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Helms Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 976 students

 

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Posted April 21, 2014

this school is not a good school the teachers are not good at teaching and they expect us to do everything they don't teach us . the principal and vice principal will do anything and everything to get people suspended I almost got suspended for wearing a beanie . AND worst of all we have a very strict dress code !! not a good school .


Posted May 7, 2012

The 2011-2012 school year has had a wonderful staff starting from the administration down. The students are motivated and enjoying their time at school. Hopefully the school will be able to retain most of the staff members as this school is heading in the right direction.
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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

720

Change from
2012 to 2013

+49

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

1 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

2 / 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.

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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

720

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

+49

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)

1 / 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)

2 / 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.

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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

396 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
44%

2011

 
 
30%

2010

 
 
30%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

395 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
45%

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
29%

2010

 
 
25%
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.

409 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
9%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
16%
English Language Arts

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

426 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
32%

2012

 
 
30%

2011

 
 
32%

2010

 
 
21%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

15 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
7%

2012

 
 
0%

2011

 
 
0%

2010

 
 
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Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

454 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
34%

2012

 
 
18%

2011

 
 
23%

2010

 
 
16%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

423 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
43%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
20%
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

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Samoann/a
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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
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Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
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Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
Parent education - college graduaten/a
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Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students34%
Females36%
Males31%
African American33%
Asian52%
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)n/a
Economically disadvantaged34%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability6%
Students with no reported disability35%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only52%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented74%
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
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 state33%

Math

All Students45%
Females43%
Males47%
African American36%
Asian71%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino43%
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 disability21%
Students with no reported disability46%
English learner17%
Fluent-English proficient and English only63%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented79%
Parent education - not a high school graduate41%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate65%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state41%
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 Students32%
Females33%
Males31%
African American16%
Asian46%
Filipino58%
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 disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability15%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learner10%
Fluent-English proficient and English only42%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented65%
Parent education - not a high school graduate31%
Parent education - high school graduate34%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)18%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state37%

English Language Arts

All Students32%
Females34%
Males29%
African American33%
Asian38%
Filipino50%
Hispanic or Latino30%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged32%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability7%
Students with no reported disability33%
English learner4%
Fluent-English proficient and English only45%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented69%
Parent education - not a high school graduate27%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)31%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state32%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students7%
Femalesn/a
Malesn/a
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino8%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged7%
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

Geometry

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Native Hawaiiann/a
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Samoann/a
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Not economically disadvantagedn/a
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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 Students34%
Females31%
Males37%
African American34%
Asian43%
Filipino83%
Hispanic or Latino32%
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 disability9%
Students with no reported disability37%
English learner8%
Fluent-English proficient and English only48%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented75%
Parent education - not a high school graduate29%
Parent education - high school graduate41%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)29%
Parent education - college graduate55%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
Parent education - declined to state39%

Science

All Students56%
Females55%
Males57%
African American51%
Asian46%
Filipino75%
Hispanic or Latino55%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)n/a
Economically disadvantaged56%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability57%
English learner20%
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented92%
Parent education - not a high school graduate52%
Parent education - high school graduate62%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)49%
Parent education - college graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduaten/a
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 78%
Black 12%
Asian 5%
White 1%
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 92%N/AN/A
English language learners 36%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 15%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Engineering
  • Technology
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Visual arts
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Music
  • Band
Performing and written arts
  • Dance
  • Drama
Clubs
  • Student newspaper

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Gym
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:20 am
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • After school
School Leader's name
  • Jose DeLeon
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Special schedule
  • Extended/longer school day
Is there an application process?
  • No
Fax number
  • (510) 234-5977

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Individually guided instruction
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Engineering
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • Intensive - the school offers a full program for many needs and/or offers at least one very comprehensive program for very challenging needs such as autism or complete visual impairment
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Moderate - the school consistently offers a full program for particular ESL/ELL needs
Languages supported by ESL/ELL programs
  • Spanish

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Instructional aide(s)/coach(es)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Differentiated learning programs
  • Title I Schoolwide program (SWP)
Transportation options
  • Transportation provided for special education students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
  • Multi-purpose room ("cafegymatorium")
  • Music room
  • Parent center
  • Performance stage
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Soccer
  • Softball

Arts & music

Music
  • Band
Performing arts
  • Dance
  • Drama

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Student council/government
  • Student newspaper
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Uniforms
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Monitor the playground
  • Organize cultural events
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
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2500 Road 20
San Pablo, CA 94806
Phone: (510) 233-3988

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