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Lincoln Middle School

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Posted June 11, 2014

The teachers are wonderful. They teach the kids in very creative ways. Sure, the show alot of videos but they make you take notes or fill out worksheets. Best Middle School Ever.


Posted June 4, 2014

After three years experience with Lincoln, here are my conclusions. My son/daughter had some of the finest, most energetic, involved and engaged teachers. He also has had some of the laziest, incompetent, ill-tempered and mediocre teachers. A teacher that shows over 40 videos in a single semester? Really, isn't that the definition of disengaged? An infamous teacher with a chronic anger-management problem who ridicules students with "Chinese" names and who complains constantly to students that he is poorly paid while "you are all rich." Really? The place has such potential, and a foundation of brilliant teachers. But it is weighed down by administrative weakness, obvious lack of leadership, and an apparent inability to effectively bring into line those teachers who are thoroughly disengaged, frustrated, bored and incompetent. Those parents who can afford to send their kids to tutors do so in droves, so the state test scores are not as accurate a gauge of teaching quality as would be the case at a school from a less affluent demographic. Lincoln has been, for many of us, a deep and profound disappointment that falls far short of its strong reputation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 10, 2013

Most everyone of the teachers at this school are superb. My son has had some amazing classroom experiences. The same can not be said for the administration or counseling staff - mostly hack. The general attitude at the school is very cold and rude compared with other schools in other areas.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2012

I haven't seen anything impressive in the way of educating children at LMS. There is a distinction within grades that uses a "Gem stone" for core division The principal states there is no difference yet it has been three months and the Diamond core has been to a science field trip and is dissecting in the classroom while the Ruby core has depended only on the text for the same unit. This looks similar to the illegal tracking of the 70's. It has been a long first semester for our GATE student that has lost luster for the school. After McKinley Elementary this school is a rude awaking. We have made some classroom changes and look forward to a great ending of our first year.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 19, 2012

YES the school bldg is very depressing-dirty white bldgs. GOT PAINT?The sidewalks and stairs have large dangerous cracks. I lived in Colorado and comparatively the buildings in Santa Monica are extremely outdated. This effects students, teachers, and staff. The greed in this town has reduced most people to living in homes that are substandard just like the schools. Amazing how that works....amazing how much money supports inadequacy.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 2009

My child has always been very intellegent, athletic & gets good grades in school. But she was also shy & slow to warm up to new people. Since her arrival at Lincon MS she has really blossomed! She now plays several instuments, has made some new friends that could turn into life-long-friends & has joined several clubs & team sports.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2009

If you have a child with special needs, this is not the right school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 1, 2009

There has been a high turnover of principals in recent years. In my opinion the school is way too strict. As far as the teachers, most were good and responded to my concerns right away, others I had to leave more than one message, and yet still there were times when my call or email was not returned at all. I was happy with this school a couple of years ago, but this last year was not a good one. In my opinion LMS is education for the masses.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 8, 2008

Lincoln Middle School Is a wonderful learning environment for children. Not only are the teachers amazing, the whole staff is as well.


Posted May 27, 2008

This is an excellent school, with a great focus on the whole child. Academics are stressed, but no one forgets that these students are going through the biggest growth period of their life. Our family has had two very different students receive an excellent education and very ver well prepared for high school. The teachers are some of the best in the country!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2008

I had a horrible experience at LMS. about a fourth of all the teachers i had were great, the rest were either blah or were really bad. The people there were incredibly segregated and judgemental of one another. the rules were ridiculously strict. the campus looked depressing. every single day i spent there felt the same and i feel like i wasted 3 years of my life going to that terrible school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 28, 2007

We are very pleased with LMS! I am not sure if there would have been a better choice of school for our doughtier than Lincoln. There is a lot of work, yes, but that is precisely the point. She was accepted part time in a CS university, and I strongly belive we owe it all to Lincoln's learning environment and academic program. I would recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2007

Lincoln has been a great help to my daughter, when she needed help in her math class, the teachers/counselors were there to help even befor I could call. I know that wouldn't have happend in another school district.Thank you lincoln
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 30, 2006

The quality of Academic Programs is high, the teachers are knowledgable of individual students and senssitive to their concerns or challenges. There is a counselor for each grade who is accessible and proactive. However, there is little in the way of arts programs available. Expect to have to supplement your child's experiences at nearby places like The Brentwood Art Center or various music and dance schools in the area. Parents are definately involved and contributive to the school. The administration is very approachable with teh overall feeling that there is great care for each and every student's needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 6, 2006

It is a good school. Though not as warm and community oriented as other schools in the district.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 25, 2006

Wonderful school, great teachers. Students are challenged in all ways! Kathy Scott, the current principal is amazing!
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 25, 2006

Fabulous school. Highly recommended.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted April 9, 2006

Extremely active Parent Association. Engaging teachers. Rigorous Curriculum. High Quality Music Program.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 7, 2006

Lincoln Middle School is an execellent place in terms of allowing students to take responsibility for their own actions, offering a broad range of subjects (including a great multidisciplinary elective program and early morning music programs), and character to exell toward high school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2006

An excellent middle school, with a very committed principal and similarly committed teaching staff. A large campus w/ 3 gyms, a rock climbing wall, and daily PE periods. Very involved PTSA.
—Submitted by a parent


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API Statewide Rank
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9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

7 / 10


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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.

329 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
88%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 55% in 2013.

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
78%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
74%

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

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

36 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
100%

2012

 
 
100%

2011

 
 
100%

2010

 
 
100%
English Language Arts

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

328 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
83%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

293 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
62%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
64%

2010

 
 
71%
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.

242 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
80%

2010

 
 
64%
English Language Arts

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

344 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
86%

2010

 
 
82%
General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

86 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
28%

2012

 
 
28%

2011

 
 
50%

2010

 
 
12%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

33 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

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.

360 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
78%

2011

 
 
79%

2010

 
 
72%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

345 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
83%

2011

 
 
84%

2010

 
 
80%
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 Students88%
Females90%
Males85%
African American52%
Asian90%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)93%
Economically disadvantaged67%
Non-economically disadvantaged93%
Students with disability54%
Students with no reported disability90%
English learner47%
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 graduate69%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)77%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state84%

Math

All Students78%
Females77%
Males78%
African American40%
Asian94%
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)83%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Non-economically disadvantaged84%
Students with disability38%
Students with no reported disability80%
English learner53%
Fluent-English proficient and English only79%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate38%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate91%
Parent education - declined to state76%
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 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)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 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 graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females85%
Males77%
African American60%
Asian94%
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)87%
Economically disadvantaged58%
Non-economically disadvantaged86%
Students with disability52%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)69%
Parent education - college graduate79%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state75%

Math

All Students62%
Females60%
Males64%
African American33%
Asian75%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino42%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)69%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Non-economically disadvantaged68%
Students with disability12%
Students with no reported disability66%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only64%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate25%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)50%
Parent education - college graduate59%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate76%
Parent education - declined to state65%
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 Students73%
Females70%
Males76%
African American31%
Asian96%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino50%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)80%
Economically disadvantaged55%
Non-economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only73%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate45%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate71%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate89%
Parent education - declined to state53%

English Language Arts

All Students81%
Females83%
Males78%
African American59%
Asian89%
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)87%
Economically disadvantaged61%
Non-economically disadvantaged85%
Students with disability64%
Students with no reported disability81%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only82%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)70%
Parent education - college graduate87%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to state69%

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students28%
Females28%
Males28%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino23%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)34%
Economically disadvantaged21%
Non-economically disadvantaged32%
Students with disability17%
Students with no reported disability32%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only29%
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)29%
Parent education - college graduate35%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate43%
Parent education - declined to state20%

Geometry

All Students94%
Females100%
Males89%
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
Non-economically disadvantaged94%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability94%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only94%
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 graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students76%
Females71%
Males80%
African American50%
Asian84%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino57%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)81%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Non-economically disadvantaged79%
Students with disability26%
Students with no reported disability79%
English learner36%
Fluent-English proficient and English only77%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduate36%
Parent education - high school graduate43%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)74%
Parent education - college graduate80%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state66%

Science

All Students85%
Females84%
Males87%
African American53%
Asian92%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Non-economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability75%
Students with no reported disability86%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only86%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talentedn/a
Parent education - not a high school graduaten/a
Parent education - high school graduate61%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)82%
Parent education - college graduate90%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate95%
Parent education - declined to state71%
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
White 60% 26%
Hispanic 19% 52%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 10% 11%
Black 5% 6%
Two or more races 5% 3%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 1% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 15%N/A55%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 0%N/AN/A
Source: CRDC, 2011-2012

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