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Joaquin Miller Middle School

Public | 6-8

 
 

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Situated in an inner city neighborhood. The median home value is $794,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,650.

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2011:
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Posted April 26, 2009

Miller is an amazing school. As a seventh grader attending, I am very satisfied with how the way things go here. Although there are disruptive behaviors springing up here and there, the board does a good job getting rid of them. The academic achievements at Miller are above outstanding; it is now the second best middle school in the state. We also received a California Distinguished School award this year. Overall, I think this is one of the best schools out there.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 3, 2009

Its great! My child loves the community! Miller is the 2nd best school in California
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 7, 2009

As a former student who graduated just last year, I believe that Miller exceeds the expectations a parent would want in a middle school for their children. There are quite a few flaws but the pros tower over them. The school board knows about the problems with the lunch lines and food prices, and they are slowly trying to fix things to make sure that each and every student is satisfied with what they are trying to do to help the school. One of the things I am not happy about is how many of the good teachers I wanted to have at Miller were dispatched to different schools, such as Lawson. Therefore, we recieved a handful of new teachers who are still getting used to the way things are at Miller. Despite these problems, Miller was the best thing that has ever happend to me. Go mustangs!
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 19, 2008

What are you guys talking about? All our music programs are really good, our sports clubs are doing very good now. It is very safe, I don't see anyone smoking or something like that. There are so many extracurricular activities. The teachers are also very nice and very good at teaching. I learned a lot. You don't know because you didn't go to Miller.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 2, 2007

Miller management is doing a great job in getting some new and enthusiastic staff on board, after some old annd good teachers left in the last two years. I had my initial apprehensions about new teachers, their experience etc., but as the year has gone by I feel extremely happy, comfortable and confident about the school and my daughter's performance. great values and awesome teachers!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 1, 2007

My daughter is in 6th grade at Miller and is having a terrific experience. Great academics, great families, a really good place to transition from elementary to middle school. I am surprised by the other reveiws- when I talk to other families, everyone seems very happy at Miller.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 8, 2007

There has been a noticeable decline in the quality of education at Miller. There were some great teachers who left a few years back and this has had impact on the education. The parents are the ones who keep kids afloat, they are the reason for the high scores. Facilities definitely need improvement as they children are packed into portables. There are not enough books in the library, not enough tables and benches for lunch (or enough food being sold). This school needs new management, probably better pay to entice better teachers and a new curriculum that can compete with international standards. I encourage parents to please provide feedback to the school. As with most Cupertino schools, we the parents are the ones who actually provide the necessary tutoring to keep our kids in step with kids from private schools. Let's help by honestly assessing the current situation of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 6, 2007

Let the truth be known, this school needs work. They have a good band class, academically though, Miller is falling behind other schools.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 28, 2007

Miller offers a wide range of activities particularly for academic, drama, and music excellence. The high-end math curriculum is especially strong. The faculty is top notch, as is the administration. The students are conscientious (although some students may have a bit too much parental pressure). Miller is a superb US school and I'm surprised by some of the parents' comments.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 5, 2007

Miller's teachers are indifference to students' needs, They are constantly complaining the pay/treatment. The high score in SAT/API are due to parent's involvement and after school tutoring. Parents are highly educated and cared, they are the one push/motivate the students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2006

The faculty is horrible at getting information through to students. The school spirit is not very high here. Actually learning at this school depends on the teachers, if you get a godd teacher, then your child learns, but a bad teacher will just let your child goof off.
—Submitted by a student


Posted December 3, 2006

Learning at Miller is a hit or miss - it really depends on who you get as a teacher. In comparison to other schools, Miller is doing great for now, but in a world that needs global education to help children achieve in the future, the standard of education (curriculum) as well as instruction is sorely inadequate. Parents are involved in extracurricular activities, but fail to see the need for better textbooks, additional teacher training,etc. Above all, an updated curriculum is well overdue.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 6, 2006

I believe Miller is a good school in academics.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 21, 2005

The quality of academic programs is usually very good. The band/music program is excellent, and choir has been improving a lot in recent years. I find that school spirit is not very high, and extracurricular involvement like clubs (sport involvement is o.k) is also not very high. Parents are very supportive and involved in student life.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted November 15, 2005

Great school. Excellent academic programs and extra curricular activities. Sometimes students only get 6 instead of 7 courses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 27, 2005

The school has excellent academic curriculum and good extra activities after school and elective.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 8, 2005

Academic programs are good. music and sports too. parents are involved!
—Submitted by a former student


Posted June 5, 2005

High standards here, but any child can learn. Most teachers are highly competent or better, and very caring. Administration does a decent job of school management. School is somewhat crowded, but staff makes a sincere effort to make students feel at home. Excellent electives such as band, choir, art, French, Spanish, Japanese; great after school activities as well, such as a string band and an after school quiet study area.
—Submitted by a staff


Posted May 2, 2005

Very good academic school. I think Miller is better school in terms of academic achievement than Kennedy. Also, almost all the student in the Miller would go to Lynbrook so if you are going send your kids to Lynbrook, you should begin with Miller.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 15, 2005

Very high standards; many high achieving students. School tries to cater to the needs of all students though. Many caring and very good teachers. Excellent electives, PE and after school sports programs.
—Submitted by a teacher


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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

983

Change from
2012 to 2013

-4

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

10 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

10 / 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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This school's
API score

983

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 2011 and Spring 2012. 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)

10 / 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.

403 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
94%
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.

233 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

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

455 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

222 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
90%

2010

 
 
91%
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.

212 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
98%
English Language Arts

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

432 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
93%

2012

 
 
95%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
94%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

65 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
60%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
78%

2010

 
 
75%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

164 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

440 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
89%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
91%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

434 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
96%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
96%
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 Students97%
Females98%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
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)91%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disability81%
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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)85%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state97%

Math

All Students96%
Females96%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
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)82%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged96%
Students with disability71%
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
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)73%
Parent education - college graduate96%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state97%
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 Students99%
Females100%
Males99%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate99%
Parent education - declined to state100%

English Language Arts

All Students96%
Females97%
Males96%
African Americann/a
Asian99%
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)87%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability98%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only97%
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)77%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate99%
Parent education - declined to state97%

Math

All Students91%
Females90%
Males91%
African Americann/a
Asian96%
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)71%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged92%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
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)64%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate96%
Parent education - declined to state95%
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 Students99%
Females100%
Males97%
African Americann/a
Asian98%
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)100%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Non-economically disadvantaged99%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability99%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only99%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to state100%

English Language Arts

All Students93%
Females97%
Males91%
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)85%
Economically disadvantaged79%
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability95%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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)71%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to state93%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students60%
Females70%
Males53%
African Americann/a
Asian67%
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)56%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Non-economically disadvantaged63%
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only61%
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 graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students100%
Females100%
Males100%
African Americann/a
Asian100%
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 disadvantaged100%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability100%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate100%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to state100%

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students89%
Females93%
Males87%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
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)74%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Non-economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability28%
Students with no reported disability93%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only91%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented98%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduaten/a
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)68%
Parent education - college graduate88%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate94%
Parent education - declined to state82%

Science

All Students96%
Females97%
Males95%
African Americann/a
Asian97%
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)88%
Economically disadvantaged75%
Non-economically disadvantaged97%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability97%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only96%
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)89%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to state93%
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
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 87% 11%
White 11% 26%
Black 1% 6%
Hispanic 1% 52%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Two or more races 0% 3%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 3%N/A54%
Source: NCES, 2010-2011

Teacher experience

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

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