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Sylvandale Middle School

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Posted September 20, 2013

API keeps raising each year, school does a tremendous job acclimating English language learners. Positive learning environment and strong teachers had had a deep affect on students. School has many electives, and a solid staff of veteran teachers who really care about students with little turn over.


Posted July 27, 2010

this school is so AWESOME!!!!! Mr.Kennedy is the best principal. :D I've learned so much last year as a seventh grader and now I'm going to be an 8th grader this year and I really want to be a good role models for the upcoming students.


Posted June 9, 2010

I think Sylvandale Middle School is a great place. The teacher is there to push us kids to work harder towards our goal. I think Sylvandale is the best school I have attended through my entire school career.


Posted April 13, 2010

sylvandale Junior High School is a not environment for kids there are too much gang related but the teachers they care about the students i was a student in this school some students put down other students a lot i hope the students can change their self of their bulling of other kids.but the point is that less violence on every school not only this school my dream is that too to make the world more peaceful for other people but it wont happen because the children and teens don't care about the world today


Posted November 12, 2009

I go to Sylvandale Middle School. It has a good environment. The teachers look forward to teaching their students in a fun, accurate way. The majority of the people there are kind.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 8, 2009

I go to this school and that school isn't that bad and its fun there! The classes are ok, the teacher are nice but strict and they taught us alot of things that we didn't know before!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2009

I am a student attending sylvandale and in my opinion it's not so bad sure it's not like the richest. But the students and faculty try their best. Average is a boring word for decent, fair, acceptable. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 24, 2008

One of the best schools I have ever attended. The teachers may not be the best and the school may not be the safest but it's full of people that are fun to hang out with including teachers.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2008

Not the best school there ever is, but I've learned a lot of things here. There's not that many electives due to the budget cut & politics stuff. But, there are a group of teachers that really care about their students more than you can ever imagine.
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 24, 2008

I learned a lot from this school, and I enjoyed a lot from it. Although I have to say I was really disappointed with it after I graduated. Some of the teachers here just want to move fast and they don't take the time to see what's really going on with their students. This school is fun, but lacks educational stuff.


Posted July 19, 2008

I moved to california in the middle of the year from maryland and the day i entered sylvandle i felt welcomed
—Submitted by a student


Posted July 19, 2007

This school is THE BEST school 've ever attended!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 22, 2007

Syvandale is the best school ever
—Submitted by a student


Posted June 9, 2006

Parent involvment is encouraged, but the teachers don't have time to deal with anyone but the parents of the children in danger of flunking, so everyone else gets lost in the shuffle. The study programs are designed only to prevent children from flunking, and the extra-curricular programs have deteriorated drastically.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 2, 2005

Great school for any kid who wants to experience middle school to it's best
—Submitted by a student


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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

735

Change from
2012 to 2013

+22

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

2 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

1 / 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 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 met all student subgroup API targets for 2013

This school's
API score

735

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

+22

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)

2 / 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)

1 / 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.
Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 86% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
71%

2012

 
 
40%

2011

 
 
53%

2010

 
 
80%
English Language Arts

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

402 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
47%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
48%

2010

 
 
45%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
15%

2011

 
 
25%

2010

 
 
32%
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.

38 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
74%

2010

 
 
90%
English Language Arts

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

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
47%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
51%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

313 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
20%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
36%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

58 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
69%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
96%

2010

 
 
81%
History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

411 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
37%

2011

 
 
41%

2010

 
 
28%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

383 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
44%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
38%

2010

 
 
43%
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

All Students71%
Females67%
Males77%
African Americann/a
Asian78%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino59%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged69%
Non-economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability71%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented84%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)89%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students47%
Females49%
Males46%
African Americann/a
Asian72%
Filipinon/a
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 disadvantaged44%
Non-economically disadvantaged56%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner16%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented86%
Parent education - not a high school graduate38%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)62%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate47%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students27%
Females23%
Males33%
African Americann/a
Asian65%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino16%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged25%
Non-economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disability0%
Students with no reported disability29%
English learner21%
Fluent-English proficient and English only32%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented56%
Parent education - not a high school graduate19%
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)41%
Parent education - college graduate53%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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
Asian76%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino62%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged66%
Non-economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability76%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only76%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate67%
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 Students40%
Females49%
Males33%
African Americann/a
Asian66%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged37%
Non-economically disadvantaged50%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability41%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only54%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented80%
Parent education - not a high school graduate37%
Parent education - high school graduate29%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate63%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students30%
Females32%
Males27%
African American8%
Asian69%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino20%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged27%
Non-economically disadvantaged38%
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner12%
Fluent-English proficient and English only38%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented62%
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate20%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)38%
Parent education - college graduate61%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students69%
Females70%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian77%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino47%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability69%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only68%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented68%
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)81%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students41%
Females41%
Males41%
African American17%
Asian71%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino29%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged39%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disability3%
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented77%
Parent education - not a high school graduate44%
Parent education - high school graduate27%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)45%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate50%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students44%
Females39%
Males48%
African American20%
Asian72%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino31%
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%
Non-economically disadvantaged48%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability45%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only55%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented80%
Parent education - not a high school graduate39%
Parent education - high school graduate32%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)52%
Parent education - college graduate67%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate67%
Parent education - declined to staten/a
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 60%
Asian 33%
Black 2%
Two or more races 1%
White 1%
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 77%N/AN/A
English language learners 27%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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  • Dan Fowler
Fax number
  • (408) 363-5649

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653 Sylvandale Avenue
San Jose, CA 95111
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