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Laguna Middle School

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Posted July 4, 2013

My son received a good educational base for High School. However, the teachers seem over burdened and distracted. Overall, please advocate for your child so she or he is not lost in the shuffle. He liked many of his teachers, but was relieved to be out of the school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 23, 2012

I believe this school provides a quality education. With California is a budget crisis, SLO Unified School district have be strategic in planning and managing funds. The schools in San Luis Obispo have been more fortunate to not have to reduce faculty and staff. My daughter has improved in her learning skills and is prepared for high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 22, 2012

I am just finishing my second year as a student here at Laguna Middle School. I had a pretty good experience here, and I think it has prepared me for high school. I have very good grades, but the classes are still challenging enough to keep me from being bored. I think most of the teachers here are very good, and many of the students are happy here. Some of the advanced classes, English and math, have too much homework. Also I think that the selection of electives are too limited and classes are too large (this is probably because of budget cuts). But I think that the sports programs are really good and there is always help available for a student who needs it. Overall, I have had a great time at Laguna and would recommend to others looking for a good public middle school.


Posted November 11, 2010

i am a student and i HATE laguna. if it burned down i would be happy. the teachers gave me detention for getting a week ahead on my math homework!!!!!!!!!! all teachers hate you except for ms. delmartinie who acts like a good normal outstanding teacher should. one teacher is so evil to prevent cheating she makes you take of your back packs, jackets, and you have to use her supplies, after she checks to make sure you have nothing written on yourself!!! the staff hate us, there is no trust, and i do not feel safe when i walk down the hallway and people trip me because im blond. do not send your kids to laguna if you want them to get a good education.


Posted November 4, 2009

The students, parents and teaching staff have one common goal - a quality education! The students and staff are mutually respectful and dedicated! The parents are appreciative and provide support. Laguna Middle School is the best.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted October 2, 2009

My son who likes most things liked this school too. He liked his teachers some of whom I thought were either treading water or have some archaic idea of education something like 'My standards are so high that it is nealry impossible to get an A so I must be good' and including rote memorization as learning. I thought it was absurd for my son to spend his Thanksgiving vacation writing extended literary essays due that Monday.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 30, 2009

I am a student here at Laguna, and I looove it! Though sometimes I feel like some of the kids around me are better than me, and I feel like I might be teased. But other than that, I feel very safe, and secure here. I know that all of the teachers will help me when I need it, and I dont feel insecure. I love all of my classes, even if they get tough at times. :)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 7, 2009

Too much homework! They don't enforce dress code, very distracting for the boys. Some teachers are special but most are mediocre, giving lots of paper and pencil work, busy work for homework, etc.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 3, 2008

Laguna is a great school! All of teachers make every kid at this school feel great
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 28, 2008

Boring and unsatisfactory for my child...although a few teachers stand out, many seem to lack dedication. I was disappointed by how the two years at Laguna played out.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 23, 2007

Great School - Enthusiastic teachers and great support staff. My daughter loves this school and is thriving there.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 9, 2006

I cannot say I felt my child to be safe at this school. This school is a horrible representation of San Luis Obispo, a great town should have a nicer school. Think of your alternatives before sending your child(ren) here. It is too bad there aren't many nearby.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2006

The school is lost and confused ..Not place of learning ..Place of warehousing kids avoid it at all costs ..We had no choice ..
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 24, 2006

My daughter has thrived at Laguna. The teachers all seem to be first-rate, the atmosphere is generally very supportive, and the curriculum is challenging but not overly demanding. She's able to have a great year and we have enough family time (she's not overwhelmed with homework). I wasn't looking forward to middle school (my own memories weren't so great), but this has been the best year of her education so far. She's not particularly interested in extracurricular activities so I can't comment on that.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 10, 2005

laguna middle school has been a good experience for my child. It has a open atmosphere and good kids. However by the time my daughter reached eighth grade she became very bored with the activities and oppurtunities at the school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 20, 2004

I think this school is substandard. A warehouse for kids if you will. Teachers and Principal come in late and go early. No dedication.
—Submitted by a parent


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API score

866

Change from
2012 to 2013

-1

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

8 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

5 / 10


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API score

866

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Algebra I

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

62 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
90%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
98%

2010

 
 
97%
English Language Arts

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

318 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
75%

2010

 
 
70%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

261 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
65%

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

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 50% in 2013.

156 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
66%

2012

 
 
67%

2011

 
 
71%

2010

 
 
64%
English Language Arts

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

320 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
68%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
62%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

112 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
40%

2012

 
 
42%

2011

 
 
49%

2010

 
 
47%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

64 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
92%

2012

 
 
98%

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
96%
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

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
64%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
62%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

327 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
79%

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
72%
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 Students90%
Females90%
Males91%
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)90%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability90%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only90%
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 graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students77%
Females79%
Males75%
African Americann/a
Asian71%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino51%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)88%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability28%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner18%
Fluent-English proficient and English only84%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate26%
Parent education - high school graduate57%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate83%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate93%
Parent education - declined to state64%

Math

All Students65%
Females65%
Males64%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino41%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)76%
Economically disadvantaged45%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability22%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner14%
Fluent-English proficient and English only72%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate17%
Parent education - high school graduate47%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)60%
Parent education - college graduate69%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
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 Students66%
Females62%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)68%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability64%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only65%
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)65%
Parent education - college graduate58%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate70%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students68%
Females68%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian67%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino40%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)79%
Economically disadvantaged40%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability42%
Students with no reported disability69%
English learner6%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate21%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)54%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate87%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students40%
Females51%
Males31%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino27%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)50%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged51%
Students with disability19%
Students with no reported disability49%
English learner13%
Fluent-English proficient and English only51%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate28%
Parent education - high school graduate30%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)32%
Parent education - college graduate64%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate54%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Geometry

All Students92%
Females90%
Males93%
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)92%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability92%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only92%
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 graduate82%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate97%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students63%
Females58%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian83%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino32%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)75%
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantaged76%
Students with disability24%
Students with no reported disability68%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only71%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate25%
Parent education - high school graduate18%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)44%
Parent education - college graduate76%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students81%
Females79%
Males83%
African Americann/a
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino61%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Students with disability46%
Students with no reported disability84%
English learner31%
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate43%
Parent education - high school graduate50%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)72%
Parent education - college graduate89%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
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
White 58%
Hispanic 30%
Asian 5%
Two or more races 5%
Black 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 36%N/AN/A
English language learners 13%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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11050 Los Osos Valley Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Phone: (805) 596-4055

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