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Rincon Valley Middle School

Public | 7-8 | 842 students

 

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Posted October 19, 2013

Very disappointed in the impersonal nature of this school. Some teachers are good, but some are very strange. The school felt large and very institutional with "control" more important than learning.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 18, 2013

Let me start by saying this was my jounior high when i was growing up and now 24yrs later I have chose it for my son to attend. I was very nerous when it came time to pick a middle school. I did my research and went to open house at a few different schools. There is such a strong parent/family involvment here and the Principle Mr. Marshall is so involved in the school and students. I look forward to his weekly emails letting everyone know what went on that week and any activites are going on. They make is very easy for the parents/students to connect, my son is able to go online and check his classroom status whenever he wants. I could go on and on about this school but I will finsh by saying my son has never been more excited to go to school than he has this year in middle school. I highly recommend any parent looking for a middle school in Santa Rosa to check out Rincon Valley Middle, they won't be disappointed. Yours truly, Brandi L.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 6, 2013

Teachers are great,students are great, but the ladies who work in the office are honestly the rudest people I have come across. I honestly would not recommend going to tbs school just because of them it can really ruin your overall experience. They need to learn how to respect people and not focus to hard on the overal mold of the school.


Posted September 6, 2013

My daughter has adjusted really well to middle school and I credit that to the teachers, volunteers, and staff. Teachers have been helpful and I found the office staff to be friendly and inviting.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 29, 2012

My student struggled A LOT in middle school, academically and socially. RVMS teachers/counselors/principal were ALWAYS there to help. The teachers were always willing to answer my questions, and give me details of projects so I could help at home. There are a multitude of programs for those students that are struggling. The principal emails all the parents a "Homework Hotline" every night, and "Principal Messages" at least weekly. The homework hotline shows each teacher's assignments for the week. Originally it was posted on their website, but due to technical difficulties, the website went down, and he took the time to email it out. His principal messages contained updates on happenings in the school, so parents always knew what was going on. Most of the additional programs are funded and supported by the parent group. With all the budget cuts, this school still excels, because the parents are involved and willing to help. I would recommend RVMS over any other middle school in Santa Rosa!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 24, 2011

Great school. Great teachers. Great everything. This school provide lots of great help for students and has became a top school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 16, 2011

My niece has had a wonderful experience at this school. She loves it. I like the fact that she has homework everyday;which keeps her mind going. She also gets homework over the weekend sometimes.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 20, 2010

I am a student at RVMS! I love the envioronment that both the student body and teachers provide! In my opinion most everybody is respectful of other students and teachers. I love this school so much! There are lots of sports and other activites besides school... even though people make school fun too! I love verything about it and I hope the rest of the student body feel as I do!!!!!!! :)


Posted June 23, 2010

I love this school. The student count is large, yet the teachers and staff always have time to pertain to individual student needs. Our principal is always open to ideas/events for causes such as Gay Pride events, Service Memorial events, etc. Teachers make this true by being able to help out every individual student in their classes, regardless of the mass amount of students they have to teach daily. They always come to school with a smile and a positive, warm, helpful attitude. In return, so do the students. It has been a great year already, and I'm just barely ascending into 8th grade. I truely and enthusiastically look forward to what next year has in store. The fun factor of this school is great, and the school administration is effectively able to maintain it along with great test scores, intellect, and function.


Posted May 12, 2010

This school is super amazing! I have so much fun at it! You can take multiple classes amd have so much fun that you won't know what to do first!
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 14, 2010

i am as well a student at RVMS. I LOVE IT! at first i was terrified of the thought of middle school and now i'm in 7th grade and all the teachers listen to you when you don't understand something. i remember the first day, i was nervous, terrified, and well i was SCARED. after a while i settled in and i am so use to everyone! Its worth the effort and the high test scores. No wonder why it is a 10 out of 10 school. If you have a child who you want to go to this school SEND THEM! PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 15, 2010

I am a student at rvms. I love it. It is so fun. It has great teachers and academics. If you like sports you will. Love rvms because they have a great sports program and awesome coaches. You will but feel left out.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 11, 2009

I went to this school last year, and it is beyond amazing. The teachers are excellent and the curriculum is great. Everyone is so dedicated and intelligent, and I really loved how the english department also has Advanced English. This allows a more advanced student to get more of a challenge without getting pulled back by regular students, and regular students to get the attention they deserve rather than letting all of the more outspoken and intellectual do the learning for them. Overall, I had an amazing experience, especially during eighth grade. (By the way, there is a traditional Eighth Grade Dinner Dance and it's a blast.) You should definely send your child to this school. We don't get amazing test scores for nothing!
—Submitted by a student


Posted August 27, 2009

RVMS is an outstanding school for families that are serious about academics. They have programs for every student, but expect everyone to treat each other with respect. The parent below does not know what they are talking about. If students break rules; there are consequences that are fair and appropriate. RVMS is a great environment for children and staff is fantastic. My daughter is having a great experience! Go Falcons!


Posted August 7, 2009

I did not find this school beneficial for my son. The staff and administration are too concerned with fitting the mold rather than respecting and identifying individual learning needs.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2009

It is a great school, but it could be a little cleaner.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 8, 2008

I go to Rincon Valley Middle School and I absoutely love it. I feel like I belong here! I have many friends of all different types and from all different groups. When I was first going into seventh grade, I remeber thinking will I have a lot of friends? Will everyone already have their own friends and not want to hang out with me? I soon realized that unlike most middle schools everyone is really friends with everyone. I learned that the atmosphere you are put in really does change who your friends are and what you do and who you are as a person. I relate to every student in some way. I am a 4.0 student and I believe it is because I go to RVMS. If you are thinking about sending your child here, just do it! You really won't regret it I promise! Go Falcons!
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 2, 2006

This is our first year at RVMS, and so far have been very impressed. Although we have a new principel he seems very involved and determined to keep the RVMS tradition of excellance alive, The teachers are verry involved and have great pride in working for this school. The Acedemics are challenging but my child does not feel overwhelmed. The only thing I wish the school did differantly is to have a no cut policy for sports so every child could be part of the team.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 4, 2006

We have been very pleased with the overall experience at RV Middle School the past two years. It has provided a great base for moving onto High School.
—Submitted by a parent


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892

Change from
2012 to 2013

-21

API Statewide Rank
(2012)

9 / 10

API Similar Schools Rank (2012)

8 / 10


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Algebra I

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

28 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
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2012

 
 
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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.

393 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
82%

2012

 
 
85%

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
82%
Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

367 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
73%

2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
77%
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.

96 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
97%

2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
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English Language Arts

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

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
81%

2011

 
 
82%

2010

 
 
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General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

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

283 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
75%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
79%
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 85% in 2013.

24 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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2012

 
 
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2011

 
 
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2010

 
 
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History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

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

404 students were tested at this school in 2013.

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65%

2012

 
 
72%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
75%
Science

The state average for Science was 67% in 2013.

390 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
85%

2012

 
 
89%

2011

 
 
89%

2010

 
 
93%
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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Males100%
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Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)n/a
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Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students82%
Females83%
Males81%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
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)87%
Economically disadvantaged52%
Not economically disadvantaged88%
Students with disability47%
Students with no reported disability83%
English learner0%
Fluent-English proficient and English only85%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented99%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate56%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)67%
Parent education - college graduate92%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Math

All Students73%
Females74%
Males72%
African Americann/a
Asian86%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)78%
Economically disadvantaged48%
Not economically disadvantaged78%
Students with disability24%
Students with no reported disability75%
English learner19%
Fluent-English proficient and English only75%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented100%
Parent education - not a high school graduate40%
Parent education - high school graduate36%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)58%
Parent education - college graduate84%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate86%
Parent education - declined to state67%
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 Students97%
Females94%
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)97%
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantaged98%
Students with disabilityn/a
Students with no reported disability97%
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)n/a
Parent education - college graduate97%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate98%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

English Language Arts

All Students70%
Females72%
Males68%
African Americann/a
Asian88%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino52%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)72%
Economically disadvantaged39%
Not economically disadvantaged77%
Students with disability27%
Students with no reported disability72%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only70%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate45%
Parent education - high school graduate39%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)59%
Parent education - college graduate75%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate81%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

General Mathematics (Grades 6 & 7 Standards)

All Students67%
Females69%
Males66%
African Americann/a
Asiann/a
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)74%
Economically disadvantaged51%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability20%
Students with no reported disability73%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only69%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented69%
Parent education - not a high school graduate55%
Parent education - high school graduate59%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)64%
Parent education - college graduate72%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate72%
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
Not 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 graduaten/a
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate100%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

History - Social Science Grade 8 Cumulative

All Students65%
Females63%
Males69%
African Americann/a
Asian91%
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)70%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Not economically disadvantaged73%
Students with disability13%
Students with no reported disability70%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only67%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented96%
Parent education - not a high school graduate30%
Parent education - high school graduate48%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)51%
Parent education - college graduate73%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate78%
Parent education - declined to staten/a

Science

All Students85%
Females84%
Males86%
African Americann/a
Asian94%
Filipinon/a
Hispanic or Latino69%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiiann/a
Pacific Islandern/a
Samoann/a
Other Pacific Islandern/a
White (not Hispanic)89%
Economically disadvantaged66%
Not economically disadvantaged90%
Students with disability50%
Students with no reported disability87%
English learnern/a
Fluent-English proficient and English only87%
Migrant educationn/a
Gifted and talented97%
Parent education - not a high school graduate61%
Parent education - high school graduate66%
Parent education - some college (includes AA degree)78%
Parent education - college graduate91%
Parent education - graduate school/post graduate92%
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 59%
Hispanic 21%
Two or more races 9%
Asian 7%
Black 2%
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 20%N/AN/A
English language learners 4%N/AN/A
Source: CA Dept. of Education, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
First-year teachers 1%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

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Fax number
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