%
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
Not 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%
Females63%
Males60%
African Americann/a
Asian69%
Filipino76%
Hispanic or Latino56%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged62%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability62%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduate49%
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)63%
Parent education - college graduate78%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state79%

Math

All Students48%
Females43%
Males54%
African Americann/a
Asian65%
Filipino52%
Hispanic or Latino37%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented81%
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate46%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)48%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state50%
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 Students69%
Females74%
Males63%
African Americann/a
Asian81%
Filipino56%
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged68%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability68%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduate75%
Parent education - high school graduate64%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students43%
Females52%
Males36%
African Americann/a
Asian66%
Filipino64%
Hispanic or Latino22%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability44%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented76%
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate40%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state45%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students18%
Females23%
Males13%
African Americann/a
Asian33%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino11%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability20%
English learner7%
Fluent-English proficient and English only24%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented29%
Parent education - not a high school graduate7%
Parent education - high school graduate14%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduate46%
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
Not 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 Students33%
Females37%
Males31%
African Americann/a
Asian56%
Filipino61%
Hispanic or Latino15%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability4%
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner5%
Fluent-English proficient and English only43%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented69%
Parent education - not a high school graduate18%
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)47%
Parent education - college graduate50%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state27%

Science

All Students45%
Females49%
Males41%
African Americann/a
Asian65%
Filipino71%
Hispanic or Latino25%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only53%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented74%
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)66%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state36%
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 58%
Asian 27%
Black 2%
White 2%
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 86%N/AN/A
English language learners 25%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 6%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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